Archive for August, 2010

Take Action! 2 events this week

Posted in News on August 31st, 2010 by Steve – Comments Off on Take Action! 2 events this week

This is today!

WRITE YOUR WAY
Tuesday, August 31, 6:00pm
Outside on the Patio, at Vendetta, 4306 N. Williams Ave. (inside if it’s raining)
We’ll get together over affordable beverages to write our local media, electeds, and other decisionmakers regarding important transportation issues. This event is a fun way to engage our transport system, build coalition, and discuss strategies for making our streets a place for everyone. Bring your concerns, your voice, and maybe a really nice pen.

also, this is tomorrow!

RALLY FOR THE BUS
Wednesday September 1st
4:00 PM March, 5:00 PM Rally
Portland City Hall (SW 4th between Madison & Jefferson)

For the past decade TriMet has been cutting bus services and increasing fares which have affectedthe most vulnerable people in our community. This year, TriMet is eliminating 70,000 hours of bus service and increasing fares for the …11th time in 10 years. We recognize that these decisions are a combination of the economic recession, as well as TriMet’s political priorities – and we demand that TriMet meet its mission to provide affordable, reliable public transportation first. Bus service is the backbone of public transportation, and bus rider’s voices need to be heard and respected. Decision-making needs to include those who are most impacted, and TriMet needs to demonstrate the highest standards of public involvement.

For more information, please contact OPAL Bus Riders Unite at 503-928-4354×123 or www.opalpdx.org

Thanks, and see you there!

Say NO to Trimet Service Cuts & Fare Increases, Sept 1

Posted in News on August 20th, 2010 by Steve – Comments Off on Say NO to Trimet Service Cuts & Fare Increases, Sept 1

Support OPAL and Bus Riders Unite! Sept 1, 4PM at City Hall. Click the flyer for more info.

Upcoming Events! Write Your Way & Transport Your Activism

Posted in News on August 13th, 2010 by AROW – Comments Off on Upcoming Events! Write Your Way & Transport Your Activism

Summer has been a time of reflection and, uh, having fun outside! We know the fall is going to be a a great time to fix our streets, so we’ve got 2 upcoming AROW events to throw on your calendar:

WRITE YOUR WAY
Tuesday, August 31, 6:00pm
Outside on the Patio, at Vendetta, 4306 N. Williams Ave.
We’ll get together over affordable beverages to write our local media, electeds, and other decisionmakers regarding important transportation issues. This event is a fun way to engage our transport system, build coalition, and discuss strategies for making our streets a place for everyone.

TRANSPORT YOUR ACTIVISM RIDE
Saturday, September 11, 12:30pm
Location TBA
In the context of Portland’s continued dependence on oil for transportation, we’ll visit a selection of sites where transportation improvements are sorely needed.
OPEN CALL FOR PRESENTERS: Have an intersection you care about? Want to help tell the backstory and help your peers understand the ins-and-outs? Please participate by doing a quick presentation! It’s easy, fun, and a great way to get answers and support. It would be extra-awesome if your story is about more than just bikes. Contact Steve (coffeeisnice@gmail.com) if you’d like to present, thanks!

We’ll also be re-launching regular meetings in September. The meetings will be more fun and educational than ever! (think: more open discussion and community building, less nuts & bolts). We’re thinking Mondays to avoid BAC/PAC meetings. Thoughts?

Thanks for being a part of the local grassroots movement to build a better transportation system!

People’s DOT Revisits 82nd Avenue Barrier to Mobility

Posted in News on August 13th, 2010 by Steve – Comments Off on People’s DOT Revisits 82nd Avenue Barrier to Mobility

The People’s Department of Transportation (PDOT) is conducting a review of the pedestrian barricade at the NE 82nd Ave Transit Center.

The People will review areas of concern and propose methods and considerations for future projects as well as improvements to mitigate problems created by installing the wall rather than the planned mid-block crossing.

Preliminary findings point to undue preferential treatment given to car traffic in this area that appears to be symptomatic of a larger, systemic problem in the region.

Highlights of the investigation so far include: an exposé of the shadowy and influential committee that masterminded the installation of the barricade; the portrayal of regular transit users and neighborhood residents as dangerous criminals; and the misadventures of a bold chicken attempting to safely use the new crosswalks.