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

Avatar 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’

Avatar 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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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

Avatar 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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Leader of ODOT Climate Office: ‘We’re moving in the complete wrong direction’

Avatar by on October 23rd, 2020 at 11:51 am

Uh oh.
(Source: ODOT Climate Office)

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State of Oregon to consider new carfree bridge near Willamette Falls in Oregon City

Avatar by on September 21st, 2020 at 1:32 pm

One of the options on the table would make the existing Arch Bridge carfree.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Hood River businesses take over street from ODOT in order to take over street

Avatar by on July 23rd, 2020 at 12:45 pm

Not ODOT-approved.
(Image: City of Hood River)

The Oregon Department of Transportation is trying.

The agency that’s pushing to expand freeways throughout the Portland region and has become Oregon’s de facto advocacy organization for car users, wants to be seen as innovative and nimble; but a situation in the city of Hood River shows the lengths businesses had to go just to use a few curbside parking spaces on one of the agency’s state highways.

Earlier this month businesses along Hood River’s main drag of Oak Street started building “street seat” installations to give customers more space to eat and drink. The efforts were part of a parklet permit program launched by the City of Hood River at the end of June.
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Checking ODOT’s work on those Historic Highway guardrails

Avatar by on July 14th, 2020 at 1:24 pm

The presence of the guardrail — installed in the middle of the paved shoulder — combined with the shy distance leaves only about 1-2 feet of rideable space.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Washington DOT will reallocate highway space as part of ‘Healthy, Active Streets’ program

Avatar by on July 8th, 2020 at 3:50 pm

Imagine if Portland could ask for a carfree lane on 82nd Ave. Then imagine if ODOT actually listened.

Unlike our Oregon Department of Transportation whose seems to be carrying out a policy to rid their highways of everything but people in cars, the Washington Department of Transportation announced yesterday that it’s getting on the open streets train.

Imagine that. A state DOT voluntarily banning automobile users from lanes and even complete roadways all in the name of safety and health.
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