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ODOT has $5 million for worthy bike projects

Posted by on May 5th, 2008 at 4:38 pm

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This bike/ped activated signal at E Burnside and
41st was funded by an ODOT grant.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Oregon Department of Transportation has announced that they are now accepting applications for their Pedestrian and Bicycle Program grant program. Projects from all over Oregon are eligible to compete for $5 million.

Since 1986, the program has awarded millions of dollars to hundreds of bike and ped projects throughout the state. The program is administered by the Oregon Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee, who will make decisions on which projects to fund in October 2008. Grant applications are due by July 25.

ODOT says the projects they’ll fund include, “sidewalk infill, pedestrian crossings, intersection improvements, streetscapes, bike boulevards, and minor roadway widening for bikeways.”

For more information, see the program website and contact Sheila Lyons, ODOT’s bicycle and pedestrian coordinator at (503) 986-3555.

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  • Aaron May 5, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    I could name a dozen off the top of my head.
    -NP Greenway
    -Sullivan\’s Gulch trail
    -continuation of the Springwater trail
    -bike bridge across I-84 at 7th Avenue
    -connection of the gaps in the Historic Columbia River Hwy
    -more bike boulevards in Northeast and Northwest
    -better cycling infrastructure in Southwest
    -better cycle connections across Columbia Blvd at NE 33rd and the I-205 path
    -sharrows, sharrows, sharrows

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  • Jean Reinhardt May 6, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Red light cameras, unmarked cars for speed trapping of drivers, enforcement, enforcement, and enforcement. Create an oppressive enough atmosphere for motor vehicle operators so that they will act like human beings.

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  • matchu May 6, 2008 at 7:42 am

    A cycle bridge at 7th Ave across I-84 would be amazing! I\’d probably venture between NE and SE more as a result. 20th isn\’t too bad but 12th Ave always feels tense. Although I\’ve yet to have any conflict with car drivers there.

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  • Richard S May 6, 2008 at 7:57 am

    Five million isn\’t much. You could suck that down just in Medford, and hardly notice the difference. We really need 10 times that amount.

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  • Matt Picio May 6, 2008 at 11:43 am

    $5 million is nothing. This isn\’t just bike projects, this is bike AND ped. A lot of this will go for sidewalks in Oregon communities outside of Portland (and should). It would be great if this amount could be greatly increased in the future, assuming that the dominant paradigm stands. (Better yet would be to change the paradigm)

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  • JJ May 6, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    This program is for grants to cities and counties, right? (I.e., they are not accepting submittals from the public.)

    It would be very interesting to know what proposals Portland and Multnomah County are submitting.


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