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.
Portland 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.
Portland 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.
The ECOreport looks at one of America’s leading cycling cities, Biking lets you be a Kid Again!
By Roy L Hales
As 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. Continue reading Biking lets you be a Kid Again!→
By Roy L Hales Governor Jerry Brown has just signed a bill that states vehicles must stay at least three feetto the left ofother 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.” Continue reading New Law Says Autos Must Go Three Feet To The Left While Passing→