27 March 2008

Copenhagenizing the Planet

Seems they're pretty excited over in Portland, USA. They have begun using lovely painted bike lanes and bike boxes.

Three cheers for Portland. It's a wonderful sight to behold. I love the way the workers in the photo are so concentrated and really making an effort to do it just right. Here in Copenhagen a truck stops, a man hops out and slaps down a template and starts spraying, followed by blow torching to make it dry quick. It's all over in a flash.

I seem to recall seeing lanes painted 'Copenhagen blue' in Portland, but this green is really a lovely colour. It's funny to see the massive text WAIT HERE, but motorists need a helping hand with this development, so it's a nice touch.


Timo said...

Thanks for your kind words about Portland's efforts to "Copehagenize." The Bike Box project is truly a symbol of our City working to prioritize bikes in the transportation mix, though certainly we have a ways to go yet.
As you noticed, we previously used blue pavement markings to call out areas where motorists need to watch carefully for bikes. As the Bike Box project was being developed our transportation engineers learned that the federal transportation officials want to reserve blue for handicapped-access markings. Green is the new blue!
And, as you notice, our motorists are just learning how to use Bike Boxes, thus the helpful text. The Office of Transportation has made some effort to educate cyclists and motorists, including a goofy little video - you can find it at this webpage:
Safe (and chic) cycling to all !

Bunner said...

Three cheers for Portland recognition! I am a native Portlander, but I lived and studied in Copenhagen for a year -- oh how I miss it!
While Portland may be the most bike-friendly city in the U.S. we have quite a ways to go to catch up with 'ol CPH. Although I have yet to face the challenge of biking on ice here in PDX! :o)

Love your blog and the wonderful photography!

Zakkaliciousness said...

thanks for commenting, the both of you.

interesting to here why green is now the new blue.

all wonderful progress.

Greg said...

Thanks for the shout out. Timo is right. We had to use green because it looks like the feds are creating green as a standard bike color. They want to reserve blue for handicapped parking lanes.

Also, thanks for noticing our committed Bureau of Maintenance staff. You think that's impressive? Check this out! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zjo-1lgIUAQ

Greg Raisman
Community and School Traffic Safety Partnership
Portland Office of Transportation