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Portland’s bikeway network; 1980 – future

Posted by on October 30th, 2005 at 10:05 pm

The City of Portland Office of Transportation has just posted the slide show presentations from lectures given during their Transportation and Traffic Class at Portland State University.

Of particular interest to cyclists is Roger Geller’s overview of Portland’s bikeway system and infrastructure (Roger is the Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland and regular commenter on this site).

One of the coolest parts of his presentation is when he shows the progression of Portland’s bikeway network in 5 year increments from 1985 to today and into the future. I thought it’d be neat to see this as an animation. So check out this animated view of how far we’ve come in 20 years and where we’re headed in the future.

Roger’s presentation was called, “Bicycle Transportation in Portland; Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going.” The whole thing is 92 slides and you can download it here (7.0 MB PDF file).

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  • Peter W October 30, 2005 at 11:36 pm

    That is a very nice slide show (*kicks self again for not taking that class…*). One thing I always would like to know is – how does all this compare? What I mean is, it is great that more people are riding over the bridges every day and stuff, but:

    - how does increase in bike traffic compare to increase in population (that is, instead of having the #s of people crossing bridges, it would be nice to know the percentages crossing over time)

    - how does increasing miles of bikeways compare to increasing miles of roads? If we have ~200 miles of bikeway now that we didn’t 25 years ago, how many new miles of road do we have? (Hopefully none, but I assume there are some roads being built perhaps on the edges of portland…)

    Keep up the good work everyone! It sure would be cool to have a signed bike way! Even better, it would be cool if every road was a bikeway and we’d just go whichever direction we needed without worring about “good” bike routes!

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  • el timito October 31, 2005 at 11:30 am

    I remember way back in the day when Seattle was named “Best Bike City” by Bicycling Magazine. 1993-like?
    There was a quote from one of the Seattleites explaining why they didn’t have many signs marking the bike routes. He said, “That would be like having a sign that says ‘Street.’”

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