If you haven't noticed, there is a huge push in some of the world's largest cities to become more bicycle-friendly. One of these cities, also one my favorites on the entire planet, is Portland, OR. The New York Times has noticed and dropped an article giving mad props to the Pearl City for their advocation for cyclists, attention to their needs, and appropriate city planning. I'm not much of a reader of this particular publication, but I'm told that it has pretty good circulation.
At Trek we try to show love to the places that love bikes. We shot most of our lifestyle bike catalog in Portland this year and had an absolute blast. Besides the awesome coffee and killer vibe the city was pumping out we were floored with how easy it was to get anywhere on two wheels. Trek even has a bike designed to meet the demanding needs of bike commuters that pays homage to "Stumptown" simply called "The Portland". We thought it only appropriate to do our shoot for the bike last week in the town we ganked the name from which I included an image of above. I can't believe I'm scooping my own catalog! Our Hood River-based shooter, John Laptad, is always up for some Oregonian good times and banged out some of the best shots we've gotten all year.
Bottom line: if you've never been to Portland, go. If your city has done nothing to help the bicycle movement, complain. If your local shop carries New Glarus beer, buy it.
Think your city is on the right path? Too much love for P-town? Think Davis, CA is better? Shout it out!