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Bike Loud PDX General Meeting
September 16 at 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
ZOOM ROOM link –> https://zoom.us/j/2150238490?pwd=eWJNQmNuN1BVU2lXWU8zamdHT2p6dz09
***A special invitation for BikePortlanders from Kiel Johnson:
On my coat rack by the door I have my face mask for covid, my gas mask I use during protests, and now my N95 mask for wildfires. It really feels like the world is testing Portland right now and to make everything worse we are severely limited to gather as a community to share what is going on. All these systematic problems involve us thinking as a community and we can’t even shake hands. I don’t think anyone would say they are thriving right now and that is okay. I would like to extend an invitation to the entire bikeportland community to join us together tonight during the Bikeloud general zoom gathering.
Urban planner Quincy Brown will join us to talk about bike lanes and racial justice. My long time friend Frank Aguirre will join us to bring his perspective as the director of La Paz Mexico’s local bike advocacy group. You might remember La Paz from when Jonathan posted about their cycle track ad few months ago. Frank also ran for congress as an independent which is a dangerous thing to do in Mexico. Michael Schneider, founder of Streets for All in Los Angeles will also share what happened with the Melrose uplift project. Lastly the Portland Bureau of Transportation will give us their pitch about the Hawthorne repaving project and answer questions.
We are going to open the meeting at 5:45pm for people to just check in with one another and after all the presenters are done we will keep the room open for people to grab a beer and chat with one another. A lot has changed in the last few months and it is easy for anyone to feel not part of a community during these isolating times. But if you are reading this you are part of a very important community.
I can’t imagine my life in Portland without the biking community. Together we have thought about and engaged in a lot of difficult issues. You are all some of the smartest most caring people I have met. Someday we will all get to go on a big bike ride together and reminisce about the time we had the worst air quality in the world for a week and our President sent in federal offices to pull protesters off the street in unmarked vans. Until that happens, join us tonight online and share your thoughts about how bicycles can contribute to making the world a better place.
5:45 | Early call in to chat about how you are doing
6:00 | Introductions
Guests Frank Aguirre from Bicicletas in La Paz Baja Mexico
Guest Michael Schnieder from Streets for All in Los Angeles
6:15 | Hawthorne Paint & Pave | Maggie Derek, PBOT
PBOT will be presenting the latest Evaluations Report with Q&A. Full report & public survey on the project website: https://www.portland.gov/transportation/planning/se-hawthorne-pave-and-paint
7:15 | 2020 Bike Plan update | Catie Gould
7:30 | Adjourn