The folks who dream of a city with more bicyclists, pedestrians and transit riders are nevertheless loathe to speak of making driving less convenient.
“It sounds to me awfully negative to say we are ‘discouraging automobile use,’” said Phil Selinger, a retired transit planner active in the Northwest District Association. “I don’t think the NWDA, at least, has ever made such a statement.”
Art Pearce, manager of policy planning and projects for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, is similarly skittish on the topic.
“That sounds like we’re taking away something without acknowledging what we’re giving back,” said Pearce, who prefers to emphasize transportation alternatives.
Frank Warrens, on the other hand, does not mince words.
Warrens owns the auto repair shop bearing his name on Northwest 20th near Burnside.
The recent conversion of one vehicle lane into a bike lane along Northwest Everett Street between 19th and 23rd avenues blew his gasket.
“The brain-dead idiots who came up ▶