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17 Sep 2014
18 Sep 2014
Bike riders expected to 'swarm' city transportation town hall
Portlands transportation budget town hall Thursday evening is expected to attract a swarm of bicycles.
Portland bike riders plan a swarm ride through Southeast Portland to the town hall meeting with city officials at Woodstock School, 5601 S.E. 50th Ave. The town hall is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Bike riders plan to meet at 5 p.m. at Ladds Circle. They will ride as a swarm from Southeast Ninth Avenue and Madison Street.
Bicycle groups promoting the ride online say it is to draw attention to bicycle-related spending and projects in the Transportation Bureaus budget.
The citys Thursday, May 1, town hall is the final in series focusing on transportation spending.
A assessment of the citys 4,827 miles of streets released Tuesday, April 29, found that maintenance of the aging pavement lagged. According to the report, 48 percent of the citys most trafficked streets were in poor or very poor condition. The bureaus goal is to have 80 percent of those streets in fair or better condition.
City officials might ask voters to approve a fee to pay for increased maintenance of local streets. No proposal has been set for the fee, which would augment state gas tax revenue, as the city gauges the publics support for a possible fee.