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ODOT completes new path, other changes to North Denver Ave

Posted on October 21st, 2015 at 4:52 pm.

ODOT has finished up their big project on Denver Avenue north of downtown Kenton. Check out the announcement below and stay tuned to our Front Page for photos and thoughts soon…

ODOT, Kenton mark completion of North Denver Avenue area improvements

The Oregon Department of Transportation is inviting neighbors to help celebrate the completion of its Oregon 99W: N. Victory Blvd. – N. Argyle St. Project during a short event at 10 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 24 the Paul Bunyan Plaza in Kenton, 8433 N. Interstate Ave.

During the event, participants will hear about the project from ODOT and neighborhood leaders. Project staff will then provide walking and bike tours of the newly improved facilities.

“We want to thanks the neighbors and local businesses for their patience and cooperation during the construction,” said ODOT Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer. “These improvements will contribute to the growing vitality of Kenton and will create a safer experience in the corridor for all users,” he said.

The improvements include:


Event: Community activism and transportation reform

Posted on October 20th, 2015 at 2:08 pm.

There’s a fantastic pair of events coming to town on Thursday.

Remember David Bragdon? Yep, our former Metro president. Well, he went off and moved to New York and worked for the Bloomberg administration for a while. Now he’s leading a non-profit called TransitCenter, a group that advocates for “improving urban mobility.”

TransitCenter is sponsoring two events on 10/22 that will offer lessons and insights about the “role of citizen activism influencing transportation reform.” Learn more in the press releases below.


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.


New traffic signal at N Vancouver and Cook will be turned on Wednesday

Posted on October 12th, 2015 at 4:39 pm.

Vancouver is one of the busiest bike corridors in the city and the signal came as part of the N Williams Traffic Safety Project.

City press release below. More coverage to come…

PBOT, local organizations and community representatives to switch on new traffic signal at North Vancouver and Cook on October 14

(Oct. 12, 2015) On Wednesday, October 14, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will join local businesses and community members to activate the new traffic signal at North Vancouver and Cook and highlight the positive impact of the North Vancouver Avenue and Cook Street Local Improvement District.


Centennial celebrations planned for Columbia River Historic Hwy

Posted on October 7th, 2015 at 10:56 am.


One of our favorite local roads is 100 years old next year and the State of Oregon is planning a big celebration.

The Historic Columbia River Highway is known as “King of the Roads” and it’s more recently become known as a safe and beautiful way to explore the Gorge by bike. We’ve been reporting on progress to restore the road as a biking and walking haven for years. Planners hoped to get the road completed between Troutdale and Hood River by 2016. That’s not going to happen but they’re getting awfully close and there’s still plenty to celebrate.

Stay tuned to the front page and read the official press release about the centennial celebration below:


Advocate: October PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting agenda

Posted on October 5th, 2015 at 4:45 pm.

The PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee monthly meeting is on October 13th at 6:00 in City Hall.

Check the agenda below:

Transportation System Plan Update: Stage 2
Stage 2 of the TSP update focuses on implementing the city’s Comprehensive Plan. This stage will focus on maps and classifications, performance measures (to identify how well the city’s proposals address comprehensive plan goals), looking to Transportation Demand Management and other measures to reduce traffic and parking impacts and consideration of how to manage automobile parking. Peter Hurley and Grant Morehead will discuss this stage 2 work.

TriMet’s track crossing proposals
Jennifer Koozer from TriMet will return to the BAC with Teresa Boyle and Jean Senechal- Biggs from PBOT to provide an update to their proposals for managing bicycle and pedestrian crossings of light rail and heavy rail tracks near Clinton Street.


Mayor courts businesses as part of climate change push

Posted on October 5th, 2015 at 11:17 am.

Screengrab of City website.

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is appealing to local businesses in an effort to address climate change. As part of “Climate Week” which ran from September 21-25, he launched an effort to get at least 50 companies to “join the city in committing to reduce carbon emissions.”

This is an important initiative to watch for a few reasons. First, if Hales (and the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability) succeeds at creating a new coalition of businesses who care about climate change, it could morph into something that gives city council a counterbalance to the Portland Business Alliance — an organization that has tended to fight for the status quo of auto-dependence when it comes to transportation issues.

“There’s this notion that the City of Portland is green, but that the business community is opposed,” Hales said in an official statement. “That might have been true once, but not today. Today, members of our business community share our city’s values of equity and livability.”


Newswire: Downtown n’hood association meeting tonight focuses on transportation

Posted on September 21st, 2015 at 12:37 pm.

Annual BAC facility tour-31
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A reader just shared what looks to be a meaty transportation agenda for the monthly meeting of the Land Use & Transportation Committee of the Downtown Neighborhood Association. Note the item about “dedicated bicycle infrastructure in downtown Portland” in particular. That’s a reference to PBOT’s “Central City Multimodal Safety Project” which they are just starting to plan (and which we’ve covered extensively here).

If you live or work downtown, please consider attending this meeting.

View details and more information about the meeting below:


Southbound sidewalk of Interstate Bridge over Columbia is closed today

Posted on August 14th, 2015 at 7:54 am.

Plan ahead.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Repairs to the pedestrian gate on the bridge between west Vancouver and north Portland will close its western (southbound) sidewalk from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Freeway lanes and the opposite sidewalk will be unaffected.

The Interstate 5 bridge’s sidewalks double as bike routes. Detours from one to the other are time-consuming because of the way the ramps are built.

“The sidewalk will be closed to make way for equipment needed for installation of a new traffic gate across the southbound lanes,” the Oregon Department of Transportation said in its news release. “The new gate replaces a gate damaged in a June crash on the bridge.”


Advocate: Portland Council set to consider Climate Action Plan (6/24)

Posted on June 19th, 2015 at 10:18 am.

Portland City Council to consider 2015 Climate Action Plan on June 24

Proposed plan contains revisions from public comment period, outlines next steps for achieving Portland and Multnomah County’s carbon reduction goals.

WHO: Portland City Council, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability
WHAT: On behalf of all City of Portland bureaus, the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will present the proposed draft of the 2015 Climate Action Plan for adoption by Portland City Council on Wednesday, June 24. The plan updates Portland’s roadmap for the community to achieve an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050, with an interim goal of a 40 percent reduction by 2030.
WHEN: Wednesday, June 24, 2015 at 2 p.m.
WHERE: City Council Chambers, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue, Portland

WHY: In 1993, Portland was the first city in the United States to create a local action plan for cutting carbon. Since then, the City of Portland and Multnomah County have collaborated to produce updated climate plans that help guide the design and implementation of City and County efforts to reduce carbon emissions. Since 1990, total local carbon emissions have declined by 14 percent while 75,000 more jobs were added to the economy and the population grew by 31 percent. The plan being considered for adoption by City Council includes revisions based on comments and feedback from the public and outlines the actions the City and County will take in the next five years to keep Portland on the path of reducing local carbon emissions.

New focus areas include advancing equity and exploring consumption
Advancing equity: From transportation investments and economic opportunities to tree plantings and policy engagement, the proposed plan prioritizes actions that reduce disparities and ensure that under-served and under-represented communities share in the benefits of climate action work.

Exploring consumption: For the first time, the proposed plan includes a consumption-based inventory that counts carbon emissions associated with the goods and services that are produced elsewhere and consumed in Multnomah County. This inventory considers carbon emissions from the full lifecycle of goods and services, including production, transportation, wholesale and retail, use and disposal. Global carbon emissions as a result of local consumer demand are larger than the volume of emissions produced locally. The addition of the consumption-based inventory offers insight into a wider range of opportunities to reduce carbon.

Highlights of the proposed 2015 Climate Action Plan

  • The proposed plan calls for expanding active transportation options throughout Portland and ensure those infrastructure investments are resilient to the impacts of climate change.
  • Given the strong momentum in Portland around home energy efficiency and renewable energy improvements, the proposed plan calls for doubling solar installations and continuing home weatherization efforts.
  • With a newly adopted energy tracking and reporting policy, the City will work with building owners and managers to improve the energy performance of Portland’s largest 1,000 commercial buildings.
  • Recent changes to garbage and composting service have led to a 36 percent reduction in garbage headed to the landfill. Residential bills are flat or down three years in a row, while Portland’s recycling rate has reached 70 percent, one of the highest in the nation. The proposed plan focuses on boosting food scrap recovery and multifamily recycling to raise those numbers even higher.