Four reasons why Portland became a cyclists’ utopia

But Portland had zero bike deaths last year (and many years before it), which is more than you can say about San Francisco. How did this come to pass? While Portland has a reputation for being the most uber-millennial of millennial cities, it’s not that different from your average American college town. Bicycling in cities has been on the rise for years now; what made Portland so ready for it, when bicyclists in other cities have had to struggle? I did some digging, and came up with a few theories.