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Studded tire ban fails to make ballot; effort turns to legislature

Jeff Bernards will not quit.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) A major grassroots effort aimed at getting a statewide ban on studded tires is down but not out. Jeff Bernards, the man behind the Preserving Oregon Roads campaign, posted a thank-you message on his website yesterday announcing the news: “… we were unable to raise the necessary … Read more

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Effort to ban studded tires moves forward: Signature gathering to start soon

Jeff Bernards Portlander Jeff Bernards, a well-known citizen activist who started the “Get Lit” free bike light program and who won a BTA Alice Award in 2006, has made major progress since we last checked in on his effort to ban studded tires in Oregon. Bernards is chief petitioner on a forthcoming ballot measure and … Read more

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Citizen activist moves forward on push to ban studded tires

Jeff Bernards is getting tough on studded tires.(Photo © J. Maus) Remember Jeff Bernards? He’s the citizen activist I wrote about in early March who wants to push the state legislature to finally do something to curtail the use of studded tires. Since that story published, Bernards has been busy. After many years of writing … Read more

What do studded tires have to do with bike funding?

Studded tires cause $50-60 million in road damage across the state each year — like these ruts on N. Rosa Parks Way in Portland.(Photo © J. Maus) With a lack of funding for transportation projects such a major issue in this town, it’s not surprising that some activists are taking a serious look at studded … Read more

BTA, Police Bureau launch latest incarnation of bike light education program

A Portland police officer gives out a free set of bike lights back in August 2006.(Photos J. Maus) As part of their ongoing Eye to Eye campaign, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and the Traffic Division of the Portland Police Bureau have partnered up on an effort to increase awareness of using bike lights … Read more