Opinion: Tell Metro Council we must denormalize freeway widening

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 21st, 2021 at 6:56 am

Image of family and kids on bikes and sidewalk on overpass with Interstate 5 freeway in the background.

(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Amazing new resource shares all government funding sources available for trails in Oregon

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 20th, 2021 at 2:27 pm

40-Mile Loop volunteer Jim Sjulin at the Quarterly Trails Forum last week.

A retired Portland Parks and Recreation planner has just gifted the transportation community something very, very special.

If you’ve ever tried to secure funding for a trail or path project, or advocate for one, you can relate to the dizzying array of acronyms and information that comes with it. What starts as an exciting idea to create a new bike path, can end up leading you down a rabbit-hole of application deadlines, funding parameters, and clunky government websites. It’s enough to cause premature burnout in even the most hardened advocrat.

Jim Sjulin knows this feeling well. As a retired Parks employee and current volunteer with 40-Mile Loop Land Trust, he’s ferreted his share of funding pots. I was impressed with Sjulin’s excellent work to fund remaining gaps on the Marine Drive bike path, but his latest effort is on a whole nother level.

At the Quarterly Trails Forum hosted by Metro on July 14th, Sjulin shared a spreadsheet with information on every government funding source available for trail projects in Oregon. To the uninitiated, that might not sound like a big deal. But once you browse the document, it’s scope and value become apparent. [Read more…]

Gideon Overcrossing has been renamed in honor of Metro Councilor Bob Stacey

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 29th, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Inset: New sign just installed by PBOT.

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Metro, county team up to host regional forum on transportation safety

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 31st, 2021 at 4:09 pm

An empty bike lane on a multi-lane street full of drivers and cars.

Bike lane on SE Foster Road.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Metro launches ‘Kids are everywhere. Drive like it” campaign

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 22nd, 2021 at 12:21 pm

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Metro terminates ‘smart city’ data project meant to help count bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 25th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Sample of Replica analysis.

A data project billed as the “next generation urban planning tool” that involved over two years of negotiations between Metro, TriMet, the City of Portland, and Google-owner Alphabet has crashed-and-burned.

On Saturday, Red Tail Media reported that a contract between Metro and Sidewalk Labs to develop the Replica tool for regional use been officially terminated. “A city tech project in Portland with the Sidewalk Labs spin-off leads to accusations, data disputes and ‘damaged trust'” reads the headline, which was then picked up by the BBC on Tuesday. [Read more…]

Earmarks are coming back and Oregon is positioned to get them says Rep. Blumenauer

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 18th, 2021 at 3:23 pm

Blumenauer at this morning’s JPACT meeting (lower right).

Oregon Congressman Earl Blumenauer dropped into a meeting of the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) Thursday morning to share an overview of what to expect from the Biden Administration.[Read more…]

Was it worth it? Metro seeks feedback on active transportation projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 20th, 2021 at 12:14 pm

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TriMet GM stays positive as reality of SW Corridor project loss settles in

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 16th, 2020 at 4:21 pm

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TriMet GM boosts e-bikes as leaders weigh in on congestion pricing

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 21st, 2020 at 4:12 pm

Urgency for new transportation funding options has never been greater.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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