racism

Multnomah County offering ‘Black Transportation Academy’

Avatar by on October 19th, 2020 at 11:36 am

(Graphic: Multnomah County)

A federally funded program within Multnomah County’s health department is laser-focused on reducing health disparities between Black and white Portlanders. Among their offerings is a ‘Black Transportation Academy,’ a workshop that aims to get more of the county’s African-American and African immigrant/refugee populations involved in local and regional planning.

Instead of asking for feedback once transportation policies and projects are half-baked, the county wants more Black Portlanders involved in the cooking.
[Read more…]

After threat of vehicular violence and being called racial slur, man outs neighbor on social media

Avatar by on August 27th, 2020 at 3:16 pm

Gerald Scrutchions
(Photo from Instagram video)

Northeast Portland resident Gerald Scrutchions says a white man used a racial epithet and threatened him with vehicular violence while he biked home from work in Irvington on Tuesday. Scrutchions, who is Black, claims the man drove his car into the crosswalk he was using and then purposely swerved towards him.

And he’s not going to stand for it.

After the confrontation on the street, Scrutchions recognized the car parked at a house around the block from his so he knocked on the man’s door to have a conversation with him. After a brief back-and-forth, Scrutchions claims the man called him “nigger”.

He then posted a video on Instagram to share what happened and warn his neighbors by sharing the man’s name and address. [Read more…]

PPB traffic stop data shows Black Portlanders are overrepresented

Avatar by on August 27th, 2020 at 1:55 pm

H/T Latisha Jenson, Willamette Week

Traffic Division HQ in St. Johns.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In the first eight months of 2020, Portland Police Bureau (PPB) officers made 20,990 traffic stops. According to police data, between New Year’s Day and August 1st, 17.7% of the people stopped were Black — a significant overrepresentation of Portland’s Black population which was 5.8% as of 2019. Over the same time period, 64.9% of those stopped were white, a number that underrepresents that demographic by by over 12% (whites make up about 77% of Portland’s population).

Between April 1st and August 1st, Black people accounted for 12 of the 57 people (21.2%) stopped by the PPB who weren’t driving.

These numbers come to light less than a week after police in Kenosha, Wisconsin shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back as he stood in the street outside his SUV and amid a tense public dialogue about systemic racism and nightly protests against racist polices and police brutality. [Read more…]

More details emerge on PBOT’s ‘Plan to Become an Antiracist Organization’

Avatar by on August 19th, 2020 at 5:40 pm

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

For an agency that once made traffic safety their number one priority, recent protests in support of Black Lives Matter have exposed a hard truth: Initiatives like Vision Zero are meaningless if they don’t address the root causes of racism, harassment and discrimination people of color face on our streets every day.

To their credit, the Portland Bureau of Transportation was working on this issue long before protests flared up in the wake of George Floyd’s death. In 2011 PBOT did an about face on the North Williams Avenue project when local residents raised concerns about gentrification and legacy of racism. They also changed course on a neighborhood greenway project in the King Neighborhood when some Black residents raised similar concerns, ultimately leaving it up to them to decide whether or not a diverter should be installed. [Read more…]

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

[Read more…]

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)

[Read more…]

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)

[Read more…]

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)

[Read more…]

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

Warning: This post includes references to and an image of racist phrases that might be hurtful to some of you.[Read more…]