Comment of the Week: The slow, possible work of progress

Morrison Bridge bike-walk path dedication event-24

Ahh – can you feel that? That’s a successful
postcard campaign from 15 years ago.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

There’s nothing new under the sun, but effective political tactics have a way of staying effective.

That’s what reader and legendary bike advocate Phil Goff observed this week in a comment beneath Tuesday’s post about a series of postcard campaigns by activist group Bike Loud PDX:

This is exactly what I did 15-16 years ago to create the political pressure to bring in funding for the Morrison Bridge sidepath project. On two occasions, I had 300-400 signed postcards mailed to Multnomah County Chair Bev Stein (to get the County’s attention) and then 6 mo later to Metro Council chair Rod Monroe during the MTIP process. In the age of e-mail, Twitter and FB, a simple postcard campaign can pack a lot of punch. Its great to hear that advocates are reviving the tactic for other projects. Good luck BikeLoudPDX!

If you’ve never heard the story of Goff’s 12-year campaign to turn what was a temporary construction detour into a permanent, comfortable route over the Morrison between the heart of downtown and the central eastside, you can read Goff’s account of it in this 2010 guest post. It’s a great rainy-week reminder that if you keep at it, the sun always breaks through the clouds eventually.

— Barring any breaking news, Jonathan and I are signing off for the weekend. Thanks for another great week of comments — all 900 or so of them!

Michael Andersen (Contributor)

Michael Andersen (Contributor)

Michael Andersen was news editor of BikePortland.org from 2013 to 2016 and still pops up occasionally.

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jeg
jeg
8 years ago

Any inkling of traffic calming and bike lanes for Sandy?

Todd Boulanger
Todd Boulanger
8 years ago
Reply to  jeg

ounds like a good postcard campaign

jeg
jeg
8 years ago
Reply to  Todd Boulanger

Indeed! I may send in one on my own and talk to others about the idea.

Mossby Pomegranate
Mossby Pomegranate
8 years ago
Reply to  jeg

If ever a street needed it, it’s Sandy. It may be the next best thing till we get something like Sullivan’s gulch…if that ever happens.

Lenny Anderson
Lenny Anderson
8 years ago

We lost a great advocate and visionary when Phil moved back east. His plan for the Central Eastside with the Eastbank freeway gone is awesome.