ODOT ‘envisions’ zero traffic deaths, but their safety plan needs your help to get there

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 15th, 2021 at 10:46 am

As long as ODOT thinks roads like this (SW Barbur Blvd) are OK, we will never reach that vision (taken from ODOT Transportation Safety Action Plan).
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Better bike lanes confirmed for key stretch of ‘Dirty 30’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 13th, 2021 at 12:29 pm

They call it “Dirty 30” for a reason!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s Highway 30 is an extremely important part of the cycling network, so we watch very closely for any opportunity to make it better.

You might recall last fall when we shared a hopeful story about how the stretch of what many locals call “Dirty 30” for its often debris-filled bike lanes could see cycling upgrades as part of a major Oregon Department of Transportation repaving project.

Now we’ve gotten our first-ever look at plans that confirm what the bike lanes will look like…
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ODOT is already waffling on 82nd Avenue funding promise

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 13th, 2021 at 9:00 am

Graphic shared by ODOT in a statement last Friday.

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Oregon DOT shares first-ever internal research on how race and income impact road safety

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 5th, 2021 at 11:01 am

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After outcry, ODOT removes ‘Thin Blue Line’ flag from state property

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 1st, 2021 at 11:29 am

ODOT field office on Highway 26 at Timberline Road flying a Thin Blue Line flag that has since been removed.
(Photo via @design_hole on Twitter)

The Oregon Department of Transportation has pulled down a Thin Blue Line flag that was flying on state-owned property.

The presence of the flag was noted by a Portland Twitter user who posted a photo of the image on Saturday (1/30) along with the message: “Why does the taxpayer-funded @OregonDOT lot at Hwy 26 & Timberline Rd have a Thin Blue Line flag on its flagpole?”

The post spread quickly and the majority of respondents expressed concern and tagged Oregon Governor Kate Brown in their messages. “Beyond inappropriate,” said one. “Gonna do anything about this racist flag on our community property @OregonGovBrown?” asked another. [Read more…]

E-bikes not represented in statewide ‘transportation electrification’ project

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 14th, 2021 at 1:51 pm

E-bike stores, like this one in north Portland, are very busy these days.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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ODOT Strategic Action Plan promises ‘ambitious transformation’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 7th, 2021 at 11:59 am

“New”? Maybe to ODOT, but cycling was popular in Oregon cities long before anyone drove or needed a highway to do it on.
(Graphic: ODOT Strategic Action Plan)

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State of Oregon considers driving ban on some beaches to improve safety

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 30th, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Aerial image of Cape Kiwanda / Pacific City via Google Maps.

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Climate commitment looms over Oregon Transportation Commission’s $2.24 billion funding decision

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 24th, 2020 at 12:34 pm

The Oregon Transportation Commission has a choice to make.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Opinion: ODOT-written articles in the Tribune mislead the public

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 13th, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Front page of the Portland Tribune’s business section on October 25th. How many readers know Brendan Finn is the director of ODOT’s office of urban mobility and lead on the controversial I-5 Rose Quarter project?

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