If you live in the Portland, OR area, please consider contacing Mayor Sam Adams’ office to support the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030. The City Council hearing is set for February 4. You can either mail or e-mail a letter, or if you prefer you can simply click this link to quickly sign online, or get the addresses to mail/e-mail. To download the final draft of the bill, click here.
Even though I do not live in Portland city limits, I will be writing to support this bill in the hope that the effects will ripple out to the neighboring cities and towns.
From the City of Portland Office of Transportation Web site, the main goals of the plan are:
Attract new riders
Plan and design for people who are not yet riding by developing safe and comfortable low-stress bikeways (such as bicycle boulevards and trails) that reduce conflicts between people riding bicycles and people driving.
Strengthen bicycle policies
Adopt policy changes outlined in the Plan, including a new bicycle transportation policy of making bicycling more attractive than driving for short trips.
Form a denser bikeway network
Expand the network of bikeways in Portland to achieve a fine-grained system that offers riders an array of route choices.
Increase bicycle parking
Implement measures to satisfy the growing demand for bike parking.
Expand programs to support bicycling
Expand established programs, and develop new programs, to encourage and support bicycling.
Increase funding for bicycle facilities
Pursue multiple strategies to increase funding for bicycle facilities and other green transportation modes.
It’s a start.
In other news, Bob Mionske has an op-ed piece in the LA Times about why Christopher Thompson’s sentence does not herald a new era for cyclists’ safety. As he rightly points out, the Mandeville Canyon incident for which Thompson was ultimately held accountable should never have been allowed to happen, as it was Thompson’s third incident involving cyclists. Seems like the doctor was starting to feel a little invincible in his vigilantism against cyclists.