Saturday, April 4, 2009

Portland: Representing Chic Cycling In The U.S. Big Time

David N. Seelig/NYT

There's an encouraging article at The New York Times about bicycle tourism in Portland. The writer doesn't mention any special cycling equipment outside of raingear and he mitigates any trepidation about riding in the rain by mentioning how easy it is to do several times. Here are some more gems from the article:

There is a lot of energy around cycling right now and it’s not just 20-year-old men racing. I see average people out biking.
Roger Geller, Portland Bicycle Coordinator
It’s not unusual to see women riding through the winter in skirts and knee-high boots, followed by athletes training in winter riding clothing
Molly Shultz, Portland cyclist

Go ahead on, Portland with your smart growth and your cycling citizens! I wish all the other sprawling U.S. metro's had just a little bit of what you've got.

6 comments :

She Rides a Bike said...

My husband and I are heading up to Portland at the end of the month for our second anniversary. We can't wait to experience their bike culture and commitment to public transit. I was there about 10 years ago shortly after they opened their first rail line downtown. Even then downtown Portland was so amazing.

Dottie said...

I love hearing about Portland! What a cool city.

spiderleggreen said...

I gotta get to Portland and see what all the fuss is about.

The Bronze Bombshell said...

SRAB: That sounds like fun. You two have a good time!

Dottie & Spider: I only wish the city planners, DOT folks, and mayors of large cities share your enthusiasm.

shannon said...

Minneapolis is another metro area with superb bike culture (though our winters might scare cycle-tourists away 8 months out of the year!)

The Bronze Bombshell said...

Shannon: I've heard good things about Minneapolis as well. Recently, the city was included on Good Magazine's list of emerging bicycle cities in the US.