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Portland bike parking provides lessons for New York City

Posted by on August 14th, 2008 at 7:11 am

Still from video — Watch it below

Streetfilms, the video-journalism arm of the New York City-based Livable Streets Network, has published a film that focuses on Portland’s signature bike parking treatments: bike oases and bike corrals.

The film features PDOT staffer Greg Raisman (who was behind Portland’s first-ever corral at N. Shaver and Mississippi), Belmont-area business owner Bill Stites (he makes very cool utility trikes), and Richard Satnick, co-owner of Laughing Planet Cafe.

Satnick — who spearheaded the creation of June’s successful Cirque du Cycling event in the Mississippi neighborhood and whose cafe will be a part of the new Bike Republic plans — says in the video (below) that the on-street bike corrals have been a boon to his business; “If it were up to me there’d be nothing but bikes on this side of the street.”

Check out the film:

— For more on Portland bike oases, see the story, Hawthorne bike oasis no longer an illusion (6/6/07).

— Also browse the Bike Parking category archives.

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  • KTesh August 14, 2008 at 7:23 am

    PDX does it again… Let\’s keep showing the rest of the country that it\’s not impossible to use bikes as viable, eco-friendly, transportation.

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  • Gracie August 14, 2008 at 7:37 am

    This video is on point. Almost makes me want to park my bike more than ride it. It\’s a good reminder of what a bubble we live in as far a transportation infrastructure. Thanks for the reminder.

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  • Steven M. August 14, 2008 at 7:44 am


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  • Bent Bloke August 14, 2008 at 8:44 am

    I want Greg Raisman\’s t-shirt! Bike to the Future — I love it!

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  • Elisabeth August 14, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Oh! I am SO HAPPY there will be a Laughing Planet downtown at the Waterfront! There is no good food anywhere in the financial district to be had.

    Burritos and bikes.. aaah, a match made in heaven!

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  • Jessica Roberts August 14, 2008 at 11:35 am

    A business owner who wants to remove all the car parking? I\’m impressed!

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  • BURR August 14, 2008 at 5:26 pm

    Paris has parking like this for pedal and motor cycles all over the city.

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  • Cycling in Portland « Fishy thoughts August 14, 2008 at 8:34 pm

    […] USA, that idea doesn’t seem to have occurred to the city planners. [Update: I learned from this blog that Portland does create bike parking by subtracting car parking! Good on ya, […]

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  • Katie August 14, 2008 at 9:05 pm

    Those corrals are awesome, and they are heavily used. More would be better.

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  • BURR August 14, 2008 at 10:40 pm

    can we get PDOT to move the bike oasis at 20th and Hawthorne over to the North side of the street?

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  • Kris S August 15, 2008 at 12:30 am

    Well-done video!

    Greg Raisman makes a real key point when he states that the corrals – by allowing cyclists to park on the asphalt – are a real equalizer, giving the people the sense that whether they are driving a car or riding a bike, their community/city respects them equally.

    In some way I wished that our cities (and the BTA) would direct more energy on the many inequalities that still exist on our public roadways, making cyclists often feel like second class citizens. M

    y biggest pet peeve are the many traffic lights I come across on a daily basis that don\’t get tripped by a bicycle, forcing me either to illegally proceed through a red light (which is what I assume most cars would do if a traffic light doesn\’t function) or cross over to the sidewalk to push the ped crossing button (not always safe or easy when you are already positioned in the left turn lane). We know the technology is there, but still we accept that many intersections (especially in the suburbs) are not adequately detect bicycles, further ostering that feel that we actually don\’t belong on these streets.

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  • Kris S August 15, 2008 at 12:33 am

    OK need to start proofreading my comments before hitting the Submit button… make that last sentence:

    We know the technology is there, but still we accept that many intersections (especially in the suburbs) don\’t adequately detect bicycles, further fostering that feel that we actually don\’t belong on these streets.

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