Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 1st, 2005 at 8:43 am
After a week or so of boring stuff about streetcars and sidewalks, the Portland contingent in Amsterdam is getting down to business. Chris Smith over at PortlandTransport.com is finally starting to talk about bikes.
The group is receiving the gospel in the form of a presentation yesterday from Amsterdam’s bicycle coordinator. Read Chris’s full report for some really interesting and inspiring facts. Here’s a little taste:
“…watching a street operate here in Amsterdam is a bit like watching a ballet – all the dancers, cars and bikes, know they roles and weave together very skillfully and very safely, despite very close proximity. I almost wonder if someday they will reach the point of cultural integration of cars, trams (streetcars) and bikes where physical delineations will no longer be necessary and they will operate seamlessly on a web of nothing more than social understandings.
As one of our cab drivers said about the prevalence of bikes, ‘it’s just a matter of getting used to it.'”
I’m hoping to have some exclusive reports from the BTA’s Jessica Roberts in the coming days.