Archive for March, 2012

2012 Cully Bike Census from ABC Released

Posted in News on March 19th, 2012 by Steve – Comments Off on 2012 Cully Bike Census from ABC Released

Hacienda CDC and the Community Cycling Center write:

Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) – which translates to “Riding Bikes in Cully” – is a group of residents from Hacienda CDC, an affordable housing nonprofit, who are interested in promoting bicycling for the health of their children and their community. In March, ABC organized a bike census – a survey about bicycles in Hacienda housing – to demonstrate the need for bike storage in their neighborhood. Additionally, they are bringing bicycle maintenance and repair training to Cully through a partnership with the Community Cycling Center.

Of the 120 households at Hacienda that were surveyed in the bike census, ABC and the Community Cycling Center reported a total of 183 bikes –112 kids bikes and 49 adult bikes – which is an average of 1.5 bikes per household. Survey results also indicated that over the past 2 years, 85 bikes have been stolen from the respondents, an average of nearly 1 bike per household.

“Bike storage is an issue for most families living in affordable housing, where the units are small and there is less space for bulky items, like bikes,” noted Laura Koch, Program Director at the Community Cycling Center. “When their project is completed, it will be a great model, not only for Hacienda but for other housing developers to demonstrate the kinds of amenities that are needed to support bicycle riding, which is a family-friendly, healthy activity.”

Check out the Cully Bike Census infographic!

 

Invest in Bikes: An Important Graph for Advocates

Posted in Advocate's Toolbox, News on March 2nd, 2012 by Steve – Comments Off on Invest in Bikes: An Important Graph for Advocates

Roger Geller, PBOT Bicycle Coordinator, shared this graph at last year’s Oregon Active Transportation Summit.  A year later it remains a pivotal resource for those who are considering bike funding in our local transportation budget battle.

Regional Metro, ODOT, Trimet + Local Agency Expenditures and New Trips – Active Transportation, Transit and Motor Vehicles

New Comprehensive Guide for Improving Walking Conditions in Portland

Posted in News on March 1st, 2012 by Steve – Comments Off on New Comprehensive Guide for Improving Walking Conditions in Portland

Chris Young of Neighrborhood Notes has put together an impressive guide of resources for Portland citizen activists who want to improve local walking conditions.  Chris writes:

On the evening of Saturday, Jan. 21, 26-year-old Jason Lee Grant was struck and killed by a hit-and-run driver on Foster Road at SE 70th Avenue. Long dubbed the “Foster Freeway” by neighbors, this tragic incident further highlights the need to improve pedestrian safety in an area considered a high-crash corridor by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT).

“And sadly, there’s no guarantee he’ll be the last until the city implements real safety improvements, such as safer crosswalks, more visible signage, and better lighting,” laments Jeff Lynott of Foster Powell PDX. “Pedestrian safety has historically been overlooked in favor of keeping traffic moving quickly.”

According to the city’s Existing Conditions Report of SE Foster Road from May 2011, “approximately 26 percent of the corridor is lacking sidewalks or pedestrian amenities,” and “the average distance between pedestrian crossing improvements (signals or pedestrian islands) is 1,120 feet, or nearly one-fourth mile.”