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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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Podium girls in Paris on Sunday.
(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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City’s Comp Plan makes it clear: Portland is mostly finished adding auto capacity

Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 11:09 am

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Traffic on the Broadway Bridge, 2013.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

In case you weren’t sure whether Portland is truly unusual as mid-sized U.S. cities go, the 20-year comprehensive plan map released this week ought to make it clear.

The plan might be the city’s clearest statement ever that it’s betting everything — not just the future of biking or riding mass transit, but everything — on being able to make car-lite transportation dramatically more attractive than it is now.

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Go boldly into the bike/tech frontier at Oregon Manifest unveiling tonight

Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 11:08 am

The culmination of an eight-month collaboration between Ti Cycles and Portland design firm Industry will be unveiled tonight as part of the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project competition.
(Photos: Industry)

Portlanders will have an opportunity to dwell on the frontier of bicycle design and technology tonight at the Reveal Party for the Oregon Manifest Bike Design Project.

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Friday news bits: Promotion, police, parking, and… eggs benedict?!

Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 10:51 am

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Just opened Ex Novo Brewing on N Flint already needs more bike parking.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)_

I’ve got several small bits of local news I wasn’t quite sure what to do with, so I figured I’d round them all up here on the Front Page.

Here goes…

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Should central-city apartment buildings charge extra for bike parking?

Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 10:04 am

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The new owner of the Paramount Apartments on N Flint and Broadway built a new indoor bike parking area and charges tenants $6 a month to use it.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Here’s a question for those who say it’s only fair for car parking to cover its own costs: Should bike parking ever do the same?

Whichever way you come down on the question, the new landlord of an inner North Portland apartment building is putting it to the test. He spent $2,000 to add 40 indoor bike parking spaces, a bench and a repair clamp to an unused shop room and is now charging tenants $6 a month per bike to use it.

“Just trying to recoup some of my labor and expense,” the landlord, Roy Eberle of Eugene, explained in a phone interview Thursday.

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Jobs of the Week

Posted by on July 25th, 2014 at 9:13 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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Watch out bike-friendly cities, Steve Clark is coming for you

Posted by on July 24th, 2014 at 3:51 pm

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Steve Clark in Portland last week.
(Photo by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

If your city proudly proclaims its Bicycle Friendly Community designation, you might want to re-read your application and make sure you didn’t exaggerate. That’s because Steve Clark, the new staffer in charge of the program for the League of American Bicyclists, is on a three-year, 300 city tour to find out if they live up to the hype.

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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, a picnic, the ‘ultimate urban bike’, & more

Posted by on July 24th, 2014 at 11:44 am

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Don’t miss out on Sunday Parkways 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.

Now that we’ve gotten this storm out of our system, the forecast for the weekend couldn’t be better. 70s and 80s and lots of sun. And it’s a good thing too because we’ve got tons of great stuff in the guide this week. From parties to rides and even a garage sale, no matter what you like to do on a bike you’re sure to find something good…

Friday, July 25th

Chrome Mobile Factory Tour/Show Launch Event – All day Friday and Saturday at 425 SW 10th Ave
Chrome is making very big claims about their latest “forged rubber” shoe. They say it’s the “best city sneaker in the world.” If you want to check it out, they’re giving 50% off to the first 100 people that come in the doors starting at 10:00 am Friday. Another reason to stop by is to see the shoes being made right before your eyes on their 70-year-old machine. More info here (FB).

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PBOT’s new guide takes the guesswork out of family biking

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014 at 3:17 pm

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Even in Portland, riding with infants and small children on your bike often elicits stares, questions, and comments.

At what age can we start biking with our baby? Which bike set-ups work best for toddlers? Is it better to use a tag-along or encourage kids to ride their own bike? These are just some of the myriad questions anyone who bikes with kids is used to getting. Now there’s a helpful guide from the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) that aims to answer those questions.

Portland’s Family Biking Guide (PDF) is a new, 16-page booklet created by PBOT’s Active Transportation Division. The new guide will be distributed through the city’s “SmartTrips Welcome” marketing program that targets new residents and encourages them to bike, walk, and take transit.

According to PBOT’s Active Transportation Division Manager Linda Ginenthal, the new guide fills a gap in the city’s available suite of bicycling information. “We have a tremendous amount of bike information on our website and in printed materials,” she shared with us today, “but we had nothing for families.”

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BikePortland Podcast: The Great Blinking Light Debate (and more)

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014 at 12:54 pm

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Just lights to some people, but an
annoyance — and even a health hazard — for others.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Why would someone spray paint an angry, profanity-laced message about “epileptic lights” on a bikeway? Well, as the story we posted earlier this month illustrates, there’s a lot more to the topic of bike lights than you might think.

With that in mind Michael Andersen, Lillian Karabaic (our wonderful producer) and I tackled the topic of lights in the most recent episode of the BikePortland Podcast.

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Want to breathe as little pollution as possible? Pedal at exactly 11 mph

Posted by on July 23rd, 2014 at 9:40 am

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A woman being exposed to more pollutants than she’d like.
(Photos J.Maus/BikePortland)

With a homebuilt $300 pollution monitor strapped to his bicycle and seven years of Portland State University education in his brain, Alex Bigazzi has been leading a deep exploration into your lungs.

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If only every stolen bike story ended this well

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014 at 4:20 pm

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Joel Brown, happy with his bright green Kona.
(Photos courtesy of Joel Brown)

We’ve shared dozens of stolen bike recovery stories here on BikePortland over the years. From an editorial standpoint, I usually don’t like to repeat similar stories; but in these cases I make exceptions. Why? Because I know the despair people feel when their bike gets stolen, and I want to give victims hope. I also feel that given what a huge problem bike theft is in Portland (much larger than you might think), I jump at any excuse to cover the topic.

On that note, here’s the story of reader Joel Brown, who emailed his recovery story to us this morning:

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Local bike shop news roundup: Major closures, big moves, and smoothies!

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014 at 3:07 pm

There’s only one constant in Portland’s bike shop ecosystem: change.

With about 70 or so bike retail shops in the city boundary, hundreds of employees constantly switching between them, and an ever-changing market of bicycle riders, we need a full-time business editor on staff here at BikePortland just to keep up.

In the meantime, I’ve cobbled together several weeks of notes and emails to bring you the latest local bike shop news…

Bike ‘N Hike closes Portland store

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One of Portland’s largest shops, Bike ‘N Hike, is closing. The 7,500 square foot store at SE Grand and Oak is having a big inventory closeout sale through the end of this month, then Portland will be without a Bike ‘N Hike location for the first time in over a decade. Owner Kevin Chudy will still operate his five other locations throughout the state (in Albany, Corvallis, Beaverton, Milwaukie, and Hillsboro).

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New path link will open in time to greet Sellwood Bridge, County says

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014 at 10:07 am

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An edited overhead map of the new path (highlighted in orange) along the west side of the Willamette River, with east up and Macadam Avenue along the bottom.
(Map: November 2011 Multnomah County open house, edited by BikePortland)

Noting that the current detour along a narrow Macadam Avenue sidewalk “has some challenges,” Multnomah County says it’ll open its much-improved path along the Willamette River by the time the new Sellwood Bridge is ready next year.

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City’s most underrated bike jump? A driveway near Peninsula Park, Mercury says

Posted by on July 22nd, 2014 at 9:42 am

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We’re maybe a little late to the Portland Mercury’s “Most Underrated” issue, out last week, but it’s a nice twist on the “best of” genre and it has a few interesting details about bikes.

The most intriguing claim, from Merc reporter Dirk VanderHart: Portland’s “most underrated bike jump” is a not-explicitly-identified private driveway on North Ainsworth Street near Peninsula Park. Here’s what he says:

It’s not much to look at, but if you’re pedaling west on N Ainsworth near Peninsula Park, there’ll be a driveway off to your right that’s so choice for the casual jump enthusiast. This driveway gives way to the curb not in the straight, matter-of-fact manner of most. Instead, it swoops up gracefully, exultantly, a miniature launch ramp to add some sweet altitude to your stolid commute. Hit it right, and you can pop over a bed of succulents and correct in time to avoid the tall wooden fence. Hit it wrong, and you’re killing succulents and/or injuring yourself. Bike jumps are awesome; not easy. (Also: This is someone’s home. Don’t mess it up.)

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