Mayor Potter cuts bike plan funding

Mayor adds Bicycle Master Plan back into budget

Avatar by on May 7th, 2007 at 11:04 am

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Mayor Tom Potter has just sent a letter to all four City Commissioners and the City Auditor detailing six additional expenditures he will be able to fund in the budget.

Included among them is $100,000 for the Bicycle Master Plan Update process. Here’s an excerpt from the letter:

“OMF (Office of Management & Finance) has advised me of $2 million in additional revenue in FY 2006-07 from higher than expected business license receipts. These funds were received and reported following the April 15 business tax filing deadline. This well result in $2 million in additional one-time funds for FY 2007-08. The timing of this good news fits well with the budget approval on May 16.

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Sam Adams, cyclists show support at Master Plan Ride

Avatar by on May 2nd, 2007 at 8:28 am

Bike Master Plan Ride #4

Commissioner Sam Adams and the media.
Bike Master Plan Ride #4

Roger Geller addresses the crowd. In the background are Roland Chlapowski (Policy Analyst for Sam Adams), Commissioner Adams, and PDOT’s Linda Ginenthal.

[View my photo gallery of this ride. ]
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Sam Adams to make Master Plan Ride appearance

Avatar by on May 1st, 2007 at 11:44 am

Word from City Hall is that Commissioner Sam Adams will make an appearance at the beginning of today’s Bicycle Master Plan Ride. Rumors are that he might make a statement about Mayor Potter’s recent decision to cut funding for the Plan.

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Cyclists at the April Bike Master Plan Ride. File photo: 4/4/07

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Concerns, questions raised by Mayor’s decision

Avatar by on April 30th, 2007 at 10:50 am

Portland’s current Bicycle Master Plan was last updated in 1995. It has served us well, but according to city planners and expert consultants, it is woefully inadequate and it no longer serves its purpose. Since it was completed, the number of bicyclists in Portland has skyrocketed and we have become a national model for livability.

We’re currently going through an important update process that was kick-started by $50,000 in city funding in 2006. The new Bicycle Master Plan will help guide Portland to a world-class transportation network that will provide citizens with safe, efficient, healthy, affordable and emissions-free transportation options for decades to come.
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Mayor’s statement on Bicycle Master Plan

Avatar by on April 27th, 2007 at 3:22 pm

Portland Mayor Tom Potter
File photo: 7/26/06

As promised, Mayor Tom Potter has released a statement about his decision to not provide funding for the Bicycle Master Plan Update process:

Office of Mayor Tom Potter

City of Portland

Thank you for emailing me about the proposed budget and the Platinum Bicycle Master Plan. For this budget, we were faced with an unprecedented number of requests and priorities. All of these requests have real merit; obviously, not all can be met.
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Update on City Hall’s response to funding cut

Avatar by on April 26th, 2007 at 10:37 am

bike rack at City Hall

File photo: 4/7/06

Responses from City Commissioners on the Mayor’s decision to not fund the Bicycle Master Plan Update process are trickling in.

Commissioner Randy Leonard says,

“I will do what I can to get the Bike Master Plan funding back in the budget…thanks for writing me.”

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Did the Mayor make an innocent mistake?

Avatar by on April 25th, 2007 at 4:36 pm

To Portland’s bike insiders, savvy advocates, BTA members, and regular readers of this site, the Bicycle Master Plan Update process is nothing new. We’ve been getting excited about it for months. There have been brown bag discussions, monthly rides, steering committee meetings, a lot of coverage on this site, and so on.

But the same might not be true of the Mayor’s office.
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Trying to understand the Mayor’s decision

Avatar by on April 24th, 2007 at 5:08 pm

I’m still trying to get my head around today’s news that Mayor Potter’s latest budget proposal does not include funding for the Bicycle Master Plan Update process.
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Mayor says no to the Bicycle Master Plan

Avatar by on April 24th, 2007 at 2:32 pm

Mayor Tom Potter has proposed
a not-so-bike-friendly budget.
File photo: 10/19/06

Last year, Transportation Commissioner Sam Adams received $50,000 to fund the first stages of Portland’s Bicycle Master Plan Update process. But this year, Adams’ office was surprised to see that the Mayor has decided to not continue funding this project.

In his latest proposed budget (released on 4/16) Mayor Potter chose to not set aside the $100,000 that Adams requested in order to continue the work on the Bicycle Master Plan Update.

The request was part of $400,000 in bicycle-related funding that was folded into Adams’ Safe Streets Initiative.
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