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Comment of the week: Five spicy new ideas for Sunday Parkways

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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Shaking up the route planning is just one.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

As of this summer, Portland has six years of open-streets festivals under its belt. If Sunday Parkways were a kid, it’d be in kindergarten. If it were a bad relationship, it’d be fraying around the edges.

Fortunately, Portland has a pretty great relationship with these remarkable summertime events that have become popular across the country thanks in part to our successful experimentation. All the more reason to try spicing things up with some interesting tweaks.

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The Friday Profile: Jackie Dingfelder, the lawmaker who biked away

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 7:02 am

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One of the best friends bicycling has ever had in Salem, Jackie Dingfelder, left the state senate last year to become one of the biggest fans of biking in Portland City Hall.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

There is no particular reason to doubt the former chair of the Oregon Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee when she says she was just ready for a change.

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Portland cargo bike celeb Emily Finch gets a new bike

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 6:53 am

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Emily Finch standing outside Velo Cult with her new family vehicle.

Emily Finch, the southeast Portland woman whose family-biking exploits made her a media sensation in 2012, is back on the road again.

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Jobs of the Week

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 5:55 am

Two great job opportunities have been posted to our listings this week.

Check out all them via the links below…

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Weekend Event Guide: All-Star cycling, artistic fixies, and more

Posted by on July 31st, 2014 at 4:40 pm

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Big time crit racing returns to the North Park Blocks on Sunday.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

If you’re looking to escape the heat this weekend, I’d recommend heading for local rivers and fountains. One great local place to access the cool waters of the Columbia is Kelly Point Park. When it comes to fountains, many city parks have them, but you can also dip in fountains downtown like Salmon Street Springs, Jamison Square, and so on.

Other than that, we’ve got some ride and events suggestions below that might whet your biking appetite…

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Don’t despair, there’s hope for better bike access downtown

Posted by on July 31st, 2014 at 4:15 pm

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The Hawthorne Bridge is a fine place to ride a bike. The downtown street it leads to is not.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As I write this, Portland police have just started a one-day enforcement of the city’s law against biking on downtown sidewalks north of Jefferson and south of Hoyt.

Here’s what a reader had to say about this on Facebook today:

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Dispatch from downtown on sidewalk biking enforcement day

Posted by on July 31st, 2014 at 3:03 pm

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Things got crowded earlier today at the food carts on SW 5th and Oak.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

With today’s police enforcement action targeting bicycling on downtown sidewalks, I took a few minutes to check out the action for myself.

Here are some of my thoughts…

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‘Rider Appreciation Day’ shows business support for cycling on Williams Ave

Posted by on July 31st, 2014 at 11:38 am

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Wine Up, a wine bar on Williams Ave, gave away free snacks and drinks to bicycle riders yesterday.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What often gets lots in emotional planning meetings and divisive media headlines is that, in reality, many business owners in Portland not only support bicycling, they embrace and encourage it. Nowhere was that more evident than last night’s Rider Appreciation Day on N Williams Ave.

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PBOT to install warning sign at narrow Interstate Ave overpass

Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 1:41 pm

New warnings signs are coming to the Larrabee overpass bridge over N Interstate Ave.
(Photo/mock-up by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to use warnings signs to address a safety problem on N Interstate Avenue.

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Portland Police will target bicycling on downtown sidewalks

Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 12:43 pm

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Sidewalk rider.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Police Bureau plans to raise awareness of illegal sidewalk bicycling downtown on Thursday.

A statement released by the PPB today called the initiative a “Sidewalk Awareness and Enforcement Effort for Bicycle Riders and Skateboarders.” The action is scheduled for 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will focus specifically on sidewalks between West Burnside and SW Yamhill between 5th and 6th.

“During the Summer months,” reads the statement, “Downtown Portland sidewalks become very congested and collisions between pedestrians and those riding bicycles or skateboards become more likely.”

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Bikeway in name only? Clinton Street’s heavy traffic prompts calls for diverters

Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 10:49 am

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Traffic on SE Clinton Tuesday evening.
(Photos: M.Andersen and J.Maus/BikePortland)

It was this March that Brian Sysfail, a regular user of Clinton Street, decided that if nothing else was going to get in the way of through-traffic on the Clinton Street neighborhood greenway, he was.

“Don’t like the increase in traffic on Clinton during rush hour and especially drivers cutting through neighborhoods?” he asked in a Facebook invitation to 278 people. “Neither do a lot of cyclists and pedestrians. So how about we all ride bikes together as a group after work on Friday.”

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Seattle’s friendliest insurgent group visits Portland, eager for wisdom and dispensing their own

Posted by on July 30th, 2014 at 9:36 am

The crew from Seattle Neighborhood Greenways
Phyllis Porter of Rainier Valley Greenways, Seattle Neighborhood Greenways Executive Director Cathy Tuttle and Seattle City Councilor Sally Bagshaw on a visit to Portland Sunday.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Over beers at the Hopworks Bike Bar happy hour Saturday, Seattle City Councilor Sally Bagshaw didn’t bother dithering over whether Portland’s Sunday Parkways street festivals are an idea worth spending city money on.

“We are determined to,” she said, waving dismissively at the question.

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Tomorrow: ‘Tiny Bikeshop Concert Series’ comes to northwest Portland

Posted by on July 29th, 2014 at 1:56 pm

(Photo: Banjo Brothers)

Banjo Brothers, a popular brand of bike bags and accessories, will b ring their “Tiny Bikeshop Concert Series” to Portland tomorrow night (7/30).

The free concert will take place inside Western Bikeworks on NW 17th and Lovejoy.

Here’s more from the company:

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Even a 6-year-old can feel Portland’s massive bike theft problem

Posted by on July 29th, 2014 at 12:38 pm

— This post was co-written by Michael Andersen and Jonathan Maus

KATU-TV ended their evening newscast on Friday with a pretty touching anecdote about a girl who knows how much her dad’s bikes mean to him.

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Good excuse to try biking: TriMet’s week-long MAX detour next month

Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 3:17 pm

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Not rolling west from the Rose Quarter for a week.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

It’s likely to be one of the hottest weeks of the year, but Monday, Aug. 11 through Friday, Aug. 15 is looking like a good time for east-side MAX riders to test non-air-conditioned alternatives.

The 10-block light rail connection between the Rose Quarter Transit Center and Lloyd Center, probably the highest-ridership stretch of rails in the TriMet system, will close for track and switch improvements that week, adding an estimated 15 to 30 minutes to trips in or out of the central city.

TriMet has full details about the temporary shuttle-buses that will connect the two stops through the week. But it doesn’t mention the fact that for everyone going to or from much of the east side, a bicycle will probably become the fastest link to the Rose Quarter and downtown during rush hour.

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If you could change one thing about Sunday Parkways, what would it be?

Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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Sunday Parkways is pretty darn great. I know these two guys wouldn’t change a thing.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Dispatch from Paris: ‘La Course by Le Tour’ was much more than just a race

Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 9:39 am

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In Paris on Sunday there were women on the podium, not mere “podium girls.”
(Photo: Luc Revel)

— We’re excited to share a report from a major bike race in Paris — and we’re not talking about the Tour de France. Author and former Portland resident Anna Brones witnessed the first ever “La Course,” a women’s race put on by the organizers of the Tour, and she filed this report for BikePortland. (Photos by Luc Revel)

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The Monday Roundup: Credit for swerving, a ‘Happy’ dance and more

Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 8:43 am

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The aftermath of a fatal high-speed chase.
(Photo: Graham T. Beck via Streetsblog)

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

A for effort: New York’s top court found that a car thief who “fatally struck a Brooklyn pedestrian during a high-speed NYPD chase” isn’t guilty of murder because the fact that he sometimes swerved to avoid people as he sped down the street proves that he didn’t have a “depraved indifference to human life.”

Bike share buyout: Portland-based Alta Bicycle Share is on the brink of a deal to sell “at least 51 percent” of itself to a New York-based real estate company in exchange for a necessary cash infusion.

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Five cities reveal ‘Ultimate urban utility’ bikes: How does Portland’s entry compare?

Posted by on July 28th, 2014 at 7:56 am

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The “Solid” bike drew a crowd at the big reveal party Friday night.
(Photos by J Maus/BikePortland)

What happens when top design firms are paired with expert bike makers and told to create the “ultimate urban utility bike”? Thanks to the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project we now know the answer to that question.

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Comment of the week: How paying for on-street bike parking could be awesome

Posted by on July 26th, 2014 at 7:58 am

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A crowded bike corral.

The other day, an exchange about one of BikePortland’s favorite topics (the many benefits of charging money for car parking) took a turn when a reader who goes by “meh” asked if we all wanted to pay to park in bike corrals, too.

That inspired another reader, Kirk, to spin out a vision for paid on-street bike parking that almost won me over.

I would gladly pay into a system (but of course only from 8am-7pm) that provides bike corrals along most every block face (not just every few blocks or so, it’s gotta be convenient) in the city where there is overwhelming bike parking demand in the commercial areas, residential areas, industrial areas, any of those – once we start charging for car parking in all of the areas that currently experience overwhelming car parking demand as well.

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