Archive for January, 2011

How PSU is getting staff and students to leave their cars at home

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Montgomery St Bike Garage at PSU
Over 2,000 bike parking spots are just
one reason it’s easy to ride to PSU.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland State University’s location, facilities, and policies to promote options to driving alone are paying off. A survey released last week shows that three in four students and employees at the campus get there without a car. A press release about the survey issued by PSU proclaimed that, “Cars are alternative transportation for students and staff at PSU.”


TriMet adds student’s “Bike to Transit Map” to App Center

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Screen grab from Bike to Transit Map.
See it here

Our regional transit agency, TriMet, is a national leader at data-sharing and they embrace open-source tools. One such tool that they’ve recently added to their App Center is the nifty Portland Bike to Transit Map.

According to the map’s creator, Melelani Sax-Barnett, “It can display bike routes, transit stops, and transit routes at the same time, so you can find the best way to bike to your transit stop.”


“Rideshed” map shows where you can camp by bike from Portland

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Imagine the possibilities…
(See full map below)

Remember Cycle Wild? They’re the local non-profit that organizes and promotes bike-camping trips from Portland. We went along with them for a ride back in 2009 and learned just how easy it is to pack up some gear, start pedaling, and get away from it all — without having to drive a car.

Cycle Wild founder and ring-leader Matt Picio just published a very cool map (see it below) that anyone with a glimmer of bike adventure in their hearts will appreciate. It’s a map of campsites within Portland’s “rideshed.” Picio defines a rideshed as, “anywhere you can ride a loaded bike on a summer day.” Typically, that distance is about 75 at the most, but thanks to MAX light rail, Portland’s rideshed is much further.


See what the South Waterfront Greenway trail will look like

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Concept drawing for new South Waterfront Greenway Trail.
(Graphic: Portland Parks & Recreation)


Inside the new River City Bicycles Outlet store

Monday, January 31st, 2011
River City Bicycles Outlet-1
Open for business
River City Bicycles Outlet-9
New logo and wooden sign.
(Photos © J. Maus)


brown montgomery ward open road cruiser 70’s?

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Year: 70’s?
Brand: montgomery ward
Model: open road cruiser
Stolen in 97217, OR
Stolen From: lombard and interstate, corner of gas station
Neighborhood: arbor lodge, lombard transit center
Owner: melissa jo barton
OwnerEmail: punkchula@gmail.com
Description: big silver bell, WELDED PEDAL, blue handlebar grips, husker license plate, bedazzled klemt sticker, says open road on it, some kind of registration/fair sticker thing on it, original fenders. phone number 402-209-3639
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Eugene advocate pushes residential bike parking corrals

Monday, January 31st, 2011
Demonstration of a residential bike corral
in Eugene by Paul Adkins.
(Photo: Paul Adkins)

A Eugene resident has submitted a proposal to the City of Eugene to install on-street, residential bike parking corrals. On-street bike corrals are common in Portland, but we’ve yet to extend the idea into residential areas.

Noted bike advocate Paul Adkins and Chair of the local Neighborhood Council, is behind the proposal. According to the We Bike Eugene blog, Adkins feels like public parking shouldn’t discriminate when it comes to vehicles. “There is no reason that streets should accommodate cars and not accommodate human powered vehicles.” Here’s more from We Bike Eugene:


The Monday Roundup

Monday, January 31st, 2011

Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:

– U.S. Congressional leaders have been feverishly studying the Constitution, resulting in the conclusion that bicycles are not transportation.

A three foot passing law has been defeated in Wyoming, with the reasoning that it should be common sense to leave that much room without a difficult-to-enforce law.


Black Bianchi Lugged Steel Road Bike Older

Sunday, January 30th, 2011

Year: Older
Brand: Bianchi
Model: Lugged Steel Road Bike
Stolen in Portland, OR 97209
Stolen From: 326 NW 21st Ave. – right in front of Bishop’s barber shop. It was locked with a Krypto U-Lock to a street sign.
Neighborhood: Northwest PDX – 21st and Everett
Owner: Clayton Szczech
OwnerEmail: hallazgo@gmail.com
Reward: $100
Description: Sadly, I have no year, model or serial number. This was an older, steel lugged Bianchi road bike. It had several small rust spots, was a single speed (free wheel) with some Shimano components (brakes, crank, front wheel).
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Advisory: Weidler bikeway closed for a month for streetcar work

Friday, January 28th, 2011

Below is the latest streetcar construction advisory from PBOT. Note that the bicycle vehicle lane on NE Weidler will be closed and if you are on a bike you will be directed into adjacent lanes…

Streetcar work narrows NE Weidler in Lloyd District next week

The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that NE Weidler would be narrowed to one through lane and one right-turn lane from NE Third to NE Martin Luther King the week beginning Monday, January 31. NE Weidler currently has three through lanes and one right-turn lane in this area. The NE Weidler bike lane will be closed from 3rd to MLK and cyclists will be directed to use open lanes.

Lane restrictions are due to track installation for the Portland Streetcar Loop Project. The area of this work zone on NE Weidler begins at NE First and ends at NE Grand. Lane restrictions are scheduled for four weeks, although construction is subject to change.

The traveling public is asked to follow signs and use caution in work zones.

The Portland Streetcar Loop Project is a 3.3-mile extension of the existing streetcar system from the Pearl District in NW Portland, across the Broadway Bridge and south to OMSI.

For further information, please contact Kay Dannen at 503-478-6404 or dannen@portlandstreetcar.org or visit www.portlandstreetcar.org for regular construction updates. Construction is subject to change.