Rally, walking tours planned at proposed Sauvie span site

Posted on April 14th, 2008 at 2:03 pm.

A group of concerned citizens look
out over I-405 at the future location of a
Flanders Street overpass.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A group of citizens and advocates led by the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance will host a rally and walking tours of the area around the proposed location of a new I-405 overpass at Flanders Street in Northwest Portland.
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Press Release: Rally to Support Sauvie Island Bridge relocation

Posted on April 14th, 2008 at 1:53 pm.


What: Rally to support the Sauvie Island Bridge relocation, followed by foot and bicycle tours of the proposed relocation site

When: Thursday, April 17. Press event at 5:00, tours leaving at 5:15 and 5:30.

Where: NW 15th and Flanders, Portland, Ore.

Who: Concerned citizens, northwest Portland residents, transportation and neighborhood advocates


The community will rally to support the relocation of the former Sauvie Island Bridge span to form an urgently-needed safe crossing over I-405 and a world class connection between Portland’s two densest neighborhoods.

The rally will be followed by short walking tours by local transportation and history experts of the bridge relocation site. Tours will highlight current dangers for people traveling within and through Northwest Portland. Tour guides’ first priority will be to assure participants’ safety.

The proposed relocation of the Sauvie Island Bridge to cross I-405 at Flanders street will:

– Connect the two densest neighborhoods in Portland
– Provide the only safe freeway crossing for pedestrians between Burnside and Johnson
– Provide safe, direct access to Washington Park, the northwest industrial area, and northwest Portland businesses and neighborhoods.
– Serve over 2000 children who live in the bridge’s immediate area
– Represent the biggest recycling/reuse project ever undertaken in the City of Portland
– Showcase our region’s international leadership in sustainability
– Cannot be completed without strong public support

“Moving the bridge is about sustainability, but even more than that it’s about access,” said transportation activist Elly Blue, who is a member of the informal coalition organizing the event to support reusing the bridge. ” It’s currently impossible to travel safely and directly between two halves of our city. That’s just wrong. The basic right to free mobility is at stake here. We intend to use this effort as a springboard to take on dangerous intersections all over the city, particularly around freeways.”

Media contact: Elly Blue at 503 810 9443


Sauvie update: Saltzman not playing politics; Mercury says Potter is “flat out wrong”

Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 3:56 pm.

“It’s nice spin… but it’s flat out wrong.”
–Portland Mercury News Editor Amy Ruiz, on Mayor Potter’s comments about the funding for the Sauvie Island Bridge re-use plan

The situation with the effort to re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span in Northwest Portland is changing by the hour.

The two late developments of the day are an article by the Portland Mercury that delves into the funding picture and an update from Commissioner Saltzman’s office.[Read more…]

Mayor tries to ‘Lift the fog’ around his Sauvie span decision

Posted on April 9th, 2008 at 9:05 am.

Mayor Potter listening to testimony in
support of the Sauvie span at City
Hall last week.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Mayor Potter has issued a statement to help further clarify his decision to vote against a proposal that would have allowed PDOT to turn the old Sauvie Island Bridge span into a new crossing of I-405 in Northwest Portland.

Potter made his decision at a key Council vote on the project last Wednesday. Prior to that vote, expecting he would be unable to attend the Council meeting, he issued a memo outlining why he did not support the project.[Read more…]

BTA, activists work to save Sauvie span

Posted on April 8th, 2008 at 3:25 pm.

“We intend to demonstrate to elected officials that there’s huge support for re-using the Sauvie span.”
–the BTA’s Karl Rohde

While City Hall tries to work out its differences on the effort to move the old Sauvie Island Bridge span to NW Flanders street, bike advocates and citizen activists are moving forward in a push to raise awareness and support for the project.

So far, the effort is being led in part by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. The BTA is reaching out to a myriad of local organizations and to neighborhood and business associations in Northwest Portland for support. [Read more…]

Flanders Street bike bridge fate will be decided tomorrow

Posted on April 1st, 2008 at 10:42 am.

Tomorrow, Portland City Council will decide whether or not the City will re-use the Sauvie Island Bridge span for a bicycle and pedestrian-only crossing of I-405 at Northwest Flanders street.

The owner of the span, Kuney Construction, is currently under contract with ODOT to demolish the bridge. Therefore, if PDOT wants to continue their effort to relocate the bridge to Northwest Portland, they must enter into a contract with Kuney immediately. Due to these time constraints, Commissioner Sam Adams has put forth an emergency declaration which must have the support of four out of five Commissioners in order to pass (usually only three votes are required).[Read more…]

Updated: Backers begin effort to re-use Sauvie span in the Pearl

Posted on March 11th, 2008 at 12:55 pm.

[NOTE: *I have updated this post at 12:30pm on 3/12 to correct my errors in the funding numbers and sources for the project.]

The effort to re-use the old Sauvie Island bridge span for a bike and pedestrian-only bridge over the 405 freeway at NW Flanders has been renewed and backers of the project say they’ve got the green light to raise the remaining $500,000 it will take to make their dream a reality.


Artists rendition of Sauvie span on NW Flanders over the 405 Freeway.
(Graphic origin unknown)

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New corporate-sponsored racks in the Pearl

Posted on October 8th, 2007 at 1:00 pm.

Kryptonite Racks in the Pearl-2.jpg

(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

Thanks to a partnership between Kryptonite and the City of Portland, bike parking just got a lot easier for students at the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

Last Friday, work crews installed 9 staple racks (that’s room for about 18 bikes), in what was formerly one car parking spot. The new racks are directly adjacent to the entrance to the school’s main building at NW 13th and Johnson in the Pearl District.
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Top talent set for race around North Park Blocks

Posted on August 23rd, 2007 at 10:04 am.

Twilight Criterium

Racers blur past spectators
at the ’06 event.
(Photos by Jonathan Maus)

Imagine standing a few feet from a whirring pack of racers as they speed by, elbow-to-elbow, at over 40 miles per hour, throwing sparks from their pedals as they hammer into sharp turns.

Tomorrow night is your chance to experience this when some of the nation’s top professional bike racers battle it out at the sixth annual Health Net Portland Twilight Criterium.[Read more…]

Pearl realtor partners with pedicabs

Posted on July 30th, 2007 at 1:21 pm.

Pedicab operators try to pick up
a rider at the North Park Blocks.
(File photo)

First they gave a free bike to new condo buyers, now Hoyt Street Properties in the Pearl District continues to promote car-free transportation options for visitors and residents.

The company has partnered up with Rose Pedal Pedicabs and PDX Pedicabs to offer free rides and tours during the upcoming First Thursday event on August 2nd.
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