PDX bike plan lacks funding

Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ 20-year bike plan needs $600 million to become a reality.

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Portland Mayor Sam Adams’ “Bicycle Plan for 2030” aims to get Portlanders to make over one-quarter of their daily trips by bike in 20 years.

The plan is expected to pass the City Council vote next month – but it still needs $600 million, more than the city’s entire general fund for one year.

So far, the Transportation Bureau has identified only $10 million to $14 million total for the next five years to begin to expand the city’s network of bikeways from 300 miles to 962 miles, create more bicycle parking citywide and improve the safety of kids riding their bikes to school, among other projects.

“There’s no question we have to work on finding new revenue streams,” says Chris Smith, a member of Portland’s Planning Commission. The volunteer commission advises City Council and unanimously approved the bike plan in November.

Read the full story at Willamette Week.

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