Caroline and I gave a big presentation about bicycle and pedestrian planning today. Promotional posters were distributed, e-mails were sent, and most of CAUPD Shenzhen was there. It went really well and there was a lot of great discussion. We showed a short video about Portland! Also, Jolly Ranchers candy was distributed.
We got to present in the main conference room/salsa studio on the top floor of our building. They even gave us microphones just like the ones they use in NBA post-game interviews.
We talked, among other things, about the Mt. Hood Freeway, bioswales, bicycle boulevards, 20-minute neighborhoods, and complete streets. We conducted spot surveys on mode choice (only one SOV commuter, impressive!), and tried to figure out who in our audience was a “strong and fearless” bike rider and who was more of the “interested but concerned” type.
Comparisons were made between Shenzhen’s bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure and our own. There are a lot of great cycle tracks, but sometimes sidewalks double as parking spaces. Maybe they take the term multi-use path more literally than we do?