October 12th, 2009 5:33 pm | by HANK STERN News | Posted In: CLEAN UP, CLEAN UP

Blumenauer, Bikes and Getting Outside The Bike Bubble


Sometimes it's worth remembering we live in a bit of a bubble here in Bike City, where an estimated 6.4 percent of commuting is done by bike.

There's this reminder of Portland's unique status as a bike-centric place in this piece that ran over the weekend in Arizona. The piece in the Arizona Daily Star reports how a new federal bike subsidy sponsored by U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.) hasn't seemed to catch on yet in Tucson or elsewhere around the country.

Blumenauer's Bike Commuter Act is "not something that has caught on like wildfire," League of American Bicyclists spokeswoman Meghan Cahill told the Arizona Daily Star. "There's still some work to be done."

I confess I don't know if Blumenauer's idea has proven any more popular in Portland. Anybody care to enlighten me?
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