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Portland Is Working to Become a Bike Haven Again

Portland has long claimed the mantle of bikers’ paradise, but it has seen other cities catch up and surpass it in that arena. The new plan will finally help Portland to compete again.

As of last June, the city of Portland had just over 5 miles of protected bike lanes. Those are bike paths that separate people on two wheels from the multiton, gas-guzzling killing machines known in some circles as cars.

But in November, the Portland City Council approved a plan to build 16.8 miles of protected bike paths throughout the central city. To do that, and create bus lanes, the city took the dramatic step of agreeing to get rid of 1,000 parking spaces and 13.77 miles of car lanes as the plan builds out.

Portland has long claimed the mantle of bikers' paradise, but it has seen other cities catch up and surpass it in that arena. The new plan will finally help Portland to compete again. Maybe, just maybe, a few more people will feel safe enough to get out of their cars and onto bikes—or e-scooters.

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6. Because we have a sixth quadrant now…

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8. Because Oregon is gradually getting more diverse, and in unexpected ways…

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10. Because we helped jump-start the movement that's changing the tech 
industry…

11. Because if you want to, you can dance to…

12. Because we're so sex positive, you can take a class on…

13. Because we're working to become a bike haven again…

14. Because after walking across Antarctica, I can still come back 
to my favorite dive bar…

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20. Because we finally have a virtual reality playland…

21. Because we have nicer weather than Hawaii (no, really)…

22. Because Basic Rights Oregon is fighting for LGTBQ+ rights—and winning…

23. Because Portland State's gym just underwent an awesome makeover…

24. …and the courthouse is getting one, too.

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