national politics

Is the FAST Act really a ‘win’ for bikes? Let’s see what the charts say…

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 15th, 2015 at 10:56 am

tap per capita

TAP is one of the most important streams of federal money for biking and walking projects.
(Charts: BikePortland. Data here.)

In the days since President Obama signed the new five-year FAST Act into law, we’ve been talking to several local experts about how it might affect Oregon.
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As Obama visits, three words of advice for Thursday and Friday trips downtown

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 7th, 2015 at 12:09 am

Click the two areas of the map above for information on each street closure.

To paraphrase the city’s official news release only slightly:

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Q & A with Polly Trottenberg, Asst Sec of Transportation Policy at the USDOT

Avatar by on December 20th, 2011 at 8:17 am

Polly Trottenberg, Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation, speaking at the Sellwood Bridge Project groundbreaking last week. She sat down with me for an interview a few hours later.

Last week I had the opportunity to sit down with Polly Trottenberg, the Assistant Secretary for Transportation Policy at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Asst. Sec. Trottenberg was in town to deliver a $17.7 million check for the Sellwood Bridge Project. I caught up with her at Clever Cycles on SE Hawthorne Blvd. We talked about the role of activists, the new era of highway funding, the CRC project, and more.

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Portland’s bikeway signage “wasteful” says GOP Senator

Avatar by on December 21st, 2010 at 1:23 pm

[Via KGW-TV]

Tom Coburn

Oklahoma’s Republican Senator Tom Coburn has published a list of 100 federally funded projects that he deems, “the most wasteful government spending of 2010.” On that list is a $900,000 stimulus grant recently received by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to pay for bikeway markings and signage.

Sen. Coburn seems to think that we already had enough signs on our bikeways and the new ones simply aren’t necessary. Here’s the mention of the signs in Coburn’s “Wastebook” (those are my photos, used without permission):[Read more…]