Opinion: ODOT-written articles in the Tribune mislead the public

Posted on November 13th, 2020 at 12:16 pm.

Front page of the Portland Tribune’s business section on October 25th. How many readers know Brendan Finn is the director of ODOT’s office of urban mobility and lead on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project?

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Opinion: We’ll never have safe streets if we continue to make safe choices

Posted on November 13th, 2020 at 10:26 am.

Traffic victims were represented by empty pairs of shoes at a 2016 World Day of Remembrance event in Portland.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Late Thursday night someone died while using 122nd Avenue. They were the 46th person whose life ended while traveling on a Portland road so far this year, putting us on the same grim pace as 2019 despite a major reduction in travel due to the pandemic.

There have been four fatal crashes in a one mile stretch of 122nd Avenue in the past year alone. In 2018 I attended a press conference marking the completion of new crossings and other updates to the notoriously deadly street. Standing just one block from one of this year’s deaths, Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, PBOT Director Chris Warner, and other transportation bigwigs gave glowing speeches about their dedication to Vision Zero. Eudaly said the recent changes they made were an example of “transportation done right” and how she wasn’t willing to accept the constant carnage on 122nd. [Read more…]

Opinion: Better Naito success shows change is still possible

Posted on October 13th, 2020 at 2:41 pm.

People literally sacrificed themselves to make Better Naito a reality.
(Photo: Kiel Johnson)

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Guest opinion: It’s time to manage bicycle use in Forest Park

Posted on October 8th, 2020 at 1:31 pm.

“If safety and conflict concerns can be managed and mitigated among pedestrian visitors, why can’t they be managed and mitigated among all visitors?”

Where there’s a will, there’s a way.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

By Daniel Greenstadt, who previously wrote an article for us about the Off-road Cycling Master Plan.[Read more…]

Opinion: Police chief and mayor’s handling of vehicular rampage sets a terrible precedent

Posted on August 31st, 2020 at 11:27 am.

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Opinion: Making space for the protests and the issues behind them

Posted on July 23rd, 2020 at 6:33 pm.

At last night’s protest this man shared his story about his grandparents living in Vanport (which he said was “just like Katrina”), growing up in now-gentrified northeast Portland, and how apartments near his old home rent for $2,000 a month.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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San Francisco bans cars on major downtown street: Now it’s Portland’s turn

Posted on October 17th, 2019 at 8:14 am.

(Story in San Francisco Chronicle.)

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If only we regulated parking everyday like Parking Day

Posted on October 3rd, 2019 at 11:38 am.

A parking spot that was into the Climate Strike spirit.
(Photos: Catie Gould)

Catie Gould is volunteer activist with Bike Loud PDX and a member of the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee.[Read more…]

Editorial: Accounting for our commitment to climate action

Posted on September 19th, 2019 at 10:50 am.

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Yesterday Portland released an update on local carbon emissions. The results are troubling. With demonstrations planned tomorrow as part of the Global Climate Strike, I anticipate City Hall will put out a statement supporting the event and use the occasion to reaffirm Portland’s “commitment to climate change”.

But just how committed are we? I’d say not very if you look at how little priority we’ve given to tracking our progress thus far.
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Friday Opinion: Too many cars, not enough leadership

Posted on August 23rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm.

Downtown needs more freedom to move, not more free parking for cars.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As this week’s cover story in the Willamette Week makes clear, we aren’t doing enough to make our streets safe for everyone. On Wednesday we had the 36th fatality on Portland roads, two more than all of 2018.

While those who work at PBOT and City Hall struggle to make progress on Vision Zero goals, they might want to take a look out their office windows. There are simply too many cars and too many people who use them irresponsibly. [Read more…]