Proposal looks to “realign” $7.15 million in PBOT budget for paving, maintenance

PBOT Interim Director Toby Widmer at a City Council budget work session today.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) With the ink on the paving audit barely dry, Mayor Charlie Hales’ interim director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation Toby Widmer, made a sweeping budget proposal during a City Council budget work session at City Hall today. They … Read more

Editorial: Activism for safer streets underscores larger transportation debate

“Demands for new biking, walking, transit, and other system improvements are common, but do you ever see activists clamoring for paving and street maintenance?” Twice this week citizens of Portland have taken action to raise awareness about unsafe streets. Benjamin Kerensa emailed us a video (watch it below) he put together of the crosswalk at … Read more

PBOT’s effort to cut budget could hit street lights, streetcar

Outgoing PBOT Director Tom Miller led a meeting of his budget advisory committee on Tuesday.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) When members of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Budget Advisory Committee settled into their fourth and final meeting on Tuesday, they got some grim news. On top of the $4.5 million in ongoing cuts the bureau was … Read more

BTA-led coalition seeks to restore active transportation cuts in City budget

BTA’s Gerik Kransky (L) and freight advocate Corky Collier after the PBOT Budget BAC meeting yesterday.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) In the face of severe cuts to active transportation in the PBOT budget that came to light last month, a coalition led by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) presented a proposal yesterday to restore nearly half … Read more

PBOT budget proposal cuts active transportation by $1.5 million

A budget proposal by PBOT would end reduce the City’s support of Sunday Parkways.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) As PBOT grapples with a $4.4 million budget gap for the upcoming fiscal year, yesterday they proposed $1.5 in cuts that would directly impact biking and walking projects and programs. Members of the PBOT Budget Advisory Committee heard … Read more