San Francisco bans cars on major downtown street: Now it’s Portland’s turn

Avatar by on October 17th, 2019 at 8:14 am

(Story in San Francisco Chronicle.)

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PSU moves toward permanent car ban on SW Montgomery

Avatar by on September 24th, 2019 at 1:11 pm

SW Montgomery from 6th Avenue as seen today with a brand new layer of pavement.
(Photo: Tim Davis/

Pretty much every time people are treated to urban space that’s free from motor vehicles, they embrace it and want to make it last forever. That appears to be what’s happening on Southwest Montgomery between 6th and Broadway. [Read more…]

Planning begins on carfree bridge over Columbia Blvd and new path through St. Johns Prairie

Avatar by on September 18th, 2019 at 4:08 pm

Detail of new bridges and path alignment.
(Graphic: Metro)

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Friday Opinion: Too many cars, not enough leadership

Avatar by on August 23rd, 2019 at 12:00 pm

Downtown needs more freedom to move, not more free parking for cars.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As this week’s cover story in the Willamette Week makes clear, we aren’t doing enough to make our streets safe for everyone. On Wednesday we had the 36th fatality on Portland roads, two more than all of 2018.

While those who work at PBOT and City Hall struggle to make progress on Vision Zero goals, they might want to take a look out their office windows. There are simply too many cars and too many people who use them irresponsibly. [Read more…]

Time to weigh in on future carfree bridge between Oak Grove and Lake Oswego

Avatar by on August 2nd, 2019 at 8:10 am

Looking north from Foothills Park in Lake Oswego at the potential future site of a new bridge. (Existing railroad bridge in in the background).
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Clackamas County wants to know if they should move forward with a new, carfree bridge over the Willamette River that would connect Oak Grove/Milwaukie to Lake Oswego. Known as “OGLO,” the project has been on the radar since 2009 when a Metro study found strong public support for the idea.

Clackamas County has opened an online open house and will host two open houses next week to garner feedback as part of a Metro-funded feasibility study. [Read more…]

Sneak peek at new carfree section of Historic Columbia River Highway

Avatar by on July 24th, 2019 at 10:41 am

We cannot wait to ride this.
(Photos: ODOT)

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Meet Skip Spitzer; a carfree, climate-change-fighting, single dad

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on July 2nd, 2019 at 11:48 am

Skip Spitzer tows his son’s balance bike behind their trailer.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

This week we’re happy to share a profile of reader Skip Spitzer.

I met Skip on my Bike to School Day bike ride to the ‘Red for Ed’ rally, though I’d noticed his trailer in photos of various bike events around town before. As luck would have it, he was at the Woodstock Elementary play structure a couple weeks later while I was running a bike rodeo and he was nice enough to stick around for a conversation and a few photos…[Read more…]

Oregonian: Alder Street food cart pod could move to North Park Blocks

Avatar by on June 24th, 2019 at 12:33 pm

Future (carfree) food cart pod promenade?

In case you hadn’t heard, Portland’s most famous food cart pod was recently evicted from its space on Southwest Alder Street to make way for a new hotel.

The Oregonian reported this morning that Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office wants to move the carts to the North Park Blocks:[Read more…]

Business district welcomes carfree customers with ‘Walk Williams’ event

Avatar by on June 7th, 2019 at 3:29 pm

If I owned a business on Williams I’d want to celebrate these potential customers too.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Imagine a business district that celebrates cycling and welcomes those who do it with open arms. That’s what we have on North Williams Avenue.
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TriMet has begun construction of new carfree Gideon Overcrossing

Avatar by on May 22nd, 2019 at 9:25 am

Latest rendering of the bridge. View is looking south from 14th. Koerner Camera Systems, whose owner opposed the project, is in upper left.

TriMet shared an update on their Gideon Overcrossing project at a joint meeting of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees last night.

The $10.5 million project officially broke ground on Monday.
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