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  1. Comment by Aaron Brown March 22, 2018 @ 3:30 pm | Link

    You're absolutely right I'm responding to politics. I'm suggesting our political systems shouldn't be standing in the way of the investment paradigm shifts that are necessary if we're going to hit our carbon, traffic safety, air quality, congestion and public health goals. If our current political system can't solve us from destruction, well, maybe we need reform of our current political system; better lines of democratic engagement so that the needs of the the electorate are better heard and enacted by their leaders.

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  2. Comment by Go By Bike March 22, 2018 @ 3:28 pm | Link

    Someday I hope the people in charge of overseeing our transportation future are as articulate and thoughtful as an advocate under the age of 30.

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  3. Comment by Kittens March 22, 2018 @ 3:23 pm | Link

    Also, Aaron, I would say what you are responding to is politics. Like it or not, it's a game of give and take. You have to make trades and deals to get things done unless you are a obstructionist know-nothing republican, in which case, you want nothing to get done when you cant get your way 100% of the time. I wish it was not so.

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  4. Comment by Aaron Brown March 22, 2018 @ 3:20 pm | Link

    "a ton?" My understanding is that it was nearly 80% not freeways, and it's worth remembering that their voting district included a much larger, auto-dependent area and population, *and* that it passed with 70%.

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  5. Comment by Kittens March 22, 2018 @ 3:18 pm | Link

    TriMet is stuck in a death spiral serving mostly non-choice riders, which is to say, people with limited transportation options. The more the system is designed to meet their very real needs, the less it responds to those who have other options. But because fewer choice-riders see any "benefit" from the system, they will systematically defund the system or at least halt major initiatives to expand the system (See: PMLR and the SW Corridor).

    All you have to do is ride around a little bit and you will see how sad it has become. Where once planters and benches sat, now security cameras, fences and litter. Where order and cleanliness were once the hallmark of MAX, now mental illness, disruptive behavior and biohazards. These are just a couple of examples. TriMet bus has not seen such a dramatic diminution in quality but is more a case of the equipment not evolving fast enough and congestion. Buses today are largely the same as 30 years ago. Imagine if you were still driving a 1985-era Buick LeSabre. We need a focused and concerted effort to innovate and build better transit busses from the federal level. Right now there is no competition for better equipment.

    Everything has been negatively effected by the yawning chasm between rich an poor and this is not surprisingly mirrored in public services like transit. I fear what the future will bring.

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  6. Comment by GlowBoy March 22, 2018 @ 3:13 pm | Link

    Why does Oregon need to widen the freeways in the Portland Metro? If faster transport of commercial goods is the goal, then maybe we should discourage individuals from clogging up the freeways with their cars, both by implementing congestion pricing and by improving transit and other alternatives.

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  7. Comment by bikeninja March 22, 2018 @ 3:07 pm | Link

    It makes me sad to think that this will probably only get worse. As time goes on fewer and fewer people will be able to afford the automobile lifestyle and will end up on foot while those still clinging to their petro buggies will become more desperate and frenzied to do whatever it takes to hold on to motoring privilege, racing about town at all hours chasing that last buck. At the same time our civic authorities seem petrified with inaction, unable to improve enforcement or infrastructure for a host of reasons. It will probably only get better as happy motoring slides down the slope of depletion and entropy to a well deserved end.

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  8. Comment by Tom March 22, 2018 @ 3:00 pm | Link

    "Foundation" my ass.

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  9. Comment by Dan A March 22, 2018 @ 2:47 pm | Link

    At first I thought I had traveled to an old page, like, "this can't be a new story, can it?" Sad.

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  10. Comment by Pete March 22, 2018 @ 1:59 pm | Link

    Driving safely is so easy even a robot can do it! Except when those pesky cyclists and pedestrians 'come out of nowhere', that is.

    I'm waiting for the first time an AV mistakes the gas for the brake and drives through a Plaid Pantry...

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  11. Comment by Allan Rudwick March 22, 2018 @ 1:58 pm | Link

    Doesn't Metro have the ability to take over TriMet? That would make TriMet's board elected at least.

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  12. Comment by MJS March 22, 2018 @ 1:47 pm | Link

    Measure M that Los Angeles passed included a ton of proposed freeway expansions and part of a new freeway, so it was not exclusively transit oriented:

    The San Diego bill had majority support with 57% approval but it failed the two-thirds supermajority required in California for tax increases. The opposition included pro-transit groups who said the bill didn't go far enough and anti-tax groups who wanted more funds for freeways and less for transit.

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  13. Comment by jim March 22, 2018 @ 1:46 pm | Link

    Oh, I see the meet out in Lents/Mt Scott.

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  14. Comment by jim March 22, 2018 @ 1:41 pm | Link

    Great to see Brentwood-Darlington so many times in the listings. Get those signs from Lane school! But for La Doyenne, I don't think SE Knapp ever meets Flavel St or Dr. Could we get more detail on the start point?

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  15. Comment by Shoupian March 22, 2018 @ 1:37 pm | Link

    This is perhaps the most intelligent, inspiring, and thoughtful critique on the institutional and political barriers that stand in the way of achieving a more equitable and accessible transportation system.

    Thank you Aaron for sharing your thoughts with us. I hope every transportation planner and engineer who reads this will reflect on what the goal of their profession/agency is and how their action/inaction perpetuates the legacy of racial and class injustice created by the same agencies and institutions that employ them. There is a myopic focus on building the next project or adopting the next plan and plagues the practitioners in the planning field. I think your article should prompt us to critically examine if what we are doing is enough to get us to the future vision we have for our city. If not, then we need to do something to change the status quo.

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  16. Comment by Joe Fortino March 22, 2018 @ 1:18 pm | Link

    great bike family and super happy to be able to ride with them all.

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  17. Comment by Steve B. March 22, 2018 @ 12:35 pm | Link

    Streetcar is a City of Portland joint, not Trimet.

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  18. Comment by wsbob March 22, 2018 @ 12:31 pm | Link

    Seeking the addition of more natural land within Portland city limits, dedicated to be used for mountain biking is a great idea. Continuing to attempt to have the city's oldest natural land vehicle free park to be used for mountain biking is an idea that does not appear to be supported by Portland residents other than the relatively small percentage of city residents that are mountain biking enthusiasts.

    The example of a family going out with their bikes to leisurely, slowly ride dirt trail in a natural land setting, is a positive example. That's a type of off-road bike use that might work in a natural land park setting in which the major mode of travel is by foot. Of course, the family off-road biking example, is far from realistically representing the full range of types of mountain biking.

    It's on this point partly, but to significant degree, that use of natural land parks for mountain biking poses the potential for major negative consequences to the ability of natural land parks to offer a natural land vehicle free experience for people valuing that kind of experience: Which, it would seem most people in Portland still continue to prioritize, far over opportunities for mountain biking within city limits.

    Personally, as many people reading here may know, though I live in Beaverton, just a mere six or seven miles from both Forest Park and Portland, I think that Portland ought to continue to reach out to it's public to try determine just how much interest and support across the population and to what extent, there is for the provision of off road/mountain biking within city limits. Multnomah County, location of Portland, and Washington County, location of Beaverton, ought to be doing the same, considering how the population is increasing, bringing in more people, some of whom most likely would be interested in off road and mountain biking in addition to the single type exemplified by leisurely, slow riding.

    Reach out, acquire more natural land acreage, some to be used for mountain biking, before this land is lost forever to some type of residential, commercial or industrial development. Both Mult and Washington counties already have lost major amounts of natural land to such development.

    Bottom line though, is that while Portland and something approaching a majority of its residents may someday decide to use Forest Park for mountain biking, to do would be to negatively compromise the fundamental, exclusive purpose for which this particular park was created to serve people with, about a hundred years ago, and which a majority of the city's residents seem to definitely continue to support to this day.

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  19. Comment by Matti March 22, 2018 @ 12:22 pm | Link

    I agree with Granpa. Jonathan, while you and the riders may not have felt it was disrespectful, consider the people and that the memorial honors. Would riding on a cemetery memorial be respectful? It is a matter of ignorance, but that does not excuse the behavior. Just because we have technology that allows riding on almost any object, doesn't mean everything is fair game.

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  20. Comment by soren March 22, 2018 @ 12:17 pm | Link

    Why does it take 7-12 (or more) years to build cycling infrastructure when other road fixes can literally be implemented in weeks to months?

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  21. Comment by fred ihle March 22, 2018 @ 12:01 pm | Link

    I knew that it was broad brushstrokes analysis that did not actually enact or flag funds for specific projects (etc.) but did not realize that the outcome was getting so muddy (ha) and off-course from the charted purpose, sheesh. Mountain biking on single track in the woods away from cars will simply never legally happen in portland in my lifetime.

    Side tangent: I've always felt that gateway green will ultimately be counter-productive to getting things like bike trails in FP or Riverview legal -- am I wrong?

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  22. Comment by BradWagon March 22, 2018 @ 11:56 am | Link

    I rode my bike across the Mill Ave bridge and thus past this exact point a couple times on a trip to Scottsdale last spring. This area is a mess of highway, bridges crossing the river and streets winding down to the waterfront area. The only people I recall seeing walking in this area I would have judged to be homeless or at least very poor. I had to walk my bike down a set of stairs to get where I wanted once because it's such a maze and so hostile to anyone outside a vehicle.

    The Mill Ave Bridge feels like a freeway onramp leaving Tempe and once you cross Curry, where this happened, it essentially is. Due to the rock formations in this area it's the one spot in the Phoenix, Scottsdale, Tempe confluence where denser city planning and grid layout was not used.

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  23. Comment by Jessica Horning (ODOT) March 22, 2018 @ 11:36 am | Link

    We looked into adding a raised concrete center island there, but unfortunately when large trucks need to turn right from the freeway ramp onto Glisan they need to pull all the way out into that center lane in order to not run over the curb ramps and path with their trailers. (I could email you a picture of the turning template if you're really interested, but am not sure how to share a graphic in the comments section.) So anything you put in that center island area would need to be something that can get run over by a truck somewhat regularly (not a planter or curb stop). I can't really think of a separator product we have available right now that would stand up to that and wouldn't need to be replaced fairly regularly.

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  24. Comment by BradWagon March 22, 2018 @ 11:22 am | Link

    Also, should be added this doesn't appear to be analogous to Safe Routes to School at all. They are mostly focusing on just educating kids from a young age about safe driving in general, like a privately funded early age drivers ed. However, given that the kids won't be driving for a while (and really shouldn't be ever in a country like India) I'm still a bit skeptical about it's long term outcomes.

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  25. Comment by BradWagon March 22, 2018 @ 11:06 am | Link

    Why is Toyota donating money to teach children about road safety? Are kids the ones killing themselves with cars?... More victim blaming veiled in well meaning "education". No doubt it will focus primary on keeping children off the streets and out of the way of the vehicles they sell.

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