The biggest conference about open-streets events (like Sunday Parkways) and tactical urbanism (like Better Block) is coming to Portland next month.
The International Open Streets Summit will bring many people who work to humanize street space to Portland State University from Thursday, Aug. 18 to Saturday, Aug. 20. The draft program includes speakers from Philadelphia; Dallas; Los Angeles; Missoula; Toronto; Cape Town, South Africa; and Santiago, Chile, among others.
The “tactical urbanism” thread is newly added to this conference, reflecting the fact that fast, flexible changes and demos on city streets are a growing trend among community groups and city governments alike. Mike Lydon, a planning consultant helping produce this conference, literally wrote the book on that subject.
Something big is happening in Portland: We’re entering an era where streets are seen as places for much more than private vehicle travel and storage. An era where the public right-of-way can reach its potential as a thriving place that adds to the vitality and energy of our city.
Livable streets are in Portland’s DNA, but a combination of factors have recently come together to energize and formalize the movement and soon it could be enshrined in official city policy.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is in the process of selecting a private firm to develop a “Livable Streets Strategy.” According to the request for proposals (PDF), the city is, “looking at innovative ways to open Portland’s streets, parking spaces, plazas, and alleys to a range of events, programming, and physical infrastructure that reinforce the idea that public streets are public places to be enjoyed by all ages and abilities.”
We knew something special was afoot ever since Transportation Commissioner began literally jumping up-and-down and chanting “Bet-ter Block! Bet-ter Block!” at the opening of the Better Naito project in 2015. The three-way romance between City Hall, the Bureau of Transportation and Better Block PDX has helped create the political and public momentum neede to re-think how we use our streets. But it didn’t start there. [Read more…]
2016 will be third annual Open Streets Summit. The event is organized by the non-profit Open Streets Project in partnership with DC-based advocacy group the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The goal of the event is to bring together national and international leaders working to implement events like Portland’s Sunday Parkways, where streets are “opened” to people and closed to auto use. The Atlanta event over the weekend drew 125 leaders in the movement. The first summit was held in Los Angeles in 2014.[Read more…]
Description Please read the Covid protocols before attending the ride. https://portlandbicyclingclub.com/protocols/ Traditional Kelley Point loop starting at Wilshire Park though Northeast and North Portland. If possible, please use the electronic Read More »
Come celebrate National Cheesecake Day/Golden Girls Day with a bike ride! Hammering out some details, including start time, so check back. As of this writing, this much has been solidified: Read More »
Heading toward a record breaking number of traffic deaths in year without traffic cops. KATU – 23 Jul 21 Portland traffic safety improvements still months away as police role diminishes It will be several… Read Post »
image906×900 333 KB Keep an eye out! twitter.com BikeIndex Portland (stolenbikereg) STOLEN - Black Cannondale Topstone N Size M in Northwest Portland https://t.co/RhgT3rc1Xt 7:45 AM - 23 Jul 2021 1 1 post - 1… Read Post »
More vandalism of bike and pedestrian infrastructure in Portland. Portland Bureau of Transportation @PBOTinfo · 14h Alert: Steel Bridge lower deck for bike & walking access CLOSED thru Tuesday 7/27 for repairs after vandalism… Read Post »
Let me preface this by saying that I’m a fairly serious recreational cyclist, bike commuter and mountain biker. I clock 4000-5000 miles in an average year. I also drive a car. Not often-- maybe… Read Post »
Video of vehicle driving on bike path. twitter.com Mike Warner (MikeKATU) NOT SAFE…this guy driving down the bike / pedestrian path along Marine Dr. near 148th. I was out gathering video on issues with… Read Post »