After almost 10 years of talking about building networks of physically separated bike lanes on busy streets, Portland seems more or less ready to move.
Theoretically, that is.
Various small projects are already in motion. A downtown network is funded and ready to start public planning. The next mayor won election making protected lanes part of his platform, especially for east Portland. Voters just ponied up enough money to start the work. This week, city staff were in Seattle talking nuts and bolts with peers there.
All of which means that a city memo about the various obstacles to protected bike lanes is revealing reading.