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‘Green streets’ and the fight against vehicular violence

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 1st, 2021 at 4:09 pm

A green street planter on SW Multnomah Blvd recently swallowed an errant driver.
(Photo: Peter S.)

For Portland City Commissioner Mingus Mapps, last week’s intentional vehicular violence in southeast Portland hit very close to home. [Read more…]

‘My bike is my car”: An interview with Portland City Commissioner-elect Mingus Mapps

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 10th, 2020 at 9:05 am

(Photos: Mingus for Portland)

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Mapps defeats Eudaly for seat on Portland City Council

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 3rd, 2020 at 8:54 pm

Welcome to council, Mingus Mapps.
(Source: Mapps Campaign)

Incumbent Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has lost her seat on City Council. Mingus Mapps, a self-described “daily bike commuter” since the 1980s has won 56% of the vote to Eudaly’s 43% with just over 78% of the votes recorded.

Eudaly, commissioner-in-charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, enjoyed broad support among transportation reform advocates. Her Rose Lane Project, which has already installed some bus-priority lanes around the city, was a signature accomplishment. [Read more…]

Election open thread: Chloe Eudaly or Mingus Mapps for City Council?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 15th, 2020 at 10:20 am

(Source: Multnomah County Voter’s Guide)

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Transportation advocates rally around Commissioner Eudaly as challenger gains momentum

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 7th, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Portland Commissioner Chloe Eudaly is in trouble.

As Willamette Week reported today, she’s well behind challenger Mingus Mapps in both polling and fundraising and there’s a very real possibility she won’t earn a second term on council.

This reality has set off alarm bells within Portland’s transportation reform circles. As the commissioner-in-charge of the transportation bureau, Eudaly has led several very popular initiatives. Most notably her office created the Rose Lane Project which has the stated goal of reducing commute times for people of color. Eudaly’s vision of streets as places for much more than just car and truck users is also evident in the Safe Streets Initiative, a major undertaking to make public right-of-way more accessible and safer for vulnerable road users and small business customers. [Read more…]

Candidates on Bikes: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley, Keith Wilson and Sam Adams

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 1st, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Left to right: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley, Sam Adams, Keith Wilson.
(Photos: Respective campaigns)

It’s been a tough pill for me to swallow, but the truth is cycling just doesn’t command the same attention in local political circles that it used to. With so many people struggling to put a roof over their head and all the systemic injustice and inequality that has become even more glaring in recent years, it’s understandable that personal mobility doesn’t merit as much attention as it did a decade ago.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t ask candidates for local office what they think about it! [Read more…]

Portland City Council candidate Mingus Mapps wants to ‘reclaim our streets’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 27th, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Mingus Mapps
(Photo: Mapps campaign)

Locked in a heated race against incumbent City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and former Portland Mayor Sam Adams, Mingus Mapps has jumped into the Covid-19 open streets discussion.

Eudaly, who’s in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation, doubled down on her decision to not adapt our streets to realities of the virus outbreak last week. Eudaly’s position thus far hasn’t changed for nearly a month now and puts Portland further and further outside the mainstream as big and small cities nationwide seize this moment to create healthier streets (see our Monday Roundup for the latest updates).

Mapps’ campaign announced this morning that he wants to “reclaim our streets” and has a “constructive compromise” to offer.

“Mingus Mapps calls on the City of Portland to publicly encourage neighborhoods to apply for block party permits to close down streets in their own neighborhoods,” the announcement reads. “Mingus supports this ‘bottom up’ approach that empowers Portlanders to build social capital and bring neighbors and children outside while also maintaining social distancing. He encourages the City to allow permits to last for up to one week.”[Read more…]