Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is ready to focus on cycling

Posted on February 12th, 2020 at 11:10 am.

“As our population booms and we have smaller and smaller right-of-way to share, biking really needs to have a lot more direct focus from the Commissioner.”
— Jamey Duhamel, policy director for Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Duhamel at Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting last night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A big thing happened at last night’s Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting: A current City Commissioner (via a staff person) expressed a direct interest in bicycling and said they want to make it a bigger part of their portfolio.[Read more…]

Chris Smith: Why I’m running for Metro District 5

Posted on February 6th, 2020 at 12:53 pm.

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Rest in peace, Commissioner Fish

Posted on January 10th, 2020 at 9:40 am.

Commissioner Fish at the opening of the Ventura Park Pump Track in July 2012. He was beaming at the sight of so many kids riding in the park.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Republican ‘hardcore cycling fan’ Jason Atkinson will run for U.S Congress

Posted on November 14th, 2019 at 11:19 am.

Bike photos from 2009 by J. Maus/BikePortland. Middle photo via Atkinson for Congress campaign.

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Big transportation ideas highlight Portland mayoral candidate’s ‘Green New Deal’ plan

Posted on October 2nd, 2019 at 10:46 am.

Iannarone campaigned on the Hawthorne Bridge during the recent Climate Strike march.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone is no stranger to bold ideas. She spent years working at Portland State University leading educational tours for visiting leaders that focused on our city’s legacy of transformative urban planning decisions.

Now, as Iannarone campaigns to unseat Mayor Ted Wheeler, she’s unveiled a “Climate Justice” policy plan that would be transformative in its own right. Iannarone’s “Green New Deal” plan (PDF) comes out just two weeks after a City of Portland report found that carbon emissions from the transportation sector are “increasing dramatically.” [Read more…]

Interview with Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty: Vision Zero, enforcement, distracted walkers, and more

Posted on July 11th, 2019 at 8:31 am.

Commissioner Hardesty at city council yesterday.

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty made headlines last month when she said distracted walkers are a “huge issue” and voted “no” on what was expected to be a non-controversial update to Portland’s Vision Zero program. Her vote and comments raised the ire of the commissioner in charge of that program, Chloe Eudaly.

Eudaly called Hardesty’s views, “Virtually unfounded” and said Hardesty must not have been briefed on the topic properly.

Nearly three weeks after that exchange, I spoke with Hardesty and asked about her views on Vision Zero, traffic enforcement, distracted walkers, and more.

Commissioner Hardesty wanted to set things straight from the outset. “I share the values of making our streets safe for everyone,” she said. “If I left you with the impression that that was not my goal I don’t want you to have that impression.”
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Transportation reformer Sarah Iannarone announces bid for Portland mayor

Posted on July 9th, 2019 at 10:39 am.

Sarah Iannarone made it official today: She wants to be mayor of Portland.
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Oregon passes version of “Idaho Stop” law that allows bike riders to treat stop signs as yields

Posted on June 25th, 2019 at 4:37 pm.

Closer than expected.

The Oregon House of Representatives passed Senate Bill 998 today by a vote of 31 to 28. From here the bill will go to Governor Kate Brown’s desk for signing.

This is a huge victory for bike advocates who have worked for years to get this legislation through. Once it becomes law, every bicycle rider in Oregon will be able to legally treat every stop sign and flashing red signal as a yield sign. That is, you will no longer have to come to a complete stop at every frickin’ stop sign!

Here’s the official summary of the bill (PDF below):

Permits person operating bicycle to enter intersection controlled by specified traffic control devices without stopping. Permits person operating bicycle to turn without stopping at intersection with specified traffic control devices. Creates offense of improper entry into intersection where traffic is controlled by stop sign. Punishes by maximum fine of $250. Creates offense of improper entry into intersection where traffic is controlled by flashing red signal. Punishes by maximum fine of $250.

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Big weekend push helps Oregon’s ‘Idaho Stop’ bill pass final committee

Posted on June 24th, 2019 at 2:45 pm.

“Hey, did you hear we might not have to stop at these anymore?”.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s attempt to decriminalize rolling stops for bicycle riders took a giant leap forward today when it was voted out of the House Rules Committee 5 to 2.

At Senate Bill 998‘s first House hearing on Thursday, committee members voiced several concerns with the idea of allow bicycle riders to treat stop signs and flashing red signals as yields. One member noticed there were only three pieces of testimony in the official record. So on Friday we put out a call to get more people to email the committee.

By today’s meeting there were 183 emails filed on the State legislative website — the vast majority of which were in strong support of the bill.[Read more…]

Stops-as-yields bill up for possible vote in House committee

Posted on June 19th, 2019 at 2:52 pm.

We might have to remove this marking.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Senate Bill 998 — Oregon’s version of the “Idaho Stop” law that would allow bicycle riders to treat stop signs and flashing red signals like yields — has finally made it to the House.

Since our report on this bill last week, the bill passed the full Oregon Senate yesterday by a vote of 21 to 8. It was then referred to the House Rules Committee where it will receive a public hearing and possible vote tomorrow (6/20).

The House Rules Committee has seven members. Among them are Portland-area Democrats Barbara Smith-Warner (District 45), Rob Nosse (District 42), and Vice-Chair Jennifer Williamson (District 36).
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