Streetfilms: Bike Rush Hour on Portland’s Hawthorne Bridge

The first time you visit Portland, Oregon, the gaggles of cyclists
streaming over the Hawthorne Bridge during rush hour is a sight you
will never forget. It’s something other cities need to see and be
inspired by.

On a recent vacation there, I couldn’t resist cranking out a Streetfilms shortie, so I naturally hooked up with Crank My Chain‘s
Dan Kaufman to capture the essence of the PM rush and talk to cyclists
about what it feels like to be a part of the mass of cyclist humanity
in Southeast Portland, Hawthorne corridor. As Greg Raisman from
Portland’s Bureau of Transportation pointed out: 20% of all traffic on
the Hawthorne Bridge is bikes. And, Portland’s number of cyclists has
risen 600% in the last fifteen years and shows no sign of letting up.

  • That’s amazing. On my bike commutes in L.A. I’m impressed whenever I find myself a part of a group of more than two cyclists, which is very rare.

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