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As Obama visits, three words of advice for Thursday and Friday trips downtown

Posted by on May 7th, 2015 at 12:09 am

Click the two areas of the map above for information on each street closure.

To paraphrase the city’s official news release only slightly:

Ride a bike.

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    DNF May 7, 2015 at 5:59 am

    I just don’t understand why you would do this smack in the middle of the city’s transit hub. Was there nowhere else to stay and/or hold this event?

    I get the need for road closures, but why mess up the alternatives to driving, too?

    It’s incredibly disrespectful to the whole city.

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      Lester Burnham May 7, 2015 at 7:38 am

      Not to mention the cost of flying Air Force One here just to beg for money. So much for the environment.

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        Black Butte Porter May 7, 2015 at 11:05 am

        Don’t worry about that – it only burns 1 gallon of jet fuel PER SECOND. Obola has control of the printing press – they just print the money for the fuel and anything else they want. That’s why boxes of cereal, jars of jam, cartons of orange juice, etc are getting smaller, but the price is staying the same: devaluation of the currency.

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      Watermelons May 7, 2015 at 9:13 am

      Thanks Obama…

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      Randall S. May 7, 2015 at 9:48 am

      You don’t understand why a visiting VIP would go to the most populated part of a city?

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        DNF May 7, 2015 at 11:31 am

        No, I don’t understand why you would choose exactly the location in the city that causes the most transit disruption. Move down to the Waterfront Marriott, or the convention center area. Be in the heart of the city. Just don’t plop yourself down right on the transit mall — it’s not that hard.

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      Black Butte Porter May 7, 2015 at 11:13 am

      Obozo is raising money for Hillary to be elected in 2016 – she is carrying a lot of unpleasant baggage to overcome – so they are going to need A LOT of $$ to get the job done.

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        Chris I May 7, 2015 at 3:17 pm

        I’m loving these nicknames. Do you have any for the other political leaders of our country?

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        Rob May 8, 2015 at 12:26 pm

        I guess we won’t see politicians on the other side of the spectrum like Michelle Bachman and Mike Huckabee involve themselves in such nonsense as political fundraising in the next year or so.

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      Dan M. May 7, 2015 at 4:21 pm

      You are a baby. Make other plans. Imagine living in a city where this happens a lot.

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    Mike Quiglery May 7, 2015 at 6:13 am

    What the heck. If it convinces more people that riding a bike may not be such a bad idea after all, welcome President Obama.

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    Evan Manvel May 7, 2015 at 8:03 am

    I was in a presentation a couple weeks ago about Stockholm’s downtown traffic management, and the Swedish transportation planner argued Obama’s 2013 visit to Stockholm was a great experiment in low-car-traffic downtowns. People can actually figure out ways to get around, and like lower-traffic downtowns.
    http://blog.kalmstrom.com/2013/09/new-obama-effect-after-stockholm-visit.html

    It’s a tactical urbanism demonstration, courtesy of the President.

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    m May 7, 2015 at 8:12 am

    Great way to encourage people to bike to work.

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      DNF May 7, 2015 at 9:07 am

      But, it really isn’t. One time inconveniences are just that, they don’t do anything to change long-term behavior.

      The way to encourage people to bike is by providing great infrastructure and raising the day-to-day cost of driving (e.g. higher gas taxes, which have lots of other benefits as well).

      Having a one-day traffic cluster-f**k accomplishes nothing.’

      Plus, what benefit does shutting down the transit mall give to those who are unable to bike? Why punish transit riders?

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        m May 7, 2015 at 10:15 am

        It’s not an either or scenario. I completely disagree that having a one day traffic cluster ‘accomplishes nothing’. If it gets even a few people out of their car, they might think, hey maybe I will try this some more when the weather is nice. Of course having great infrastructure and raising costs helps as well. That should be self evident to most people.

        He hasn’t been here in 5 years. I don’t see it as that big of deal once every 5 years.

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          Lester Burnham May 7, 2015 at 3:03 pm

          lol…If this were a conservative politician causing this much gridlock this forum would be calling for their head. A little hypocritical I think.

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        Dan M. May 7, 2015 at 4:23 pm

        We get it. You don’t like Obama.

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    Todd Boulanger May 7, 2015 at 8:22 am

    We have to forgive our electeds’ obliviousness, as when they are in office they are very far removed from mortals daily transportation (they often do not drive, bus or bike for years while they are in ‘protective custody’ of higher office, sadly) that they forget what their moments and events can inflict on the public for their brief visits. And this can have the greatest negative effect on fixed route transit vs. private vehicles that can reroute.

    Though it might be worse to banish their activities to only the suburbs and airport bubble districts..then they might never see transit or a green bike box even if it were not working well during their brief look out their limo window … perhaps while day dreaming of a more normal life cycling to work on a tall bike…even if only briefly.

    PS. If y’all think Portland has got it bad you should see Honolulu when any president visits…

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      Psyfalcon May 7, 2015 at 5:42 pm

      Is it worse just because hes there longer, or how the city is laid out?

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    Lester Burnham May 7, 2015 at 8:33 am

    Honolulu is bad anyway. Love when that zipper truck breaks.

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    Todd Hudson May 7, 2015 at 8:39 am

    The NE Everett-Davis bike boulevard is thus far unaffected.

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    redhippie May 7, 2015 at 8:40 am

    Sounds like a good time for a demonstration or are people going to be sequestered off to the “free speech zone” cage a few miles away. Free speech as long as you can afford the $10,000 ticket to the democratic fundraiser. http://www.oregonlive.com/mapes/index.ssf/2015/04/barack_obama_will_be_in_portla.html

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    Jim Labbe May 7, 2015 at 9:14 am

    I love the incisive brevity of this post.

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    Kyle May 7, 2015 at 9:24 am

    The bike parking area in the garage under the office building I work in has an estimated 40-50% more bikes compared to the same time on an average morning. It’s probably compounded by the fact that it’s shaping up to be a nice warm day. 😉

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    Brad May 7, 2015 at 9:29 am

    Sad commentary on the state of our world. A presidential visit 50+ years ago would have probably only caused a slight blip in traffic from gawkers.

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      Dan M. May 7, 2015 at 4:25 pm

      Portland was a different place 50 years ago. The world was a different place 50 years ago – a really shabby place.

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    K'Tesh May 7, 2015 at 9:47 am

    I wish I could come up with a better one than “Completely Avoid Area”.

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    Scott May 7, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I’d take the three words a little further: Don’t go there.

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    JAT in Seattle May 7, 2015 at 10:35 am

    Riding a bike is great, but if I recall correctly there can be some problems with locking a bike in the vicinity of a presidential visit. Any official word on which tubular metal suspected bomb conveyances the Secret Service will insist be cut away from their parking places and trucked to an impound area?

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    CaptainKarma May 7, 2015 at 2:18 pm

    Ha, you can always tell Fox news watchers. To dispell the negativity, I shall pump up the tires and ride the Springwater, hoping to spot a bald eagle.

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      Psyfalcon May 7, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      I’ve only seen Osprey there for some reason. Farther south, or north I’ve seen eagles.

      Osprey would have made a better national bird anyway.

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    Cervelo May 7, 2015 at 10:39 pm

    Quote: “Osprey would have made a better national bird anyway.”

    So why is there a Turkey in the WH?

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