Interview with ODOT Director Matt Garrett (Part 2)

by on May 16th, 2012 at 10:04 am

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ODOT Director Matt Garrett, photographed in Salem.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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An interview with ODOT Director Matt Garrett (Part 1)

by on May 15th, 2012 at 10:13 am

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The director of the Oregon Department of Transportation, Matt Garrett, in his office in Salem.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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An interview with mayoral candidate Eileen Brady

by on April 4th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Eileen Brady, photographed in BikePortland’s downtown office.

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An interview with mayoral candidate Jefferson Smith

by on February 6th, 2012 at 4:13 pm

Jefferson Smith making a point during an interview in our downtown office.

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Q & A with Polly Trottenberg, Asst Sec of Transportation Policy at the USDOT

by on December 20th, 2011 at 8:17 am

Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, speaking at the Sellwood Bridge Project groundbreaking last week. She sat down with me for an interview a few hours later.

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Polly Trottenberg, the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Asst. Sec. Trottenberg was in town to deliver a $17.7 million check for the Sellwood Bridge Project. I caught up with her at Clever Cycles on SE Hawthorne Blvd. We talked about the role of activists, the new era of highway funding, the CRC project, and more.

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An interview with mayoral candidate Charlie Hales

by on December 9th, 2011 at 8:54 am

Charlie Hales photographed in my office a few weeks ago.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Welcome to the first in a series of interviews with candidates for Portland mayor. With the primary elections just about five months away, it’s time to start doing your research and learning more about the people we’ll elect to lead our city.[Read more…]

The parking/biking trade-off: Q & A with PDC Director Patrick Quinton

by on June 1st, 2011 at 2:21 pm

PBOT wants to create a high-quality, two-way
bikeway on NE Holladay. One of the issues
with the project is how to deal
with on-street parking.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Last month, a representative from the Portland Development Commission (PDC) said they’d oppose any on-street parking removal on NE Holladay as part of a plan to create a high-quality bikeway on that street.

The announcement was a surprise, not just because the PDC is a City of Portland entity, but because parking removal is considered nearly essential to reaching the project’s goal of providing, “comfortable and convenient non-motorized access” from the Rose Quarter through the Lloyd District.
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Interview: Bikes, architecture, and “Cycle Space” with Steven Fleming

by on May 25th, 2011 at 4:01 pm

“100 years ago architects were fascinated by cars and how cars would transform cities… Now, architects are quite naturally looking at bicycles.”

Steven Fleming is an architectural historian, lecturer, theorist, and urban planning philosopher with a thing for bicycles. The well-traveled academic (he calls Newcastle, Australia home) is currently researching a book on what he calls, “Cycle Space,” a nascent field of his creation that looks at the connections between architecture and bicycles in cities around the world.

Like many smart bicycle thinkers tend to do, Fleming put Portland on his list of must-see cities. We sat down for a chat last week surrounded by exquisite handmade bicycles and photography at the Het Fairwheel Podium Gallery in downtown Portland. (When you read his quotes below, say them to yourself with a strong Australian accent.)[Read more…]

An interview with Portland Mayor Sam Adams

by on April 13th, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Mayor Adams
(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s been nearly three and a half years since I last sat down with Portland Mayor Sam Adams. To say a lot has changed — both in bike infrastructure/policies and our city’s relationship with Adams — since that time would be a vast understatement.

Adams and I sat down in a diner in Old Town. We were joined by his spokesperson Amy Ruiz and his transportation policy advisor Catherine Ciarlo (last time it was just him and I, which I prefer). Read the interview below…[Read more…]

What can Europe learn from Portland about bikes? A conversation about E.U. transport policy

by on July 13th, 2009 at 12:44 pm

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Portland’s bike culture inspires
the world. The Sprockettes perform at
the Multnomah County Bike Fair
(Photo © J. Maus)

I rode out in the rain last night to grab a beer with Mattia Pellegrini, a member of the cabinet of the Vice President / Commissioner for Transportation of the European Union.

Pellegrini, whose background is in environmental policy, is one of seven cabinet members focused on transportation. He is in charge of sustainable transport policy, from green cars to bicycling. He is visiting Portland as part of a three week tour of six U.S. cities through the state department’s International Visitor Leadership Program, which is designed to groom future foreign leaders (several current and recent heads of state are alumni). He is meeting with key players across the broad spectrum of transportation in each city, with the aim of bringing back ideas and lessons to implement in the E.U.

We met up to talk about his impressions of Portland, transportation policy in the E.U., and beer around the world.[Read more…]