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Old 01-17-2014, 11:12 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I'm happy to hear nobody was killed biking, but disappointed to learn that 20mph zones are being implemented.

The worst "pro bike" measure in the city is the speed bumps. People constantly speed up, and then brake hard when they approach speed bumps, only to accelerate again. How much fuel is being wasted on the series of speed bumps? How much damage is being done on suspension components? How many accidents were the result of drivers hitting the brakes hard and then getting rear-ended by someone not paying attention?

The reason biking is so popular in Portland is that the city attracts younger people, often with college degrees, and offers a high cost of living and low wage jobs. On top of that, parking is either expensive or impossible.

I like riding a bike in Portland as much as anyone else, but I've never had a complaint about my biking experience. It's the driving experience that needs major attention since it's gridlocked 2pm-7pm on the weekdays and all of the time on the weekends.
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