18 February 2010

The Portland Wall


The People's Department of Transportation, in Portland, has issued a communique about The Wall that restricts urban mobility in the city.

Ignoring the Bull, restricting citizens from moving freely through their urban landscape, spending $100,000 more on a Wall than what a crosswalk would have cost.

Brilliant film. Brilliant.

Maybe we should organize a Bike Lift to ferry food and drink to those cut off on either side.

6 comments:

spiderleggreen said...

"Designed by someone who never has to use this." is all you need to know.

Anonymous said...

Hmmm, I know this is OT in regards to the actual wall, but for safety sake, maybe they should consider a Hedokio (Crosswalks in Tokyo and most of Japan)

Sam Goater said...

wtf
is this really portland?

Green Idea Factory said...

Fantasy: Would be nice to install a car-lift* on either side of the OWs** from the collective PT egress points to each other.

Reality: Does Copenhagen or DK have regulations regarding zebra crossings, in regards to maximum spacing between them? There are some wide car-dominated streets in CPH, and zebras with counters are at all or most logical points for expected PATS*** behaviour... so suppose I'm just asking if the zebra shown in this clip could be an example of Copenhagenization****

Solidarity and context: Some of my favourite posts herein are those which do not discuss cycling directly. With a larger view, we know what to do!

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* Drivers would have to stop, get on a elevator (lift) one-by-one, pay a fee and then ascend/descend to the other side. The ped section would be open 24/7.

** Organic Walkways - How people move naturally, not dictated by paths or other concerns, generally in a straight-ish line (as I understand how English park paths are designed -- they plant grass and see which paths people take, then surface those in some way).

*** Pedestrian at the Side: Where they are on most car-dominated streets (urban roads).

**** Don't just mime it, FEEL it!

GEH said...

Good to see a bus in the background with a bike carrier on the front: someone getting their bike off. That's 1 positive part of the clip!

Jonathan Maus/BikePortland said...

For more coverage of "The Portland Wall" including quotes about why it was erected from Portland Mayor Sam Adams, see the story I just published.