Archive | March, 2007

Coming Up on the KBOO Bike Show: Biking in Japan

This month’s program will feature Natalie Ramsland, a bicycle frame builder who runs SweetPea Bicycles, a company that makes bike custom frames especially fitted for women.

Ayleen will reflect on her recent trip to Japan.

Hosts Sara and Ayleen

9-10AM, Wednesday, March 7th
KBOO FM 90.7
Streamed live at
Podcast here later that day

Extrapolating from a 12-lane Columbia Crossing

“Three through lanes” (in each direction) is the mantra of the Columbia River Crossing project and the I-5 partnership.

But if we need a reminder that the appetite for lanes is insatiable, look no further than yesterday’s USA Today for a roll call of the mega-projects. Phoenix is sure that if they can just take I-10 from 14 lanes to 24, their congestion will go away.

the USA’s latest giant superhighway proposal designed to ease the kind of gridlock that some planners say could stunt economic growth.

Sounds an awful lot like the local “cost of congestion” argument.

Back Seat [Scary] Ignorance

OK, I will cop to a guilty pleasure. On Mondays I read the “Back Seat” (commuting) column in the Oregonian.

Not because I expect to learn anything about transportation policy, but because I sometimes enjoy the sophomoric wit. But mainly because I get to see what people are asking about. Monday’s letter was very scary:

Stop signs: At downtown intersections, should drivers stop to allow pedestrians to cross?

My wife says that drivers are obligated only if there is a marked crosswalk. I say that pedestrians at any intersection should be given the right of way.

R.L. West Linn

Our intrepid columnist quotes ORS correctly that crosswalks exist at all intersections, whether marked or unmarked.

But I’m not sure I’ll be strolling around West Linn anytime soon. A good argument for refresher tests when renewing your driver’s license.

A Transportation Policy Search Engine?

A reader pointed out to me that Google has a custom search engine tool that lets you define specific web sites to be searched. He wondered if we couldn’t create a custom search engine for Portland Transport.

I find the idea intriguing, but it seems to me we could go a couple of ways. We could pull together local transportation-oriented sites and create a regional tool.

Or we could gather the best of transportation policy sites worldwide and have a policy-oriented tool.

Either way, this would be a collaborative project, with contributors adding points to sites of value.

What do you think? Would you use such a tool? What flavor would appeal to your needs?