Portland Oregon 2030 Bicycle Plan webinar: How they got there, where they are going

Ellen Vanderslice, Project Manager, from the Portland Bureau of Transportation presented this online seminar.  You can play a recording of the Webinar here. Select 'guest' and login using your email address.

IPRU/Global Injury Forum/CAN sponsored webinar on:

Portlan bike plan"The Portland Oregon 2030 Bicycle Plan: How they got there, where they are going",

Date: Thursday, April 29th, 2010 at 10-11 am New Zealand Time (NZ)

A webinar is a seminar presented live on the internet.

Please see the attached flyer for details on how to join this free webinar. All you need is a PC. A microphone equipped headset will enable you to participate fully, but participation via keyboard is also possible.

How to join the live webinar
Click here to join the webinar a few minutes before it starts.

On the “Join Session” page, login as “Guest” with email and a display name, click "Log In"
(expect a few minute delay while the software loads)

Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030

On Thursday, February 11, 2010, Portland's City Council voted unanimously to adopt the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030.

Bicycling creates safer streets, reduces the causes of global climate change, promotes a healthy environment, and limits the effects and health care costs related to inactivity.  It provides equity and access to viable, affordable transportation options and creates fun, vibrant, and livable neighborhoods.  It supports Portland’s economy and is a sound investment. 

To download or view a copy of the adopted Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030click here.

The key principles laid out in the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 are:

Attract new riders

Plan and design for people who are not yet riding by developing safe and comfortable low-stress bikeways (such as bicycle boulevards and trails) that reduce conflicts between people riding bicycles and people driving.

Strengthen bicycle policies

Adopt policy changes outlined in the Plan, including a new bicycle transportation policy of making bicycling more attractive than driving for short trips.

Form a denser bikeway network

Expand the network of bikeways in Portland to achieve a fine-grained system that offers riders an array of route choices.

Increase bicycle parking

Implement measures to satisfy the growing demand for bike parking.

Expand programs to support bicycling

Expand established programs, and develop new programs, to encourage and support bicycling.

Increase funding for bicycle facilities

Pursue multiple strategies to increase funding for bicycle facilities and other green transportation modes.

and thanks to Hank Weiss for setting this up.

PDF icon Portland Bike plan A4.pdf232.94 KB


A University of Otago academic is looking to an American city with 500km of cycleways as a model for transport planning in New Zealand.

Director of the injury prevention research unit Prof Hank Weiss said Portland, Oregon, was "widely recognised" as a world leader in urban cycling.

The city of 2.2 million people has just released its 20-year plan for cycling and Prof Weiss said "what they did" and "how they got there" would be the subject of a "webinar" or internet seminar this morning.

The seminar would consist of Prof Weiss conducting an internet interview with Portland Bureau of Transportation project manager Ellen Vanderslice.

Prof Weiss said he had a professional interest in "active transport" because of its health and sustainability benefits.

However, he noted serious bicycle injuries were increasing among New Zealand adults and he considered there was a need "to pull together planners, advocates and health people" to deal with the issue.

He believed planning for cycle and walking needed to occur in conjunction with other vehicle transport planning.

"They are all linked together and should be treated as interrelated parts of the whole issue of moving people and goods safely and sustainably - not one against the other."

Prof Weiss said Portland evolved as a "car-centric" city, but began diversifying 15 years ago.

It was now one of the leading cycle-friendly cities in the United States, with a large, interconnected bicycle network supported by policies and programmes to encourage cycling.

Portland got more snow than Dunedin each year, had many hills and many bodies of water.

Prof Weiss would like the Dunedin City Council to adopt a Portland policy designed to "create conditions" that made cycling more attractive than driving for trips of 5km or less.