(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)
[Editor’s note: This is the first article by new BikePortland.org contributor Elly Blue. Let’s give her a nice, warm welcome!]
Last month, I dropped by Last Thursday on Alberta to visit local artist Carye Bye. I was pedaling pretty slowly, gawking at the art, the oddly-dressed hipsters, the musicians, and the improbable bikes when someone in a car behind me honked their horn and I reluctantly sped up.
Then, Someone on a bike ahead of me swerved away from a car nosing its way through the intersection.
Carye was doing a brisk trade, but just starting to enjoy herself. It’s becoming increasingly stressful to set up her table, she said, due to competition for sidewalk space. Later, I walked a few blocks down the street and back, and could barely move through the claustrophobic crush of people squeezed together on the narrow sidewalk.