Our February commuting podcast: (Joe) Rose city

Joseph Rose teaches his daughter Una to drive.Every story has a back story. On Portland Afoot’s low-car commuting podcast this month, Oregonian transportation columnist and reporter Joseph Rose joins Lily and I to talk about his fight to get TriMet to face and fix its crazily lax driver-safety rules.

Though I’ve occasionally had honest differences with Joe’s coverage choices, there’s no question the man is one of the sharpest and hardest-working reporters in town. TriMet riders are lucky to have him on our side, and it’s an honor to have him on.

…even though Lily claims to be allergic to Pearl Jam, Joe’s beloved Northwest rockers who provide this month’s music. (“Don’t need a helmet, got a hard, hard head/Don’t need a raincoat, I’m already wet.”)

We also cover:

  • Three reasons even highway-haters should love the Columbia River Crossing and three reasons even rail-lovers should hate it.
  • Bike moves, the joyous community-powered household relocation tradition that Portland has developed over the last 10 years. They’re having a moment. We talk about why, and how your next relocation could very easily happen on a Saturday morning with a little help from a swarm of bikes.
  • Lily’s favorite TriMet-related Twitter chatter of the month.
  • Our low-car transportation tip of the month (a brilliant insight that was developed by PA contributor and Lily’s fellow Reedie Lauren Hudgins).
  • A story of secret solidarity that could only happen on TriMet.

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Meanwhile, you can also listen to this month’s whole episode below:

Photo of Joe teaching his good-natured daughter Úna to drive by Joseph Rose, courtesy The Oregonian.

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