Archive | August, 2006

BBC Features Portland Transportation

Update: 29 August 2006

The videos are now available on YouTube at

Original Post: 16 August 2006

The BBC program Newsnight has a long segment on alternative transportation in Portland. There is a video stream at, but since that appears to be a generic address, I’m not sure how long it with have the current episode (the Portland segment starts about 24 minutes into the 50 minute program).

The program covers everything from MAX to the recent car-free challenge to the Tram (Sam is on-air) to Flexcar to a recent bike move. Curiously the on-air talent is the vice-chair of the Conservative Party. It’s sort of as if Denny Hastert were doing segments on CBS.

Your Opinion or Observation in this Space

Yours truly will be doing some traveling over the next few weeks, including a Metro-sponsored trip up to Vancouver, B.C., to see not the central city (that’s been so done already), but the suburbs!

While I’m sure my travels will provide things for me to write about here, I’m also looking for some guest posts to keep the regular flow going. Take the opportunity to be a guest blogger. Send your submissions to

Bike Master Plan Update Kickoff Event Tonight

At Southeast Uplift:

Making Portland a World Class Bicycling City: Tuesday, August 29th, 6:30 p.m., Southeast Uplift

How has the City and its citizens made Portland the #1 U.S. city for bicycling? How can we join Amsterdam and Copenhagen as a world-class bicycling city? What do you like about bicycling in Portland? What would you like to see improved?

Join Southeast Uplift’s Bike Committee as we discuss these issues with City of Portland Bicycle Coordinator Roger Geller on Tuesday, August 29th from 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. at Southeast Uplift, 3534 SE Main.

Tuesday’s meeting commences the public process for updating the City of Portland’s Bicycle Master Plan. The plan has not been updated since the mid-nineties. It is the City’s master document for bicycle policies and objectives and address almost every facet of biking in the City, including bikes and transit, educating and encouraging new cyclists, bikeway design and engineering guidelines, and the recommended bikeway network.

Geller will discuss the City’s bike strategies and successes of the last 10 years, lessons learned, and ask for citizen feedback on the next 10 years.

Questions: Steve Hoyt, Southeast Uplift,, (503) 232-0010 x321.

City of Portland’s current bike master plan:

The Higher Mode

We don’t often talk about transportation by air, but the Daily Business Journal had an interview late last week with Mary Maxwell, the Director of Aviation at the Port of Portland. It was a good reminder of the importance of aviation to the economy in our region.

There’s some discussion of the Port’s Hillsboro Airport. I’ve always wondered if folks like Intel couldn’t find a way to run air freight of high-value cargo out of Hillsboro. Given all the “cost of congestion” discussion, that would seem to me like a serious question.

On a separate note, the Business Journal has a brief note that the Port is installing a new system in its PDX parking structure to direct motorists to empty spaces with electronic signs.

Three Strikes and You’re Out

I was driving down 4th Ave in downtown today (I was in a Flexcar) and someone blew through the intersection just in front of me against the light.

Startled, I looked around and realized:

1) The driver (of a truck or SUV) was going the wrong way on Morrison St.

2) The driver was driving on the MAX tracks.

3) Because he/she was driving in the wrong direction on a one-way street, there were no apparent red lights, so he/she was blowing through the intersections.

I hope no one got hurt before this driver came back to reality.