City Club to Vote on State of Bicycling in Portland

6286773927_e2e1185f5d_zThe question is no longer, “Should we promote bicycling?”

According to City Club of Portland, the answer to that question is “yes” and it’s just a matter of doing so in a way that is safest and most efficient for everyone. That’s why this issue of procedure will be the crux of City Club’s meeting this Friday, June 7 at the Governor Hotel.

More specifically, City Club will vote on “No Turning Back,” the organization’s recent report on the state of bicycle transportation in Portland. The report — which many believe will garner a vote of confidence — will be accompanied by a minority report that seeks to implement a bicycle user license fee similar to that used for Oregon’s All-Terrain Vehicles.

While the overall vote will combine results from both the meeting and online voting for members who cannot attend, the vote on the minority report will only be in person.

The meeting will also feature U.S. Representative Suzanne Bonamici (OR-1) as a guest speaker.

If you are a City Club member you can reserve a spot at Friday’s meeting. Anyone else can sign up for membership before Friday to vote in the meeting.

Who: City Club of Portland members

Where: The Governor Hotel 614 SW 11th Avenue, Portland, OR 97205

When: Friday, June 7, 11:30 a.m.


Comments (1)

  1. Jeff Permalink  | Jun 06, 2013 10:29am

    Licensing bicycles? Please. Proponents of this nonsense promote several myths.

    Myth#1: If cyclists want the right to the road, then they should be licensed.
    We’ve had that right since 1887–before the automobile. Like pedestrians and equestrians, we aren’t required to be registered. The first automobiles weren’t licensed either. Only after motorists began amassing an apalling record of injuries and fatalities did states begin imposing licensing and registration laws. The rules were not applied to walkers and cyclists because they weren’t thought to be dangerous–and they still are not.

    Myth #2: Cyclists don’t pay their way.
    We do pay to maintain roads through taxes like the one on gas that we fork over when we fill our tanks. Therefore, we expect equal access to the infrastructure in which we’ve invested.

    Myth #3: Bikes need to be registered because they are vehicles.
    Bikes are considered vehicles in many states, such as Florida, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin. (In places where that’s not the case, cyclists still have the same rights and responsibilities as drivers.) But in some states skateboards and wheelchairs are vehicles, too. Like bikes, they don’t pose the hazards that cars pose–and that’s why they’re not required to be registered.

    Myth #4: Registration will make cyclists obey the laws.
    Does vehicle registration prevent drivers from speeding? Of course not. The real problem: When the laws are not enforced, people tend to ignore them. Motorists drive too fast; cyclists roll through stop signs.