PSU and PBOT Offering Transportation Class to Foster Your Inner Activist

With amazing but almost ironic timing, PBOT is partnering with PSU to offer a course in traffic and transportation issues.  “Designed for the neighborhood activist,” as its site says, this class is intended for those who have an interest in local transportation issues and seek to make a difference in their community.

This is almost perfectly timed with the recent surge in activity and interest surrounding Foster Road’s safety issues, as well as the eventual (partial) build-out of the Foster Streetscape Plan (2014 at earliest).  The irony is that this course will help those who take it understand how to “negotiate the maze of traffic and transportation agencies and issues…in these times of budget cuts and shrinking gas tax revenue.”  Oddly, it is just this maze we find ourselves in with PBOT and other city agencies…the same maze that’s held up the process of saving lives and making a better and more beautiful Foster Road.  And when it’s not the maze, shrinking revenue is inevitably blamed.  Now PBOT is partnering with PSU to help folks learn how to navigate through the very system they are part of.

All cynicism aside, this class looks to be quite informative, and should be considered by all of you locally who have an interest in transportation issues, traffic safety, and/or want to get more involved with the Foster Streetscape Plan.  For more information, visit the course site here.

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2 Responses to PSU and PBOT Offering Transportation Class to Foster Your Inner Activist

  1. Cora Potter says:

    This is actually a annual offering that they’ve had for many years. I took it in 2007 – and my class project – a special green street treatment on the Ramon cul d sac – is being constructed this year.

    http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2008/01/featured_class_1.html

    It’s a really great class that beyond the information provided helps you network with other transportation wonks and advocates.

    • Thanks for the feedback, Cora. I’ve actually spoken to people who’ve found it worthwhile, as well as some who plan to take the course.

      As you can tell, the cynic in me is seeping through.

      Please keep us informed on your project.

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