|Portland International Rose Test Garden|
|That's a lotta bikes outside the airport.|
|Bike assembly area|
|That's what I'm talking about! The bike assembly area.|
Once we got to our hotel and unloaded our belongings, we headed back out to explore the city. We were struck immediately by two things: first of all, we were shocked at how many dang cyclists there were. People were biking everywhere! At any one moment, we could look around and see at least 3 or 4 people on their bikes nearby, and it was clear that the vast majority of them were commuters - as in, not pros wearing kits and training, just regular people toting backpacks and traveling from place to place running errands. Bike racks were located *everywhere* and I rarely saw an empty one.
|WAIT HERE, CAR. Bike lanes at intersections in Portland.|
|John on our riverfront bike ride.|
|Pioneer Square - an amazing public space. Note the MAX in the background.|
|Need to take a bus to the middle of the woods? Go right ahead!|
|Sequoias in Forest Park... IN Portland.|
Stay tuned for our next post, a summary of what we see as the takeaways of our trip - the lessons that OKC could take from Portland to build a more pedestrian-friendly city with greater transportation options.