Mayor announces first of four bike corrals promised in “100 Days” plan

Posted on March 20th, 2009 at 3:20 pm.

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PBOT will remove and then reconfigure
these racks on NW 13th at
PNCA. They will also add 13 more.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Mayor Adams can tick an item off his list of promises to fulfill in his first 100 days as Mayor.

Adams’ office has announced the first of four new bike corrals that will go up around Portland in the coming weeks. The new racks are coming to NW 13th street adjacent to the Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA) in the Pearl District. Slated for installation on Tuesday of next week, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to install 13 new staple racks in the place of two motor vehicle parking spaces.[Read more…]

Lovejoy crash victim says she’s “miraculously fine” (updated)

Posted on March 4th, 2009 at 10:05 am.

An “insane accident” says the victim.
(Photo: Marion Rice)

The victim of the crash at NW Lovejoy and 9th yesterday morning, left a comment last night saying she has been discharged from the hospital and has suffered no major injuries. The woman’s name is Asha and she’s a student at Pacific Northwest College of Art (PNCA).

(PNCA, you might recall, was the school of both Brett Jarolimek and Tracey Sparling, both of whom lost their lives in October from right-hook crashes.)

From witness accounts and police statements on the scene, we had feared much worse, so this is welcome news.[Read more…]

A closer look at Custom Bicycles of Portland

Posted on November 11th, 2008 at 1:15 pm.

A very cool new sign.
(Photos: Adam Reiser)

Custom Bicycles of Portland — the new Guru Bicycles concept store we profiled a few weeks ago — had their first official day of business on Saturday.

The store offers a unique, Dell Computer-like approach to bike retail. Only one brand is offered and customers can choose any color, style, and parts build-up they want. The shop also features a cutting edge fitting studio and the bikes are custom-made in Quebec and ready to ride in about four weeks.

Shop owner Adam Reiser told me he got a lot of foot traffic over the weekend (as one might expect on the busy shopping street of NW 23rd).
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Dozono says he’s the reason Adams scrapped Sauvie span plan

Posted on May 7th, 2008 at 5:46 pm.

“If I was not running for Mayor and challenging City Hall’s spending, my opponent would have continued to ram-rod this pet project through”
–Sho Dozono

Not surprisingly, Commissioners Adams’ opponent in the race for mayor, Sho Dozono, has issued a statement in response to Adams’ decision to pull the plug on the plan to re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span as a bike/ped bridge in Northwest Portland.

Here’s the statement (emphasis mine):[Read more…]

“With a heavy heart” Adams explains Sauvie decision

Posted on May 7th, 2008 at 8:32 am.

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Adams addressed the media
in his office this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

In a cramped meeting room in his office a few minutes ago, Commissioner Adams explained how rising gas prices have impacted PDOT’s transportation budget and that the Sauvie Island Bridge span reuse project is the first casualty.

Standing next to PDOT Director Sue Keil, Adams said rising fuel prices have given PDOT a “double hit” and that the situation has forced them to “rethink how we spend our money.”

As expected, Adams also addressed his decision to halt plans to install the Sauvie Island Bridge span in Northwest Portland. He expressed some of the same sentiments he shared with me last night.[Read more…]

Exclusive: Adams will scrap Sauvie span project

Posted on May 6th, 2008 at 9:56 pm.

“I don’t feel comfortable moving forward at this point.”
–Commissioner Sam Adams

City of Portland Commissioner Sam Adams will announce tomorrow (5/7) that he will pull the plug on a plan to re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span as a bicycle and pedestrian crossing over I-405 in Northwest Portland.[Read more…]

“Sauvie Island Bridge Relocation Project” launched at press conference

Posted on April 25th, 2008 at 4:32 pm.

New logo unveiled today

Commissioner Sam Adams held a press conference today to officially launch Flanders Crossing: Sauvie Island Bridge Relocation Project.

The event was an attempt to clarify the proposal for the project that will be voted on by City Council next week, to outline why the the project is necessary, and to demonstrate that it has the support of neighborhood residents, business owners, bicycle advocates, and a majority of City Commissioners.[Read more…]

Potter offers new argument against Sauvie Bridge re-use plan

Posted on April 25th, 2008 at 7:37 am.

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Looking across NW Flanders over
I-405 — not quite an intersection, yet.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portland Mayor Tom Potter has issued a statement clarifying his opposition to the plan to re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span as a human-powered vehicle crossing over I-405 in Northwest Portland.

Perhaps wanting to build some momentum for his position — which will make him the lone dissenter to the plan when it comes up to City Council next week — Potter renewed his previous arguments against the project, and he shared a new one.

Here’s the short statement posted to his website yesterday (emphasis mine):[Read more…]

Press Release: Commissioners File Ordinance to Relocate Sauvie Island Bridge

Posted on April 23rd, 2008 at 8:23 pm.

PRESS RELEASE
For Immediate Release Contact: Tom Miller, 503-823-1121
April 23, 2008 Or: Shoshanah Oppenheim, 503-823-1125

ADAMS, LEONARD, AND SALTZMAN FILE ORDINANCE TO ACQUIRE AND RELOCATE SAUVIE ISLAND BRIDGE

(PORTLAND, OR) – The Portland Office of Transportation (PDOT) announced today that City Commissioners Sam Adams, Randy Leonard, and Dan Saltzman will together file a City Ordinance that authorizes the City to acquire the center span of the Sauvie Island Bridge and relocate it from its current location to Northwest Flanders Street. [Read more…]

Recap and photos: Sauvie Island span rally in NW Portland

Posted on April 18th, 2008 at 1:13 pm.

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KGW-TV broadcasted live from the rally.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Last night, a group of Northwest Portland neighborhood leaders, grassroots activists and bike advocates met on NW Flanders Blvd. for a rally to demonstrate support for re-using the Sauvie Island Bridge span over I-405.

Also joining the crowd of about 100 were city council candidates Jim Middaugh, Jeff Bissonnette, and Chris Smith along with mayoral candidate Jim Lee.
[Read more…]