As CRC rumbles forward, major advocacy groups sit on the sidelines

“I heard from a number of people who have expressed concerns about their [legislative] priorities if they were to speak against the bill.”— Mara Gross, interim director of Coalition for a Livable Future The Columbia River Crossing project took a big step forward when HB 2800 easily passed the Oregon House this week. But while … Read more

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BTA plans new ‘BikeSwap’ event at PDX Bicycle Show

There’s always cool new stuff at the show; now there will be cool used stuff too!(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The PDX Bicycle Show is coming up on March 23-24 and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has something big in store. They’re set to debut a new event dubbed BTA BikeSwap. The event, which they’ll publicly announce … Read more

BTA-led coalition seeks to restore active transportation cuts in City budget

BTA’s Gerik Kransky (L) and freight advocate Corky Collier after the PBOT Budget BAC meeting yesterday.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) In the face of severe cuts to active transportation in the PBOT budget that came to light last month, a coalition led by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) presented a proposal yesterday to restore nearly half … Read more

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BTA hears top project ideas for ‘Blueprint’ effort

Steve Hoyt-McBeth jots down his group’s ideas at yesterday’s event in City Hall.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) At City Hall during the lunch hour yesterday, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) enlisted the help of Portland’s brightest biking minds to prioritize the “world-class bikeways” that will act as the organization’s ‘Blueprint‘ for the future. The event was … Read more

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BTA celebrates 1.25 million miles logged in ‘Commute Challenge’

Jeff Capizzi (L) — shown here with BTA Director Rob Sadowsky — logged 1,524 miles during September.(Photo: Will Vanlue/BTA) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) hosted a party in the Rose Quarter Wednesday night to congratulate riders and celebrate another successful Bike Commute Challenge. In the month of September, the event’s 11,745 participants (split into 1,395 … Read more

The BTA releases status report on ’05 ‘Blueprint’; launches new effort

BTA Board Chair Stephen Gomez at their annual member meeting Wednesday night.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) At their annual meeting Wednesday night, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) launched an effort to identify and prioritize a list of projects that will update their ‘Blueprint for Better Bicycling.’ The BTA’s first Blueprint, a report that identified a list … Read more

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Major changes to Sellwood Bridge design: BTA urges county to delay final vote

Last minute cost-cutting has resulted in proposed design changes to the $268 million Sellwood Bridge project that could have significant impacts on bicycling. With a key vote on the final design set for this coming Monday (7/16) and a decision on the plans set for Thursday (7/19), the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is concerned that there’s … Read more

Criticisms leveled at the BTA: Their leader responds

“We believe we can catch more flies with honey than we can with vinegar… I don’t think direct action will turn around city council or businesses.”— Rob Sadowsky, BTA executive director Back in January, Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder took to a public forum and dropped a pretty hefty insult on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). … Read more