Listen to speeches from Friday’s “We Are ALL Traffic” press conference

I know this is a bit late, but I thought some of you might appreciate hearing a few of the speeches from the “We Are ALL Traffic” press conference. This event happened on the steps of City Hall last Friday (11/16) and was a precursor to the big Rally on Saturday.

BTA Executive Director
Scott Bricker
(Photo: Dat Nguyen)

“In our country, every year 43,000 people are killed on our roadways, it’s carnage…and we let it happen. We’re not going to let it happen anymore…this is not acceptable…”


(Download MP3, 4m 16s)

Ray Thomas
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

“We are the vulnerable users and we need to be protected, our rights respected and enforced and we’re calling up on our leaders to show us that they want to share the vision that we’re all participating in…”


(Download MP3, 2m 19s)

Jessica Roberts
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

“I really think we’re experiencing a sea-change in how we get around and more often it’s two wheels instead of four…we are leading change, that’s the good news. The bad news is that some things haven’t changed…PDOT spends less than 2% of their budget on bike infrastructure.”


(Download MP3, 6m 02s)

Joe Kurmaskie
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

“I moved to Portland because it’s a place that respects all of its citizens…but as we grow…we’re gonna’ have our growing pains. We’ve seen them this month and I opened my big mouth and said, ‘hey, enough is enough’ let’s get a movement together, not a movement that just consists of bikes, or cars that divides people into little boxes that none of us really fits into…”


(Download MP3, 4m 55s)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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