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PBOT Deputy Director Millicent Williams speaks out on race and transportation

Avatar by on June 25th, 2020 at 1:35 pm

Millicent Williams.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“At this juncture, either we will all be comfortable, or we’ll all be uncomfortable.”
— Millicent Williams, Deputy Director of PBOT

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Vanport, Williams Avenue, and racist planning: The history of where we ride matters

Avatar by on June 19th, 2020 at 11:15 am

These signs on Williams Avenue can lead to discovery and a deeper understanding of the neighborhood.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland transportation bureau vows to be “more inclusive and anti-racist”

Avatar 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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Thoughts on racism, public space, and transportation activism

Avatar by on May 28th, 2020 at 2:09 pm

(From Seeing & Believing Bike Equity, Adonia Lugo/League of American Bicyclists 2014)

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Today: Live interview with author and mobility justice advocate Adonia Lugo

Avatar by on May 28th, 2020 at 10:03 am


A Reed College graduate who has gone on to be a leading voice on the intersection of racism and transportation reform advocacy will join Portland-based Microcosm Publishing for a live event on YouTube later today (5/28).

Adonia Lugo earned a degree from Reed in 2005 then went on to earn a Masters Degree and PhD in anthropology from UC Irvine. She spent two years as manager of the equity initiative at the League of American Bicyclists. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance was published by Microcosm in 2018.

Lugo is also one of the organizers behind Untokening, a group that has risen to prominence in transportation reform circles for work that, “Centers the lived experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity.”[Read more…]

Hood River bike shop owner ‘incredibly sorry’ about racist Instagram post

Avatar by on April 14th, 2020 at 2:50 pm

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‘Brown Bike Girl’ in Portland to offer anti-bias seminar

Avatar by on January 23rd, 2020 at 10:24 am

Courtney Williams
(From her website)

Courtney Williams wants cycling advocates to change on the inside before working to change what’s outside.

Williams, a bicycle advocacy consultant who lives in Brooklyn, New York and is also known as The Brown Bike Girl, wants more organizers and community leaders in the cycling space to think not just about bike lanes, but whether or not their own biases and privilege prevent people from influencing projects and policies that relate directly to the institutional and physical barriers they face while getting from place to place.

Williams will host, Outside Advocate: Anti-Bias, Anti-Privilege Seminar, on Saturday (1/25) at The Street Trust headquarters in northwest Portland.

While here, Williams said via email this week that she wants to, “Help the Greater Portland bike community begin to work through eliminating some of the repetitive racial faux pas and internal biases that have been a roadblock to unification of diverse communities over time.”[Read more…]

Friday opinion: Tough love on a tough subject

Avatar by on May 3rd, 2019 at 11:18 am

Charles Brown speaking at the Oregon Active Transportation Summit held at the Oregon Zoo last week.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

“How can you call yourself a bike-friendly town if you have people of color who are afraid to leave their house? How do you even accept these awards? It’s a moral question.”

Those comments are why Charles Brown (@CTBrown1911) is a name that won’t soon be forgotten by the hundreds of people in attendance at his keynote speech during the Oregon Active Transportation Conference last week.

Brown, a researcher and transportation justice activist, delivered some very real talk to the policymakers, advocates, and agency staffers in the room — several of whom audibly gasped when he questioned our bike-friendly status viewed through a lens of racial justice.[Read more…]

Racial bias concerns and staffing shortage present enforcement challenges for Portland Police

Avatar by on March 7th, 2018 at 5:33 pm

Vision Zero Task Force member Karis Stoudamire-Phillips speaks at a meeting in City Hall yesterday.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We hear from many of you that it feels like streets in Portland are getting more lawless by the day. One reason is a severe lack of police presence due to a staffing shortage that’s been years in the making. The flip side of that is a concern among traffic safety advocates and the Police Bureau that too much presence in certain parts of the city might lead to unfair or over-policing.
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Lack of sidewalks, dangerous driving cited as top walking barriers in City of Portland survey

Avatar by on November 29th, 2017 at 11:46 am

Walking conditions on SE Foster east of 82nd.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As part of their work to update the citywide walking plan the Portland Bureau of Transportation spent 17 weeks doing a survey to find out what keeps people from doing it. With 4,855 responses tallied, the results are in.
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