Our Advocacy Director, Gerik Kransky, recently worked with local leaders to build support for restoring a large portion of the cuts to the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) budget. He worked closely with members of the Portland Business Alliance
and freight advocates from the Columbia Corridor Association
to gain their support in restoring funding for city staff and projects that will make Portland a better place to ride.
In speaking to BikePortland.org
, PBOT Director Tom Miller referred to Gerik as, "the de-facto leader of the 'add-back' effort
" and went on to say that he's never seen a coalition this broad built around budget negotiations.
Your support of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance enabled Gerik to build consensus around the city's budget.
"...this year, it seems active transportation is taking the brunt of the cuts. That's why all of us kind of feel the pain there and would like to see some of that funding restored
— Corky Collier, Columbia Corridor Assoc.
quote to BikePortland.org
We hope this is the first of many more victories in 2013. You keep the momentum going (and can win some prizes for yourself) when you donate to the BTA through the Willamette Week Give!Guide
Donations made through the Give!Guide go directly to the BTA and our work building the Future City. You can make a donation by visiting btaoregon.org/giveguide
and selecting the BTA in the list of Community Non-Profits
Thank you for your continued membership and thank you for considering making a donation through the Give!Guide
We couldn't do it without you!