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It’s National Bike Month – 3 Weird Ways to Celebrate

It’s National Bike Month – 3 Weird Ways to Celebrate
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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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First photo from jack satta via flickr; second photo from jjay69 via flickr; third photo from greta red via flickr

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11:09PM PDT on Jun 5, 2012

Bike camping now why didn't I think of that, thanks for the idea.

3:09AM PDT on May 27, 2012

thanks

10:06AM PDT on May 26, 2012

Thanks

6:42AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Very good article. Other cities should use Portland as a role model, especially NYC, which is claiming to be a very "green" city.

6:42AM PDT on May 24, 2012

Very good article. Other cities should use Portland as a role model, especially NYC, which is claiming to be a very "green" city.

4:47PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thanks

2:03PM PDT on May 23, 2012

thanks.

10:42AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Sell your car and use the bike.

9:24AM PDT on May 23, 2012

Where is it written that we have to own a car and spend hours stuck in traffic, belching greenhouse gases and even shooting at each other? We can easily go places on stress-free public transportation and get some exercise by biking, as its done in other developed and undeveloped countries. We have to get over our addiction to cars if only to stop global warming.

5:09AM PDT on May 23, 2012

I am lucky enough to live close enough to work (volunteer but oh well) to be able to walk to work. So I don't expect to take up biking.

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