Friday25 July 2014

Portland to Portland charity ride

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Peter Murray introduces the most ambitious architectural charity cycle ride and research project to date

Richard Rogers is going to do it; Norman Foster is interested in doing (it if it can fit in with his busy diary); Bill Pedersen of KPF will do it in New York; Angela Brady is going to do it across Ireland and George Ferguson — hopefully then mayor of Bristol — will pedal up the A4 carrying fraternal greetings to Boris Johnson.

They are all going to do a leg of the great Portland Oregon to Portland Place bike ride which starts on the west coast of the US on April 28, arrives in New York on June 28 and gets to London on July 10.

There’s a dozen or so riders who will be riding the whole way, bar the odd hundred miles or so, including Roger Hawkins of Hawkins Brown, Simon Henley of Henley Halebrown Rorrison, architectural photographer Grant Smith, and me. 

Whilst cycling across North America, Ireland, Wales and England, we’ll not only be raising money for architects’ charities - the Architects Benevolent Society and Article 25 - but we’ll be carrying comparative studies of cycle planning, infrastructure and cycle use in fifteen cities, experiencing and analysing riding in places like Minneapolis, Milwaukee, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Dublin. Jan Gehl’s office has agreed to mentor our research to make sure its useful and relevant.

Portland to Portland map

Portland to Portland map

All the cyclists are involved with architecture and planning and our aim is to activate building professionals in the US and UK to help promote better design of cycling infrastructure. So why not come and ride with us?

We’ll be doing a comfortable 60 miles a day, at an average speed of 12mph, so anyone with a reasonable degree of fitness will be able to keep up.

We are starting in Portland because it is a cycling city, and voted America’s most livable. We think a cyclised city is a civilised city and we want to find out how politicians and planners in the US — the homeland of the automobile — seem to be overtaking the UK.



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  • zecks_marquise

    Didn't an olympic rower nearly get killed doign this a few years ago?

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  • Having cycled NY to San Francisco I can say that their studies will highlight some very interesting findings along the way. Watch out for the 18 wheelers.

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