Portland #1 in US for Cycling

By Jason Leach
Published June 21, 2007

If it isn't rail (they are now upgrading their LRT to use the Bombardier trains that Paris uses) it's bicycles: according to the US Census Bureau, Portland has the highest rate of cycling in the US, eight times higher than the national average.

May I add from having lived there that Hamilton is more compact and walkable / cyclable than Portland. Well, Hamilton could be. Five-lane mega-highways downtown don't really encourage cycling.

Jason Leach was born and raised in the Hammer and currently lives downtown with his wife and children. You can follow him on twitter.

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By Ryan (registered) - website | Posted June 21, 2007 at 23:10:15

From the article:

"It's not surprising" that Portland ranked No. 1 in bike commuting, said Scott Bricker, policy director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Portland has been ranked the nation's top cycling city in national cycling magazines in recent years.

Bricker said Portland has been working to improve cycling in the city for the past 10 or 15 years, and it has really paid off in the past two or three years. "This isn't peaking," he added.

Where, oh where is Lloyd Ferguson when you need him?

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