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Mayor Hales, Commissioner Novick call ‘urgent meeting’ in wake of collisions

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 6:16 pm

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Coming to the table.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and City Commissioner Steve Novick have just announced an “urgent meeting” that will take place next week at City Hall to discuss bike safety following a spate of collisions that has sparked widespread concerns.

Novick is the commissioner in charge of the transportation bureau, which has committed to the concept of “Vision Zero” which is a policy and set of actions that aims to eliminate traffic deaths.

Here’s the official word about the meeting that just came down from Novick’s Transportation Policy Advisor Timur Ender:

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ODOT says new signals with left turn arrows coming to SE Powell next week

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 5:58 pm

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They heard you.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland_

As hundreds of people take to the streets in an expression of frustration about unsafe biking conditions in Portland, the Oregon Department of Transportation has just announced plans to install new left turn arrows at SE Powell and 26th Avenue — an intersection where two people have sustained serious injuries in collisions this month.

This announcement comes as a surprise and is very likely a response to the collision that happened at the intersection today and the resulting public pressure that has come from it. ODOT rep Shelli Romero told me back on May 11th at the protest event at Powell and 26th that they want to “redo this signal” but no one expected such a quick timeline.

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Comment of the Week: What if there were a national campaign to shame people who drive illegally?

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 3:36 pm

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Busted.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Sex crimes are horrific, and — despite the concerns of some about civil liberties — many states respond to their horror by publicly shaming people who commit them.

Maybe traffic crimes should be punished similarly, BikePortland reader invisiblebikes suggested in a comment Wednesday beneath our post about the newly launched Vision Zero PAC, which aims to put a spotlight on politicians who defend unsafe driving. As invisiblebikes describes it, the government wouldn’t even be involved.

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On the scene at the BTA Alice Awards gala

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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BTA Board Chair Justin Yuen makes the main point of the night.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night was the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s 25th anniversary celebration and Alice Awards gala at the Portland Art Museum.

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Man injured while bicycling on SE 26th at Powell (yes that same intersection) – UPDATED

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 12:05 pm

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From the scene a few minutes ago.
(Photo by @long_ter on Twitter)

There has been another collision involving a bicycle rider in Portland. And this time it was at the same intersection where Alistair Corkett lost his leg just a few weeks ago.

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By pushing for road safety audit, state Rep. Ann Lininger steps into leadership role on Barbur

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Lininger says she had “a number of conversations”
with ODOT’s new regional manager about safety
improvements on Barbur.
(Photo via Oregon Legislature)

When the Oregon Department of Transportation announced on Tuesday that it had decided to change course and formally consider a road diet on Southwest Barbur, its news release included two words that hadn’t been associated with the issue before:

Ann Lininger.

The state representative appointed last year to represent much of Southwest Portland and her hometown of Lake Oswego, Lininger was quoted by ODOT itself as favoring “improving safety for all users on this crucial roadway.”

Though she’s only one of many people who’ve contacted ODOT in support of low-cost, short-term improvements to Southwest Barbur — multiple sources said that U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer has expressed his opinion, not to mention Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and hundreds of local residents and organizations — Lininger is one of a few who’ve done so from a position few people have: direct authority over ODOT, thanks to her seat in the state legislature.

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Weekend Event Guide: Roses, urban repair, a bike swap, and more

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 10:39 am

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Ever wanted to help paint an intersection? You’re in luck 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.
Have you looked at the weekend forecast? Oh my it looks swell. Summer is here and the streets will be crawling with lovely bike riders all weekend. You should join them!

Oil up your chain (and maybe even your skin if you’re looking to get tan), check out our event suggestions, and have fun…

Friday, May 29th

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Uber launches ‘UberPEDAL’ on-demand bike rack option in Portland

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 9:26 am

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Carsharing service Uber announced a new bike rack option this morning. Dubbed “UberPEDAL” the new system will allow Uber customers to request a car through their app that can pick both them and their bike.

Here’s more from Uber:

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Jobs of the Week: Joe Bike and Western Bikeworks

Posted by on May 29th, 2015 at 9:11 am

We’ve had two great job opportunities listed this week. Learn more about them via the links below…

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Portland Community College Cascade Campus Bike Program closes abruptly

Posted by on May 28th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

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An abrupt closure of the Student Center at Portland Community College’s Cascade Campus has left staff and volunteers with the school’s Bike Program scrambling and frustrated.

Tom Martin, the bike program coordinator at the north Portland campus contacted us today and said he and other staff were informed late afternoon on Friday about the closure and were given no prior notice or help finding another space on campus. Martin called the move, “A giant step backwards for students at Cascade Campus who need affordable transportation options.”

“The ASPCC [Associated Students of Portland Community College] funded bike program is being stonewalled and mothballed to the detriment to students, the community, and the environment,” Martin wrote in an email today that was sent to co-workers and volunteers.

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Q&A: Rick Browning on the protected bike lanes in downtown Portland’s future

Posted by on May 28th, 2015 at 11:32 am

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Rick Browning, the new project manager for the
Central City Multimodal Safety Project, stopped by the
BikePortland office for a chat Tuesday.
(Photos: M.Andersen and J.Maus/BikePortland)

Rick Browning is already a big part of Portland as we know it. His fingerprints are on everything from the streetscape reconstruction that helped make inner Alberta Street a regional destination to the transformational 1999 widening of the Hawthorne Bridge sidewalk to the bike path that leads straight into our airport’s terminal.

This morning, he started a job working on one of the most significant bike projects of his career: one or more protected bike lanes across downtown Portland.

As we reported earlier this month, downtown is probably the most bike-intensive part of the city that has almost no all-ages bike infrastructure. But what else will the project include, and how will he help the city navigate the many obstacles to change? We sat down with Browning Wednesday night for an advance look at his idea of his mission, the decisions he’ll need to help make and whether downtown bike infrastructure should be a priority at all.

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Rider in Gladstone fatality graduated from Reed College last week

Posted by on May 28th, 2015 at 10:45 am

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Mark Angeles
(Photo: Reed College)

The man killed while bicycling on Southeast Gladstone yesterday was 22-year-old Mark Angeles. He had just graduated from Reed College last week.

Reed’s Vice President and Dean of Students Mike Brody emailed students and staff about the tragedy this morning. Here’s an excerpt from the email (which was also published on the school’s blog):

Dear Reed,

It is with great sorrow that I report the tragic loss of a 2015 Reed alumnus, Mark Angeles. While riding his bike near SE Gladstone and Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Mark suffered fatal injuries in an accident involving a tow truck on Wednesday, May 27. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mark graduated with a major in chemistry just last week. As a result of his many accomplishments, he was recognized as one of Reed’s “12 for 15.” He was well-known and well-loved throughout campus.

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Traffic advisory: Repaving of SE Ladd Avenue will close lanes in June

Posted by on May 28th, 2015 at 10:01 am

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Riders on SE Ladd Avenue
south of Hawthorne.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s busiest bicycling streets is set for a repaving project next week. The City of Portland says they’ll start work on SE Ladd Avenue between Hawthorne and Division on Monday June 1st and the project will last through Tuesday the 9th.

Be advised of lane closures and detours from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each week day. The Bureau of Transportation plans to pave 1.78 lane miles off Ladd Avenue — including a complete repaving of Ladd Circle.

Here’s more about the detours and closures from PBOT:

During work hours, SE Ladd Avenue will be open only in one direction, to inbound travel. People traveling towards downtown by bus, motor vehicle and bicycle will be able to share the road during those hours.

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Widmer Brothers Brewing will give away 100 bikes for ‘100 Days of Hefe’

Posted by on May 28th, 2015 at 9:14 am

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Widmer’s commemorative bike designed in the spirit of their flagship Hefe beer.

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Fatal collision on SE Cesar Chavez and Gladstone – UPDATED

Posted by on May 27th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

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Streetview of SE Gladstone at SE Cesar Chavez (39th).

UPDATE 5/28: The victim has been identified as 22-year-old Mark Angeles. Learn more about him in our follow-up post.

A man was killed today around noon when he was involved in a collision with a tow truck at SE Cesar Chavez (39th) and Gladstone.

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The Oregon Outback was the hardest — and best — ride I’ve ever done

Posted by on May 27th, 2015 at 12:34 pm

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Somewhere south of Prineville.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This coverage of the Oregon Outback is sponsored by 21st Avenue Bicycles and Mountain Shop. If you are bikepacking-curious or need to get equipped for an upcoming adventure, stop into these great Portland stores for expert advice and reliable gear.

In the past 38 years or so (since I learned to ride a bike when I was two), I have done a lot of memorable things on bicycles.

But none compare to what I just returned home from: a 365-mile unsupported odyssey through some of the most remote parts of Oregon on a ride known in bikepacking circles simply as “the Outback,” followed by a 140 ride back home to Portland.

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Portland parents launch national Vision Zero PAC to push ‘traffic violence apologists’ out of office

Posted by on May 27th, 2015 at 10:05 am

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Chris Anderson and Amy Subach, with their two children.
(Photo: Megan Gray via Subach)

A Northeast Portland couple launched a political action committee this week that aims to push politicians out of office if they support the status quo on American streets.

Chris Anderson and Amy Subach say they were inspired by a local electoral win last year and empowered by, among other things, participating in this month’s die-in demonstration outside the Oregon Department of Transportation.

“I think that there absolutely needs to be the kind of advocacy organization for Vision Zero that’s not-modally-specific and nonconfrontational,” said Anderson. “Sort of like the BTA, but for drivers too.”

“I’m not interested in being that organization,” added Anderson, an entrepreneur who co-founded the software company Couchbase. “The way to get people that need to change their tone to change their tone is to be a takedown organization.”

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Industry Ticker: Burlingame Bikes expands in southwest Portland

Posted by on May 26th, 2015 at 2:26 pm

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A good sign.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In a great sign that bicycling is growing and healthy in southwest Portland (despite the area’s challenges), Burlingame Bikes has completed an expansion.

It’s just the second anniversary of the shop that was opened by father-son duo Glenn and Marc Vanselow back in May 2013.

“We appreciate our neighborhood and the Portland cycling community,” Marc shared with us in an email last week, “They have driven this expansion.”

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State will conduct safety audit of Barbur and formally weigh road redesign

Posted by on May 26th, 2015 at 2:01 pm

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Typical midday traffic approaching a curve in Barbur Boulevard from the south.
(Image: Google Street View.)

Four months after saying it had no plans to do so, the Oregon Department of Transportation will formally consider the possibility of new changes to a two-mile stretch of Barbur Bouelvard where six people have died in cars, on motorcycles and on foot in the last six years.

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New member of Oregon Transportation Commission is “avid cyclist”

Posted by on May 26th, 2015 at 1:33 pm

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Sean O’Hollaren
(Photo: ODOT)

Oregon Governor Kate Brown has successfully added her first member to Oregon Transportation Commission and it appears like he’s got at least some some cycling experience.

Sean O’Hollaren, a former senior VP at Nike, fills a spot on the five-member committee that was left vacant when former Governor Kitzhaber fired Catherine Mater.

The OTC is the most powerful transportation body in the state. They approve funding, set ODOT policy, and “guide the planning development, and management” of our transportation network. There are five members, each representing a different region of the state.

The committee’s agenda items currently include the statewide transportation funding plan, a major update to the ODOT Bicycle and Pedestrian plan, federal TIGER grant funding, and more.

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