2021 legislative session

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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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%

Avatar 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

Avatar 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…]