Policymakers glimpse bikeway beauties and ‘horrors’ on annual tour

PBOT Director Chris Warner (grey helmet) rides over the Oregon City Bridge.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Elected officials, planning consultants, insiders and agency staffers will never understand the needs of our regional bikeway network unless they get on a bike and experience it for themselves. That’s the idea behind the invite-only Policymakers Ride (a.k.a. Voyage of the Visionaries) which embarked on its 15th annual journey last Friday.

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Former Portland mayor to lead public art bike ride

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

The BTA and Bud Clark have re-imagined
the famous 1978 poster.

Former Mayor Bud Clark is no stranger to Portland public art or bicycling. In fact he has reached iconic status for both. Clark, who was our mayor from 1985-1992, is known for his promotion and participation in Bike to Work Day and his appearance on the “Expose Yourself to Art” poster made him a household name in the 1970s. (Disclaimer: I had a copy of the poster on my bedroom wall through high school and college without even knowing anything about Clark or Portland).

Now Clark is set to lead the Expose Yourself to Art Ride as part of Pedalpalooza.

Clark posed for the famous poster in 1978 and he has remade it for the BTA with a more bicycle-centric theme. Clark, who owns the Goose Hollow Inn bar and restaurant in southwest Portland, has remained a part of the community since retiring from public office. He has ridden in the annual, invite-only “Policymakers Ride” a few times and he pops up at bike-related and other events throughout the year.

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Portland toasts Platinum with current, former leaders of local bike movement

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Former Mayor Bud Clark (L)
and Mayor-elect Sam Adams at the
celebration last night.
(Photo: Thomas Le Ngo)

Last night at City Hall, the City of Portland hosted a party to celebrate their achievement of becoming a Platinum-level bike-friendly city.

As attendees gathered around the steps in front of the building and filled commemorative water bottles with root beer out of a Platinum pump, short speeches were made by three leaders who have played major roles in Portland’s biking success story: City Commissioner and Mayor-elect Sam Adams, former Commissioner and now U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, and former Mayor Bud Clark.

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