By Jason Leach
Published April 28, 2009
Due to the high response of great ideas to recent RTH articles discussing the Shifting Gears bike plan update here in Hamilton, I thought I'd post a short, two-page photo tour I found on bike transportation initiatives in Portland, Oregon.
Bike Box: Brings cyclists to front of the line at traffic lights, priority crossing/turning, reduces right-hook conflict, fill in box with color paint to increase visibility. (Image Credit: Flickr)
Bike Transit Bypass: Incorporating a Bicycle Lane through a Streetcar Platform (Image Credit: Flickr)
Having recently been there, I was impressed with the signage, parking, stop light box waiting areas and sheer number of bike lanes and facilities in the city. This tour does a good job at showing off the bike culture that has taken hold in this rainy west coast city.
It's also important to point out the relatively low cost of initiatives such as the ones shown here. If Hamilton would ever commit half a million or a million dollars in one-time bicycle funding and look to earn matching funds from the province or feds, we could quickly transform the way this city operates and functions as it relates to bike transportation.