Portland’s landmark Bike Plan for 2030 was adopted by Portland City Council exactly one year ago today. To mark the first anniversary of the plan, in the coming weeks the BTA will release a one-year review of the city’s progress, successes, and challenges so far.
In the plan: Build a network of low-traffic streets like the N. Concord Neighborhood Greenway throughout Portland.
Portland’s investments in bicycling promote a thriving city with more jobs, a robust local economy, less congestion, decreased childhood obesity rates, more efficient freight movement, and a clean environment. Portland has long topped national and international charts for livability and bike-friendliness.
However, in the year since Portland’s Bike Plan for 2030 was adopted, we have seen some of our peers in other cities outspend, outbuild, and outshine Portland’s progress on bicycling in key areas. In the BTA’s progress report, we identify shortcomings and outline clear next steps for the city to get out in front of its vision. Meanwhile, here are some inspiring examples of what our peers have been up to in 2010.
Prospect Park in New York City. Photo: nyc.gov
Led by Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Transportation Commissioner Jeanette Sadik-Khan, New York City has built 250 miles of bike lanes since 2007, doubled bicycle mode share from 2006 to 2010, and recently announced plans to launch a bike sharing program. They have implemented bicycle and pedestrian improvements outlined in PlaNYC and Sustainable Streets.
In April, Minneapolis ousted Portland from the top spot in Bicycling Magazine’s list of the top 50 US bike cities. In 2010 the city also launched Nice Ride Minnesota, a bike sharing program with 600 bicycles at 65 locations; began building its first bicycle boulevard in addition to 10 miles of bike improvements throughout the city; and the Cedar Lake Trail, one of the remaining gaps in the off-street bike path system, is nearing completion.
San Francisco made good on its promise to cut a path boldly forward immediately after the four-year bike injunction was lifted in 2010. According to Streetsblog, SFMTA’s accomplishments include “adding protected bike lanes on Mid-Market Street, installing thousands of sharrows on bicycle routes, striping ten miles of new bike lanes in a year and placing hundreds of new racks around the city.”
Stay tuned for the official release of the BTA’s Bike Plan Evaluation report coming soon. What are your anniversary wishes for the Portland Bike Plan?