Gala event, concert will toast Blumenauer’s 40 year career

Avatar by on June 5th, 2012 at 2:49 pm

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Blumenauer in D.C. in March.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland native Earl Blumenauer has served in elected office in Oregon since 1972 when he won a seat in the Oregon House of Representatives at the age of 24. He’s been in politics ever since. On June 14th, Blumenauer’s supporters will throw him a big party to commemorate his 40 years in office.

The event, dubbed “40 Years of Leadership,” will take place at Memorial Coliseum and will include performances by Pink Martini and Storm Large.

During his four decades of leadership, Blumenauer has presided over much of the bicycle and transportation legacy that our region is so well known for. From his position as head of the City of Portland Department of Public Works (what we now call the Bureau of Transportation) from 1987 to 1996, Blumenauer (with Mia Birk as his right-hand woman) oversaw an explosion in bikeway miles. From his office in Washington D.C., where he’s served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives since 1996, Blumenauer is without a doubt the most influential and well-known champion for bicycling on Capitol Hill.
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Election night a big one for Bike Walk Vote PAC

Avatar by on May 17th, 2012 at 4:06 pm

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Bike Walk Vote excited an
active (transportation) base of
Portland voters.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Tuesday night’s elections were full of good news for Portland’s re-energized Bike Walk Vote political action committee.

After being founded in 2004, then lying dormant for several years following the 2008 elections, Bike Walk Vote came roaring back last winter. Boasting some seriously smart and plugged-in new leaders (Evan Manvel, Peter Welte, Mike O’ Leary just to name a few), they threw a highly successful launch party in December. When the likes of U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer and a packed crowd showed up, it was a clear sign that Portland’s huge population of low-car advocates were just waiting to organize and make their voices heard.

With the votes counted from the May 15th primary, candidates supported by Bike Walk Vote did extremely well. In fact, five of the seven candidates they endorsed won outright and the remaining two — Jefferson Smith for mayor and Mary Nolan for City Council — finished very close seconds and will sail into runoffs in November.
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Mayoral hopefuls asked: ‘Will building more bikeways be a priority for you?’

Avatar by on April 26th, 2012 at 5:18 pm

Active Transportation Debate at PSU-2

The candidates at a debate in February.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Three local media outlets — KPAM radio, KOIN TV, and the Portland Tribune newspaper — hosted a mayoral debate today. Among the questions asked by KOIN’s Mike Gianola was, “Will building more bikeways be a priority for you?”

Amazingly, for the city most often referred to as the best bicycling city in America, not one of the leading candidates for mayor grabbed the question by the horns and answered with a strong, “Yes!”. If you weren’t convinced yet that bicycling is a liability when it comes to swaying undecideds (who all the candidates are trying to sway right now) this exchange should seal the deal.

Instead of confidently answering that Portland needs to do more to build our lagging bike network and make bicycling a larger priority because it makes sense and we’ve already made huge strides for relative peanuts in investment — each candidate stuck to their now familiar responses they’ve pulled out whenever a bike-related question comes up. [Read more…]

KATU asks ‘Bike lanes or…’ question: See how mayoral candidates respond

Avatar by on April 24th, 2012 at 2:00 pm

KATU-TV (Portland’s ABC affiliate) and Willamette Week hosted a televised mayoral debate on Sunday night. It was a very good debate with questions taken from live audience members, online fans, and seasoned political reporters from both outlets. Then this happened…

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Meet and mingle with City Council candidates tonight

Avatar by on April 11th, 2012 at 3:00 pm

Fritz (L) and Nolan (R)
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Candidates rally, inspire ‘Bike Walk Vote’ crowd

Avatar by on April 5th, 2012 at 3:04 pm

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The crowd at Crank bike shop waits to hear from the candidates endorsed by Bike Walk Vote.

Portland’s Bike Walk Vote political action committee hosted a party last night in southeast Portland to introduce the community to the candidates they’ve endorsed. A huge crowd packed into Crank bike shop where candidates had tables set up to entice volunteers, pizza was consumed, and the conversations flowed as freely as the beer.

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An interview with mayoral candidate Eileen Brady

Avatar by on April 4th, 2012 at 4:48 pm

Eileen Brady, photographed in BikePortland’s downtown office.

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Bike Walk Vote announces endorsements for City Council, Metro

Avatar by on April 4th, 2012 at 4:47 pm

Nolan gets the nod over Fritz
for City Council.
(Photo: Mary Nolan campaign)

Political action committee Bike Walk Vote has just announced their endorsements for Portland City Council and Metro Council.

The group endorses Mary Nolan for Portland City Council Position #1. Nolan, a former Oregon state legislator, is looking to unseat incumbent Amanda Fritz. Bike Walk Vote Co-Chair Evan Manvel says Nolan, “has taken tough positions in support of green and active transportation.” Manvel also cited the “tough votes” Nolan took in opposition to “highway-heavy transportation plans” and her opposition to the Columbia River Crossing project.

For City Council Position #4, Bike Walk Vote has endorsed Steve Novick. Novick ran for a Senate seat in 2010 (which he lost to Jeff Merkley) and he is considered a relative shoe-in for this Council spot. His main challenger is neighborhood activist Jeri Williams. In announcing their decision, Bike Walk Vote Co-Chair Peter Welte said Novick, “has been a champion of public health for decades,” and that he, “deeply understands the intersection of community health with healthy transportation and land use planning.”
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Schouten gets Washington County Commission nod from Bike Walk Vote

Avatar by on April 3rd, 2012 at 3:13 pm

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Schouten at our Get Together event in Tigard in 2010.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Incumbent Washington County Commissioner Dick Schouten has earned the endorsement of political action committee Bike Walk Vote. The announcement was made today and the organization is expected to make endorsements for Portland City Council and Metro races later this evening.

Schouten represents District 1, which includes nearly all of Beaverton as well as parts of Aloha, Cooper Mountain and Reedville. For those in transportation advocacy circles in the Portland region, this endorsement comes as no surprise. Schouten has been an outspoken advocate for bicycling, walking, and sensible transportation planning on the West Side for many years. His support of bicycling goes back over a decade: He was given an Alice Award by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance in 2001.[Read more…]

Election roundup: The Oregonian picks Hales, Brady in a car, candidate events, and more

Avatar by on April 2nd, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Active Transportation Debate at PSU-5

A big endorsement for Mr. Hales.

Local elections are heading into the home stretch here in Portland (primaries are May 15th). Candidates are going to the full-court press, media coverage is picking up, and non-profit groups are hosting events to introduce you to your future leaders. Here’s an update on things from a bike/transportation perspective…

The big news is that former City Commissioner turned streetcar/light-rail consultant Charlie Hales has won the big endorsement of The Oregonian. In an editorial explaining the decision, The Oregonian cited Hales’ experience on City Council and his “record of accomplishment” on many local issues. [Read more…]