Perhaps the most important part of Portland’s biking success though has to do with simple citizen activism.
Why Portland Became A Biking Mecca
Credit: adambowie
June 17, 2014

Via Clean Technica:

While some cities are struggling to grapple with congestion issues and increasing bicycle ridership, Portland has become something of a biking mecca. But how did they do it, and why did it happen in Portland of all places?

Grist lays out four reasons why they think Portland has become such an important place to the biking movement, chief among them is the city’s head start beginning in the 1960s. Portland attracted all sorts of hippie types looking to simplify their lives. But the biggest benefit came in 1971, when Oregons then-governor Tom McCall signed the “bike bill”, which meant that...

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