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Pedestrians & Cyclists Contribute To Vancouver’s Downtown Businesses

The ECOreport looks at a report from British Columbia, Pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses.

By Roy L Hales

Contrary to what some urban business owners expected, the global shift to alternate transportation has not adversely effected their  revenue streams. A study from Portland, Oregon, found that “cyclists spent less than drivers on grocery trips, but more at restaurants, bars, and convenience stores.” The average pedestrian or cyclist in Manhattan’s East Village spends $15 to $20 more per month.  A University of Melbourne report pointed out (pp 38, 39) that as six bikes fit into one car park, car drivers need to spend six times as much as cyclists to produce the same economic benefit. A new report shows the transition taking place in British Columbia, where pedestrians & cyclists contribute to Vancouver’s downtown businesses. 

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Vancouver Challenging Portland As North America’s #1 Biking City

The ECOreport looks into the possibility Vancouver surpasses Portland As North America’s #1 biking city

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PMPortland has long been been North America’s #1 bike-friendly city. According to the Portland Bureau of Transportation, 7.2% of “commuters go by bike.” That figure is taken from the 2014 census, which also shows the closest U.S. competitors as Minneapolis (4.6%), San Francisco (4.4%) and Seattle (3.7%). Now a new report shows Vancouver challenging Portland as North America’s #1 biking city.

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Portland Is A City Of Firsts

Press Release from the City of Portland

Portland is a city of firsts: First U.S. city to replace a waterfront highway with a park; bring back the modern streetcar; adopt the Kyoto climate protocols; enact a green building policy. Portland has the highest bike ridership in the country, and was an inaugural member of C40, a league of cities banning together to fight climate change. Portland adopted a Climate Action Plan in 1993, a decade before most cities had even begun to grapple with those issues.

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Exploring Portland with Streetfilms.org

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Portland has long enjoyed the reputation of being a Mecca for cyclists, but Clarence Eckerson Jr’s documentaries show that the city’s vision goes beyond that. Exploring Portland with Streetfilms.org gives bike enthusiasts,  parents, virtual tourists, and city planners, a unique glimpse into North America’s green transportation revolution.

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Why Portland Became A Biking Mecca

Originally published in Clean Technica

By Christopher DeMorro

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 Portland become a biking Mecca?
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Biking lets you be a Kid Again!

The ECOreport looks at one of America’s leading cycling cities, Biking lets you be a Kid Again!

By Roy L Hales

Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1As many as 60,000 Portland residents may use bicycles, or ebikes, every day. That’s Jonathan Maus’ best guesstimate. He says there are around 70 bike shops in town and ebikes are also displayed in a dozen or so. There are also two shops specifically dedicated to ebikes.
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New Law Says Autos Must Go Three Feet To The Left While Passing

By Roy L Hales
Screen-shot-2014-03-18-at-3.43.47-PM1Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill that states vehicles must stay at least three feet to the left of other vehicles, or bicycles, when passing. Failure to do so will result in a  $35 fine the first time and a fine of up to $250 for a third conviction within one or two years.  This bill will also entail an immediate fine of $220 “on a driver if a collision occurs between a motor vehicle and a bicyclist causing bodily harm to the bicyclist, and the driver is found to be in violation of the above provisions.”
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