Your Streets, Your Priorities

(Photo by Greg Raisman)

(Photo by Greg Raisman)

As leaders at the City of Portland seek input on how to fix our transportation funding, its time to ask the question, “What will be our priorities?”

Public opinion research earlier in the year shows that bicycle projects are among voters’ top three priorities, along with maintenance and safety.

And it’s no surprise why: improving bicycle infrastructure and programs will encourage more people to ride, will decrease the amount of wear and tear on our roads, and extend our streets’ lifespan in good condition. A penny saved is a penny earned, as they say.

At The Bicycle Transportation Alliance, safe streets are our number one priority. When people ride bikes on the street, they make everyone safer. We know that more people on bikes can mean fewer crashes, and complete infrastructure can cause everyone to behave better out on the road.

No matter how you choose to get around, it’s clear that any package of new revenue and transportation investment needs to include bicycle facilities for both the maintenance and safety benefits they provide. Along with the maintenance and safety benefits, better infrastructure for bicycles can improve traffic congestion, increase drivers’ comfort, and boost business.

Now is your opportunity to speak directly with leaders of the city about the ways you would like to see the Portland Bureau of Transportation prioritize transportation funding.

Wednesday, April 16: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization, 10301 NE Glisan St
Thursday, April 17: Kaiser Permanente’s Town Hall, 3704 N Interstate Ave
Thursday, April 24: Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Hwy
Thursday, May 1: Woodstock School, 5601 SE 50th Ave

All town halls are scheduled for 6:30-8:30pm


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