Portland Treats Cyclists Like Grownups

By Ryan McGreal
Published June 26, 2009

Do you want to know how much more progressive Portland is than Hamilton in its transportation infrastructure? Their road work crews set up temporary bike lane detours around construction sites.

This is how to do a construction detour on a major bikeway! (Image Credit: Flickr by way of

We can't even commit to paying for a continuous bike lane network in the first place.

Ryan McGreal, the editor of Raise the Hammer, lives in Hamilton with his family and works as a programmer, writer and consultant. Ryan volunteers with Hamilton Light Rail, a citizen group dedicated to bringing light rail transit to Hamilton. Ryan wrote a city affairs column in Hamilton Magazine, and several of his articles have been published in the Hamilton Spectator. His articles have also been published in The Walrus, HuffPost and Behind the Numbers. He maintains a personal website, has been known to share passing thoughts on Twitter and Facebook, and posts the occasional cat photo on Instagram.


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By mikeonthemountain (registered) | Posted June 27, 2009 at 11:46:11

That is a very thoughtful thing to do if the nature of the construction and width of the road allows for it.

For some reason I thought of what Jules said in Pulp Fiction ... "It's the little differences. I mean, they got the same over there that they got here, but it's just - it's just there it's a little different."

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By (anonymous) | Posted July 01, 2009 at 01:22:52

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By (anonymous) | Posted July 10, 2009 at 12:44:34

I think that was something very considerate to do for the citizens of Portland. These small things should also be taken into account by the local government to offer citizens a more secured environment.

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