The Advocacy Roundup (get info, get involved)

Posted by on October 11th, 2011 at 9:18 am

If you want to get involved to and help make the Portland region a better place for biking, check out the upcoming advocacy events and meetings…

Tuesday, October 11th

PBOT’s “Fall/Winter Storm Season Preparedness” News Conference
PBOT welcomes El Nina. “Community partners will join PBOT Director Tom Miller to review fall and winter storm season preparedness plans and advisories to the public.” 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Transportation Maintenance Operations, Stanton Yard facility (2929 North Kerby).

N Williams Ave. Project Technical Work Session
While this is a committee work-session, the public is welcome. Committee members will learn more about Portland’s active transportation story and will be debriefed on N Williams traffic engineering issues. (If this sounds like a repeat, it sort of is. This is the result of PBOT’s restart of the project after adding many new committee members in light of concerns about racial equity.) Noon to 2:00 pm at Oregon Red Cross, 3131 N Vancouver Ave, Room TBD. More info.

Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting
Monthly meeting of the PBAC, a citizen-led group that advises PBOT. From 6 to 8 pm at Lovejoy Room in Portland City Hall. On the agenda tonight is an overview of the East Portland in Motion project, an update on how bicycling is referred to in the Portland Plan, and a discussion about which projects PBOT should nominate for a round of ODOT flexible funds. Check the PBAC web page for more info.

Wednesday, October 12th

CRC EIS “Drop-In Session,” – Vancouver (Portland event details below)
The Columbia River Crossing project has released its Final
Environmental Impact Statement. This is a comprehensive assessment of the environmental impacts, in a broad range of areas, including wildlife, habitat, historic properties, businesses, transportation (including bikeways) air and water quality, and others. It’s a 2-volume document, nearly 1,000 pages long. We have 30 days to review it, starting Sept
28.

You can review it, with posters and staff, at a “Drop-In Session” at the Vancouver Public Library, expect a large conference room with people mingling. In 2008 there were about 100 people at each session, and lots of smiling staff that assured attendees that everything would be A-OK.

For homework, you can peruse the FEIS online. The drop-in session is from 2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm at 901 C St. Vancouver, WA 98660. You can also send your comments to feedback@columbiarivercross.org.

Thursday, October 13th

CRC EIS “Drop-In Session”
This is the Portland session. It’s in the Jantzen Beach Mall on Hayden Island, about 1 mile from downtown Vancouver and 9 miles from downtown Portland. The easiest way there (besides driving) is to grab the #6 bus on MLK, it’s fast and direct to Jantzen Beach Mall.

2:00 – 4:00 pm and 6:00 – 8:00 pm. Jantzen Beach SuperCenter Community Room (inside the mall, probably near the Merry-Go-Round), Jantzen Beach Center, Portland, OR

Friday, October 14th

Seminar: “Gasless and Cashless take a Toll”
PSU Transportation Seminar: “Gasless and Cashless take a Toll”: Sustainable and Non-Stop Mobility through User Fees. While the political feasibility of increasing gas taxes is harder and harder, the technological feasibility of use fees is better and better. How can we use this to create palatable, effective pricing to ease congestion?

Sunday, October 16th

SW Corridor Plan Kick-Off Event
Part of the Barbur Boulevard project, the entire Southwest corridor of Highway 99W is under consideration for improvements. Learn more about Metro’s SW Corridor Plan here.

If you’re unable to attend, you can take an online survey.

Upcoming:
Oct 19 – Sullivans Gulch Trail Advisory Committee meeting

Oct 21 – Groundbreaking, Oregon Rail Heritage Foundation, SE Water Ave at Caruthers (near OMSI). Link

Oct. 22 – All Season Cycling Class hosted by PBOT. Link

SW Corridor Kickoff Event, Tualatin Link

Oct 26 – Crosswalk Enforcement Action at W Burnside @ SW 20th Place Link

Know about any other meetings or advocacy events we missed? What do you plan to this week to get involved?

Use this as an open thread to share info and thoughts.

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    craig October 11, 2011 at 10:22 am

    I would really love to see PBOT/PPB do a Crosswalk Enforcement Action at an unmarked/unsignalized corner, to specifically educate the public about Oregon’s crosswalk law relating to unmarked crosswalks.

    It seems that the public is largely in the dark about this law, the valiant efforts of the Animated Traffic Law” guys notwithstanding.

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    gregg woodlawn October 11, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks for the updates, Ted. It is really helpful to have these events all on one list.

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    Dan O October 11, 2011 at 8:54 pm

    Let’s generate some collaborative synerrgy and go to a bunch of meetings, or…

    Ride Bike!

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    Ted Buehler October 12, 2011 at 12:34 am

    This in for Wednesday —

    Dear N/NE Quadrant SAC and Subcommittee Members:

    Please join us for a Transportation Subcommittee meeting next week that will focus on the freeway interchange component of the project. Project staff and consultants will describe the process that will be used to evaluate alternatives and will review the details of the improvement alternatives that were refined over the summer.

    N/NE Quadrant Transportation Subcommittee Meeting
    Wednesday, October 12, 2011, 5 to 7 p.m.
    ODOT, Conference Rooms A and B, 123 NW Flanders Street
    Light refreshments will be provided
    See the attached agenda for more details. We hope to see you next Wednesday!
    If you have questions about the upcoming Subcommittee meeting, please contact Todd Juhasz at (503) 731-4753 or todd.juhasz@odot.state.or.us. You may also reply to this email.
    The N/NE Quadrant Project Team

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    Ted Buehler October 13, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    Next week — Brownbag lunch on Thursday.

    This month at PBOT’s Bicycle Brown Bag series:

    East Portland in Motion

    Ellen Vanderslice and Steven Szigethy talk about efforts to improve active transportation options – walking, biking and taking transit – in East Portland.

    With the release of the draft report about this 5 year strategy momentum is building for positive changes in East Portland. Come hear more!

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    Thursday, Oct. 20th, 12:00 – 1:00 pm

    City Hall – Lovejoy Room
    1221 SW 4th Avenue, 2d floor
    (bring your lunch!)

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