PBOT will begin installing new 20 mph signs next month

Posted on January 28th, 2013 at 11:33 am.

Ginny Burdick with new speed limit sign

The wait is almost over.
(Photo: Michael Andersen/Portland Afoot)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is gearing up to install 300 new speed limit signs throughout the city. The new signs are the result of a law PBOT passed in 2011 that gives the city legal authority to lower speed limits by 5 mph on residential streets that have been specifically designed as bikeways (a.k.a. neighborhood greenways). Since these neighborhood greenway streets are already at 25 mph, the new law allows PBOT to set the new limit at 20.

The big unveiling of these new signs was in August of last year; but PBOT has yet to install any new signs. We asked PBOT spokesman Dan Anderson for an update on the project last week. Anderson says they plan to begin installing the signs early next month and installation should be complete by April or May. The 300 signs will cover about 70 miles of streets at a cost of $30,00 to $45,000.[Read more…]

Community gathers to dedicate Tracey Sparling memorial ‘Pedal Garden’

Posted on January 25th, 2013 at 4:43 pm.

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PNCA President Tom Manley holds a plaque that will be mounted near the Pedal Garden.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT selects three ‘High Crash Corridors’ for safety improvements, outreach

Posted on January 25th, 2013 at 9:40 am.

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SE Powell, a wide and intimidating arterial known for its safety problems, is one of the three corridors PBOT will look to tame in 2013.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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CRC update: Kitzhaber drops “CRC” moniker, activists heat up

Posted on January 24th, 2013 at 12:02 pm.

John Kitzhaber acceptance speech-2

CRC? Never heard of it.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Controversy and opposition has dogged the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) project for many years. That controversy — along with a daunting price tag estimated at $4 billion — has made it extremely difficult for politicians to vote in support of funding the five-mile freeway widening and interchange building mega-project.

Now, with increasing pressure to move forward after several years and over $100 million spent on planning, Oregon Governor Kitzhaber has teed up a bill (H.B. 2260) in in the legislature that would make the project an official state priority and would give the state authority to raise revenue through tolling (something they’ll desperately need to come up with Oregon’s $450 million (without interest on bonds or cost overruns) share of the project). But, as the Willamette Week pointed out yesterday, there’s one thing missing from the bill: the Columbia River Crossing.[Read more…]

Survey: Majority of Seattleites like bikes, ride bikes, want more bikes

Posted on January 23rd, 2013 at 12:15 pm.

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Seattle wants more of them.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

An ongoing “bike backlash” and “war on cars” pushed by the local media, biking as a wedge-issue in political campaigns, fear from politicians about doing “too much” for bikes — sounds like Portland right? Well, Seattle (not to mention New York City and many others) suffers from the same illusion. Now, a new survey commissioned by Seattle’s Cascade Bicycle Club could help tamp down this pervasive — yet false — narrative.

According to a memo (PDF) about the survey from public opinion research firm Fairbank, Maslin, Maullin, Metz & Associates, the results provide, “absolutely no evidence of widespread anti-cycling sentiment in Seattle.” The memo goes on to explain that (among other things) 78% of those surveyed ride a bike at least once a year, 45% ride monthly, and 60% say they’d like to ride more*.

While the perception of people who ride bikes has become the butt of jokes, the Seattle survey found that people, “overwhelmingly report positive feelings towards the City’s bicyclists.” 78% say they have a “favorable opinion” of people who ride bikes, including 38% who said “very favorable” (just 19% said their opinions of people who ride are “unfavorable”).[Read more…]

Trail group sees “major failings” with North Portland Greenway alignment

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 at 3:32 pm.

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Advocates say putting the Greenway Trail
on surface streets (like N. Interstate shown here)
is unacceptable.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland Parks & Recreation bureau continues to come under fire for their work on the North Portland Greenway Trail project. PP&R is in the process of designing the route of the paved path that will connect Kelley Point Park north of St. Johns to the Eastbank Esplanade in the central city. However, as we reported last month, many people are disappointed by the chosen alignment in the trail’s southern portion. Instead of staying along the Willamette River and creating a path away from auto traffic, PP&R has focused their efforts on what they consider a “near-term buildable” route on sections of busy, and sometimes narrow surface streets. The route, critics say, fails to live up to the vision and promise of the trail.
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Showers Pass to launch new glove line

Posted on January 22nd, 2013 at 1:43 pm.

New gloves from Showers Pass
(Photo: Showers Pass)

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BTA plans new ‘BikeSwap’ event at PDX Bicycle Show

Posted on January 18th, 2013 at 11:39 am.

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There’s always cool new stuff at the show;
now there will be cool used stuff too!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The PDX Bicycle Show is coming up on March 23-24 and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has something big in store. They’re set to debut a new event dubbed BTA BikeSwap. The event, which they’ll publicly announce next week, is being billed as, “an opportunity for families, new cyclists and experienced riders to buy and sell their cycling gear.”

The BTA is partnering with the Community Cycling Center and the Bicycle Show’s organizers, Pedal Nation Events. The BikeSwap will be a benefit for both the BTA and the CCC. Is it just a bike swap meet? Not exactly. Check out what makes it unique:

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Oregon City votes to build bike tourism ‘epicenter’ in Amtrak station

Posted on January 18th, 2013 at 10:53 am.

Adam from First City Cycles

First City Cycles employee Adam Beykovsky
is helping promote bike tourism in Oregon City.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Clackamas County is once again placing its bets on bicycle tourism as a way to bolster local industry and economic vitality. As The Oregonian reports, the Urban Renewal Commission in Oregon City voted Wednesday to support a proposal by a local bike shop owner to develop a bike tourism hub inside a vacant Amtrak station.

The idea for the “First City Central Marketplace & Bistro” was conceived by Blaine Meier, owner of First City Cycles. Meier’s shop opened in July of last year and he wasted no time in getting the idea off the ground. In September Meier told the Clackamas Review newspaper, “I’m excited about the opportunity, and I think it’ll be a great way to promote Oregon City tourism.”[Read more…]

PNCA set to unveil ‘Tracey Sparling Memorial Pedal Garden’

Posted on January 18th, 2013 at 9:29 am.

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When 19-year old Tracey Sparling was killed while riding her bike in downtown Porltand on October 11th, 2007, it shook our city to the core. When, just 11 days later, Brett Jarolimek suffered a similar fate in a collision in north Portland, we experienced a unprecedented, citywide outpouring of grief and activism. For the community of students and staff at the Pacific Northwest College of Art the tragedies were particularly hard to accept because both Sparling and Jarolimek were students. Sparling was likely on her way to class when she was struck.

Later this month, PNCA will unveil the ‘Tracey Sparling Pedal Garden’, which will serve as a memorial to Sparling and, “an iconic bike-centric sculpture garden that supports and strengthens Portland’s cycling community.”[Read more…]