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Should we build it? Decision time nears for Oak Grove – Lake Oswego bridge project

By on October 8th, 2019 at 1:49 pm

One of the leading choices for the alignment of the bridge. (Graphic: Clackamas County)

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Family Biking: Intersections are scary, until you wiggle around them

By on October 8th, 2019 at 10:04 am

If my kids (sharrow, bike lane, bike box) still let me make them bike infrastructure costumes, they’d be intersections for Halloween.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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With key federal approval, Portland is ‘full steam ahead’ on bus lane project

By on October 7th, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Red bus lane in Seattle.
(Photo: Seattle DOT)

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The Monday Roundup: Oh DeFazio, right turn rescission, Zwift scandal, and more

By on October 7th, 2019 at 10:42 am

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Cyclocross Crusade opening weekend at Alpenrose Dairy (Photo Gallery)

By on October 7th, 2019 at 9:14 am

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New York City’s big bus breakthrough

By on October 4th, 2019 at 12:59 pm

No longer a dangerous traffic snarl.
(Photo: Streetsblog NYC)

Like their bold reclamation of Broadway Boulevard and Times Square Plaza a decade ago, the New York City Department of Transportation has once again changed the game.

They’ve pushed through serious opposition to create bus-only lanes on one of the busiest streets in Manhattan. Neighborhood groups filed a lawsuit to stop the project, claiming spillover traffic would choke nearby streets and the lack of auto access would doom the neighborhood. A court overruled those claims and allowed the project to go forward. Over a day in, the opposition’s fears have not come to pass (big surprise). The new service has been so successful that the Wall Street Journal reported bus drivers had to slow down to keep their schedules. [Read more…]

ODOT employee taken off Vision Zero Task Force following Twitter rant

By on October 4th, 2019 at 9:29 am

Tiana Tozer at a PBOT Vision Zero event on September 26th.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

A series of tweets last week by a State of Oregon employee has led to her removal from a City of Portland task force.

Following her participation in a Portland Bureau of Transportation Vision Zero event on September 26th, ODOT Region 1 Transportation Safety Coordinator Tiana Tozer turned to Twitter to respond to critics. Many people felt her responses — which included statements like, “Well listen up Stoopid… No matter how much we engineer our streets, some idiot, like you, will still find a way die on them” — were inappropriate, especially for a State of Oregon employee.[Read more…]

Hillsboro PD’s novel distracted driving sting nets 50 citations in three hours

By on October 4th, 2019 at 7:48 am

He’s not asking for spare change, he’s trying to change behavior (note the radio wire).
(Photo: Hillsboro PD)

Every city in America has a big problem when it comes to distracted driving. Most states have laws that outlaw it, but the challenge is enforcement.
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United Bicycle Institute is leaving Portland

By on October 3rd, 2019 at 12:24 pm

UBI is packing up.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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If only we regulated parking everyday like Parking Day

By on October 3rd, 2019 at 11:38 am

A parking spot that was into the Climate Strike spirit.
(Photos: Catie Gould)

Catie Gould is volunteer activist with Bike Loud PDX and a member of the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee.[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Crusade kickoff, trike fest, mural tour and more

By on October 3rd, 2019 at 8:12 am

Alpenrose last year. Looks like fun, right? Right?!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

What do you have planned for the weekend? Something on two wheels we hope. Or three, if you’re of the triking persuasion.

Check out our selection of events and have fun out there…

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Racing can continue (for now) at Alpenrose Dairy, despite sale

By on October 2nd, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Racers compete at Alpenrose Velodrome on land adjacent to the dairy that’s soon to be under new ownership.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend the 50 acres of land around Alpenrose Dairy in Portland’s southwest hills will be teeming with cyclocross racers and fans. The hills, kitschy village, and velodrome have provided a route for the kickoff event of the River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade for many years. This year a dark cloud has hung over Alpenrose as race organizers worried that a sale of the dairy would result in them being kicked out for good.
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How car parking makes new housing much more expensive

By on October 2nd, 2019 at 11:44 am

Townhomes at NE Couch and 53rd Avenue, currently selling for $729,000 each. But if parking isn’t needed, the most profitable project would be mixed-income condo buildings with average prices near $280,000.
(Photo: Michael Andersen/Sightline)

We’ve been on the car-housing beat for many years now, so when housing expert and Sightline reporter Michael Andersen says he’s never seen a more clear-cut example of how Portland can choose housing for people or housing for cars, I think it’s worth your attention.

Andersen just published a story about a policy in front of Portland City Council today that would reform “mid-density zones”. Among the details of the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Better Homes By Design proposal is one that Andersen finds “almost shocking its clarity.”

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Big transportation ideas highlight Portland mayoral candidate’s ‘Green New Deal’ plan

By on October 2nd, 2019 at 10:46 am

Iannarone campaigned on the Hawthorne Bridge during the recent Climate Strike march.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone is no stranger to bold ideas. She spent years working at Portland State University leading educational tours for visiting leaders that focused on our city’s legacy of transformative urban planning decisions.

Now, as Iannarone campaigns to unseat Mayor Ted Wheeler, she’s unveiled a “Climate Justice” policy plan that would be transformative in its own right. Iannarone’s “Green New Deal” plan (PDF) comes out just two weeks after a City of Portland report found that carbon emissions from the transportation sector are “increasing dramatically.” [Read more…]

As area grows, North Vancouver Ave gets more space for cycling

By on October 1st, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Note where the old lanes have been removed. New bike lane is now away from door-zone and commands more of the street space.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Medians, new bike crossings coming to NE Tillamook at 21st

By on October 1st, 2019 at 1:54 pm

(Conceptual renderings of NE Tillamook and 21st from City of Portland)

The City of Portland says they’re all set to start building a set of safety updates at a tricky, off-set intersection on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway.
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Family Biking: Join us for the Kidical Mass Pumpkin Farm Ride

By on October 1st, 2019 at 10:59 am

Pumpkin farms are a fall tradition ’round these parts. Join us!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Did Oregon City police just catch Portland’s notorious Interstate Avenue nail bandit?

By on October 1st, 2019 at 9:52 am

Suspect’s car and nail stash.
(Photos: Oregon City PD)

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ODOT staffer raises eyebrows with series of tweets – UPDATED

By on September 30th, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Tiana Tozer at a PBOT event last Thursday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Comments about transportation safety made on Twitter last week by Portlander Tiana Tozer have raised eyebrows. While her Twitter account is not an official ODOT communications channel (her profile says, “Opinions are my own”), Tozer is ODOT’s Region 1 transportation safety coordinator and she sits on the Portland Bureau of Transportation Vision Zero Task Force.

Here’s what happened:

Tiana Tozer attended a City of Portland event at Ventura Park Thursday morning. Later that day she replied to a tweet of a video we posted from the event. When someone questioned the effectiveness of holding signs and asking drivers to slow down, Tozer replied: “Ho hum another entitled American sitting back watching people die, but he himself has no solution. How easy it is to criticize. God forbid you should be part of the solution. Don’t strain yourself.” [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Bikelash insanity, bike share bust, Greg LeMond, and more

By on September 30th, 2019 at 10:24 am

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