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The City of Portland, Oregon

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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Bicycles in Portland Fact Sheet

 

  • As of 2017, 6.3% of Portland commuters go by bike. This is the highest percentage of bike commuters for a large American city and means that approximately 22,647 workers in Portland choose to bicycle. Nationally, 0.5% of commuters bicycle. In addition, 374% more people biked to work in 2017 than in 2000.
  • 80% of bicyclists in Portland wear helmets and 35% of bicyclists are female.
  • 385 miles of bikeways are on the ground in Portland, with more than 95 more miles funded to be installed in the next five years. The 385 miles are of three principal types:
    • 94 miles of Neighborhood Greenways
    • 162 miles of bike lanes, and
    • 85 miles of paths
    • (another 9 miles are shared roadways marked with shared lane markings, only).
  • 35.5 miles of bikeways have been built to provide more physical separation between people bicycling and automobiles, including:
    • 7 miles of protected  bicycle lanes, and
    • 28.5 miles of buffered bike lanes.
  • 1 large American city – Portland – was named a “platinum” bicycle friendly community by the League of American Bicyclists – its highest rating. Portland was also named the #1 bike-friendly city by Bicycling magazine for many years running.
  • 31 intersections have bicycle-specific traffic signals to improve safety by reducing conflicts and unpredictability and to make traffic move more efficiently.
  • 42 bicycle boxes at 33 intersections raise visibility of cyclists for drivers turning right.
  • Over 100 schools are served by Portland’s Safe Routes to School Program, with services that include:
    • 31 traffic engineering plans designed for schools to make pick-up and drop-off safer, more efficient and less polluted and
    • 40 education programs operating at schools to teach kids about traffic safety and how to be safe pedestrians and bicyclists when actively going to school.
  • 6500 publicly-installed bike racks are in Portland’s right of way to accommodate the high demand for bicycle parking, including:
    • 158 bike corrals with multiple bike racks in on-street parking spaces at major destinations. They’re installed based on property owner request.
  • 28 Sunday Parkways events have seen 691,000 people attending since beginning in 2008, with:
    • 24,000 people attending an average Sunday Parkways, and
    • 90% of attendees counted riding bikes.
  • 3 bicycle plans have guided Portland’s growth as a bike-friendly city for nearly 40 years by establishing policies, goals and a bikeway network that aim to make the bicycle an integral part of daily life. The plans were adopted by City Council in 1973, 1996 and 2010.
  • $60 million is the estimated replacement value for Portland’s bicycling infrastructure in 2008. That’s the approximate cost for one mile of urban freeway.

 

(updated April 2019)