Portland’s snow plows and protected bike lanes
Is there a plowing technique that could help avoid this in the future?
Labor union, City of Portland agree to a contract and the strike is over
This puts an end to 10 months of negotiations between the union and the city.
PBOT maintenance staff could strike as soon as next week
Local 483 leaders say nothing will change until maintenance employees are respected.
PBOT maintenance worker concerns deepen as strike looms
The situation certainly doesn’t help the ongoing problem of unswept bike lanes
Pondering Portland’s puddles
We need the rain, but for people who bike around the city, wet weather comes with caveats.
What’s behind PBOT’s $4.4 billion street maintenance backlog excuse?
The maintenance backlog excuse should not be the end of the conversation — it should be the start of a new one.
PBOT maintenance staff ask council for support while union organizer says strike isn’t off the table
“We get a lot of thank yous from downtown, but those thank yous dry up when we ask for more money, and we’re suffering.” -Andrew Sterling, PBOT and Laborers Local 483 The people who work in the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Maintenance Operations department do the nitty-gritty work of keeping this city moving — and … Read more
Guest Article: Why PBOT’s top maintenance staffer joined us for a bike ride
Story and photos by Cathy Tuttle People who bike every day are the folks who ground-truth poor maintenance. We intimately experience gutters filled with leaves and plastic bike lane wands broken in the same locations day after day. We see street trees dying, and giant potholes reappearing over and over on what look like war-torn … Read more
Hallelujah! PBOT will address bikeway maintenance at upcoming meeting
Warning: The following contains a lot of my opinions that might be uncomfortable for some readers. For a city with a rich legacy of cycling with aspirations to be even more cycling-centric, the lack of care and capacity that the Portland Bureau of Transportation spends on keeping cycling paths, shoulders, and lanes clean is unacceptable … Read more
Closer look at overgrown vegetation on SW Terwilliger Parkway
In this quick video I share some thoughts about biking on SW Terwilliger Parkway, a street notorious for its bad bike lane conditions. While it’s one of the most beautiful roads in Portland and recently earned National Historic Register status, Terwilliger leaves something to be desired for bicycle users. It’s a precious north-south, not-super-hilly and … Read more