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This week in advocacy/wonkery

Posted in News on November 29th, 2011 by Ted – Comments Off on This week in advocacy/wonkery

Want to get involved in advocacy? Here are some events you may be interested in. (Scroll down to “comments” for late-additions).

Tuesday, November 29th

Portland Plan Public Hearing
“The Portland Plan” is a guiding document for all of the city’s activities. Think bikes or any other element should be featured? Let your leaders know. You can testify at tonight’s meeting or send written comments.
Here are some suggestions from Susan Anderson at the city:
“Tips for Commenting
When submitting testimony to the PSC (whether in person or in writing), please share the following:
* What part of the plan are you testifying about?
* What are the reasons you like something or would like to change something? Facts that support your reasons are always a good idea.
* How does the proposal affect you or your organization?
Because of the anticipated volume of testifiers, oral comments at the November 29th meeting will be limited to 3 minutes per person.”

The third and final Public Hearing is 5:30 – 8:00 pm, 1900 SW 4th Ave, 2nd floor. More info: The Plan and the Public Hearing.

Wednesday, November 30th

Eastside Streetcar opening and fare discussion — WESTSIDE Open House
This open house is about fares and service. The city wants to know “how the streetcar will serve you best,” No open houses have been held for impacts to bicycling by streetcar tracks, so if you have an opinion to share you can attend other open houses like this one. 5:00-7:30 pm, ACE Cleaners (403 SW 10th Ave) More info

Thursday December 1st

Eastside Streetcar opening and fare discussion — EASTSIDE Open House
Eastside open house — how will the streetcar serve you best? (Plus its a good opportunity to hang out amidst the demolished building relics at the AHC) 5:00-7:30 pm Architectural Heritage Center (701 SE Grand Ave) More info.

Saturday, December 3rd

Bike Craft holiday gift fair
Bike Craft is a gift fair featuring dozens of local artists, artisans, and zany bicycle folk. You can buy just about any accessory here, many handmade, many Made in Portland. Do you need some clever gift ideas for bikey friends, or sympathetic relatives? You can help keep Portland’s bicycle-related economy thriving by coming here. Your purchase will add to the overall cachet of bicycling — flashing locally crafted bike gear does the same thing to the Portland Bicycle Scene as Ford does to the Portland Auto Scene when they buy full page magazine ads to their newest SUV look cool.

And, it’s a party.

11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sandbox Studio (420 NE 9th Ave). Note that after six years of being sponsored by, Bike Craft is now an independent operation run by local bicyclists Amos Hunter and _. More info: Official website, writeup in Bike Portland and report from last year’s fair.

Sunday, December 4th

Bike Craft holiday gift fair
Day 2 of 2. 11:00 am – 6:00 pm, Sandbox Studio (420 NE 9th Ave). More info.

Bike. Walk. Vote. Launch Party!
Portland’s own Active Transportation Political Action Committee is coming back to life. Come celebrate, participate, and organize. Most other elements of the transportation realm have official lobbying groups, but for the last 3 years active transportation has been left without representation. Come join the movement! 7:00 – 9:00 pm, Crank (2725 SE Ash St) More info: Official website, Facebook page and Bike Portland writeup.


Wed, Dec 7
* KBOO Bike Show More info.
* Portland Streetcar Citizens; Advisory Committee Meeting More info.
* CRC Legislative Oversight Committee hearing, Portland. More info.
* NE Coalition of Neighborhoods Land Use and Transportation Meeting More info

Tue, Dec 13
* Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee More info.

Wed, Dec 14
* Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee. More info

Thu, Dec 15
* “Portland Walks – Be Safe!” pedestrian/driver safety training More info.
* East Portland Action Plan bicycle committee meeting More info.

Wed, Dec 28
* Deadline for written comments on The Portland Plan. More info.

Williams Avenue: Lessons for Advocates

Posted in News on November 27th, 2011 by Steve – Comments Off on Williams Avenue: Lessons for Advocates

The public process around the North Williams Avenue Corridor Safety Project has been greatly expanded, in large part due to PBOT listening to the concerns of local residents.  While frustrating to those who are eager to see improvements, an extended public process is a resounding success for local democracy.

It is important that transportation safety advocates stay involved and engage with their neighbors and city officials about the larger social justice issues raised thus far, issues which are not entirely disconnected from transportation decision making.  The upcoming community forum provides a space to share with city officials and community members alike the pain imposed on our city’s black community from decades of neglect and disempowerment.  The forum also challenges people who walk and bike regularly to share their safety concerns and hopes for a safer Williams Avenue.

I hope active transportation advocates will appreciate and take advantage of these new opportunities for public input, as we have asked yet not received for the Columbia River Crossing and I-5 Rose Quarter freeway expansions.

This process has brought out many truths, one of which is that many Portlanders perceive the bicycle as a toy of privilege rather than a tool of empowerment.  Sharp advocates will see this as a call to action. It is upon the active transportation community to build better relationships with local communities-of-color, and the process begins with listening. read more »

This week in advocacy/wonkery

Posted in News on November 22nd, 2011 by Ted – 1 Comment

Tuesday, November 22

Clark County Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee
This month’s agenda includes a 40 minute presentation and discussion on the Columbia River Crossing, and goal-setting for next year. Do you want to see bike and ped issues advance in Clark County and Vancouver? Consider coming to the meeting. Expect about 15 members of the committee and a handful of members of the public.
More info.
6:00 to 8:00 pm, Clark County Community Health Building (1601 E. Fourth Plain Boulevard, Room 210, Vancouver WA)

Book Reading: A Simple Machine
Local Portland Author Evan P. Schneider will read from his newest book at Powell’s Books. “A Simple Machine Like The Lever” is a novel, and I suspect it involves bicycles. Schneider is also editor of Boneshaker: A Cycling Almanac. 7:30 – 8:30, Powell’s City of Books, Burnside at W 11th. More info.

Thursday, November 24th

Appetite Enhancement Ride
Downtown Portland is car-free on Thanksgiving morning. The world is given to bicyclists, but only if they get out and ride. It’s a great pleasure to ride up and down 4th and Broadway, summit parking garages, and chat freely with fellow riders. Come out and get a taste of the Portland that could be ours. Forecast 40 with rain. Expect about 10 riders.

If you have pastries to share, the bums are unusually sociable when the streets are deserted.

Meet at the Red and Black Cafe, SE 12th Ave and Oak St, Portland (Meet at 10, ride at 10:30) More info.

Friday, November 25th

Green Friday
Triple-points on your “buy local” Supportland Card when you shop on Green Friday and Green Saturday. Why support megabusinesses when you can support local businesses instead? Many bike shops are part of the Supportland network, including Clever Cycles, A Better Cycle, Sugar Wheel Works, North St. Bags and Queen Bee Creations. Also consider other thrift businesses like SCRAP and The Rebuilding Center. More info.


Mon Nov 28
* North Williams Community Forum More info.

Tues Nov 29
* Portland Plan Public Hearing, 1900 SW 4th More info

Wed Nov 30
* Streetcar Open House More info.

Wed Dec 1
* Streetcar Open House More info.

Tuesday Dec 7
* KBOO Bike Show
* NECN Land Use and Transportation Committee Meeting

Sound In On Streetcar Fare Changes

Posted in News on November 21st, 2011 by Steve – Comments Off on Sound In On Streetcar Fare Changes

From the City of Portland:

Portland Streetcar Loop & Fare Study Community Update Open Houses

You are invited to attend either Open House. Drop by anytime between 5:00 and 7:30 PM.The City of Portland is holding two public open houses to update the community on the Streetcar Loop. We would like to hear your thoughts on the development and analysis of the fare policy and the related benefits and impacts of future service. So please join us to discuss how the Streetcar will serve you best and to hear about plans for opening day in 2012.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011
The Cleaners at the Ace Hotel
403 SW 10th Avenue
Portland Streetcar or TriMet Bus #20

Thursday, December 1, 2011
Architectural Heritage Center
701 SE Grand Avenue
TriMet Bus #6

If you have any questions, please contact Shoshanah Oppenheim at 503-823-7677 or send an email to

St. Johns open house for transportation safety on N Fessenden / N St. Louis is Thursday

Posted in News on November 15th, 2011 by Steve – Comments Off on St. Johns open house for transportation safety on N Fessenden / N St. Louis is Thursday

From PBOT:

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites St. Johns residents and businesses to participate in a public open house on Thursday to learn about efforts to improve safety and traffic movement along N Fessenden Street and N St. Louis Avenue. The event will be held at the St. Johns Community Center on Thursday, November 17, from 6 to 8 p.m.  Project team staff will give a short formal presentation beginning at 7 p.m.

PBOT is evaluating the feasibility of redesigning the intersection of N Portland Road and N Columbia Boulevard thanks to support from a Federal grant. As part of the study, the team is investigating connecting ramps to channel southbound trucks traveling on N Portland Road onto N Columbia Blvd. as the preferred route to the Rivergate Industrial area and the St. Johns Bridge. The current configuration of the intersection encourages non-local traffic to travel southbound under N Columbia Blvd, from N Portland Rd. onto N Columbia Way, through the St. Johns neighborhood via N Fessenden and N St. Louis. This traffic has raised concerns about street safety throughout the neighborhoods.

This project supports the objectives of the Portland Freight Master Plan and the St. Johns Truck Strategy to provide a continuous and improved route for trucks and to increase safety and livability along streets such as N Fessenden and N St. Louis.

For more information about the open house or how to be involved, please contact PBOT’s Bob Hillier at 503-823-7567 or