Criticisms leveled at the BTA: Their leader responds

“We believe we can catch more flies with honey than we can with vinegar… I don’t think direct action will turn around city council or businesses.”— Rob Sadowsky, BTA executive director Back in January, Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder took to a public forum and dropped a pretty hefty insult on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). … Read more

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Bike bash will raise funds for Rex Burkholder’s Metro campaign

Mr. Burkholder.(Photo © J. Maus) This Thursday night a fundraising party organized “by and for cyclists” will look to boost Rex Burkholder’s campaign for Metro president. From the event description: “Put together by and for cyclists, it’s a great way to help one of Oregon’s cycling pioneers, Rex Burkholder. Enjoy excellent wine and delicious food, … Read more

Burkholder responds to criticism of Metro’s Regional Transportation Plan

Metro is getting heat for their transportation plan.(Photo © J. Maus) Metro’s update to the 2035 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) — which will guide $20 billion of investments in our regional transportation infrastructure over the next 25 years — is coming under fire from advocacy groups, Portland Mayor Sam Adams, and others. Among Metro’s stated … Read more

Metro urges state to re-think its federal stimulus project list

Chair of the Oregon Transportation Commission, Gail Achterman, is in the driver’s seat on how our statespends its federal stimulus money.(Photos © J. Maus) The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) is meeting this morning in Salem to discuss which infrastructure projects will get built with money from America’s recently passed economic stimulus plan. The OTC is … Read more

Portland and the rise of the “American-style” cycle track

“Sam (Adams) has directed (City Traffic Engineer) Rob Burchfield to indentify opportunities for a “high visibility” cycle track to be rolled out in Sam’s first 100 days as mayor.” — Sam Adams’ chief of staff Tom Miller, in an email to Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder There’s no denying that 2009 is shaping up to be … Read more