new revenue, and a host of other projects on pause.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
“There are some who say, ‘Why would you move ahead with bike share if you can’t pave the streets?’”
— Mayor Hales, August 2014
This story was co-written by Michael Andersen and Jonathan Maus
Now that Portland’s erratic search for new transportation revenue is on “pause”, it’s raised another question for the city: How long will the rest of our transportation agenda be on pause?
There’s no better illustration of this problem than the way Portland’s plan for a public bike-sharing system fell apart.
In a previously unpublished interview last August, Mayor Charlie Hales was characteristically candid about this. He and his colleagues have not prioritized bike sharing, he said, because it might endanger their push for new revenue.