As perhaps the world’s most famous bike blogger, BikeSnobNYC enjoyed taking the piss out of Portland, Oregon in an article in Outside Magazine last year.
But really, attacking Portland’s pretension to be the most bike friendly city in the world is attacking a straw man. Too easy for you, BikeSnob! I offer, as evidence, no more than a single photo from a single well-known European city. When the bicycle is as commonplace and non-chalantly integrated into urban life as it is in this picture, American cycling advocates will truly have accomplished something. Even in Portland, they just have a long, long way to go yet.
Photo Courtesy Denver B-Cycle
“At first, I thought, ‘Gosh, public transportation, what’s
wrong with that, and what’s wrong with people parking their cars and riding their bikes?
And what’s wrong with incentives for green cars?’ But if you do your homework and research, you realize ICLEI is part of a greater strategy to rein in American cities under a United Nations treaty,” Maes said.
Makes you kind of wonder whether he also believes Denver mayor John Hickenlooper is Jewish?
By Christopher N. Osher
The Denver Post