Hope everyone enjoyed CicLAvia 2.0, I was away this time, but I followed the whole thing vicariously via the internet. Also for anyone interested in keeping up with my goings-on, I also Tweet a fair amount in between the blogging and other things.
I just got back from a week in Portland, and am taking in all that I saw and experienced there. I shot tons of photos of bicycling, transit, and transit oriented development while I was there. Below is a preview, looking at one of the bike corrals that have been springing up all over Portland. I'm so jealous of the bike parking there, it was really quite amazing how much the simple matter of providing bike parking makes you feel welcome to ride a bike. Yes Santa Monica has some bike parking, and does it's bike valet for certain things, but in Santa Monica bike parking is really only a downtown thing, and not even many parts of downtown. In Portland, even far into the neighborhoods, local business all have bike parking, including many with corrals. In SoCal finding good bike parking is surprise, in Portland finding a business without adequate bike parking is an outrage. It's like light and day, we are clearly far behind.
Business apparently really love the corrals too, because the increased foot traffic they attract compared to a car space, is good for their bottom line. The city cannot keep up with the requests coming in to swap car parking for bike parking. All this in a city with some of the most horrible weather for bicycling I've ever experienced. Sometime soon I'll try to gather all my thoughts into a post on lessons from Portland.
Here are the links to my posts for Patch so far:
- Counting Food Miles
- The Deeper Problems Behind the Rising Gas Prices
- Why Bike Racks Matter to Santa Monica's Buy Local Efforts
- The Shared-Use Revolution
- Road Rules: Addressing Traffic Safety in Santa Monica
- Living Car-Free in Santa Monica
- Debunking the Myth That Downtown Needs More Car Parking
- Lessons Learned from Long Beach's Bike Planning
- Would Bergamot Village Be Well-Suited for Sustainability?
- City Aims to Spur Bicycle Use
1525 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
2501 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
Whole Foods Markest Wilshire
500 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Whole Foods Market Santa Monica
2201 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
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501 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
3212 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
1311 Wilshire Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
710 Broadway, Santa Monica, CA
1644 Cloverfield Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
Whole Foods Market
1425 Montana Ave, Santa Monica, CA
302 Pico Blvd, Santa Monica, CA
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Olympic Blvd & 26th St, Santa Monica, CA