We've grown somewhat inured to the fascination on the part of Porkland "leaders" and bureaucrats with all things bicycle, and their devout hatred of cars. We've seen our transportation dollars used to fund a floating "esplanade" on the Willamette River, purposefully diverting said dollars by declaring it to be a highway project. They've spent $3 million on a bicycle and pedestrian-only bridge over SE McLoughlin Blvd., and millions more on bicycle paths, bicycle signs, bicycle maps, bicycle boxes, and bicycle racks. The newly-hired director of PBOT is a 42 year-old bicycle rider, closely affiliated with SE Porkland's Alta - which does bike-share programs. Nothing like a little back-scratching; it's business as usual in Chicago on the Willamette.
New directress Treat, in fact, awarded Alta a contract for a 3,000 bike bike-share operation in Chicago, where she last worked. She's never held a job for longer than two years, to date. And she wants to increase bicycle riding here. Sweet.
But she'll have to get on board with Porkland's Bureau of Plannning and Sustainability, which has even bigger plans: in addition to focusing on bicycles, with a minor in pedestrian activities, they want to encourage another "mode of transit": rolling. That's right, they want more roller skates and skateboards out there on the road.
Planning and building the Portland of tomorrow will be about making the city more livable, inclusive and resilient. The Growth Scenarios Report identifies some key directions for getting there.
Two Investment Strategies – Make public investments in streets, sidewalks, bikeways and retail areas in both existing neighborhoods that are functioning well, and underserved areas like East Portland, where there is an infrastructure gap.
More Transportation Choices – Create access to transportation options and provide for different ways to get around (walking, biking, rolling, for example) to create more complete neighborhoods and increase access to jobs.
Get ready for another "grand experiment" - and hang onto your wallet.