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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 21st, 2020 at 1:32 pm

One of the options on the table would make the existing Arch Bridge carfree.
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Hood River businesses take over street from ODOT in order to take over street

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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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