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Sunday, October 25, 2009

Move over, Vancouver, B.C. and Barcelona

Now Portland's posing as the new Copenhagen.

Comments (13)

Only a nip between tooth and lip!

Puddletown is NOT Copenhagen!
If that is the aspiration then the city needs lots more porno theaters and stores conveniently located near the bike parking on the walking streets.
And the city would have to get the homeless folks off the streets and into decent housing, and then we should provide free health care, child care and elder care too. And let's not forget the 5 weeks of paid vacation for everyone, etc.
Bike lanes do not a socialist state make.
Sam is an idiot!

"He explains how the 500,000 people on bicycles each day in Copenhagen are not “cyclists,” nor are they “environmentalists;” they merely choose to ride because of an existing safe, quick infrastructure. 30 years of traffic and urban planning have transitioned the bicycle from an instrument of sporting equipment to a democratic tool that has liberated the people of Copenhagen from cars, and created the foundation for one of the world’s most liveable cities."

I was in Copenhagen in July. Nowhere did I ever see the amount of bikes I saw in Muenster, Germany. Copenhagen is not as car happy as say, Paris, but they are hardly liberated from cars; they had some of the scariest drivers I have seen! And I don't think they can credit "30 years of urban planning" any more than they can credit having old, narrow streets in the center of town.

Look's like our mayor is trying to earn an invite to Denmark ...

News flash to our pervert of a mayor. Copenhagen has nice flat terrain; Portland doesn't - that's a big part of the bottom line.

Copenhagen is not as car happy as say, Paris, but they are hardly liberated from cars; they had some of the scariest drivers I have seen!

Yep; in fact, Copenhagen has a high percentage of drivers. One embarrassing fact that both Portland and Copenhagen share.

Copenhagen has nice flat terrain; Portland doesn't - that's a big part of the bottom line.

True and like Amsterdam (which is basically dead flat). And, both cities are a fraction of the geographic size of Portland:

Amsterdam: 84.6 square miles
Copenhagen: 175.9 square miles
Portland: 376.5 square miles

Puke. Can Portland PLEASE stop talking about bikes? It's getting boring.

By the way, the fact that my bus goes from perfectly liveable to stuffed to the gills at the first sign of cold or wet weather every year, shows how dedicated we really are to cycling: for four months of the year.

PDOT should be required to do bike count studies over 7 days at the equinoxes and at the shortest day of winter and longest day of summer. And the locations have to be at least in 10 places and not only on the Hawthorne Bridge at rush hour.

I know it won't average out to be 4% or the now 6% of all trips they are claiming. It is one of Portland's biggest hoaxes-like 10,000 biotech jobs in SoWhat.

Maybe Pervo Sam and the bike weenie lobby need to ask some of the several hundred millions of Chinese people that ride bikes every day if they're "saving the planet" or helping out with urban planning. Most will tell him they're simply too poor to afford a car and laugh in his face.

Actually, Copenhagen and its public bike rental stations is a great idea. The public bikes in Copenhagen are so damn conspicuous and ugly that you would never want to steal one. Meanwhile it's a cheap way of getting from A to B.

The good thing is that the City has capacity on MAX to return any imbalances in bike drop-off locations to where they will be used. It's a good idea for resource equalization and green transport. This is not one of (many) goofy ideas from City Hall. It could work fairly easily.

I posted a year ago or so, about Amsterdam and the Netherlands having several factors that are much different than Portland concerning bikes.

Like said before, topography was one. Others are the history of bike use necessitated by the European economy prior to and after WW II; the Marshall Plan; the scale of towns to each other after thousands of years of development-not being vehicle reliant; and the extensive train system moving goods and services since the 1880's that lessens the need for vehicle roads.

I wrote then that the Bicycle Alliance, PDOT, and the Oregonian editorial pages and editorialists like Jeff Mapes pushing for bicycles being the answer to our transportation needs ignores our history, demands too much change in a very short time, and will have negative repercussions from voters and taxpayers.


Let's cram on MAX, or the buses, or into crowded waiting rooms.

Then, listen to that guy coughing, that woman sneeze...You know what that means.

I'll pass, thanks, NO vaccine will protect me from all those viruses.

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