Save the Humans!

Tonight I am making final preparations for the Save the Humans protest Pedalpalooza ride tomorrow (June 23), which starts at Oregon Park at 5:30 (we ride at 6). As part of the ride, I’ll be handing out flyers with the contact information for key decision-makers about the safety (or lack thereof) of bicycling in Portland.

If you’re on the ride (and even if you’re not), you can help fight for safer, more comfortable conditions for everyone by urging Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, and PBOT Director Treat to put their money and their actions where their promises are.

Here are their email and mailing addresses, and below that is a “boilerplate” letter you can copy and paste or download in MS Word and customize to reflect what’s most important to you. Or, of course, just write your own. Either way, thanks so much for riding and (or) writing!

Here’s to a better future…nowish.

Mayor Charlie Hales: mayorcharliehales@portlandoregon.gov, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Room 340, Portland OR 97204

Commissioner Steve Novick: novick@portlandoregon.gov, 1221 SW 4th Ave., Suite 210, Portland OR 97204

Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat: leah.treat@portlandoregon.gov, 1120 SW 5th Ave., Suite 800, Portland OR 97204

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Dear Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick, Director Treat:

I am writing to ask that you step up and take action on needed improvements to bicycle infrastructure in Portland.

The people of Portland who bicycle for transportation have been proposed, studied, and promised, quite literally, to death. We are tired of the daily threats, bullying, and near-misses that we experience on our errands and commutes. We are tired of being stressed out and afraid for our safety when we’re taking our children to school, buying groceries, traveling to and from work, or even just walking across the street.

We need action, and we need it now. Please get to work immediately building:

  • Protected bike lanes — every existing Class 2 bike lane should be protected with barriers, even temporary ones to start. In addition, major direct routes such as Sandy and Burnside should have protected bike lanes added, to create a safe and useful network for bicycle transportation.
  • Diverters for greenways — PBOT’s own study has confirmed what we have been telling you for years. The current greenways are not safe, and they are not comfortable to bicycle on and cross by foot. Traffic volumes are too high, aggressive driving and use for cut-through traffic is rampant. For these greenways to be safe and comfortable for bicycling and walking, they must be made local traffic only. That means designing out the ability for drivers to use them as through-routes.
  • Bicycle signal phases and HAWK signals to ensure safe passage for bicyclists and pedestrians through dangerous intersections and crossings of wide arterials. We realize signals are an investment, but it’s unconscionable to refuse to invest in our safety when there is ample evidence that these improvements are needed.

We need more than paint. We need more than pledges. We need more than words. Please help.

Sincerely,

(your name)

PS. I live in _______________________________neighborhood.

The routes/roads I use most are:

I typically have the worst experiences on:

 

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