When you think of bike friendly cities in the United States, Portland, Oregon, usually is at or near the top of the list. So it’s hard to believe that this city that’s widely known by its airport code (PDX) lacks a travel guide specifically for cyclists.
And yet, when local cycling advocates Meghan Sinnott and Elly Blue were organizing the 2008 Towards Carfree Cities conference, they found they lacked a single, convenient resource to send attendees who—quite reasonably—wanted to know how to best approach Portland on two wheels.
The duo gathered the info, and since then, the say they’ve been getting requests for the info from PDX-bound travelers several times a week. The goal now is to publish PDX by Bike: Your Guide to Discovering Portland by Bicycle, and to have a continuously updated companion website.
This does seem like an ideal project for Kickstarter, which is a way of crowdsourcing the funding for creative endeavors. (If this sounds familiar, it’s because Liz Lewis has covered Kickstarter here a few times before, most notably when it was used to successfully fund The Global Citizen Project.)
PDX by Bike has but a modest budget: $2,000 for art and cover printing costs. If you pledge anything over $5 you get the guide. As is Kickstarter’s wont, there are escalating goodies with increased pledge amounts. The apogee $500 pledge gets you the bike guide, The Zinester’s Guide to Portland, a waterproof Bike There! map or Walk There! book, a bag of locally-roasted coffee, and a custom guided tour of Portland with Meghan and Elly for two, which includes bikes and meals for the day. (Get a sense of what that a jolly day that would be.)
The pledge deadline is April 29th, 2011 at 4pm Eastern. That’s nine days from today, so head over to Kickstarter to help make this one happen.
Alison J. Stein
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