ORS 366.514 , a.k.a the Oregon Bike Bill, is back in the spotlight. Leaders and supporters of BikeLoud PDX are meeting today at noon to rally and then ride to the Multnomah County Courthouse to official file their lawsuit against the City of Portland .
If you don’t know much about the bill, don’t feel bad — many Oregonians and even city and state transportation leaders don’t know about it, either. But Portlander Hau Hagedorn does. And I just so happened to have talked to her about it earlier this week.
Hagedorn is the associate director of the Portland State University Transportation Research and Education Center , and she completed her master’s thesis on the policy implications of the Bike Bill in 2020. Hagedorn’s work gave advocates an in-depth, contextual analysis of the bill and its limitations. She was also a major player in the 2021 undertaking to increase spending in the Bike Bill . While this effort was ultimately unsuccessful , it brought renewed attention to the bill and in some ways was the spark that led to BikeLoud’s lawsuit.
Hagedorn is an advocate for increasing the Bike Bill’s annual expenditure requirements, but in her thesis she explores the bill’s inconsistent application and the myriad loopholes transportation agencies use to avoid compliance. Lawmakers signing the Bill Bill in 1971. Hagedorn’s thesis points out how biking in Portland surged after the BTA won their lawsuit against the city in 1995, setting a precedent for all state transportation agencies to take heed of […]