Posted on April 26th, 2017 at 9:42 am.
It’s an annual tradition we look forward to every year: When one of our local weekly news outlets devotes an entire issue to bicycles and the people who ride them. This morning the Pulitzer Prize-winning Willamette Week released its Bike Issue and newsstands around the city are now adorned with this provocative cover. And under the covers of the issue is a suite of articles that will hopefully make people think critically — and positively — about biking’s role in Portland.
The lede is all about how Portland has gotten complacent:
“… don’t you kind of feel like we’ve been in a rut?
The percentage of bike commuters in the city has been stuck for the past three years. Adding more bike infrastructure has been a battle. Vandals felt empowered to destroy bike-share stations earlier this month.
It’s not just drivers to blame — Portland cyclists have become complacent… It’s time to spice things up.”