portland bicycle advisory committee
Have you been wanting to get more engaged with bicycling policy and advocacy in Portland? Or perhaps just learn more about how the Portland Bureau of Transportation works and plans for more cycling?
If so, listen up: the PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) is looking to fill 13 seats and applications are being accepted through Sunday, January 12th.
The BAC has space for 20 members and meets every second Tuesday in City Hall. The official purpose of the committee is to, “Advise City Council and all departments of the City on all matters relating to the use of the bicycle as a means of transportation and recreation.”
Nearly eight months after their initial request to change a public easement to make room for the new Rothko Pavillion was strongly rebuffed, the Portland Art Museum is trying again.
If you want to make biking better in Portland, there’s a great opportunity to put your passion into action: The city’s official Bicycle Advisory Committee (a.k.a. “the BAC”) is currently recruiting new members.
The BAC is a citizen-led body that advises all city bureaus, council members, and the Mayor on matters relating to bicycling. When a construction project will impact a major bike route, the BAC is there to sort out the detour and make sure the work-zone is bike-friendly. When a big planning document is about to be updated, the BAC is there to tweak the language and add key provisions. Long before a big project breaks ground, the BAC is there to sweat the details before the design is finalized.
Two influential City of Portland advisory committees oppose plans by the Portland Art Museum to create a new structure that would limit public access on a downtown block.
As we reported on March 29th, the Portland Art Museum’s $50 million Rothko Pavillion plans would further restrict public right-of-way between Southwest Park and 10th Avenues. On March 14th, at a joint meeting of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee, members overwhelmingly opposed the plans in an informal straw poll. Before taking an official position on the matter, the chair of the bicycle committee invited a representative from the museum to a subsequent meeting.
East Portland is where it’s at these days. We all know how the future looks in the Central City because the changes are happening right before our eyes. But the story of east Portland is still being written. And if the first few chapters are any indication it’ll be a bestseller.
From a bicycling standpoint the possibilities are endless: Activists (like Jim Chasse) and the City of Portland have laid a strong foundation, there’s plenty of right-of-way to work with, and there’s strong demand for a more affordable and healthy way to get around.
If you want to have a powerful voice in this future, the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee wants to hear from you. They have an opening and need to fill it with a person who lives and/or works east of 82nd Avenue.
The PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee monthly meeting is on October 13th at 6:00 in City Hall.
Check the agenda below:
Transportation System Plan Update: Stage 2
Stage 2 of the TSP update focuses on implementing the city’s Comprehensive Plan. This stage will focus on maps and classifications, performance measures (to identify how well the city’s proposals address comprehensive plan goals), looking to Transportation Demand Management and other measures to reduce traffic and parking impacts and consideration of how to manage automobile parking. Peter Hurley and Grant Morehead will discuss this stage 2 work.
￼TriMet’s track crossing proposals
Jennifer Koozer from TriMet will return to the BAC with Teresa Boyle and Jean Senechal- Biggs from PBOT to provide an update to their proposals for managing bicycle and pedestrian crossings of light rail and heavy rail tracks near Clinton Street.[Read more…]
As we reported earlier this week, the City of Portland is trying to hone its massive transportation to-do list by asking people to rank their 10 favorite projects.
In a letter circulated this week, the citizens’ committee that’s most closely tied to Portland’s biking policies shared theirs.
maybe the city’s single most progressive statement of
The City of Portland says (PDF) its new 20-year comprehensive plan is informed by three city documents that created a prioritized ranking for transportation needs.
But it’s an open question whether the “green transportation hierarchy,” as it’s been known since its creation in 2009, will be fully enshrined in the 20-year comprehensive plan as it previously was in the Sam Adams-era Climate Action Plan, Bicycle Plan for 2030 and Portland Plan.
Members of the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee are making it one of their top requests to the city to keep the chart in place and intact.
Update 9/17: The application deadline has been extended to Oct. 24.
The incoming chair and vice-chair of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee are full of energy and they’re recruiting new voices, faces and brains.
“I want to see the committee be more present in the process, both on the community level and the political level,” said Ian Stude, a member of the committee for six years and its incoming chair, in an interview last week. “People who want to cozy up to the beast a little more.”
Vice-chair Heather McCarey is leading the recruiting process for the committee, aiming for a total of 13 members and seven alternates.