From The Oregonian:
Portland’s 2030 bicycle plan coasts to approval
The Portland City Council unanimously approved the nation’s most ambitious bike-projects initiative Thursday, with Mayor Sam Adams promising to submit a $20 million “kickstart” funding plan within 30 days.
The goal of the $600 million 2030 Portland Bicycle Plan is that 25 percent of trips in the city be by bike in 20 years.
At the heart of the proposal is nearly 700 miles of new bikeways that would make up a “safer and more comfortable” two-wheeled urban network for new cyclists.
I’m impressed that they think a target of 25% of all trips be taken by bicycle is achievable. Wouldn’t that be lovely? Of course, I do think it’s easier in the city than out here in the ‘burbs, simply because you would be closer to where you typically go than in suburbia where destinations are many miles apart. My work commute is 24 miles each way, which is why when I ride I only do half of it by bike, and drive the first half that covers the very dangerous, two-lane, no-shoulder backroads. I also have to take a different route riding than driving, stretching the full distance to 28 miles each way. I’m just too slow to ride 28 miles each way, even if the roads were perfect.
But the days are getting longer now, and winter is (mostly) over so I’m starting to look forward to begin riding again.