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Press release: Coalition prepares to testify against freeway expansion at City Council

Posted on September 7th, 2017 at 9:40 am.

Here’s the latest on the rally and walk to City Hall by the No More Freeway Expansions coalition today (9/7):

Media Contact: Aaron Brown
nomorefreewayspdx@gmail.com

Coalition Prepares to Testify Against Freeway Expansion at City Council, citing Induced Demand, Climate Disruption, Traffic Safety

September 7, 2017 – A coalition of public health experts, small business owners, transportation advocates and environmentalists plan to deliver testimony in opposition to the proposed Rose Quarter Freeway Expansion on Thursday. 26 organizations and 375 Portlanders have signed on to a letter originally delivered to Portland’s City Council last Wednesday, August 31st in advance of the September 7th City Council hearing to discuss the Central City Plan.

“No More Freeway Expansions” is asking the City of Portland to remove widening of the Rose Quarter Freeway from the Transportation System Plan update included in the Central City Plan due to the project’s ineffectiveness at solving traffic congestion, the impacts to local air quality of additional freeway lanes near a middle school and an elementary school, the project’s expected increased carbon emissions, and the necessity to address traffic safety by investing in dangerous arterials out in East Portland. The coalition encourages the city to study congestion pricing to address the gridlock motorists face on Interstate 5 and to work with the region and state to channel this funding towards desperately needed investments in transit, biking and walking.
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Bicycle rider dies in collision with auto user in Oakridge Sunday night

Posted on August 14th, 2017 at 10:58 am.

Oregon State Police are looking into a fatal collision last night in downtown Oakridge (east of Eugene) that involved a man riding a bicycle and a man driving a car. The bicycle rider has died. Statement from OSP below:

(Photo: OSP)

OSP INVESTIGATING FATAL CRASH INVOLVING VEHICLE VERSUS BICYCLIST – LANE COUNTY (PHOTO)

News Release from Oregon State Police
Posted on FlashAlert: August 14th, 2017 10:30 AM
Downloadable file: Photo
Oregon State Police (OSP) Troopers and emergency personnel responded to the report of a passenger car versus bicycle collision on State Route 58, at milepost 34 in Oakridge.

On August 13, 2017, at about 9:38 p.m., a black 1984 Pontiac Fiero, operated by Stephen Bradley HERRICK, age 57, of Westfir, was traveling eastbound on State Route 58 at milepost 34, when a male bicyclist crossed the roadway in a southbound direction and in the path of the Fiero. The bicyclist sustained major injuries and was transported to River Bend Hospital by Oakridge Fire and EMS. He was pronounced deceased shortly after arrival.

One of the eastbound lanes of the highway was blocked for approximately four hours while the on-scene investigation was being conducted.

Preliminary information indicates that the bicyclist was not wearing a helmet and the bicycle did not have any lighting.

Efforts are still ongoing to notify next of kin of the deceased. The Oregon State Police is the lead investigating agency and is being assisted by Oakridge Fire and EMS, Oakridge Police Department and the Oregon Department of Transportation. This in an ongoing investigation and more information will be released when it becomes available.

August 2017 PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting agenda

Posted on August 2nd, 2017 at 12:41 pm.

BAC meetings are held second Tuesday of every month from 6-8 pm in the Lovejoy Room of City Hall (2nd Floor). More details on the BP Calendar listing.

Introductions/Announcements

Smart Autonomous Vehicle Initiative (SAVI)
Autonomous vehicles are coming faster than many people are aware. Ann Shikany and Peter Hurley from PBOT will present PBOT’s and the City’s efforts to “do AV smart by working with transportation providers and the public to implement testing and piloting of this technology, while advancing public safety, protection of the environment and transportation access for everyone, regardless of income.”

Transportation System Plan Stage 3: Mode Split Targets
Portland Bureau of Transportation is proposing amendments to the Commute Trips Mode Share targets in the TSP. The proposed change will reduce the Commute target for bikes. The TSP will support the 25% vision from the Portland Bicycle Plan for the All Trips mode share. Peter Hurley and Judith Gray from PBOT Planning will discuss the analysis used to develop this proposal. A TSP Stage 3 Discussion Draft has been available since May; public comment officially ended on July 21. However, because this is the first opportunity to present this to the BAC, PBOT is extending the public comment period for the BAC to Aug 11.

Legislative Changes affecting Transportation in Portland
Four bills passed by the Oregon Legislature this year will have profound effect on Portland. House Bills 2017 (Funding), 2409 (Speeding enforcement), 2682 (Local speed limits) and 2597 (Distracted driving) all have significant upsides for transportation funding and safety operations in Portland. PBOT staff will describe the impact these new laws will have for Portland and Oregon.

Committee Business

Adjourn

Multnomah County Planning Commission seeks new members

Posted on August 1st, 2017 at 11:12 am.

Aug. 1, 2017

Contact: Adam Barber, Multnomah County Senior Planner, 503-988-0168, adam.t.barber@multco.us

Multnomah County Planning Commission seeks new members

Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division is looking for two residents who live in Multnomah County to serve as volunteer members on the county’s Planning Commission.

The Multnomah County Planning Commission addresses rural land use planning issues to meet state planning requirements and policies set forth by Multnomah County’s Board of County Commissioners that apply to the county’s rural areas.

The Planning Commission typically makes recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners for adoption, revision or repeal of components of the Comprehensive Framework Plan, zoning code and other regulatory ordinances intended to carry out the plan as adopted by the board.

The Planning Commission typically meets on the first Monday of every month (except for holidays and the months of July and January) starting at 6:30 p.m. Most meetings take place at the Multnomah Building, 501 S.E. Hawthorne Blvd., Portland. The commission consists of nine members who serve four-year terms and are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners.

Applications are due by close of business on Tuesday, Aug. 22. An online application is located here or may be requested via U.S. mail by calling 503-988-0168 or emailing adam.t.barber@multco.us. Applications may be submitted online or by mail.

For more information, please visit the Planning Commission’s webpage or Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning website.

ODOT STIP process begins – Learn more here

Posted on July 27th, 2017 at 12:07 pm.

Press release below from ODOT:

Ready, set, go! The 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program cycle begins

Ready or not, the process for distributing money to transportation projects in the 2021-2024 Statewide Transportation Improvement Program begins now. Because projects in the STIP are funded with taxpayer dollars, we are making every effort to get input from Oregonians about how we spend these funds.

To accomplish this, we created a website to share information. Check it out at oregon.gov/ODOT/STIP.

On the website you can:

Take a survey to provide input on funding priorities.
— Sign up for our STIP email list to get regular updates.
— Watch a new video to learn STIP fundamentals.
— Keep current by viewing videos and materials from the Oregon Transportation Commission meetings and read monthly STIP updates.

We want your feedback on how to spend the money so we are providing opportunities to weigh in at key points in the process. Get involved early in the STIP process and stay involved to make a difference in the future of our transportation system!

State bike/walk advisory committee seeks two new members

Posted on July 13th, 2017 at 11:05 am.

With a new transportation bill in the books, this is an important time to get engaged and influence where the money goes.

Check out the press release below for info on two openings on the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (or OBPAC as the wonks say):

SALEM – The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee is seeking two new members: one local government/land use planning member and one at-large member. The eight-member volunteer committee, appointed by the governor, acts as a liaison between the public and ODOT. It advises ODOT in the regulation of bicycle and pedestrian traffic and the establishment of bikeways and walkways. Members serve four-year terms.

The committee was first formed by Oregon Statute 366.112, a bill passed in the 1973 Oregon Legislature. In 1995, the Oregon Transportation Commission officially recognized the committee’s additional role in pedestrian issues, and the group became the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee, or OBPAC.

Throughout the year, the committee gathers input from residents, officials and ODOT staff as it considers bicycle and pedestrian transportation-related issues. The committee meets up to six times per year, with several of those meetings in locations outside of the Salem area; travel expenses are reimbursed. Upcoming work items include input on the new Safe Routes to School program, ODOT’s Active Transportation Section, and the department’s multimodal policies. Interest forms are available online.

For questions about the appointment process, contact Judge Kemp, Boards & Commissions manager, 503-378-2317.
For questions about the committee, contact Sheila Lyons, ODOT Bicycle & Pedestrian Program manager, 503-986-3555, sheila.a.lyons@odot.state.or.us.

PBOT needs Sunday Parkways volunteers this weekend

Posted on June 23rd, 2017 at 12:26 pm.

Please consider lending a hand! See the alert below for the details…

You gave us 10 years of Sunday Parkways For it’s 10 birthday, we need your help again!

We need your help to bring Portland another 10 years of sunny open streets starting this weekend: we simply do not have enough volunteers for North Sunday Parkways.
Sign up to join us for a few hours this weekend in North Portland, and then tell the world why it matters so much to you that you’d give your time to help make it happen. Forward this newsletter, share our Facebook posts, spread the word on Nextdoor, call your family and friends. The forecast for Sunday is calling for temperatures in the high 90’s, making it harder for some of our regular volunteers to sign up for a shift and leading some others to withdraw– Sunday Parkways needs your help now more than ever before.

Today, we need you to show your support by doing two things:

1) Sign up right now to volunteer for a shift this Sunday as an Intersection or Mobile Superhero.

2) Commit to helping us create the next “generation” of Sunday Parkways volunteers. How? Share the registration link, and persuade a friend to sign up for a shift themselves. You can also find the volunteers of the future among your family members, co-workers, and social networks. You can find them at your neighborhood associations, walks in the park, book clubs, and at Sunday Parkways itself. Invite them to see Sunday Parkways for themselves if they’ve never been, and if they’re regular attendees, ask them to lend their support by volunteering their time.

Thank you, for all that you do. See you on Sunday!

(we’ll bring the sunscreen and the popsicles)

Click here to volunteer.

Three winners announced for annual Mark Bosworth Cycle Oregon Scholarship

Posted on May 1st, 2017 at 4:35 pm.

2017 winners are (L to R): Kendall Bartley, Lisa Anderson, and Margaret Stanny.
(Photos courtesy Mark Bosworth Scholarship Fund)

Mark Bosworth was an employee of Metro and Cycle Oregon volunteer who went missing from the event in September 2011. He has never been found.

His family established a scholarship fund to provide entry fees to people for the Cycle Oregon Classic ride that Mark loved so much. Below are this year’s winners.
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Multnomah County seeks new members for bike/walk advisory committee

Posted on April 28th, 2017 at 8:11 am.

Members sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2017.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:
– Major collector and arterial roads in the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village
– Roads in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including the West Hills, Sauvie Island, and areas east and west of the Sandy River
– Five Willamette River bridges in the City of Portland (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood)

Individuals who are interested in transportation issues affecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled are encouraged to apply. The committee advises the county’s Transportation Division on matters that involve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, including project review and budget recommendations.

The committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than Wednesday, May 24, 2017. Applications are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

350 volunteers still needed for Sunday Parkways

Posted on April 25th, 2017 at 8:33 am.

Sunday Parkways season is less than one month away (first event is in southeast May 21st)! But to make the fun happen, the City of Portland needs a lot of volunteers to help pull it off. Check their notice below to find ways to plug in and do your part. See you out there!

Portland Sunday Parkways needs your help again this year to open up our public streets, introduce folks young and old to the wonders of car-free afternoons, and show our neighbors how resilient, interconnected and caring communities can light up all of our lives. We need ~350 bike fun enthusiasts like you at each event to help more than 25,000 participants have the best ride ever— whether it’s their thousandth, tenth, or even their very first. Sign up to volunteer for another Shift (on wheels, feets, hands, chairs, wings– anything you like as long as it’s human-powered) at our first event of the year on May 21st in (Inner) Southeast Portland!
Sign up here to volunteer.

Here’s how we need your help…
-Mobile Superheroes to ride the route, keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and backing up the Intersection Superheroes
-Intersection Superheroes to monitor the barricades, making sure participants are safe from cars and neighbors are happy to host us
-Info Booth Ambassadors to help all our participants get the most out of Sunday Parkways
-Interested in helping another way? Come down to the office! We’re hosting two more fundraising nights this week to keep Sunday Parkways happy and healthy, join us! We need help in between events too— schedule some time to help out behind the scenes.

…and here’s (just a few of the ways) we can show our appreciation!
Every Sunday Parkways volunteer receives:
– a HEATHER PURPLE Sunday Parkways event t-shirt
– refreshments before and during your shift
– support before, during and after the event
– a 2017 Sunday Parkways bandanna – any three shifts across the season and it’s all yours

Sign up here: PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Thanks again folks! See you in Southeast Portland!