Our fair city continues to earn good marks for bicycling safety. Compared with other large U.S. cities, data supplied by the national Alliance for Bicycling and Walking shows that Portland is better than most. While our bike-to-work rate is riding high, the fatality rate for bicyclists is relatively low.
Remember when you were a kid in school and your class went on a field trip? Almost invariably your teacher would issue the reminder that while you were out and about you weren't just individuals, but representatives of your entire school.
Portland has a reputation as being very bike friendly. Granted, the city has lost the first-place ranking it once enjoyed from Bicycling magazine, but that has had little effect on the popularity of pedal power. And now the Oregon legislature is considering a bill that would make it legal for bicyclists and motorcycle riders to run red lights -- in certain circumstances.