Archive for July, 2009

Weekend Open Thread

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Summer-heat wave biking attire-1
Enjoy your weekend!

What are you doing to make the most of what now seem like refreshingly low temps this weekend?

There are too many bike-related events going on this weekend to summarize succinctly — check out our Weekend Events Roundup for an enticing selection.

Whatever you do, let us know how things go in the thread below.

My City Bike: A mama’s perspective

Friday, July 31st, 2009
Marion Rice and daughter Gleneden on
Marion’s city bike: an Xtracycle conversion
with a rear child seat and front basket.
(Photo © J. Maus)

[This is the first in a series of “My City Bike” interviews with Portlanders who ride bikes intended for urban transportation. The first interview is with our family biking columnist Marion Rice.]

BikePortland: What kind of rider are you?

Marion Rice: A very experienced city bike rider.

BP: Describe the bike you ride every day.


Blumenauer introduces bill to restore, maintain “orphan highways”

Friday, July 31st, 2009
National Bike Summit - Day three-10
Earl Blumenauer
(Photo © J. Maus)

With bipartisan support, U.S. Representative Earl Blumenauer (D-OR) has introduced a new bill — the Orphan Highway Restoration Act — aimed at improving state highways that run through America’s main streets.

According to Blumenauer, “orphan highways” are former U.S. numbered highways that over the years have lost traffic volume to more popular Interstate Highways.

In a press release about the bill Blumenauer says, the bill will direct funding toward improving these “abandoned” main streets:


Portland’s first residential bike parking shelter raises questions

Friday, July 31st, 2009
A new residential bike parking shelter on SE Washington near Laurelhurst Park.
(Photos © J. Maus)


Job of the Week

Friday, July 31st, 2009

It’s Friday, that means it’s time to highlight another excellent career opportunity recently listed on the BikePortland Job Listings.

Check out more info here:


Gold Raleigh Super Course 1977

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Year: 1977
Brand: Raleigh
Model: Super Course
Stolen in Portland, WA 97217
Stolen From: 1021 N. Holman, Portland OR
Neighborhood: Northeast Portland
Owner: Scott Stephenson
OwnerEmail: j_scott_stephenson@hotmail.com
Reward: $100
Description: 1977 gold framed Raleigh Super Course. White lettering with crest falling off on headpost. Cream handle bar tape. Mountain bike clipless pedals.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Mayor’s office asks people to park bikes during Last Thursday

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
bikes at Last Thursday on Alberta-12
Mayor’s office would rather have folks
park… and then walk during Last Thursday.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Shoshanah Oppenheim, the Mayor’s staffer who has been working with the Alberta community on the carfree Last Thursday, said they want to clear up as much space for pedestrians as possible for tonight’s event.


Silver Specialized Hardrock Sport

Thursday, July 30th, 2009

Brand: Specialized
Model: Hardrock Sport
Size:15″ frame
Serial: P7DAD5822
Stolen in Portland, OR 97209
Stolen From: Stolen in front of office building. 1400 SW 5th Ave.
Neighborhood: Downtown
Owner: Nathan Bell
OwnerEmail: nathan@digitaltrends.com
Reward: 100
Description: It is new and has front shocks and is a 21 speed mountain bike.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Weekend Event Guide: Ride to sunset, in Spanish, or for Joy of Sects

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
bikes at Last Thursday on Alberta-8
Enjoy the crowd (and the bikes)
at carfree Last Thursday tonight.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Looks like we’re out of the 100s, but this weekend is still shaping up to be respectably hot so remember to heed these best practices to beat the heat.

If you’re prepared to venture out, you have a great lineup of events to choose from. Here are some highlights:

Thursday, July 30

6:00pm – 10:00pm: Last Thursday
Every month this summer, a long stretch of Alberta Street is closed to cars and packed with people, art, dancing, and food vendors. It’s a magical experience.


In record heat, a trail angel saves the day

Thursday, July 30th, 2009
The hot, eerily empty
Springwater Trail yesterday.
(Photos by Erin Greeson)

Today, while commuting home midday to finish my work from an air-conditioned office, a great thing happened. Just when I thought I’d prepared smartly for the 100-degree ride — dousing my head in cold water beforehand and chugging water all morning long — my lack of preparedness on another front led to an unexpected situation.

As I rode down SE Lincoln, I noted an atypically low number of fellow cyclists on this usually busy route. The heat has kept people indoors or in their cars, I thought to myself. I made my way through Ladd’s Addition, under the Hawthorne Bridge and onto the Springwater Corridor Trail (popular bike routes, which were all sparsely populated).