Thursday, August 1, 2013

Portland's Bike Boulevards

I visited Portland, Oregon last week with Rollins College Master of Planning students. Portland has an extensive network of "bicycle boulevards."  Last Saturday morning, I saw a constant stream of bicyclists, in fact, more bicyclists than motorists.  The boulevards are well marked with signs informing bicyclists of their distance and average time to bike to various destinations.  The boulevards contain a fair number of roundabouts and larger traffic circles, which keep bicyclists moving.  Nearby residents turned some of the traffic circles into community rose gardens.

This is an easy, low cost idea to adopt in Central Florida.  I took the following photo in Ladd's Addition.  

Bike Boulevard in Ladd's Addition, Portland, Oregon.