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2 responses to “Is Seattle Catching Portland as America's "City to Bike"?”

  1. Bikejuju

    Interesting.

    The annual three day count methodology always seems to me like it is highly susceptible to external factors like weather, road repairs on high traffic routes, etc.

  2. Dave

    Yeah, I think there are probably a lot of factors going on there, and I have a feeling that simply a lot less people going to work period made a big difference. Haven’t heard yet if anyone has found out if overall trips have declined in Portland, or just bike trips. Also, I don’t think higher percentage of riders wearing helmets means a city is more bike-friendly – quite the opposite in fact. If people feel safe, they will feel less need to wear helmets (look at the Netherlands).

    That said, I hope Seattle gives it their best go, and Portland as well.

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