Archive | January, 2006

Bike Show Now on iTunes

Our KBOO Bike Show podcast is now available on iTunes. To find it, type “KBOO Bike” into the search box in iTunes.

Eventually we should show up in the podcast directory listing under Transportation, sub-category Bicycles. However, updating of these categories is notoriously slow, so we don’t know when we’ll show up.

Burnside Watershed?

Last night I attended a forum that Commissioner Adams held for small business owners on Burnside and Couch to discuss the (west side) couplet proposal. Given the recent planning bureau critique of the plan, I was concerned that this would be another opportunity to dump on the couplet plan (which I support).

I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome:

Burnside Small Business Forum

Sam Adams listens to small business owners on Couch and Burnside.

Last night I attended a forum that Commissioner Adams held for small business owners on Burnside and Couch to discuss the (west side) couplet proposal. Given the recent planning bureau critique of the plan, I was concerned that this would be another opportunity to dump on the couplet plan (which I support).

I was pleasantly surprised by the outcome:

  • When polled at the end of the forum, all but one of the business owners said they preferred the couplet.
  • Representatives of the group developing the office tower planned next to Jake’s said that after going over the options, they’re supporting the couplet.
  • A retailer in the Brewery Blocks characterized the current situation on Couch not as “pedestrian paradise”, but as “chaos” and favored the couplet.


KBOO Bike Show: Safer Streets

Special guests, Bill Sinnot, Commander of the Portland Police traffic divison and Greg Raisman, PDOT`s traffic safety specialist discuss projects, programs and enforcement actions they are working on to make the streets safer for cyclists.

KBOO Bike Show Studio

Commander Bill Sinnot and Greg Raisman take calls

Listen to the show (mp3, 12.8M)

Special guests, Bill Sinnot, Commander of the Portland Police traffic divison and Greg Raisman, PDOT`s traffic safety specialist discuss projects, programs and enforcement actions they are working on to make the streets safer for cyclists.

Making Sausage … and Budgets

I no longer sit on TPAC, but I still get the agenda packet notices (anyone can request them). I want to call attention to a process that gets started at this Friday’s meeting that perhaps does not get the public attention that it should.

One of the things our region does very well is speak with one voice on transportation funding priorities for federal dollars. The four members of our House delegation (3 Oregon reps and Brian Baird from the Washington State side of the river) hear the same message. This gives us a big leg up on other less disciplined regions where different counties and cities may lobby for conflicting projects.

How do we manage to get everyone on the same page when they talk to their representatives? The consensus gets worked out at JPACT, where the jurisdictions work out their differences and seek equity and hopefully sound regional policy. Sometimes that looks like saving up your chits for a multi-year appropriation (like I-205 light rail, or the Washington County commuter rail). Sometimes it look like convincing a number of jurisdictions that a facility (like the Sellwood Bridge) really does impact all of them. And sometimes is looks like very canny understanding of which federal pots of money can be used for what purposes and how to swap funds back and forth (legally) to achieve goals.

But JPACT is where the action is, and TPAC works the draft on its way to JPACT. Here’s the draft that TPAC will review (PDF, 31K) on Friday. It totals some $157M in requests, so it’s not chump change. But this is a process that while conducted in public meetings, gets very little public attention. I’m not saying I don’t think these are worthy projects – after all they all come from the Regional Transportation Plan, which does have an involved public process. But maybe more people should pay attention to what’s going on…

Portland Transport Now Hosting KBOO Bike Show Podcast and Archive

A few weeks ago I posted a bit of rant about the fact that our competitor for Platinum biking status – Davis, CA – podcasted their bike talk show, while the Portland equivalent, on KBOO, disappeared into the ether after the monthly broadcast.

Well, no more! KBOO Bike Show hosts Ayleen Crotty and Sara Stout agreed to enter into a collaboration with Portland Transport and I’m delighted to announce that we are now hosting their archive site and podcast. The archive site is at

A few weeks ago I posted a bit of rant about the fact that our competitor for Platinum biking status – Davis, CA – podcasted their bike talk show, while the Portland equivalent, on KBOO, disappeared into the ether after the monthly broadcast.

Well, no more! KBOO Bike Show hosts Ayleen Crotty and Sara Stout agreed to enter into a collaboration with Portland Transport and I’m delighted to announce that we are now hosting their archive site and podcast. The archive site is at

http://bikeshow.portlandtransport.com/

and the podcast RSS feed is at

http://feeds.portlandtransport.com/BikeShowPodcast.

We hope to have Wednesday’s show up on the site a few hours after airtime. Set up your favorite podcatcher application now! The podcast has also been submitted to a number of directories, including iTunes.

The three most recent shows are already up on the archive, along with some older favorites. We’ll be filling out the archive over the next few months, and plan to ultimately have the entire catalog of shows available, perhaps supplemented by some material that has never made it onto the air.

Thank you Ayleen and Sara!