1. Visit Portland. See How It’s Done.
For awhile there (2 years, to be exact), Minneapolis was top dog on the U.S. cities’ bicycle-friendliness list that Bicycling Magazine produces. And why not? That city has a huge proportion of women riders (approximately 44% females/56% males) compared to other cities, likely due to its holistic network of separated bike paths and its good Midwestern approach to biking (Snow? Sleet? No problem).
Now, in its newest review, Bicycling gave Portland back its bikey crown. Percentage-wise, nobody gets close to Portland’s approximately 8 percent mode share. However, when you visit Portland, what you’ll also experience, in addition to the Portlandia bike weirdness, which truly is special, is the accommodation that is happening between cyclists, vehicle drivers, and pedestrians. It ain’t a perfect relationship, far from it.
But Portland’s bike vibe overall is positive. Visit Stumptown next month, when Pedalpalooza’s three weeks of rides range from the sublime to the truly ridiculous. Enjoy this U.S. city’s concentrated food cart culture, too. Ride your bike from cart pod to cart pod, trying to shed the calories you’ll gain at each glorious stop. (Bike rentals at many locations; or bike and valet parking at new GobyBikepdx.com)
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