This is a very important article. Thank you for making the point that despite the bragging throughout the city government, much of the work that has been done to get people on their bikes (and on transit) has been through volunteer efforts like Shift, Car-Free Day, Pedalpalooza, etc. There are a few heavy hitters who are (or have been) on the city's payroll like Mia Burke, Roger Geller, Timo (in the picture), Janice, and Linda. However as you stated, the city still spends 1% on bike infrastructure which leads to conflict points like the Hawthorne Bridge. And in addition there is a sharp dropoff in the bike-friendliness once you get north of Alberta, east of 39th, south of Division, or west of 12th Ave.
Come on Portland, don't let us fall behind.
I second Evan's comments. The primary real complaints against the current bridge are for traffic reasons. This bridge is currently in much better shape than the Sellwood bridge. And an important footnote about that is that the money spent so far JUST IN PLANNING could have built a completely new Sellwood Bridge by now.
Most of the people driving single vehicles across the bridge because there is no other realistic option. Only a few die-hards are willing to take the underfunded bus/bike options. This just funnels more money to auto-advocacy groups like AAA. And the mass of cars is what impedes freight traffic (which we all depend on) not the number of lanes.
Stu, I am a bike advocate (as well as a transit and pedestrian advocate) who believes the bridge is just fine. If a seperate bridge were built either as part of the rail right-of-way or adjoining the existing hwy bridge for transit and bike/ped users the cost would be a small fraction and peopel would have realistic options. You also wouldn't have to contend with the mess of re-routing auto-traffic.
And by the way don't you just love it when suburbanites complain about people who can more easily buy a house because of the $7000 a year saved by not driving everywhere?
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