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Time running out on BTA’s effort to pass Idaho Stop Law

Bricker on the steps of the Capitol in 2007.(Photo © J. Maus) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is working feverishly to garner more support for the Idaho Stop Law (HB 2690) with legislators in Salem. According to BTA Executive Director and lobbyist Scott Bricker, the Chair of the House Transportation Committee has given him a … Read more


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Bricker returns to lobbying role at Vehicular Homicide hearing

Tim O’Donnell’s widow, Mary O’Donnell, had these buttons made for the hearing. Last Friday, just two days after he relieved former BTA lobbyist Karl Rohde from his duties, executive director Scott Bricker was down in Salem filling his former role as the organization’s chief lobbyist. Bricker presented the BTA’s position on their proposed Vehicular Homicide … Read more


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Local media releases hounds on Idaho Stop law

“And you’re scratching your head wondering when was the last time you saw one actually stop.”— Harry Esteve, The Oregonian It’s the BTA’s worst nightmare. They’ve spent months preparing for the smooth passage of the Idaho Stop Law (the proposed bill, HB 2690, would allow bicycle operators to enter a stop-sign controlled intersection without stopping … Read more


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Mandatory bike registration bill introduced in Salem (updated)

Rep. Wayne Krieger is one of the bill’s sponsors. Four members of Oregon’s House of Representatives have put forward a new bill that would require all bicycles in Oregon to be registered. House Bill 3008 would establish a “bicycle registration and licensing system.” The bill would also create new offenses for altering bicycle serial numbers … Read more


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UPDATED State rep wants traffic fines based on vehicle weight

State Rep. Jules Bailey Newly elected Oregon State Representative from Southeast Portland, Jules Bailey, has introduced a bill into the legislature that would create a new vehicle weight class for non-motorized vehicles weighing under 50 pounds — such as bicycles (we think that weight might be too low with some of today’s new cargo bikes, … Read more


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It’s official; Governor will look to expand Oregon Bike Bill [Updated]

When it becomes a bill in front of state lawmakers in January, Governor Kulongoski’s Jobs and Transportation Act of 2009 will include language to expand the Oregon bike bill (ORS 366.514) and put into law a requirement for the Oregon Department of Transportation to spend at least 1.5 percent of its funding for highway projects … Read more


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Hey Governor, what about bikes? [Updated]

Libby Tucker [Editor’s note: This is the first article in our new section, BikePortland.org: In-Depth. The main contributor to this section will be Libby Tucker. Ms. Tucker is a freelance reporter whose articles have been published in a myriad of outlets including the Associated Press, MSNBC.com, The Oregonian, and others. She was most recently a … Read more


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[Updated] Safety advocates will try (again) for new hand signal law in 2009

An elderly couple crosses NW Lovejoy at 9th.(Photos © J. Maus) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition are teaming up on a new bill that will seek to improve public safety by rewriting and expanding on Oregon’s crosswalk laws. The new law proposal will amend ORS 811.028 (Failure to stop and … Read more