On behalf of Berkshire Ginsberg, LLC posted on Tuesday, September 18, 2012.
The city of Portland is renowned for its efforts to become a “bike-friendly” city. In fact, USA Todayrecently published an article declaring, “In Portland, Ore., bikes rule the road.” For those who live in the city, though, there is still a lot of work to be done. Residents find that sometimes even efforts to create a more bike-friendly environment can have unforeseen consequences. Looking to encourage car-free living, Portland lawmakers designed zoning and development laws allowing apartment buildings to be built without on-site parking, much like Northwest Portland. Multiple building projects are currently slated for development in the inner north side and inner east side, leaving some neighborhood leaders concerned. Some of the buildings being built will have 30, 50 or 80 units. The city estimates that there will be one car for every two units. With so many more cars in need of street-side parking, neighborhood residents have reason to worry. Just as in Northwest Portland, parking will become a constant frustration, and bicyclists will face further risk of getting into a bicycle accident, both from congestion and from cars attempting to parallel park. Portland is on the right track in its efforts to become a bike-friendly, car-free city. But many residents, including bicyclists, own cars. City development must take this into account. To do otherwise puts Portland residents at risk of getting into a bike or auto accident through no fault of their own–something the law is supposed to protect against. If you would like to learn more about legal protections for bicyclists, feel free to stop by our Portland bike accident site. Our firm helps bicyclists who have been injured because of the issues described here. Source: OregonLive.com, “Portland apartments with no parking: Wishing away cars isn’t good policy,” Sept. 11, 2012