Author Archive | Chris Smith

A Bold Step Toward Vision Zero

During the public hearings on the Comprehensive Plan, and in the Transportation Expert Group (advising PBOT on the Transportation System Plan) PBOT took some heat on a lackluster safety policy (someone characterized it as “keep doing what we’ve been doing”).

I’m happy to report that PBOT has stepped up. At Tuesday’s Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting they proposed the following policy language to guide the City’s efforts for the next 20 years:

Transportation safety impacts the livability of a city and the comfort and security of those using City streets. Comprehensive efforts to improve transportation safety through engineering, education, enforcement and evaluation will be used to eliminate traffic related fatalities and serious injuries from Portland’s transportation system.

(emphasis mine)

That’s a pretty damn clear articulation of Vision Zero. Well done!

Bikes Have a Level of Service Too!

PSU Transportation Seminar

Speaker: Nick Foster, Senior Planner, Kittelson and Associates
Topic:  Evaluating the Level-of-Service of Protected Bike Lanes
When: Friday, November 21, 12:00pm to 1:00pm

Where: PSU Urban Center Building, SW 6th and Mill, Room 204

Summary: The most recent edition of the Highway Capacity Manual (HCM) contains analysis procedures for measuring the level-of-service (LOS), also referred to as quality of service, provided by an urban roadway to bicyclists. The method uses different design and operating features of the roadway segment (e.g. width, motor vehicle volumes and speeds) to assess an LOS grade of A (best) to F (worst). These procedures are used by planners and engineers to recommend how existing streets could be retrofitted or new streets designed to better serve people on bicycles (and other modes). However, the current HCM does not include methods that address protected bike lanes (aka “cycle tracks” or “separated bike lanes”), only conventional striped bike lanes, shoulders, and shared streets. There are other methods for predicting comfort from a bicyclist’s perspective that do consider protected bike lanes, but they are either based only on expert opinion or on surveys in Denmark.
This presentation will describe how to evaluate the level-of-service of a protected bike lane using results from surveys conducted in the United States. The model developed by this project could be used to supplement the current HCM to objectively consider a wider range of options for improving the environment for bicycling. This is increasingly important as the implementation of, and demand for, protected bike lanes surges around the US.

KBOO Bike Show: Activism for our Streets

 Listen to the show (mp3, 25.5MB)

This month we go back to our roots– grass roots that is. Portland’s flame of cycling activism burned out over the recession. But recently, out of the ashes comes new, exciting growth. Tori and Chris talk with Alex Reed of Bike Loud Portland, Lisa White of Bike-Walk-Vote and Boris Kaganovich of Better Block PDX. These passionate and motivated average-citizens are shaping the way your city streets look with an energy and enthusiasm not seen since we ripped out a highway and replaced it with a park.

Back Again: Visitor From Vancouver

Updated 11/10/14

Gordon’s visit this year is this Wednesday Thursday in the Portland Building at 6:40pm.

Original Post 11/12/13

It’s time for the annual Gordon Price lecture to the Traffic and Transportation class:

What: Gordon Price Presentation
When: Thursday 11/14, 6:40 – 8:40 p.m.
Where: Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Price is a former Vancouver, BC City Councilor, a widely respected urban visionary and author of the Price Tags blog and newsletter.

Always both informative and entertaining!