About Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent)

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent)

Lisa Caballero has lived in SW Portland for 20 years. She is on the Transportation Committee of her neighborhood association, the Southwest Hills Residential League (SWHRL), and she is passionate about improving the active transportation infrastructure in southwest hills.

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) Posts

Long advocacy slog ends with smiles as SW Capitol Highway project breaks ground

Monday, June 14th, 2021

SW Capitol Highway looking north early Sunday morning after a rain.
(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Barbur Crossroads mystery solved! PBOT plans shared bike/ped space on new sidewalk

Tuesday, June 1st, 2021

View looking north along SW Capitol Highway from the location of PBOT’s planned shared bike/ped facility.
(Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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ODOT: Bike conflict markings, bike boxes – but no bike lanes – through Barbur Crossroads

Friday, May 21st, 2021

Source: BikePortland annotation of ODOT’s planned bicycle improvements. Stars are locations of bike boxes and/or conflict markings. The pink line shows the Capitol Highway gap in bike markings.

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Book Review: ‘Calling Bullshit’ will help you be a better advocate

Wednesday, May 19th, 2021

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World (Penguin Random House, 2020) is a much-needed guide for folks awash in numbers who are just trying to make informed decisions. Anyone working or advocating in transportation should read it.

The preface begins with a definition of bullshit and a discussion of its different types. The authors, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, a biologist and a data scientist at the University of Washington, distinguish between old-school and new-school bullshit. Their book focusses on the new-school type which “uses the language of math and science and statistics to create the impression of rigor and accuracy,” and they introduce the concept of “mathiness,” their analog to comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness.” Mathiness refers “to formulas and expressions that may look and feel like math—even as they disregard the logical coherence and formal rigor of actual mathematics.”

Each chapter guides the reader through topics like causality, selection bias, data visualization, and big data, with examples from contemporary news. The result is a topical, fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny book.
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Car-centric jughandle, but no bike lanes through Barbur Crossroads?

Friday, May 7th, 2021

Meet me at the crossroads… but be careful on a bike.
(View looking southeast on SW Capitol Highway at SW Barbur Blvd).
(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Book Review: Policing the Open Road

Tuesday, April 20th, 2021

The idea that cars = freedom is a pervasive American myth. The truth is that the rise of the automobile — and rampant illegal behaviors that have always accompanied it — helped give rise to an armed street security force that too often acts as judge, jury, and executioner.

Sarah Seo’s book, Policing the Open Road (2019, Harvard University Press), is a cultural history of how we arrived at the system we have today, told through the lens of jurisprudence and law enforcement. It’s about how governments scrambled to regulate the automobile revolution, about the overwhelming volume of laws they created, the need to make them uniform, and how the process of creating the rules of the road, and enforcing them, transformed America’s concept of privacy and freedom.

Take, for example, driving on the right side of the road. After being ticketed by a state trooper for driving on the wrong side, a man hired a lawyer who argued that there was no “wrong” side, that the law merely stated that you had to pull to the right when you met an oncoming car. That man had his day in court and won. It seems that proto-advisory shoulders were the law of the land in early 20th-century Iowa.[Read more…]

First Look: New bike lanes, traffic calming treatments on SW Patton and Greenway

Thursday, April 15th, 2021

Dog hesitantly uses the new SW Greenway crosswalk. Looking north from the curbed finger now separating Talbot Rd from SW Greenway Ave.
(Photo: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Caution, Blumenauer and bikes: Let’s talk Biden’s infrastructure plan

Monday, April 5th, 2021

Obama’s rescue plan built the cycle-track on SW Moody. What would Biden’s plan build?
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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Advisory shoulders could unlock potential of streets in southwest Portland

Thursday, April 1st, 2021

Michael Reiss's design for an Advisory Shoulder in Marshall Park, SW Portland.

Michael Reiss’s design for an Advisory Shoulder in the Marshall Park neighborhood of SW Portland.

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How to do better DUII enforcement: An interview with Columbia County Dep DA Kimberlyn Silverman

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2021

Photo of crash scene where an intoxicated driver hit an ambulance on E. Burnside on March 6th, 2021.

An intoxicated driver crashed into an ambulance on E. Burnside on March 6th, 2021.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

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