Commissioner Hardesty says hit-and-run allegations are part of smear campaign

By on March 4th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

Hardesty at a press conference today.

Portland City Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty was forced to go on the offensive in a press conference in order to respond to allegations that she left the scene of a hit-and-run.

The story emerged this morning from PJ Media and was later picked up by The Oregonian and other local outlets.

The writer of the PJ Media story, Jeff Reynolds, is also involved with the Coalition to Save Portland, a nonprofit that formed last fall with a goal to “restore law and order, reverse defunding of the police, end the decay of livability.” Reynolds is also a well-known Republican party operative. [Read more…]


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State lawmakers hear powerful opposition amid lots of support at ‘Safe Routes for All’ bill hearing

By on March 4th, 2021 at 11:35 am

Lawmakers and advocates in the virtual meeting.

Senate Bill 395, also known as the Safe Routes for All bill, got its first hearing at the Oregon Legislature this morning where members of the Joint Transportation Committee heard much more support for the bill than opposition to it.

But what the opposition lacked in the collective power of their voices, they made up for in the power of the organizations they spoke up for.

Proposed by The Street Trust with sponsorship from Eugene-area Senator Floyd Prozanski (who was not in attendance today), SB 395 seeks to increase the minimum expenditure on bicycling and walking infrastructure from the State Highway Fund from 1% to 5% and make a few other key tweaks to what’s known as the Oregon Bike Bill, a groundbreaking piece of legislation passed in 1971.
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TA’s “25 x 25” campaign is an inspiring push for people-centered streets

By on March 3rd, 2021 at 1:55 pm

There’s been a lot of talk in Portland in recent years about the need for transportation reform advocates to take a more intersectional, coalition-oriented approach when pushing for big changes.

The NYC 25×25 campaign launched Monday by New York City-based nonprofit Transportation Alternatives looks to have set the standard by which all such efforts will be judged. It’s one of the most bold, exciting, and inclusive advocacy efforts we’ve ever seen.[Read more…]

Guest Opinion: Time for ODOT to start over or scrap the I-5 Rose Quarter project

By on March 3rd, 2021 at 11:05 am

(Photo: City of Portland Archives)

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PBOT ready to restripe outer NE Glisan with new bike lanes

By on March 3rd, 2021 at 10:56 am

NE Glisan Street approach 108th. Note the “off-set cross-section”.
(Graphic: City of Portland)

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Comment of the Week: Bicycling’s many contradictions

By on March 2nd, 2021 at 1:40 pm

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OBRA sees light at end of Covid-induced racing blackout

By on March 2nd, 2021 at 11:32 am

Bridge City CX, which debuted in 2019 and was cancelled in 2020, hopes to make a triumphant return as a championship race this season.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

If all goes according to plan there will be robust cyclocross season this year.

That was just part of the good news shared by Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) Executive Director Chuck Kenlan in a letter to members on Monday.

It has been a roller-coaster of a year for OBRA, Oregon’s sanctioning body for bike racing. When the reality of the pandemic hit last March the organization laid off staff and cancelled dozens of scheduled events (their main source of revenue outside of membership fees). Now as Covid-19 vaccinations work their way through the state, the hibernation of competitive cycling might come to an end before the end of this year.[Read more…]

Oregon advocates launch ‘Safe Routes for All’ campaign to boost Bike Bill spending

By on March 2nd, 2021 at 9:07 am

(Graphic: The Street Trust)

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Storm-related gravel wreaks havoc on Portland bikeways

By on March 1st, 2021 at 12:08 pm

Bike traffic shares a sketchy, gravel-filled sidewalk on NE Halsey over I-205.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: HBCU cycling team, ‘King Of Philly’, Heidelberg, and more

By on March 1st, 2021 at 9:37 am

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The legacy of Alpenrose Velodrome will live on

By on February 26th, 2021 at 3:10 pm

It’s no coincidence that the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, South Carolina bears a striking resemblance to Alpenrose.
(Photo: City of Rock Hill)

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Jobs of the Week: Clever Cycles, Velotech, Traction Works/Fat Tire Farm

By on February 26th, 2021 at 2:32 pm

If you want a new gig in the local bike biz, check these fresh opportunities…

Bicycle Mechanic – Clever Cycles

Customer Experience Specialist – Velotech

Suspension Technician – Traction Works Suspension Shop / Fat Tire Farm

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PBOT annual crash report says 2020 was ‘unusual and tragic’

By on February 26th, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Crash trends by mode.
(Source: City of Portland)

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Multnomah County Health report documents racial inequities on our streets

By on February 26th, 2021 at 10:14 am

A family bikes up North Williams Avenue in May 2020.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Curator of Portland’s ‘random bike art’ museum retires from PBOT today

By on February 26th, 2021 at 9:10 am

The handiwork of PBOT Traffic Maintenance Supervisor Kirstin Byer and her crew.[Read more…]

Online open house and survey released for I-5 Bridge replacement project

By on February 25th, 2021 at 4:50 pm

The new effort to replace the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver is well underway. DOTs from Oregon and Washington are pouring money into an immense public outreach/PR campaign and planning process that is so slick it’s scary.

Along with hosting lots of advisory committee meetings and splashing content across multiple social media channels, the folks behind the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program effort have opened an online open house that includes the project’s first public survey.
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Metro terminates ‘smart city’ data project meant to help count bikes

By on February 25th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Sample of Replica analysis.

A data project billed as the “next generation urban planning tool” that involved over two years of negotiations between Metro, TriMet, the City of Portland, and Google-owner Alphabet has crashed-and-burned.

On Saturday, Red Tail Media reported that a contract between Metro and Sidewalk Labs to develop the Replica tool for regional use been officially terminated. “A city tech project in Portland with the Sidewalk Labs spin-off leads to accusations, data disputes and ‘damaged trust'” reads the headline, which was then picked up by the BBC on Tuesday. [Read more…]

Please take the 2021 BikePortland Reader Survey

By on February 25th, 2021 at 9:11 am

We are looking for the best route forward.

Hi everyone.

As we near our 17th spring together, I cannot think of a better time to learn more about who follows our work and how we can do it better. [Read more…]

State of Oregon bike/ped advisory committee looking for two new members

By on February 24th, 2021 at 2:16 pm

Oregon capitol building.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re looking for a great way to get more involved in advocacy on a statewide level, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (“ahb-pack”) has started recruitment for two openings to their 8-member group.

The OBPAC was created in 1973 after the passage of the “Bike Bill” to create more public oversight of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Originally known as the “Oregon Bicycle Committee,” the group expanded to recognize walkers in 1995. Since then it has played an important role in keeping ODOT accountable for their active transportation investments.

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Planning Commission members question PBOT’s Hawthorne bike lane decision

By on February 24th, 2021 at 12:19 pm

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

There was a notable debate at the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting Tuesday night on a topic near and dear to our hearts: the Portland transportation bureau’s recent decision to re-stripe Hawthorne Boulevard without bike lanes.[Read more…]