National Geographic Traveler Awards Portland Most Bike Friendly City
The City of Portland has been struggling to improve its infrastructure as sanctioned by the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, regardless of the esteem honor it earned from the National Geographic Traveler as the most bike friendly city in the United States of America.
Planning ahead was their key to the honor rendered to the city, according to Gerik Kransky, advocacy campaign manager at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. He also added that Portland has a high riding population that brought about the ranking and likewise did open the need to improve its infrastructures based on previous plans. However, this is just the beginning.
On February 11 of this year, the City Council by a unanimous vote of 5-0 passed the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 with its objective to enhance Portland’s ridership, to attract new riders, improve practical biking policies, appropriation of suitable parking space, the expansion of biking programs and networks in support to cycling and to fund such facilities.
The new plan ensures public safety and health by promoting clean air. As proposed, it is cheaper to encourage building of bicycle networks instead of cars and vehicular infrastructures that contributes to air pollution. The City of Portland, together with the BTA and the Portland Bureau of Transportation has already launched to pave 24 kms bicycle lanes this year.
The BTA likewise has initiated the social awareness among its populace in their efforts known as The Build It Campaign that promises the realization of the Portland Bike Plan for 2030 that will benefit the general public. This move convinced the City of Portland and its Metro Council to support and get the plan rolling into action.