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What a difference the sun makes: Hawthorne bike traffic up 46% over last February

Posted by on March 12th, 2015 at 9:01 am

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You might call this winter the September that never ended.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

For all the freakishness of the warmest February in Portland history — forget the wildfires and snowpack, think of where housing prices are headed if we turn gradually into San Diego — we’ve all enjoyed the benefits.

At least 37,571 more times than last year, anyway.

That’s the number of additional bike trips taken over the Hawthorne Bridge (in both directions) as captured last month by Cycle Oregon’s bike counter, compared to February 2014.

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February 2014 wasn’t a normal one, either. Its multi-day snow and ice storms led to some of the lowest one-day bike counts ever. Compared to February 2013, bike traffic last month was up just over 10 percent.

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How about the people walking their bikes on that bridge during the snow storm in February 2014?

Lester Burnham
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Lester Burnham

Is that Lycra Fred speeding so fast he’s blurred?

SW
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SW

>>For all the freakishness of the warmest February in Portland history — forget the wildfires and snowpack, think of where housing prices are headed if we turn gradually into San Diego — we’ve all enjoyed the benefits.

think of where housing prices are headed if we turn gradually into San Diego

Have you ever been to Sandy Eggo Michael ?

You and I will be long in the ground before PDX “turns gradually into San Diego”. I’ve lived here since ’72, after moving from S.D. There are snowy/cold years & there are warm years in Portland. Takes more than one to make a trend.
This was a temporary anomaly , just like low gas prices.

OT
Hilarious how the big pickup boys ran out to buy a new one, cause ..ya know , with cheap prices now you can afford to run one. 🙂 yeah, that didn’t last long.

Champs
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Champs

Should this be taken to mean that the tack situation is over? They were there, they were gone, they came back again, etc. I’ve got better things to do than fix flats, but alternate routes are adding up. Some miles are more “bonus” than others.

Brian
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Brian

IMO, people have been more courteous to one another on the bridge this Spring, as well. Maybe it’s the increase in riders, maybe it’s the sun, maybe it’s the fact that people are getting better at this commuting together thing. Whatever the reason(s), it’s great.

rachel b
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rachel b

I am dreading this summer. Really hoping it doesn’t start in April and run to November again this year. Shudder.

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rain waters

Rode along Lake Mead today. Shoreline is moving way out past what was obviously ever expected. If it loses another 78 feet of water level the turbines stop in Boulder dam so California can continue to recieve its allotment of the Colorado river. Sure the constant 72 degrees is nice. I doubt the wells in Las Vegas will support the millions of socal refugees. They don’t care about speed cameras and they’re not goin back to socal when this dream dries up in the next five years. You might pray for cold rain and snow or prepare to welcome some new neighbors.

Rick
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What? More people ride bikes when the sun is out? *gasp*!

Marysue
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Marysue

Awesome picture, so many cyclists and pedestrians on the move in Portland. In east Tucson AZ, I feel like an anomaly riding my bike to and from work a few miles, hoping high-speed traffic won’t veer onto the shoulder. I don’t see the status quo changing here any time soon regarding auto use.