Archive for November, 2008

Words of thanks and a Thanksgiving weekend open thread

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
The Maus Family (From L to R: Dad, Danica, Eleni, Juli)

Happy Thanksgiving from everyone here at BikePortland headquarters (Elly and I). We hope you have the opportunity to take a few days off and spend some quality time with your friends and family.

As is tradition this time of year, I want to say thanks.

Thank you to everyone who works to make this community something I am proud to report on. I am lucky to be able to point my camera and my questions at so many amazing people every week.

Thanks are also due to every one of you who contributes to this site; either by sending tips (of words and/or money!), by commenting, or even by just telling your friends to check it out.


Press Release: Bike Gallery gets into Spirit of Giving

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

Just got this from the Bike Gallery:

Local Bike Retailer Gets Into the Spirit of Giving

Portland, Oregon – November 28, 2008. This December, one local bike retailer is shifting their holiday focus to help support an important holiday tradition – the 13th annual Community Cycling Center Holiday Bike Drive. November 28, 2008, through January 2, 2009, family-owned Bike Gallery is actively encouraging their customers to make a donation to local non-profit Community Cycling Center. During that time, Bike Gallery is inviting its customers to become a star on their Giving Tree by donating $5 or more to the Community Cycling Center (CCC). Anyone making a donation of $5 or more will receive a star to personalize with their name or a message. That star will go on a Giving Tree that is centrally located in the store. Your donation helps offset the costs of Holiday Bike Drive and other CCC programs. AND…for every star on the tree, Bike Gallery will donate $5 to the CCC!


A few more reasons you won’t want to miss BikeCraft

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Justa Phillips will return this year.
You’ll have to show up to see
if her classic cowboy design
will be there!

BikeCraft IV is just around the corner. We’ve gotten so much response from vendors that we’ve capped attendance and now have a full lineup of folks eager to sell their wares. Before we share more about who will be there, a quick reminder…

BikeCraft IV will be December 10, from 5:30pm to close at Roots Organic Brewing at 1520 SE 7th Ave (just south of Hawthorne) in Portland.

With that out of the way, here are the final fantastic additions to the list (Check out our other vendors here and here).


Clackamas River bike/ped bridge re-opens tomorrow after two year closure

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
View of the new construction
as of 11/21/08.
(Photo: Clackamas County)

After an arson fire burned through several key support columns in August of 2006, the 82nd Drive/Park Place bike/ped bridge (map) over the Clackamas River (between Gladstone and Oregon City) is slated to officially re-open tomorrow.

In a newsletter from Clackamas County’s Water Environment Services division, county Board Chair Lynn Peterson said, “We know the public is eager for this work to be completed…and the public can once again enjoy this important pedestrian and bicycle access across the river.”

More info at RiverHealth.org

Portland and the rise of the “American-style” cycle track

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008

“Sam (Adams) has directed (City Traffic Engineer) Rob Burchfield to indentify opportunities for a “high visibility” cycle track to be rolled out in Sam’s first 100 days as mayor.”
— Sam Adams’ chief of staff Tom Miller, in an email to Metro Councilor Rex Burkholder

There’s no denying that 2009 is shaping up to be the Year of the Cycle Track in Portland.

PDOT already has one in the books for NE Cully Blvd., they’re working closely with streetcar planners to put one adjacent to the new line in the Lloyd District on NE 7th Ave., and planners, advocates, and other local bike insiders (including our next Mayor and his chief of staff) are all singing the cycle track’s praises after seeing them in action in cities like Amsterdam and Copenhagen.


Bike Share Series, Part Six: The outlook for bike share in Portland

Wednesday, November 26th, 2008
Tom Miller
(Photo © J. Maus)

Welcome to the final installment of our guest article series on bike sharing in Portland.

The series is written by Tom Miller, chief of staff for Portland City Commissioner and Mayor-elect Sam Adams. Yesterday, Tom laid out asked some of the questions that must be answered in order for Portland to make the right decision about a bike share system.

In today’s article, Tom surveys existing efforts in the U.S. and concludes the series with a quote from Portland’s future mayor.


Appetite Enhancement Ride 2008

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008

City will remove stop signs on SE Caruthers

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Signage at SE Caruthers and Water-2.jpg
The stop sign at SE Caruthers and
Water has been a source of
frustration for many.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Two stop signs at the intersection of SE Water Ave and SE Caruthers St. in Southeast Portland (map) will be removed by PDOT.

The news comes from an employee of the nearby Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI). The employee sent BikePortland a letter received from City Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield outlining the changes (download PDF of letter here). In the letter (dated today, 11/25), Burchfield writes that since the stop signs were installed in 2002 (under transportation commissioner Jim Francesconi), “PDOT has received numerous complaints from the public about this intersection.” He goes on to write:


New books on the BikePortland bookshelf

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Read more, ride better!

We announced the BikePortland Bookstore last week, and response has been great.

Thanks to all of you who have been buying titles both from our shelves and from all of the shelves at Powell’s. Your purchases really help us keep on doing what we do. And hopefully we’ve been able to help you with your holiday shopping and general edification.

We’ve just made some new additions to the shelves, including several suggestions from readers. Head over to the Book Talk section on our forums to discuss your favorite bike books. Keep the ideas coming!

Keep in mind, when you buy anything from Powell’s (not just the stuff we’ve selected) using our super-secret partnership link a percentage of the purchase price goes directly to BikePortland.org so we can sustain and improve the stories and features we offer.

If you’d rather not have books shipped to you — you can pick them up by bike! Just choose the “In-Store Pickup” option at checkout to have the books held for you at any Powell’s location.

Take a look at the new lineup after the jump…


A Q & A with ODOT’s new Sustainability Program Manager

Tuesday, November 25th, 2008
Margi Lifsey is ODOT’s new
Sustainability Program Manager.
(Photo courtesy Margi Lifsey)

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has added a new position to their team; a Sustainability Program Manager.

The position will be filled by Portland-resident Marjorie (“Margi”) Lifsey. In a statement about the hire, ODOT Chief of Staff Joan Plank said Lifsey will be responsible for coordinating the agency’s sustainability programs, which “will become an increasingly important area of the agency’s work.”

I know Margi from her work as the environmental coordinator on the Columbia River Crossing project and from seeing her at local bike events (especially cyclocross, which she loves). I think this is another good sign that ODOT is moving toward greater recognition that Oregon needs a more balanced transportation system.