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The Monday Roundup: Suing ODOT, new Parks Commish, riders rampage, and more

Posted by on January 4th, 2021 at 10:14 am

Welcome to 2021!

In keeping with tradition, let’s start off the new week of the new year by highlighting some important stories you might have missed over the break.

Before we share a few links, don’t miss the three stories we published last week: an introduction of new Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty, an interview about traffic enforcement with legal expert and activist Scott Kocher, and our 2020 Year in Pictures.

Here are the most notable items we came across in the past seven days…

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ODOT lawsuit: In an email to supporters, the nonprofit No More Freeways said they plan to “sue the pants off” ODOT to challenge the agency’s federal environmental review of the I-5 Rose Quarter project.

Your new Parks Commissioner: Learn more about Carmen Rubio — who has been assigned the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau — in this profile from the Tribune.

Progressive proclamation: Portland resident Glenn Fee penned a guest column in the Tribune urging the state to take the $800 million planned for the I-5 Rose Quarter project and spend it on other projects throughout Portland.

Bike riders rampage: A video of a group of teenage bicycle riders in Manhattan thrashing cars in the middle of the street has gone viral.

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Covid biking bubbles: Tokyo Olympic organizers say they will require athletes to quarantine prior to competition — a decision that might throw a major wrench in the racing plans of many pros given the dates of the Tour de France.

Getting personal: Washington D.C. city transportation officials plan to push text messages to high-risk drivers to warn them about risks of crashes. Seems worth a shot.

Yamhelas project setback: In a blow to rail-to-trail advocates, the Oregon Land Use Board ruled that Yamhill County, who owns the Yamhelas Westsider Trail right-of-way, failed to prove that the project would not force adjacent landowners to make major changes in farming practices.

Video of the Week: The Oregonian’s “Peak Northwest” show took an inside look at the Salmonberry Trail.

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What happened to the other parks director? She was working in Staten Island. Is that a different role than the parks commissioner?

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The Salmonberry is amazing. I’d love to volunteer to get this up and running ASAP.

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Ah yes, the Portland Tribune and their annoying paywalls…

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I find the NY gang assault tragic considering it follows police weaponizing bicycles so much in 2020. I hope their behavior doesn’t become common. I’d like to know why they targeted that BMW of all vehicles.

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I have family in New York and am very worried about what is going on over there. de Blasio seems be from this new club of terrible mayors who have no control over their cities.

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Washington D.C. city transportation officials plan to push text messages to high-risk drivers to warn them about risks of crashes.

I’ve always taken “don’t text and drive” to mean “don’t write texts, and don’t read texts”. The whole point is to not put your attention on something other than your driving. I guess, “don’t read texts unless they’re from your local, friendly DOT?” :/

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I support the NMF lawsuit. I support the organized protests for hiring a diverse TriMet Director. Gratitude to all who showed up to fight ODOT and deliver the new STIP budget.

Really feels like we are starting to see the crack in daylight for cyclists and walking activists. And we did it collectively; every voice matters, every written testimony matters and every phone call you make in the next 6 months during the short legislative session MATTERS in Salem. Everybody can lead their own affinity group, support #BLM ands bikes! Thanks to the youth leaders for leading distributed solutions in social justice reform.

Up next! Let’s get a Big Bike Bill thru and get our 5% increase in funding. Mega Hooray everybody.