What’s happening on Rosa Parks Way?

Person riding a bike on Rosa Parks Way

Bikeway coming soon (we hope). (Photo © J. Maus)

As you’ve walked, biked and drove through the neighborhood this summer you’ve probably noticed a lot of construction activity on Rosa Parks Way.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is working on a project to extend a 6-foot wide bike lanes that currently ends at the intersection with N. Vancouver and starts again on the west side of I-5.  This project will also add a center turn lane to this section of Rosa Parks Way and islands for safer crossings of Rosa Parks Way at various locations.

The PBOT plans to have this project complete by the end of August and is currently waiting for new signal equipment to be delivered.

You can find more information about the current status of the project at the BikePortland blog.  Bike Portland also has more details about the project and some background on the project.

Stencil Workshop at Bryant Street Pedestrian Bridge

Brain Borrello helping kids spray paint their new stencils

This past Saturday Brian Borrello and Teigo Dejerk hosted a neighborhood workshop on paint stencils for the eventual redesign of the Bryant Street Pedestrian Bridge ramp and cul-de-sac.  About 15 people came and cut out designs then spray painted them on the back of Brian’s truck.

You can view a slide show of photos from the workshop on our Flickr site

>Cirque du Cycling

>The 3nd annual Cirque du Cycling presented by Laughing Planet Cafe is a benefit for Albina Youth Opportunities School.

Cirque du Cycling is a family-friendly celebration of bike fun including a 200-300 person free family ride starting from Grand Central Baking Company and going to Peninsula Park for a rest stop with water games and music.

At the end of the Family Ride they’ll be going back to Mississippi to join into a zany fun Bike Parade that will prepare the way for several hours of evening excitement watching some of the area’s rising bike racing stars zoom up and down Mississippi Avenue in 2 thrilling races.

Check out the website to get the full list of fun!

>Portland Sunday Parkways

>Portland Sunday Parkways announces an exclusive opportunity for volunteers. A Talk in the Park enhances and enriches your volunteer experience at the event and gives you an opportunity to really engage in the meaning and impacts of Sunday Parkways.

A Talk in the Park is an opportunity for a small group of neighbors to sit down with a notable professional and discuss topics that are central to the mission of Sunday Parkways. These topics include Community Building, Alternative Transportation and Healthy Lifestyles. Limited to only Intersection Superheroes, A Talk in the Park is a one hour round-table discussion with a community leader. Each talk is limited to only 15 people and takes place during or after the Sunday Parkways event. Snacks and drinks will be provided.

Our speakers for the North Sunday Parkways event on Sunday, June 27th include:

  • JONATHAN MAUS – Publisher and Editor of BikePortland.org AND Piedmont neighbor
  • NANCY BECKER, MS RD LD – Chair of the Oregon Nutrition Policy Alliance
  • LAURA FOSTER – Famed author and guide of Portland walking tours (giving a free guided walking tour of a NE Portland neighborhood)
  • EVAN ROSS – Co-founder and Chair of the Bicycle Business League
  • STEPH ROUTH – Director of Willamette Pedestrian Coalition

A Talk in the Park is an exclusive opportunity for those who register as Intersection Superheroes. When you sign up, we provide you with all the information to get you set up for the event. We keep the location for the talk secret, but then give you the details as you sign in to volunteer at the event.

Click here for more information or to register as a volunteer.

>Meet Oregon’s Air-Quality Cops on Monday, June 7

>Around the country, minority and low-income communities have been overexposed to toxic dump sites, contaminated air and other health hazards from industrial carelessness. Did you know you have a right to hold polluters accountable for the chronic health problems affecting your community?

Early next month, representatives from the Oregon Department of Justice (DOJ) and Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will listen to and address environmental concerns in North and Northeast Portland. This community forum is sponsored by Sen. Chip Shields, Rep. Tina Kotek and Rep. Lew Frederick and graciously hosted by the North Portland Chairs Network, a monthly meeting of the chairs of North Portland neighborhood associations. The details are:

Date: Monday, June 7, 2010
Time: 7 – 8 PM
Where: 8105 N Brandon, Kenton Historic Firehouse

A representative from DEQ will briefly present information on how businesses and industries are permitted to operate in the state, how residents can file complaints, and discuss what kind of oversight and follow-up the agency does with businesses that violate their permits. DOJ will outline how their agency investigates and prosecutes criminal polluters. There will be time allowed to learn about practical steps that ordinary residents can take to make sure environmental concerns are being reported and dealt with. The last 20 minutes of the forum is reserved for a question-and-answer period.