Archive for June, 2008

Updated: Cars create (temporarily) carfree Last Thursday

Monday, June 30th, 2008

[Updated at 8:02pm on 6/30 — see end of story.] Two cars created a carfree zone on Alberta Thursday night.More images(Photo: Stephen Upchurch) In a brilliantly ironic bit of activism, two strategically placed cars helped created a three-block stretch of carfree streets during last week’s Last Thursday event on Alberta Street. The event was first Read More »

Trucks now rolling with side underrun guards

Monday, June 30th, 2008

A City of Portland tanker truck with new side underrun guard.More images(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland won’t give up on bike-share system

Monday, June 30th, 2008

“There are a lot of [bike-sharing] systems out there and we really want to pick the best model.”–Shoshanah Oppenheim, transportation policy aide for Commissioner Adams With the announcement last week that the City of Portland has canceled their search for a bike-sharing vendor, some are wondering what’s next in Portland’s public-bike future. Far from giving Read More »

Blumenauer unveils his ‘Gas Price Relief Act of 2008’

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Rep. Blumenauer at this morning’s press conference.Video below(Photos © J. Maus) Ending speculation since the announcement on Friday, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer was in Portland this morning (sans bowtie) to deliver some “straight talk” about energy policy and unveil a bill that will help cure America’s ailing transportation policies. Expensive oil and gas prices, he Read More »

Slideshow: Sun and fun at MCBF

Monday, June 30th, 2008

Scott Nowicki displayshis style and skill.Slideshow below(Photos © J. Maus) Those who were brave enough to confront the freakishly hot weather at the Multnomah County Bike Fair on Saturday, were rewarded with a fun and fitting end to Pedalpalooza. While some were happy to enjoy the two-wheeled ambiance with a nap in the shade, others Read More »

Weekend open thread: Share your bike fun

Saturday, June 28th, 2008

Ahhh, summertime in Portland(Photo © J. Maus) The big Multnomah County Bike Fair is happening today at Colonel Summers Park (SE 17th Ave & Belmont). Will you be there? There’s also a benefit silent auction of photographs from the Cycle Seen exhibition. It’s at the SE Division location of Stumptown Coffee (4525 SE Division) and Read More »

TriMet clarifies why they required riders with bikes to disembark

Friday, June 27th, 2008

“At rush hour, expecting to board a train with a bike is a less dependable option than locking a bike at both ends of the trip, bringing on a folding bike, or traveling at a different time.”–Colin Maher, TriMet TriMet’s bike programs manager Colin Maher has taken the time to look into the incident that Read More »

TriMet security still saying, ‘No hook, no ride’

Friday, June 27th, 2008

[UPDATE: Please see this story (posted at 5:35pm) for TriMet’s clarification of this incident.] (Photo © J. Maus) After over a year, and following clarifications from TriMet staff, their contracted security personnel are still allegedly telling some people that they cannot board a MAX train unless a hook is available. Back in April of 2007, Read More »

Blumenauer will announce gas price relief proposal in Portland

Friday, June 27th, 2008

What sort of mystery legislation does Mr. Blumenauer have up his sleeve?.(Photo © J. Maus) On Monday morning, U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer will be in Portland to announce legislation that he says will provide immediate relief from high gas prices. A statement issued today from Blumenauer’s office says that, “Although there is no silver bullet Read More »

“Bike box!”; Streetfilms points lens on Portland’s green space

Friday, June 27th, 2008

Bike box. Get it?(Photo: Movie still)(Watch video below.) Clarence Eckerson Jr., that intrepid auteur with New York City-based Streetfilms, just posted another one of the films he made during his recent visit to Portland. Eckerson is the man behind the Sunday Parkways video I posted Tuesday (that film has already been viewed nearly 4,000 times).