September 22, 2011 – Already a bike-friendly town, Portland, OR is blazing new trails to help its residents embrace the biking lifestyle. As outlined in a recent New York Times article, “Developers Cater to Two-Wheeled Traffic in Portland, Ore.” it is the city’s businesses that are now trying to cash in on biking’s popularity here. About 7% of Portland’s commuters travel by bike, significantly higher than the rest of the U.S. (1%).
Take for example some of the new businesses that are totally oriented towards bikers, most of which are located on incredibly busy commuter bike routes like North Williams Avenue:
– Eco Flats is a new rental apartment building with bike racks in the lobby, and bike friendly doors and entrances. But it has no parking for cars
– The Hopwoods BikeBar is on the ground floor of Eco Flats. The new brewpub has bike locks and takeout food that fits bicycle water bottle holders. It’s located on a popular bike route.
– In the same North Williams district there is the Friendly Bike Guest House, which features indoor parking for its guests’ bicycles.
– Builder D.R. Horton is building a 29 unit condominium in southeast Portland that targets bicyclists in its marketing campaigns.
– Killingsworth Station is a 60,000 sq.ft. mixed use project with bicycle parking on all floors, and a shower for its office tenants.
As businesses roll forward with their plans to take advantage of the growing biker population, the city continues to make positive improvements for bikers with more dedicated bike lanes. The Clinton Street bike boulevard is one of the big biking success stories in Portland. Portland is definitely a trail blazer when it comes to biking, it will be interesting to see where this comes out in the next few years.
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September 28th, 2011 | #
Take it from a 61 year old male resident life long resident, Portland “ain’t what it used to be”. You don’t want to retire here. We can hardly wait to leave for sunnier and less congested climes. Property prices and taxes are sky high.
Sure, the place is beautiful. You can enjoy the mountains and the coast in just a few hours drive, that is if the traffic doesn’t waste your entire day.
Great medical facilities too. And don’t forget all the restaurants and cultural events, again – just be prepared to wait.
And don’t forget to lock your doors, as gang and all sorts of violence are rampant.
Our famous former Governor, Tom McCall once said: “Please come and visit, and then go home!” I urge you to heed this advice.
October 6th, 2011 | #
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