The final two cities on my itinerary are among the best bicycling cities in the world. In Copenhagen, 33% of all trips are made by bicycle, and in Malmö it is also around 30%. In Portland, talk of reaching 25% by 2030 is still occasionally met with rolled eyes.
So imagine my surprise when I was invited by both cities (over the course of two weeks) to present Portland’s experience planning for bicycles. On my first full day in Copenhagen, I gave a presentation to the Traffic Department of the Municipality’s Technical and Environmental Administration. It was mid-week in Malmö when I gave a similar presentation to their Streets and Parks Department. Both audiences were engaged and seemed impressed with the rapid increase in bicycling for transportation in Portland. Still, there is (no doubt) much to learn. But thankfully, we can take lessons from cities like these that have already been around the block a few times (on two wheels).