Advocacy Archives

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.


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.


‘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.


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.


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;

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.


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.


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.


Legislators’ letter urges Metro to fund regional Safe Routes to School program

Posted on October 8th, 2015 at 3:58 pm.

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Eight state legislators are chiming in their support of regional government Metro creating a regional Safe Routes to School program.

The proposal, which comes from a coalition of local transportation, health and justice advocacy groups, already has formal backing from the cities of Beaverton, Tigard, Milwaukie and Forest Grove, as well as the Beaverton School Board. It’s currently on track to become a major public issue next spring.

The idea is to dedicate some of the increasingly flexible federal transportation money that flows through Metro to giving elementary schools throughout the region an option to get a few classes in safe biking and walking, and to focus money for better crosswalks, sidewalks and bikeways around the same schools.


New Ride Report app gives ordinary Portlanders the power to evaluate streets

Posted on September 11th, 2015 at 4:12 pm.

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A map of more stressful and less stressful bike routes,
created by Ride Report beta testers. Knock CEO
William Henderson warns that there’s not enough
data yet to draw conclusions.
(Image: Ride Report)

Everybody who bikes in Portland has opinions about the best and worst streets to bike on. But there’s no clear way to combine those opinions into the sort of information that officials can actually use.

Enter the new mobile app that’s currently available only in Portland: Ride Report.

Launched as an iPhone app this week (with an Android version in the works), Ride Report provides an extremely simple way for users to answer a single question about each bike ride they take: Thumbs up or thumbs down?


Wonk Night recap: Calls for a coalition and more cooperation

Posted on July 24th, 2015 at 3:45 pm.


(Photo: Armando Luna)

Special thanks to Lancaster Engineering for hosting and to Omission Beer for donating drinks.

You know that point in a relationship when something starts feeling a bit off and you’re like, “Baby, we need to talk.” That’s how I’ve been feeling about the bike advocacy scene here in Portland. And that’s why I figured it was time to get some people together to hash a few things out.

We didn’t solve everything at Wonk Night last night and I’m sure people left with more questions than answers; but it was a great conversation and I think we’re all better off because of it.