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Stolen Trek 1 2 T

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

New black Trek 1.2T road bike. Has small red stripe, gel seat, simple black bottle holders, toe baskets, mounts for lights. Front tire is missing white reflector.

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Live from the Cycle Oregon Kickoff Party

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
The crowd awaits the announcement of this year’s Cycle Oregon route.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

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BTA responds to referral effort: "This is a defining moment"

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Oregon Bicycle Summit
BTA Director Scott Bricker.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) says they are “shocked and stunned” by the news that a group will attempt to refer the Safe, Sound, and Green Streets funding proposal to the ballot.

Executive Director Scott Bricker says they have strongly supported the proposal — which includes over $25 million in bike safety improvements — from the outset and that the threat of it being stopped by “petroleum companies” is being taken very seriously and that the BTA will commit considerable resources to making sure the referral effort is stopped.

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Who’s behind the street fee opposition?

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

The decision by a coalition of business groups and lobbyists to oppose Commissioner Adams’ Safe, Sound, and Green Streets transportation funding package (which passed City Council yesterday) has sent shockwaves through City Hall and bike advocacy groups in Portland.

Given what’s at stake and who’s involved, this is without a doubt the most important transportation-related issue our city has dealt with in many years. Mayor Potter’s decision to un-fund the Bicycle Master Plan, which resulted in widespread concern and saw the community come together in unprecedented numbers, looks minor in comparison.

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Rejuvenation launches employee bike program

Thursday, January 31st, 2008
Rejuvenation retail store Manager
Greg Kamerer at their southeast
Portland location.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Rejuvenation, the Portland-based retailer of vintage lighting and housewares, has launched an ambitious program to encourage more employees to get to work by bike.

The company — which has been in business since 1977 and employs 200 people between its manufacturing facility, retail store, and catalog sales operation — has partnered with The Bike Gallery to give a bike and commuting gear package away to one lucky employee each month.

Rejuvenation President Alysa Rose says the program is part of a larger effort by the company to reduce their carbon footprint. “We’ve made a corporate commitment to reduce our carbon footprint by 5% a year and we realize employee transportation is a big part of that,” Rose said during a phone conversation yesterday.

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More samples of the CRC’s bike/ped design inspirations

Thursday, January 31st, 2008

Whether you’re for or against the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) team’s efforts to build a new I-5 bridge over the Columbia River, it’s a good idea to stay informed on what they’re thinking about for the bike and pedestrian facilities.

On that note, I shared a photo last week taken by a member of the CRC’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Advisory Committee (that’s the CRC PBAC for anyone keeping track). The photo was taken as inspiration and fodder for discussion on the type of bike and ped facilities that might be a part of a new bridge.

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Council passes landmark funding proposal; Romain will refer

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

[Updated: 7:26pm]

Romain strikes again.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Earlier today Portland City Council passed Commissioners Adams’ Safe, Sound and Green Streets funding plan.

The plan would be a huge boon to bicycling in Portland, with nearly $30 million (out of $400 million total) going toward bike safety improvements. But don’t start the celebration yet…

The Willamette Week is reporting that, in a surprise move, Oregon Petroleum Association lobbyist Paul Romain will seek to gather signatures and refer the proposal to the ballot.

In the weeks leading up to the Council vote, seeking to thwart opposition and the threat of referring the proposal to the ballot, Adams struck what was thought to be a workable compromise with Romain. Adams staffers working on the proposal believed they had a firm agreement from Romain’s group that in light of the compromises they would not attempt the referral effort.

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Smith turns in 1,180 signatures, certification likely

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

This just in from the Chris Smith campaign:

Chris Smith Submits 1,180 Signatures for VOE Certification

This afternoon Chris Smith formally requested certification as a publicly financed candidate under the city’s “Voter Owned Elections” system. Smith, who is running for the Position 1 seat of the City Council, turned in 129 additional qualifying signatures and accompanying five-dollar contributions from registered Portland voters for a total of 1,180 qualifying contributions. Candidates running for City Commissioner qualify for an initial $150,000 in public financing from the City by collecting a minimum of 1,000 verifiable signature-contributions and adhering to a strict code of conduct when campaigning. The City Elections Officer has already verified 921 of Smith’s first 946 forms.

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NAHBS preview: Jordan Hufnagel/Hufnagel Cycles

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008
NAHBS teaser - Jordan Hufnagel
The hand and the work
of Jordan Hufnagel.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

Jordan Hufnagel made his debut back in November at the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show.

Since then, the 26 year-old behind Hufnagel Cycles has been very busy. I stopped by his shop just off SE Madison and 7th to see what he’s got up his sleeve for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS).

Jordan says he’ll bring five bikes: a mixte (with a very new and not currently available in the U.S. SRAM iMotion internal 9-speed hub) and a singlespeed for around town; two track bikes (including one for himself); and one road racing bike.

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Stolen Surly Karate Monkey

Wednesday, January 30th, 2008

Unusual Surly Karate Monkey with LOTS of reflective tape, drop handlebars, studded tires, Titanico saddle, high power homebrew light system w/ running lights, Chariot Sidecarrier child trailer mount.

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