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Bike-friendly former Mayor Sam Adams could be headed back to City Hall

Avatar by on January 7th, 2021 at 3:46 pm

Wheeler and Adams working together?
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Candidates on Bikes: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley, Keith Wilson and Sam Adams

Avatar by on May 1st, 2020 at 12:32 pm

Left to right: Mingus Mapps, Chloe Eudaly, Seth Woolley, Sam Adams, Keith Wilson.
(Photos: Respective campaigns)

It’s been a tough pill for me to swallow, but the truth is cycling just doesn’t command the same attention in local political circles that it used to. With so many people struggling to put a roof over their head and all the systemic injustice and inequality that has become even more glaring in recent years, it’s understandable that personal mobility doesn’t merit as much attention as it did a decade ago.

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Former Mayor, now council candidate Sam Adams thinks time is now to create more safe street space

Avatar by on April 20th, 2020 at 3:18 pm

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As the debate rages about whether or not Portland should add space and safety to streets for vulnerable people, a former mayor thinks it’s time to move forward.

Sam Adams was on Portland City Council from 2005 to 2012 — first as a commissioner, then as mayor. Throughout his tenure he was in charge of the Portland Bureau of Transportation and the agency was one of this top priorities. Adams now finds himself on the outside looking in as he eyes the council seat occupied by the current PBOT Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. [Read more…]

Former Portland Mayor Sam Adams named to League of American Bicyclists board

Avatar by on June 5th, 2015 at 11:36 am


Sam Adams
(Photo: World Resources Institute)

Sam Adams might have left Portland for a job in Washington DC back in January; but it looks like the biking bug he caught while serving as our city’s mayor between 2008 to 2012 traveled with him.

Adams, who — for better or for worse — was a champion for bicycling throughout his political tenure in Portland, is now the newest member of League of American Bicyclist’s board of directors. In an announcement by the League yesterday they described Adams as “a strong advocate for safe bicycling and pedestrian options” who “helped expand Portland bikeways system by 75 miles, and focused new investments.” [Read more…]

Sam Adams as leader of City Club: Good news for bicycling?

Avatar by on January 16th, 2013 at 1:56 pm

Adams sticking around policy debates.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Former mayor Sam Adams hasn’t taken much of a vacation after his four tumultuous years leading the city. Today the City Club of Portland named Adams their new executive director. He starts next week.

If you feel (as I do) that Sam Adams understands (and cares about) the issue of transportation — and specifically the role bicycles should play in a healthy transportation network — than this should be seen as good news.

City Club of Portland is a non-profit, member-supported organization that works to promote civic literacy (their motto is, “Good citizens are the riches of the city”). Governors and members of Congress speak at their “Friday Forums” luncheons, which are held in a large ballroom of a stuffy downtown hotel. By way of their history and membership base, City Club has significant political heft and respect among electeds and policymakers. They use that respect to elevate and take positions on important issues through the publication of policy and research papers.
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Adams releases I-5 tunnel concept plan for public comment

Avatar by on April 6th, 2012 at 3:22 pm

Detail from Eastbank Freeway Tunnel Alternative draft plan released by Mayor Sam Adams today. Note the new arterial road (blue) and new connections to the riverfront (green arrows).

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No re-election for Mayor Adams: What is your reaction?

Avatar by on July 29th, 2011 at 4:50 pm

Adams at a press conference last month.
(Photo © J. Maus)

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An exit interview with Portland Mayor Sam Adams

Avatar by on April 13th, 2011 at 10:34 am

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Mayor Adams
(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s been nearly three and a half years since I last sat down with Portland Mayor Sam Adams. To say a lot has changed — both in bike infrastructure/policies and our city’s relationship with Adams — since that time would be a vast understatement.

Adams and I sat down in a diner in Old Town. We were joined by his spokesperson Amy Ruiz and his transportation policy advisor Catherine Ciarlo (last time it was just him and I, which I prefer). Read the interview below…[Read more…]

Mayor Adams names Tom Miller as new Director of PBOT

Avatar by on January 7th, 2011 at 11:14 am

Tom Miller is the new Director of the Bureau of Transportation.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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2010 Recap: Bicycling and Mayor Adams – Updated

Avatar by on January 3rd, 2011 at 12:02 pm

For better or for worse, Portland Mayor Sam Adams is tied to bicycling in this city — and in 2010, both took their lumps.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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