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Politico: Blumenauer, Oberstar on short-list for Transportation Secretary

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Rep. Jim Oberstar (D-MN)(Photo J. Maus)

Politico published a story today about who might get cabinet-level appointments in a Barack Obama presidency (if he's elected on Tuesday night of course).
Politico reporter Ben Smith and ABC's Jonathan Karl (who used "well-positioned Democrats" as sources) have put two familiar names in the running for Obama's Transportation Secretary [...]

Weekend open thread: Happy Halloween! [Video]

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Shark-on-a-bike Elly Blue.(Photo J. Maus

It's been a while since I left an open thread up over the weekend. Hopefully you haven't forgotten the drill.
Do you have bikey Halloween plans tonight? The hot tip is North Freak's Freak Friday Halloween Party Ride (oh man that's going to be good).
Will you take on the [...]

One Aerial Tram or America's best bike network?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The Portland Aerial Tram -- $57 million...(Photo: Dat Nguyen)

As we move into the 2009 legislative session, and with an update to our Bicycle Master Plan finally on the horizon, I'll be covering the future of bikeway funding a lot in the weeks and months to come.
One of the over-arching themes that should seal the case [...]

A “National Mobility Project” and infrastructure investment as antidote

Friday, October 31st, 2008

David Brooks

Widely-read New York Times op-ed columnist and regular NewsHour pundit David Brooks penned a column today that urged our government and leaders to put infrastructure projects on the fast-track.
Calling it a "National Mobility Project", Brooks thinks that the wisest way for government to hasten an economic recovery is through shifting the paradigm on [...]

2008: The best Cycle Oregon ever?

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Wide open road and wide open sky on Cycle Oregon 2008.(Photo: Matt Haughey)

By all accounts, the recently concluded Cycle Oregon was one of the best ever.
From what I've heard, it had perfect weather, epic routes, majestic vistas (the Wallowa Mountains), welcoming towns, and great live music -- all the ingredients that make Cycle Oregon one [...]

PDOT offers tips for riding in the rain and dark

Friday, October 31st, 2008

The rain is coming.(Photos J. Maus)

Kids aren't the only ones who need to stay dry and visible while riding. Portland is set for wet weather for the next week or so (at least) and, combined with darkness falling over rush hour, rain can make things a bit more tricky out there.
Here [...]

Portland framebuilder recognized in ‘Original Six’ campaign

Friday, October 31st, 2008

Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles.(Photos J. Maus)

A new promotional campaign launched by North American Handmade Bicycle Show (NAHBS) founder Don Walker recognizes the "Original Six" group of frame builders that have exhibited every year since the show began in 2005.
Among the Original Six is Southeast Portland-based builder Sacha White of Vanilla Bicycles.
The NAHBS show [...]

Jobs of the Week

Friday, October 31st, 2008

If you're looking for a job, two great opportunities have been listed on the BikePortland Job Listings this past week.
Here's the information:

Management Trainee -- Bike Gallery
RiverFest Coordinator -- RiverFest

Portland bike traffic up 28% over last year

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Bike traffic in Portland.(Photo J. Maus)

The City of Portland is sitting on loads of interesting and important data about bike ridership. Full reports on summer bike counts at locations throughout the city and survey results from the City Auditor's Office are all due out in the coming weeks.
However, a few numbers [...]

Actor/advocate Matthew Modine will narrate Portland bike documentary

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Actor Matthew Modine will narrate Veer, a documentary about bike culture in Portland.(Photo Dimitrios Kambouris/WireImage.com)

The creators of Veer, a feature-length documentary film that chronicles the people and culture behind bikes in Portland, announced today that they've picked Golden Globe-nominated actor Matthew Modine to be the film's narrator.
Modine is known for his role in Stanley [...]

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