Surprise! Typical Portland bike commute is shorter than driving

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 24th, 2014 at 9:39 am

Bike traffic on NW Broadway-3

Crossing the Broadway Bridge.

“I’d love to bike to work, but it takes too long.”

Actually, nope. Well, depending on how you look at it.

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From New Orleans to New Haven, driving is on the decline

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 4th, 2013 at 4:36 pm

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People riding bikes in Austin, Texas.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A new report Wednesday from U.S. Public Interest Research Group shows, among other things, that there are many ways to look at the same numbers.

Most Americans, including most Portlanders, “still” drive for transportation? True.

The use of cars is on the longest slide ever recorded, one that seems only partly related to economic trends? Equally true.

And as US PIRG’s latest report, Transportation in Transition: A Look at Changing Travel Patterns in America’s Biggest Cities shows, this isn’t just because of the rapid drops in supposedly “weird” enclaves like Portland or Austin. It’s happening almost everywhere. To quote from PIRG:[Read more…]

Portland transportation isn’t ‘stagnating’ after all, city director says

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 27th, 2013 at 1:34 pm

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Riding on SW Broadway in downtown Portland.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Four months after taking charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Leah Treat is walking back an idea she shared in her job interview: the notion that the city’s bike infrastructure is “stagnating.”

“If I had to go through the interview process again, I would change that to say it’s more of a marketing issue,” Treat said, according to the edited Q&A on OregonLive.com. “We’re still way ahead of the country in the transportation arena, it’s just getting lost in the messaging somewhere. So we need to be talking more about the really exciting things that we’re doing.”

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4 things U.S. college towns could teach planners about biking

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 20th, 2013 at 10:04 am

Thousands of bicycles

The University of Oregon campus in Eugene.
(Photo by Gene Bisbee.)

Here’s a secret you won’t hear often: The United States has many cities where biking is far more popular than in Portland.

Two of them are just a two-day bike trip away.

They’re called college towns. And it’s time for urban planners to stop ignoring how well they work and start learning from them.

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Census: Portland biking stalls for fifth year while other cities climb

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 19th, 2013 at 3:13 pm

Source: Census American Community Survey. Image by BikePortland.

Portland’s hard-won status as “America’s bike capital” hasn’t looked less secure since it claimed the title in 2005.

The number of Portlanders who get to work primarily by bike was statistically unchanged in 2012, ticking from 6.3 percent to 6.1 percent of the city’s working population. Across the whole Portland metro area, bike use held at 2.3 percent.

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Low-car households account for 60% of Portland’s growth since 2005

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 30th, 2013 at 9:46 am

Sunday Parkways Southeast-15

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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What caused Portland’s biking boom?

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 2nd, 2013 at 3:57 pm

Chart by Rutgers University professor and noted bicycle researcher John Pucher. This was one slide from a presentation he gave last week in Seattle.

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U.S. Census: 6.3% of Portlanders bike to work

Avatar by on September 24th, 2012 at 12:58 pm

Source: U.S. Census 2011 American Community Survey.
(Graphic: BikePortland)

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Census: Portland and Oregon lead nation in biking to work

Avatar by on September 28th, 2011 at 11:41 am

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(Photo © J. Maus)

New data released by the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey shows that the state of Oregon is a national leader in the number of people who ride a bicycle to work.

According to the new “Journey to Work” numbers, 6 percent of people in the city of Portland use a bicycle as their main mode of transportation to work. That’s the highest number of the top 70 largest cities in the country. Oregon also led the way in metro areas of all sizes with the Corvallis and Eugene areas taking the top two spots with 9.3 and 6 percent respectively.
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Beyond ‘bikes vs cars’: Four secrets buried in the new Census stats

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 1st, 2010 at 12:17 pm

This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, a new “10-minute newsmagazine” and wiki about low-car life in Portland.

The Joy of Sects Ride - Pedalpalooza 09-9

Photos © J. Maus)

The official U.S. Census numbers for 2009 came out Tuesday, and as BikePortland reported, they held the latest evidence that the phenomenal growth of local biking has been leveling off.[Read more…]