I’ve been to Portland quite a few times, and I really enjoy the transit variety there. Buses, streetcars, MET train (free in downtown, has bike hooks), tons of bike lanes, and even bike lanes on bridges. Portland has a “Last Thursday” art-walk in Portland which is now car free, after the city agreed to repeating street closures. For a Texan, the experience can be pretty overwhelming, and the openness towards multi-modal transit and new urbanism contributes to Portland’s appeal to the creative class.
There are so many things I enjoy about Portland that they’re hard for me to succinctly articulate. Lucky for me, Fortworthology has already written a series of articles about Portland, and this one is about cycling in Portland.