According to this story in today’s Portland Tribune, this creative bike lane stencil in front of the Benson Hotel will not be around for long.
“It will be removed. I don’t want any taxpayer-paid infrastructure to promote drinking and driving, even if it is riding your bike,” said Sam Adams, the city’s transportation commissioner.
I’m glad Sam Adams is taking a stand on this. In one of this summer’s fatal bike/car crashes investigators found that the bicyclist involved had been drinking and that this might have had something to do with the crash. Drinking while biking is really no joke and it shouldn’t be the subject of a bike lane stencil. I just hope this doesn’t put an end to our bike lane stencil tradition.
For more photos of Portland’s bike lane stencils check here, here, and here.
NOTE: At BikePortland, we love your comments. We love them so much that we devote many hours every week to read them and make sure they are productive, inclusive, and supportive (heck, sometimes we even fix your typos!). That doesn't mean you can't disagree with someone. It means you must do it with tact and respect. This is our business and we do not tolerate mean commenters who add nothing of value to the discussion. Unfortunately, we are not robots and we don't always catch everything. You can help by notifying us if you see inappropriate comments. Thanks! — Jonathan and Michael