Follow up: Blumenauer points out “inaccuracies” in Coburn’s report

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
Spokane St. Bike Blvd - by Adams Carroll-12

Portland’s bikeway signage grant
paid for signs like these too.
(Photo: Adams Carroll/BikePortland)

As the former City of Portland Commissioner of Transportation and current Member of the U.S. House of Representatives, Earl Blumenauer (D-Portland) does not take criticism of bicycling lying down.

Blumenauer’s office, working on facts provided by the Portland Bureau of Transportation, issued a response to allegations made yesterday by Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) that a federal grant for bikeway signage in Portland was “wasteful.” In his Waste Book 2010 report Coburn mischaracterized the signage project, claiming that $900,000 was spent on bike network wayfinding signs when similar signs were already installed.

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Portland’s bikeway signage “wasteful” says GOP Senator

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

[Via KGW-TV]

Tom Coburn

Oklahoma’s Republican Senator Tom Coburn has published a list of 100 federally funded projects that he deems, “the most wasteful government spending of 2010.” On that list is a $900,000 stimulus grant recently received by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation to pay for bikeway markings and signage.

Sen. Coburn seems to think that we already had enough signs on our bikeways and the new ones simply aren’t necessary. Here’s the mention of the signs in Coburn’s “Wastebook” (those are my photos, used without permission):

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