PBOT director says new action plan will include ‘Vision Zero’ commitment

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PBOT Director Leah Treat

PBOT director Leah Treat.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland will follow in the steps of Chicago and New York City by setting a schedule to completely eliminate traffic fatalities and serious injuries no matter the cost, the city’s transportation director said in a new interview.

In a two-year action plan a city contractor is about to begin preparing, “Vision Zero will be incorporated for certain,” Portland Bureau of Transportation director Leah Treat said in an interview with the KBOO Bike Show broadcast Feb. 5.

“Vision Zero,” as the philosophy is known, was first introduced in Sweden in 1997 and has spread to several U.S. cities in recent years. In 2012 it was embraced by the man Treat describes as her mentor, former Chicago Transportation Commissioner Gabe Klein, and it’s the centerpiece of New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio’s transportation policy.

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National bike leaders on KBOO Bike Show tomorrow

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Randy Neufeld with the SRAM Cycling
Fund will be among the guests
on tomorrow’s show.
(Photo © J. Maus)

You don’t want to miss the monthly KBOO Bike Show tomorrow. Show co-host Michelle Poyourow has put together an impressive panel of guests to give us wide view of what’s going on with bicycling in cities across North America

Here’s the show description:

“Bike coordinators and advocates from across North America discuss how their cities are taking the lead on cycling– including bike sharing programs, off road trail developments and much more. Portland may be a forerunner in cycling, but these cities are inspiring and quickly on the way to becoming bike meccas themselves. Guest Randy Neufield, National advocate with the SRAM Cycling Fund, will give our listeners a broad perspective on where and how cycling is affecting transportation nationwide.”

Other guests include:

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Celebrate the New Year on-air with the KBOO Bike Show this morning

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Blind Pilot and KBOO Bike Show New Years Party-13

Party at KBOO!
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It’s becoming a tradition on the KBOO Bike Show to open up the studio doors on the first show of the year. This year is no different — local band No They Do will be playing live (Blind Pilot played last year), free coffee and treats will be on hand, and listeners are invited to turn off their radio and come down to help create the show.

Drop in this morning at 20 SE 8th Ave between 11am and noon to drink coffee, listen live, and if you’re so inclined, to step up to the mic and tell Portland your new year’s resolutions for bikes. It’s your party! Details below:

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Alice Award nominees coming to KBOO Bike Show

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This just in from KBOO Bike Show co-host Tori Bortman:

“Tomorrow we’ll be interviewing the BTA’S Alice B. Toeclips nominees to hear what they did to earn such a great distinction, who they see as our lesser known bike hero’s and what you can do to get involved with your cycing community. Guests include perennial nominee Mark Ginsberg for his contributions as lawyer and advocate, Brad Ross for his work organizing the Cross Crusade Series, Robert Gootee CEO of ODS who’s made commuting by bike accessible for thousands of workers throughout the state and Judge Chris Larson and Mike Morrison, RN for their work on the Share the Road Safety Class. Listen in at 11am, 90.7 FM on your FM dial.”

Updated: KBOO Bike Show will keep its hour

Bike show hosts celebrate
outside KBOO after recording
the New Year show this January,
with special guests Blind Pilot
(Photo © J. Maus)

KBOO community radio is as much an institution in Portland as, well, bikes. The KBOO Bike Show been an essential component of bike-related media since its inception in October of 2001, airing interviews with major players in Portland’s bike evolution, and giving voice to all sides of the major issues of the day.

The Bike Show team was just told that the show is being cut back from a full hour to half an hour, effective immediately with their next show on March 4th*.

[According to a rep from KBOO, they were considering splitting the show into two, half-hour chunks, so there would still technically be an hour each month].

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Bikey band will headline live KBOO Bike Show party

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The monthly KBOO Bike Show will ring in the New Year in style on Wednesday. Show founder/co-host, and veteran Portland bike scenester Ayleen Crotty has announced that their January 7th show will be a live, on-air party that will feature up-and-coming local band, Blind Pilot.

Here’s the word from Crotty as posted on her ORBike.com blog:

“Cyclists are invited to the station to share their wishes for a bikey new year, and reflections on the amazing year that we just had.”

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Coming up on KBOO Bike Show: BikeCraft, Bike Drive and bike gifts

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KBOO FM’s (90.7 in Portland) monthly Bike Show is gearing up for a special holiday edition.

This Wednesday’s show will welcome a representative from the Community Cycling Center to talk about their annual mega-event, the Holiday Bike Drive; our very own Elly Blue will chat up the upcoming BikeCraft holiday bazaar, and Janis McDonald from the City of Portland will offer up her best bike-themed gift ideas.

Here are the details so you can tune in and call in with your questions and feedback:

KBOO Bike Show
9-10AM, Wednesday, December 3rd
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at KBOO.fm
Podcast of show posted at BikeShow.PortlandTransport.com

Portland bike economy subject of KBOO radio show

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The Bike Show on KBOO FM (90.7 in Portland) was home to a discussion of Portland’s bike economy last week.

Show hosts Tori Bortman (a part of that economy herself as the owner of Gracie’s Wrench) and Carl Larson talked about bikes and business with Matt Cardinal of Signal Cycles, Jennifer Nolfi, bike industry sector liaison for the Portland Development Commission, and Jessica Roberts of Portland-based consulting group Alta Planning.

Listen to an MP3 of the show here.