Archive for October, 2009

dark green cannondale r400 1996?

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Year: 1996?
Brand: cannondale
Model: r400
Color:dark green
Size:52 cm
Stolen in portland, OR 97211
Stolen From: 15th and prescott in front of the bodega, across from Tiga
Neighborhood: Alberta
Owner: Quinn Dannies
OwnerEmail: qdannies@gmail.com
Description: white handle bar tape, cheap tires, rsx components on everything but the left hand shifter
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

white frame, red lettering Miyata 912 1984

Saturday, October 31st, 2009

Year: 1984
Brand: Miyata
Model: 912
Color:white frame, red lettering
Serial: ?
Stolen in Portland, OR 97211
Stolen From: 21st and Alberta. Stolen out of my backyard.
Neighborhood: NE (Alberta Arts District)
Owner: Misty Dodd
OwnerEmail: misty.seminara@gmail.com
Reward: Yes
Description: White frame, red lettering. Black and red seat. White “mountain rack” on the back, and red bottle holder on the lower part of the frame.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Want to be like Copenhagen? Think about vacuum cleaners and raging bulls

Friday, October 30th, 2009
Copenhagenize in Portland-1
Mikael Colville-Andersen (L) and
PBOT’s Roger Geller took a spin
before last night’s event.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If Portland wants to push cycling into the mainstream, and reach usage levels similar to European cities, we need to make it easy, focus on the positives, tame automobiles, and do our research to counter anti-bike sentiment. That was some of the advice given by Copenhagenize’s Mikael Colville-Andersen at a sold-out event last night.

Colville-Andersen — who’s on a tour through the U.S. sponsored by the Danish Embassy — joined Mayor Sam Adams for a special reception for the Dreams on Wheels exhibit which is currently on display at the Oregon Manifest Bike Union in Northwest Portland. He started the night out with a presentation titled, Marketing Bicycle Culture: Five Goal to Promote Urban Bicycling.


Job of the Week

Friday, October 30th, 2009

Are you a mechanic with management experience? Are you a manager with mechanical aptitude? A new opportunity was posted to BikePortland’s Job board this week for somebody who wants to manage a local bike shop.
See details below. Tell them you read it here.


New railcars for WES give TriMet a bike car option

Friday, October 30th, 2009
TriMet has purchased two new railcars for its WES line that have a large storage area inside, similar to this one used by Caltrain as a bike car.
(Photo © Todd Boulanger)


PBOT issues first ever ‘Bicycle Traffic Advisory’

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
A Bike Wedding Parade
Some of the “bicycling public” on Clinton.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation has just issued an advisory to warn “the bicycling public” (that has a much better ring to it than “bicyclists”) of a construction project that will close a popular bicycle boulevard.

According to spokesperson Cheryl Kuck, this is the City’s first ever bicycle-specific traffic advisory. “I’m sending out a regular traffic advisory, too, but we thought we’d get the word out specifically to our bike media to alert bicyclists to the closure.”

I love it.

Here’s the advisory:


Is our bike scene too white? Local non-profit tackles the issue

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

“The people riding and making decisions about bicycles is a white, middle class group.”
— Alison Hill Graves, Community Cycling Center

The staff at Community Cycling Center, a 15 year old Portland-based nonprofit that aims to increase access to bicycling, has been doing some soul searching in the last few years.

In the process, community and programs director Alison Hill Graves says they started looking around the area they serve (a five-mile radius around their NE 17th and Alberta retail shop). “We saw a big divide in terms of who’s riding bikes and who isn’t.”


A look at Copenhagen and Portland traffic, circa the 1930s

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Copenhagen, 1937
– Watch videos below –

In light of Portland’s ongoing love-affair with Copenhagen, and the fact that Mr. Bicycle Copenhagen is in town at this very moment (prepping for the big event tonight), I thought it’d be fun to take a look at the transportation legacy of our respective cities.


New downtown park gets parking right

Thursday, October 29th, 2009
Parking at Director Park-1
Bike parking at Director Park.

The City of Portland opened up a new downtown park earlier this week. Director Park, a former parking lot (that’s now underground), occupies a full city block (bordered by SW Park and 9th to the east and west, and Taylor and Yamhill to the south and north). It’s a new public space that the City refers to as “a piazza in the heart of downtown.”

Here’s a bit of history from our friends at Neighborhood Notes:

“Nearly ten years ago Mayor Vera Katz launched a vision for Portland’s Downtown District, one that would extend the city’s public spaces in corridors that run both east and west—and north and south—intersecting in a very special park in the center of it all. Director Park is that place.”


Behind the Monday Roundup: Where we get our transpo news

Thursday, October 29th, 2009

A question we get a lot here at BikePortland is “Where do you get all your story ideas?”.

Most of our sources are top secret and will stay that way (just kidding, sort of), but here’s a rundown of a few of the places I go to gather tips for our weekly Monday Roundup post and to generally stay in the loop on transportation news and culture.