Each year, I attend the League of American Bicyclists Summit in Washington, D.C. During each Summit, delegates from Portland, Oregon brag about their “Bicycle Friendly Community.”
While the League of American Bicyclists has awarded nine Ohio communities including Dayton the “entry” Bronze Level “Bicycle Friendly Community” rating, Portland has achieved the highest “Platinum” level.
During my late June visit to Portland, it rained each day (not unusual for Portland). Despite the rain, I saw many cyclists pedaling to and from work. Most were wearing suits which is similar to European bike commuters I have seen. While bike commuting is not yet as prevalent in Portland as it is in Paris, transportation cyclists in Portland seem to outnumber transportation cyclists in Dayton based upon my unofficial count.
The number of transportation cyclists should increase in downtown Dayton next year with the creation of Bike Share. Bike Share will permit people at several locations in downtown Dayton to rent a bike from a roadside rack, ride the bike, then return it to another rack elsewhere in Dayton.
I tried the Washington, D.C. Bike Share during the League Summit last March. It worked very well.
We look forward to Bike Share implementation next spring in Dayton. Bike Share arrived in Columbus last summer, and will come to Cincinnati next month (September).