Having lived there for 28 years and learned to ride there I can say that it's a fairly good city to ride in (even with the weather). But i'm damn sure the city won't take into account any of that information. Their focus is public transpo and carpool... bikes don't figure into that as much.
Being a year round Portland rider, I'd say this over represents winter riding here. I saw one bike on the way to work here, whereas in the summer I'd see 25 or so. Mind you it's raining today, but with so many saying they ride in winter, I have to think we had some out of area riders completing the survey.
Boy u guys need to improve your reading comphrension..
I think Portland has suceeded where Seattle and other cities have failed.. Portland has an extensive integrated system of light rail (MAX) , modern street car, and buses.. Getting all those cages off the rode is a good thing. Also the city at least asked the question about lane splitting/sharing. How many red-state cities would ask the question boys? eh Helter? chromeburn ? You boys get a D for reading comphrension..
The survey seems to be asking for a law approving lane-splitting. Does Portland (or OR) actually have an explicit law against lane-splitting? States I know of where it's legal, it's legal because there's no law against it (as in CA). You don't need a law to make something legal, you just need to repeal one making it illegal - if there is one.
Give credit where credit is due. Portland is a very progressive city with a well developed bicycle path / lane system. If they can do that, they it is quite conceivable they will try to make things more biker friendly. After all, motorcycles use less space, reduce congestion, and is produce less emissions (with the excepion of noise).