Meeting could decide fate of Last Thursday on Alberta

Posted on February 5th, 2010 at 9:10 am.

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Last Thursday on Alberta: A tough crowd.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A community meeting this Monday (2/8) being hosted by Portland City Commissioner Amanda Fritz and Mayor Sam Adams could have a major impact on the future of the Last Thursday on Alberta event. The meeting’s event page states, “The Mayor and Commissioner are considering options for Last Thursday.”
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Is our bike scene too white? Local non-profit tackles the issue

Posted on October 29th, 2009 at 1:04 pm.

“The people riding and making decisions about bicycles is a white, middle class group.”
— Alison Hill Graves, Community Cycling Center

The staff at Community Cycling Center, a 15 year old Portland-based nonprofit that aims to increase access to bicycling, has been doing some soul searching in the last few years.

In the process, community and programs director Alison Hill Graves says they started looking around the area they serve (a five-mile radius around their NE 17th and Alberta retail shop). “We saw a big divide in terms of who’s riding bikes and who isn’t.”

Or, to put it more plainly, “The people riding and making decisions about bicycles is a white, middle class group.”
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On eve of grand jury hearing, family of assault victim releases statement

Posted on September 4th, 2009 at 6:51 am.

Mike Luther and his grandson, Lucas.
(Photo: Family of Mike Luther)

The family of Mike Luther — the man who was seriously injured while riding his bicycle near NE 122nd and Glisan one week ago — has released a statement on the eve of a grand jury hearing in the case.

According to his family, Luther, who turns 53 today, is still hospitalized and his prognosis is “unclear”. Not much is known about the details of what happened that night. What has been reported thus far is that the man who drove his car into Luther, Wayne Conrad Thompson, backed into him at a high rate of speed. Thompson was detained and charged with first-degree assault.

In their statement, Luther’s family shares that he was an advocate for biking and public transportation and that a donation fund has been set up to help pay for his medical bills.

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An in-depth look how bikes fare in the East Burnside Couch project

Posted on August 13th, 2009 at 1:10 pm.

PBOT Drawing of new
streetscape on Burnside.

Portland Mayor Sam Adams and a host of dignitaries and bureaucrats held a groundbreaking ceremony for the East Burnside-Couch couplet project yesterday. The $17.8 million project will transform the streetscape of Burnside and Couch by turning them into one-ways, adding traffic signals, bike lanes, trees, curb extensions, and more.

The City is doing the project for several reasons: They hope it will trigger development, improve safety and traffic flow, enhance the business environmen, and in the end, make Burnside into a kinder, gentler street.

Yesterday I sat down with City of Portland Bureau of Transportation project managers Bill Hoffman and Chris Armes to learn more about how people on bikes will navigate through the couplet.
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Northeast neighborhoods shine in Sunday Parkways spotlight

Posted on July 20th, 2009 at 3:05 pm.

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A cul-de-sac near Fernhill Park saw a lot of
action Sunday.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

On Sunday, thousands of Portlanders got a chance to explore Northeast Portland in a way they’ve never done so before. From the gorgeous homes on the Alameda bluffs to the outskirts of the Alberta Arts district, they walked, jogged and biked like they owned the street (and for six hours, they did).

The second of three Sunday Parkways events planned by the Bureau of Transportation this year, the Northeast edition boasted nearly seven miles of carfree streets. Three parks (Alberta, Fernhill, and Wilshire) were connected via a steady stream of Portlanders of all shapes, sizes, and colors.[Read more…]

Sunday Parkways set for first foray into Northeast Portland

Posted on July 15th, 2009 at 12:41 pm.

Map detail of Northeast Sunday Parkways event planned for this Sunday.

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Portlanders relish a warm, carfree Last Thursday on Alberta

Posted on May 29th, 2009 at 9:59 am.

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Nearby residents Gregg Lavender
and Nikki Kress steal a kiss
in the middle of Alberta
Street last night.
– Slideshow below –
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last night, warm weather and the onset of summer brought throngs of Portlanders out to enjoy their neighborhood and the riches of their City at the first carfree Last Thursday on Alberta.

It was the first of six months that the main stretch of Alberta Street will be closed to cars from 6-10:00 pm.

The impact of not having to worry about car traffic is profound. I brought my family along last night and, after dancing in the street with the March Fourth Marching Band, we came across several dancers, musicians, artists, and performers who shared their gifts right in the middle of the road.[Read more…]

Portland’s first cycle track proposed for Cully

Posted on November 20th, 2008 at 2:53 pm.

A cross-section detail of proposed design of NE Cully Street shows 8 1/2-foot wide cycle-track. Note: Not shown is a wide pedestrian walkway. See below for fully cross-section.

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Neighborhood support grows for Going St. bike boulevard

Posted on November 19th, 2008 at 8:41 am.

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A banner for the BTA’s campaign seen
at an event this summer.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Back in August, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) announced that Going Street would be the focus of their first major effort to create a new bike boulevard in Portland.

Since then, BTA staffer Emily Gardner has been busy shoring up neighborhood support for the “Let’s Get Going!” project. A few days ago she updated us on her progress.
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Effort to keep Colwood green would leave room for bikes

Posted on September 10th, 2008 at 3:55 pm.

“Loss of the Colwood open space could also result in a permanent gap in the 40-Mile Loop Bike and Pedestrian Trail.”
— Tony Fuentes, NE Portland resident and member of the Keep Colwood Green! Coalition

Citizen activists and a host of environmental organizations and neighborhood associations are hoping to save 138 acres of open space that straddles the Columbia Slough in Northeast Portland.

If successful, they’ll save not only a potential new regional park, but they’ll keep the door open for a future connection of Portland’s venerable 40-Mile Loop — a trail that was originally conceived over 100 years ago.[Read more…]