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Bike tax a big moment for cycling movement says Oregon Congressman Blumenauer

by on July 13th, 2017 at 12:56 pm

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“It’s an acknowledgment of the power of the cycling community.”
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The face of bicycling in Oregon isn’t that mad about our state’s new, $15 tax on new bicycles.

U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, who served six years in the Oregon House of Representatives and nearly 10 years as a Portland city commissioner, shared via a phone interview yesterday that he feels the tax is a “modest fee” that isn’t that big of a deal when viewed in the light of the overall infrastructure funding package.

I caught up with Blumenauer from his office in Washington D.C. where he’s standing against strong political winds.

“I think this is a really great opportunity for the cycling community to take a step back and think about the bigger picture,” he said.

Blumenauer probably knows more about the “bigger picture” than anyone in the bike advocacy game. He has fought for bicycle-related transportation funding for about 40 years. During that time he’s heard all the anti-bike arguments you can imagine.

“One of the arguments we hear repeatedly is that cyclists don’t have any skin in the game… so there’s been blowback.” Blumenauer thinks the “cyclists don’t pay” argument has only gotten louder as more money has gone to bike projects. During his tenure in politics, Blumenauer has seen Oregon implement the pioneering 1971 “Bicycle Bill” which sets aside 1 percent of all the state’s highway gas tax money for biking and walking infrastructure (which should equal about $3.7 million per year over ten years in the new bill. And federal programs like Safe Routes to School, Transportation Enhancements, and TIGER grants have funded billions in bike infrastructure. “That’s big money,” he said.
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Book review: ‘Streetfight’ by Janette Sadik-Khan

Go By Bike by on April 12th, 2016 at 11:30 am

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Our reviewer hard at work.

This is a guest post by Kiel Johnson.

A specter is haunting our cities — the specter of street life!

Our streets make up the vast majority of our public space in cities. How these spaces are designed have profound impacts on how we think about communities and the policies we create. Janette Sadik-Khan’s “Streetfight: Handbook for an Urban Revolution” is a necessary chronicle and persuasive argument for giving street space back to people. She writes “streets are the social, political, and commercial arteries of cities … These are the spaces where life and history happen.”

Last week, I presented to a group of business leaders in the Lloyd District, most of whom commute by car from the suburbs. I was talking about the Better Broadway project that will open one auto lane of Broadway up for businesses and people for one week next month.

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Janette Sadik-Khan tours Portland with Congressman Earl Blumenauer (photos)

by on March 25th, 2016 at 4:56 pm

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Earl Blumenauer and Janette Sadik-Khan in Portland yesterday.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Former New York City transportation chief Janette Sadik-Khan has made the most of her few days in Portland this week. She’s done two official events (a talk at the Mission Theater we reported on Wednesday and an event at Powell’s Books yesterday) and two unofficial events (a media training with Portland Bureau of Transportation and Metro staff and at least one happy hour gathering).

Then on Thursday morning Sadik-Khan and her “Streetfight” co-author Seth Solomonow joined U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and a handful of local advocates and transportation experts for a tour of Portland. [Read more…]

Janette Sadik-Khan replays her ‘Streetfights’ to a sold-out crowd

by on March 24th, 2016 at 9:15 am

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Sadik-Khan during her talk last night.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Janette Sadik-Khan brought her Streetfight book tour to Portland last night and provided her throngs of fans with a dose of transportation inspiration. The venue (McMenamin’s Mission Theater) was packed. Organizers from Metro said there was a line around the corner before they even opened the doors and when I rolled up the bike racks were at full capacity.

Sadik-Khan’s popularity isn’t surprising. She’s a rare figure in the transportation world with an equal mix of wonky credentials, street cred, political know-how, an unprecedented track record of successful projects, and the ability to market both her work and herself. “JSK” as she known to her fans, has managed to enthrall an amazing range of transportation reformers — from street-level activists to city hall power brokers.
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Q&A: NYC’s legendary street reformer on the ‘new world order’ of urbanism

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 10th, 2016 at 2:10 pm

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Janette Sadik-Khan, left, with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood in 2012.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Janette Sadik-Khan is not an easy woman to move off target.

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Wonk up! Four notable speakers coming to town

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 9th, 2016 at 12:22 pm

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NYC transportation hero Janette Sadik-Khan
visits town next month.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

More than any time since I’ve been here, it seems as if Portland is opening its arms and ears to good ideas from elsewhere.

In the coming days and weeks we’ll be welcoming a bunch of nationally known experts on transportation for some timely talks. Delightfully, all of them are free.

With some, we’ll be doing more extensive previews based on advance interviews. With others, we’ll attend and report what they say.

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Mayor Bloomberg: “Cyclists… more important than automobile riders”

by on October 26th, 2012 at 8:50 pm

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Bloomberg said street projects and transportation
have played major role in New York City’s success.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spoke at the closing plenary of the NACTO Designing Cities Conference today. At an event held at the Skirball Center for the Performing Arts on the campus of NYU in Manhattan, Bloomberg shared his perspective on the role transportation plays in his city’s success.

Bloomberg was introduced by the Commissioner of New York City’s Department of Transportation (and President of NACTO), Janette Sadik-Khan. She hailed Bloomberg’s leadership, saying that, “It’s not an exaggeration to say, the impact he’s had on New York, the nation, and the world will be felt for a long time after he’s left City Hall.”[Read more…]

An interview with NYC Transportation Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan

by on October 24th, 2012 at 10:04 pm

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NYC DOT Commissioner Janette Sadik-Khan
at the Kimmel Center on the campus of NYU.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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