Occasionally I'm a passenger in a car and I get to see all the streets I avoid as a cyclist.
At least once every car ride there is a person riding a bicycle on a busy car thoroughfare. I shake my head and think "WHY!!!" but in a strictly rhetorical fashion. The idea of knowing someone's "reason" for riding on a street like Powell makes me think of that Lewis Black sketch with the woman who says "If it weren't for my horse I wouldn't have spent that year in college."
I pretend it's just because they don't have a bike map of the city, or someone hasn't told them that: as a general rule, streets that are good for cars, are not good for bikes and vice versa. So in my little world, I imagine giving each of these persons one of the Portland bike specific maps, (many of them free, others amazingly detailed ), and they say "thanks bike map fairy!" and it's one less person riding on Powell.
With that in mind, we're going to shout out the occasional "Why the heck are they riding on..." post. Just like the "WHY!?" in my head, it's a rhetorical question. With the idea that maybe it's just because they don't know any better, the post will offer a practical alternative.
So to fanfare and trumpets and cellos and the bicycling harper may I present:
|This comes from my FAVORITE bike map, the Portland folding pocket map, they are free and we have some at the shop.|
|A close up of an inner SE portion of Powell.|
|Portland has amazing bike maps that will help you navigate the city in the bike friendliest way.|
Coming up on the "Why the heck..." list: bike salmon.