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Photos from Walk + Bike to School Day @ Prescott Elementary

A slideshow of students walking and biking to school on October 5th. Portland Timbers player Rodney Wallace played soccer, signed autographs and answered questions with the class that had the most students walk and bike to school.

Pedestrian Safety Dance

Students from Horizon Elementary School in Michigan participated in Walk to School Day 2011 and celebrated by doing the "PED Safety Dance"

Students from Horizon Elementary School in Michigan participated in Walk to School Day 2011 and celebrated by doing the "PED Safety Dance"

Live longer, ride safer, and get animated

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Transportation stories of the past few days

In the last few days I've come across a handful of great transportation-related stories, ranging from the wonky to the futuristic to the practical.

First, my favorite of the three: The practical.  Researchers in Madison, WI decided to quantify the impact of making half of your short trips (like going to the grocery store or a friend's house) by bike instead of driving.  The result? Well I think the headline of the NPR story says it all, "Secret To A Long, Healthy Life: Bike To The Store"

The next story (and new blog) comes from my co-worker, Denver Igarta, who earned a Marshall fellowship to study livable streets across the pond.  His blog will document his discoveries as he travels to different countries to meet with the residents, planners, and transportation officials who make their streets great places for people - not just automobiles.  His most recent story, on the wonkier tip, is about the importance of codifying how we want our streets to function.  If you know what the AASHTO guide is (or you want to know) you'll appreciate Denver's recent post.

Finally, includes an animated video of a simultaneously very small and very big project happening in South Waterfront.  The very small? 0.6 mile roadway reconstruction.  The very big? Raising the streetscape 14 feet higher, adding new streetcar tracks and bicycle and pedestrian facilities.  In the next few years, multimodal access to South Waterfront is going to increase substantially.  The Gibbs bike and ped bridge, the new TriMet bridge across the Willamette, and the Orange MAX line will be significant improvements.  And then, not too far off in the future, the Eastside Streetcar will connect to South Waterfront to complete the loop.  It's looking pretty good in Portland's newest neighborhood.

Study: Trails add $9000 to home values

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We all know that trails - also known in wonky transportation circles as multi use paths - are good for people's health and the environment by creating car-free corridors for sustainable travel and recreation.

But do they raise property values?

According to a study by University of Cincinnati urban planning and economics professors, they do.  Professors Rainer vom Hofe Olivier Parent studied homes sales adjacent to a 12 mile stretch of the Little Miami Scenic Trail in the Cincinnati metro area.

The study found that proximity to trails increased property values. For each foot nearer in proximity, the sale price values by $9. The authors concluded that home buyers were willing to pay an extra $9000 for a home within 1,000 feet (a little under four Portland city blocks) of the trail.  

The Portland region is home to several multi use trails, including the Springwater Corridor, Waterfront Park, and Fanno Creek Trail in Washington County.

Springwater Corridor Trail photo courtesy of Steven Nehl/Oregon Live 

Urban Guru Gordon Price Presentation on Thursday

Don't miss it!

This Thursday evening (11/10), Gordon Price will give a free presentation on the effective integration of transportation in high-density environments with an emphasis on land use. If you’ve seen Price speak before, fear not! He always has a new presentation and a trick or two up his sleeve…

Price is a former City of Vancouver, B.C. Councilor and current Simon Fraser University and University of British Columbia Professor who teaches, researches, and writes extensively on urban development and planning.

Gordon's Canvas, aka Vancouver, BC


To learn more about Price check out his electronic magazine, Price

Tags or his daily blog on Vancouver and worldwide urban affairs.

What: Gordon Price Presentation

When: Thursday 11/10, 6:40 – 8:40 p.m.

Where: Portland Building, 1120 SW 5th Ave, 2nd Floor Auditorium

Cost: Free and Open to the Public


Contact: Scott Cohen

City of Portland Bureau of Transportation

(503) 823-5345