Archive for April, 2012

‘BoltBus’ will take you and your bike from Portland to Seattle for a few bucks

Monday, April 30th, 2012

(Via Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot)

Starting on May 17th, BoltBus will take people between Portland and Seattle for as little as $1. The great news is that according a company representative, your bike can come along at no extra charge.

BoltBus is a division of Greyhound (in a 50/50 partnership with Peter Pan Bus Lines) already operates several lines on the East Coast, made the announcement of Seattle and Portland service in a press release today. This is the company’s first route on the West Coast.


Maroon Raleigh Model 2011

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Year: 2011
Brand: Raleigh
Model: Model
Stolen in 97211, OR
Stolen From: Outside the REI building on 13th and NW Kearney.
Neighborhood: The Pearl – NW
Owner: Casey Armstrong
OwnerEmail: casey710@gmail.com
Description: Maroon bike with white writing on the frame. White griptape, black tires, and a silver basket frame on the front. Fenders were removed by owner.
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Death of boy riding bike in Vancouver calls attention to left-turning buses

Monday, April 30th, 2012
A tragedy in Vancouver.

[The story was written by contributor Michael Andersen.]

As Vancouver reels from the death of an 11-year-old boy who was crushed by a C-Tran bus while riding his bike through the intersection of Main and 27th on Saturday, some have noted a common thread it shares with other recent local tragedies:

Buses turning left.

Vancouver’s transit agency, C-Tran, has launched an investigation into Saturday’s collision; and they haven’t yet finished investigating their previous fatality. In December Margaret McCluskey, 88, was killed in a downtown Vancouver crosswalk by a left-turning bus whose driver was preparing for a quick shuffle across three lanes of traffic to reach a stop one block away.


Job: SoupCycler Extraordinaire – SoupCycle

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Job Title
SoupCycler Extraordinaire


Job Description
SoupCycle is hiring two new employees to deliver soup and help in our soupy kitchen. We’re looking for energetic, upbeat and strong-legged folks who can brave the winter rains of Portland and still be smiling when they deliver soup to customers.

Willingness to jump in wherever needed and a passion for sustainability and bicycles is a must. You must be physically able to lift 75 lbs and pedal a bike trailer carrying up to 215 lbs. You’ll need a sturdy bike to attach to our soup trailer for deliveries.

Here’s what we’re looking for:
-An authentic people-person. There’ll be a lot of customer interaction while you deliver, so strong customer service is a must.
-A safe cyclist (uses hand-signals, wears helmet, respects drivers, etc)
-Good at representing SoupCycle to your fellow Portlanders.
-Excitement about food and sharing that with customers during deliveries.
-Ability to wield a kitchen knife and chop vegetables like it’s nobody’s business.
-Ability to commit to working with SoupCycle for one year at minimum.
-Other business skills are a major plus including sales and kitchen experience.
-Excitement to work with a small, local business.

The two open positions:

1) 12-16 hours/week split Sundays-Wednesdays, with part of your time out on the bike and part in the kitchen. This position starts the end of May.

Approximate hours:
Every other Sunday: 12pm-4pm
Mondays: 8am-12pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-12:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30am-12:30pm

2) 22-26 hours/week split Mondays-Wednesdays. with part of your time out on the bike and part in the kitchen. This position starts the end of July.

Approximate hours:
Mondays: 8am-5pm
Tuesdays: 8:30am-2:30pm
Wednesdays: 8:30am-1:30pm
Fridays: 10:00am-2:00pm

Pay is $10/hour plus a monthly bike upkeep stipend and a generous soup allowance. If you’re interested in being an integral part of a bicycle-based business then jump aboard our soupy sailboat.

How to Apply
To apply send an email to jed@soupcycle.com, which includes:
-Which position you’re applying for.
-Two to three paragraphs telling us why you’re interested in working for SoupCycle, your bicycling background and all relevant skills.

Happy Slurping!
Founder, SoupCycle

PBOT to collect data on Stark buffered bike lane; changes possible by summer

Monday, April 30th, 2012
PBOT will look to prevent this type
of illegal driving.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has announced that they will analyze traffic behavior on the buffered bike lanes on SW Stark and could make changes to the street to improve bike access by the end of the summer.

On April 20th, I shared photos documenting that the buffered bike lane between 3rd and 4th was not working. Stark and Oak (its couplet one block north) were re-striped back in May 2009 in order to improve bicycling access through downtown.


Update: Commissioners set to vote on $2 bike fee for Canby Ferry

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Bike camping at Champoeg St. Park-30
It’s free for bikes now, but Board
vote tomorrow could change that.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Clackamas County Board of County Commissioners could approve a $2 fee for people with bicycles who hop on the Canby Ferry to cross the Willamette River south of Wilsonville. Facing a strapped operational budget and a costly engine upgrade, Commissioners had considered closing it altogether; but overwhelming support for the ferry as a tourist draw from both the public and the Canby Chamber of Commerce has now set them on a new course.

A recent survey made it clear that not only was the ferry popular, but surprisingly over 80% of the respondents said they’d be willing to pay more to use it. And these days, a County is not likely to pass up an opportunity to generate transportation revenue — especially one that is popular with the public.


Silver/Yellow stripe Lemond Etape 2009

Monday, April 30th, 2012

Year: 2009
Brand: Lemond
Model: Etape
Color:Silver/Yellow stripe
Size:50 cm?
Stolen in Portland, OR 97205
Stolen From: Apartment building, located on SW 21st and Taylor (one block south of W. Burnside). Stolen out of basement of apartment building, the door opens to the street.
Neighborhood: Goose Hollow
Owner: Becca Schultz
OwnerEmail: beclectic1@gmail.com
Reward: $100
Description: It is silver with a yellow band (says "Lemond"), 24 speed, women’s bike. Has a CUSTOM REAR FENDER, a black plastic fender that was cut and attached. Pedals are slightly broken, the plastic is kind of coming off. Bike frame has some scratches but the whole thing is in great condition overall.

Also, my helmet was stolen that was with it – silver and white Bell, size medium.
Police record with: Portland Police Bureau
Police reference#: 12-152687
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

The Monday Roundup

Monday, April 30th, 2012
Authorities on the economy know why
transportation bills are in trouble: money.

Here’s the news and other cool stuff that caught our eyes this past week…

– Tragically, in Vancouver this weekend an 11-year-old boy was struck and killed by the operator of a C-Tran bus just a short distance from his home. (Editor’s note: We will have more coverage of this collision on the Front Page later today. – JM)

– Consequences for people killing others with their cars have changed drastically over the decades and The Atlantic Cities discusses how the dilution of consequences has been a result of a hard push by the automobile industry.

The Oregonian‘s Joseph Rose suggests it may be time to treat “texting while driving the same way [the law] handles a DUII conviction.”

– Reactions in California are mixed after a bill was introduced that would ban “panda portaits” and other mobile phone use while riding a bicycle.


Blue Breezer Citizen 2006

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Year: 2006
Brand: Breezer
Model: Citizen
Photo: http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/9/citizenu.gif/
Stolen in Portland, OR 97213
Stolen From: 6101 NE Fremont St.
Neighborhood: Rose City/Cully
Owner: Justin Elardo
OwnerEmail: Elardo_justin@hotmail.com
Reward: 100
Description: Woman’s, Blue, Breezer Citizen, 3-speed. Have a key for the back wheel lock. Pedal headlight charger is broken.
Police record with: Portland Police
Police reference#: 12-152660
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Black w/ yellow lettering Diamondback Sorrento 1998

Sunday, April 29th, 2012

Year: 1998
Brand: Diamondback
Model: Sorrento
Color:Black w/ yellow lettering
Photo: http://gallery.mtbr.com/data/mtbr/1623/sorrento_black_4.jpg
Stolen in Porland, OR 97203
Stolen From: Bike was stolen from gated backyard patio in St. Johns near intersection of N Ida and N Hudson. Near Roosevelt High School. Stolen in late afternoon or evening.
Neighborhood: St. Johns
Owner: Nate DiNiro
OwnerEmail: unclenate@gmail.com
Reward: $50
Description: Older model bike, very similar to photo but not exactly the same. Had black rack with yellow elastic cord with seatpost attachment, Bell rear flasher, Water bottle cage on downube, kevlar lock attachment on post tube, front light mount on handlebar. Bike borrowed from friend living in Europe, so no access to serial numbers yet.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 12-35867
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike