Hello. My wife and I are considering a move from San Diego to Portland, and I was hoping to get your thoughts on bicycle culture in Portland.
We are both physicians and bicycle commuters. SD does have some bicycle commuters but the infrastructure is lacking (though improving). We’ve long been excited about Portland’s bike culture, and I have learned a lot more about it as I research the city and its infrastructure. The bicycle plan for 2030 looks amazing but I’ve seen some skeptical comments about it.
So, I am hoping to know what you think about Portland’s bicycle culture as it stands now and where you see it heading? Do you believe that PBOT is serious about making Portland a “world-class” bicycling city that is also equitable? Do you feel that the people of Portland want to see that happen?
As bicycle, pedestrian and public transit infrastructure is one of the reasons for our potential move from “sunny San Diego” to “rainy Portland”, we want to be sure we are not deluding ourselves with thoughts of grandeur.
Thank you for your consideration and time.