Archive for September, 2010

Tandem bike and car collide near PCC Cascade in North Portland (Photo)

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Photo of the scene at N. Killingsworth and Kerby last night.
(Photo: Nate Gibson)


army green giant bowery 2007

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Year: 2007
Brand: giant
Model: bowery
Color:army green
Stolen in SE portland, OR 97214
Stolen From: 711 on 45th and hawthorne. He rode up on a bike and picked mine up and rode south down 45th with my bike on his shoulder.
Neighborhood: SE portland by hawthorn
Owner: rocco caravelli
OwnerEmail: rocco@shrunkenheadskateboards.com
Reward: 200
Description: back wheel is neon green deep Velocity flip flip hub with a new gatorskin tire. Bullhorn ‘urban pursuit’ bars, seat has rain damage and is worn, but rest of bike is in mint condition, front break. i left my u lock around the back wheel and the frame.
Police record with: portland police dept
Police reference#: 10-81423
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Black w/yellow Novarra Bonanza 1999

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Year: 1999
Brand: Novarra
Model: Bonanza
Color:Black w/yellow
Size:Med. frame
Serial: F8090043
Stolen in Portland, OR 97219
Stolen From: Burlingame Fred Meyer, Barbur Blvd.
Neighborhood: Burlingame
Owner: Constance Lively
OwnerEmail: clively1@comcast.net
Reward: $100
Description: Mtn. bike, black/yellow; Trek incite computer, bell, seatpost bag, gel saddle, rear rack.
Police record with: Portland Police
Police reference#: T10006470
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Interview with Commissioner Fish about Forest Park decisions

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
City Council candidate Nick Fish-2.jpg
Nick Fish
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City Commissioner in charge of Parks, Nick Fish, announced a set of “actions” earlier today about off-road cycling in Forest Park. I spoke to him on the phone from his office in City Hall about that announcement…

You told Oregon Public Broadcasting (OPB) today that Forest Park isn’t ready for new bike trails. Why not?

“I don’t think the park is ready to have an expansion in bike trails right now for two reasons. Number one is that we don’t have all the data that we need to make thoughtful decisions; data about who uses our parks, the health of our park, and so on. This was a significant problem I discovered through this process. The second part is that anything I propose for the future is going to be subject to a Type II or Type III land use review, so if we don’t have the science ironed out than nothing gets through land use review. Nothing would be more cynical for me than to announce a breakthrough today that I know will be stalled in litigation tomorrow.”


League of American Bicyclists President says Forest Park decision “disappointing”

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
National Bike Summit 07
League President Andy Clarke.
(Photo © J. Maus)

Reactions are starting to come in from this morning’s big announcement by City Commissioner Nick Fish that there are no plans to improve singletrack bicycling opportunities in Forest Park. The President of the League of American Bicyclists, Andy Clarke, has expressed his disappointment in the decision. Here’s a statement from Clarke:


Event: MJCC Loves Bicycling (10/07/10)

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

Event Name: MJCC Loves Bicycling
Event Start Date: 7 October 2010
Start Time: 7:00:00 PM
Web Site: http://www.oregonjcc.org
Event Description: Join us for a fun evening and learn more about bicycling in Portland from Alta Planning and Design CEO and author of Joyride, Pedaling Toward a Healthier Planet Mia Birk, bicycle law expert attorney Mark Ginsburg and Portland Transportation Options’ Linda Ginenthal.

Hear how Portland became the nations #1 bicycle community, biking laws and safe routes.

Win one of our raffle prizes and purchase a signed copy of Mia’s new book.

When: 7:00 PM on Thursday, October 7

Where: MJCC – 6651 SW Capitol Hwy. (map)

Call 503-244-0111 to register or just meet us there. $5.00 per family.

City releases Forest Park cycling actions: No new bike access

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
PUMP's Forest Park mountain bike tour
Riding in Forest Park.
(Photo © J. Maus)

As we hinted at yesterday, City Commissioner Nick Fish and Portland Parks and Recreation Director Zari Santner have released their much-anticipated set of actions they’ll take to address off-road cycling in Forest Park.

The decision includes no new or improved access to existing singletrack trails and no commitment to build new ones.

In their announcement today, Commissioner Fish and Director Santner wrote, “Further restoration and maintenance work is needed in the park before recreational use can be expanded.” With that being said, they have committed to move forward with the following within the next year:


Washington County Visitor’s Association wants your feedback on new bike map

Thursday, September 30th, 2010
Cover of new map.

In an effort to showcase some of the best bike rides in the region, the Washington County Visitor’s Association (WCVA) is working on an update of their bike map; and they want your feedback and suggestions to make it even better.

The map covers Washington County and is intended for both visitors and locals. Allison George with the WCVA says the map is scheduled to be released later this fall. The format and coding of the new map will be consistent with those used on Metro’s Bike There! map. From what I’ve seen of the draft PDFs, the map is very impressive. There are several featured rides — including the “Historic Helvetia Loop” and the “Fern Hill Loop” — that include a description of the route, GPS coordinates, an elevation profile and so on. And, since this is a WCVA publication, there’s a complete listing of nearby wineries.

Here’s a detail shot from the draft version of the map:


Newswire: PBOT Pedestrian Advisory Committee seeks new members

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

This just in from PBOT:

September 30, 2010

Pedestrian Advisory Committee seeks new members

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that it is seeking new members for the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC). The PAC advises the City of Portland – particularly the Bureau of Transportation – on matters that encourage and enhance walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness and environmental enhancement. The PAC is a 9- to 13-person committee that represents a cross-section of Portlanders, including walking and mobility advocates, neighborhood activists, environmental design professionals and citizens-at-large.

The PAC meets the third Tuesday evening each month. Members are appointed to a 4-year term. PAC member activities include, but are not limited to, reviewing and making recommendations on:

  • planning documents affecting pedestrians
  • pedestrian projects
  • projects with pedestrian facilities
  • funding priorities for pedestrian-related projects
  • activities of other jurisdictions that affect pedestrians in Portland
  • maintaining and periodically updating the Portland Pedestrian Design Guide and Pedestrian Master Plan

Qualified individuals must:

  • be a resident of or own a business in the City of Portland
  • have an interest in promoting the use of walking for transportation and recreation
  • commit to attend monthly meetings and participate in the work of the committee

The application is due by Monday, November 15. Please visit this link for the application.

    Send completed applications to:
    April Bertelsen
    1120 SW Fifth Avenue, Room 800
    Portland, OR 97204
    503-823-6177 fax: 503-823-7609

More information here: www.portlandonline.com/transportation/index.cfm?c=34964

October City of Portland Bike Advisory Committee meeting agenda

Thursday, September 30th, 2010

The monthly City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting agenda has been posted:

Bicycling and Equity — Alison Hill Graves, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center, will discuss their recent project resulting in the “Understanding Barriers to Bicycling Interim Report” (June 2010). Alison, a member of the Steering Committee that helped develop Portland’s Bicycle Plan for 2030 will discuss barriers to bicycling in diverse and low-income communities and how we can begin to break down those barriers.

Meet the new BTA Executive Director — Rob Sadowsky has been the Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance since early this summer. Rob will present his observations of the state of bicycle transportation in Portland and Oregon, his experience with bicycle transportation in other localities and discuss his vision for how we continue to advance. Rob will also like to hear from committee members about their ideas and visions for advancement.

N/NE Quadrant / I-5 Broadway-Weidler Study — Mauricio Leclerc (Bureau of Transportation) and Steve Iwata (Bureau of Planning and Sustainability) will discuss the planning process and scope for the N/NE Quadrant / I-5 Broadway-Weidler Plans as well as the history of recommended improvements for this area. (http://www.portlandonline.com/bps/index.cfm?c=53265) This project is a collaborative effort of the City and ODOT to integrate land use and urban design for the update of the Central City Plan with freeway planning in the I-5 corridor in the vicinity of the Broadway- Weidler interchange. ODOT has long identified the need to make improvements to the I-5 Corridor near the Rose Quarter. ODOT’s previous freeway design recommendations for this area to address capacity, operational and safety issues have not received sufficient funding or public consensus to advance potential freeway improvements. Mauricio and Steve will discuss how this combined project will address land use, urban design and transportation issues.

Meeting details:
City Hall (1221 SW 4th Avenue) Lovejoy Room
6 p.m. on Tuesday October 12, 2010