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Sam Adams as leader of City Club: Good news for bicycling?

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
Adams sticking around policy debates.
(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.

No re-election for Mayor Adams: What is your reaction?

Friday, July 29th, 2011
Adams at a press conference last month.
(Photo © J. Maus)


An interview with Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011
Transpo bill press conference-10
Mayor Adams
(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s been nearly three and a half years since I last sat down with Portland Mayor Sam Adams. To say a lot has changed — both in bike infrastructure/policies and our city’s relationship with Adams — since that time would be a vast understatement.

Adams and I sat down in a diner in Old Town. We were joined by his spokesperson Amy Ruiz and his transportation policy advisor Catherine Ciarlo (last time it was just him and I, which I prefer). Read the interview below… (more…)

Mayor Adams names Tom Miller as new Director of PBOT

Friday, January 7th, 2011
Tom Miller is the new Director of the Bureau of Transportation.
(Photos © J. Maus)


2010 Recap: Bicycling and Mayor Adams – Updated

Monday, January 3rd, 2011
For better or for worse, Portland Mayor Sam Adams is tied to bicycling in this city — and in 2010, both took their lumps.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Mayor Adams park-bombs in support of Safe Routes program

Monday, June 14th, 2010
Mayor Sam Adams and Humboldt Elementary School teacher Patrisha Porter at Overlook Park in North Portland, showing kids that adults can have fun on bikes too.
-Slideshow below/Gallery-
(Photos © J. Maus)


Adams says Green Streets funding plan a “double-win” and won’t increase sewer rates

Tuesday, March 9th, 2010

“Over the past two years, actual contract costs have come in much lower than the estimates on which rates were based. These significant savings mean we can make these Green Streets investments without impacting rate payers.”
— Mayor Sam Adams

Last week, the City released the ordinance language behind Mayor Sam Adams’ plans to find $20 million to “kickstart” funding of the 2030 Bike Master Plan. According to the ordinance, the $20 million would be allocated from the capital project budget of the Bureau of Environmental Services and directed into bike boulevards via BES’s Green Streets program.

Also released last week was a memo from BES stating where the $20 million would come from. That memo grabbed a lot of headlines because it said the $20 million would come, in large part, from funds set aside to fix old, leaky sewer pipelines. As you can imagine, that idea rankled some Portlanders. (more…)

Mayor Adams releases details on bike plan “kickstart” funds

Friday, March 5th, 2010
Green streets; where bikes, fish
and plants coexist.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portland Mayor Sam Adams has released details of his promise to find $20 million to “kickstart” funding of the 2030 Bike Plan. As expected, the money will come from the Bureau of Environmental Services budget and will be allocated toward “Green Streets projects on prioritized boulevards.”

As we pointed out last month, “Green Streets” is the name of a BES program that manages stormwater runoff through street designs that incorporate things like permeable pavers, vegetation, and bioswales. The Bureau of Transportation has worked in partnership with this program for years because some green street features — like curb extensions — are also used on bicycle boulevards.

The ordinance to be voted on this Wednesday will be considered as an “emergency ordinance” and will take effect immediately. According to language in the ordinance, an emergency exists because “the timeframe for completion necessitates beginning project development and outreach immediately.”

City of Portland adds a Sanyo e-bike to their fleet

Thursday, February 25th, 2010
Mayor Adams on the Eneloop.
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(Screen grab from video taken by Mayor Sam Adams’ office)

On Tuesday, representatives from Sanyo North America Corporation gave Portland Mayor Sam Adams an Eneloop electric-assist bicycle.

The Eneloop made a big splash at the CES trade show in Las Vegas back in January, leading to say it “might be the bike that transitions us to electric assist bikes as a more primary form of transportation than cars.” (more…)

Mayor Adams, bikes, and the State of the City address

Friday, February 5th, 2010

“We’re Portland, we lead the nation in bicycling because that’s how we roll!”
— Mayor Sam Adams in his State of the City address today

Portland Mayor Sam Adams delivered his State of the City speech to the City Club of Portland today. In it, he addressed many of the issues facing Portland. His largest focus was the economy and jobs, but he also touched on transportation.

A slide of a new streetcar line envisioned for the Lents neighborhood featured a big, green bike lane. Other mentions of bicycling came later, after he introduced a new, city-managed curbside composting program.

Here is the text from his speech where he mentioned bicycling: (more…)

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