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Portland Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Committees

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on July 14th, 2021 at 1:00 am

“The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be holding a virtual joint meeting of the city’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committees on Tuesday, July 13th from 6-8:30 pm via Zoom. Please see below for details and instructions on how to join.

Register in advance for this webinar:

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_UKwDE3RpSRqPgfYDg9AVHg

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

 

Introductions / Announcements (6:00-6:15)

 

Public Comment (6:15-6:25)

 

Discussion with PBOT Director Chris Warner (6:25-7:15)

Chris Warner joined PBOT as Assistant Director in the fall of 2016. He was appointed Director in June 2019. Under his leadership PBOTR is dedicated to efficiently managing and maintaining the city’s transportation system, achieving the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and enhancing the city’s high quality of life. Warner has a rich history in transportation, having served as Governor Ted Kulongoski’s senior transportation policy advisory and as Chief of Staff to former City Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick.

 

122nd Avenue Plan (7:15-8:00)

PBOT is currently developing a plan for 122nd Avenue to increase safety for all users of the right of way, improve walking and bicycling access, and support better transit. The plan will recommend phased improvements to: eliminate serious injuries and fatalities and remove 122nd Avenue from the Vision Zero High Crash Corridor Network; enhance multimodal travel options and comfort along and across the street; and support the transformation of the street into a Civic Corridor. It will also establish an implementation framework. PBOT staff will discuss the broad outlines of the planning effort, share proposed recommendations and seek feedback from the committee members.

 

Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge Proposed Cost Saving Measures (8:00-8:30)

Multnomah County’s elected leaders have asked the EQRB project team to identify ways to reduce the overall project cost. The County has currently identified only about one-third of needed funds to build the recommended Preferred Alternative. The project team will discuss their initial cost-savings proposals and seek feedback from the committee members.

 

Adjourn (8:30)

Adults Learn to Ride Class

Maritza Arango (Events Editor) by on July 10th, 2021 at 10:00 pm

Event runs from 3 to 6; plan on spending 1 ½ – 2 hours learning to ride.

“Wish you could ride a bike but never learned how? Or maybe you need a refresher in a judgement-free and traffic-free environment? This class is for you! Doesn’t matter if you’re 18 or 80, we will get you rolling no time. With our safe and easy teaching methods, students will learn how to balance, pedal, start, stop, and steer a bike all in a two hour class. Bikes and helmets will be available for all participants to borrow! If you have a bike, bring it – mechanics will be on hand to make sure it’s running smoothly. Class meets in Gateway Discovery Park, NE Halsey St at 106th Ave, next to the Really Really Free Market event. Event runs from 3 to 6; plan on spending 1 ½ – 2 hours learning to ride. This FREE class is hosted by Portland Community College, Bikes for Humanity and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.”

Portland’s transportation bureau has a new logo: Here’s what it means

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 3rd, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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PBOT Pedestrian Advisory Committee member steps down, cites city’s lack of progress

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 18th, 2021 at 1:43 pm

Evelyn Amara Ferreira

A member of the Portland Bureau of Transportation Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) has decided to resign from the committee for what she says is the agency’s, “inability to respond swiftly and proactively to the crises we are facing, the lack of creative thinking and solutions, and reasons why we need to see more action from the agency.”

Evelyn Amara Ferreira, a walking and sustainability advocate who’s also CEO and founder Earthen Exchange, has served three years of her four-year term on the PAC. In a letter sent Tuesday to other members of the committee (read it below), Amara Ferreira said, “This wasn’t an easy decision to make, but I’m finding it difficult to be an active participant on the committee and bring my full and generally optimistic self to the table.”

The move comes one week after members of the PBOT Bicycle Advisory Committee excoriated the agency for its handling of a recent project where BAC members did not feel respectfully engaged in the decision-making process. [Read more…]

PBOT’s street dining permit program is a test of antiracist pledge

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 2nd, 2020 at 11:44 am

Article published yesterday by Street Roots.

The current number one priority at Portland’s transportation bureau is a permit program that aims to help restaurants spread into the street so they can serve more people safely. The Healthy Business program is part of a larger Safe Streets Initiative that’s altering public right-of-way to improve safety and create more space for physically-distanced commerce.

By some accounts the program is working well. Since it was launched at the end of May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) says they’ve issued well over 200 permits so far and rave reviews are coming in for the street dining plazas.

But is the program working for everyone? Are Black-owned businesses getting a fair shot? And is PBOT’s execution of the program living up to their pledge to be antiracist?
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Portland transportation bureau vows to be “more inclusive and anti-racist”

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 12th, 2020 at 11:10 am

“We acknowledge that our institution has contributed immensely to the historic pain and burden you bear.”
— Chris Warner, PBOT Director

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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