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Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 12th, 2010 at 2:03 pm

Below are the faces and names of just a few of the people who have worked hard for over three years to develop the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 -- the best bike plan in America.

It has been a long road to get here, and without the dedication of our advo-crats in the Portland Building it would not be as stellar as it is. There are obviously many, many more people that helped make this plan great. To everyone who was a part of this effort: Thank you.

Mia Birk
Dan Bower
Ellen Vanderslice
Roger Geller
Linda Ginenthal
Mark Lear
Paul Smith
Robert Pickett
Greg Raisman
Jay Graves
Robert Burchfield
Denver Igarta

For anyone interested in going back down the road, browse the 66 articles of Bike Plan coverage in my archives dating back to February '07. From the rides Roger Geller led to gather public input, to the policies in the plan, to the infamous funding cut by Mayor Potter and much more.

I hope the stories and photos serve as a monument to this effort. And remember, while the relationship between BikePortland and PBOT has changed a lot since my coverage of this plan began, one thing has not changed -- my deep respect and appreciation for the work you all do on our behalf.

Thank you.


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  • Jackattak February 12, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Congratulations to everyone, and thank you all for your hard work!

    Go Portland!!

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  • David February 12, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Thank YOU too, Jonathan. Your dedication to keeping us all informed makes Portland a better place.

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  • Dan February 12, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Are we allowed to submit updated photos?!

    Seriously, I would like to extend a big thank you to, among others, Scott Cohen in Options. Scott did some great work with tight deadlines to turn our musings in to legible sentences.

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  • Amos February 12, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    Great post, Jonathan. Happy to see the love. This group (along with many strong activists and supporters) has done some really great work, I'm excited about the future.

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  • AaronF February 12, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    Why aren't all of them wearing helmets!?

    I kid. Thanks everyone, Jonathan included!

    I'm way proud to be from here.

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  • David February 12, 2010 at 2:56 pm

    Seriously, Dan. We need to get you in something way more fetching, like a sweater-vest.

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  • Ted Buehler February 12, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    Jonathan --

    Thanks much for covering the development of this bike plan, and providing frequent, interactive coverage. Your chronicling of the 3 years it took to get the plan developed and approved offer instruction to other cities, and will be an invaluable resource to future historians.

    And, thanks to the fabulous folks who made it happen!

    Ted Buehler

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  • Ted Buehler February 12, 2010 at 5:35 pm

    I think Jonathan deserves quite a bit of credit for keeping the plan
    moving along.

    My understanding is that in spring 2007, mayor Tom Potter cut funding
    for Bike Plan development. Without funding, the plan would have moved
    very slow and not amounted to much of a document.

    Jonathan kept bicyclists informed of this and published a series of
    deft, deep-cutting, thought provoking posts on the situation,
    including planting seeds in peoples' mind, like "Funding cut is
    opportunity for activism."

    What could have been an "oh well, what did we expect from City Hall?"
    defeatist mindset became a "Let's get out and show our love for the
    Bike Master Plan" event.

    Largely as a result of his rallying the troops, over 200 people --
    "well over twice the usual amount" -- rode on the next "Bike Plan
    Ride" with Roger Geller. And within 10 days, Bike Plan funding was
    restored.

    Without supportive media like BikePortland.org, the bike plan could
    have suffered a serious setback in 2007, and we would not be
    celebrating the approval of a World-Class Bike Plan this week.

    Cheers to Jonathan and BikePortland.org

    (& can anyone who was around in 2007 comment on my summary?)

    Ted Buehler

    Key posts from Jonathan's archive:

    * April 24
    http://bikeportland.org/2007/04/24/mayor-says-no-to-the-bicycle-master-plan/

    * April 25
    http://bikeportland.org/2007/04/25/focus-turns-to-master-plan-ride/

    * April 30
    http://bikeportland.org/2007/04/30/funding-cut-is-opportunity-for-activism/

    * May 2nd
    http://bikeportland.org/2007/05/02/sam-adams-cyclists-show-support-at-master-plan-ride/

    * May 5
    http://bikeportland.org/2007/05/07/mayor-adds-master-plan-back-into-the-budget/

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  • Aaron February 13, 2010 at 12:46 am

    THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU
    I couldn't say it enough times. I'm deeply grateful not only for the dedication and hard work that all of these people do professionally, but also for the time taken out of your personal lives to attend meetings and support the community. It's a serious expression of your honor and dedication.
    And I second Ted's comment that Jonathan deserves a great deal of credit too. While you may not have been involved in the creation of the plan from a design perspective, there's no question that it would be a shell of it's current state without your support.
    And similarly to all the people who have written letters, attended rallys, and made signs. thank YOU too.

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