Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 28th, 2007 at 7:30 pm
Tonight at 11 o’clock, KGW-TV (channel 8) will feature a special segment on bikes and cars.
The piece will attempt to show how it feels to navigate Portland streets from a different perspective. They took a regular bicyclist (who just so happens to be BikePortland.org columnist Elly Blue) and had her drive a car from her home in Southeast to Powells in the heart of downtown Portland.
They then took someone who regularly commutes by car and had them ride a bike home from work (Emanuel Hospital) in Northeast Portland.
Folks at KGW tell me that they decided to do the piece in the wake of the two fatal collisions last month. One KGW staffer said,
“We decided it would be eye-opening to let each side see how the other lives — or in this case, commutes…I think our viewers — both dedicated cycle commuters and dedicated drivers — will gain a better understanding of the challenges each other faces, and how to find more of a common ground.”
Should be fun to watch. Tune in (channel 8 at 11:00) and then report back here with your thoughts.
UPDATE: The video of the segment has been posted on KGW.com.