Bikes are in the DNA
Portland is one of America’s most innovative cities – a future city. It has transformed the way urban planning is approached, how nature is accessed, and how culture is curated. It embodies the convenience and ease of a small town while heralding the benefits and gravitas of a big city. The “Rose City,” as it is called, houses a range of industries, including a creative class of leather workers, coffee roasters, brewers, designers, developers and bike builders and going all the way up to global brands such as Nike, HP and Intel.
The appeal of Portland is best captured in its details. Food carts, award-winning restaurants, street fairs, technology start-ups, live music venues and boutique shopping, for example. And Portland is unmatched in its proximity to nature. In addition to housing one of the largest urban parks in the country, the city is within hours of mountains, the coast, waterfalls, lakes and rivers. From the city hub, it’s a quick day trip to any number of outdoor activities, including world-class windsurfing, hiking, rock climbing, skiing, snowboarding, kayaking and cycling.
Portland is a truly livable city, and the word is out. In recent years the city has gained popularity, making it one of America’s fastest-growing cities. That said, Portland’s urban growth boundary guidelines prevent the city from growing beyond a designated footprint, encouraging businesses to remain central and districts to upgrade and modernize internally, instead of sprawling. As a result, Portland is a sustainable grid of bustling neighborhoods, each with its own vibe and accessible by virtually any form of transit.
In terms of transportation, cycling is a central part of Portland’s DNA. Large bike parking corrals are housed all over the city, along with bright-green designated bike lanes on major streets, and smartly mapped bike thoroughfares. Cycling is not a bragging right or passing trend in Portland. It’s for everyone: lawyers commuting to work, families biking to the grocery store, twenty-somethings cruising around on summer nights, or messengers cutting through downtown. For many Portlanders, biking is a way of life all year round, rain or shine.