2021 legislative session

Push for bike/walk spending increase in Oregon “Bike Bill” headed for compromise

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 13th, 2021 at 2:31 pm

Screen grab from Bike Bill 50th Birthday Party.

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Disability rights activist pushes bill for more diversity on ODOT committees

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 22nd, 2021 at 11:34 am

People who ride these have a very different perspective.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Oregon advocates launch ‘Safe Routes for All’ campaign to boost Bike Bill spending

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 2nd, 2021 at 9:07 am

(Graphic: The Street Trust)

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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…]

Bill adds ‘humans’ to legal definition of taxable bicycle in Oregon

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 22nd, 2021 at 5:08 pm

Screen grab of LC 2448. Words in bold are additions to existing law.

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Oregon House bill would prohibit tolling on I-205

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 11th, 2021 at 2:20 pm

(Source: ODOT)

A group of seven lawmakers want to rewrite existing law and prevent the Oregon Department of Transportation from establishing a tolling system on Interstate 205, unless all the funds to go widening the freeway.

When the Oregon Legislature passed House Bill 2017 (“Keep Oregon Moving”) in 2017 they directed the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC, the advisory body the oversees the Oregon Department of Transportation) to create a tolling program and implement it on I-5 and I-205. Now several years into the project, lawmakers want to put an end to it. House Bill 2629 would expressly prohibit the OTC from tolling I-205, “unless the toll is used to pay for construction of additional lanes.”
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Portland advocacy group wants to boost Bike Bill spending minimum to 5%

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 17th, 2020 at 10:53 am

This path along I-405 at SW Mill and 18th was the first to be built with Bike Bill funding in 1971.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Street Trust will seek amendment to Oregon ‘Bike Bill’ on law’s 50th anniversary

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 15th, 2020 at 12:14 pm

Lawmakers signing the Bike Bill in 1971.

When Oregon’s landmark “Bike Bill” passed in 1971, America was in the throes of a major bike boom. 50 years later a group of Portland bike advocates think our current cycling resurgence is the right time to update it

The nonprofit Street Trust has announced plans to seek an amendment to ORS 366.514. This law states “reasonable amounts” of the State Highway Fund must be spent by the Oregon Department of Transportation, “to provide footpaths and bicycle trails… wherever a highway, road or street is being constructed, reconstructed or relocated.” That “reasonable amount” is further defined as a minimum of 1% of the Highway Fund each fiscal year.[Read more…]