Comment of the Week: Teaching your kid to be a millionaire

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 4:16 pm

piggyback ride
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

We didn’t all love math when we were 15, but most of us probably liked buying stuff.

In a comment Wednesday evening on our post about how much money bikes can save a city, reader Gutterbunnybikes shared a story about helping his teenage son understand how big a difference bikes can make to one’s personal finances.


Two cargo bike projects worth backing on Kickstarter

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 2:44 pm

Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles (left) and Bike Friday want to take a leap into cargo bikes. And you can help.

Two friends of BikePortland and fellow lovers of cargo bikes have recently launched campaigns that deserve your crowd-funding consideration.

Bike Friday (from Eugene) and Oak Cliff Cargo Bicycles (from Dallas, Texas) might not be from Portland, but our city has a solid place in each of their stories.


EnSelle ‘The Road Bike Shop’ to close after 16 years in business

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 2:05 pm

Veloshop Cyclocross Race at PIR

EnSelle, a bike shop that focuses exclusively on road bikes, will close its doors at the end of this year.

EnSelle was founded by Jask Liskear in 1998 and has built a strong niche as “the shop for connoisseurs of fine road bikes.” Liskear is a dealer for BMC and Land Shark bikes and his shop (located just off SW Macadam Blvd) is officially certified for repairs by Campagnolo and Shimano. In addition to the latest and greatest bikes, EnSelle is full of classic memorabilia of the sport he loves.

Liskear announced the big news via a customer email sent out today at noon:


After years of disappointment, single track lovers have reasons for optimism

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 12:21 pm

Newton Rd in Forest Park

With renewed energy from Portland’s off-road biking advocates and a Metro project that could open up 1,300 acress of trail possibilities, 2015 could be a very big year for the elusive goal of more singletrack in Portland.

As we reported yesterday, local advocacy and trail building group the Northwest Trail Alliance has thrown down a gauntlet of sorts by launching an online petition in the form of an open letter to members of Portland City Council. The petition urges them to “catch up with the overflowing demand for off-road cycling opportunities.” By the time this story is published there will likely be close to 1,000 signatures collected in its first two days.


30-day jail sentence handed down for drunken hit-and-run in SW Portland

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 10:24 am

Lisa Vesely after her arrest back in July.

A woman who drove her car recklessly while drunk, then rear-ended two other road users, only to drive away and leave them lying in the street with serious injuries was sentenced to just 30 days in jail on Tuesday.

The incident happened back in July when 32-year old Lisa Vesely was arrested for Assault, DUII, and Reckless Endangerment. Vesely was driving her car east on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway when she swerved into Cameron Duff and Jasmine Zamora. The pair were headed home from training at the Alpenrose Velodrome. Zamora, 30, sustained serious back and neck injuries while Duff, 25, escaped with only cuts and bruises.

Vesely claimed she didn’t even know she hit anyone, yet a police statement at the time said she drove back to the scene of the crime, only to drive away again before being arrested at her home. It’s worth noting that Vesely had a blood alcohol level of .17, which is twice the legal limit.


Friends remember Kirke Johnson, identified as man killed in Cedar Mill collision

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 9:06 am

Kirke Johnson.
(Photos: Portland Community College)

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office has released the name of the man who was killed yesterday while bicycling on NW Cornell Road in Cedar Mill (just west of the Portland city boundary).

The victim is Kirke Johnson, a 70-year old former employee at Portland Community College’s Sylvania Campus. He worked in the school’s IT department for over 20 years and just retired last week. People who knew Johnson remember him as being a prolific and very experienced rider who logged thousands of miles a year on his recumbent (which he was riding at the time of the collision).

He was also a regular commenter here on BikePortland. Under the screen name “bikesalot” he published about 100 comments dating back to early 2009.


Jobs of the Week: Castelli, Velotech, Trek Travel, and the CCC

Posted by on November 21st, 2014 at 8:51 am

We’ve had five excellent job opportunities posted this week. Learn more via the links below…


Call for city to create off-road biking plan draws 550 signatures in 36 hours

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 4:53 pm

Sandy Ridge
Sandy Ridge, one of the many places Portlanders travel to ride mountain bikes.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Hundreds of local mountain biking lovers are piling signatures into a new petition saying Portland is “decades overdue” on writing a plan for “how to meet the overflowing demand for recreational cycling access.”


Oregonian story makes light of running over bicycle riders – UPDATED

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 3:55 pm


A story posted on The Oregonian’s website earlier today seems to make a joke about very serious and potentially dangerous driving behavior.


Collision involving FedEx truck kills man riding on Cornell Road in Cedar Mill

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 2:43 pm

Scene of the collision. View is looking northwest from the middle of NW Barnes.
(Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

A man riding a bike died Thursday in a collision with a FedEx truck near the corner of Northwest Barnes Road and Cornell Road (map).

Details from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office are scarce at the moment but according to KGW-TV, “both the truck and bicyclist were eastbound on Cornell Road when the truck driver made a southbound turn onto Barnes Road and hit the bicyclist.”


Weekend Event Guide: Parties, Cranksgiving, tree plantings, and more

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 12:05 pm

Kruger's Crossing Cyclocross Race
The Kruger’s Crossing race is a great excuse to soak up farm vibes out at Sauvie Island.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

I hope you haven’t made non-bike plans for Saturday because it’s packed with great events.

Imagine if you planted a few street trees by bike, then went and bought food for those in need as part of the Cranksgiving event, then attended the Weston Awards to support Oregon Walks. If anyone does all three of those things, they get my vote for Great Portlander of the Year.

And if you’ve hung up your cyclocross shoes for the season, take them down! Sunday’s race out at Sauvie Island is an annual favorite that also has a nice convivial feeling among all the teams who have battled each other all season long.

Have fun out there…


Public health, environmental, and transpo orgs say street fee proposal is ‘good public policy’

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 11:31 am

Click for PDF

Portlanders have heard a lot from powerful voices opposing the City’s Our Streets Transportation Funding effort that looks to raise $46 million a year in transportation revenue via an income tax and fees on businesses. Now, a coalition of health, environmental, and transportation advocacy groups have released a letter in support of the plan.

The groups applaud City Council for creating what they call, “good public policy” that “addresses existing regressive transportation fees and taxes and the inequitable distribution of public resources by exempting our lowest income households, dividing the revenue burden equally between residents and businesses, and steering a majority of the revenue to the areas of the city that have for too long been neglected and are unsafe.”

Here’s more from the letter:


City of Portland will take ‘deep dive’ into data to assess neighborhood greenway system

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 10:21 am

A family ride from NoPo to Sellwood-18
Greenways use speed bumps to calm traffic,
diverters to reduce volumes, signals to cross busy
streets and sharrow markings and signs to guide users
through the city.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

As cities from Seattle to St. Louis to Louisville work to duplicate Portland’s “neighborhood greenway” concept on their residential streets, Portland is giving its trend-setting system a closer look.

A team of experts in the city’s transportation bureau will spend part of their time in the next few months looking closely at trends in how people use the system while biking, walking and driving.

A public report is due in early 2015.

City Active Transportation Division Manager Margi Bradway said Wednesday that the goal of this report, which she predicted will receive national attention once it’s complete, is to inform an upcoming policy conversation here in Portland about how best to keep improving the greenway system.


Networking, neighborhoods, and DIY activism success

Posted by on November 20th, 2014 at 9:43 am

With a few allies in other neighborhoods, it’s possible to make huge changes to city neighborhood greenway plans. So step up — the time for your neighborhood association to shape the next round is right now.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our series of guest posts, America’s Next Bicycle Capital, where we share community voices about the future of biking in Portland.

This week’s guest writer is Terry Dublinski-Milton, land use and transportation chair of the North Tabor Neighborhood Association.

For years, Portland has been ahead of bicycling infrastructure curve. Recently, as has been reported on BikePortland, it seems we have lost much of our forward movement. But this may be changing.

As the transportation chair for the North Tabor Neighborhood Association, I knew a Transportation Systems Plan update was coming as part of the citywide Comprehensive Plan update. So over the past year, we’ve made significant progress towards our goals of having an integrated, interconnected network of bikeways north and east of Mount Tabor Park.


Kaiser Permanente works to close connectivity gap through North Portland campus

Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 2:26 pm

Kaiser Permanente sidewalk
That’s all fine and good unless there’s no other way to get from A to B.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

An annoying gap in the North Portland bikeway network is on a path to being fixed.


Study: Dollar for dollar, bike infrastructure pays off better than road maintenance

Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 9:48 am

Sunday Parkways North Portland-38
Prioritizing pavement and maintenance spending plays well in local politics — but what about investments that would lead to higher rates of bicycling*?
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

You’ve got to spend money to save money.

That’s the argument the Portland Business Alliance is likely to make when the Portland City Council hears from the public at 2 p.m. tomorrow about how much of the proposed Portland Street Fund should go to safety and how much to pavement maintenance.


Portland just completed what may be the world’s first citywide skateboard count

Posted by on November 19th, 2014 at 9:47 am

Where the skaters are. (Click image for interactive map.)
(Source: PBOT via NW Skate Coalition)

As bike advocates learned long ago, you can’t start improving things until you start measuring them.

22 years after Portland’s first regular one-day bike counts, Bureau of Transportation volunteers and staffers have started tracking skateboards, too.


ODOT will close I-5 off-ramp onto Broadway, add other safety features

Posted by on November 18th, 2014 at 1:36 pm

Detail of plans to close an I-5 “slip ramp”
that dumps onto Broadway.

An open house event tomorrow night (11/19) will be your chance to see what the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has planned to improve safety on Broadway where it passes over Interstate 5.

Changes to the notorious section of Broadway near Wheeler and Flint were a focus of the city’s N/NE Quadrant planning process back in 2012 and they were included as “near-term solutions” within a larger, $400 million ODOT project to widen I-5 through the Rose Quarter.

With that large-scale proposal years away from fruition (if it ever happens at all), local neighborhood activists pressed ODOT to do something more immediate to remedy the many traffic safety issues in the area of the Broadway-Weidler couplet just west of I-5. We’ve been highlighting safety issues at this location for over seven years – ever since the Portland Water Bureau prohibited its fleet vehicles from making right turns onto Wheeler due to right-hook concerns.


Ask BikePortland: Can I go when the walk sign turns green?

Posted by on November 18th, 2014 at 11:18 am

A LPI in action
An LPI in action at N Williams and Killingsworth (note the crosswalk has a green while everyone else still has a red).
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Have you ever noticed how the “WALK” sign over in a crosswalk sometimes turns green while your signal remains red? This phenomenon has confused a few readers who aren’t sure if they can start riding when the walk sign turns green or if they must wait for the main signal.

Here’s our first question from Dave M.:


Aging bridge could lead to car-free stretch of roadway north of Forest Grove

Posted by on November 18th, 2014 at 9:29 am

porter road bridge
(Image: Google Maps.)

Part of the Tualatin Valley Scenic Bikeway might become virtually car-free if Washington County moves ahead with a proposal to end auto traffic over a small, failing bridge across Council Creek.

The county’s Department of Land Use and Transportation floated the idea last week in a public memo that described the situation for the bridge that carries Porter Road over the creek just north of Highway 47.


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