The Weekly Walk-Up : 7/16/2012

 

A summary of our "Feet Tweets" for the past week. For real-time updates, follow us on Twitter at @WPCWalks. You can also join the conversation on WPC's Facebook page.

As you may have heard, the Darlene Hooley Pedestrian Bridge at Gibbs Street opened on Saturday in SW Portland. And it's tres cool. Not only can you ride over some really difficult streets to cross (I-5, Macadum, Naito), but at the end, you get a choice of a scenic elevator ride down to the ground. For the more adventurous, there is a 132 step stairway (with a bike trough). For those of us not quite sure if we can handle that much adventure, there are benches on the landings along the way. At the top is a magnificent viewing platform (that you can wave to the passengers of the nearby tram from). This really is a great example of smart integration of pedestrian needs while still allowing for motorized traffic, though we think the pedestrian bridge easily won over I-5 in terms of view.

After six years of planning for and designing the Sellwood Bridge, the project has undergone some pretty significant recent changes. The WPC has been represented on the project's Citizen Advisory Committee and the Bike/Ped Working Group since their convening. A separate blog post on WPC's stance is to follow, but here is some context from BikePortland

The Mississippi Street Fair took place over the weekend. That meant a lot of people walking along the street. How many? This many. It seems opening the street to foot traffic and removing parking for the day wasn't too great a hardship for local businesses.

Portland State University is holding its Traffic and Transportation Course, to teach you “how to negotiate the maze of traffic and transportation agencies and issues”. Speakers include the engineers, planners, and the decision and policy makers at TriMet, Metro, and the PBOT. The class is FREE to local residents. Signups are due before August, but the class fills up fast!

The Portland Society Fund is giving out professional development grants for women who are moving and shaking in active transportation. Last year, three local women were given grants to use to help support their educational goals. This year, the Portland Society Fund looks forward to giving larger grants out to more. Know a emerging leader in transportation issues who needs help in building skills or professional transition? Apply today

Finally, a short and inspiring YouTube video demonstrating one more way a walkable place can be truly awesome. 

Thoughts on the walk-up? Something we missed? Contact WPC's new Communication Intern Jason Lang at JasonALang@aol.com (welcome, Jason! Thrilled to have you on the team)