Archive | April, 2007

The Right Way to Go?

Speaking of vans, I heard something recently at a meeting that I find very interesting: that UPS is changing their routing algorithms so that driver’s routes will exclusively use right-hand turns.

Does anyone have a confirmed source for that?

One Less Van

Hat tip to the alert reader who caught this press release from the Doubletree Hotel, Lloyd Center.

As part of an overall effort to reduce carbon impacts, they have dumped their Airport Shuttle and are encouraging patrons to use Airport MAX.

Act Now for the Bicycle Master Plan

This message is bouncing around the blogosphere, but I think it’s important to repeat it here. Mayor Potter has not included $150,000 for an update to the Bicycle Master Plan in his proposed budget. Here’s the original message from the BTA:

Mayor Tom Potter’s office has released his draft budget, which includes many of the good things BTA members care about.

But the Mayor cut an essential item – the Platinum Bike Master Plan Update.

Please contact the Mayor’s office TODAY and ask him to restore $150,000 in funding to make sure the Platinum Bike Master Plan Update can be completed. With cities like Chicago, Seattle, and New York setting aggressive goals to improve bicycling, Portland can’t be using a 12-year-old master plan to compete. We’ve learned a lot since the plan was written in 1995, and we need to collect those lessons into a plan to make Portland a Platinum-level bike city, and to address key city goals around child and adult health, global warming, and affordable transportation choices.

You can email Jeremy Van Keuren ( in the Mayor’s office, fill out Mayor Potter’s webform, or call his office at (503) 823-4120. See all your contact options here.

Thank you! With your help, we can make Portland a better place for bikes!

Please join me in contacting the Mayor’s office immediately.

Houses vs. Cars

A front page story in Friday’s Trib suggests that high-density housing in the central city is a bad idea because it puts concentrations of population near freeways and their pollution.

So what’s the alternative? Push everyone out to the suburbs and leave the city for those too poor to have a choice? That will only drive up VMT and require more freeways. Not the future I want to see for our region!

I have a better idea. Let’s keep cities for people and clean up the emissions from those cars!