Archive for February, 2008

Jobs of the Week

Friday, February 29th, 2008

If you’re in the hunt for a great local bike job, look no further. Below is a list of opportunities that have come through the BikePortland Job Listings this week:


Customer Service Rep (Chris King Precision Components)

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Job Title
Customer Service Representative

Chris King Precision Components – website

Job Description
Chris King Precision Components™, manufacturer of bicycle components, is seeking qualified applicants for a Customer Service Representative for dealer sales. Must have a proven track record of 2 years sales experience, order entry experience, strong computer skills, and basic math skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills, and excellent telephone etiquette are required.


Updated: Police Bureau denies information request for citizen initiated citation process

Friday, February 29th, 2008

[Note: I’ve updated the post (at 3:45pm) to include a response from the Deputy City Attorney.]

The denial.
Click to enlarge, (240k, jpg)

The Records Division of the Portland Police Bureau has denied a request for information made by lawyer Christopher Heaps in an ongoing effort to utilize an Oregon statute to file “citizen initiated citations,” in a series of recent traffic collisions.

Claiming that they made a mistake in releasing information about Lisa Wheeler that led to her no-contest plea in the case where she was at fault for hitting cyclist Siobhan Doyle but did not receive a citation at the scene, the Records Division has now denied a similar request for information made by Heaps in a separate case.


Bike rental bidder brings Paris to Portland

Friday, February 29th, 2008
Roue Libre bikes in action.
(Photo: LibraryBikes.org)

Portland is currently considering three bids to develop a bike-sharing and rental system in downtown similar to one that has become a major success in Paris.

The three companies who are still in the running to provide the service are global media giant Clear Channel, the Portland Bike Company (I detailed their plans back in November), and Library Bikes, a former non-profit based in Arcata, California.


Blumenauer introduces the “National Bike Bill”

Friday, February 29th, 2008
National Bike Summit 07
Rep. Blumenauer at last year’s
National Bike Summit. (Kozo
Shimano is in the background).
(Photo © J. Maus)

In advance of next week’s National Bike Summit, this morning Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) introduced House Congressional Resolution 305, “Recognizing the importance of bicycling in transportation and recreation.”

Blumenauer refers to the resolution as the “National Bike Bill” (read full text below).

Co-sponsored by Congressman James Oberstar (D-MN), the resolution has also been made one of the four key priorities that will get the backing of hundreds of advocates across the country when the League of American Bicyclists hosts the National Bike Summit in Washington DC next week.


What a difference $24 million would make

Thursday, February 28th, 2008

I came across an interesting graphic at a meeting this morning that helped put into perspective how much is at stake in making sure we pass the Safe, Sound, and Green Streets funding proposal.

The proposal — which is currently getting revamped prior to being put on the November ballot — includes (at this point) $24 million to fund 114 miles of low-traffic, “bicycle boulevard” streets.

Just how that money would impact our city is hard to conceptualize until you see the graphic below…


BTA unveils Bicycle Boulevard Toolkit

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
Screenshot from BTA website.

Continuing their campaign to push for a comprehensive network of low-traffic neighborhood streets in Portland, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has unveiled their Bicycle Boulevard Toolkit.

The toolkit intends to educate communities on the why, what, and how of bike boulevards and includes a robust set of resources all in one convenient place. Their website now includes special sections on several key components of creating good bike boulevards including; auto speed reduction, auto traffic reduction, crossing busy streets, and boulevard signage and markings. Each section includes photos, costs and a description of why the method is used.


Columnist: 2008 the year of the bicycle?

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
tour de fat 2007-9
(Photo © J. Maus)

A few days from the start of the National Bike Summit in Washington DC, nationally syndicated columnist Neil Peirce wonders whether 2008 is the Year of the Bicycle.

In his most recent column, slated for national publication Sunday (3/2), Peirce writes that this might be “Bicycling’s best year since the start of the auto age.”

Among a “crescendo of trends and developments” Peirce uses as evidence are the rising price of oil, “bike-for-hire stations” that have taken off in Paris and other European cities (and are on their way to the U.S.), bike boulevards, and a “complete streets” movement that Peirce says “is gaining traction nationwide.”


Sampling the speedy, upscale Civia Hyland

Thursday, February 28th, 2008
The new Hyland from Civia.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Critical Mass

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Meet under the west side of the Burnside Bridge.