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Friday Quote: How Portland made it through 2013 with zero bike fatalities


This morning, we looked back at the stories that made it big. Before we turn the page to 2014, let's look at four stories that can fall through the cracks at the end of a day, but are too big to ignore at the end of a year.

Maybe 10 million times in the last year, a Portlander got on a bicycle to go somewhere. Here's how many of them survived it: every single one.

​There were several serious collisions, covered here on the site, including one major hit-and-run that remains unsolved. But the number-one reason Portland is the country’s best big city for biking is that this is, compared to any other large U.S. city and lots of the smaller ones, an extremely safe place to ride a bicycle.

This isn’t a new feat for Portland: the city also avoided any bike-related fatalities in 1999, 2000, 2002, 2006, 2008 and 2010.

Why is this a bike story? Because in the national psyche and in our city's own, Portland means biking and biking means Portland. When people think Portland is an economic basket case, they look for scapegoats. In recent years, bikes have gotten blamed.

Full story from Bike Portland HERE



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