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Biden Plays Referee As Centrist Dems Threaten To Scuttle Reconciliation

President Joe Biden met with the moderate and progressive factions of his party on Wednesday in an attempt to settle the tensions between the two camps. Demands by a handful of centrists in the House and Senate have threatened to torpedo the $3.5 trillion reconciliation plan that is core to the president’s agenda. Democrats told Politico that the discussions didn’t end the stalemate, but they were at least a positive step. “The first step was to convene all of us, and get us to start acting like...
Tags: News, Senate, Politico, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, House, Biden, Sen Brian Schatz D HI, Summer Concepcion

PBOT begins $3.1 million project for safer bike crossings of I-405, Burnside

This section of NW Couch will be carfree and the slip lane on the right will be closed.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland / Inset Map: City of Portland) Fresh off the opening of the Flanders Crossing… err, I mean the Ned Flanders Crossing in June, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has begun construction on another project just a few blocks to the south that will also vastly improve crossing I-405 for people on foot and on bikes. Initially covered here in April 2016 after it won ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Ada, Burnside, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Burnside PBOT, Nw Couch, Ned Flanders Crossing

Tell ODOT that Barbur, Lombard, and 82nd Ave deserve funding

More bike lanes on SW Barbur are under consideration. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Let’s help them spend it wisely. Many of you recall the big hullabaloo last December as advocates debated and lobbied the Oregon Transportation Commission around the passage of ODOT’s $2.1 billion Statewide Transportation Improvement Plan (STIP). When the dust finally settled on the 2024-2027 STIP commissioners approved a record $255 million for the Public and Active Transportation Program (formerly...
Tags: US, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Delaware, Lombard, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Tigard, Jonathan Maus, 82nd Avenue, SW Barbur Blvd, ODOT stip, Hall Blvd

New signage and trailheads connect Crown Z and Banks-Vernonia trails

New trailheads at Holce and near Anderson Park in Vernonia. All photos by Dale Latham. At long last, two of Oregon’s best cycling trails have been connected. Earlier this month, crews and volunteers from the City of Vernonia and Columbia County quietly filled the final gap that remained between the end of the Crown Z Trail (a.k.a. Crown Zellerbach Trail or just “the CZ”) and the start of the Banks-Vernonia Trail. It’s not the 100% carfree alignment we still pine for, but it’s the next be...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Trails, Adams, Columbia County, Columbia River, Vernonia, Jonathan Maus, Scappoose, Multnomah Channel, Banks Vernonia, Banks-vernonia Trail, Holce

In The Face Of Republican Obstruction, Dems Work To Get Their House In Order

Today, the House is expected to vote on the continuing resolution that loops together funding the government for a few months and suspending the debt ceiling through December 2022. [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, Infrastructure, House, Reconciliation, Debt Ceiling, Kate Riga

Congress Is Back: Now We Watch The Sausage Get Made As Dems Fight For Their Agenda

The House and Senate are finally both back in session, kicking off a tumultuous period when Democrats try to defend their legislative agenda from obstructive Republicans, institutional obstacles and themselves. [Author: Summer Concepcion]
Tags: News, Congress, Senate, Infrastructure, Democrats, House, Reconciliation, Summer Concepcion

Ramaphosa hits the right notes as he urges Cosatu to continue to support the ANC

Cosatu meets to deliberate on its support for the governing party in the upcoming local government elections The post Ramaphosa hits the right notes as he urges Cosatu to continue to support the ANC appeared first on The Mail & Guardian.
Tags: Politics, Renewable Energy, Poverty, Infrastructure, Unemployment, South Africa, Conspiracy Theories, Public Transport, ANC, Central Executive Committee, Cosatu, Cyril Ramaphosa, Ramaphosa, Main, Voter Registration, Top Six

Interstate Bridge Replacement leaders throw out tunnel, high speed rail options

So far, the Executive Steering Group hasn’t looked at any design options in detail, but they were shown the slide above that looks almost identical to the preferred alternative from the Columbia River Crossing, with ten marked lanes on top of two bridges. “High speed rail as a transit component to the Interstate Bridge was dismissed during the screening process because it neither increased vehicular capacity nor decreased vehicular demand…”— IBR Program memo The second attempt to replac...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Projects, West Coast, ESG, CRC, Peterson, Greg Johnson, ODOT, Columbia River Crossing, Metro Council

From plastic to metal: How one Portlander got PBOT to defend a diverter

David Binnig’s documentation of flex-posts and the new steel posts PBOT just installed. “If the plastic posts were ever protecting anyone to begin with, they aren’t doing it when they don’t stay in place for more than a few weeks at a time.”— David Binnig The thousands of plastic posts that delineate Portland bike lanes are perhaps a perfect symbol of our city’s commitment to bicycling and traffic safety. On one hand they show the transportation bureau respects bicycle riders and other...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Clinton, Southeast Portland, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, NW Lovejoy, 823-SAFE, Plastic Bollards, David Binnig, Binnig

Biden wants 45% of US electricity to come from solar power by 2050. An energy tech expert breaks down what it would take.

President Biden said investing in clean energy will help combat climate change and create new jobs. Brian Snyder/Reuters President Biden announced a new plan to reduce carbon emissions by investing in clean energy. The White House report says solar power could provide almost half of the US electricity supply by 2050. Energy technology expert Joshua D. Rhodes says this goal would require massive changes at US energy companies. See more stories on Insider's business page. President Joe B...
Tags: Energy, Science, Congress, Climate Change, Opinion, White House, Massachusetts, US, Trends, Sustainability, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, New Jersey, Solar Power, North America, Biden

Gig workers with smartphones can help set infrastructure priorities

Maury Blackman Contributor Share on Twitter Maury Blackman has led high-growth tech companies for more than 25 years and is currently CEO of Premise, a global platform that democratizes the way actionable data is sourced and used by organizations in over 125 countries. More posts by this contributor How Governments Will Change To Better Serve Citizens In 2016 How The White House Is Leading The National Effor...
Tags: TC, Column, Labor, Congress, Opinion, Senate, White House, Tech, Smartphone, Colombia, Infrastructure, United States, Houston, Usaid, Pew Research Center, Gig Economy

‘Wonk Walk’ on 82nd Avenue highlights challenges ahead of transfer

Metro Councilor Christine Lewis (center with stroller), PBOT staff and advocates on 82nd Avenue Monday night.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) These are heady times for 82nd Avenue for people who believe this orphan highway (also known as Oregon Route 213) can someday become a comfortable, welcoming main street. “It’s not just is there a sidewalk. But is the sidewalk actually usable?”— Claire Vlach, Oregon Walks After years of work from community advocates, agency staff and elected o...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Metro, Lewis, Wagner, Oregon Legislature, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Bertelsen, West Linn, State of Oregon, Jonathan Maus

Tell Planning Commission you want better bicycling in West Portland Town Center plan

Satellite image of heart of West Portland Town Center. Green arrows represent existing or under construction bicycle facilities. Mind the gap between Barbur and Huber. The Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission (PSC) will hold two virtual public hearings on the West Portland Town Center Draft Plan, on September 14th and 28th. The commission encourages Portlanders to on the plan to help inform its possible amendments. The amended draft goes to City Council early next year for adop...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Commission, Bes, PSC, Lake Oswego, ODOT, Huber, Town Center, East West, Hillsdale, Taylors, Barbur, Capitol Highway

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez blasts Sen. Joe Manchin for 'weird, patronizing behavior' after he referred to her as a 'young lady'

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez; Sen. Joe Manchin Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images; MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez slammed Sen. Joe Manchin after he referred to her as a "young lady." The New York Democrat called Manchin's comments "weird" and "patronizing." Ocasio-Cortez has criticized Manchin over his opposition to Democrat's $3.5 trillion spending package. See more stories on Insider's business page. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez took ...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Congress, Washington, Senate, West Virginia, Trends, ExxonMobil, Joe Biden, Cnn, Getty Images, Infrastructure, House, Bill, Democrat

PBOT lowers speed limit on outer Halsey, will break ground on safety updates this month

NE Halsey looking east toward 122nd.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) After years of red flags and community outcry, Portland’s transportation bureau announced Friday they will finally break ground on updates to Northeast Halsey Street between 112th and 162nd avenues (the Gresham border). PBOT also announced that effective today (Monday, September 13) they’ll implement a new speed limit on this this two-mile stretch of Halsey. The new speed limit is 30 mph, down from the current limit of...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Halsey, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Willamette Week, Aaron Gray, Speed Limits, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, East Portland, Chris Warner

Is that a bike lane in the middle of the street? Yes it is

(Bike lanes on SE Stark at 41st. Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Portland is home to many different types of bikeways. Too many if you ask me. Innovation is great, but we could use a bit more standardization so that everyone knows what’s going on. But I digress… One of the situations where the Portland Bureau of Transportation is at its most creative is when a key bikeway crosses a major street at an offset. These offset intersections — where the two streets don’t line up perfectly (s...
Tags: Videos, Hollywood, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Powell, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Se Stark, Going Greenway

Portland names new carfree bridge after The Simpsons character

(Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, Springfield Mayor Sean VanGordon, and Travel Oregon CEO Jeff Miller at today’s press conference. Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) In a move that shows Portland’s trademark weirdness is still in tact, City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty announced at a press conference this morning that the Flanders Crossing Bridge that opened back in June will henceforth be known as the Ned Flanders Crossing. The new name comes with an official proclamation (PDF) and the ful...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Matt Groening, Google Maps, Metro, Springfield, Ursula Le Guin, Schafer, Groening, Travel Oregon, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Ned Flanders

The Crux Of Democrats’ Climate Hopes Is … GULP … A Grand Experiment

The beating heart of Democrats’ climate proposals is a program untested both on national and state levels.  [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, Climate, Infrastructure, Reconciliation, Kate Riga

President Biden says jobs that pay $45 or $50 an hour - not $7 or $12 - are part of his climate infrastructure plan

US President Joe Biden tours a flood-ravaged neighborhood, one of the latest examples of the climate crisis Mandel Ngan/AFP Biden said workers will earn high wages to prepare for climate change under his resilience plan. The president's Build Back Better proposal includes jobs that pay "$45 or $50 an hour." In addition, he said the plan returns $6 in savings for each dollar invested to prevent disaster. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jobs that help prepare the US for ...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Obama, Climate Change, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Infrastructure, New Jersey, Retail, Npr, Louisiana, Biden

Biden says jobs that pay $45 or $50 an hour - not $7 or $12 - are part of his climate-infrastructure plan

US President Joe Biden tours a flood-ravaged neighborhood, one of the latest examples of the climate crisis Mandel Ngan/AFP Biden said workers would earn high wages to prepare for climate change under his resilience plan. The president's Build Back Better proposal includes jobs that pay "$45 or $50 an hour," he said. He added that the plan would return $6 in savings for each dollar invested to prevent disaster. See more stories on Insider's business page. Jobs that help prepare the...
Tags: Politics, New York, News, Obama, Climate Change, US, America, Trends, Joe Biden, Economy, Infrastructure, New Jersey, Retail, Npr, Louisiana, Biden

Update on two major capital projects in southwest Portland

(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland) Here’s a quick update on the Red Electric Trail and SW Capitol Highway projects: It has been a few months since I toured the Red Electric Trail bridge and path projects, and after checking them out over the weekend I’m happy to say they seem to be moving along nicely. I was very surprised to see two supporting pillars already standing, and supporting small platforms that we’ll soon be walking and biking on. This is the first time that I have really u...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Projects, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Hillsdale, Taylors, Tryon, Capitol Highway, Multnomah Village, Barbur Blvd, Red Electric Trail, Sw Capitol Hwy, SW Capitol Highway Project

Portland will focus on neighborhood greenways with new microsurfacing treatment

The N Michigan neighborhood greenway (shown here in 2013) will get much-needed resurfacing.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Great news just announced by the Portland Bureau of Transportation: They plan to spend $460,000 from the Fixing Our Streets fund (powered by a 10-cent per gallon local gas tax) to smooth out bumpy bike streets citywide. According to PBOT, crews will begin a series of “microsurfacing” projects next week on several key neighborhood greenways and school routes. One of ...
Tags: Sacramento, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Michigan, Alberta, Vermont, Halsey, Flint, Dana, Central Avenue, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Michigan Avenue, Jonathan Maus

Manchin Threatens To Derail Entire Democratic Agenda With Spending Squeamishness

Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) has decided that spending $3.5 trillion on a reconciliation package slated to contain much of President Joe Biden’s agenda is too much, threatening to derail the Democratic agenda possibly for years.  [Author: Kate Riga]
Tags: News, Joe Biden, Infrastructure, Reconciliation, Manchin, Joe Manchin, Sen Joe Manchin, Kate Riga

Blumenauer Bridge still not ready for installation as city says it’ll be ‘a few more weeks’

Ohhh the longing!(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “[We want to] be really sure that everything is working and we have a schedule that we’re going to be able to stick to before we make any announcement about the closure and moving forward with the project.”— Mark Lear, PBOT If all went according to plan, we’d already be pedaling across a new carfree bridge over I-84 on 7th Avenue. But the latest update from the City of Portland is that it won’t be slid into place for at least a few mo...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Lloyd, John Brady, Earl Blumenauer, Jonathan Maus, Dan Layden, Freight Committee, Mark Lear, Jonathan Maus BikePortland, Blumenauer Bridge, 7th Avenue PBOT, PBOT Comms

PBOT has closed the NE Tillamook/82nd Avenue gap

Before/after looking west on NE Tillamook at 82nd. (Photos: Blake T.) One of Portland’s oldest neighborhood greenway routes recently got an important upgrade. Northeast Tillamook has been a key east-west piece of Portland’s bike network for over two decades. It was first set-aside as a “bike boulevard” (former name of neighborhood greenways) and given bike-specific treatments in 1999 and was meant to be a low-stress option to the nearby commercial corridor on NE Broadway. Back then we had o...
Tags: Hollywood, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Woodstock, Flint, Blake, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, North Williams, PBOT, NE Tillamook, 82nd Avenue, Neighborhood Greenways

Explore gaps in the 40-Mile Loop with this cool new map

The 40-Mile Loop is a nonprofit that brings together government agencies to hasten the development of paths and trails that make a loop (hence the name) around the Portland metro area. It’s an idea that goes way back in regional lore and was originally envisioned by the famous Olmsted brothers in 1904. As cool as the idea is, it’s not cool that this dreamy loop is still incomplete. Thanks to devoted volunteer advocates we have a wonderful network of paths from Kelley Point Park in the nor...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Jim, Glen, Bolen, Jonathan Maus, Portland Parks, Oregon Department of Transportation Region, 40 Mile Loop, Kelley Point Park, Jim Sjulin, Sjulin, Glen Bolen

Reader Ride Report: Discovering the Fanno Creek Trail

(A relaxing, carfree experience. Photos and story by Mike Perham) Note: This report was submitted by longtime BikePortland reader, supporter (and recently co-owner!) Mike Perham. My route. I recently learned of the Fanno Creek Trail, a car-free bike/ped path running about 4 miles in length between Tigard and Beaverton. This trail is wonderful, flat and easy to ride for all ages. I started on Main St in Tigard, got some coffee at Symposium Coffee (12345 SW Main Street) and started ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Mike, West Side, Washington County, Beaverton, Tigard, Portland Metro, Heritage Trail, Jonathan Maus, Mike Perham, Fanno Creek Trail, Fanno Creek, Fanno Creek Trail FCT

Bernie Sanders shuts down moderates' complaints that $3.5 trillion social spending plan needs cuts: 'I already negotiated'

Sens. Bernie Sanders and Kyrsten Sinema. Bill Clark/CQ-Roll Call via Getty Images; AP photo Sen. Bernie Sanders is digging in to preserve the size of his $3.5 trillion budget plan. "I've already negotiated," he told Politico. Sanders initially sought a $6 trillion budget plan, but later struck a deal with moderate Democrats. See more stories on Insider's business page. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont has a fresh message for Democrats: He's digging in.In an interview with Politic...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Washington, Senate, Virginia, Politico, Trends, Joe Biden, Indiana, Economy, Ap, Getty Images, Infrastructure, Gop, House, Iowa

Elon Musk's water filters for schools in Flint are almost ready

Elon Musk donated $480,000 to fund new water filtration systems in Flint, Michigan schools. Three years later, the filters are almost ready. Yichuan Cao/NurPhoto via Getty Images Elon Musk donated $480,000 in 2018 to fund new filtration systems for schools in Flint, Michigan. Three years later, the filters are in the final stages of testing before they're ready for use. Water in Flint was contaminated with lead in 2014 and was fixed by 2019. See more stories on Insider's busin...
Tags: Spacex, Elon Musk, Technology, News, California, Trends, Water, Tesla, Infrastructure, US environmental protection agency, Musk, Flint Michigan, Flint, Drinking Water, Flint Water Crisis, Flint River

PBOT project will improve several key Central Eastside bikeways

A rider waits for a break in traffic on Ankeny Island in 2015.(Photo: Michael Andersen) The Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to start a major project next summer that will look to reduce bike/truck conflicts and improve freight circulation in the Central Eastside. As part of the work we’ll see auto traffic diversion on two key bikeways, new signals, new bike lanes, and more. The five projects will focus on significant changes to key bike network intersections at NE 16th at Irving, SE...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Salmon, Infrastructure, Cycling, Taylor, Irving, Sandy, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Ankeny, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Michael Andersen, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Central Eastside