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Portland’s Platinum downgrade petition finds support, nears 500 signatures

Avatar by on April 15th, 2015 at 11:05 am

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Looks like the grassroots effort to get a national organization to officially downgrade Portland from its lofty Platinum bicycle-friendly status has some legs. Nearly 500 people have signed on in under two days.
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Not only have petition authors Will Vanlue and Paul Jeffery struck a chord with Portlanders, they’ve also succeeded in getting major local and national attention for the idea. Today at noon Vanlue will join League of American Bicyclists President Andy Clarke on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s Think Out Loud radio show. Bicycling, a large national magazine has picked up the story. And, closer to home, The Oregonian has covered it too.
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Petition launched to strip Portland of ‘Platinum’ bike-friendly status

Avatar by on April 13th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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Petition at Change.org.

It’s been nearly seven years since the League of American Bicyclists bestowed Portland with its highest honor; a Platinum-level bicycle-friendly community designation.

Now there’s an effort to strip Portland of that award.

Platinum is the highest ranking possible in the League’s widely-respected program that judges cities with a combination of technical analysis, local expert interviews, and an application process. Portland is the only large city to reach this status — the other cities are Fort Collins and Boulder in Colorado and Davis, California.[Read more…]

Is it still a bikeway if you can’t find it? The importance of good signage

Avatar by on December 16th, 2011 at 12:44 pm

I can find the Park & Ride,
but where’s the bike route?!?
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

Twice in the last few weeks I’ve ridden my bike along an unfamiliar route. Both rides were enjoyable; but the key difference was how difficult it was to find my way.

On the first ride, through an area where I’ve lived and ridden regularly for the past four years, I had to bring a personal tour guide. On the second ride I navigated an area I had not seen from a bike seat in nearly a decade, along a route I was not familiar with; but I did it completely solo, with no tour guide and no map.
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Impressions, photos of Eugene’s new two-way cycle track

Avatar by on December 15th, 2011 at 9:31 am

Alder Street cycle track near UO.
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

During a recent trip to Eugene, I had the pleasure of going for a bike ride with Shane MacRhodes, Program Manager of Eugene Safe Routes to School, and Bob Passaro, publisher of Eugene Bicyclist to see recent improvements in bicycle access around the city.

Despite seeing a lot of really great things (which I’ll share more of soon), nothing I saw was quite as impressive as the two-way cycle track near the University of Oregon.
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The future of downtown Tigard: Sharrows, a bike lane, and raised crosswalks

Avatar by on December 14th, 2011 at 9:29 am

Downtown Tigard will soon be
more welcoming to bicycle traffic.
(Photos: Will Vanlue)

This past summer, the City of Tigard completed improvements to Burnham Street, one component of their downtown core.

Now they’re finalizing plans for Main Street (located along Highway 99, 10 miles south of downtown Portland), and by the summer of 2013 we’ll see improvements making it easier and safer to ride a bicycle in the area, including improved connections to the Fanno Creek Trail.[Read more…]

Washington County to add a dozen mid-block crossings in 2012

Avatar by on December 9th, 2011 at 8:40 am

In situations like this, where
the Fanno Creek Trail meets a busy street,
mid-block crossings are key.
(Photo © J. Maus)

When you’re riding around Washington County, off-street trails and paths serve as an important alternative to wide arterial roads with freeway-speed traffic. The only trouble comes when a trail or path intersects a road mid-block, away from signalized intersections and marked crosswalks.

The County has recently installed three “mid-block crossings” — at West Union east of 185th, at Bethany Boulevard and St. Andrews, and on Cornell Road at Sunset High School — and a dozen more are planned for installation (both by Washington County and Tualatin Hills Park & Recreation District) in 2012. [Read more…]