Toto, We’re Not in Portland Anymore

Lest it be said that I have never followed Jack Bogdanski’s lead, I’m in San Diego this week, at a professional conference for my day job. Of course, I can’t help making a few observations about my transportation environment.

I’m staying in the Gaslamp district, so please don’t generalize beyond that specific area. Here’s the top-of-mind stuff:

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Lest it be said that I have never followed Jack Bogdanski’s lead, I’m in San Diego this week, at a professional conference for my day job. Of course, I can’t help making a few observations about my transportation environment.

I’m staying in the Gaslamp district, so please don’t generalize beyond that specific area. Here’s the top-of-mind stuff:

1) While the blocks are relatively small, not unlike Portland, the right-of-way is WIDE. Yet no sign of a bike lane anywhere. Pretty intimidating for pedestrians.

2) I was very sad to see that they had fenced off the light rail line (the San Diego Trolley) that runs near the waterfront. It means that you can only get to the water every third or fourth block. But then I saw why, the same right-of-way also has rails for freight. In fact, I wonder if it’s ultimately part of the same freight line that we’ll have to figure out what to do with if we want to open up Portland’s east bank?

3) On the plus side, I love the pedicabs!

Thanks to all the fellow contributors who are helping pick up the slack back in PDX.

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