Q & A with Ashton Simpson, who just announced a bid for Metro Council

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 16th, 2021 at 10:52 am

(Photo: Committee to Elect Ashton Simpson)

“Climate change is not going to wait on any of us and we have to transform our system in a way that can meet our climate goals… I would love to take a billion dollars and put it into a community, rather than a freeway expansion.
— Ashton Simpson, Metro Council candidate

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Only one Metro councilor said “no” to freeway expansion projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 4th, 2021 at 9:55 am

“To me these highway expansions represent an old way of doing business.”
— Juan Carlos González, Metro Council

Juan Carlos González.

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Metro reschedules closely-watched votes on freeway expansion projects

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 29th, 2021 at 11:35 am

A popular mantra in Portland these days, chalked outside Tubman Middle School at a rally in April.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Two freeway expansion projects that were due to be approved by Metro Council at a meeting today (7/29) have been taken off the agenda and will be given their own meeting next week. The change is notable because, as we shared last week in an opinion from transportation and climate change activist Chris Smith, the items were previously on a consent agenda which meant there would be no formal vote or discussion.

The newly scheduled meeting on Tuesday at 2:00 pm (8/3) takes the controversial resolutions out of a consent agenda and they will now be discussed and voted on by Metro Council members separately. It’s not a public hearing, and public comment will still only be taken at the start of the meeting, but the move is a small win for activists who’ve flooded Metro Council with concerns about the projects.
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Opinion: Tell Metro Council we must denormalize freeway widening

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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…]