The League of American Bicyclists recently bestowed Platinum status to Portland as a Bicycle-Friendly Community. Portland is the first major city to receive the top honors. Yay Portland!
U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer made a short speech on the House floor sharing Portland’s success and encouraging Washington lawmakers to think more on the advantages to promoting bike culture throughout the country.
Bike culture has long thrived in Portland. And why not? It’s a great way to save money on gas, eliminate carbon emissions, get exercise, get a shower… Seriously if we can do it in Portland, where it rains so much of the year, you can do it anywhere at least part of the year! Give it a try!
Want to involve the kids? If s/he is 12 months or older, then go for it! If younger, I know there are options, but I don’t personally feel comfortable recommending them. Bicycling for fun and transportation is great for the whole family. There are bike mounted seats or trailers for the littlest ones and bikes that attach to the parent’s bike for older children. Check out local bike shops and try some things out, just don’t forget the helmet!