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Weekly Video Roundup: new and old mountain bikes, drone videos, and more

Posted by on June 29th, 2016 at 4:52 pm

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I reviewed 60 videos this week to give you the best of them. It seems there are a few video producers that put their vids up on Wednesday. Our first video from Dave at River City is an example- it went up while I was finishing this post. It’s my favorite of the week, showing an early-80s Ritchey mountain bike. Those bars look like BMX bars, though less adjustable, and the fork looks very similar to a road fork. Of course, most forks are straight now, I guess.

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A ride into the future with east Portland’s biking action committee

Posted by on June 29th, 2016 at 9:37 am

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Walter Lersch and Elizabeth Quiroz on NE Weidler. A curb-protected bike lane couplet will arrive there next year.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Portland’s vast east side has huge potential for biking, and many millions of dollars in biking improvements are poised to drop on its streets.

It’s also gearing up for what could be a regional-destination bike recreation park in the form of Gateway Green.

But the little cadre of folks who’ve scored those victories are looking for new blood to set the area’s next goals. The East Portland Action Plan bike committee invited me to join them on a tour Tuesday night of some of the most promising biking projects about to happen on the east side.

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Repaving on E Burnside brings newly buffered bike lanes

Posted by on June 29th, 2016 at 2:33 am

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Yes, this guy doesn’t seem to know he’s riding in the buffer rather than the lane. Bike stencils or cross hatches would help.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Here’s an example of the sort of incremental bike-lane improvement we can hopefully expect to see more of now that the city has $9 million more per year to repave roads.

This spring, the city refinished East Burnside Street with a smooth new coat of asphalt. And when they did, they converted the 1990s-style door-zone bike lane to a more comfortable buffered bike lane between Interstate 205 and approximately 90th Avenue.

It’s not a major improvement but it does extend what was already a buffered bike lane on Burnside’s bridge across I-205 by about a third of a mile. This is the most comfortable crossing of I-205 anywhere south of Marine Drive, so it’s nice to improve the comfort a bit further west.

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Local Mad Max fans rode eternal, shiny and chrome on Saturday

Posted by on June 28th, 2016 at 3:17 pm

The #madmax #pedalpalooza #bikeride. #bikepdx

A photo posted by Neu Perspectives Photography (@neu_perspectives_photography) on

Epic movies come and go, but hopefully movie-themed bike rides will be with us, always.

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#WorkzoneFTW? City may require walking and biking routes around building sites

Posted by on June 28th, 2016 at 9:48 am

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A proposed city policy would require builders to look for a way around.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A proposed policy before the city council Wednesday would withhold city permits from builders that block sidewalks or bike lanes around their work sites without first considering reuse of parking and travel lanes.

The action comes after a months-long social media campaign from Oregon Walks and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, which evolved out of a years-long behind-the-scenes effort by the BTA.

The city’s draft policy stops short of saying that walking, biking or traveling by mobility device are always higher priorities in work zones than traveling by car. Instead, it says that walking and biking routes should only be blocked if no other option is “practicable.” Here’s some other relevant language:

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The Monday Roundup: America’s sorriest bus stops, mechanical speed limits & more

Posted by on June 27th, 2016 at 2:45 pm

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Last year’s winner: A very sorry bus stop outside St. Louis.
(Image via Streetsblog)

Here are the bike-related links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Sorriest bus stops: Streetsblog wants your nominations.

Mechanical speed limits: The National Association of City Transportation Officials has a six-point agenda to making autonomous cars work for cities, not against them. No. 2: cap speeds at 25 mph.

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Body paint & costume highlights from the World Naked Bike Ride, plus a bonus video

Posted by on June 27th, 2016 at 1:46 pm

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(Photos: Michelle Wilkinson)

Many of these photos may not be safe for work.

Before we turn the page on the 2016 World Naked Bike Ride, we wanted to share some fun photos from Michelle Wilkinson, a local freelancer I met during the World Naked Bike Ride setup who offered to share some of her favorite costumes and body paint here on the site.

Also, for those who’ve wondered what it might feel like to be part of the ride, we’ve also shared a video shot Saturday by longtime participant Tom Hardy. Check it out below.

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Five rides before Friday: Street photos, parking reform, a free tram ride & more

Posted by on June 27th, 2016 at 10:55 am

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Why pay $4.50 when you can ride down for free?
(Photo: M.Andersen)

BikePortland needed a breather after our early Sunday morning shift, so today’s Monday Roundup will be an afternoon feature. In the meantime, summer fun on the street continues — here are a few of the many notable weekday rides for the last full week of Pedalpalooza.

Bill Cunningham Memorial Street Style Ride
Honoring the great bike-based photographer and unofficial mirror of NYC street style who died on Saturday. “Dress down like Bill or up like his subjects.” Monday 6 pm.

PDX Parking: Past and Future
Meet with other parking reform advocates in the city’s most famous former parking lot, Pioneer Courthouse Square, for a ride to notable car-storage locations that are, have or will one day be used differently. Finish it off with The Parking Lot Movie. Monday 6:30 pm.

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Portland’s invisible machine: Behind the scenes at the World Naked Bike Ride

Posted by on June 26th, 2016 at 5:44 am

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Who’s asking? A traffic cone at 52nd and Woodstock gives a subtle tip of the show to come.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Some of the images in this post are not safe for work. Obviously.

There it stood in the middle of SE Woodstock Boulevard, a 42-inch-tall orange breadcrumb surrounded by a bustling commercial district.

The Beaverton 17-year-old who’d leapt out the rolling door of a blue minivan to drop it confidently into place in front of the east curb of a traffic median didn’t tell anyone what he was doing or why. No one asked. Maybe no one even looked twice as he hopped back in the minivan to ride to the next stop, well out of eyeshot.

Seven hours earlier, the boy in question — his first name is Evan — wouldn’t have looked twice at something like that, either. That was before he found out that he was about to receive what was, just for that day, maybe the most closely guarded secret in Portland, Oregon: the route of that evening’s World Naked Bike Ride.

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Five things to know about tonight’s World Naked Bike Ride

Posted by on June 25th, 2016 at 7:48 am

(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

1) It’s not about sex. The WNBR is about loving your body, loving low-car or car-free life, demonstrating the power of bikes in mass motion, metaphorically conveying the vulnerability of people on bikes, experiencing the city in a new way and loving the friends and new friends you’ll see before, during and after. And although all of those things are almost certainly good for your sex life, you’ll be surprised how much fun nudity (or near-nudity) is without sex.

2) Nobody cares that your body is not perfect. Nobody’s body is perfect, so for one night, everybody’s body gets to be perfect.

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Comment of the Week: A frustrated, hopeful east Portlander on the gas tax

Posted by on June 24th, 2016 at 4:31 pm

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Veteran east Portland advocate and gas tax fan Jim Chasse.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Three out of four east Portlanders who voted last month didn’t vote for the local gas tax. But given how their area’s been treated in the last few decades, can you blame them?

That’s the perspective of one east Portland resident who supported the “Fix Our Streets” plan, commenting on Thursday’s post about gas tax voting patterns.

BikePortland reader Jim Chasse is part of an extremely effective network of east Portland advocates who’ve brought in tens of millions of dollars of budgeted commitments to east Portland streets over the next several years. If the city keeps those promises, he suggests, east Portlanders may notice.

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Latest city bike stencil pays tribute to a turn of phrase

Posted by on June 24th, 2016 at 11:33 am

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(Photo: Greg Raisman, Portland Bureau of Transportation)

Fish don’t need bicycles. But hey, once in a while they can be useful.

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Weekly Video Roundup: NYC parking removal, MTBing in Jamaica, and more

Posted by on June 24th, 2016 at 10:47 am

Welcome to this week’s roundup! I’m posting this later in the week because I’ve been busy. At least I was busy with cycling, right? We’re starting with a video from New York, showing some of the activism that was required to get the new parking-protected bike lane on Amsterdam Avenue from 72nd to 110th. They seem really happy with it.

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Juggling, rollerblade camping & pasta neckties: Pedalpalooza picks for weekend 3

Posted by on June 24th, 2016 at 10:16 am

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Coen Brothers fans draw a lot of water in this town, especially tonight.
(Photo: Brian Thomas)

After a dose of classic Portland Juneuary on Thursday, this weekend is looking clear, dry and (especially on Sunday) downright hot. Get out on a bike before the summertime indicators get too high!

Here are a few particularly interesting entries on this weekend’s Pedalpalooza calendar.

Prop and Juggle Ride
“Jugglers, hoopers, poi peeps, staff spinners, and other prop manipulators get together and we will ride to good flow and juggling spots in parks. New prop spinners welcome.” Friday 6:30 p.m.

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Jobs of the Week: LifeCycle, Vanilla, Bike Clark County, WashCo BTC, Cycle Oregon, Western Bikeworks

Posted by on June 24th, 2016 at 9:30 am

Looking for a new opportunity in the local bike biz? We’ve got six great job listings that just went up this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Office Manager – – Cycle Oregon

–> Bike Shop Manager – WashCo BTC Community Bike Center

–> Mechanic FT – Western Bikeworks

–> Bike to Leadership (B2L) Program Manager – Bike Clark County

–> Fabrication Department – The Vanilla Workshop

–> Cycle Tour Guide – LifeCycle Adventures

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It’s looking like a dry, warm evening for Saturday’s World Naked Bike Ride

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016 at 11:16 am

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Celebrations before the 2014 ride. It usually rolls around sundown.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s biggest pay-what-you-will group ride of the year is three days away. Maybe you’ve heard of it.

Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride will start rolling at 9 p.m. Saturday from Mt. Scott City Park, SE 74th Ave and Knight St., in what’s currently forecast to be a rain-free night after a warm day, with late-evening temperatures in the high 60s and a low of 54 degrees by early morning.

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Portland police will exchange a U-lock for your cable lock on Sunday

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016 at 10:41 am

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Mayor Charlie Hales on his way to work last fall.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As bike theft has become the only major category of crime in Portland that’s on a long-term rise, cable locks have been going the way of the station wagon and the wristwatch.

The Portland State University Bike Hub doesn’t even sell them. When Mayor Charlie Hales briefly started biking to work last fall, Willamette Week wrote an entire online article about the fact that he used a cable lock. (His wife Nancy, a regular bike commuter, told us at the time that it was because they’d misplaced their U-lock keys that day.)

Apparently the Bike Theft Task Force at the Portland Police Bureau agrees. In a tweet on Wednesday, the team said they’ll be offering a lock exchange program at North Portland Sunday Parkways this weekend: you give them a cable lock, they give you a U-lock.

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Portlanders divided sharply by geography on the local gas tax

Posted by on June 23rd, 2016 at 9:41 am

The paving and safety projects scheduled to be built with Portland’s proposed gas tax will be spread quite evenly across the city.

But votes on the gas tax definitely weren’t.

Of the 81 Multnomah County precincts in the City of Portland, only 19 tallied “yes” votes between 45 percent and 55 percent. In more than half of precincts, the vote on the 10-cent local gas tax, one of the country’s largest local fuel taxes ever approved by popular vote, was a blowout victory or loss by 20-point margins or even more.

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Multnomah County’s drop in auto ownership since 2007 would fill 287 acres of parking

Posted by on June 22nd, 2016 at 9:54 am

Everyone knows Multnomah County is growing, and that most new residents are buying or bringing in cars, too. In all, state records show, 8,709 more passenger vehicles are registered in the county than there were in 2007.

But a review of car registration statistics shows that if passenger vehicle ownership were still as popular in the county as it was in 2007, it would have had to find room for 47,210 more cars and trucks instead.

How many cars are we doing without? Well, if we built a parking lot to hold the 38,501 cars that didn’t show up and assumed a standard 325 square feet per space, we’d need about 287 acres of land. For the sake of scale, that’s everything between NE Killingsworth, Skidmore, Rodney and 16th:

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Columbus beats out Portland and others for federal Smart City Challenge

Posted by on June 21st, 2016 at 12:33 pm

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Downtown Columbus.
(Photo: Sean Denney)

Well, it’s a nice week to be an Ohioan.

Two days after the NBA Championship, the Buckeye State’s capital has apparently scored a $40 million federal grant that’ll be matched by $100 million in private investment to create a model of a future tech-connected city.

Columbus beat out Portland, San Francisco, Austin, Denver, Pittsburgh and Kansas City for the Smart City Challenge victory, an initiative of U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx.

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