You may have seen the flyer in your mailbox: The 5th Foster Road Open House is happening this Thursday evening.
According to the planners, this should the last one. The first 4 open houses were focused on gathering community input, sharing ideas and hearing responses and concerns. This open house is about what the city came up with. They’ll be taking comments I’m sure, but unless there is a torch and pitchfork mob in attendance they are only expecting to make small changes to the proposal before this goes to council. Think of it as an early warning of sorts – When you see the construction crews out on the ground over the coming years, this is what they are working on. (more…)
The Foster Road Streetscape Plan is almost done. The City has shown their official options and in a few months the vision of the New Foster Road, whatever it looks like, will be adopted by City Council.
But people won’t stop talking about the bike lanes.
Disclaimer: The decision between 4 and 3 lanes has not yet been made. The City held an open house in June to hear from the neighbors, and the ultimate call will only be made once that information is available.
Every year for the last 3 years, Portland has done something crazy: they open a loop of streets for everyone in the neighborhoods to enjoy. This Sunday (Mothers Day!) is the first one of the 2013 season, and it’s in our neck of the woods.
For this one day from 11 am – 4 pm, car access is blocked or controlled along the route, and the full street is available for neighbors to roll, walk, skate, bike and jog. The Loop goes from park to park on quiet streets and bikeways called Neighborhood Greenways. The east Portland loop is takes advantage of the awesome Springwater Corridor for about 1/4 of the route. Each park is filled with activities, vendors, food, and information. (more…)
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) wants to give us money, but the competition is tough. Their current round of state transportation project funding has identified three projects directly relevant to our Foster neighborhoods, and we’re only going to stand out from the many other projects on the list if we can make our voice heard. That’s where you come in.
Below the project descriptions on this page are three forms, one for each Foster-area project. Please consider filling your contact information and letting ODOT know your interest in seeing one (or all) of these projects funded. (more…)
Take a ride with your east Portland neighbors this Saturday, as a part of the spring EPAP bike ride series. This group represents you and your neighbors on bikes in East Portland, as a part of the East Portland Action Plan advocacy agenda.
The group starts the ride at the Main St MAX station at 10 AM, and heads south along the I-205 Path (nicknamed “the Woody Guthrie Trail” by some) to end at Clackamas Town Center. Along the way they’ll stop at the various art displays along the path, installed as a part of the MAX green line construction.
If you’re interested in public art, bikes, East Portland politics, or just want to get your bike out of the garage to take a spin with your neighbors, this ride is for you. If you’ve never been on the trail before, it’s a good opportunity to learn how easy it is to get around the neighborhoods without hopping in your car.
Think of it as a practice run for summer.
East Portland Bike Ride
Satruday March 16th, 10 AM
Main St MAX station
About 11 miles long, for all ages and abilities.
While we’re still in the midst of discussions about the future of Foster Road, the whispers of improving another street in need are just beginning. If neighborhood activists get their way, 82nd Avenue will be next on the list for a major revamp.
For better or for worse, Foster neighborhoods are also 82nd Avenue neighborhoods. Foster-Powell’s unique shape means that half of their population lives about 1/2 mile from 82nd Ave. One of Mt. Scott-Arleta’s most beloved bars, the Lion’s Eye, fronts 82nd Ave. And Lents, in it’s quest to be the Town Center of the future, needs to bring people across the 82nd divide. This can be challenging given the physical barrier the street poses.
The largest bike move in Portland history took place this weekend, helping two new neighbors move from a house on N Alberta to our neck of the woods around 85th Ave. The route was about 10 miles, and took 3 hours from load to unload. (more…)
After yesterday’s post about how bicyclists spend more money than drivers, maybe you were thinking about how to get in on the action. The weather is starting to turn, so now is the best last chance to hop on your ride and go for a spin around the neighborhood.
On Facebook, the duo of Ultraman Heggem and Cora Lee Potter have organized a route for neighbors to take through the area using low-traffic, family friendly bike streets. (Don’t worry, they won’t take you onto Foster Rd).
Where: Meet at Kern Park When: Friday, Oct 12 at 6:30 pm What to Bring: Your bike, bike lights, and a jacket or poncho in case the rain decides to visit.
The organizers promise that the ride will be relatively short, and the plan is to end at Cartlandia (the food carts along the springwater trail.)
As we gear up for some long overdue investment along the Foster Corridor, namely a refresh and eventual buildout of the Foster Streetscape Plan, it’s worth considering what we want our transportation systems to look like on our beloved (and sometimes maligned) thoroughfare.
When thinking about the different forms of transportation, and how we want those modes promoted and made easier, the contentious issue of cars sharing the road with bikers and pedestrians sometimes takes center stage. Unfortunately, much of that conversation ultimately turns to the negative impacts of altering the transportation landscape. For example, when the idea of lane reduction is floated, it is often countered with worries over increased commute times. Conversely, when the idea of maintaining quick and easy traffic flow is promoted, concerns for safety and livability form the opposing view.
So how do we change the way we talk about these views?