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Guest Opinion

Guest opinions do not necessarily reflect the position of BikePortland. Our goal is to amplify community voices. If you have something to share and want us to share it on our platform, contact Publisher & Editor Jonathan Maus at maus.jonathan@gmail.com.

Guest Opinion Posts

Guest Opinion: What you’ve heard about the Interstate Bridge Replacement project is false

Wednesday, May 11th, 2022

IBR project’s cartoony illustrations with no width and cryptic reference to “footprint” in lower right.

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Guest Article: Sabbath, sidewalks, and the power of bike lanes in east Portland

Tuesday, March 29th, 2022

(Inset photo of NE 102nd at I-84 by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.)

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Guest Opinion: Portland Public Schools climate policy deserves more attention

Thursday, February 24th, 2022

“Even school districts have a part to play in the climate crisis.”
— Danny Cage, youth activist and Portland Public Schools student rep

Danny Cage
(Photo: M. Martinez)

17-year-old Danny Cage is a student representative of the Portland Public Schools Board of Education Policy Committee and a speaker and youth organizer who advocates for racial justice, education reform, and LGBTQ+ rights. We last shared his words when he spoke at the Global Climate Strike in front of City Hall last September.

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Guest Opinion: Keep moving forward on the Red Electric Trail

Thursday, September 30th, 2021

Old Slavin Rd, east of Barbur Blvd, is part of the Red Electric trail which requires rebuilding.
(Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Guest Opinion: Stop the freeway-widening slush fund

Monday, June 21st, 2021

“For me, true independence will come not from a driver’s license, but from Oregon building a transportation system that allows every Oregonian the chance to get around without an automobile.”
— Cassie Wilson

Cassie Wilson.
(Photo courtesy Cassie Wilson)

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Guest Opinion: Job description for new PBOT leader isn’t bold enough

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Jillian Detweiler is the executive director of The Street Trust.

“The successful candidate should value all modes of transportation.”

So reads the disappointing job description for the next leader of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The Street Trust hoped the recruitment would elevate the exciting and pressing challenge that awaits the new PBOT Director: leading and accelerating significant improvements in alternatives to driving alone. That certainly was the consensus of transportation activists invited to meet with a City Human Resources representative who gathered stakeholder input prior to producing the job description.[Read more…]

Guest Opinion: A year of bad headlines for freeway expansion

Monday, February 18th, 2019

— Written by Shawn Fleek (OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon), Mary Peveto (Neighbors for Clean Air), and Anaïs Tuepker (350PDX).

In 2017, the nascent No More Freeways coalition published an editorial in The Oregonian asking elected officials for an honest reassessment of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT)’s plans to spend hundreds of millions of dollars to expand the Rose Quarter Freeway in North Portland.

Since then, headlines over the last eighteen months have only confirmed that this is a gravely misguided project.
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Guest opinion: I’m disturbed by anti-houseless bigotry on BikePortland

Wednesday, November 14th, 2018

“Commenters on BikePortland used this incident as an excuse to take potshots at our unhoused neighbors.”
— Callie Riley

This was written by Callie Riley, an east Portland resident and longtime community organizer. He wrote this to me via email and gave me permission to post it as an opinion. — Jonathan

I’ve been reading the site since 2007. I’m writing as an East Portland resident, as a cyclist, and as someone who lives near several tent camps along I-205.

When the story on the I-205 “booby trap” was published, I was disturbed – but not surprised, to be honest – to see BikePortland commenters immediately blame houseless campers for this assault.

Literally the first comment on the post linked the two:
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Guest Opinion: The case against the Timberline MTB park

Monday, March 25th, 2013

Amy Harwood

Publisher’s note: We’ve covered the Timberline MTB Park several times since the project became public in April 2010. Last week I was contacted by a member of Bark, a Mt. Hood Forest watchdog group working to stop the project. This guest article was written by Bark Board Member Amy Harwood (she also provided the photo below of Mt. Hood).

This week lovers of Mt. Hood are stuck between a rock and a mountain of issues. On the one hand mountain bike enthusiasts are even closer to getting a world-class bike park on the slopes of one of America’s favorite peaks. On the other, the park is one of the best examples in recent history of how profit can rapidly trump concerns about the future of Mt. Hood’s wildlands.

Bark continues to stay engaged in efforts to stop the expansion, despite the risk of being swept onto an anti-bike blacklist. It’s worth stating why:[Read more…]