A few months later, Hanchin is no longer the Mercury’s downtown delivery-truck driver. He’s one of three downtown delivery-trike drivers.
The long, cold war between Portland’s bike/pedestrian advocates and its freight advocates might finally be thawing, people involved in recent talks say.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) A proposal to amend a powerful state transportation planning law would have had chilling effect on the development of bikeways in cities throughout Oregon. But thankfully, because of the swift action by active transportation advocates, the City of Portland, and Metro, the director of the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) decided … Read more
Former chair of the Portland Freight Committee, Corky Collier.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Not surprisingly, the death of Kathryn Rickson while she rode in a bike lane just one block from Portland City Hall has got a lot of people talking. Apart from the grieving we do as a community when something like this happens, many … Read more
(Photo © J. Maus) A lobbying group that made headlines in June for trying to tilt a pot of Metro’s federal funds away from active transportation and toward freight projects now has a former top aide to Governor Ted Kulongoski to manage its communications efforts. Hans Bernard, who handled transportation issues as the Governor’s legislative … Read more
“A disproportionate share of… dollars available for transportation projects… are being allocated to… bicycle, pedestrian, and commuter infrastructure while critical freight-related projects go unfunded.” — From a BEST coalition document As I detailed on Wednesday, active transportation advocates are mobilizing to thwart an attempt by freight and business advocates to get a larger piece of … Read more
Freight or bikes? A Metro committee is being pulled both ways.(Photo © J. Maus) Next week, Metro’s 17-member Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) will vote on a policy direction that will guide them in handing out $20-24 million in federal transportation funds. With scarce transportation dollars at stake these days, freight and active … Read more