In local, regional, and statewide offices, Portland voters made it clear last night they want strong leaders with new ideas and different approaches to solving our problems. And it just so happens many of them are women. [Read more…]
I’m Tony Jordan and I support Jo Ann Hardesty for Portland City Council Position 3.
I’ve been active in the housing and transportation political scene for many years and I think Jo Ann has the integrity, resolve, and lived experience to help Portland earn its celebrated position at the vanguard of progressive and sustainable cities. [Read more…]
Mayor Ted Wheeler supports an ODOT megaproject that invests hundreds of million of dollars in more of this. (Photos: Jonathan Maus)
When it comes to transportation, recent statements from Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler paint a confusing picture of the future.
On one hand, Wheeler seems to understand the urgency of climate change. On the other hand, he supports the I-5 Rose Quarter project that adds lanes to a freeway to improve driving conditions in our central city.
On one hand, he understands that the future of transportation is in flux. On the other hand, he supports single-occupancy vehicle use — a form of urban transportation whose time has long since passed.
Confused or simply wrong, Wheeler — someone who is ostensibly a progressive — is on the wrong side of this issue. [Read more…]
Former Commissioner Steve Novick at a 2016 event and Andrea Valderrama at a candidate forum earlier this month. (Photos: Jonathan Maus)
Steve Novick was a Portland City Commissioner from 2013 to 2017.
After having the pleasure of having her serve on my staff for nearly four years as city commissioner, today I’m writing to the readers of BikePortland.org to explain my support and endorsement for Andrea Valderrama for the Portland City Council race. Quite simply, my experience of working with her has left me convinced she is the candidate you should vote for if you’re interested in improvements to the safety and livability of our streets, our region’s ongoing housing crisis, and how these issues relate to climate change, public health and equity.[Read more…]
Finn on his bike in 2008 and at Commissioner Saltzman’s side in 2010. (Photos: J. Maus)
Portland Commissioner Dan Saltzman’s chief of staff has been hired by Oregon Governor Kate Brown. Brendan Finn, who’s worked with Saltzman since 1999, will be Brown’s new transportation policy advisor. [Read more…]
Last night proved that while transportation might not be a top issue in Portland politics these days, it still brings out the largest crowds.
There was barely even standing room at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall last night for the City Council Candidate Forum on Transportation — an event co-hosted by Young Professionals in Transportation, Community Cycling Center, The Street Trust, Oregon Walks, and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. The crowd impressed Commissioner Nick Fish, who said in his opening remarks: “This is the largest turnout we’ve had for an event.” [Read more…]
Tonight is when many of us will hear what a new crop of Portland City candidates think about transportation for the very first time.
Before we all head over to the Forum on Transportation co-hosted by Community Cycling Center, OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon, Oregon Walks, The Street Trust, and YPT Portland (Young Professionals in Transportation), I wanted to at least give you a hint of where each candidate is coming from. [Read more…]
Members of the Joint Transportation Committee who voted in favor of an expansion to Oregon’s bike tax.
Without a single word of debate, the nine members of the Joint Committee on Transportation voted in favor of an expansion of Oregon’s bike tax that will result in it covering more children’s bicycles. (UPDATE: As of Saturday, March 3rd the full Oregon House and Senate passed the bill with a total vote margin of 70-10. The bill now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.)
This boys BMX bike is currently exempt from the tax. Lawmakers want to change that. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)
The Oregon Legislature is considering dozens of changes to the major transportation bill they passed last year. Among them are two substantive changes to the $15 bike tax.
The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) thinks the existing tax is too complicated and they want to make sure it captures as many bicycles as possible.
In a nutshell, if House Bill 4059 is signed by Governor Brown, the tax will apply to more bicycles than before. The proposal has caught the ire of national bike industry leaders who have written a letter to lawmakers opposing the idea. [Read more…]