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Homeowners along Sandy River defend ODOT’s bike-unfriendly guardrails

Former biking space on Historic Highway.(Photo: Forum user amadeusb4) We’re still trying to learn more about why the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) installed three sections of guardrails in the paved shoulder of the Historic Columbia River Highway north of Interstate 84 last week. These guardrails narrow valuable space used by many bicycle riders and their dangerous placement increases odds of stressful passes and collisions. The fact that ODOT did this without any public notice an...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Sandy, Ritz, ODOT, DeVore, Oregon Department of Transportation, Ryland, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Columbia River Highway State Trail, Sandy River


State’s Rose Quarter freeway project will press on, without support from Portland leaders

The Oregon Department of Transportation lost a lot more than the support of a local nonprofit today when Albina Vision Trust pulled their support of the I-5 Rose Quarter project. That earthquake has already had major aftershocks. Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have both pulled their support as well. This means ODOT is left trying to complete a controversial mega-project that doesn’t have support from the very city it would be built ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Smith, Finn, Metro, Chris Smith, Oregon Legislature, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland Public Schools, Portland City Council


Albina Vision pulls support for I-5 Rose Quarter project

No more lifeline for Mayor Wheeler and Metro President Lynn Peterson. (Illustration by Cloe Ashton, May 2019) Huge news from the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week: The nonprofit Albina Vision Trust has decided it will no longer support the Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-5 Rose Quarter project and they will no longer participate in an advisory role. In a tweet posted today, reporter Blair Stevnick wrote, “Albina Vision Trust is withdrawing from all planning on ODOT’s Rose Quarter 1-5...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Metro, Adams, Kate Brown, Peterson, Megan, Oregon Public Broadcasting, ODOT, KATU, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Willamette Week


Portland’s Climate Emergency Declaration addresses highway expansions, slavery, and colonialism

In normal times, major changes to important policy documents happen at a glacial pace. These are not normal times. When Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a draft of the city’s Climate Emergency Declaration back in mid-February it was just under 1,800 words long. The one that will get a public hearing and vote tonight (6/30) is nearly 5,000 words long. Learn more: 6/30 City Council meeting information 2015 Climate Action Plan Final Progress Report – Multnomah County The new doc...
Tags: Climate Change, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland City Council, Ted Wheeler, Jonathan Maus, Bureau of Planning Sustainability, George Floyd, Climate Emergency Declaration


New ODOT guardrails on Historic Highway makes cycling more dangerous

New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4) “We certainly understand how this effort reduces space available for bikers and other users…”— Don Hamilton, ODOT The Oregon Department of Transportation has narrowed the shoulder on several sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The installation of guardrails reduces space for cycling and increases danger for vulnerable road users on a very popular route along th...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hamilton, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lewis Clark, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Don Hamilton, Sandy River Photos, BikePortland Forum, Sandy River Earlier


New ODOT guardrail on Historic Highway makes cycling more dangerous

New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4) “We certainly understand how this effort reduces space available for bikers and other users…”— Don Hamilton, ODOT The Oregon Department of Transportation has narrowed the shoulder on several sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The installation of guardrails reduces space for cycling and increases danger for vulnerable road users on a very popular route along th...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hamilton, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lewis Clark, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Don Hamilton, Sandy River Photos, BikePortland Forum, Sandy River Earlier


The Monday Roundup: SUVs for crowd control, oppressive interstates, Paris election, and more

Here are the most noteworthy stories we came across in the past seven days… SUV as crowd control weapon: This time it was in Detroit where a police SUV was surrounded by protestors and then the officer at the wheel decided to floor it and ram through them. Several people were seriously injured. Nothing to see here: The NYPD looked into a case of officers driving into protestors last week and found that they did not violate use of force policies. Traffic is back: Our wonderful flirtation with...
Tags: Transportation, Politico, America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Paris, Portland, Capitol Hill, Detroit, Donald, LA Times, Anne Hidalgo, ODOT, Shoup


The Monday Roundup: Racist Strava segments, racist event name, racist cities, and more

Center graphic from BlackSpace.org. As we continue to evolve our thinking around racial justice, policing, and the built environment, it’s vital to know what new and leading voices are saying about these topics. Here are the most noteworthy items our community came across in the past seven days… Black urbanists unite: A broad movement of Black, Indigenous and people of color from across the professional urban planning industry have come to the forefront to change the way American cities are...
Tags: San Francisco, Sport, Features, Front Page, Ireland, Cycling, New York Times, Portland, Guardian, Vancouver Bc, Kanza, ODOT, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, KAW, Streetsblog


Police search for suspect in fatal hit-and-run crash on SW Barbur

Photos from the scene by Eric Wilhelm show PPB Major Crash Team investigation markings on the northwest corner of SW Barbur and Capitol Hill Road. Last night around 11:00 pm someone driving a mini-van hit a person who was walking at the intersection of Southwest Barbur Boulevard and Southwest Capitol Hill Road. The driver did not stop after the collision and the person they struck died at the scene. Hwy 99W (Barbur Blvd) and Capitol Hill Road. Red circle shows location of collision and ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, PSU, Metro, Safeway, Fitzgerald, Dodge Caravan, Chris Johnson, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, Wilhelm, KATU News


Some sections of Historic Columbia River Highway/Trail have just re-opened

Women’s Forum is now open, which means you’ve got access to a water source and this amazing view. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) While most of the Columbia River Gorge trails and sites remain closed to prevent crowding and the spread of Covid-19, the U.S. Forest Service announced that portions of the road and path used to access them have been re-opened. Back in April the Oregon Department of Transportation closed 14 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway (US 30) between Larch M...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Forest Service, U S Forest Service, Hood River, Ainsworth, ODOT, Wyeth, Oregon Department of Transportation, Columbia River Gorge, MOSIER, Cascade Locks, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Jonathan Maus


Some sections of Historic Columbia River Highway/Trail are now open

Women’s Forum is now open, which means you’ve got access to a water source and this amazing view. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) While most of the Columbia River Gorge trails and sites remain closed to prevent crowding and the spread of Covid-19, the U.S. Forest Service announced that portions of the road and path used to access them have been re-opened. Back in April the Oregon Department of Transportation closed 14 miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway (US 30) between Larch M...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Forest Service, U S Forest Service, Hood River, Ainsworth, ODOT, Wyeth, Oregon Department of Transportation, Columbia River Gorge, MOSIER, Cascade Locks, Oregon Parks and Recreation Department, Jonathan Maus


Bicycle rider injured in collision on Highway 30 near St. Johns Bridge

Photo from the scene. (UPDATE, 12:36 pm: We know now the victim is Merritt Raitt, a well-known local rider. Read more about him in a note at the end of this post.) This morning a man riding a bicycle was hit by a car driver while trying to cross over lanes of Highway 30 just north of the St. Johns Bridge. The collision hasn’t been reported by authorities or on other media outlets, but we received details about it from a reader who was driving nearby and pulled up a few minutes after it happened...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Portland Police Bureau, Germantown, Raitt, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Sauvie Island, St Johns Bridge, Jonathan Maus, Ladd Circle, Highway 30, Collisions, Germantown Road


PBOT project will build carfree plaza on Couch, build two-way cycle track across Burnside

Detail of PBOT plans for I-405 crossing changes. Detail shows new carfree plaza coming to Couch between 15th and 16th. At their meeting yesterday Portland City Council authorized the transportation bureau to bid out a $3,183,401 contract that will fund the construction of the Downtown I-405 Pedestrian Safety and Operational Improvements Project. PBOT wants to restore sanity and safety to an area where the surface street network was destroyed by the construction of the freeway and its on-...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Wheeler, Projects, Ada, Burnside, ODOT, West Burnside, Portland City Council, Ted Wheeler, Graff, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Gabriel Graff


Candidates on Bikes Mayoral Edition: Teressa Raiford, Sarah Iannarone, and Ozzie Gonzalez

Left to right: Teressa Raiford, Sarah Iannarone, Ozzie Gonzalez. (Photos supplied by campaigns) Welcome to our final round of responses from Portland City Council candidates. Today we’ll hear from three people who want to be your next mayor: Teressa Raiford, Sarah Iannarone, and Ozzie Gonzalez. Don’t miss our posts on council position 1 (Candace Avalos, Carmen Rubio, and Tim DuBois), position 2 (Tera Hurst, Julia DeGraw, Sam Chase), and position 4 (Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley...
Tags: Politics, Sport, Front Page, Austin, Cycling, Portland, New Orleans, Denver, City Hall, Bureau, Charleston, Election 2020, ODOT, TriMet, Portland City Council, Jonathan Maus


Candidates on Bikes: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley, Keith Wilson and Sam Adams

Left to right: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley, Sam Adams, Keith Wilson.(Photos: Respective campaigns) It’s been a tough pill for me to swallow, but the truth is cycling just doesn’t command the same attention in local political circles that it used to. With so many people struggling to put a roof over their head and all the systemic injustice and inequality that has become even more glaring in recent years, it’s understandable that personal mobility doesn’t merit as much attention as ...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Oregon, US, San Francisco, Sport, Front Page, Green, Cycling, Amsterdam, Portland, Broadway, Salem, Green Party, Vancouver, City Council


Candidates on Bikes: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Wooley, Keith Wilson and Sam Adams

Left to right: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Wooley, Sam Adams, Keith Wilson.(Photos: Respective campaigns) It’s been a tough pill for me to swallow, but the truth is cycling just doesn’t command the same attention in local political circles that it used to. With so many people struggling to put a roof over their head and all the systemic injustice and inequality that has become even more glaring in recent years, it’s understandable that personal mobility doesn’t merit as much attention as i...
Tags: Europe, Politics, Oregon, US, San Francisco, Sport, Front Page, Green, Cycling, Amsterdam, Portland, Broadway, Salem, Green Party, Vancouver, City Council


First look at raised bike lanes and sidewalks on outer SE Powell Blvd

You love to see it.(Photos: Jim Chasse) This story is from east Portland resident and longtime bike advocate Jim Chasse. One of Portland’s most dangerous roads is finally getting safety upgrades that include new sidewalks, better bike lanes and upgraded crossings from SE 122nd to 136th. Powell Blvd. improvements have been a high priority for residents since this section of southeast Portland was annexed into the city over 25 years ago… It’s great to see some new concrete on the ground! I’v...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, State, Powell, Gresham, Oregon Legislature, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Michael Andersen, Shemia Fagan, East Portland, Powell Blvd


The outdated and dangerous 85th percentile rule is dead in Oregon

On May 1st, traffic engineers in the state of Oregon will no longer rely on an outdated and dangerous method for setting speed limits. Thanks to new rules adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission last month, the process for for designating speeds has changed dramatically and now goes way beyond the traditional 85 percentile method. The 85th percentile rule has dominated U.S. traffic engineering since it was championed in the 1960s. It says limits should set at the speed which 85% of driv...
Tags: Oregon, America, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, State, Brouwer, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Transportation Commission, Speed Limits, Jonathan Maus, Travis Brouwer, Portland's War On Speeding


Concerns aside, Metro Council gives ODOT $129 million for I-5 Rose Quarter project

I-5 from the Flint Avenue Bridge.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Despite a majority of Metro Council expressing concerns about the future of a nearly $800 million project that will expand the I-5 freeway through the Rose Quarter, only two out of seven members voted against giving the Oregon Department of Transportation $129 million to continue working on it. The 5-2 vote came at a meeting just hours after the Oregon Transportation Commission gave ODOT permission to move forward with the project ...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Chase, Portland, Council, Metro, Eis, Stacey, Peterson, Gonzalez, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Bob Stacey


After OTC vote, Metro candidate Chris Smith calls for new highway governance model

Chris Smith.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Chris Smith is outraged by what just happened. The Portland Planning & Sustainability Commissioner member, transportation activist, and Metro Council candidate watched this morning as the unelected, five-member Oregon Transportation Commission brushed aside considerable concerns about the I-5 Rose Quarter project and voted unanimously to let the Oregon Department of Transportation move forward without any further objective analysis. In response, Smith ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, Council, Metro, Chris Smith, Eis, Oregon Legislature, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, Oregon Transportation Commission, Portland City Council, Metro Council


Transportation commission says I-5 Rose Quarter project can move ahead without environmental statement

The oversight body for the Oregon Department of Transportation has given the agency permission to move forward on their $715 million I-5 Rose Quarter project without doing more rigorous and independent analysis of its environmental and community impacts. In a 5-0 vote taken on a meeting held over the phone today, Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin said he was satisfied with steps taken by ODOT thus far and that, “I just don’t find the basis in the record to change to a...
Tags: Oregon, US, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, Metro, Chris Smith, State, Eis, Holt, Stoel Rives LLP, Oregon Legislature, Central Oregon, ODOT


Transportation commission votes unanimously to approve I-5 Rose Quarter project without an EIS

The oversight body for the Oregon Department of Transportation has given the agency permission to move forward on their $715 million I-5 Rose Quarter project without doing more rigorous and independent analysis of its environmental and community impacts. In a 5-0 vote taken on a meeting held over the phone today, Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin said he was satisfied with steps taken by ODOT thus far and that, “I just don’t find the basis in the record to change to a...
Tags: Oregon, US, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, State, Eis, Holt, Stoel Rives LLP, Oregon Legislature, Central Oregon, ODOT, NEPA, Tina Kotek


Oregon set to endorse agreement with Washington on CRC 2.0

Concept drawing of CRC in Washington. While all the attention at today’s Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) meeting will be on the I-5 Rose Quarter Project, there’s another highway expansion mega-project that will take an important step forward. The OTC is expected to give the Oregon Department of Transportation permission to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Washington Department of Transportation that will lay the groundwork for cooperation on a project to replace ...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, Portland, Capitol Hill, Vancouver, CRC, Oregon House, COLLIER, CCA, Columbia River, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation


Regional leaders greenlight $129 million for I-5 Rose Quarter project

PBOT Director Chris Warner re-affirmed his agency’s support of the project.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) We’re at that awkward stage in a highway mega-project when the agency in charge is under a cloud of controversy and still (after years of planning) doesn’t have an official endorsement to start construction, but still wants money to keep the project moving forward. Of course I’m talking about the Oregon Department of Transportation and the I-5 Rose Quarter Project. And it seems whenever I d...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Warner, Metro, Chris Smith, Eis, Putney, Wilsonville, TPAC, MPAC, Knapp, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation


Woman killed while walking on Barbur Boulevard was ‘brilliant’ PSU researcher

Iulia Hanczarek. (Photo: Portland State University) Iulia Hanczarek was coming into her prime as a chemist and researcher at Portland State University. She had dreams of a doctoral degree and missions to space. At just 39 years old, she had a lot of important discoveries ahead of her. Staff at the university describe her as “brilliant”. But just after midnight on Tuesday her life was cut short when a man chose to drive his car while drunk and hit and killed her as she walked home in southwest ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, United States, Cycling, Portland, Romania, PSU, Jupiter, Portland State University, Portland State, California Bay Area, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Southwest Portland


ODOT releases roster of I-5 Rose Quarter project community advisory committee

Committee members will debate how the project might impact cycling on N Williams Avenue through the Rose Quarter, among other issues.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Tonight was supposed to be the first meeting of the I-5 Rose Quarter Project Community Advisory Committee. Due to public health concerns, it has been postponed and will be rescheduled in an online-only format (public will be invited, see updated details below). This is the committee foisted upon the Oregon Department of Transportatio...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Broadway, North, Kenton, Metro, Eis, Kate Brown, Lloyd, Craig Brown, Northeast Portland, Humboldt, Elmer


Oregon’s government signs executive order to double clean fuels program

In Oregon, Governor Kate Brown announced and signed a new executive order on climate, setting new science-based greenhouse gas emissions goals and directing state agencies to put new measures into effect to lower the state’s greenhouse gas emissions to meet Oregon’s climate goals. The executive order updates the existing state carbon emissions goals to reflect the current science, setting a standard of 45% reduction from 1990 levels by 2035, and an 80% reduction from 1990 levels by 2050. The...
Tags: Oregon, Policy, Kate Brown, Oregon Department of Energy, PUC, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Environmental Quality Commission, Public Utility Commission PUC, Council on Wildfire Response


ODOT will open two week comment period on I-5 Rose Quarter project

ODOT has resisted a more in-depth analysis of project impacts even though it would add a freeway lane to this embankment just yards from a middle school playground.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation just announced they’ll open a two-week comment period on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project. The news comes a day after revelations that the Oregon Transportation Commission planned to postpone a crucial upcoming meeting where they were slated to vote on w...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Eis, HQ, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Community Advisory Committee ODOT


ODOT will open two week comment period for I-5 Rose Quarter project

ODOT has resisted a more in-depth analysis of project impacts even though it would add a freeway lane to this embankment just yards from a middle school playground.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation just announced they’ll open a two-week comment period on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project. The news comes a day after revelations that the Oregon Transportation Commission planned to postpone a crucial upcoming meeting where they were slated to vote on w...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Eis, HQ, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Community Advisory Committee ODOT


OTC raises legal questions with decision to hold key I-5 Rose Quarter meeting on the phone

Story in The Oregonian. The Oregonian reported today that the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) meeting slated for March 20th will be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak. That’s the right decision given the state of the outbreak and current “social distancing” best practices. But the decision that caught my eye was that they plan to hold a “telephonic meeting” sometime in early April “to decide the fate of the freeway project.” That “freeway project” is the I-5 Rose Quarter project, a ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Lebanon, Chris Smith, Brown, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Tubman, Jonathan Maus, Environmental Assessment, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Tom Fuller, No More Freeways PDX