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

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


Sam Adams
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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.
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An interview with Portland Mayor Sam Adams

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

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Mayor Adams
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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.
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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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Mayor Adams park-bombs in support of Safe Routes program

Avatar by on June 14th, 2010 at 1:15 pm

Mayor Sam Adams and Humboldt Elementary School teacher Patrisha Porter at Overlook Park in North Portland, showing kids that adults can have fun on bikes too.
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Adams says Green Streets funding plan a “double-win” and won’t increase sewer rates

Avatar by on March 9th, 2010 at 10:00 pm

“Over the past two years, actual contract costs have come in much lower than the estimates on which rates were based. These significant savings mean we can make these Green Streets investments without impacting rate payers.”
— Mayor Sam Adams

Last week, the City released the ordinance language behind Mayor Sam Adams’ plans to find $20 million to “kickstart” funding of the 2030 Bike Master Plan. According to the ordinance, the $20 million would be allocated from the capital project budget of the Bureau of Environmental Services and directed into bike boulevards via BES’s Green Streets program.

Also released last week was a memo from BES stating where the $20 million would come from. That memo grabbed a lot of headlines because it said the $20 million would come, in large part, from funds set aside to fix old, leaky sewer pipelines. As you can imagine, that idea rankled some Portlanders. [Read more…]

Mayor Adams releases details on bike plan “kickstart” funds

Avatar by on March 5th, 2010 at 4:38 pm

Green streets; where bikes, fish
and plants coexist.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Portland Mayor Sam Adams has released details of his promise to find $20 million to “kickstart” funding of the 2030 Bike Plan. As expected, the money will come from the Bureau of Environmental Services budget and will be allocated toward “Green Streets projects on prioritized boulevards.”

As we pointed out last month, “Green Streets” is the name of a BES program that manages stormwater runoff through street designs that incorporate things like permeable pavers, vegetation, and bioswales. The Bureau of Transportation has worked in partnership with this program for years because some green street features — like curb extensions — are also used on bicycle boulevards.

The ordinance to be voted on this Wednesday will be considered as an “emergency ordinance” and will take effect immediately. According to language in the ordinance, an emergency exists because “the timeframe for completion necessitates beginning project development and outreach immediately.”
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