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As a big election year looms, Bike Walk Vote PAC is looking for new leaders

Posted on December 24th, 2015 at 11:54 am.

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Future Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick speaks at a 2012 event for Bike Walk Vote-endorsed candidates.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

In 2016, Portlanders will vote on a local gas tax, a new mayor, a transportation commissioner, a regional council and a governor.

If you make between approximately $7,000 and $100,000 a year, you’ve probably got $50 in free money from the State of Oregon to spend in 2015 on a candidate or political committee of your choice.

That’s the fact of Oregon’s unusual but underused political tax credit system.

But for people who believe that Oregon should be reducing its dependence on cars, the odd complication is that no political committee active on those issues seems to be asking for that money — even as Portland heads into an election year that will shape transportation issues for years to come.

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Advocate! Tell the city how to change residential infill rules

Posted on December 18th, 2015 at 1:57 pm.

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Built in 1927, illegal to build today.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Whether you hate demolitions, love garages, yearn to live in a duplex or just think the rent is too damn high, now’s your chance to let the city know.

All this year, the Real Estate Beat has been writing about the ways that Portland could increase the supply of homes in its bikeable areas without totally transforming its understandably beloved residential neighborhoods.

In March, we shared local microdeveloper Eli Spevak’s prescription for affordable infill, which drew praise from neighborhood association organizers. In April, we explored one of those ideas: charging lower development fees for smaller homes. In June, we looked at 11 medium-density buildings built before Portland’s 1959 zoning reform and asked why they should be illegal.

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Portland-based director quits as national advocacy group faces unclear future

Posted on December 15th, 2015 at 10:14 am.

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Breen Goodwin.
(Photo: Alliance for Biking and Walking)

The Alliance for Biking and Walking, part of the country’s web of nationwide biking advocacy groups, is facing a big funding gap and is likely to change in big ways.

Alliance executive director Breen Goodwin, a Portlander, had joined the staff on Sept. 1 but resigned last week, effective Dec. 31. Her plan had been to work remotely for the Washington D.C.-based Alliance.

Since its founding in 1996, the Alliance’s main role has been to provide support, training and coordination for the many local active transportation advocacy groups in the U.S. and Canada, such as the Portland-based Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Community Cycling Center and Oregon Walks.

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A congressman, ice-cream, fruitcake, and 1,000 bikes for kids

Posted on November 24th, 2015 at 11:57 am.

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Rep. Blumenauer at the Community Cycling Center this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Looking to make his famous holiday fruitcake last even longer, Portland’s representative in the United States Congress, Earl Blumenauer, has issued a citywide challenge: He wants Portlanders to help provide 1,000 bikes for kids in the month of December.

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Let the city know (again) if you support diverters on SE Clinton

Posted on November 18th, 2015 at 12:39 pm.

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The issue on Clinton.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

In a digital companion to its Nov. 5 open house, Portland is circulating another online survey taking the political temperature of Clinton Street residents, businesses and users about traffic diverters on a busy stretch of Clinton Street.

It takes about 30 seconds to complete.

This is the second online survey asking how people feel about the city installing an experimental diverter in the 30th and Clinton area to see what happens to traffic patterns. The current proposal is to install one test diverter at 32nd, in addition to one planned for 17th.

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‘Sidewalk closed’: Portlanders fend for themselves amid building boom

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 at 8:46 am.

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Rod Yoder, left, and Brian Davis are both looking for long-term solutions.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Portland’s official policy is that when push comes to shove, making it safe and efficient to walk is a higher priority than making it safe and efficient to bike, which is a higher priority than making it safe and efficient to drive.

So why is it that when construction closes part of a street, sidewalks are so often the first to go?

On Thursday, a local engineering consultant led a walk through downtown Portland to show that it doesn’t have to work this way.

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City pushes Clinton diverter proposal to 32nd, sets new open house

Posted on October 21st, 2015 at 10:25 am.

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The issue on Clinton.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Here’s the latest on the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s effort to decrease the amount of people driving on SE Clinton…

A trial traffic diverter is now set to be installed at Southeast Clinton Street and 32nd Avenue, instead of Clinton and 29th as first proposed. In addition to the east-west diverter, it’ll use semi-diverters to prevent turns onto Clinton from 32nd while allowing traffic on Clinton to turn either north or south.

That’s in addition to the trial diverter planned at Clinton and 17th.

That revised proposal has raised objections from some neighbors, just as the initial one did. While some nearby residents are reportedly organizing to oppose the latest plan — possibly at a mostly unrelated town hall this evening attended by Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales — the city has delayed installation to allow a second open house early next month.

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Advocate: Clark County wants you to serve on Bike/Ped Advisory Committee

Posted on October 15th, 2015 at 11:51 am.

Do you live, work or play in Vancouver (our lovely neighbors to the north)? If you do, and you want to help make biking better, Clark County is looking for a few people to serve on their Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

See all the details in the official press release below…

Contact: Gary Albrecht, Community Planning, (360) 397-2280 ext. 4318;
gary.albrecht@clark.wa.gov

Bicycle and pedestrian advisory group offers opportunity to serve

Vancouver, WA – Clark County is seeking applicants to fill seven positions on the 13-member Clark Communities Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee.

Volunteer service is a four-year term. Residents living anywhere in Clark County can apply. People with experience and expertise in advocating for biking, walking, transit, active transportation, mobility issues, public speaking or serving on boards and commissions are encouraged to apply.

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Safe routes coalition: Too many kids unable to join Walk and Bike to School Day

Posted on October 12th, 2015 at 12:07 pm.

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Safer infrastructure would shift this traffic equation.
(Photo @ J. Maus/BikePortland)

By a scan of headlines and social media feeds, last week’s International Walk and Bike to School Day was a big success. But the full picture reveals a more sobering truth: The vast majority of kids didn’t walk or bike to school.

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PBOT draws lines for first Clinton diverter while neighborhood resistance percolates

Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 10:26 am.

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Outlines for future diverter at Clinton and 17th are on the ground.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Change is finally coming to Southeast Clinton Street, and so are the heated emotions that often follow.

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