For this episode, I caught up with veteran advocate and up to date Portland transplant Cathy Tuttle (@CathyTuttle). After I heard she moved right here from Seattle final 12 months I used to be actually excited. It was just like the Path Blazers signing an all-star.
“It’s going to take an entire village of people that already bike to really increase up an entire metropolis of people that bike.”
Cathy has been an activist for local weather change, transportation, and wholesome cities for over 30 years and has lengthy checklist of accomplishments and awards for her work as a neighborhood organizer, nonprofit founder (Seattle Neighborhood Greenways) and metropolis staffer. In 2019 she ran for a seat on Seattle Metropolis Council and tied for third in a crowded race. Final summer time, this 65-year-old, self-described “local weather warrior” determined to maneuver to Portland, presently lives downtown, and makes use of a motorbike as her foremost technique to get round. Whereas some folks in Cathy’s footwear would possibly contemplate slowing down after working so onerous for thus lengthy on these points, Cathy is simply as dedicated as ever to make an impression and was simply voted to the board of Bike Loud PDX, a neighborhood nonprofit whose foremost aim is to push Portland into being a metropolis the place 25% of all journeys are made by bike by 2030.
On this interview, you’ll hear why Cathy selected to maneuver to Portland, how her bike has develop into her private mobility gadget, and the way she’s prevented burnout after greater than three many years of advocacy. We additionally talked about how being a bureaucrat has helped her develop into a greater advocate.
Cathy and I additionally traded ideas concerning the state of bicycling and transportation reform in Portland, whether or not present PBOT Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty is — or may be — an actual champion for the trigger, and the way Cathy’s not too long ago accomplished Automotive Grasp Plan unlocks necessary clues on learn how to assist us attain that thrilling 25% biking aim.
Hyperlinks from the episode:
— BikePortland protection of a Portland analysis journey Cathy organized with Seattle policymakers in 2014.
— PDFs of findings from her Automotive Grasp Plan Analysis Challenge: Asphalt, Automotive Budgets, Parking Automobiles
This episode was recorded on January eleventh. Because of Covid issues, Cathy joined us nearly.
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