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This morning’s death on TV Highway underscores need for reform, investment

Avatar by on January 14th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Another dangerous ODOT highway that runs through our cities. Another tragic consequence.
(Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Policymaking can often feel far-removed from our everyday lives. Then there are times when we can connect current policy debates with matters of life-and-death with a short, straight line. This is one of those times.[Read more…]

Metro funding task force votes for Tier 1 project list, sends recommendation to council

Henry Miller (Contributing Writer) by on December 26th, 2019 at 11:46 am

Metro Transportation Funding Measure Task Force members during a meeting in October.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)


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Livability coalition to Metro: T2020 funding list ‘doesn’t go far enough’

Avatar by on October 30th, 2019 at 4:44 pm

The Getting There Together Coalition, a group of 50+ member organizations that was formed in 2017 to influence the Metro transportation investment package that will be sent to voters in 2020, says the recommendation by Metro staff on how to spend the first $3.1 billion in new revenue is too timid.

“If the Task Force and Metro Council really wants to see transformational impacts through this measure (to be clear: we do), the Coalition recommends turning T2020 into a transformative first step in addressing our region’s transportation needs by doubling down on the corridors where the needs are greatest, and removing from consideration projects where the needs and impact do not match the values above,” wrote the Coalition’s lead organizer Walter Robinson II in a copy of written testimony to be submitted to the Transportation Funding Task Force for their meeting Wednesday night. [Read more…]

Metro’s $3.1 billion T2020 project list would tame deadly arterials, fully build Central City bikeway plan

Avatar by on October 24th, 2019 at 1:16 pm

The List.

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Climate concerns dominate Metro ‘T2020’ task force meeting

Avatar by on May 16th, 2019 at 11:30 am

“We will be watching,” was the warning from Sunrise PDX activists.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Concerns about climate change were made loud and clear to Metro’s Transportation Funding Task Force at their meeting last night. Metro is leading an effort to raise what some say could be as much as $20 billion for transportation infrastructure around the regional via a bond measure that could go to voters in November.

As lines are drawn on maps, lines are being drawn in the sand by electeds and advocates looking to stake out positions for debates to come.
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Checking in on ‘T2020,’ Metro’s transportation funding measure

Avatar by on May 15th, 2019 at 11:11 am

Metro’s map of highest scoring investment corridors.

We’re now three months since the official launch of Metro’s effort to raise funds for transportation infrastructure via a bond measure that could go to voters in 2020.

This is likely to be the most consequential transportation funding decision in our region’s history. With activism heating up and outlines of the measure being drawn, it’s time to put T2020 on your radar.[Read more…]

Tualatin-Valley Hwy claimed two more lives yesterday

Avatar by on October 2nd, 2018 at 2:52 pm

Photo from crash scene where a man was hit by an SUV operator as he tried to walk across TV Highway yesterday.
(Beaverton PD)

One of our region’s most dangerous urban highways claimed two more victims in separate crashes yesterday.
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Here are the Oregon House bills we’re following this session (Part 2 of 2)

Avatar by on February 21st, 2017 at 1:36 pm

Legislator bike ride at the Oregon Bike Summit-1

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The 2017 Oregon Legislative Session is well underway and we’re following as many bills as humanly possible (in a one-person newsroom).

Out of the thousands of bills swirling around the halls and meeting rooms of the state capitol building in Salem, there are few of particular importance to transportation reform advocates. Last week we shared the Senate bills we’re following and below are the House bills we’ve got an eye on…

House Bill 2355

Summary: “Directs Oregon Criminal Justice Commission to develop method for recording data concerning officer-initiated pedestrian and traffic stops” (Official overview)
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Federal trial lined up for police who Tasered Hillsboro man after bike infraction

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on October 14th, 2015 at 10:39 am

robinson in dirt

A Hillsboro police photo from the aftermath.

Two police officers and the City of Hillsboro are on course to defend themselves in a jury trial over their choice to Taser a man who they’d stopped for biking illegally beside Tualatin Valley Highway.

The man who was tackled and Tasered in the 2012 incident, Jermaine Robinson, had been riding after dark without a front light on his bike, and the officer who stopped him says Robinson had been crossing the Southeast 13th Avenue crosswalk against a “don’t walk” light.

After the officer, William Blood, pulled his car over to confront Robinson, Robinson refused to give his name and (according to Blood, but not Robinson) seemed to be preparing to pedal away. Blood’s colleague Brian Wilber then shot him with a Taser twice.

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McMenamins Grand Lodge as a base camp for biking adventures around Forest Grove

Avatar by on May 8th, 2015 at 11:53 pm

Forest Grove - Barney Reservoir loop-1.jpg

Grand Lodge’s main entrance makes for
a classy way to start a ride.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Just a quick trip on the MAX blue line west of Portland (about 25 miles) lies Forest Grove, a small town rich in history that just so happens to make a great launching pad for cycling adventures.

I’m out here thanks to McMenamins Grand Lodge, a hotel and resort looking to establish its bike-friendly credentials. McMenamins invited me here to spend a few nights and ride and photograph local roads and backroads. I eagerly accepted for two simple reasons: I was happy to hear that McMenamins, owners and operators of 56 establishments throughout Oregon and Washington, wanted to be more bike-friendly; and I really like riding bikes — especially in new (to me) places.

McMenamins and Forest Grove are a perfect match. One has a rich history and the other specializes in highlighting it. Forest Grove was incorporated in 1872, making it the first city in Washington County (thanks Wikipedia). It’s nestled at the western-most edge of urban development and there’s no civilization (except farms) between it and the Oregon Coast. [Read more…]