Posted by: Jack | April 30, 2008

Cranking to the Top and Into the Future

On a recent family vacation I was discussing my great level of satisfaction with Portland’s bicycle accommodations. When others proclaimed their hometown’s similar qualities, I got a bit defensive. Looking back, I felt a bit ashamed at having succumb to that root-for-the-home-team aspect of human nature which I so greatly admonish in sporting spectatorship.

Today I found redemption as Portland has just been awarded the Platinum Level Bike-Friendly-Community designation by the League of American Bicyclists. Previously, only Davis, CA — a town of 65k people, covering an area which could be circumnavigated by bike in under a half hour — held such distinction.

News articles detailing the honor, went on to describe the major economic benefits to cities which accommodate cyclists. In addition to bicycle infrastructure generally consuming less than 1% of public transportation expenses, the money cyclists don’t spend on cars and gas is more likely to stay in the local economy. Traffic congestion decreases, air quality increases, public health improves.

In honor of Portland’s award (not really), Anna and I are reducing our number of cars by 50% and replacing that one car with a bike trailer. We’re also looking into replacing the remaining car with something featuring far greater fuel efficiency and lower insurance rates. Anyone got any reccommendations?

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  1. Hi Jackson,

    You might want to check this out:

    //www.epa.gov/greenvehicles/Compareresult.do?vehicle_ID=61845&vehicle_ID2=62198&vehicle_ID3=63336

    The Ford Escape Hybrid, Honda Civic Hybrid and Toyota Prius Hybrid would all be worth considering.


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