Streetfilms Portland Week: Bicycle Boulevards

Streetfilms’ Clarence Eckerson has been spending a lot of time in Portland learning about the politics, planning, engineering and culture behind that city’s phenomenal bike network. Working closely with Greg Raisman from Portland’s Dept. of Transportation Clarence produced a half hour documentary called "A Celebration of Portland Transportation." On Saturday, the film was shown on the big screen at Portland’s Bagdad Theater.

While Portland is, in so many ways, completely different from New York City, these Streetfilms provide a ton of valuable information for anyone interested in improving New York City’s bike network and public spaces. What I find most remarkable is the way in which Portland’s transportation officials are really working with communities towards broader quality of life goals. The job of a DOT official in Portland is about so much more than just keeping traffic moving.

Clarence has broken down his documentary into a six, bite-size, Streetfilms. And every day this week we will feature one or two of them here on Streetsblog. If you’re a glutton for Streetfilms you can watch them all right here.

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Portland, Oregon’s Bicycle Boulevards
Running time: 3:08 
Download: 12.12 MB

Bicycle Boulevards in Portland are beautiful, safe and tranquil for bicycling. They are also wonderful streets to live on. Mia Birk, former manager of City of Portland’s Bicycle Program (1993-99), and Mark Lear of the Portland Office of Transportation explain a few of the many strategies employed to keep thru-traffic off the boulevards and to make the riders using them safe.

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