Welcome to People on Bikes, a column that takes a closer look at who’s riding bikes in Portland. These pictures can tell us a lot: Who’s riding? Who’s not? What type of bikes do we ride? How do people stay cool in summer and warm in winter?
If you like bikes, bike fashion, or just have an anthropological curiosity about what people look like when they ride, you’ve come to the right place. Check the past editions below — and don’t forget to check out special editions from New York City, Copenhagen, and Colombia!
I apologize. Somehow, three years have passed since I did a proper People on Bikes. [Read more…]
How good does it feel to be able to pedal bikes again after all those snow and ice storms?
This is the first full week we’ve had since early December where the roads are dry and we can get back to a somewhat normal commute (yes, we know about all the gravel and we have a story about that coming up next). To kick off the return of fellow riders to the bike lanes, I thought it’d be fun to do a People on Bikes. This is a regular feature where I stand in one place and photographing people as they roll by. There are a lot of cool things we can learn from this. Here are some of the questions I have in my head as I look at the images:
It’s likely that more bike trips happen in Bogotá, Colombia, than any other city in the Western Hemisphere.
With 8.8 million residents — a number that has grown by about 12,000 every month for the last 50 years — Bogotá’s estimated 4 percent of trips by bike makes it approximately as bikey as the Portland metro area (2.2 million, with about 2.2 percent of commutes by bike) but much, much bigger.
Welcome to the latest installment of People on Bikes.
I started this series in 2011 and have been doing them infrequently ever since. This time around, for the first time ever, I’m featuring someone else’s images: Will Vanlue. Will is a man about town in Portland. You might have read his work on The Prudent Cyclist and you probably remember his name attached to local activism efforts. He’s one of the people behind the Downgrade Portland petition and he’s very active on Twitter.