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Driver cited in serious injury collision on SE Ankeny and 7th

Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 4:02 pm

View eastbound on Ankeny at 7th.

Two people collided while traveling on SE Ankeny this morning.

According to the Portland Police Bureau (PPB), the incident occurred just before 7:46 am at the intersection of Ankeny and 7th. The collision involved someone driving a car and someone pedaling a bicycle. Here’s more from the PPB statement:

Officers determined that the driver of the car had turned left while traveling eastbound on S.E. Ankeny, onto northbound S.E. 7th. The driver turned into the path of the bicyclist causing the accident.

The driver of the vehicle had stopped prior to turning and did not show any signs of impairment. It appears that the driver did not see the bicyclist.

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Seeing business upsides, Old Town retailers propose protected bike lanes on 2nd, 3rd

Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 3:43 pm

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Inspired by the changes on NE Multnomah in the Lloyd District, a new proposal would transform SW 2nd and 3rd avenues.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A coalition of 30 Old Town bars, restaurants and entertainment venues is proposing adding a quarter-mile of planter-protected bike lanes and street cafe seating to 2nd and/or 3rd avenues.

Inspired by nearby projects on SW Ankeny and NE Multnomah, the six-month-old Old Town Hospitality Group sees their experimental road diet concept, which could narrow the streets’ car-oriented area from three travel lanes to one or two and might remove some on-street auto parking, as a way to make the neighborhood safer, more comfortable and better to do business in.

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In Cascade Locks, it’s all-hands-on-deck for bicycle tourism

Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 2:32 pm

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Public employees, business owners, service providers, tourism officials, and biking advocates all came together for a networking event inside the pavilion at Marine Park in Cascade Locks last nights.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

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City mulls wider bike lanes on N. Willamette Blvd

Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 11:43 am

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The biking conditions on N Willamette Blvd leave a lot to be desired.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Could this finally be our chance to get a bit of an improvement to the biking environment on a key north Portland corridor? It might be, if the Portland Bureau of Transportation moves forward on a plan to widen the bike lanes on N. Willamette Blvd.

The move comes as city road crews embark on a major re-paving project that will rebuild 2.36 lane miles between N Portsmouth (near University of Portland) and N Woolsey (near Columbia Park). The project was announced last week and began on Monday.

Upon hearing about the paving project we asked if any lane re-striping was being considered. PBOT has a history of widening and re-striping bike lanes when roads are re-paved. Since striping has to be re-done anyways, these projects are a good opportunity to assess capacity needs and make needed changes.

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Portland business lets you turn your bike into a rolling billboard

Posted by on July 9th, 2014 at 9:17 am

bike billboard
(Screen capture from BikeCommuterAds.com)

Here’s an idea: a local business is setting out to sell ads attached to each side of local bike commuters’ front wheels.

“It’s a first-of-its-kind-in-the-nation business, because it’s basically for the bike commuters, the year-round riders,” BikeCommuterAds.com founder Gary Courter said in an interview Tuesday. “They’ve been riding green all this time for nothing — years! — and we’re trying to change that.”

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Comment of the Week: Rethinking car/bike choices among public housing residents

Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 3:02 pm

“Where did we get the idea that a bike is too expensive to buy and maintain but a car is not?”

That’s one of the questions addressed by an interesting comment this week from reader Yvette Maranowski, who describes herself as a bike promoter, a community health worker and a member of the North Portland bike club We All Can Ride.

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3 places to watch the Tour de France in Portland

Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 1:44 pm

Catch the Tour at Portland Bicycle Studio’s new location (NW 14th and Raleigh) every morning at 7:00 am.
(Photo courtesy Portland Bicycle Studio)

The Tour de France is already well into its first week and the action is heating up. For many fans “Le Tour” is a must-see race, but unlike the World Cup it’s not always easy to find a reliable (and cheap) television feed. That’s where bike shops and cafes step in to fill the void with viewing parties and big screens.

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‘Stumptown Crit’ and a family bike ride to be part of MLS All-Star Game festivities

Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 12:24 pm

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Big time bike racing is headed back to the North Park Blocks!
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

“Soccer City, USA meets Bike Town, USA.”

Corporate marketing professionals know a good tie-in when they see one. Perhaps that explains why Volkswagen will sponsor two bike events during the festivities leading up to the 2014 Major League Soccer All-Star Game that’s coming to Portland next month.

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Grafitti in northwest Portland rages against blinking bike lights

Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 11:32 am

At NW Raleigh and 20th via @abaraff on Twitter.

The blinking bike lights debate has taken a new turn in Portland.

Two readers have contacted us this week about a message painted in large red letters across roads in northwest Portland that reads: “Fuck you and your epileptic bike lights.”

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‘Rolling coal’, deemed illegal by the EPA, enjoys 15 minutes of fame

Posted by on July 8th, 2014 at 10:14 am

If that’s how someone feels about
a Prius owner, I can only imagine what
they think of bicycle riders.
(Photo from Rollin Coal & Raisin Hell
Facebook page)

Prepare to be depressed about the current state of civic relations here in America…

Remember our two recent reports about “rolling coal”? That’s when someone who owns a truck drives it close to another road user and then purposely spews a huge cloud of black exhaust fumes at them. We first reported about it after a man claimed he was a victim of it while riding near Mt. Tabor back in February. Rolling coal made our front page again last month when a truck driver did the same thing to a group of people riding bikes in Beaverton. In that case, one of the people on bikes turned out to be an off-duty Washington County Sheriff deputy who then pulled the driver over. (Note, we initially reported that it was a member of the Beaverton Bicycle Patrol Unit and have since learned that was incorrect.)

Fast-forward a few weeks and it seems “rolling coal” has broken through beyond YouTube videos and truck enthusiast forums and onto the major online news media. Stories this week on Talking Points Memo, Slate, Huffington Post, and other outlets have brought the behavior out of the shadows.

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Leading the march: 10 questions for Noel Mickelberry of Oregon Walks

Posted by on July 7th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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Oregon Walks Executive Director Noel Mickelberry.
(Photo courtesy Oregon Walks)

Few local nonprofits have changed more in the last few years than Oregon’s main walking advocacy group.

Since 2010, Oregon Walks has renamed itself, relocated its tiny office, passed most of its board seats to new volunteers and shifted its strategy away from direct oversight of local government and toward grant-funded partnerships with other community organizations.

When Executive Director Noel Mickelberry took the reins Monday morning, the group’s transition was complete. We caught up with Mickelberry, 26, as she prepared to start the 24-hour-a-week job to talk about the differences between walking and biking advocacy and the new vision she’s been hired to execute.

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Portland Short Track series celebrates 10th anniversary tonight (photos)

Posted by on July 7th, 2014 at 1:01 pm

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The Portland Short Track Series has become a mainstay in the local racing scene.
Tonight marks its 10th year.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This evening out at Portland International Raceway, hundreds of people will converge for a special night of racing that marks the 10th anniversary of the Portland Short Track off-road racing series.

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The Monday Roundup: Selfies, BOD, anti-cycling psychology and more

Posted by on July 7th, 2014 at 11:01 am

The “cycle snake” in Copenhagen was made
to replace a few flights of stairs.
(Image: Dissing+Weitling Architecture)

This week’s news roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks who hopes to see you at the Seattle-to-Portland finish line on Saturday where you can pick up a souvenir t-shirt or score other deals.

Welcome back! We hope everyone enjoyed the long holiday weekend.

Check out the best bike links and news we came across this week:

Explaining bike brain: Portland Carl Alviani is making waves on the web this morning thanks to his thoughtful deconstruction of “why bikes make smart people say dumb things.”

Gas tax increase as our savior: As the federal transportation funding bill showdown gets more and more serious, there are hints that a gas tax increase might be on the table.

Build it and they ride: Speaking of running out of federal funding for transportation, a paltry $28 million in federal funds had a massive impact on bicycling conditions and mode share in Marin.

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Fire-biking the Fourth

Posted by on July 5th, 2014 at 9:56 pm

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Ethan Jewett in a blaze of glory.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

We hope you’re enjoying the long weekend. And how was the Fourth of July for everyone?

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As bike tourism takes off in Oregon, so do transit options

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 3:17 pm

For just $30 you can get 7 days of
bus service between Portland and several
destinations along the Oregon Coast.
(Photo: Tillamook Breeze)

As bike tourism matures throughout Oregon, its economic ripple effects are being felt in many interesting ways.

With more people seeking out the growing number of bike adventures being developed by both the public and private sector, transit providers are responding to meet a growing demand for car-free tourism. This demand is growing because for many people, having to drive a car to their riding destination is a major buzzkill, if not a deal-breaker altogether.

Fortunately, we’ve noticed a growing number of developments in bike/transit options that allow people to access destinations they could never (or don’t want to) reach by leg-power alone.

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ODOT shares details on big changes coming to Denver Ave near Kenton

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 1:49 pm

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ODOT cross-section drawing of what’s coming to N Denver between Victory and Schmeer.

Back in October we shared an early look at the Oregon Department of Transportation’s plans to revamp several paths and roads just north of downtown Kenton. That project, what ODOT calls the OR 99W: N. Victory Boulevard to N. Argyle Street Improvement Project, is now fully designed and is set to begin construction this fall.

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Voodoo’s new ‘bike doughnut’ honors CCC’s 20th year

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 12:23 pm

The Community Cycling Center’s commemoration if their 20th year just went to a whole new level. The beloved bike advocacy group announced today that Portland’s iconic Voodoo Doughnuts has created a special menu item in their honor: the bike doughnut.

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Weekend Event Guide: America!, parades, racing, and more

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 11:44 am

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This young lady is demonstrating proper bicycle decoration and riding technique for this weekend.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

What better way to celebrate America and freedom than riding bikes? And as luck would have it the weather is poised for perfection.

While many folks are still recovering from Pedalpalooza, there are some great organized rides on the schedule that will beckon you back out into the streets for more. Whether you just want to cruise with your American flag flying high or want to create some fireworks on the race course, check out the rides below before making your weekend plans…

Thursday July 3rd

‘Merica Portland Cruiser Ride — 7:00 pm at Apex (1216 SE Division)

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David Rosen looks for success with Sage Cycles brand

Posted by on July 3rd, 2014 at 9:53 am

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Sage’s new PDXCX model is made in Tennessee.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

From a garage and a small storage space in Beaverton, David Rosen has launched a new bike company: Sage Cycles.

Rosen, 41, created the brand in 2012 after he saw a niche in the market for bikes made out of titanium. “Ti”, as it’s known in the industry, is a great material for bikes because it’s light, very durable, and offers a ride that can be the perfect blend of stiffness and compliance. The vast majority of bikes you see around town or at the races are carbon, aluminum, or steel. But ti, mostly because of its higher cost, is relatively rare.

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MTB news roundup: Arrests and a new trail at Sandy Ridge, new shop in Portland, & more

Posted by on July 2nd, 2014 at 2:28 pm

Sandy Ridge is getting more beginner-friendly
with a new section of trail set to open this
weekend.
(Photo by Adam Milnor/BLM)

From where I sit it appears 2014 is poised to be a huge year for mountain biking in Oregon. There’s exciting growth and news to report from all over the state. There are many factors for the surge — from a growing momentum for bike tourism development to a successful approach to off-road advocacy that includes collaboration with land managers and a huge amount of volunteer hours and sweat equity.

While high-quality off-road riding options are lacking here in the Portland metro area, advocates have helped create several excellent destinations in Mt. Hood, the Gorge, Vernonia, and beyond.

I’ve let a few stories pile up in my inbox in the past few months, so now it’s time to catch up with all the action in news roundup below…

Mace-toting Couple Arrested for Repeated Harassment of Trail Users at Sandy Ridge

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