Portland's Pricey Bike Plan
"It's easy to green-light America's most ambitious investment in bicycling when it would be funded down the road. But according to city transportation officials, the plan to build 681 miles of new bikeways over the next 20 years will eventually cost $613 million.
By comparison, the MAX Green Line cost $575 million, and all transportation projects in the metro area add up to about $630 million a year. "
But Mayor Sam Adams is standing behind the plan, arguing it will play a major role in transforming the city's neighborhoods into more livable and sustainable places.