Archive for March, 2011

Bridge near Kelley Point Park to close through August

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

This just in from PBOT…

TRAFFIC ADVISORY Extended North Lombard / Marine Drive road closure for bridge construction

(Portland, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that construction work on the bridge that carries traffic on N Lombard Street over the Columbia Slough near Kelly Point Park will require an extended road closure. The Columbia Slough Bridge will be closed all hours, all days to all vehicles, bicyclists, and pedestrians during construction beginning April 16, 2011 and continuing through August 2011.

The public is advised that Kelly Point Park will remain open, with access only from N Marine Drive for the duration of construction.

The purpose of the project is to replace the deteriorated bridge deck. Signs of distress due to heavy freight traffic are evident in the structural cracks that are visible in the existing concrete deck and approach slabs. Failure to replace the deck would result in weight restriction of the bridge, which would limit traffic movement at the crossing.

The project will include replacing the bridge deck, upgrading bridge rails to meet current safety standards, and adding a sidewalk for bicycle and pedestrian use that will connect to existing trails on each side of the bridge.

A full bridge closure is necessary during construction because the existing bridge is too narrow to accommodate both construction activity and public traffic simultaneously (known as staged construction). Traffic volume is too high to meet traffic safety standards to keep one lane open during construction to accommodate two-way traffic. In addition, a one-lane bridge during construction would likely increase the risk of head-on collisions, particularly at night and on weekends. Finally, staged construction, instead of a full bridge closure, would add months to the construction timeline and disruption to traffic.

The bridge closure and detours will be in effect all hours, all days during construction. See attachments for detour map.

Questions regarding the bridge deck replacement should be directed to engineer Cameron Glasgow at 503-823-9726 or email cameron.glasgow@portlandoregon.gov.

white with red panel landshark custom road 2008

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Year: 2008
Brand: landshark
Model: custom road
Color:white with red panel
Stolen in Portland, OR 97215
Stolen From: Near SE Hawthorne and 49th, Portland
Neighborhood: Sunnyside/Tabor
Owner: bryan curry
OwnerEmail: chickencurrypdx@gmail.com
Description: black Kona fork, disc brakes, black fenders, black bar tape, dented top tube, bent right seat stay, broken spring in SRAM shifter, bent handlebars
Police record with: Portland PD

Exclusive: Portland bike maker partners with Audi

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
The ‘duo’ from Audi, made by Portland-based Renovo Hardwood Bicycles.
Click to enlarge


Bike-inspired artists in ‘Rise Again’ art show for Japan

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Rise Again, an art show to raise money for Japan disaster relief, will feature several artists and crafters who are regulars in the Portland bike scene.

The list of artists include: former BikeCraft vendor Tiago DeJerk, whose stencil paintings have graced the Pedalpalooza Poster among other things; Skye Blue, one of the founding members of the Irondelles tall-bike gang; RaRa Goforth, a former Sprockette, and others.

Rise Again happens tomorrow night (4/1) as part of the First Friday artwalk from 7:00 – 11:00 pm at Saint Furniture (950 SE Taylor St). Check out the event website for more info.

Must-see videos: Birds on bikes, bikes on trains, and BRT

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

In the last few hours I’ve come across three videos that you don’t want to miss.

The first is the latest from Streetfilms. In their first-ever foray into Asia, it focuses on the bustling metropolis of Guangzhou, China. One of the fastest growing cities in the world, Guangzhou is “winning the future” with the most inspiring example of Bus Rapid Transit I have ever seen.

According to Streetfilms, the Guangzhou BRT system opened in February 2010 and it now carries 800,000 passengers a day, “seamlessly connecting riders to both the metro system and the city’s new bike-share network.” BRT is fascinating to me and it seems to be a big success whenever it’s done right. Trouble is, in America BRT seems to have taken a back seat to rail transit (which is a lot more expensive and takes years to implement). My gut says there’s a lot of cultural bias and politics wrapped into that trend. Maybe China’s success will raise some eyebrows…


Job: Service Dept. Manager (Western Bikeworks) – Filled

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Job Title: Service Dept. Manager
Company/Organization: Western Bikeworks
Job Description:
This position has been filled.

Seeking professional service department manager for new bike shop opening soon. Must have 3-5 years mechanic experience and 1-2 years management experience.

Requirements include:
– Extensive knowledge of road/mountain/hybrid/etc bike repair

– Proven ability to train, motivate and coach employees

– Ability to work flexible schedule to meet the needs of the business, including evening and weekends

– Ability to stand for several hours and lift up to 50 lbs.

– Outstanding customer service skills

How to Apply:
Qualified applicants should email resume and cover letter to joelt (at) Velotech (dot) com.

Black/white Orbea Orca 2009

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Year: 2009
Brand: Orbea
Model: Orca
Size:60 cm
Stolen in Portland, OR 97202
Stolen From: Inside garage.
Neighborhood: Reed neighborhood (just north of the athletic field)
Owner: David Foster
OwnerEmail: dsfoster69@hotmail.com
Reward: $750
Description: SRAM Force components, Zipp bars, headset, seat post, Fizik saddle, Campagnolo Zonda wheels
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 11-25311
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Bike to Blazers update: Join a group ride from your ‘hood

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Bike to Blazers 2010-12
Bring the kids!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Bike to Blazers is this Sunday (4/3)! I hope you’re ready to show the NBA how we roll in Portland.

We still have a few tickets left, so if you haven’t grabbed some already, you can order them online here (don’t forget to use passcode “bikeblazers” to get special package).

After our post with all the event details last week, I’m happy to announce that five people have stepped up to lead group rides to the Rose Garden. Below are the meet-up spots and times (for reference, the game starts at 6:00 pm):


What’s up with new signs on MAX near bike hooks?

Thursday, March 31st, 2011
Bikes on TriMet MAX-4.jpg
The old sign only mentioned bikes…
(Photo © J. Maus)
Now it adds strollers and luggage.
(Photo: Mitch L.)


Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-Off this Saturday

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

The City of Portland is hosting their first annual Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-Off on Saturday April 2nd. The event will take place at Beach School (1710 N Humboldt) from 10 am – 2pm.

More info on the City’s website