One reason Portland has such a great street culture (by American standards) is that we cherish the sun. Unlike places where it hardly ever rains, we do not take the presence of that life-giving orb for granted.
So it’s no surprise that after months of record-setting (even for us!) rain and cold and darkness, Portland streets came alive when the sun came out last week. A sunny Friday coincided with the emergence of blossoms on thousands of trees throughout the city. As per tradition, I grabbed my camera, hopped on my bike and set out to see how Portlanders responded.
In a short loop along the Willamette River I saw many heartening scenes of a city that loves cycling. People of all ages pedaled all types of bikes. Waterfront Park was wonderfully chaotic due to the cherry blossoms being in full effect. And my goodness Biketown is popular!
Here are a few more photos…
I’ve been a Portlander long enough to know we’re not out-of-the-woods weather-wise until July. But it sure feels good to be on the other side of winter. Here’s to more sun — and fun — on bikes from here on out!