Archive | January, 2010

Adams Backs Off Separate CRC Analysis by PBOT

In a post on the official Mayoral site, Sam Adams says:

Frustrated with the lack of “out of the box” thinking about options and assumptions, last month I directed Portland to undertake our own analysis of CRC options. I asked for data from the CRC, and was surprised by the alarmed staff response our request has received.

But apparently the letter he co-signed with David Bragdon, Tim Leavitt and and Steve Stuart puts a different light on things:

As the work requested by the four local elected leaders moves forward, I have directed City staff to suspend our independent analysis, and participate instead in the shared work we described in our January 22 letter to Governors Gregoire and Kulongoski.

I wonder what generated all the alarm?

Why You Should Help Build It (and How)

I had the opportunity to sign on early for the “Build It” campaign that the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and allies have created to get the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 adopted and funded.

Here’s why I think this is not just important, but vital, for Portland’s future:

  • Cycling provides healthy mobility, and will make our community healthier and cut health care costs.
  • Cycling helps shape livable communities and will support “20 minute neighborhoods”.
  • Cycling provides low cost mobility and provides more affordable transportation options to individuals and will require fewer public resources than other ways of providing equivalent mobility.
  • Cycling will help us meet our climate action goals.

In short, this is a very affordable investment that will pay multiple benefits for Portland’s future.

I encourage all our readers to sign on to the campaign and support the Plan. Here’s how you can do it.

Start by taking your picture with the “Build It” logo (PDF).

Then there are three ways you add your photo to the campaign. Pick whichever is easiest or most expressive for you.

  • e-mail the photo to
  • tweet the photo to @MayorSamAdams with your message and the #BUILDIT hash tag
  • On Facebook, becomes friends with the campaign here and add your photo and message to the wall

There’s more you can do, from attending the rally to testifying at City Council next Thursday (and after, in the budget process). To learn about these opportunities check out the ‘act’ page on the campaign site.

Do it now.