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Letter to the Editor

Publication Date

Summer 2009


Cycling -- Oregon -- Portland, Bicycle commuting -- Oregon -- Portland, Choice of transportation -- Forecasting -- Oregon -- Portland, Urban transportation -- Oregon -- Portland -- Safety


Kyle Cassidy’s “Bike Wars” in the Summer 2009 issue of Metroscape® is the most controversial article ever to appear in the magazine over its seventeen years of publication. It has received both praise for calling attention to a looming problem and disapproval for factual inaccuracy. While not seeking to resolve the dispute, the editors sought the unbiased opinion of an expert on bicycle transportation about the value of the article as a contribution to the understanding of the issue it highlights. Among the faculty and researchers in the College of Urban and Public Affairs (where the magazine is based) who study bicycling, Dr. Jennifer Dill, Associate Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, is an acknowledged expert in the field. She has published several scholarly articles on bicycling based on original research. She also serves as chair of the Transportation Research Board’s Committee on Bicycle Transportation. As director of the Center for Transportation Studies at PSU, she oversees the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI). One of the goals of IBPI is to further high-quality research that helps in public decision making, including building transportation infrastructure that is safe and comfortable for people who decide to walk or bicycle.


Originally appeared in the Summer 2009 edition of Metroscape, published by the Institute of Portland Metropolitan Studies, Portland State University.

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