The city of Portland, Oregon has joined Davis, California as a Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Community. The League of American Bicyclists recognizes various levels of bicycle friendliness, with platinum at the highest level.
"When Portland received the Gold award in 2003," said Andy Clarke, president of the league in Washington, D.C., "we challenged the community to increase ridership to get to Platinum. Bold leadership, community-wide involvement, and a lot of hard work have resulted in a 144 percent increase in bicycle use since the 2000 Census -- impressive results by any standard."
The league's reviewers noted that Portland has coupled modest but smart investments in infrastructure, with outstanding education, promotion, and encouragement activities to make cycling a practical and safe option for many more Portlanders than ever before.