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Class of 2015

A personal highlight for me each year is the opportunity to serve on the panel reviewing presentations for the PSU/PBOT Traffic and Transportation Class. I look forward to seeing the work of each new crop of advocates and this year is no exception!

  • Debra Monzon (PDF 1M) is looking for ways to make Thorburn Street (a key route to the north of Mount Tabor) safe from speeding traffic that threatens both pedestrians and houses
  • William Henderson (PDF 1M) has an interesting idea to use development-driven transportation studies as a way to fund building out key bikeways
  • Adam Herstein (PDF 214K) has a proposal for a city-wide network of cycletracks providing access to business districts
  • Matthew Anderson (PDF 495K) wants to enhance the intersection of Alberta and MLK with artistic crosswalks to make the neighborhood more permeable to pedestrians
  • Susie Younie (PDF 646K) hopes to make the traffic circle at SW Jefferson and 18th both safer and a better asset for her neighborhood

Well done, all!

The Future is Bright

One of the pleasures of my holiday season each year is serving on the panel reviewing presentations at the PBOT/PSU Transportation Class.

It gives me great hope for the future that we are creating a regular stream of transportation advocates who will keep making our streets better and safer. This year is no exception:

  • Alexis Gabriel (PDF, 1.6M) wants to revitalize streets, especially in East Portland, as places for people, rather than just cars.
  • Blake Goud (PDF, 625K) is looking at the challenging cycling conditions (do you enjoy finding the 12 inches between the storm drain grate and the auto lane) on Interstate Ave.
  • Anjala Ehelebe (PDF, 822K) has an interesting take on art as traffic calming, or at least entertainment while in traffic.
  • Adrianne Schaefer-Borrego (PDF, 786K) is trying to tame 82nd and Division.
  • David Kaplan (PDF, 179K) has looked at every angle on the regulation and economics of electric charging in the right-of-way on residential streets.
  • Nic Boehm (PDF, 1.3M) has a bold vision for turning Division into an exclusive transitway and bikeway.
  • Melissa Langager and Meegan Watts (PDF, 786K) are keeping the vision of “Lombard Re-imagined” alive, and are starting with a pedestrian crossing of a freeway ramp.

Keep advocating!

Back Again: Visitor From Vancouver

Updated 11/10/14

Gordon’s visit this year is this Wednesday Thursday in the Portland Building at 6:40pm.

Original Post 11/12/13

It’s time for the annual Gordon Price lecture to the Traffic and Transportation class:

What: Gordon Price Presentation
When: Thursday 11/14, 6:40 – 8:40 p.m.
Where: Portland Building Auditorium, 1120 SW 5th Ave
Cost: Free and Open to the Public

Price is a former Vancouver, BC City Councilor, a widely respected urban visionary and author of the Price Tags blog and newsletter.

Always both informative and entertaining!

Class Presentations 2013

Each year I look forward to the opportunity to serve on the ‘commenters panel’ for the Traffic and Transportation class, reviewing the best of the final student presentations. This class produces a great crop of citizen activists each year and this year is no exception. Here are this year’s excellent presentations:

In most years I single out one presentation that seems to be head and shoulders above the rest to feature. This year there were simply too many great efforts to pick one. Congratulations to all the students!

Featured Class Presentation: Broadway/Flint/Wheeler

Each year, I like to call out one outstanding presentation from the Traffic and Transportation Class.

This year I have to plead to some bias since I’ve been aware of this effort for some time. But it’s also not every project that’s already been submitted by the City to ODOT for funding.

There are also a LOT of people who have been involved in this effort, in both government and in the community, and the credit is clearly shared.

But presenter Betsy Reese has been watching the very dangerous intersection at Broadway/Flint/Wheeler for over a decade from her vantage point at the Paramount Apartments which she and her husband own. She’s been letting the City know how dangerous this location is on an ongoing basis.

PBOT attempted one fix a few years ago, creating a sidewalk peninsula in front of her building – it didn’t help. The bicycle right-hook risk continued, as did the parade of cars making unsafe cut-across movements to make the U-turn back to Broadway.

As the NE Quadrant project finally gave some direction to what will happen in the long term, PBOT (and the Mayor) acted and removed the right turn opportunity onto Wheeler.

But this doesn’t fix all the issues at the intersection and Betsy and her allies continue to advocate for stronger treatments, including signalization. Betsy’s class presentation (PDF, 10M) outlines all the issues, and the effort got a major boost mid-way through this semester’s class when PBOT submitted the project for an ODOT grant.

We’ll continue to track this and let you know when it’s time to send those letters and e-mails to ODOT to support the project during final selection later in 2013!