Archive for August, 2008

Holiday weekend open thread: Share your bike fun

Friday, August 29th, 2008
Danica Maus, biker.

What are your plans for the long weekend?

Will you get out on the open road for a little bike-camping? Or perhaps take part in the “slow and easy” Old Apple Tree Park Ride or Milkshake Ride on Saturday?

Or maybe you’re more of the serious type and you plan on suiting up for the second annual Portland Triathlon.


An opening night thanks

Friday, August 29th, 2008
Sprockettes Art Show at Breeze Block-1.jpg
The crowd at Breeze Block last night.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Just want to say thanks to everyone who came out last night for the opening party of the Sprockettes-themed art and photo show at Breeze Block Gallery.

It was neat to see my photos in their full glory, set free from the confines of a computer screen. It was also an honor to share the space with artist Tiago DeJerk and photographer Sarah Eastman.


“I don’t hate bikes”; Rose Quarter petitioner reaches out

Friday, August 29th, 2008
bikes and buses
(Photo © J. Maus)

The TriMet bus operator who started a petition hoping to stop a plan to allow bike access through the Rose Quarter Transit Center has just left a comment here on BikePortland.org explaining his views.

Dan Christensen wrote that he loves to bike and that “one of the best times” of his life was a bike tour through Europe with his wife.

In his comment, Christensen also tries to make it clear that his concerns do not come from a hatred of bikes (“I love bikes and what they are bringing to my beloved city”), but that, “before we put bike lanes through Rose Quarter all voices should be heard.”


Headed to Seattle for national conference; Bike Friendly State rankings to be unveiled

Friday, August 29th, 2008

I’m headed to the 2008 Pro Walk/Pro Bike conference in Seattle next week along with a large contingent from Portland. Among the highlights will be the unveiling of the first-ever Bike Friendly States rankings by the League of American Bicyclists.


New Alberta eatery goes big for bike parking

Friday, August 29th, 2008

While riding down NE Alberta Street yesterday I noticed a new cafe with some fantastic bike parking.

The Radio Room has devoted a considerable portion of their property at NE 11th and Alberta to bike parking.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Real estate pedalers from Boulder will open office in Portland

Friday, August 29th, 2008
(Photo: PedaltoProperties.com)

Pedal to Properties, a Boulder, Colorado-based real estate company that shows homes by bike, plans to open up an office in Portland.

Co-founder Chris Sweeney told me via telephone this morning that they’ve already met with commercial real estate agents in Portland and they hope to nail down an office space in the next month or so.


Milkshake Ride

Friday, August 29th, 2008


Mio Gelato, NE 15th Ave and Brazee St
What’s better than a milkshake on a hot summer day?! See how we shake it in NENE Portland on a slow, leisurely tour exploring the milkshake emporiums of Beaumont, Roseway and Hollywood: more shake! less ride!

Bring $$ and/or a cup for sharing. No rider left behind (unless you want to stay for more); we will climb the ridge once (sloooowly). Nonlooping ride (but I can take you back to the start).

Drink your milkshake! Drink it up!
Jenny, editrixpdx@hotmail.com

Reminder: Tonight on Alberta; Sprockettes, photos, and more

Thursday, August 28th, 2008
On tour with the Sprockettes Day 1-31.jpg
See this and other shots from
my road trip with the Sprockettes.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Just a reminder to stop by the Breeze Block Gallery (NE 10th and Alberta) tonight for a special, Sprockette-themed art and photo exhibition.

Tonight will be the opening of my first photo exhibition and I’ll be sharing images from a recent road trip to California when I followed the Sprockettes on their Operation Bike Nation Tour. I’ve selected 22 of my best shots from that week-long trip (and they look much better printed by a professional photo lab than they do on a computer screen!).


Portland mountain bikers pumped about Sandy River Basin project

Thursday, August 28th, 2008
PUMP's Forest Park mountain bike tour
(Photos © J. Maus)

A plan to develop close to 15,000 acres of public land for recreational use in and around the Sandy River (“Located in Portland’s backyard”) has local mountain bikers excited for the potential of new trails and riding opportunities close to home.

The Salem District of the Bureau of Land Management is in the process of seeking public input and comments on their Sandy River Basin Plan. Among the issues they want to learn more about are “Potential non-motorized multiple use trail systems for hiking, mountain biking and equestrian use in the Mount Hood Corridor.”


Old Apple Tree Park Ride

Thursday, August 28th, 2008

ECT Slow & Easy “Old Apple Tree Park” Ride

Sponsored by the Community Exchange Cycle Touring Club. We leave no
riders behind.

The Old Apple Tree, planted in 1826 in Vancouver, Washington, is
thought to be the oldest apple tree in the northwest. Along the way
we will be taking in bicycle paths along the Columbia Slough, Smith
Lake, the Columbia River, and Fort Vancouver.

This ride is ideal for anybody looking for a ride set at more relaxed
pace and will be routed using streets with bike lanes, bike paths,
and/or minimal automotive traffic. We leave nobody behind!

The ride will end at the Expo Center Transit Center for those wishing
to take the light rail back into town but the ride leader will be
bicycling back to the start point and all riders are welcome to join
in on that return trip if they wish.

When: Saturday, Aug 30, 2008
Time: Assemble 11:00 am, Depart 11:10 am
Start Point: Madison Plaza (underneath east side of Hawthorne Bridge)
End Point: Expo Center Transit Center
Distance: 15 miles
Pace: Easy – pace set at speed of slowest rider
Expected Duration: 3 hours
Forecast: 75 degrees, mostly sunny

Ride Leader and contact information: Severt Lawyer,
wsevert(at)gmail(dot)com, 503-234-7778

ECT is a non-profit organization promoting peace and cultural exchange
through bicycle touring and bike school operation. We are registered
with the State of Oregon and we are applying for our 501(c)3 status
with IRS. Upon receipt of our non-profit status, your donations will
be tax deductible with a retroactive effective date of 3/29/2007 –
our incorporation date.

Your participation, volunteering, and donations are much appreciated.

Our website: www.ExchangeCycleTours.org
Also on YahooGroups: ExchangeCycleTours