"Both projects are focused on a livable future for Portland. And this joint presentation opportunity gives us an excellent opportunity to specifically address the issue of how well bicycling and streetcar can play together as we build our livable streets."
-- Ellen Vanderslice, project manager for the Bicycle Master Plan Update
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced that the upcoming public open houses for the Bicycle Master Plan Update project will be combined with open houses for the Portland Streetcar System Plan.
Ellen Vanderslice, Bike Master Plan Update project manager, says she believes this new scheme has several benefits. When I asked her why PBOT decided to combine these important events, she gave several reasons.
PBOT has been asked to shave millions of dollars from their budget and, according to Vanderslice, putting these two open houses together is an "opportunity to save the taxpayers money." It's also, she says, a result of, "a motivation for staff to look for efficiencies." (more...)