AP: Bikes keep Portlanders slim

Posted by on August 24th, 2005 at 11:27 am


Local transportation advocate Linda Ginenthal (left), is featured in a just-released AP newswire story that details how Portland is a shining example of how bike-friendly cities keep people healthy. The story is a follow-up to a recent story about how Oregon is the only state to not show a rise in obesity rates.


“What makes Oregon different is its emphasis on urban design, which encourages outdoor activities like biking to work, the study’s authors said….For Ginenthal, Portland’s layout has made it convenient for her to ride to work following a familiar path of arching trees. Moreover, her employer, the City of Portland, provides financial incentives, such as a $25 bonus each month for riding her bike to work at least 80 percent of the time.”

The story will now spread across the globe in a matter of hours. Congratulations and a big thank you to everyone at the City of Portland Transportation Options division…this is a nice feather in your cap for all the hard work you do.

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“What makes Oregon different is its emphasis on urban design”

I would replace Oregon with Portland… maybe Corvallis or Eugene. I don’t think the state as a whole has embraced more intellegent urban design like those three cities. I grew up in Salem and there is some of the most backward thinking planning going on there.


Bike commuting leads to even more economical, healthier, lifestyle choices. Once you get hooked on riding to work, before you know it, you’re eating healthier, packing a lunch to work everyday, and thinking about other choices you can make to save money, and live without the binds of a car. . .

It’s addicting to say the least!

And the Portland metro area has a lead over almost every other city I have been to when it comes to urban design. Keep pedaling!


Apparently there is another version of the picture (from Washington Post?), where one of the riders, Shift volunteer & Breakfast on the Bridges guru Timo Landia is shown. He’s sadly been cropped out on this one!

Adams Carroll (News Intern)

OK, OK, after popular demand, I have changed the photo so Timo is more prominently displayed…wouldn’t want to encroach on anyone’s 15 minutes of fame!