A Fond Farewell, and a Warm Welcome

Wed, 01/16/2019 (All day)

Farewell, Madeline, and Welcome, Sam!1000 Friends of Oregon today announces that Madeline Kovacs, 1000 Friends of Oregon's Portland for Everyone Program Coordinator, will be leaving to take on the job as Sightline Institute's newest Fellow, working on state-level abundant-housing efforts in Oregon and Washington.

2017 Transportation Package Prioritizes Transit!

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Mon, 07/03/2017 - 5:10pm

1000 Friends of Oregon applauds the transportation package passed by the Oregon Legislature’s Joint Committee on Transportation Preservation & Modernization on Saturday, July 1.  For the first time in history, Oregon is poised to fund statewide transit at a meaningful level. This means many rural Oregonians will have reliable transit for the first time, thereby gaining access to employment oppor

Mega Tollway Testimony

Mary Kyle McCurdy
Wed, 04/05/2017 - 12:10pm

Dear Chair McKeown and Committee Members:

1000 Friends of Oregon opposes HB 3231. 1000 Friends of Oregon is a nonprofit, membership organization that works with Oregonians to support livable urban and rural communities; protect family farms, forests and natural areas; and provide transportation and housing choice. 

Leadership Spotlight: Westside Transportation Alliance

Sam Diaz

This month, 1000 Friends of Oregon turns its attention to Washington County.

Help Washington County's Transportation System

If you live or work in or near Washington County and care about the county's future transportation choices, please participate in the “Online Open House.” 

Washington County is embarking on a $1.5 million study to evaluate current transportation conditions and explore what sort of transportation options the county should have over the next 50 years. The county wants to know what you value in a transportation system.

B-Line Sustainable Delivery Proves Good Land Use is Good for Business

Karli Petrovic

When Franklin Jones founded B-Line, a sustainable bike delivery and advertising company, he drew on a wealth of experiences. From his background as a bike and pedestrian planner and then as a sixth-grade humanities teacher to his bike travels through Japan, Europe, and other places abroad, Jones was exposed to the fabric of many cities.

Think Traffic’s Bad Now? Fund Highway Expansion Initiatives.

Karli Petrovic

There’s a reason why the statistics published in the Portland Business Alliance’s 2014 Economic Impacts of Transportation study are attention-grabbing: The possibility of spending 69 hours per year in traffic and congestion by 2040 is enough to persuade even the most ardent public transit advocate to support the construction of massive superhighways. After all, who wouldn’t want an additional $928 million in annual economic output and sales or 8,300 new jobs as a result of an improved system? These statistics were reported in the Portland Tribune’s Jan.

Youth Advocacy Leads to Climate Change Ordinance in Eugene

Thanks to passionate advocacy by youth, the City of Eugene is moving from general goals to steadfast statute when it comes to climate change. City Councilors voted July 28 to adopt a strong climate change ordinance seeking to cut fossil fuel use to 50 percent below 2010 levels by 2030.

Springfield Discovers That More Extensive Is More Expensive

The City of Springfield is considering expanding its urban growth boundary to pursue the possibility of new large-scale employment, but recent calculations show the cost to serve any expansion with infrastructure could be overwhelming.

The Register-Guard reports:

City officials have identified five areas where Springfield could expand its urban growth boundary, and roughly calculated how much it would cost to extend sewer and streets and collect stormwater to serve that future development.

Coalition Comments on Metro Active Transportation Plan

How we get around is changing. Oregonians are driving less, and they want and need safer, more efficient transportation choices. Metro is creating an unprecedented regional Active Transportation Plan to guide investments in walking, biking, and transit access across the greater Portland region. 1000 Friends has joined a coalition of eight healthy and livability organizations to submit comments on the draft plan.

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