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Metro study gives cities a roadmap to adopt state-owned ‘orphan highways’

People voiced concerns about ODOT’s stewardship of SE Powell Blvd at a protest in 2015. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) A long-held aspiration of many local transportation planners and advocates has taken a big step forward. On Tuesday Metro opened a comment period for their draft Regional Framework for Highway Jurisdictional Transfer Study. The study identified a list of 11 state-owned highways that are primed for new management because they’ve been neglected by their current boss — t...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Metro, Powell, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, SE McLoughlin Boulevard, Jonathan Maus, Barbur, Barbur Boulevard, Powell Blvd, Southeast Powell Boulevard, Transportation Vision Panel, Farmington Road, Tualatin Valley Highway


Bad air and the return of bicycling

Hopefully the trend holds and we’re in the green soon. (Source: IQAir.com) It’s been at least a week since smoky air showed up as an unwanted guest in Portland. Streets are dead and most people are in a more severe lockdown mode than when Covid-19 first hit. That’s certainly true for people who love and need to ride bicycles, many of whom continued to ride alone or indoors throughout the pandemic. But now even that’s not happening because the air is just too hazardous — indoors or out. As ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Epa, Washington County, Weyerhaeuser, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Forest Park, Stimson Lumber, Portland Streets, Jonathan Maus, Stimson, Parks Bureau


Former committee members issue scathing letter about ODOT’s work on I-5 Rose Quarter project

I-5 through the Rose Quarter. 14 former members of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) advisory committee have signed onto a letter that says they’re “deeply suspicious” of the agency and that they were shut out of the process because they “didn’t play ball” on the I-5 Rose Quarter project. As we reported on September 2nd, ODOT abruptly shut down their own, hand-picked Community Advisory Community (CAC) for the embattled project and decided to create a new committee in its place. ODOT...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Board, Andrew Campbell, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, HAAB, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Harriet Tubman Middle School, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Albina Vision Trust


Former ODOT committee members blast agency for silencing opposition

I-5 through the Rose Quarter. 14 former members of an Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) advisory committee have signed onto a letter that says they’re “deeply suspicious” of the agency and that they were shut out of the process because they “didn’t play ball” on the I-5 Rose Quarter project. As we reported on September 2nd, ODOT abruptly shut down their own Community Advisory Community (CAC) for the embattled project and decided to create a new committee in its place. ODOT claimed they...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Board, Andrew Campbell, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, HAAB, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Harriet Tubman Middle School, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Albina Vision Trust


The Historic Columbia River Highway is open again for your riding pleasure

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Along with an announcement today from the U.S. Forest Service (see below) that Multnomah Falls has begun a phased re-opening comes news that the last section of the Historic Columbia River Highway closed due to Covid-19 precautions is now open. The Oregon Department of Transportation has officially re-opened the Historic Highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth. This means the entire highway and State Trail between Troutdale and The Dalles (minus the five-mi...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, U S Forest Service, Multnomah County, Ainsworth, Troutdale, USFS, Oregon Department of Transportation, Columbia River Gorge, Multnomah Falls, Dalles, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Mitchell Point


Roundup of transportation surveys ready for the taking

Metro wants to know your thoughts about school-related travel.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Because I know you love surveys, here’s a little roundup of a few that have come across my desk recently… Metro wants to know how students around the Portland region will be traveling for daily, school-related activities. “The survey is intended for families across the Portland Metro region so please share widely so we can better understand families’ transportation needs,” they say. Hurry up becaus...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Surveys, County, Metro, Multnomah County, Oregon City, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland Metro, Statewide Transportation Improvement Program, West Linn, Jonathan Maus


ODOT says new Community Paths grant program could dish out over $19 million

Fanno Creek Trail near Oleson Road.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The Oregon Department of Transportation has taken the wraps off a new program that will fund off-street path projects across the state. The Oregon Community Paths program was first announced in February and ODOT has just released more details. Program manager Alan Thompson said he thinks there could be around $19.2 million up for grabs between federal and state sources through 2024, although that amount is “in flux” (likely...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Thompson, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Alan Thompson, Jonathan Maus, Fanno Creek Trail, Oregon State Lottery, Oregon Community Paths Program, Oleson Road, FHWA Transportation Alternatives Program


Hood River businesses take over street from ODOT in order to take over street

Not ODOT-approved.(Image: City of Hood River) The Oregon Department of Transportation is trying. The agency that’s pushing to expand freeways throughout the Portland region and has become Oregon’s de facto advocacy organization for car users, wants to be seen as innovative and nimble; but a situation in the city of Hood River shows the lengths businesses had to go just to use a few curbside parking spaces on one of the agency’s state highways. Earlier this month businesses along Hood River’s m...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Dot, Hood River, Oak Street, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, State Highway, Highway Trust Fund, Jonathan Maus, Rian Windsheimer, State Route


PBOT wants to create plan for Sandy Boulevard as ‘multimodal’ corridor

Close your eyes and imagine this with protected bike lanes, bus rapid transit, wide sidewalks and beautiful plazas. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Few streets in Portland have as much potential as Sandy Boulevard. From the Central Eastside to the Parkrose neighborhood, this rare diagonal street cuts through our dense grid and offers quick cross-town trips and direct access to myriad destinations. One of Sandy’s many hazards. Designated as a “civic corridor” in Portland’s Comprehensive P...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Sandy, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland City Council, Parkrose, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Central Eastside, Portland Bureau of Transportation PBOT, Sandy Boulevard, Sandy Blvd


Checking ODOT’s work on those Historic Highway guardrails

The presence of the guardrail — installed in the middle of the paved shoulder — combined with the shy distance leaves only about 1-2 feet of rideable space.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) Late last month the Oregon Department of Transportation installed several thousand feet of guardrails in the paved shoulder of the Historic Columbia River Highway (U.S Route 30). The new rails, located just outside Troutdale along the Sandy River, were meant to keep people from parking and camping in undevel...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Troutdale, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Historic Columbia River Highway, Rian Windsheimer, Sandy River, Windsheimer, Columbia River Highway U S Route, Columbia River Gorge Scenic Byway


Washington DOT will reallocate highway space as part of ‘Healthy, Active Streets’ program

Imagine if Portland could ask for a carfree lane on 82nd Ave. Then imagine if ODOT actually listened. Unlike our Oregon Department of Transportation whose seems to be carrying out a policy to rid their highways of everything but people in cars, the Washington Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it’s getting on the open streets train. Imagine that. A state DOT voluntarily banning automobile users from lanes and even complete roadways all in the name of safety and health. “Th...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Washington Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Open Streets


ODOT is removing those dangerous guardrails on the Historic Highway

“That was the wrong decision and we are in the process of removing two stretches of that guardrail now.”— Rian Windsheimer, ODOT Region 1 director New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4) We’re happy to report that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is removing guardrails they installed late last month on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Troutdale. On June 24th, ODOT installed three section...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Hamilton, Troutdale, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Don Hamilton, Rian Windsheimer, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Sandy River


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


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 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


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


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


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


Former Mayor, now council candidate Sam Adams thinks time is now to create more safe street space

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) As the debate rages about whether or not Portland should add space and safety to streets for vulnerable people, a former mayor thinks it’s time to move forward. Sam Adams was on Portland City Council from 2005 to 2012 — first as a commissioner, then as mayor. Throughout his tenure he was in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the agency was one of this top priorities. Adams now finds himself on the outside looking in as he eyes the council seat occu...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Oakland, Kenton, Adams, Oakland California, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, Sam Adams, Portland City Council, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, J Maus BikePortland


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 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


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


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