this underscores the the short sightedness of municipalities to provide the infrastructure and safe corridors to promote bike access.
People focus on the negative, it sells. That's just the way it goes. By posting it you're really only driving up the hit count of that article on that site, and when we all click through it makes the hit counts go up, which just reinforces the Negative Selling they prmote.
The surge has by and large been safe. Last year, 29 people died walking, driving or riding a bike in traffic accidents in Portland, said Greg Raisman, traffic safety specialist with the city. In 1996, the number was 59. Injuries to cyclists has remained flat even with double-digit increases annually in their numbers over the last several years.
Eighteen percent of the vehicles that crossed the Hawthorne Bridge last year were bicycles."
18% is pretty awesome. imagine if that were the brooklyn or the verrazano.