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ELSEWHERE: Seeing business benefits, retailers propose protected bike lanes in Portland

Ah, Portland. The entire continent has a heart-on for you.

Everyone who pays attention knows that bikes (and bikelanes) are good for business (even in Toronto, with studies in the Annex and the Bloor West Village).. and even businesses know it in Portland, PROPOSING protected bikelanes themselves.

Not the city, not cycling advocates… the retailers themselves are pushing for protected bikelanes.

A coalition of 30 Old Town bars, restaurants and entertainment venues is proposing adding a quarter-mile of planter-protected bike lanes and street cafe seating to 2nd and/or 3rd avenues.

Inspired by nearby projects on SW Ankeny and NE Multnomah, the six-month-old Old Town Hospitality Group sees their experimental road diet concept, which could narrow the streets’ car-oriented area from three travel lanes to one or two and might remove some on-street auto parking, as a way to make the neighborhood safer, more comfortable and better to do business in.

Full article: Seeing business upsides, Old Town retailers propose protected bike lanes on 2nd, 3rd – BikePortland.org.

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