(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)
By 2020, Brandon Rhodes predicts and hopes, Lents will finally have a grocery store.
For now, it’s got him and his bike trailer.
Thirty years old, with six of them spent in the Lents intentional community he helped organize in 2008, this cussing Christian with a Ph.D in ministry is launching his first business: Rolling Oasis, a weekly produce delivery service that’s “ending the Lents food desert one bike ride at a time.”
Southeast Portlanders are split over how to handle a big choice for the Lents area, surrounding the intersection of 92nd Avenue and Foster Road: keep Foster at its current four standard vehicle lanes, or cut it to three in order to add bike lanes and wider sidewalks?
Or, put another way: if a redesigned Foster Road needs to transition from three to four auto lanes somewhere, should that happen east of Lents, west of it, or two blocks from the middle of its commercial area?
The project’s Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets tonight to hash it out, so we thought it was time to get you up to speed about the options and hear from a few members of the committee…
A potential new baseball stadium isn’t the only hot topic in the Lents neighborhood these days.
Residents have teamed up with community organizations and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to start identifying a network of low-traffic bike boulevard streets.
It all started when PBOT traffic/bike safety specialist Greg Raisman spoke at a health conference at Oregon Health Sciences University. That talk sparked conversations with the non-profit Community Health Partnership and then Healthy Active Lents, who has since taken the lead role. (more…)