30 Jan '16, 12pm

Make every bike lane a protected bike lane, says Portland

Make every bike lane a protected bike lane, says Portland

These days when I see a headline about Portland and its phenomenal bike infrastructure, I sigh a little. I know it's great – I bike here every day. Yet there are certainly a lot of not-so-great things about Portland's bike scene, including the fact that we still don't have bike share (though we are getting closer), we still can't get the bike gender balance to include more than one-third women, and we still have quite a bit of incomplete infrastructure. According to Bike Portland and Green Lane staff writer Michael Anderson , there's actually a new policy in place so that: "every time Portland road designers recommended a bike lane, they would need to make it a protected bike lane — or else explain why not." This policy, courtesy of a memo from Portland Bureau of Transportation director Leah Treat, is considered by Anderson to be the first policy like it in the U.S. Treat ...

Full article: http://www.treehugger.com/bikes/make-every-bike-lane-prot...

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