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Portlanders like to have fun! By adding cute animals or smiley faces to our infrastructure, we send the message that bikes are not meant to be taken too seriously. Being serious is boring! Our political action groups throw many amazing parties instead of spending their time doing boring advocacy work.
Portland is a city that takes equity very seriously. By allocating just the bare minimum of required road space for bikers and pedestrians, we ensure that frontline communities of concern are able to drive to their low-wage jobs and not be burdened by lack of roadway space or having to pay for parking.
Portland takes the extra time and money to develop plans and standards for our bike lanes, while still reserving the right to disregard them when applicable. Portland needs the greatest possible amount of flexibility when it comes to building bike infrastructure! Our robust planning culture ensures a healthy job market for developers, city planners, and designers.
Portlanders are rarely in a hurry. Our laid-back West Coast lifestyle extends to our bike infrastructure too! Portland takes its time building out bike lanes, carefully planning (for sometimes years, even) how to best install a single diverter. This ensures that everyone gets their voices heard, the neighborhood gets to properly air their grievances, and that city leadership is absolutely sure it's getting things right. Building out at a slow pace ensures no one gets too upset with more bike lanes, and that bikes never get the chance to completely take over, which no one wants.
Helping the Housingless
Portland ensures that its world-class bike paths can also be used by people struggling with outdoor living conditions. Instead of building them expensive shelters or passing well-thought-out legislation that actually lowers the cost of living, we simply make the most efficient use of our limited urban space.
Freeways connect neighbors, not divide them, and by expanding capacity where it is needed most, we are restitching the grid for the residents who decided to leave their homes so many years ago.