In yet another sign that bikes are good for business…
The venerable Sunset Magazine (devoted to “Living in the West”) shares a trip to Portland with readers in their January 2009 edition. Their “Northwest weekend” section features a day trip to North Williams Avenue and the focus is on the area’s bike-ability and bike-friendly vibe.
The article says the street, “with it’s bike lanes and organic eateries…” make it easy to “jump-start” your New Year’s resolutions.
After pointing out how many daily bike commuters glide by Williams (2,745 according to Sunset), they say that the “dress code” is a “Waterproof jacket and jeans with right leg rolled up”. The “Hot wheels” for your time in and around North Williams? That would be a Strida folder from nearby Cascade Cycling.
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riding on Vancouver/Williams
(Photo © J. Maus)
After splurging on some fine treats at Pix Patisserie, the Sunset reporter says the “best way to burn it off” is “five laps of the North Williams/North Vancouver Avenue bike corridor” (I wonder if the Sunset editors realize that the Williams/Vancouver couplet have been voted the best bike lanes in the city?).
Want to be “native chic”? Then get yourself a custom-made, waterproof bag from Lemolo.
The Van/Will corridor (as it’s known locally) is one of the busiest in the city and the area is seeing a lot of new development. The other day I spoke with the developer of the former Kinesis/Mountain Cycle factory building (in the photo above). He said he’s working on another building nearby and he has some interest in creating a bike business hub (more on that later).