A new bicycling brigade calling itself Bike Loud PDX has launched, and their inaugural ride has proven very much in line with the tactics and goals of protest rides from years past. Having come together out valid frustration with a bureaucratic status quo that puts cars first and people last, Bike Loud PDX first convened recently at Lucky Lab Pub in the heart of the quasi-industrial Buckman neighborhood.
As covered by Bike Portland, “Many Portlanders who care about bicycling want to find a way to create more urgency for bike-friendly changes. As we’ve been reporting since May, Portland – once a biking beacon that other cities aspired to – has lost its mojo. With our largest bicycle advocacy organization, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance choosing to take a more conservative role, some in the community want to start a new advocacy group.”
The call to organize was posted to the Shift calendar by Alex Reed, a transplant to Portland in 2007.
Having been a part of radical cycling groups with focus on livable streets and social justice myself like PDX Bike Swarm, I’ve much interest in seeing any and all bands of bicyclists succeed at their aims. I’m also aware of how groups looking to unhinge the status quo are prone to infighting, burn-outs, and mission creep. It’s genuinely hard to work for change, even with people you care about, and not run into internal and external conflicts that test one’s own commitment.