Interview: PBOT Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty on the Hawthorne decision, traffic enforcement, and a whole lot more

By on February 19th, 2021 at 11:38 am

(Photo: City of Portand)

I spoke to Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty on the phone last Friday. We covered a lot of ground. The interview below has been slightly edited for clarity and brevity.[Read more…]

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Earmarks are coming back and Oregon is positioned to get them says Rep. Blumenauer

By on February 18th, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Blumenauer at this morning’s JPACT meeting (lower right).

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer dropped into a meeting of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) Thursday morning to share an overview of what to expect from the Biden Administration.[Read more…]

Apple Maps cycling directions now available for Portland

By on February 18th, 2021 at 2:40 pm

NoPo to downtown results.

If you use Apple devices and rely on a bicycle to get around Portland, we’ve got some good news. Apple Maps has just expanded its cycling directions feature to our wonderful city.
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PBOT Pedestrian Advisory Committee member steps down, cites city’s lack of progress

By on February 18th, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Evelyn Amara Ferreira

A member of the Portland Bureau of Transportation Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) has decided to resign from the committee for what she says is the agency’s, “inability to respond swiftly and proactively to the crises we are facing, the lack of creative thinking and solutions, and reasons why we need to see more action from the agency.”

Evelyn Amara Ferreira, a walking and sustainability advocate who’s also CEO and founder Earthen Exchange, has served three years of her four-year term on the PAC. In a letter sent Tuesday to other members of the committee (read it below), Amara Ferreira said, “This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I’m finding it difficult to be an active participant on the committee and bring my full and generally optimistic self to the table.”

The move comes one week after members of the PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee excoriated the agency for its handling of a recent project where BAC members did not feel respectfully engaged in the decision-making process. [Read more…]

Regional disaster response effort will include ‘Bike Emergency Transportation Routes’

By on February 18th, 2021 at 11:47 am

Emergency response vehicle.


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Portland-based ‘Broken & Coastal’ magazine releases 6th issue

By on February 17th, 2021 at 12:49 pm

Sample spreads from Broken & Coastal Volume 06.

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When traffic violence hits home

By on February 17th, 2021 at 10:16 am

The Maus family mini-van and the aftermath of Tuesday’s crash on the Marquam Bridge.

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Oregon Walks ED Ashton Simpson on Hawthorne, ‘aggressive’ bike culture, and more

By on February 16th, 2021 at 4:23 pm

Oregon Walks Executive Director Ashton Simpson.

Ashton Simpson took over as leader of the nonprofit Oregon Walks back in January. Before that, the Russell neighborhood resident and active volunteer for transportation issues ran for statewide office.

I reached out to him last week to get his perspective on the debate around the Hawthorne Boulevard paving project. Our chat went longer than expected.

Below is a slightly edited version of our conversation:

Any thoughts on the Hawthorne decision?

“I wasn’t involved in it at all. Outside of what was released yesterday [Tuesday, February 9th], I didn’t even know that project was happening. I’m still trying to get wrap my head around the organization and all the things that go along with it. But I did talk to someone on our Plans and Projects Committee and her and I both agree that what they proposed now is better than what is out there today. Granted, it was a big loss for a bike lane on that road, especially for those who live in that community. I wish that could have been added on. But at the same time, we had limited space requirements and they’re trying to fit a lot of stuff in there. [Read more…]

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Our wild winter weekend

By on February 16th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

On the main deck of the Broadway Bridge as the sun finally peaked out Monday morning.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Truth about EVs, rolling stops in VA, e-bike subscriptions, and more

By on February 16th, 2021 at 9:39 am

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‘Courier Challenge’ brings messengers together to test package delivery skills

By on February 12th, 2021 at 9:00 am

Event organizer Jeff Morris (maroon shirt) goes over the ground rules prior to start.
(Photos: Ramon Antonio/Still Pour)

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Council passes $5.1 million for Red Electric, Better Naito projects

By on February 11th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

Breaking ground oh so soon.

On Wednesday, Portland City Council voted to allow construction to begin on Better Naito Forever and the Red Electric Trail Bridge — a total of $5.1 million in projects that include physically protected cycling space. But it didn’t happen before one last bit of drama.[Read more…]

Senator behind push for Bike Bill spending boost offers dose of reality

By on February 11th, 2021 at 3:16 pm

Riders on the I-205 path, built with State Highway Fund dollars.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Eugene-area Senator Floyd Prozanski will play a big role in whether or not a major effort to boost bicycle spending in Oregon will get the green light. [Read more…]

If snow comes, let’s keep our cool and keep riding

By on February 11th, 2021 at 11:03 am

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Call for projects: Turn your vision into reality with Better Block PSU

By on February 11th, 2021 at 10:01 am

The robust bike lane and plaza on 3rd and Burnside started as a Better Block project.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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New striping helps direct Springwater path traffic

By on February 10th, 2021 at 3:20 pm

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PBOT staff face Bicycle Advisory Committee hours after saying ‘no’ to bike lanes on Hawthorne

By on February 10th, 2021 at 12:23 pm

Looking east on Hawthorne near 35th.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee was supposed to discuss which type of bike lanes would work best on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard at their monthly meeting Tuesday night. Instead of an optimistic strategy session that might have ended with a letter from the group with a bike lane recommendation, the discussion was punctuated by frustration and anger as news sunk in that there would be no bike lanes on Hawthorne at all. [Read more…]

Backed by business and advocacy coalition, Blumenauer introduces ‘E-BIKE Act’

By on February 10th, 2021 at 9:52 am

Customers eye Gazelle models at The E-Bike Store in north Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland commissioner cites ‘vehicular violence’ in response to spate of crashes

By on February 9th, 2021 at 4:39 pm

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A closer look at how PBOT will reconfigure Hawthorne Blvd

By on February 9th, 2021 at 3:41 pm

(From SE Hawthorne Pave and Paint Decision Report – PBOT)[Read more…]