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

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.

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New Portland study says greenery is the preferred bikeway buffer

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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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4th annual Oregon Transportation Summit details released

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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!

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

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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

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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

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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.

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

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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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Portland State cycling team set for another stellar year

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The PSU Cycling Team.
(Photo: PSU Cycling

2010 is set to be another banner year for the Portland State University Cycling Club.

In 2008, team member Anita Dilles represented PSU at the Collegiate Track Nationals and in 2009, Amelia Bjesse-Puffin made two appearances on the podium. These successes on the track, along with their involvement off the race course, has earned them “Collegiate Cycling Club of the Month” honors this month from USA Cycling.

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Biking to PSU? Get free breakfast all week

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Bikes parked outside PSU’s
Smith Student Union.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Word from our friends at the Portland State University Bicycle Advocacy Collective (PSUBAC) is that they’re kicking off 2010 with free ‘Breakfast for Bikers’ every day this week.

From 9:00 to 11:00 am, you’ll be treated to pastries, coffee and other snacks: All you have to do is show up with your bike (and your own mug). They’ll be set up near the cycle track on SW Broadway at Harrison through Thursday and on Friday they’ll be at the newly opened PSU Bike Hub on the SW corner of SW 6th and Harrison.

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