Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on July 3rd, 2007 at 12:27 pm
@ Terry Schrunk Plaza (SW 3rd between Madison & Jefferson )
There are multiple goals for these rides :
1) Education. To have Portlanders understand the standard tools the City uses to create bikeways; how we use them and why we use them. Most importantly, people need to experience them and get a feel for how they work and begin to think about what might work better.
2) Vision. Can we create–even if only for a little while and in a limited area–the feeling one gets when riding in world class cycling cities? Can we give people a vision and perhaps the sensation of how Portland can be a world-class cycling city?
3) Discussion Forum. I want to create a regular forum in which people interested in bicycling can meet regularly, look at conditions in the field, and hold discussions about them that range as far as the group wishes to take them. What works, what doesn’t work, how do we improve?
These rides are an initial part of an overall outreach strategy for the update to the Bicycle Master Plan . As PDOT is currently working on an existing conditions report for the Bike Master Plan, the rides for the first few months will focus primarily on existing bikeways. As our focus expands to how to change the network and develop new routes, the rides will change to reflect the search for new ways to ride.
We’re starting in the inner eastside, mostly on established bicycle boulevards because these roads are among the most bikeable in the city. Future rides will take us to every section of the city–wherever we’ve developed bikeways.
City of Portland Office of Transportation