(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
Former mayor Sam Adams hasn't taken much of a vacation after his four tumultuous years leading the city. Today the City Club of Portland named Adams their new executive director. He starts next week.
If you feel (as I do) that Sam Adams understands (and cares about) the issue of transportation — and specifically the role bicycles should play in a healthy transportation network — than this should be seen as good news.
City Club of Portland is a non-profit, member-supported organization that works to promote civic literacy (their motto is, "Good citizens are the riches of the city"). Governors and members of Congress speak at their "Friday Forums" luncheons, which are held in a large ballroom of a stuffy downtown hotel. By way of their history and membership base, City Club has significant political heft and respect among electeds and policymakers. They use that respect to elevate and take positions on important issues through the publication of policy and research papers.