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Below are some of the many opportunities to get involved and make a difference on transportation projects and issues throughout our region this week…

Tuesday, November 8th

TV Highway Corridor Plan Open House
4:00-7:00 p.m. Hillsboro Civic Center (150 E Main St, Hillsboro)
ODOT is considering rebuilding the Tualatin Valley Highway, either as a 6 lane freeway or a 4 lane highway. From the website it’s difficult to tell how serious they are about building a freeway, and the survey focuses more on trip reduction than road size. But that could just be greenwashing for a freeway project, like the N/NE Quadrant study in Portland is a mask for widening I-5.

If you have opinions on this or would like to learn more, come to the Open House or take the survey and speak your mind.

Portland Plan Open House
The Portland Plan is a road map for what the city will prioritize in the next 20 years. Rather than a geographic plan, it’s more of a business plan or management plan. According to Planning and Sustainability Commission member Chris Smith, “The Portland Plan will create the strategy that drives the update of the Comprehensive Plan (which includes the Transportation System Plan). The “Comp Plan” will be finished in about two years, but if you want to see a policy in the Comp Plan you better look for the strategy that supports it in the Portland Plan.”

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Want to get involved this week? Here’s how.

Tonight! October 24th

CRC EIS Public Comments due
Send to feedback@columbiarivercrossing.org by midnight on Monday. EIS Link. Speak up or assume that your elected officials think you love this five mile, 10-20 lane freeway expansion megaproject.

Workshop: Bike Safety on Highway 43
5:30 – 7:00pm
Lakewood Center for the Arts (368 S. State St., Lake Oswego)
Clackamas County is spearheading a bicycle safety improvement project on Highway 43 from Lake Oswego to Portland., At this workshop, you’ll learn about design alternatives and their potential impact and discuss about next steps for making changes in the corridor. Links: Project overview and BTA
blurb here.

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The week ahead in advocacy and wonkery…

Tuesday, October 18th

Pedestrian Advisory Committee Meeting
(7:00 – 9:00 pm, Pettygrove Room, City Hall)
The PAC is the walking-focused cousin of the Bicycle Advisory Committee. The public is welcomed, though public comment is limited. Expect about a dozen committee members, Pedestrian Coordinator April Bertelsen, and some members of the public. You can come and go at any time during the meeting without disruption, so come whenever and however you can.

The October agenda includes a discussion of:

  • High Crash Corridors Update
  • Grant Funding update
  • East Portland in Motion
  • Southwest Portland Sidewalk Infill on Arterials

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If you want to get involved to and help make the Portland region a better place for biking, check out the upcoming advocacy events and meetings…

Tuesday, October 11th

PBOT’s “Fall/Winter Storm Season Preparedness” News Conference
PBOT welcomes El Nina. “Community partners will join PBOT Director Tom Miller to review fall and winter storm season preparedness plans and advisories to the public.” 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. at Transportation Maintenance Operations, Stanton Yard facility (2929 North Kerby).

N Williams Ave. Project Technical Work Session
While this is a committee work-session, the public is welcome. Committee members will learn more about Portland’s active transportation story and will be debriefed on N Williams traffic engineering issues. (If this sounds like a repeat, it sort of is. This is the result of PBOT’s restart of the project after adding many new committee members in light of concerns about racial equity.) Noon to 2:00 pm at Oregon Red Cross, 3131 N Vancouver Ave, Room TBD. More info.

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PBOT and ODOT want to widen I-5
through the Rose Quarter.
Think they should? Attend
a meeting about it Thursday.
(Photo © J. Maus)

[Note from Publisher: Welcome to The Advocacy Roundup, a list of transportation planning and policy events in the Portland area this week. It was put together by uber-activist and Active Right of Way volunteer Ted Buehler. I hope to publish something similar every Monday or Tuesday from here on out. The goal is to get more people involved in plans, policies, and decisions that impact our transportation system. Drop me a line with any feedback or event suggestions. Thanks — Jonathan Maus]

Tuesday, September 27th

Public Open House for the 2011 Transportation System Plan Technical Amendment
The City’s Transportation System Plan TSP is Portland’s master plan for transportation. It is amended every few years, and on this go-round the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 will be incorporated into the overall plan. Open House in at City Hall, 1121 SW 5th Ave, Lovejoy Room from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

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