PSU moves toward permanent car ban on SW Montgomery

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 24th, 2019 at 1:11 pm

SW Montgomery from 6th Avenue as seen today with a brand new layer of pavement.
(Photo: Tim Davis/

Pretty much every time people are treated to urban space that’s free from motor vehicles, they embrace it and want to make it last forever. That appears to be what’s happening on Southwest Montgomery between 6th and Broadway. [Read more…]

PSU will make block of SW Montgomery a carfree plaza in May

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 3rd, 2019 at 10:13 am

This block of SW Montgomery is one of only three between the river and I-405 that isn’t already carfree.
(Photo: Tim Davis)

Portland State University will create a carfree plaza on the block of Southwest Montgomery Street between Broadway and 6th avenues. The plaza will be installed for the month of May and if all goes well, school officials hope it becomes permanent.[Read more…]

New Portland study says greenery is the preferred bikeway buffer

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 1st, 2015 at 3:40 pm

buffer type score

Slide from a recent PSU grad’s study of people’s comfort preferences. An “A” score represents the most comfortable biking.
(Image: TREC at PSU)

What’s the best way to separate bike and auto traffic?

Portland hasn’t built many protected bike lanes yet, but the ones it has include dabbles in every major separation method, from the mountable curbs on Northeast Cully to the plastic posts on the Hawthorne Bridge viaduct to the thick fence on the Morrison Bridge to the big round planters on Northeast Multnomah to the parked cars on Southwest Broadway.

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Support builds for walking and biking improvements on east side of Naito Parkway (updated)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 12th, 2015 at 3:29 pm

busy walk path

Even where it isn’t blocked, Naito’s existing goatpath often spills over during festivals.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A week after Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick’s office called out Naito Parkway for failing to provide “a minimum level of safety for the traveling public” along Waterfront Park, other central-city institutions are weighing in.

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Bike commuters are happiest (and other PSU research tidbits)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 30th, 2013 at 2:24 pm

Graph of “commute well-being” from a presentation poster by Oliver Smith.

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4th annual Oregon Transportation Summit details released

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 9th, 2012 at 10:12 am

Check out the info below on the 4th annual summit, which takes place on September 10th:

The Oregon Transportation Summit is back for a fourth year! This unique conference, produced in partnership by OTREC, WTS, ITE and APA, brings together academic and practicing transportation professionals from throughout Oregon. The twin goals of the Summit are to disseminate new knowledge and to help shape OTREC’s research agenda. Register Now![Read more…]

Event: Capital Bikeshare Lessons Learned (4/8/11)

Avatar by on March 16th, 2011 at 11:17 am

Event Name: Capital Bikeshare Lessons Learned
Event Start Date: 8 April 2011
Start Time: 3:00:00 PM
Event Description: We’re pleased to announce that Gabe Klein, former Director of the Washington DC Dept. of Transportation, will be in town Friday April 8th, along with Alison Cohen, President of Alta Bicycle Share, Inc., which operates Capital Bike Share in DC.

Alison and Gabe will share lessons learned from Capital Bike Share, including the process of funding, launching, and operating the largest bikesharing system in the nation, from the perspective of the city and the operator.

When: Friday April 8th 3-4 pm

Location: ITS Lab (Room 315), Engineering Building at PSU – 1930 SW 4th Ave., Portland

Please spread the word!

PSU gets ‘Silver’ and other news updates from the Bike Summit

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 8th, 2011 at 12:29 pm

National Bike Summit 2010 Day 1-14

200,000 people have signed up
since last year.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The National Bike Summit doesn’t officially kick off until tonight; but there’s already been several bits of news to leak out of D.C.

Check out the roundup below…

Portland State named “Silver” bike-friendly university

The League of American Bicyclists just announced their first-ever recipients of the new Bike Friendly University awards. Similar to their well-known Bike Friendly Community awards, the League created this program to recognize universities that go above and beyond in making their campuses comfortable for people who choose to ride a bike.
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PSU report: Cycle track, buffered bike lanes working well, but could be improved

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 24th, 2011 at 11:55 am

Cycletrack on SW Broadway-7

“Working well” says PSU evaluation.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Researchers at Portland State University have completed an evaluation of Portland’s cycle track on SW Broadway and buffered bike lanes on SW Stark and Oak. The analysis, prepared for the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), shows that both of the bikeway types are “working well,” but PSU also laid out some recommendations on how to make them work even better.[Read more…]

How PSU is getting staff and students to leave their cars at home

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 31st, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Montgomery St Bike Garage at PSU

Over 2,000 bike parking spots are just
one reason it’s easy to ride to PSU.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland State University’s location, facilities, and policies to promote options to driving alone are paying off. A survey released last week shows that three in four students and employees at the campus get there without a car. A press release about the survey issued by PSU proclaimed that, “Cars are alternative transportation for students and staff at PSU.”
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