Quick questions for Portland Bicycle Commuters

From: John B.
Sent on: Sunday, June 6, 2010 8:34 PM
If you had the ear of the decision makers about Portland's bicycle infrastructure, what would you tell them?

Well, there will be a meeting this week of some of the people who do make those decisions. This would include representatives from PACTS (our regional transportation planning organization), Portland Public Services, the Maine Department of Transportation, various engineering firms, and other interested groups such as BCM and the Portland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee. I have been privileged to be invited as well. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss local infrastructure standards, especially some of the applications which some in this group such as myself have criticized recently, such as so-called "door zone" and "coffin corner" bike lanes.

I expect it will be a fairly technical meeting, and it is not a public meeting. However, I wanted to let members of this group know about it, and represent your views as well as my own.

To that end, I have started a discussion thread about it on the Meetup, which I would encourage you to append your thoughts to.

April's poll, What to do about bike lanes in door zones?, is also relevant here. Please let us know what you think. This will be the perfect audience to report those results to.

And while you're at the polls, you can also vote on what bicycle book you want to read and discuss this summer. We need to decide soon so people can get started!

As a reward for reading this message, here's a very relevant cartoon for this weekend:

Have fun, ride safe!

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