No More Freeways

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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BikePortland Podcast: An interview with Aaron Brown from No More Freeways

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 22nd, 2021 at 10:41 am

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Youth climate activists will take demands to Governor’s front door

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 13th, 2021 at 3:41 pm

Activists with Sunrise PDX protesting in front of ODOT’s regional headquarters on June 9th, 2021.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Climate anxiety leads to action for Portland bike shop owners and freeway fighters

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 9th, 2021 at 10:55 am

Look for it at your local bike shop.

The recent heat wave, looming wildfire risks, and lawmakers’ tone deaf support of freeway expansions are fueling high anxiety about climate change in the Portland region. And as you might expect, many people are organizing and taking action to do something about it.

There’s now a “Bike Action Team” that has formed under the local chapter of the Citizens’ Climate Lobby, a nationwide effort to boost awareness and support for the federal Energy Innovation and Carbon Dividend Act. The legislation would put a price on carbon and send taxpayers a carbon dividend check. We first reported about local support for this effort back in March. Since then, six more local bike shops have signed onto the Business Climate Leaders Bicycle Industry Climate Declaration. Backpedal Cycleworks, Block Bikes PDX, Gladys Bikes, Joe Bike, Kenton Cycle Repair, and New Age Bike Works are the six new shops on the list. They join Clever Cycles, Cyclepath, Cynergy E-Bikes, The eBike Store, Inc., Fat Tire Farm, Go By Bike, Nomad Cycles, Recumbent PDX, River City Bicycles, Rose City Recumbent Cycles and West End Bikes.

You’ll likely see this poster (right) at these shops next time you stop in. The poster has QR codes where you can learn about the legislation and send your congressional representative a note to urge their support. [Read more…]

Opposition to ODOT I-5 freeway project gains steam at Tubman School rally

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 12th, 2021 at 3:31 pm

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Lawsuit filed against USDOT over state’s handling of I-5 Rose Quarter expansion

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 5th, 2021 at 10:58 am

Flyer for Friday’s rally on North Mississippi Ave.
(Photo: No More Freeways)

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High level talks next month will decide fate of I-5 Rose Quarter project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 30th, 2019 at 3:52 pm

ODOT says even if they did do an EIS it wouldn’t stop the project from moving forward.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

What’s really going on with the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project?
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No More Freeways coalition requests more time for feedback on environmental impacts of I-5 expansion

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 28th, 2018 at 12:43 pm

The proposed elements of the I-5 Rose Quarter project. Yellow lines are new freeway lanes.

A coalition with concerns over the State of Oregon’s planned $450 million expansion of Interstate 5 through Portland’s Rose Quarter have requested more time to consider the project’s environmental impacts.
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Watch how ODOT’s Rose Quarter freeway project will expand right into Harriet Tubman Middle School

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on August 13th, 2018 at 2:08 pm

Still from video created by Cupola Media> shows how ODOT’s new freeway lane would encroach even further into the neighborhood it destroyed when it was first built in the 1970s. That’s Harriet Tubman Middle School on the right.

The Oregon Department of Transportation and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have justified the I-5 Rose Quarter freeway project as a way to “restore” the traditionally African-American neighborhood that the freeway runs through.

But a new animated video released today by the No More Freeways coalition shows that a wider freeway will not only encroach further into that neighborhood, it will bring toxic fumes from cars and diesel trucks even closer to students and staff at Harriet Tubman Middle School.
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Community rallies against ODOT’s plans to tear down Flint Ave bridge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 16th, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Veteran activist Ron Buel works the crowd on Flint Avenue this morning.
(Photo: Emily Guise)

They offered free coffee and donuts, and some bad news: The bridge they were giving it out on will be removed if the Oregon Department of Transportation ever breaks ground on their $450 million I-5 Rose Quarter project.

Volunteers from the No More Freeways coalition and Bike Loud PDX hosted the event with an aim to educate people about the project and add signatures to a petition they plan to deliver to Portland City Council this Thursday.

I was there for just a few minutes and was surprised to be greeted by Jim Howell and Ron Buel, two veterans of Portland’s past freeway fights. They were both eager to show me a strip of grassy hillside adjacent to the current I-5 freeway that separates thousands of polluting cars from students at Harriet Tubman Middle School. “That’s where ODOT wants to put the new lanes,” Buel said.
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