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The Morning After: Bike plan media coverage roundup

Posted by on February 12th, 2010 at 9:02 am

In case you’re interested how the newly adopted 2030 Bike Plan is being covered by other media outlets (and what’s being said about it by commenters), here is a quick round-up.

Willamette WeekBike Plan: City Council Exacts Revenge on Saltzman. Cyclists Win. Did Saltzman, Too?

Bojack.orgYour sewer bill dollars at work — for bicyclists

Portland Business JournalCity Council OKs $613 million bike plan

KGW-TV (NBC)PDX bike plan approved with a $20 million kick-start

Portland MercuryPortland Bike Plan: Round Two! Updated: Details on 5-0 Vote & Adams’ Surprise $20 Million “Kickstart” Fund

KATU-TV (ABC)Bike plan approved; funding still up in the air

The OregonianPortland’s 2030 bicycle plan coasts to approval

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  • Joseph Rose February 12, 2010 at 9:12 am

    Wasn’t that the name of Nuclear Holocaust TV movie in the 80’s?

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  • Racer X February 12, 2010 at 9:20 am

    Is it time yet to smoke a cig or make breakfast/ coffee for the council?

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  • brewcaster February 12, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Man, that Bojack site certainly is a special place.

    I can be pretty cynical and negative about certain things, but that site takes hatred of themselves and life in general to a new level.

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  • todd February 12, 2010 at 10:18 am

    i never feel so alienated and misanthropic as when reading the comments on local teevee and fishwrap news sites. there’s maybe some peril in ignoring them, but man does it feel better!

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  • Burk February 12, 2010 at 10:59 am

    I just checked out that Bojack site. Yikes!

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  • wsbob February 12, 2010 at 11:00 am

    Interesting seeing all those headlines together. KATU’s is the most straightforward neutral. The O’s isn’t bad.

    With council having approved the plan, PBJ summons enough respect for it to refer to the plan as ‘bike plan’, rather than ‘bike lanes’ as it did its survey question.

    Bojack? His readership apparently consists of people that have to be poked regularly with a big sharp stick to keep their pulse or a thought going. I’ve spent almost ‘0’ time, reading at his site. His headline for this story is a tip-off why.

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  • Michael M. February 12, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    Bojack is pretty reflexively anti- almost everything Portland’s City Council does, which would of course include diverting funds from BES or hiking Portland residents’ water bills to pay for the Bike Master Plan. Jack’s site represents an old-school, more working-class liberal outlook to public policy, which makes it a nice compliment/antidote to the yuppie, pro-gentrification, enviro-extremeist, ‘let the poor and disabled ride bikes’ outlook here at BikePortland. Needless to say, I have issues with the outlooks of both websites, but the contrast works well when you follow them both.

    For instance, Bojack addressed the devastating service cuts TriMet has just proposed. BikePortland hasn’t. Bojack’s site just tends to take a broader view of all the problems plaguing the city — the inadequate response to the homeless crisis, the lack of adequate funding for mental health and drug treatment, stuff that affects the city’s most vulnerable as well as the city’s middle-class. BikePortland, not so much. Consequently, anything that Jack thinks is a waste of money that could be better spent elsewhere, he rails against.

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  • The Biking Viking February 12, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    Thanks for cueing me in to that BoJack site. Now I know where to go when my blood pressure gets too low!

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  • wsbob February 13, 2010 at 1:34 am

    Michael, maybe neither site, BP or BJ, is doing enough of the right thing to capture the hearts and minds of the ‘old-school, more working-class liberal’.

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  • brewcaster February 13, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Ya, it’s so strange to come to a site called BikePortland and see that all they seem to talk about are Portland Bicycling issues. Very odd…

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