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Adams on transportation: Everything's peachy

Here's a sloppy self-congratulation from Portland's mayor. He's so unusual! But this time, he went beyond a mere tweet:

We hear daily from Portlanders who value the ability to walk, bike, or take transit to meet their daily needs, and who want us to make it even easier and more convenient. At the same time we’re sensitive to the need to keep streets in decent condition for road users, and figure out how best to use those roadways to move freight throughout the city.

As you look over the past year’s transportation accomplishments, you will see that balance of safety, reliability, and sustainability throughout.

- The City's Bridges: We invested in building and rebuilding several bridges to create better connections for all modes of travel, including safe access for heavier freight trucks.

- Neighborhood Greenways: We invested in Neighborhood Greenways as a less expensive way to help people on bikes move safely around the city—and in the process, created streetscapes where it’s safer to walk and easier to cross busy streets.

- Transit Improvements: We looked for (and found) signal efficiencies that reduced trip times for people who drive and improved pedestrian safety.

Translation: We blew mega-millions on marginal stuff, and sent a guy out to change the timing on a couple of red lights. Even the token gestures for drivers are called "transit Improvements." Mission accomplished!

Comments (19)

Notice how roads are only mentioned as a means for moving freight. And I think I saw one bicycle this icy morning during my daily 11 mile commute.

The mayor can only see the movie playing inside his forehead.

I love the "neighborhood greenway" in my area with all the sharrows painted on the street. I can DRIVE all the way from Willamette Blvd to Interstate Ave with only 2 stop signs! Thanks Sam! Lol

Or, as he put it just minutes ago, "Our efforts should be aimed at creating resilient safety that is the natural result of healthy people," (whatever that means...).

Bridges? Really???
Seems to me the Selwood bridge is still falling down; but only evil cars are allowed on that bridge now, so if the bridge falls in the river only evil car drivers will be killed so I guess that doesn't matter.
Death to evil car drivers...go by bike share...

Well, what do you expect from a messianic sociopath who surrounds himself with twenty-something sycophants who fawn all over him? He is totally disconnected from reality. He seems to think if he says it, it must be so.

Adams represents everything defective region wide.

Exhibit A.

In 2010 JPACT adopted new guidelines for awarding fed flex fund grants for transportation projects in the region. They must meet "Environmental Justice" or "Active Transportation" tests.
They just approved $27 million in federal “flexible funds” for 11 bike, pedestrian and freight projects. using those filters. It's pathetic.
Even the projects labeled freight are intersections needing "bike" accommodating.

Yet again not one dime went for the most urgent transportation need in the region, Sellwood Bridge.
But last year JPACT allocated $204 million (in year of expenditure) to Milwaukie Light Rail.
Although the project is moving forward as was scheduled even before Clackamas County bailed the Sellwood bridge still has a $22 million funding gap.
And still no flex funds for it? Why aren't they worried about it falling down, closing or being delayed?

Even the token gestures for drivers are called "transit Improvements."

That's because they're intended primarily as transit improvements. Any residual effect they have on drivers is salutary and an afterthought.

Sadly, it's a religion. You can't reason these guys out of their devotion to bikes and trains any more than you can reason an evangelical out of their faith.

I look forward to the collective "what the hell were we thinking" moment 10 or 15 years from now, as we all sit in traffic jams looking at the car lanes which have been taken away, and the intersections which have been "improved", and the couplets which move twice as slowly as what they replaced. And once you get to your destination you're reminded that perfectly good parking spots have been intentionally eliminated, really for no better reason than pure spite from the planners.

I think it's been clear for some time now, ever since mayor Katz declared her "War on Driving", that CoP is committed to disinvesting in any infrastructure that supports means of personal mobility except for human powered vehicles. The guv'mint intends to provide for any other needs, should you have them.

Whether or not this is merely a local political fad attempting to pander to the skateboard/bike crowd or a free coil of rope from the current federal government I'm not sure, but if the latter, you know what they say when you give a long piece of rope to a fool.

Just got an email inviting me to the Sellwood Bridge Groundbreaking...December 16th at 10:00 a.m.

"Several surprise guests are expected"...

You think that means Cookie Monster or Ron Wyden?

Silver shovels, beware!

"At the same time we’re sensitive to the need to keep streets in decent condition for road users..."

You must be referring to the poor fellers in shopping carts looking for bottles and cans.

One nasty spill into a pothole and the whole shebang goes sprawling.

...ever since mayor Katz declared her "War on Driving", that CoP is committed to disinvesting in any infrastructure that supports means of personal mobility except for human powered vehicles. The guv'mint intends to provide for any other needs, should you have them.

Mission Accomplished by Sam is the continual path on the “War on Driving” by Katz. – in my opinion, along with a parallel path, this works toward a further Mission Accomplished which is the agenda of pushing more and more people into the multi-use high density housing.

I remember a conversation I had years ago with Rex Burkholder on the steps of the Central Library when I complained about the high density housing and he said that it wasn’t just for low income people, but that your children and grandchildren will be living in them. I remember saying that I didn’t think that was the American Dream people
had in mind.

Reading about the Headwaters Apartments and “workforce housing” (what exactly is “workforce housing” ) I am thinking that Burkholder and his ilk may have had a
“dream version of theirs” in mind for a very long time.

If the don't succeed in cattle prodding as many people as possible into the same tax district, there'll be no way to pay for all the shiny toys.

(what exactly is “workforce housing” )

Workers Settlements have an illustrious history!

And is there ONE (1) candidate for PDX City Council or running for Mayor who PROMISES to put an end to ANY of this insanity? Not just bikes and trains but neighborhood destruction, subsidies for developers building "housing" for people making 6-figures and on and on. Seriously, where does this end? Yeah I'll hazard a guess at bankruptcy at different levels with "us" picking up the tab (again...still?)

If the City of Portland was a B-17G, it would be in a flat spin with three engines on fire.

“As you look over the past year’s transportation accomplishments, you will see that balance of safety, reliability, and sustainability throughout.”

Safety? Like bicyclists who routinely and arrogantly ignore traffic laws and STOP signs, flip flopping between being a vehicle on the street to a pedestrian in a crosswalk – even to the degree of causing not only drivers take evasive action , but a now bus to slam on the brakes injuring passengers, even sending one to the hospital!

Reliability? Like during Portland ice storms when Max can’t operate or when TriMet doesn’t even have enough money to continue to operate the busses already on the street, but still can continue to build new light rail lines!

Sustainability? Like the absence of financial self-sustainability whereby taxpayers pay an average operational subsidy of more than six dollars for each one-way trip a transit passenger makes, or the fact bicyclists do a good job of contributing lip service for bicycle infrastructure as long as somebody else actually pays for it!

“we’re sensitive to the need to keep streets in decent condition for road users”

This token nod is not for drivers, but tokens – many of them – are expected from drivers in that motorists pay the majority of costs for roadways, but also most of the federal funding for bicycle infrastructure and transit in that federal flexible funding for alternative transportation projects comes from the Federal Highway Trust Fund. And for all that Adams, will not even provide just a little equity token by making sure motorist specific representatives have a seat at the table on transportation advisory committees. To loosely paraphrase a statement he made at a City Council meeting; most people drive so it is not needed. Yet more people walk than drive and there is always pedestrian coalition representative on just about every committee.

- Neighborhood Greenways: We invested in Neighborhood Greenways as a less expensive way to help people on bikes move safely around the city...

Is Mayor referring to the green paint put on roads for bikes?


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