Opinion: A chance to seize our vision on Hawthorne

Posted on February 5th, 2021 at 12:30 pm.

There’s plenty of room, we are just using it the wrong way.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland has a rare opportunity to create space for cycling on a dense, commercial section of Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard. We cannot afford to miss it. [Read more…]

Opinion: Vehicular violence hits home again. We cannot ignore it again.

Posted on January 26th, 2021 at 11:39 am.

Memorial at Southeast 19 and Stark for victim hit and killed Monday.
(Photo: Sarah Mirk)

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Opinion: We want more progress on road safety, not more excuses

Posted on January 15th, 2021 at 3:40 pm.

Southeast Division near 130th.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The dangerous highway that claimed the life of Gene Courtney

Posted on December 8th, 2020 at 12:38 pm.

(Photos of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd/Hwy 99E by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

A critique of a police statement that blames victim of serious collision

Posted on December 2nd, 2020 at 2:25 pm.

Scene of the collision on NE 78th and 13th in Vancouver.
(Photo: Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

A man is in the hospital with serious injuries following a collision Tuesday night in Clark County. It happened while he was bicycling on a major street in Vancouver about six miles north of Portland.

Only 12 hours after it happened the Clark County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that is very troubling. Laced with unnecessary details and biased language based on premature analysis not rooted in law or relevant facts, the statement lays all the blame on the bicycle rider and exonerates the car driver. It’s not clear what exactly happened because the bicycle rider is likely still unable to act as a witness on his own behalf, but that didn’t stop the Sheriff’s Office from spreading a version of events that will set the public and media narrative in stone. [Read more…]

Opinion: ‘Non-Highway’ spending category needs a new name

Posted on December 1st, 2020 at 4:40 pm.

Three of ODOT’s four main funding categories. (The other one is Safety.)
(Source: ODOT)

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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…]