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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 reported by Stephen [...]

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 up on [...]

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 said, [...]

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 carried on [...]

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 [...]

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 I [...]

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, I shared reports [...]

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 for solving [...]

“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).

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