June 3, 2013 | BikePortland.com-- Mayor Charlie Hales has just announced the city bureau assignments and he's given the Bureau of Transportation to Commissioner Steve Novick. Another bureau shake-up that impacts bicycling is Portland Parks & Recreation now being in the office of Commissioner Amanda Fritz instead of Nick Fish.
Hales took all the bureaus under his authority when he came into office in order to more effectively tackle a major city budget shortfall.
The assignment of PBOT to Novick is good news. I do not have a lot of experience working with Novick (he's a City Council rookie); but I've been hearing from various sources for months that he's very solid on transportation issues, that he gets the big picture, is very supportive of bicycling and walking, and won't be afraid to try new things. Novick, who graduated from Harvard Law School at age 21, is also known as someone with a sharp policy mind.
In 2009, Novick appeared at a rally to protest the 2009 Jobs & Transportation Act that handed out nearly $900 million in new highway projects across the state. Novick attended a press conference in opposition to the bill by Bob Stacey, the former director of 1000 Friends of Oregon who's now a Metro Councilor and respected critic of highway projects, the Columbia River Crossing, and so on.
Novick was endorsed by the Bike Walk Vote political action committee in April 2012. That group's Co-Chair Peter Welte said that READ FULL ARTICLE