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GOOD Ideas for Cities: Building a Bike Highway

Portland is known for its bike-friendliness, but how can it get even more riders on the road? Convert its major streets into bike freeways.

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Portland is famous for its vibrant biking culture, but the city's infrastructure hasn't caught up with the number of bikers on the streets. How do we create bikeways that will not only protect current cyclists, but also encourage more people to ride? As part of GOOD Ideas for Cities Portland, a team from THINK.urban presented its idea for creating a system of bike highways that run throughout the city. Instead of relegating cyclists to side streets and bike paths, the new bikeways would take over major Portland thoroughfares, making bikes more visible and creating more direct routes that would shorten ride times. Witnessing the shift from streets of mostly cars to mostly bikes will also start to create a sense that riders are prized and protected as a major transportation solution, not forced to stay in painted lanes.

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