Bikes to Get Buck in New Portland Budget

Portland Mayor Sam Adams has pledged to increase the amount of money dedicated to bicycle planning and bicycle infrastructure from 4% to 17% in the city's next budget.
May 18, 2011, 10am PDT | Nate Berg
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"For bicycle advocates such as Sadowsky, it's better than true. Adams actually undersold things. Also, his timing was off. In fact, Portland quietly boosted the amount of uncommitted transportation funding it spends on bike projects from just 1 percent to 17 percent – or $2.8 million – in the budget adopted last June. Meanwhile, it slashed the amount allocated to motor vehicle projects by 22 percent.

While just a slice of the Bureau of Transportation's capital projects in the 2010-11 budget, the money available to the mayor to spend as he wishes is generated entirely by motorists."

But some motorists are left disappointed, as more than 60 miles of city roads remain unpaved.

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