Friday, September 4, 2009
Portland Has the Right Idea
This is perhaps the most amazing in practice idea we've seen. With the growing popularity in bicycle commuting Portland has a program to help low-income adults get bicycles to be able to commute to work. It is called "Create-a-Commuter" and gives these adults a commuter bike, equipped with a lock, pump, helmet, lights, tool kit, rain gear, and maps so that they too can get around on bikes (and with gas prices on the rise again, this is brilliant). With the program alos comes a session on commuter safety. Portland has 48,150 riders a day on it's bike route daily. More cities in the U.S.A. need to follow suit and not only help those in need, but help the congestion of traffic, and save the environment for generations to come.