We roamed around Portland, Vancouver and Seattle last week and I'm still trying to digest and process just how forward thinking and progressive the places are. What struck me the most were the amount of people on bikes. The entire time we were there a bike was in my field of vision. As one left another would appear. I didn't see the amount of bike lanes I expected but that doesn't mean bike lanes didn't exist. Every couple blocks we would cross a Central Ave style bike lane with bollards and parked cars separating car traffic and bikes. And less often a full blown bike boulevard with a strip of grass and trees separating cars and bikes. But there were bikes everywhere all the time. In the morning guys in suits and women in dresses were heading to work. It was a moment for me seeing working bike messengers in Portland. And of course people everywhere riding for the pure pleasure of it. The conservatives in Cincinnati love to point out that Cincinnati is different than Portland.
Man, they have no idea, the mindset there is a complete 180 from here.