Portland Motorists Not Feeling the Love
From Mother Nature Network:
Portland, Oregon is touted as an oasis for cyclists and public-transportation lovers. The city spends over $3 million annually on bicycle safety improvements and features an extensive network of bike lanes, bike racks, and rails-to-trails features. Amidst discussion of the newest initiative, a Portland Bureau of Transportation draft of the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, some citizens are taking issue with Bike City U.S.A. According to Oregonian blogger Joseph Rose, some motorists feel the city discriminates against motorists in their efforts to be the greenest city in America.
Setting aside the matter of Portland’s bikeway design issues, $3 million is a tiny fraction of what the city and metro area spends each year on transportation. No doubt the percentage of trips done by bike is greater than the percentage of dollars spent on bicyclists.
As is the case here, I’m sure gas taxes only cover about two-thirds of the costs of building and operating roads in Portland. The rest is covered with property and income taxes (Oregon doesn’t have sales tax).