By Jake Thomas
BikePortland has an interesting article today on a remark made by Michelle Mowery, the bicycle coordinator for the Los Angeles Department of Transportation, that associates Portland’s whiteness with its bicycle friendliness.
L.A. has been gearing up to become more bikable in recent years. It’s hired the same firm that Portland uses for managing its bicycle plans, but has come under fire for not doing enough outreach.
When questioned at an L.A. City Council meeting about why there were all these problems when the city was using the same company as Portland.
She had this to say:
“With all due respect the City of Portland is 450,000 people. It’s a homogeneous community that is very white, and very progressive with respect to transportation. They have a trolley system that works very well, as well as their transit overall. We are a very diverse, disjointed city of 4 million people. They are 30 years ahead of us in the development of their, well, they’re not quite 30, they’re more like 20 years ahead of us in the development of their bikeway. So we’re a step behind Portland in what we’re trying to do. Granted, several of us would like to see a lot of changes in the city happen very quickly, but again we have a very diverse city with a lot of needs.”