The Bicycle Transportation Alliance is committed to making bicycling safe convenient and accessible throughout Oregon. To do that, we’ve been working hard on our 16 top priority projects within the Blueprint for World-Class Bicycling. As each of these campaigns moves forward, we seek to build community support, political support, dedicated funding, and innovative planning and engineering for each project.
Last week we saw a fantastic campaign victory at Portland City Hall. One of the Portland-region’s top funding streams for active projects is the regional flexible fund money that the BTA helped open for active transportation and complete streets projects in our campaign in 2010. We are still experiencing the benefits of that successful campaign with last week’s vote by Portland City Council to support $6 million in federal investment in new safe, streamlined facilities in downtown Portland.
This is a historic vote and opportunity for our region to build new streamlined streets, ideally north-south along major streets and connecting safe streets to the city’s bridges. The BTA has been working for months with business leaders, members, supporters, and elected leaders to ensure that we have the funding we need to build these new facilities.
Now that City Council has voted to support the $6 million in federal funding, the Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation (JPACT) will finalize that vote on October 10th. Once the federal grant is finalized, we look forward to working with the city’s regional partners, business leaders, and constituents to identify where exactly the facilities will be built and how they’ll be designed.
Last week’s campaign victory is a huge step forward for safety in downtown that will help us prepare for Portland’s future bike share system.