Bike, Ped Improvements Part of Portland’s Stimulus Plan

A couple of hopeful pieces of news from the Pacific Northwest, courtesy of Streetsblog Network member Bike Portland.
First off, their fair city has put some exciting bike/ped improvements
in its stimulus package request, including the design and construction
of a bike-and-pedestrian-only bridge, as well as Portland’s first-ever
cycle track. The plans call for starting the projects within the next
12 months.

493747753_a7487a75d9_m_1.jpgPhoto by Jonathan Maus of Bike Portland.

Bike Portland also filed an exclusive report on the Bicycle Transportation Alliance‘s call for an "Idaho style," or rolling, stop sign law for cyclists in Portland:

In an interview this afternoon, BTA lobbyist Karl Rohde said the
bill language is currently being drafted in Salem and it will be
officially known as the “Idaho Stop Law”.

“We feel the law needs to change to reflect the safe behavior that’s
happening now,” said Rohde, “Coming to a complete stop isn’t necessary
for a vehicle (bicycle) that does not pose the same threat to other
road users and whose operators have a greater awareness of their

Moving south for other bike-related news: Transit Miami
interviews that city’s first Bicycle Coordinator, whose agenda includes
more bike lanes, more bike racks and better education efforts. He says
biking is "the closest thing to flying," and we’d have to agree.

Also: shovel-ready green projects in Ohio, via GreenCityBlueLake, and improved reliability in Chicago transit, via CTA Tattler.

  • I practice the “Idaho Stop Law” here in Los Angeles.


    Let’s draft one up!


All Eyes on Portland at Bike Summit

An organized ride on one of Portland’s bike boulevards. If there was a star at yesterday’s National Bike Summit, it was Portland, Oregon. After Earl Blumenauer, one of the city’s congressional reps and a former county commissioner, delivered the morning address, Portland’s bike planners and advocates shared their strategies at some of the more urban-focused […]

Long Beach’s Leap Toward Livability – Part 2 of 2

(There’s a lot of great bike and walk improvements happening in Long Beach, so L.A. StreetsBlog has covered it in two parts, for now. Last week’s article featured the past and present; today’s features exciting plans for the future.) Photo: Joe Linton Long Beach’s mobility coordinator Charlie Gandy has big plans. During L.A. Streetsblog’s interview […]

Today’s Headlines

7 Lessons in Bike Activism (Westside BikeSIDE) Don’t Expect to See Grade Separated Light Rail in South L..A. Anytime Soon (CityWatch) Metrolink Completes Ped. Upgrades in Glendale (Progressive Railroading) 118 Widening Completed Ahead of Schedule (Ventura County Star) Virginia DOT Tries Zig-Zag Pavement Paint Job to Calm Traffic (WashCycle via Newsom Running For Gov.  […]

Forget Your Bike Lock? Businesses in Portland Have You Covered

From around the Network today: Portland’s private sector takes cyclist accommodation to a new level; metro DC bungles transportation at its sports venues; and a potentially transformational piece of legislation in California loses its oomph. Portland Businesses Loan Bike Locks to Forgetful Customers: It’s interesting how businesses are taking leading roles in making Portland even […]

Today’s Headlines

SF Planners Proud of Long List of Road Diets (SF Streetsblog) Metrolink Workers Balk at AMTRAK Personality Tests (LAT) Elysian Valley Bike Path: Almost There (LADOT Bike Blog) Does the Marathon Give L.A. a Livable Streets Boost? (Jewish Journal) Wall Street Swaps Haunting Transit Agencies (DC Streetsblog) Heritage Group Wants to Stop Safety Improvements to […]

Today’s Headlines

Rep. DeFazio: Obama Advisor Larry Summers Behind Shrinking Transit Stimulus (Think Progress) Is L.A. Ready for Congestion Parking? (Daily News) Thanks Arnold, States Getting Closer to Setting Own Emission Standards (AP) Shut Up and Drive: Hang Up the Phone for Safety’s Sake (Times) Terrible Bike Parking at LA Live (CityWatch) Simi Valley Readies Bike Master […]