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City Bicycle Advisory Committee leaders offer new vision, seek new members

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
stude
Incoming Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee
chair Ian Stude.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Update 9/17: The application deadline has been extended to Oct. 24.

The incoming chair and vice-chair of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee are full of energy and they’re recruiting new voices, faces and brains.

“I want to see the committee be more present in the process, both on the community level and the political level,” said Ian Stude, a member of the committee for six years and its incoming chair, in an interview last week. “People who want to cozy up to the beast a little more.”

Vice-chair Heather McCarey is leading the recruiting process for the committee, aiming for a total of 13 members and seven alternates.

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Three City Club ideas that aren’t about bike taxes

Friday, May 31st, 2013
Cully Boulevard cycle track
A City Club committee found that separated cycle tracks connecting neighborhoods,
like this one on NE Cully Boulevard, should be the city’s priority for bike
infrastructure even if it means eliminating painted bike lanes on other streets.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

At its regular Friday Forum today at noon, the Portland City Club will hear from a panel of bike experts and vote on the big report about biking in Portland released Wednesday.

If you’ve only heard one thing about the report, it’s probably that it was the latest venue for a group of bike supporters to endorse a dedicated tax on retail bike sales.

But that was far from the only idea in the 83-page report. For example, here are three more interesting conclusions about how to improve biking in Portland from the report, which was a year in the making:

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Take a tour of the central city with PBOT’s Bicycle Advisory Committee

Wednesday, September 12th, 2012
Annual BAC facility tour-25
Members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee took a tour of central city bikeways last night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee Agenda – November 2010

Monday, November 8th, 2010

Meets at 6:00 pm on 11/9 at the Lovejoy Room in City Hall (1221 SW 4th).

AGENDA

Announcements — 6:00

Lake Oswego to Portland Transit Project — 6:10
Patrick Sweeney (PBOT) and Karen Withrow (Metro) will provide a brief update on this project. The project will publish its DEIS (Draft Environmental Impact Statement) on November 19th that will initiate a 45-day public comment period. More information here: http://www.metro-region.org/index.cfm/go/by.web/id=227.

Roadway Not Improved — 6:25
Leah Hyman and colleagues from LARKE will give a short presentation on their project: Roadway Not Improved and ask the committee for their support. LARKE is a group of PSU Masters of Urban Planning students (now graduates) who worked as consultants with the Woodstock Neighborhood Association in 2010. Their project, Roadway Not Improved, explores uses, perceptions and community-based improvement strategies for unimproved roadways in Portland. More information here: http://www.roadwaynotimproved.com/.

Bicycling Down Under — 6:55
Bicycle Coordinator Roger Geller recently returned from a two-week trip to Australia where he met with state ministers, local elected council officials, advocates, government technical staff and delivered a keynote address at Australia’s national bicycle conference. Roger will present his observations of conditions for bicycling in Australia’s two largest cities—Sydney and Melbourne—and discuss what lessons we might take away from them.

Committee Business — 7:25

Adjourn — 8:00

October City of Portland Bike Advisory Committee meeting agenda

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The monthly City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting agenda has been posted:

Bicycling and Equity — Alison Hill Graves, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center, will discuss their recent project resulting in the “Understanding Barriers to Bicycling Interim Report” (June 2010). Alison, a member of the Steering Committee that helped develop Portland’s Bicycle Plan for 2030 will discuss barriers to bicycling in diverse and low-income communities and how we can begin to break down those barriers.

Meet the new BTA Executive Director — Rob Sadowsky has been the Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance since early this summer. Rob will present his observations of the state of bicycle transportation in Portland and Oregon, his experience with bicycle transportation in other localities and discuss his vision for how we continue to advance. Rob will also like to hear from committee members about their ideas and visions for advancement.

N/NE Quadrant / I-5 Broadway-Weidler Study — Mauricio Leclerc (Bureau of Transportation) and Steve Iwata (Bureau of Planning and Sustainability) will discuss the planning process and scope for the N/NE Quadrant / I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans as well as the history of recommended improvements for this area. (http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=53265) This project is a collaborative effort of the City and ODOT to integrate land use and urban design for the update of the Central City Plan with freeway planning in the I-5 corridor in the vicinity of the Broadway- Weidler interchange. ODOT has long identified the need to make improvements to the I-5 Corridor near the Rose Quarter. ODOT’s previous freeway design recommendations for this area to address capacity, operational and safety issues have not received sufficient funding or public consensus to advance potential freeway improvements. Mauricio and Steve will discuss how this combined project will address land use, urban design and transportation issues.

Meeting details:
City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue) Lovejoy Room
6 p.m. on Tuesday October 12, 2010

Portland Bike Advisory Committee seeks new members – UPDATED

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010
Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee
Get a seat at the BAC.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland has announced a call for new members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. The committee, which dates back to the early 1970s, is currently staffed by PBOT Bike Coordinator Roger Geller and its role is to advise the Mayor, PBOT, and all other city bureaus on anything and everything related to bicycling.

A typical BAC meeting might consist of getting the lowdown on an upcoming project that impacts our bikeway system (like a new light rail line or a large development), hearing an update on current and/or future bike projects, and discussing a big picture issue like how to manage traffic concerns on multi-use paths. I’ve attended countless BAC meetings over the last five years and I have the utmost respect for its work and its members. And, as far as meetings go, many of them are far from boring. In fact, BAC meetings are often held with overflow crowds of interested citizens and other bike-interested folks. (more…)

Bike Advisory Committee airs concerns over Springwater Trail closure plans

Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
BTA New Year's Day Ride-13
Riders roll by the junction with the
Oaks Bottom Trail.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As I reported back in March, next summer, from June to the end of September, the Springwater Corridor Trail on the Willamette River will be closed for a major project at Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge.

As a vital link from Sellwood to downtown Portland and the preferred commute route for an estimated 2,000 daily weekday commuters and around 5,000 daily users on the weekends, the closure is not being taken lightly. Last night, staff from the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) and City Nature came to the City’s Bike Advisory Committee meeting to share details about the project and to present their latest thinking on detour plans. (more…)

City’s Bike Advisory Committee steps back from Saltzman proposal

Thursday, February 11th, 2010

The City of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee — a 13 member group that advises the City on “bicycle-related matters” — has released their letter in response to Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s Bike Plan funding proposal.

The BAC initially intended to draft a letter in support of Saltzman’s idea (after he pitched it to them in person at their monthly meeting on Tuesday), but now they have put some conditions on that support. (more…)

City lays out priority project list for new bike funding

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009
Bike traffic - N. Williams-9
Riders on Williams could get a
wider bike lane with new
city funding.
(Photo © J. Maus)

City planners are working to determine which projects should be funded with the new, $500,000 “Affordable Transporation Fund” included in Mayor Adam’s budget. The money — which is to be dedicated specifically to bikeway network improvements — became available on July 1st. A draft list of high-priority projects was shared at last night’s City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting.

City bike coordinator Roger Geller shared that some of this year’s $500,000 is already spoken for. Half of the money will pay for the upcoming cycle track on SW Broadway (will be completed by end of this month), buffered bike lanes on Stark and Oak and the 15 miles of bike boulevards PBOT is working on. (more…)

Naito project will remove auto lane, connect bikeway, and more

Monday, July 27th, 2009
PBOT plan drawings for bike and ped improvements to NW Naito Parkway under Steel Bridge.

Big changes are coming to what is currently a very unfriendly intersection for anyone that’s not in a car. The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation recently received the final bit of funding for a $408,000 project that should drastically improve traffic safety in the area of NW Naito Parkway under the Steel Bridge.
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