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CRC 2.0 is off and ‘running’ but Metro president urges caution

The latest effort to built a new, wider freeway between Oregon and Washington is called the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program (IBRP). It’s been nearly seven years since the last effort (the Columbia River Crossing) died and project staff are once again barreling down the highway. While electeds and staff are giddy, at least one key elected official is urging restraint. Last week the IBRP launched a slick new website and social media channels. At a meeting of the project’s bi-state Execu...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Projects, Vancouver, Johnson, ESG, Dot, Metro, CRC, Peterson, Greg Johnson


Two former PBOT staffers take jobs with Biden Administration

Left: Maurice Henderson in 2016 (Photo by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Right: Irene Marion in 2019 (Photo by Oregon Walks) Two former Portland Bureau of Transportation employees have been sworn in by U.S. President Joe Biden for positions within his administration. Former PBOT Equity and Inclusion Manager Irene Marion will be Director of the Office of Civil Rights at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Maurice Henderson, a former assistant director at PBOT, will be Senior Advisor to DOT ...
Tags: Politics, Obama, Washington, Oregon, America, Sport, Joe Biden, Front Page, Cycling, Capitol Hill, Dot, Henderson, Marion, U S Department of Transportation, Usdot, Congressional Black Caucus


Lengthy closures of Eastbank Esplanade for Burnside Bridge construction raise concerns

Cycling advocates raised major concerns about construction detours and closures that will be required for the Burnside Bridge replacement project. “That’s not just a nice bit of recreational area. For many people, it’s their main route through the city.”— Iain Mackenzie, Bicycle Advisory Committee member Multnomah County planners and staff shared a presentation about the project at a joint meeting of the Portland Bureau of Transportation pedestrian and bicycle advisory committees Tuesda...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Eis, Multnomah County, David Stein, Waterfront Park, Portland Bureau of Transportation, MacKenzie, Oregon Department of Transportation, Willamette River, Iain Mackenzie, Burnside Bridge, Central City, Eastbank Esplanade, Jonathan Maus


What would happen if we shut down I-405? We’re about to find out

Imagine what we could do with this space besides just driving: More homes, shops, and parks. This photo shows Bridge Pedal riders on I-405 in 2010.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Bridge footings in place.(Photo: PBOT) Something magical will finally happen this weekend: The Portland Bureau of Transportation will install the Flanders Crossing Bridge over I-405. It’s a day we’ve dreamt about for 15 years, ever since former PBOT Commissioner (then Mayor) Sam Adams hatched the wild idea ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, U S Senate, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Sam Adams, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Sauvie Island Bridge, Fremont Bridge, Flanders Crossing Bridge, Jonathan Maus BikePortland Bridge


Opinion: We want more progress on road safety, not more excuses

Southeast Division near 130th. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) 2020 was a horrible year on Portland roads. Depending on how you count*, somewhere between 54 and 58 people died on our streets. 34 of the 56 people on or list of fatalities were not inside a car when they were killed: Five bicycle riders, eight motorcycle riders, 19 people on foot, and two people who were asleep adjacent to the roadway. This is a crisis, yet I worry we have become complacent to the carnage. In order to en...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Editorial, Bill Mckibben, Leah Shahum, Portland Police Bureau, Oregon Public Broadcasting, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Vision Zero, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Shahum


Bike Theft Task Force leader has left PPB; future of unit unclear

A busy Bike Theft Task Force booth at a 2019 Sunday Parkways event. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “Due to a lack of funds/budget, our unit has been suspended and is currently unable to respond to bike theft needs in the community.”— Dave Sanders, Task Force founder and former PPB officer A vital part of Portland’s fight against the scourge of bicycle theft has been mothballed. Six years ago, as bike theft spun out of control in Portland, we brought people together to do somethin...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Hall, Sanders, Task Force, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Larry O Dea, Bike Theft, Portland Bike Theft Task Force, Dave Sanders, BikeIndex, David Bryant, Facebook Marketplace


Commissioner Hardesty wants more carfree streets in downtown Portland

SW Harvey Milk at 13th back in July.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Commissioner Hardesty(Photo: City of Portland) City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty has been in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation for only about a week but she’s already got the ball rolling on a few priorities. Hardesty’s Policy Director Derek Bradley popped into the monthly meeting of the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee Tuesday to share some of her “first blush thoughts” on goals for the bureau. The first ...
Tags: San Francisco, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Bac, Montgomery, City Hall, Harvey Milk, Chris Smith, Portland State University, Bradley, Burnside, NW, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland City


After years of delay, Portland will build Red Electric Trail bridge

Conceptual renderings supplied by City of Portland. Hopefully the experience of riding among treetops on the Red Electric Trail bridge away from the noise and stress of Beaverton Hillsdale Highway will be enough to take the sting out of years of delays. Approximate bridge route.(Source: BikePortland) Work began on the Red Electric Trail project with a planning study in 2003 that was adopted by Portland City Council four years later. Since then there’s been some progress, but major pie...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Nebraska, City Council, Beaverton, Bertha, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Southwest Portland, Willamette River, Portland City Council, Hillsdale, Jonathan Maus, PBOT


4M Neighborhood Greenway goes out to bid in latest sign of east Portland progress

SE Mill and 131st with PBOT conceptual rendering. Over a decade after it was listed as a “recommended project” in the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030, the 4M Neighborhood Greenway is finally moving forward. At their meeting Wednesday morning, city council will authorize the Portland Bureau of Transportation to put the eastern portion of the project out for a construction bid. The $2.2 million project (funded via $550,000 from 2016 “Fixing Our Streets” gas tax increase and $1.6 million in Tr...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Greenway, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Springwater Corridor, East Portland, Neighborhood Greenways, PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee, Gateway Transit Center, 4m Neighborhood Greenway, East Portland Access to Employment and Education, SE Cherry Blossom Drive Progress


The Monday Roundup: Suing ODOT, new Parks Commish, riders rampage, and more

Welcome to 2021! In keeping with tradition, let’s start off the new week of the new year by highlighting some important stories you might have missed over the break. Before we share a few links, don’t miss the three stories we published last week: an introduction of new Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, an interview about traffic enforcement with legal expert and activist Scott Kocher, and our 2020 Year in Pictures. Here are the most notable items we came acros...
Tags: Washington, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Manhattan, Tokyo, Tribune, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Yamhill County, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, Portland Parks Recreation, Glenn Fee


Jo Ann Hardesty is Portland’s new transportation commissioner

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty at a protest in downtown Portland on July 17th, 2020.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Two days before Christmas Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler played City Council Santa by handing out new bureau assignments. The recipient of the Portland Bureau of Transportation was Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty. “When we look at these issues through a public health lens, we see that traffic enforcement does not improve outcomes.”— Jo Ann Hardesty The move puts the 63-year-ol...
Tags: Transportation, Politics, Navy, Oregon, America, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Naacp, Jay, City Hall, Boston University, Portland Police Bureau, Columbia River


Commission approves STIP allocation with record ‘non-highway’ funding

An anti-ODOT rally on SE Powell Blvd in May 2015.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) After an hour and twenty minutes of public testimony, the Oregon Transportation Commission voted on a funding allocation scenario for the 2024-2027 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) Tuesday night. The proposal they moved forward isn’t what nearly every person who testified had asked for, but it showed how a strong progressive voice and an ever-growing transportation reform advocacy coaliti...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Commission, Portland, Naacp, Ada, Pederson, Eugene, Kate Brown, Multnomah County, Simpson, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation


Portland rolls out next projects for ‘Rose Lane’ transit priority plan

PBOT’s Rose Lane Project map. The primary Rose Lane network consists of 13 bus lines and two streetcar lines. Undeterred by a steep drop in transit use during the pandemic, the Portland Bureau of Transportation launched an online open house and survey for the Rose Lane Project on Thursday. With the open house comes the release of 25 new project proposals — that’s in addition to the 18 projects already funded or in progress and the 16 that have been completed since the initiative launched in...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Transit, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Oregon State University, Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Rose Lane, Chloe Eudaly, Buses And Bikes, Rose Lane Project


Portland should lower more speed limits, legal expert says

A recently lowered speed limit sign on North Fessenden in the St. Johns neighborhood.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) In January 2018, armed with the fact that about half of all fatal collisions in Portland involve speeding drivers, Portland City Council passed an ordinance to, “Reduce speed limit to 20 miles per hour on residential streets to support safe travel”. It established that a designated speed (set by a local road road authority) could be set five miles per hour lower than the ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Speed, Cycling, Portland, Cornell, Portland State University, St Johns, Kocher, Fairmount, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland City Council, Forest Park, Speed Limits, Jonathan Maus, PBOT


Portland continues ‘Rose Lane’ transit push amid ridership decline, electoral shift

One of the first Rose Lane projects on SW Madison.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “We’re ready to work on increasing ridership once vaccines are available.”— Jeff Owen, TriMet Senior Planner Transit in Portland is in bad shape. TriMet ridership numbers are in the tank and have shown no signs of recovery since the initial pandemic plummet. And transit’s most high-powered champion, City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, is in the waning weeks of her seat on council after losing her re-elect...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Transit, Cycling, Portland, Owen, Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Rose Lane, Jeff Owen, Chloe Eudaly, Eudaly, Enhanced Transit Corridors, Bikes And Transit


Report: City’s new 20 mph signs have reduced top-end speeds

Did anyone even notice? (Photo: Scott Kocher) “These changes are more meaningful for the Vision Zero speed reduction efforts than the change in average speeding, given the link to crash severity for vulnerable road users.”— Portland State University research team The Portland Bureau of Transportation says they’ve moved the line in their war against speeding. The agency partnered with Portland State University to analyze 58 locations (below) before and after the posted speed limit was change...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Speeding, Portland Oregon, Portland State University, Ainsworth, Oregon Legislature, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland City Council, Vision Zero, Speed Limits, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Scott Kocher


Portland’s ‘Go By Greenways’ game is a fun excuse for a ride

Something fun to do on the holiday break.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Written by Tom Howe The Portland Bureau of Transportation is running a “Go By Greenways” contest where you ride neighborhood greenways and post a photo or video to social media for a chance to win one of five ORP “Smarthorns”. The ORP is a dual-tone bike horn with integrated LED light designed in Portland. Use the hashtag #GoByGreenways to automatically enter your photo or video in the contest. BikePortland recentl...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Alberta, South, Simpson, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Holman, Bryant Street, Orp, Killingsworth, PBOT, Neighborhood Greenways, Tom Howe, Killingworth


First look at new bike lanes on NW/SW Broadway

New parking-protected bike lane southbound on Broadway near Everett.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) When it comes to bicycling, Broadway might be the most important street in Portland. It delivers people from some of our busiest bikeways (Williams, Tillamook, Interstate, Broadway Bridge) and most bike-oriented neighborhoods to the heart of our “living room” (Pioneer Square), cultural district, and one of the largest universities in Oregon. Unfortunately Broadway’s bikeway has never li...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Broadway, PSU, Old Town, Clay, Burnside, Hoyt, Pioneer Square, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Broadway Bridge, Ankeny, Sam Adams


14-foot wide buffered bike lanes planned for 162nd Avenue

Plans for SE 162nd at Mill, looking south. (Source: PBOT) Portland’s plans for Southeast 162nd Avenue call for a road diet, but for bicycle riders the project will be more of a road buffet. With a $6 million budget the Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to re-configure the street in a way that reduces space for driving and vastly increases the space for cycling. Green line is 162nd.(Source: PBOT) 162nd between Stark and Powell (about 1.6 miles) is currently a typical east Portland ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Kenton, Clinton, Rosa Parks, Wagner, Powell, Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, East Portland, Zef Wagner


How to survive Portland’s wet and slippery streets

This rider has left the bike lane to avoid the dreaded Lake Michigan on North Rosa Parks Way.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Riding through leaves and standing water is part of the Great Portland Bicycling Experience. Since many of you might be new to this cycling thing (welcome, we’re glad you’re here!), I figured it was time to share a few tips and ask some of our more experienced readers to chime in with their advice. Flooding at NW 13th and Lovejoy today.(Photo sent in by a reade...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Tips, Michigan, Lake Michigan, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Lovejoy, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, North Rosa Parks Way, Jonathan Maus BikePortland, North Rosa Parks Way Photos


Neighborhood greenway status report calls for more diversion and traffic calming

Map shows 25 locations where PBOT wants to install more robust car driver diverters. (Source: PBOT Neighborhood Greenways 2020 Status Report – edited slightly to add yellow circles for better visibility) Report cover The City of Portland wants to take some of their Covid-inspired “slow streets” to the next level. And there are still too many drivers on streets where bicycle users are supposed to have priority. Those are two key “challenges” shared by the Portland Bureau of Transportation...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, East Portland, Neighborhood Greenways, North Bryant


Families of crash victims urge changes as Oregon Walks releases report findings

Michelle DuBarry and her children at a Gresham intersection on Sunday. They held a photo of Seamus, their 22-month old son and brother who was killed while walking in a north Portland crosswalk in 2010.(Photo: Oregon Walks) Courageous family members of traffic crash victims stood at a deadly Gresham intersection Sunday to implore people to stop driving recklessly and raise awareness of road safety. Portland-based nonprofit Oregon Walks hosted the event with members of the Oregon/SW Washing...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ada, Gresham, Kocher, Portland Bureau of Transportation, KATU, Seamus, Jonathan Maus, East Portland, Oregon Walks, Scott Kocher


PBOT needs your local knowledge for two key northeast Portland projects

PBOT’s proposal for the 70s Greenway would create a carfree lane through Rose City Golf Course. Are you an expert on the North Tabor, Montavilla, or Madison South neighborhoods? If so, the Portland Bureau of Transportation needs your help designing two key projects: the 70s Neighborhood Greenway and the Halsey Street Safety and Access to Transit Project. The $4.5 million 70s Neighborhood Greenway Project aims to create a five mile low-stress cycling route between SE Flavel and NE Sacram...
Tags: Sacramento, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Halsey, Eric, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Tillamook, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Halsey Street, Neighborhood Greenways, Eric P, Halsey Safety And Access To Transit Project, 70s Neighborhood Greenway


Opinion: We’ll never have safe streets if we continue to make safe choices

Traffic victims were represented by empty pairs of shoes at a 2016 World Day of Remembrance event in Portland.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Late Thursday night someone died while using 122nd Avenue. They were the 46th person whose life ended while traveling on a Portland road so far this year, putting us on the same grim pace as 2019 despite a major reduction in travel due to the pandemic. There have been four fatal crashes in a one mile stretch of 122nd Avenue in the past year alone. I...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, United Nations, Portland, Metro, Burnside, Stanton, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Vision Zero, Seamus, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Chris Warner, Chloe Eudaly


BAT, LRT, FAT, buses, bikes, freight: A guide to Portland’s lanes

(A few of the different lane types in the central city. Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Doing more with what you have is a fitting mantra for the Portland Bureau of Transportation these days — and I’m not just talking about their pandemic-ravaged budget. As the agency grapples with the need to move more people in different types of vehicles on the same amount of road space, they’ve undertaken a dizzying array of lane restriping projects. On larger streets in neighborhoods outside...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Madison, Holladay, Portland Bureau of Transportation, LRT, TriMet, Portland City Council, Central City, Hawthorne Bridge, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, North Vancouver Avenue


Checking in on the carfree Blumenauer Bridge over I-84

The arch pieces were constructed off-site and are now being moved into place. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland/BikePortland) Drawing of finished product. By next spring or summer you’ll be able to bike across Interstate 84 on 7th Avenue between the central eastside and the Lloyd: No more snaking onto sidewalks or risking life and limb on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard or SE Grand Avenue; no more riding all the way up to NE 12th to get across the freeway. The Portland Bureau of Trans...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Martin Luther King, Lloyd, Sullivan, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Gulch, Earl Blumenauer, Jonathan Maus, Lloyd District, Jr Boulevard, SE Grand Avenue, Gideon Overcrossing


Mapps defeats Eudaly for seat on Portland City Council

Welcome to council Mingus Mapps. (Source: Mapps Campaign) Incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has lost her seat on City Council. Mingus Mapps, a self-described “daily bike commuter” since the 1980s has won 56% of the vote to Eudaly’s 43% with just over 78% of the votes recorded. Eudaly, commissioner-in-charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, enjoyed broad support among transportation reform advocates. Her Rose Lane Project, which has already installed some bus-priority lanes around th...
Tags: Politics, Sport, Front Page, Harvard, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Cornell, City Hall, Election 2020, Portland Police Bureau, Dan Ryan, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland City Council, Jonathan Maus, Mapps


Coming to a bike lane near you: A strawberry, a fish, and a chicken on a bike

Two of the 2nd place winners. The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Bike to Books Design Contest winners have been announced! What started in 2017 as a way to get kids into reading, riding, and their local library, has now become a fun tradition. Even with library branches closed this year, PBOT says they received over 100 designs from schoolchildren across the city. More than just an art contest, PBOT takes the winning designs and translates them into official bike lane pavement marking...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Bike Lane Characters, Bike To Books Design Contest


SW Portland’s top priority, $26 million project clears final hurdle

(Existing conditions on the left, future conditions on the right.) It’s not every day a project that’s a top priority for an entire quadrant gets authorized for construction — much less one that local activists have been pushing on for 30 years. That’s why Portland City Council’s support of the Southwest Capitol Highway project yesterday was such a big deal. You might recall how we took a closer look at this project in 2015. SW Neighborhoods Inc (SWNI, the local neighborhood coalition) ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Council, City Hall, Brown, Kate Brown, Lyons, Oregon Lottery, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Southwest Portland, Portland City Council, Multnomah, Jonathan Maus


Frog Ferry takes step forward with release of feasibility report

Conceptual plan for ferry terminal at Cathedral Park in St. Johns. “That first and final mile is just huge. And I can really see Biketown being a key part of this, especially with e-bikes.”— Susan Bladholm, Frog Ferry A public passenger ferry system that would serve 9 stops between Vancouver and Oregon City on the Willamette River would cost about $40 million to launch and would need about $7 million a year to operate. Those are just two takeaways from the Operational Feasibility Study ...
Tags: Labor, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Iowa, Portland, Vancouver, St Johns, Oregon City, South Waterfront, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, OHSU, Willamette River, Biketown