Bicycle Plan for 2030

BikePortland Podcast: Is our once heralded 2030 Bike Plan worth saving?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 15th, 2021 at 1:27 pm

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Bike Plan birthday rally celebrates past with eye toward future

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 11th, 2020 at 4:00 pm

The crowd at City Hall plaza today.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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This report from a scrappy nonprofit, could help get Portland’s Bike Plan back on track

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 11th, 2020 at 10:11 am

Cover of the report.
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One decade in, Bike Loud will host 2030 bike plan rally next week

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 4th, 2020 at 11:45 am

“Build it!” rally on February 4th, 2010.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

10 years ago next week Portland City Council passed the Bicycle Plan for 2030. Now scrappy local bike advocacy group Bike Loud PDX wants to make sure they don’t forget about it. [Read more…]

Bike Loud PDX wants to make Portland’s 2030 Bike Plan relevant again

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 19th, 2019 at 4:19 pm

Time to show up for an old friend in need.

I’ll excuse you for not knowing that it’s almost the 10th anniversary of the City of Portland’s Bicycle Plan for 2030. For a plan adopted amid seemingly boundless optimism that a new era in transportation was imminent, its contents and visions and goals have tumbled from their pedestal like a highly-rated rookie prospect that never panned out.

We learned back in September that the Bureau of Transportation has completed just 59 of the 223 action items listed in the plan. Two weeks after PBOT’s five-year progress report (which came five years late) we learned that the rate of bike commuting in Portland has dropped to a 12-year low of 5.3%.

Halfway in, the Bike Plan’s goal of 25% of trips being made by bicycle by 2030 seems unattainable. Unless.[Read more…]

PBOT shares progress report on 2030 bike plan

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 11th, 2019 at 12:13 pm

The five-year progress report for the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 is five years overdue. That seems like a fitting allegory for the general lack of urgency and institutional respect for cycling in Portland city government right now.

At last night’s meeting of the PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee, city bicycle coordinator Roger Geller unveiled a draft of that five-year status update. The report details steady progress, but it also reveals our incremental steps forward aren’t nearly enough to reach our goals.
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Comment of the Week: Portland’s five-step recipe for 25 percent biking

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 22nd, 2016 at 4:35 pm

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Getting there.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Of all the wonderful ideas in Portland’s Bicycle Plan for 2030, the one I personally hope is never forgotten is its audacious use of a numeral: 25 percent.

That’s the target it set for the share of trips that could happen by bicycle in Portland. Today, the figure is something like 7 percent. Only several dozen cities in eastern Asia and northern Europe, probably, can currently boast 25 percent or more.

But 25 percent is possible and even imaginable, as BikePortland reader Alex Reedin spelled out in a Thursday morning comment estimating the payoff for each step that’ll be required to get us there.

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How can Portland get to 25 percent biking? New web game lets you try

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 21st, 2014 at 3:50 pm

The existing condition.
(Click to enlarge, or click here to play the spreadsheet-based game.)

The City of Portland’s official goal for 16 years from today is for one in four commutes to happen by bicycle, up from 6 percent today.

As many people have observed, that’s a tall order. But an ingenious new web game from two local planning pros lets you put your own hand to it.

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Visualizing the cost of local transportation projects

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 5th, 2014 at 2:09 pm

More than just about anything else on BikePortland, we write about street projects — and, if our records are any indication, you like to read about them more than just about anything else, too.

But what do they cost, really? Sometimes it’s hard to visualize.

So we gave it a shot:

visualizing Portland-area transportation investments

Graphic by BikePortland. The area of each circle corresponds to the cost of each project.

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Mia Birk of Alta Bicycle Share says Portland’s system “Will allow us to fulfill the 2030 vision”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 2nd, 2012 at 1:00 pm

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Get ready Portland, it’s coming!.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

On Friday afternoon, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced that Alta Bicycle Share had won the contract to operate the Portland Bike Share system. Given Alta’s Portland headquarters, their success in nabbing major bike share projects around the country, and Birk’s own close connections with the City of Portland (she used to run the City’s bike program and her other company Alta Planning + Design is a frequent contractor), the decision wasn’t a huge surprise.

But while Birk’s company had a huge head start in the race for this contract, PBOT must have also been aware of the flood of headlines about software problems and delays that have dogged Alta Bicycle Share for the past few months.

To learn more from Alta’s perspective, and to get an update on the issues underlying that publicity, I asked Birk a few questions via email… [Read more…]