Archive for April, 2008

Flanders crossing update: Shifting criticisms and a report from City Council

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008

[Update: Download the presentation given by Commissioner Adams today at City Council (6MB, PDF)…or watch it on YouTube.]

Adams making his case to City Council.
(Bad phone photo)

City Council is poised to hear an ordinance this morning that will authorize PDOT to “enter into a contract with Max J. Kuney Construction, owner of the old Sauvie Island Bridge, to rehabilitate, relocate and acquire the old Sauvie Island Bridge center span for the purpose of moving it to NW Flanders St over I-405.”

I’ll start with a brief update on the project followed by some live reporting (below) once the proceedings begin.


Magazine editor blames bike lanes for Portland fatalities

Wednesday, April 30th, 2008
Download article here (115 kb PDF)
Copyright 2008 by John Schubert and
reprinted with permission from
Adventure Cyclist magazine

In the April issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, technical editor John Schubert writes that “poorly designed” bike lanes were to blame for the recent deaths of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek.

In, Portland’s Agony: Two cyclists died as a result of poorly designed traffic-control devices, Schubert uses his monthly Cyclesense column as a pulpit to slam PDOT bicycle coordinator Roger Geller and find fault with the current direction of bikeway design in the most bike-friendly city in America (the article is not available online, but you can download a PDF here — posted with permission from Adventure Cyclist Magazine.)


In heralding Platinum, Portland looks back and ahead

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
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Commissioner Sam Adams, flanked by
PDOT staff at this morning’s Platinum
press conference.(Photos © J. Maus)

The mix of attendees at today’s press conference illustrated one of the main reasons Portland has catapulted above all other American cities on its way to achieving Platinum. We have stitched together a diverse coalition of activists, agencies, companies, advocates and organizations — all working together to move biking forward.


Press Release: Portland Platinum News Conference

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008

News Conference from: Portland Office of Transportation


News conference is scheduled for today:
10:00 AM – Tuesday, April 29
Downtown Bike Gallery
1001 SW Salmon Street

The coveted designation of “Bicycle Friendly Community,” given at levels from Bronze to Platinum, recognizes those communities that are improving conditions for bicyclists and cycling safety. Portland is the first large U.S. city to gain the designation and joins Davis, California, as the only other Platinum city in the country.

Commissioner Sam Adams will be joined by Senator Ginny Burdick, Metro Council President David Bragdon, Bike Gallery owner Jay Graves, Oregon Transportation Commissioner Gail Achterman, Bicycle Transportation Alliance Executive Director Scott Bricker, business owner Chris King, Portland Police Chief Rosie Sizer, and representatives from the offices of Multnomah County Chair Ted Wheeler and Congressman Earl Blumenaur.

Portland earns Platinum; becomes first major U.S. city to win the award

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
Bridge Pedal, 2005. Portland OR
This photo was taken at Bridge Pedal
in August of 2005. The “Sam” is City
Commissioner Sam Adams, who has
made achieving Platinum a priority.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland has gone Platinum.

The League of American Bicyclists will officially announce later today that Portland has become the first major city in America to be designated as a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community. (The only other city to have reached the Platinum level is Davis, California with a population of 63,000.)

The much-anticipated decision came from the League’s Executive Director Andy Clarke via a conference call last week in Commissioner Sam Adams’ office while local advocates, industry leaders, and key city staff were present.


Celebrate Free Cone Day by bike (or pedicab)

Tuesday, April 29th, 2008
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In Portland, Ben & Jerry’s annual Free Cone Day is a serious holiday that is not to be missed.

And what better way to justify the calories than by riding your bike to as many Ben & Jerry’s locations as you can (before toppling over)? That’s just what Carl Larson has planned for his Free Cone Day Ride.


Press Release: Walk and Bike Challenge Kick-Off

Monday, April 28th, 2008


Walk + Bike Challenge Month Kicks Off May 3

April 28, 2008 – Oregon Walk + Bike to School will host a kickoff at Main Street Plaza along the Eastbank Esplanade from 9:30AM- 11AM for the first ever Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month. Featured speakers are Congressman Earl Blumenauer’s Advisor for Livable Communities, Meeky Blizzard, and Portland Police Officer Robert Pickett. Performing will be kid DJ’s Belinda Miller and Hova Najarian of the nationally syndicated radio show “Greasy Kid Stuff”, Portland State University cheerleaders, stilt-walking dinosaurs, and unusual 5-foot tall bikes from the North Portland Freak Collective. The event will conclude with a family bike ride and walk along the Willamette on the Eastbank Esplanade.


Walk and Bike Challenge Kick-off

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Come and join Portland families as we kickoff the Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month with dancing, speakers, and a bike ride/walk along the river on the Eastbank Esplanade.

Meet at the Main Street Plaza
More info here.

Bike/Truck Safety Education Event

Monday, April 28th, 2008

Share the Road Bike – Truck Safety Education Event

(PORTLAND, OR) – Bikes and Trucks can Share the Road. The City of Portland Office of Transportation, Maintenance Operations and Transportation Options staff are working together to educate bicyclists and companies employing professional drivers about the importance of sharing the road. A special opportunity for bicyclists to interact with individuals who drive trucks and large equipment for a living will be offered during the evening commute on Tuesday, April 29, from 4:30 to 6:00 p.m. The event will take place on SE Clinton Street just west of SE 39th Avenue.

What: Bike – Truck Safety Education Event

When: 4:30 – 6:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Where: SE Clinton St. just west of SE 39th

Why: The City of Portland Office of Transportation wants to educate bicyclists and motorists about the unique challenges truck drivers face. It is important to recognize blind spots and use caution around big trucks.

Free Pedicab Rides on Free Cone Day

Monday, April 28th, 2008

The Best Day Possible to be from Portland

Imagine a day when local celebrities provide FREE rides only to be delivered to Ben & Jerry’s for a FREE Cone. Well dream no longer because Pdx Pedicab has partnered up with Ben & Jerry’s, New Avenues for youth, and the One Campain to provide

FREE rides on FREE cone day April 29th from noon – 8pm. Simply call 503-Pedicab from within the city limits to be picked up and swept away to ice cream delight.

The two Ben & Jerry’s locations being served are:

Ben & Jerry’s
301 NW 10th Ave, Portland, OR

Ben & Jerry’s
524 SW Yamhill St, Portland, OR

To request a ride to one of these locations simply call 503-Pedicab (503-733-4222). Also there will be some celebrity riders giving rides throughout the day:

Commissioner Sam Adams 1pm – 2pm

Ryan Christiansen
Founder Same Underneath Clothing Company