Report Indicates Drop in Portland Bicycling

Figures from a new report indicate that cycling is on the decline in Portland, widely considered America's top biking city.
December 16, 2009, 1pm PST | Nate Berg
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"That preliminary report, the 2009 "Portland Bicycle Counts," shows the number of bicycle trips across Portland bridges (and at more than 100 other locations citywide) has fallen a combined average of 6 percent compared with the same time period in 2008.

Last year, Portlanders made 16,700 daily trips by bike over the Hawthorne, Burnside, Steel and Broadway bridges. This year? Almost 1,000 fewer, WW has learned.

The drop comes at an inopportune time for city officials, who are just now launching their most ambitious plan yet to upgrade the city's bicycle infrastructure to meet what they say is strong demand."

The city is currently working on a citywide bicycle master plan for the next two decades aiming to increase the amount of trips made by bicycle.

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Published on Wednesday, December 16, 2009 in Willamette Week
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