For Two Wheels Column-- Bike Racks
After reading your article in the last LO, I remembered some pics I wanted to get to the “bicycle folks.” I had the good fortune to be in Portland, Oregon this summer. They are an arts and health-friendly location that made me feel right at home.
We hiked in the Columbia River Gorge area north of Portland for some breathtaking mountain and waterfall viewing. I climbed 3 miles straight up, (with the help of switchbacks) and back down again. Phew! We climbed in several places and everywhere were these beautiful bike racks donated by the Portland Wheelman that I assume is a bike club in the area, although I didn’t check that out. The bike rack was in front of this beautiful view of the Columbia River Gorge.
I was impressed that bicyclists were so encouraged and very present in the area because it was a long and hilly ride from the cities. I’m sending these pics as an example of what another city/state is doing. I wish I could send the mountains too, but I can see these in front of our lake also.
Every other public and private place had some kind of bike rack available. They were of the more generic varieties, yet very useful. Here’s one located near a fun sculpture at a shopping center. (Margarita Leon, In the Tree Tops, 1991.
Portland, Oregon Shopping Plaza)
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