tactical urbanism

Call for projects: Turn your vision into reality with Better Block PSU

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 11th, 2021 at 10:01 am

The robust bike lane and plaza on 3rd and Burnside started as a Better Block project.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Portlanders set out red cups to push for more protection while cycling

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 26th, 2019 at 10:10 am

People are so desperate for protection they’ve placed red plastic cups between the lanes on Willamette Boulevard.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Paint is not protection.

That’s the message from people across America today who are taking part in the Red Cup Project. Inspired by the tragic death of Washington D.C. cycling advocate Dave Salovesh (@darsal), the red cups are a quick and cheap way to define space and show how relatively little effort it takes to create safer conditions for cycling.[Read more…]

Portland Underground Grad School class will cover tactical urbanism

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on July 20th, 2016 at 8:44 am

NE 85th & Milton & Beech

An “intersection repair” at NE 85th Avenue, Milton and Beech.
(Photo: Greg Raisman)

A local organization that arranges for Portlanders to teach one another niche skills and information is offering a four-week introduction to do-it-yourself street transformation.

From Better Block’s temporary bike lanes to City Repair’s beloved intersection murals to Depave’s manually removed asphalt, Portland is rich with the spirit of “tactical urbanism,” an umbrella term for fast, flexible changes that make city streets better for people.

Now, Portlander Claire Vlach is offering a four-session crash course through the year-old Portland Underground Grad School. Cost: $99 for the eight-hour class.

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What are all these unauthorized orange traffic cones telling us?

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 28th, 2016 at 1:53 pm

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Cones placed on 3rd by anonymous street activists.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

PDX Transformation has struck again.

The upstart and anonymous group of tactical urbanists that’s taking street safety into their own hands has deployed 14 large orange traffic cones on Southwest 3rd Avenue between Burnside and Stark. The cones have been placed inside the buffer zones of the bike lanes that were just striped back in October. It’s the largest single deployment of cones since the group began four months ago.
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Bike lane in danger? Cone power to the rescue!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 17th, 2016 at 12:51 pm


The corner of North Rosa Parks and Willamette.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s unofficial defenders of transportation safety have once again come to the aid of a bikeway in need.
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A closer look at the ‘Better Broadway’ pop-up protected bikeway

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 11th, 2016 at 11:47 am


(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

For today only you can feel what it’s like to ride on Southwest Broadway without the threat of someone opening a car door into you, or someone parking in the bike-only lane, or someone squeezing you into parked cars. (Sorry I can’t promise you won’t be right-hooked before you get there.) That’s because a trio of “tactical urbanists” have come together to create a temporary protected bike lane between Salmon and Taylor, just outside the doors of the Hilton Hotel where a smart growth conference is taking place.
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Activists (temporarily) take the swing out of TriMet’s swing gates

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 2nd, 2016 at 11:54 am


TriMet’s swing gates at SE 11th are working as intended again as of this morning.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The latest chapter in swing gate-gate wasn’t open for long.
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Activists use traffic cones to improve safety of bike lane along new Orange Line MAX

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 30th, 2015 at 6:02 pm

Fed up with standard bike lanes that offer only paint as separation between bicycle and car operators, an anonymous group of activists has placed traffic cones on the bike lane at the intersection of Southeast Powell at Pershing.
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