The Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 has unanimously passed a vote in city council, and Mayor Sam Adams has proposed an initial $20 million funding source to get actual implementation of the plan started as quickly as possible, perhaps in the next month (talk about quick creation of jobs!).
Here’s to a new era of transportation in Portland – new light rail line just added, new streetcar loop going in as we speak, new transit/bike/ped bridge in the works as well as restructuring bridges to accommodate bicycles and pedestrians, Oregon Department of Transportation allocating funds for calming of arterial streets in Portland, and now the bicycle plan. Hopefully this will make waves in the U.S. as a whole, and people will start to realize this kind of stuff is not only “green”, not only for special interest groups, but simply a good financial investment, and a good investment in the health of our cities and citizens.
We’re making our way to more pleasant, equitable and healthy public spaces, and I have to say, I’m excited.