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After OTC vote, Metro candidate Chris Smith calls for new highway governance model

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Chris Smith.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Chris Smith is outraged by what just happened.

The Portland Planning & Sustainability Commissioner member, transportation activist, and Metro Council candidate watched this morning as the unelected, five-member Oregon Transportation Commission brushed aside considerable concerns about the I-5 Rose Quarter project and voted unanimously to let the Oregon Department of Transportation move forward without any further objective analysis.

In response, Smith wants to strip the OTC of its powers to oversee urban highways. Here’s the statement he just shared with us:[Read more…]

Transportation commission says I-5 Rose Quarter project can move ahead without environmental statement

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

The oversight body for the Oregon Department of Transportation has given the agency permission to move forward on their $715 million I-5 Rose Quarter project without doing more rigorous and independent analysis of its environmental and community impacts.

In a 5-0 vote taken on a meeting held over the phone today, Oregon Transportation Commission Chair Robert Van Brocklin said he was satisfied with steps taken by ODOT thus far and that, “I just don’t find the basis in the record to change to an EIS [Environmental Impact Statement].”

At issue was whether ODOT should be required to perform an EIS or stick with their already completed Environmental Assessment. Both processes are part of the US Federal Highway Administration National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). ODOT completed an EA last February, a step required to determine whether or not a project will have significant impacts.

With their vote today, the OTC has swept aside serious concerns and calls for an EIS by many regional elected leaders and organizations, and thousands of Portlanders who oppose the project. In the past two weeks alone, the group No More Freeways says over 350 people submitted public comment calling for an EIS. Last spring a comment period led to over 2,000 public omments, 89% of which were in opposition to the project. [Read more…]

Oregon set to endorse agreement with Washington on CRC 2.0

Thursday, April 2nd, 2020

Concept drawing of CRC in Washington.

While all the attention at today’s Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) meeting will be on the I-5 Rose Quarter Project, there’s another highway expansion mega-project that will take an important step forward.

The OTC is expected to give the Oregon Department of Transportation permission to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) with the Washington Department of Transportation that will lay the groundwork for cooperation on a project to replace the I-5 bridges over the Columbia River. This is a resurrection of the ill-fated Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project that came crashing down in 2013 after the Washington legislature backed out of their funding commitments.

But since massive highway expansion projects are the air that keep state transportation agencies alive, after spending eight years and over $200 million the first time around, Oregon and Washington are eager to try again.[Read more…]

COVID-19 Small Bike Business Resource Guide: Part 1 – Unemployment

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

A machine operator at Chris King Precision Components, one of Portland’s many small bike businesses.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A three-part series written by Rebecca Small and Shawn Small. See the rest of the guides here.

Uncertainty is hardly a new sensation for small business owners. Throw in a pandemic, a statewide lockdown, and implosion of the national economy and our local entrepreneurs find themselves facing previously unknown levels of apprehension and sleepless nights. Lately it may seem like there are a million possible wrong choices.

Every one of the nearly 100 different bike-related business in Portland, from the biggest bike shop in town to a self-employed bike fitter, falls into the category of a “small business” – by definition, a company with fewer than 500 people. Most are much smaller: 9 out of 10 businesses in Oregon have fewer than 20 employees. Despite their size, they employ 55% of the state’s workers. They are critical economic engines of our community.[Read more…]

Biketown use has declined 75% amid virus outbreak

Wednesday, April 1st, 2020

Biketown station on North Williams Ave.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Job: Executive Director – Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition

Tuesday, March 31st, 2020

Job Title

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Company / Organization

SANTA BARBARA BICYCLE COALITION

Job Description

MISSION
The Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition is a county-wide organization that promotes bicycling for safe transportation and recreation.

VISION
We envision Santa Barbara County as a great place for everyday, year-round bicycling – for transportation and recreation – that is safe and accessible for everyone. We will work toward building healthy and vibrant communities with clean air and low-stress, safe streets.

POSITION SUMMARY
The Executive Director (E.D.) reports to the Board of Directors and is responsible for leadership, oversight and management of the Santa Barbara Bicycle Coalition (aka SB BIKE), including its Education and Advocacy programs, and three Bici Centro community bike shops. This is an amazing opportunity to help shape the strategic direction of the organization and the active transportation movement for the region. The next E.D. will partner with an invigorated board and deeply committed staff on the development of a strategic plan that will propel SB Bike forward as it advances a transparent, inclusive, and values-driven culture. Working closely with the Board of Directors and staff, you will sustain and build our successful track record in the Santa Barbara region.

We’re seeking a candidate with an entrepreneurial attitude and the ability to successfully manage a county wide organization for growth. The right candidate will need to be an inclusive, strategic, and organized leader with strong operations, financial, staff management, and partnership development experience. The E.D. is asked to be a thoughtful communicator, inspirational leader, manager and champion not only for our organization, but for the cycling goals of our communities. Above all else, the E.D. must be committed to building safe, equitable, and dignified transportation alternatives for all.

This position includes: building and managing short and long-term relationships with donors; maintaining and expanding the activist base and presence across Santa Barbara County; managing teams of staff and volunteers; leading communications; building a fun, engaging, and outcome-oriented work environment; and serving as a key SB BIKE spokesperson in the media, with government officials, and in the community.

SUMMARY OF KEY RESPONSIBILITIES

Leadership & Management
Be a collaborative and inspiring team leader.
Support, manage, develop, and lead a diverse staff of top-quality people, ensuring they have the needed information and tools, and ensure staff capacity to manage existing programs while developing new opportunities.
Develop an annual operating budget of approximately $1 million in cooperation with the Finance Committee, manage cash-flow, assure compliance with fund restrictions for various grant sources, prepare quarterly financial reports and monthly reviews, and ensure that all program and operational spending is supported by funding that is robust enough to meet or exceed financial goals and objectives.
Guide and support the Board of Directors in setting SB Bike’s strategic direction and ensuring financial sustainability, while having primary oversight over all operational aspects of the organization.
Refresh and strengthen SB Bike’s revenue model, including a strategy for how the membership model, fee structure and revenue streams can best support programmatic goals.
Supervise three community bicycle maintenance facilities and operations in Santa Barbara, SBCC and Santa Maria.
Promote SB Bike’s priorities and values and contribute thought leadership to the active transportation community.
Support county-wide efforts by being flexible and present as necessary throughout the region.
Do what needs to get done to make the mission happen even if it means taking out the trash.

Board Relations
Maintain information flow between Board and staff, including generating, and supervising the production of, quarterly updates on finances, program, and program development.
Participate in Board committee meetings as appropriate.

Fundraising & Community Relations
Work with staff and Board to initiate, develop, and implement fundraising strategies and coordinate fundraising events.
Prospect foundations, businesses and individuals for grants and major gifts and assure high quality of applications and solicitation materials.
Lead efforts to identify and successfully apply for government grants for active transportation funding.
Serve as the public face of the organization promoting community relations, media coverage, and community recognition.

Programs
Guide overall processes of program design, implementation, and evaluation in collaboration with staff and Board.
Identify and engage with community partners to deliver services and implement policy strategies.
Maintain, develop, and/or create programs responding to distinct needs of SB County’s regions.
Collaborate with non-profits, government, and private organizations to further SB Bike’s vision.

CORE COMPETENCIES & EXPERIENCE
Minimum 3 years’ experience in managing and leading a non-profit, including strategic development, community engagement, budget, financial management, fundraising and operations [Comparable private sector plus volunteer nonprofit work is acceptable].
Experience effectively galvanizing others to co-create thriving and sustainable communities.
Experience convening multi-racial, cross-class groups to work toward shared social impact goals.
The new E.D. must be able to tell the story of SB Bike and its mission in a compelling way that inspires others to join and invest.
As the leader of an organization that has been through a lot of transition, the new E.D. must be a skilled team builder with a proven ability to develop and manage high-performing board and staff teams.
Be a results-oriented leader with a proven track record of driving growth and impact through action.

PREFERRED EXPERIENCE
Bilingual (Spanish/English)
Significant experience and comfort with mission-driven fundraising and/or asking for contributions of time and money will be an important key to success. Experience leading and managing a membership organization or a group with a large and engaged constituency will also be a significant advantage.
Knowledge of Santa Barbara County and government (or other local governments), and an understanding of the local and regional philanthropic sector and the dynamics of the nonprofit funding environment is a plus.
Non-profit business model development experience.

PERSONAL CHARACTERISTICS
Passion and commitment to active transportation/bicycling.
A natural connector with excellent listening, communication, and relationship building skills, who can authentically build bridges between people from different communities, sectors, and backgrounds.
Be a leader who is at their best when they are acting as a mentor and coach, encouraging others to step up and shine.
Multi-tasker, detailed oriented and time management skills.
Collaborative and willing to understand existing organizational culture and style.
Excellent oral, written and electronic communication skills
Willingness to work some evenings and weekends.

COMPENSATION
A competitive compensation and benefits package will be made available to the qualified candidate.

How to Apply

1. Send a two to three minute video in support of your candidacy. This could show your passion and/or strengths, how you would represent or promote our organization in the community.

2. Send a resume and a cover letter outlining your skills, qualifications and salary expectations.

3. Send the above to the Search Committee at edsearch@sbbike.org.
Please save and upload your written documents in one combined PDF document.
Send video in either WMV, MOV, or MP4 format. YouTube or Vimeo link is also acceptable.

4. Applications will be accepted until April 17, 2020. Applicants should be able to assume leadership by June 2020. Position is open until filled.

Portland pandemic news roundup: Free media, Free Hot Soup needs our help, free stickers, and more

Monday, March 30th, 2020

Now available for free via snail mail from Portland Design Works.

It’s strange that while many things have slowed down or paused during these virus-impacted times, there seems to be more news than ever coming toward us. Even as owner of a niche transportation media outlet, I’m working overtime to keep up with everything.

In an effort keep you informed and entertained in your at-home existence, here’s a roundup of coronavirus-related news tidbits and other fun things I’ve collected in the past few days.

Free Hot Soup needs bicycle delivery volunteers

Free Hot Soup is an all-volunteer, grassroots community group that feeds hungry people. Since they’ve been barred from distributing meals at all but one local park, the group has made their operation mobile. We heard from an FHS volunteer that this means they need a lot more people to make deliveries — especially folks with bikes that have cargo capacity. Here’s the message:

Free Hot Soup needs more volunteers. We’re looking for bikers with trailers, who can team up to deliver along the I-205 corridor. We will have vehicles to transport meals to trailheads, to be taken from there to camps along the trail by bike.[Read more…]

PBOT Commissioner Eudaly: ‘Now is not the time’ to make street changes

Monday, March 30th, 2020

SW Broadway and Oak at 5:12 pm on Thursday March 26th.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Congestion eradicated, respect for bicycling, spreading cheer, and more

Monday, March 30th, 2020

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The weekend is here. Please ride responsibly

Friday, March 27th, 2020

My view from NW Rock Creek Road last weekend.

I never thought I’d say this; but I’m happy the forecast calls for clouds and rain this weekend.

With virus outbreak mode at an all-time high in Oregon and nightmarish scenes unfolding across the country, it’s absolutely essential that we stay home and stay isolated as much as possible right now. (If you do head out, scroll down for my advice.)

Last weekend we had dreamy weather. Unfortunately it led to nightmarish scenes of overcrowding all over the the state as people fled to the outdoors. That decision came at the expense of public health and it increased fear and anxiety among residents of many smaller towns where our favorite trails, beaches and roads exist. It also led to a loss of open spaces as park and forest agencies have now opted to close everything down due to crowding fears.[Read more…]