Member Meeting and Campaign Updates

14929125665_8b8ecc67f6_zAt the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s annual meeting, held August 14th, we introduced and explained in more detail our upcoming projects around the Portland metro area. Over the last year we’ve been working with our members and supporters across the region to ensure that we have political and community support, and dedicated funding for safe, accessible bicycle facilities.

Some of our successes include:

  • Winning $6.6 million in federal money to support new bicycle and pedestrian safety improvements in Downtown Portland;
  • Passage of a Westside Trail Master Plan through Tigard City Council, King City Council, THPRD, Washington County Commission, Multnomah County Commission, and Metro Regional Government;
  • Successful application for $200,000 in planning money to build a new Neighborhood Greenway on Monroe Street in Clackamas County;
  • Passage of the Foster Streetscape Plan that includes removing a lane of travel to build wider sidewalks and safer bike lanes;
  • The emergence of five new proposed Neighborhood Greenways in East Portland as a locally identified community priority;
  • And finally, the new Neighborhood Bikeways currently being planned in Washington County.

With each of these steps forward we are relying on you, our members, to help guide our work and make us even more successful.

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Downtown Portland: We would like to take a second to invite you to volunteer with us in Downtown Portland. We worked hard to secure the money, but now it’s time the plan a reality. Our plan is to continue to build citizen and business support and put pressure on the city to do the right thing. We’d like to see new north and south running protected bike lanes and safer access to the bridges. This project can be a game changer if done right.

East Portland is home to over a quarter of the population of Portland, however, the rates of walking, bicycling, and transit use in East Portland are far lower than the city average. Many places in Portland east of 82nd Avenue lack features that make walking and bicycling an option. We must prioritize building neighborhood greenways in East Portland to provide transportation options that are both desirable and affordable. Our campaign in East Portland is working on building new miles of low traffic, low stress neighborhood greenways that include traffic calming and way finding elements such as shared lane markings and signs highlighting bike routes. Building new miles of neighborhood greenways in East Portland will provide people with access to schools, churches, shopping centers,  and transit centers, and provide east to west connections to Gresham and downtown Portland. We are working with community partners like ROSE CDC, El Programa Hispano, and East Portland in Action committees like EPAP Bike to prioritize neighborhood greenway projects and build awareness in East Portland. Show your support for this important campaign by participating in our outreach events. Click here to learn more about getting involved.

14742448328_485ef6cd16_zBroadway: The BTA is determined to “Make Big Streets Safe.” It’s going to take more than neighborhood greenways to make bicycling the safe, easy option that Portlanders want it to be. That’s why we’ve turned our focus to the stretch of North and Northeast Broadway from the Broadway bridge to Hollywood. It offers the destinations that NE Tillamook lacks- restaurants, banks, shopping, and other services. The one thing Broadway doesn’t offer though, is a safe place for walking and biking. That’s where you come in. We need your help to reach out to businesses and neighbors to build support for a safer street. It’s not clear what that will look like at this point, but Owen Walz created this image of one possibility for our Blueprint for World Class Bicycling — a physically protected cycletrack. The good news is, with help from BTA intern Christopher Delaney, we’ve discovered that local businesses want to see changes to Broadway too. Click here to learn more about getting involved with improving North/Northeast Broadway.

The Tualatin Valley Highway, or TV Highway, is the only continuous east-west route connecting the communities of Beaverton, Aloha-Reedville, Hillsboro, Cornelius, and Forest Grove. People in Washington County rely on TV Highway every day to get to work, school, the grocery store, and the movie theater. They get there by driving, walking, biking, and taking the bus. Today, TV Highway’s 5-7 lanes of vehicle traffic, high speeds, unsafe intersections, and gaps in the bike lanes and sidewalks make the highway unwelcoming for the people who need to use it. Protected bike lanes on TV Highway could physically separate the sidewalk, bikeway, and car lanes to help everyone get where they need to go. Dedicated space for people traveling at different speeds would make this a comfortable, efficient route for running errands, going to school, or getting to and from work. To move these community-supported solutions forward, we’ll need to have conversations with people across the county, from high school students to state legislators, about the need for improvements. Want to learn more about the TV Highway and take action? Click here!

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