ODOT ‘envisions’ zero traffic deaths, but their safety plan needs your help to get there

By on June 15th, 2021 at 10:46 am

As long as ODOT thinks roads like this (SW Barbur Blvd) are OK, we will never reach that vision (taken from ODOT Transportation Safety Action Plan).
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Misleading opposition campaign claims South Park Blocks Plan will lead to mass tree deaths

By on June 14th, 2021 at 4:30 pm

Riders in the South Park Blocks.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Long advocacy slog ends with smiles as SW Capitol Highway project breaks ground

By on June 14th, 2021 at 12:28 pm

SW Capitol Highway looking north early Sunday morning after a rain.
(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Love and hate cycling, no more ‘peak hour’, helmet vid, and more

By on June 14th, 2021 at 8:27 am

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Video: Come along on the Pedalpalooza City Shenanigans Ride

By on June 12th, 2021 at 9:20 am

Friday’s rain kept some but not nearly all from enjoying another awesome night of Pedalpalooza. The three-month festival of free bike fun has already hosted dozens of rides, hundreds of smiles, and many hours of joy.

On Friday night, local bike fun legend Scott Batcheler hosted his Light Brigade – Inner City Shenanigans ride. After meeting at Salmon Street Springs, we rolled in loops through the central city. The route included little-ridden backways, cool lookouts, PBOT’s new Pride Plaza on SW Harvey Milk Street, a dance stop at Memorial Coliseum, and more.

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Check the video for cameos from Scott, “official donut eater” Shawne Martinez, a guy who hand-carved a detailed wooden topographical map of Portland into his front rack, a lady in a giraffe costume, spontaneous chants of “Bikes!” on a parking garage roof, disco ball bike lights, and more.

For more fun, check the official Pedalpalooza calendar. and follow @PedalpaloozaPDX on Instagram.

Photos from the ride below:

(Photos and video by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Here’s what Hawthorne will look like after PBOT’s ‘Pave and Paint’

By on June 11th, 2021 at 2:11 pm

Before/after with PBOT rendering of new striping.

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Opinion: Post-pandemic traffic is weighing on me

By on June 11th, 2021 at 1:22 pm

North Rosa Parks Way near Albina this morning.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Weekend Event Guide: Underground Rave, Get Lost, Light Brigade, Amazing History Race, and more

By on June 11th, 2021 at 10:04 am

At Sunday’s Get Lost ride, dice will be rolled to determine the route. Where it goes, nobody knows.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Jobs of the Week: Cyclepath, Bike Clark County, Castelli Sportful USA

By on June 11th, 2021 at 9:14 am

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got six great job opportunities that just went up this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

Retail Sales and Front-End Operations – Cyclepath PDX

Sales Associate – Bike Clark County

Warehouse Worker – Castelli Sportful USA

Staff Accountant – Castelli Sportful USA

Customer Service Representative – Castelli Sportful USA

Apparel Technical Designer/Product Developer – Castelli Sportful USA
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“We have to fight!” Youth anti-freeway activists protest outside ODOT headquarters

By on June 10th, 2021 at 12:24 pm

Aurelia Nelson-Reske leads a chant during a rally at ODOT headquarters in downtown Portland Wednesday.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycle Oregon rallies in return with back-to-back weekend events

By on June 10th, 2021 at 10:56 am

Along the Deschutes in Maupin and Mt. Hood views from the foothills. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

More traffic cameras, more money: A big day for safer streets in Portland

By on June 9th, 2021 at 5:32 pm

A man tries to cross 82nd Avenue at Alberta, the intersection where two people were killed by drivers in April.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Wednesday was a very consequential day for traffic safety in Portland.

“I have moved from hating cameras, to really understanding how, in relationship with other safety improvements, they could help keep people in our communities safe.”
— Jo Ann Hardesty, city commissioner

At their morning session Portland City Council finally authorized the Portland Bureau of Transportation to move forward with a contract for automated enforcement cameras. This contract was first given the go-ahead by council 18 months ago but was mired in red tape and stuck at the city’s procurement office.

Then this afternoon the Oregon Senate passed House Bill 2530, which repeals the existing sunset on the city’s traffic camera program that was set to expire in 2024. “We are optimistic that the governor will sign this,” a PBOT spokesperson shared with me today, “Allowing the speed safety cameras program in Portland to become permanent.”

And then at their evening session, City Council passed the 2021-2022 budget that included a last-minute, $450,000 amendment from PBOT Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty that aims to, “Urgently respond to the crisis of vehicular violence.”

When these three things are taken together, they represent significant progress and give PBOT clear marching orders to tame the city’s most dangerous intersections.

At City Council today, PBOT Safety Section Manager Dana Dickman told Mayor Wheeler, Hardesty and the rest of council that the new, five year, $15 million contract with Conduent State & Local Solutions, Inc will allow PBOT to install twice as many cameras as they have now. “This contract will allow us to install up to 20 fixed speed cameras [total] and 20 intersection cameras so it’s essentially a little bit more than doubling the system,” Dickman said.

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Despite the clear effectiveness and urgent need for automated cameras to cite drivers for speeding and red light running infractions, Portland has installed only eight of them in the past five years. One of the barriers to expansion was that state law requires a sworn police officer to review each citation. PBOT tried to change that law at the legislature this year, but lawmakers and police unions weren’t ready to pass it.

Asked how a major expansion of the camera program will be possible with the police officer requirement still in place, PBOT spokesperson Dylan Rivera told BikePortland today that, “We have agreement from our partners at the Portland Police Bureau, and the courts that handle speed citations, that they both can handle the additional work that will come with the expansion in the number of cameras.”

Rivera said PBOT could install even more cameras in the coming years without the officer requirement and that, “We fully intend to bring this issue up again [at future legislative sessions].”

Cameras alone will not solve our traffic safety crisis. Streets must be designed in a way that discourages dangerous driving and limits the consequences of it. PBOT Commissioner Hardesty understands this and today she put our money where her mouth is.

The $450,000, one-time boost from the General Fund will be used on projects on PBOT’s “high crash corridors” (streets with an above average rate of injury and/or death) in the next four to six months.

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Hardesty’s commitment to address Portland’s rising traffic fatalities began in earnest when a man intentionally used his car to run over people in southeast Portland in late January. It was a vehicular rampage that left one person dead, many others injured, and put our entire city on edge — and it happen just weeks after Hardesty was asked to lead PBOT. Then when two people died while walking on 82nd Avenue in late April, Hardesty had seen enough. She tasked PBOT staff to come up with a list of projects that would have an immediate impact on safety.

“It’s clear our city is seeing a tragic increase in loss of life from vehicular violence and we need to treat this like an emergency,” Hardesty said in a statement released today that also referenced a spike in deaths so far this year that’s over 50% higher than 2020.

The $450,000 will be spent on new traffic cameras, intersection “daylighting” projects, new traffic signals with leading pedestrian intervals, turn calming bumps at high-crash intersections, installation of flexible posts in center turn lanes (to prevent them from being improperly used), and warning signs at high crash intersections.

Today proves that Hardesty can deliver for PBOT and there’s nothing like excellent budget news to boost staff morale. It’s also another example of Hardesty’s flexibility when it comes to re-assessing her positions.

“I have moved from hating [automated enforcement] cameras, to really understanding how, in relationship with other safety improvements, they could help keep people in our communities safe,” she said at Council today. “I look forward to installing these cameras and installing the safety improvements so that it doesn’t matter what part of the city you live in, you can safely walk and bike safely.”

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Shawne’s latest adventure: Adopt-a-road clean-up by cargo bike

By on June 9th, 2021 at 11:17 am

Turns out, you don’t need a big truck to Adopt-A-Road. (Photos: Shawne Martinez)
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Willamette River ferry service takes big step forward

By on June 9th, 2021 at 9:30 am

Bikes on board in a rendering of a Frog Ferry vessel.

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Personal note: My daughter graduates from high school today

By on June 8th, 2021 at 8:21 am

My little girl who was just two years old when I started BikePortland will graduate from high school today. ❤️😲🥲
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How to make the most of your carfree Healthy Block this summer

By on June 8th, 2021 at 7:48 am

What will you do on your Healthy Block this summer?
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The saying better late than never definitely applies to PBOT’s new Healthy Blocks program.

During the pandemic, PBOT prioritized business permits for outdoor dining and paused popular programs like block parties, street paintings, Sunday Parkways and Play Streets.

Now PBOT has reimagined their permit process for street closures and has made it easier for Portlanders to open up streets to support active and social neighborhoods. As a physical education teacher who’s worked on many open streets projects over the years, I’m very excited for this and hope many of you take advantage of these permits.

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Tell PBOT where new Biketown stations should go

By on June 8th, 2021 at 7:02 am

Map from survey shows existing Biketown stations.

The City of Portland has released a survey that gives everyone a chance to create a fantasy Biketown system.

As we reported last week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is eyeing a major expansion of the Biketown service area. Now they want your help to find where holes exist in the current system.

The survey includes a map where you can click a location and request a new station. Because PBOT has typically favored widening the coverage area over adding more bikes and stations to the system, there are still plenty of Biketown deserts in Portland. [Read more…]

PBOT’s ‘Streets 2035’ initiative is under the radar, but could have vast implications

By on June 7th, 2021 at 2:52 pm

Lots of uses competing for space. Not all of them can win.
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Delays push back opening of Blumenauer Bridge over I-84

By on June 7th, 2021 at 12:13 pm

View of the Blumenauer Bridge span from NE 7th Ave looking south across Sullivan’s Gulch/I-84.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: E-bikes for kids, greenway stimulus, Portland’s unbuilt freeways, and more

By on June 7th, 2021 at 10:07 am

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