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Dreaming in Dutch: Six young planners’ visions for Portland

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on September 5th, 2013 at 10:37 am

Going Dutch event crowd

Portland’s bike wonk crowd turned out in force.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Dozens of curious Portlanders visited bike-culture hub Velo Cult Wednesday night to pore over a series of ideas for how to transform our city in the way the Dutch people decided to start reshaping theirs forty years ago.

“Though we remain America’s best city for bicycling, Portland has stagnated something fierce at a time when many other cities are recognizing the value of bike-friendliness,” event contributor Brian Davis wrote yesterday in a preview for PortlandTransport.com. That perspective captured the attitude of many who attended.
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“Going Dutch” event will show what’s possible in Portland

Avatar by on September 3rd, 2013 at 4:30 pm

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A trip to Delft, a city in the Netherlands
that makes ample use of automated bollards to
prohibit driving during certain hours, sparked
inspiration for “Going Dutch” event.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

By now, we’ve all seen and heard numerous examples of Dutch bike infrastructure; but specific examples of how Dutch-style treatments would look applied to Portland roads is something we need more of. That’s why I’m excited to share news of an event happening tomorrow night at VeloCult (NE 1969 42nd Ave) that will do just that.

“Going Dutch” has been put together by one of Portland’s young rising stars of road design and urban planning: Jesse Boudart. Boudart, a recent graduate of Portland State University who’s currently an transportation analyst with Kittelson & Associates, traveled to the cycling paradise of Delft in the Netherlands back in July. While there, he viewed the city with a specific eye toward how its bike-friendly road designs could be applied in an American city.[Read more…]

Bikeways at overpasses: Utrecht vs. Portland

Avatar by on August 22nd, 2013 at 10:57 am

A photo shared on Twitter the other day by London-based bicycling advocate and blogger Mark Treasure threw the differences between us and the Dutch into stark relief.

Mark pointed out how road designers in Utrecht (in the Netherlands) handled a situation where a road and its bicycle paths went under an overpass. The photo showed clearly how the quality and width of the bike paths were maintained — while the roadway was narrowed.

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Walmart goes Dutch with “Hollandia” model

Avatar by on July 11th, 2011 at 11:51 pm

$249 for Walmart’s new Dutch bike. Notice how Walmart’s website puts “Adult Bikes” in the “Toys” section.

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From our European Desk: Bike parking pilot project at Raamplein

Avatar by on October 23rd, 2009 at 8:35 am

Todd Boulanger

[This story is by Todd Boulanger, a former transportation planner for the City of Vancouver who has been soaking up the bike infrastructure of Europe. In this report he shares some views of a bike parking project at a public square in Amsterdam.]


The bike parking options under consideration for Amsterdam’s city center
(All photos © Todd Boulanger)

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Catching up with Portland’s original bike-based coffeeshop

Avatar by on September 15th, 2009 at 10:43 am

Editor’s note: Please welcome new BikePortland news intern Michelle Lopez. This is her first story for us — thanks, Michelle!


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Café Vélo serving hot and cold drinks at Sunday Parkways in North Portland this June.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Northeast Portlander Rick Wilson, a former chef with a love for Dutch cargo bikes (bakfietsen), had long fantasized about ways to combine his two passions. [Read more…]

Event: Slide show, lecture on Dutch bicycle culture

Avatar by on September 23rd, 2008 at 9:38 pm

Just got a heads up about what looks like an interesting event coming to Reading Frenzy (921 SW Oak St.) on Thursday, October 9th at 7:00pm.

A former Portlander, now living in Amsterdam, is working on a book about Dutch bicycle culture.

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