It took a bit longer than expected, but Portland’s lofty ‘2030 Bike Master Plan‘ goal of attaining 25% of traffic trips taken by bicycle has finally been reached. After years of stagnation at the 6% mark, a critical mass of galvanized citizens compelling complacent politicians has created a perfect storm. Portland finally has seen a steady annual increase in the number of its denizens confidently pedaling a bicycle to work, to school, and to shop.
Most Portland advocates have historically yearned to make their city into the cycling mecca that Amsterdam, Copenhagen, and other cities like Hamburg already are. Ironically, there used to be widespread concern that scarce funding for better bikeways and a lack of political will would eventually stunt Portland while New York, Chicago, and even Los Angeles moved forward with greater ambitions.