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More good vibes from ODOT

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on August 16th, 2006 at 3:16 pm

Judging from what I've read and heard recently, it seems like ODOT might actually be walking the walk in making an effort to improve their relationship with the bike community.

First, I reported about Charles Sciscione's desire to "make amends" with the bike community after the fallout surrounding the St. Johns Bridge.

Then, this morning I had a nice talk with one of ODOT's local managers, Joyce Felton. One of her projects is doling out cash and choosing "community enhancement" projects as part of ODOT's big Delta Park to Lombard I-5 widening project.

Joyce, who rides a bike to work, has the Bryant Street bike and pedestrian bridge in North Portland (and just 2 blocks from my house) on her radar screen for possible improvements. Next week, she and I will ride over to the bridge and check it out (stay tuned for a report).

And finally, I just read an interesting post by the BTA's Scott Bricker. He said high-ranking ODOT manager Jason Tell just sent the BTA a letter that stated in part:

"I am initiating a review of Region 1's bicycle/pedestrian program. As part of this initiative, I will be seeking input from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and other stakeholders this fall..."

Scott also reports that ODOT has officially done away with their ill-fated Highway Bike Ban proposal.

I feel like ODOT is beginning to realize that if they utilize their considerable power and purse strings to encourage bicycle use our transportation network will work better for everyone.

Past differences behind us (but not forgotten completely), I hope we can look forward to a kinder, gentler ODOT in the future.

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  • joe adamski August 16, 2006 at 3:44 pm

    One of the community enhancements that needs to happen as a part of this project is completing the 'missing link'part of the 40 mile loop and build a connection for the part that ends at 42nd ave NE and doesn't resume until you cross under the Interstate 5 @ Marine Drive.

    It is my understanding that the obsticles that were previously in the way are now not so difficult. As a transportation community as a whole, we need to advocate for this conncection.

    if you have any energy that you would like to see put to this end,contact me and i will try to put you in contact with a group that has been working on this for some time.

    jgdamski > excitedotcom

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  • organic brian August 17, 2006 at 12:40 pm

    Don't forget, ODOT went to the trouble to create the very handy "Bike - Ped Statutes" doc that consolidates bicycle / pedestrian related Oregon statutes into one document:
    http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/HWY/BIKEPED/docs/bike-ped_statutes.pdf

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