Archive for June, 2014

TriMet re-opens Esplanade path under Tilikum Bridge (photos)

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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Some of the first riders to ever travel on the new section of path under the Tilikum Bridge on the east side of the Willamette River.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

After a 14-month closure, TriMet re-opened the Eastbank Esplanade path (which some are calling the Eastside Greenway Trail) between OMSI and SE Caruthers Street this afternoon. The new, 14-foot wide path begins just south of OMSI, goes under the Tilikum Crossing Bridge and then back up to Caruthers just south of the Portland Opera headquarters.

I rolled over today for a closer look.


Organizers enthused about resurgent Critical Mass

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Portland is poised to enter a new era of bike activism; and it might look a lot like the old one.

After laying dormant for over six years, Critical Mass appears to be showing real signs of life. People who were at the ride this past Friday night have expressed enthusiasm and optimism about how it went and it’s already on the calendar again next month.


Bike limbo, flatlanders, jousting & more! A 2014 Bike Fair photo gallery

Monday, June 30th, 2014
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How low could you go? The bike limbo competition was fierce at Saturday’s Bike Fair.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

While the Sprockettes deservedly got most of the spotlight at the Bike Fair on Saturday, there was a bunch of other great action.


Job: Mechanic/Sales – Bike N’ Hike (Beaverton)

Monday, June 30th, 2014

Job Title

Bike N’ Hike – Beaverton

Job Description
Beaverton Bike N Hike is currently hiring for positions in both sales and service. Bike mechanic applicants must have shop experience. Sales position applicants must have a positive attitude and a love for bicycles, no shop experience required.

How to Apply
Drop off a Resume at our Beaverton shop, located at 10120 SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy, Beaverton, OR 97005. Or email a Resume to beaverton@bikenhike.com

The Monday Roundup: Carfree, ‘Curbee’, car abuse & more

Monday, June 30th, 2014
The “Curbee” footrest in action.
(Photo by Steven Vance/Streetsblog Chicago)

Here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Cycling and social mores: Women in Afghanistan are seeking symbolic equality by the simple act of riding their bicycles. “For us, the bicycle is a symbol of freedom… We’re riding because we want to, because we love to, because if our brothers can, so can we.”

From crooked to carfree: Famous Lombard Street in San Francisco is now carfree on the weekends. And despite howling critics, the trial run went quite smoothly. What Portland streets could be improved by being carfree on the weekends?


Sprockettes mark 10 years with epic reunion performance (photos)

Sunday, June 29th, 2014
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28 Sprockettes — including all the founding members — danced together at the Bike Fair yesterday.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It was one of those moments that will be talked about for years. Portland’s beloved mini-bike dance troupe, The Sprockettes, gave an emotionally charged and historic performance in front of a large, appreciative crowd at the Bike Fair on Saturday.


Weekend Event Guide: Mural debut, mountain biking, Mt. Hood, and more

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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It’s a great weekend to explore Marine Drive and head out to the Gorge.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Things have been a bit disjointed here at BikePortland for various reasons, so we’re looking forward to clearing the slate over the weekend and starting fresh on Monday. But before then, there’s a full weekend ahead and there’s a lot of fun riding to choose from.

The weather might be a bit wet on Friday and Saturday, but things are expected to clear by Sunday. And regardless of the rain, at least it’s nice and toasty outside. Embrace it!

Here’s our list of the best rides and events this weekend…


Critical Mass returns (at least in name)

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Critical Mass in Portland, June 2005.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

After years of telling people that Critical Mass was dead in Portland, it seems I might have to start telling a different story. Tonight, after a nearly six-year hiatus the well-known tactic of bike-centric street activism will return — at least in name if not in form.


Guest essay: A Portland perspective on Bogotá’s ciclovía

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Author Jen Sotolongo.
(Photo: Dave Hoch)

Portland resident Jen Sotolongo and her partner Dave Hoch recently returned from a trip to Bogotá, Colombia where they took part in “Ciclovía” — the event inspired our own Sunday Parkways and that’s considered the Godfather of open streets events around the world.

Story and photos by Jen Sotolongo


We awoke from our short morning nap after a sickeningly bouncy, seven-hour night bus ride from San Gil, Colombia to Bogotá, feeling somewhat less nauseous, a touch more rested, and most of all, ready to take to the streets of Bogotá for Ciclovía.


The Bike Fair returns to Colonel Summers Park this Saturday

Friday, June 27th, 2014
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Colonel Summers Park has been home to countless Bike Fair memories over the years.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

For years, local bike fun organization Shift held the big, blowout, grand finale Pedalpalooza event — the Multnomah County Bike Fair — at Colonel Summers Park. But a few years ago, permit costs, tricky regulations, and other issues led organizers to move the event to a vacated street next to an abandoned high school in southeast Portland.

Since that move (in 2010) there’s been something missing. The crowds never got as large as the old days and the new location just didn’t have the same celebratory vibe.

That’s why, I’m happy to report that this year the Bike Fair is back at its original location! And the buzz around town is that it’ll be bigger and better than ever.