Advocates fight for key funding pot as debate heads to Capitol Hill

The Springwater Corridor Trail is one of many projects around the region funded by the federal Transportation Enhancements program.(Photo © J. Maus) National bike advocacy and transportation groups are pulling out all the stops to help preserve the Transportation Enhancement (TE) program, a vital source of funds that has existed for two decades and this … Read more

Oregon chooses just one bike/ped project with stimulus funds

Riders will no longer be in the dark on the I-205 bike path.(Photo © J. Maus) On Friday, the Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC, a body appointed by Governor Kulongoski) made their final decisions on how to spend $122,592,742 in federal stimulus funds. And, if you remember our report from last week, it seems like their … Read more

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Crucial bike funding pot makes out well in stimulus bill

“The bike community is very happy with the result.”— James Koski, Deputy Chief of Staff for Earl Blumenauer The Transportation Enhancements (TE) program is an important pot of cash doled out by the Federal Highway Administration that states can put toward bicycle and pedestrian projects. In Portland, TE funds have helped us create such popular … Read more

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Funding uncertainty stalls Springwater Trail project celebration

Pavement in limbo due to funding uncertainty.(Photo: Aaron Tarfman) Supporters of a project that would pave the Springwater Trail from SE Rugg Road to Dee Street in Boring are celebrating this morning after news that the Oregon Department of Transportation has put the project on its recommended funding list. The $1.2 million Springwater Trail project … Read more