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Driver in O’Donnell fatality pleads no contest

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

From the Willamette Week:

“Jennifer Knight pleaded no contest Wednesday to three citations she received in rural Washington County on June 9. At 12:49 pm that day, she hit and killed bicyclist Timothy O’Donnell, 66, of Aloha.

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Stolen Kona Cinder Cone

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

2007 Kona Cinder Cone Mountain Bike. Has Wellgo clip on pedals.

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Stolen Schwinn Paramount

Saturday, June 30th, 2007

road bike, white speckled gray with a silver pannier rack, 105 components, soft dent in the top tube

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Burnside Bridge open to bikes/peds only for most of July

Friday, June 29th, 2007
Dingo rides the Burnside Bridge
during a recent bike parade.
(File photo)

Because of a tricky construction project on the Burnside Bridge, Multnomah County officials have decided to close the entire span to cars for three weeks in July.

And according to Mike Pullen from their Public Affairs Office, the bridge will remain open to bicycles and pedestrians only for the duration of the closure.

So mark your calendars for three weeks of car-free bridge-riding! There’s already talk of a party and maybe the Breakfast on the Bridges crew could make an appearance!?

Pullen says the closure is tentatively scheduled to begin on July 9thwill begin July 16th and it will go through the end of the month August 6th.

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Pereira gets his due with national publicity

Friday, June 29th, 2007
Pereira in Mountain Bike Magazine.
Photo: Dave Roth

Local bike builder Tony Pereira is having a dream year.

Last winter he found a great new shop space near SE 24th and Belmont and in March he took home coveted trophies from the North American Handmade Bike Show for his gorgeous,”Roaring 29’er”, fillet-brazed, mountain bike.

A relative newcomer to Portland’s heralded framebuilding scene, Pereira has quickly established himself as one of the top builders in the country.

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Bus operator cited in collision with cyclist

Friday, June 29th, 2007

[Updated: 10:56am, 6/30]

The Portland Mercury blog reported an incident this morning that happened yesterday afternoon between a TriMet LIFT bus (the smaller ones used for transporting disabled riders) and a bicyclist near the intersection of NE Multnomah Street and NE Grand Avenue (Google Map of location).

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Bikes, buses share the lane on Vancouver Ave.

Friday, June 29th, 2007

I’ve been trying different options for my new commute from North Portland to SE 8th and Main. One of them takes me all the way down N Vancouver until it intersects with Broadway.

That intersection (here it is on Google Maps) can be a daunting place on a bike (see photo below). It gets a high volume of car and bus traffic and there’s a strange, split lane situation that has always befuddled me.

But the other day, I noticed (for the first time) some new lane markings that make it feel a little safer. Here’s a photo:

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Southwest trails group continues bike boulevard effort

Friday, June 29th, 2007
PDOT Transportation Safety Summit
Leader of SWTrails, Don Baack.
(File photo)

The serpentine, hilly, and narrow roads that make up most of southwest Portland are a far cry from the idyllic bike boulevards of inner southeast Portland.

But that hasn’t stopped a year-long effort by citizen activists and a group called SWTrails from working to create similar bike-friendly streets in their neighborhoods.

Led by veteran trail advocates and southwest Portland residents Don Baack, Keith Liden, and Sharon Fekety, SWTrails has worked closely with PDOT and area residents to garner feedback and recommendations for a potential network of low-traffic, bike-friendly routes.

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Job of the Week

Friday, June 29th, 2007

The following job opportunity was listed this week on the BikePortland Job Listings:

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Stolen Fuji Unknown

Thursday, June 28th, 2007

20 year old street-bike. Gray-blue colored. Good working condition, breaks probably need some adjustment.

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