Portland Transportation History

Portland Transportation History

Newspaper archives, research from historians, generational trends — we love looking back as much as looking forward. Scroll down for stories that help put our current transportation policies and projects into perspective.


In 1934, The Oregonian’s ‘Let’s Quit Killing’ campaign declared a war on traffic deaths

by on April 17th, 2015 at 8:55 am

As Clinton Street’s bikeway turns 30, locals plan a celebration

by on March 16th, 2015 at 3:04 pm

130 years of Portland’s transportation history in one chart

by on February 3rd, 2015 at 11:27 am

From the Portland city archives: A tall bike on Union Avenue in 1980

by on August 12th, 2014 at 8:22 am

Sam Oakland, leader of the ‘Shift of the 1970s,’ dies at 80

by on April 1st, 2014 at 9:55 am

From The Oregonian, Jan. 1, 1895: ‘Reign of the wheel’

by on January 2nd, 2014 at 8:25 am

What caused Portland’s biking boom?

by on July 2nd, 2013 at 3:57 pm

1967 National Road Championships were ‘Portland’s Finest Hour’

by on May 24th, 2013 at 3:20 pm

Bicycle license tax, separated bikeways in Oregon’s 1901 ‘Bicycle Path Bill’

by on August 28th, 2012 at 1:37 pm

State of Oregon plans ‘Governor’s Ride’ to mark historic event

by on January 25th, 2012 at 1:33 pm