Hey, so Portland Afoot turned two last night. About a hundred of Portland’s coolest Portlanders came to Backspace to celebrate with us.
There were some transit stories.
Dan Christensen, a noble and hilarious TriMet operator who was one of our first interviewees ever, told the story of the day he narrowly escaped a class war on the #85 bus:
Portland Mercury reporter, writer and general mastermind Sarah Mirk talked about her unusual encounter at the #15 bus stop with a man who described himself as “not Filipino or gay” but “just liked to paint fingernails.”
We also asked attendees to share their ideas for making low-car life in Portland better on a great big poster.
We’ll get some more photos up next week, but for now, I wanted to share the contents of the poster. Most of these ideas are pretty simple; some of them are pretty funny; and all of them are exactly the kind of evening it was.
Oh, did I mention our extremely exciting new Kickstarter campaign with fabulous rewards that are selling out as we speak? No? Don’t worry. I’m sure it’s nothing you need to pay attention to.
Thanks for coming, y’all. See you next year – when I think we’ll be doing something a little different.
“More socializing with neighbors (don’t have to travel ‘cross town to have fun)”
“COOL BUS STOPS
“Restore TriMet bus routes to pre-Green-Line service levels w/ brand-new, air-conditioned & regularly cleaned buses”
“Ban studded tires”
“More safe routes to school!”
“Home Depot home delivery”
“MORE CIVIL BIKE RIDERS (me included @ times)”
“Paid parking everywhere to pay for FREE TRANSIT!”
“Y’know, the same way you make everything in life better: more art (on the modes of transit, in the lanes, etc)” <—marked “I like the way you think!”
“Move my house closer to downtown”
“Wide Bike Lanes aka ‘Cycle Tracks’ on all Major Arterials. (B-side, H-thorne etc)” <— marked “more like CPH!” and also “8 ft wide”
“free helmets for kids!”
“Teach bike-ed in schools!”
“Take friends & family out to walk & ride!”
“A guide of biking ‘secret spots’”
“EFF those tracks on MLK.” <— marked “& Marine Dr!!”
“DEINSTITUTIONALIZE TRANSIT” [editor’s note: I have no idea]
“Lights for all bicycles”
“Own the streets” <— marked “TriMet coverage and frequency”
“Signaled ped/bike crossings”
“Increase tax on surface parking lots”
“more free bike maps of the city!”
“O.K. Eliminate cars that are causing our lungs to hurt … More bikes on the road, walking and whatever drives your fancy!”
This one could only be expressed as a photograph:
“More north/south bike routes connecting NE + SE!!!”
“A North/South TriMet route between 122nd & 160th (there isn’t one now, yikes!)”
“End Transit Racism
- Billions for Busses
- $20 monthly pass
- 50c fare”
“Well thought-out schedules for transferring between bikes & MAX w/ leeway for delays”
“Hybrid-only zones in Portland”
“STOP FOR PEDESTRIANS GODDAMNIT.”
“MAKE IT SUNNY!!”
“Biking ‘parking’ lots!!”
“Discounts for biking/walking/TriMet instead of driving”
“End the taxi medallion system – cooperative taxi cos”
“Biking incentives (tax breaks?)”
“Beautiful/fast and comfy buses!”
“More Cargo Bikes! = less cars/vans/trucks” <—marked “Yes! More Cargo Bikes! Yea!!”
“Subsidize transit to 50c fares for anywhere. NOT by payroll tax.”
“Late night bus service”
“More affordable modes for getting outside the metro area” <— marked “in quality AND quantity”
“Connect Portland to the places outside of Portland”
“Stop treating mass transit as ‘charity for people too poor to own a car’”
“STORE/EMPLOYER/MUSEUM/ETC LOCKERS/COATRACKS (my bike box is nice, but it’s not a trunk)” <— marked “I realize there are issues to iron out”
“More bike specific signals in NE/N Portland”
“Bring back free rail zone please.”
“DO NOT ‘BIKE SEGREGATE’ – altho bike boulevards are awesome, it should be safe to bike on all streets. Mo-fos.”
Photos by Lillian Karabaic. Except for the one she’s actually in. I have no idea who took that one.