Portland douses some Haterade on Mpls after regaining Bicycling.com’s Best Bike City honor

Two years ago, Portland, after reigning as Bicycling.com’s Best Bike City for 15 years, ceded the title to Minneapolis.

Though Bicycling.com’s methodology is pretty fuzzy, the news prompted wailing and gnashing of teeth in PDX.

This morning, Bicycling.com released a new version of its biannual list, and suffice it to say Portlandians can breathe easy once again — their city again rates as the Best Bike City

Rob Sadowsky, executive director of the city’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance, said Portland is “back on top where we belong.” A Bike Portland blogger tweeted that he’s glad Bicycling.com “came to their senses,” adding “it really was scandalous to put any other city on top.”

Bicycling.com pours a bit more Haterade on Minneapolis in a column accompanying the release of the new rankings. Check out the dismissive tone with which Portland resident Bill Donahue mentions Minneapolis (emphasis mine):

Those of us who ride daily in Portland, we know. We know we are the vanguard of American cycling. No other city in the United States has more cyclists per capita, and no other town has a coffee shop like Fresh Pot, which boasts 25 chairs and parking for 26 bicycles. We have trains of elementary-school bike commuters, and we have Move By Bike, a relocation-company that trundles couches across town on overstacked bike trailers. Even our city’s noncycling Lotharios know it is a deal-killer to ask, at the end of a sprightly first date, “Can I throw your bike in my car and give you a lift home?”
Minneapolis? Please. Let’s ride along the Willamette now…

via City Pages

Portland? Please. Let’s ride along the Mississippi now…

The great Portland versus Minneapolis bike war of 2012 has begun my friends.

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  5. karmadi11o reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    Don’t forget #1 in smug poseurs and white trash on meth…
  6. karmadi11o said: Oh, it’s on.
  7. kittunzmittunz reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    Hahahaha fuck you, Portland
  8. paigekraemer reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    And this is why no one likes cyclists.
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  10. buildbreakbuild said: Fuck Portland. Sincerely, Seattle
  11. wickedwitnesswizardry reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    I’m not going to pretend I care too much about this, but what a pretentious fucking article. Why does this kind of thing...
  12. cataphor reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    all i have to say about bill donahue is: portlandia
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  16. stefron reblogged this from emma--adelaide and added:
    FUCKING BIKERS. So annoying.
  17. minusmanhattan said: What a bunch of fucking snobby hipster shit heads.
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  21. chelsey1016 reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    Well, you don’t have to be pretentious douchebags about it…
  22. liquidchroma reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    At least we’re smart enough to not make people sit on the floor if they ride a bike to our coffee shops.
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    Portland, I love you, but it’s on. I’m not really one to talk but maybe I’ll finally decide to learn to ride a bike this...
  24. h-dub reblogged this from stuffaboutminneapolis and added:
    well i guess on the upside we get thrown back into being the best cause we’re more obscure than portland, which is...