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Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) Post Archive

Oakridge fire destroys headquarters of bike company with Portland roots

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Planet X was on the left.
(Photos: Vincent Rodarte)

A fire in Oakridge early this past Sunday morning has completely destroyed the headquarters of Planet-X USA. The company sells bikes under the Planet-X, On-One and Titus brand names and is owned by its parent company which is based in Sheffield, England. Vincent Rodarte, the company’s operations manager, moved the business to the mountain biking mecca of Oakridge on August 1st of this year. Planet-X USA opened in Portland in 2011 and expanded significanly in 2013.

Planet-X’s Portland location had 10,000 square feet (we visited them back in 2013), but much of that inventory had been crammed into the 1,200 square foot showroom and office in Oakridge. Fortunately the company is insured against fire, but it’s a huge blow to Rodarte and his effort to strengthen the U.S. business.

Rodarte, who lives in Portland, just published photos of the damage and his thoughts about the fire at ORBike.com:


Jules Bailey says he’ll run for Portland mayor

Wednesday, November 25th, 2015
Bailey was a fighter for cycling when he
first became a state legislator in 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Multnomah County Commissioner Jules Bailey has told the Willamette Week that he’ll enter the mayoral race.

This surprise announcement means current candidate Ted Wheeler won’t have the easy ride into City Hall many expected when Mayor Charlie Hales recently decided he wouldn’t run for re-election. Bailey, 36, has a significant political background from his stint as an Oregon state represenative and he’s very well-known among many Portland voters — especially voters who care about active transportation issues.


Job: Bike Shop All Rounder – Metropolis Cycle Repair

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Job Title *
Bike Shop All Rounder

Company/Organization *
Metropolis Cycle Repair

Job Description *
We are looking for a new permanent member to round out our team. We are a small shop, where everyone is expected to do a little bit of everything. Duties include completion of service and service writing, phone answering, assisting with new bike purchases, accessory consultations, and more. Enthusiasm for bikes, both as recreation and transport, is more important than shop experience. That said, a high degree of mechanical aptitude is required. Wage is dependent on experience.
Please send us a resume and a cover letter.

How to Apply *
In person at Metropolis Cycle Repair, 2249 N Williams Ave, or via email at info@metropoliscycles.com

New signals on Couch at Broadway and first-ever ‘pedestrian scramble’ are up and running

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
New signals on NW Couch-5.jpg
One of the first people to wait at the new signal at Broadway and Couch.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation just flipped the switch on new traffic signals at Northwest Couch and Broadway, 10th and 11th Avenues. The signals on Broadway are on a major bike route where they were first flagged as necessary four years ago. At the intersection of Couch and 11th, PBOT has installed Portland’s first ever “pedestrian scramble signal.”


A congressman, ice-cream, fruitcake, and 1,000 bikes for kids

Tuesday, November 24th, 2015
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Rep. Blumenauer at the Community Cycling Center this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Looking to make his famous holiday fruitcake last even longer, Portland’s representative in the United States Congress, Earl Blumenauer, has issued a citywide challenge: He wants Portlanders to help provide 1,000 bikes for kids in the month of December.


Job: Painter – Cielo Cycles/Chris King Precision Components

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Job Title *

Company/Organization *
Cielo Cycles/Chris King Precision Components

Job Description *
Cielo Cycles, a division of Chris King Precision Components, manufacturer of precision bicycle components, is seeking qualified applicants for a full time Frame Painter position. The Painter is responsible for the overall paint process:
• Paint prep: masking, cleaning, blasting, sanding and buffing frames.
• Painting: shooting primer, color and clear
• Post paint finishing: unmasking, polishing and applying decals.
• Secondary responsibilities: mixing paint, organizing the paint bank, light manual machining, small parts installation and component installation.

• Minimum 1 year experience with masking and painting required
• Minimum 1 year of experience as a bicycle mechanic
• Understanding of frame construction
• Basic computer skills with Adobe Illustrator and Excel preferred
• Detail oriented, highly organized, and capable of working independently
• Ability to handle a variety of assignments while working under deadlines and communicating effectively.

How to Apply *
Please furnish a cover letter and resume by directly e-mailing to human.resources@chrisking.com (no attachments will be accepted). A drug free environment and equal opportunity employer.

This blog will put you inside a TriMet bus operator’s head

Monday, November 23rd, 2015

Perspective is everything.

If I’ve learned anything in 10 years of blogging about bikes it’s that empathy for other people’s views is the key to quality discourse, policymaking, and reporting. Heck, I’d even say that walking, riding, and driving in someone else’s shoes might be the most powerful way for us to improve road culture in general.

That’s one reason I’m happy to have come across a new (to me) blog written by a TriMet bus operator.

For two and-a-half years now the From the driver’s side blog has offered what its author, The Deacon in Blue, calls, “Musings from a contemplative bus operator’s point of view.”

From what I’ve read so far, the blog offers important insights into what it’s like to operate a TriMet bus on Portland’s busy streets.

I first heard about it thanks to a reader who emailed us an excerpt from a post published yesterday titled, Blame sharing for tragic incidents. In that post The Deacon (I don’t know his/her real name) offers thoughts after a woman lost her leg following a collision with a MAX train on November 16th.


Bicycle ‘boneyard’ under I-5 freeway is a haven for thieves

Monday, November 23rd, 2015
Bike parts litter the ground at “the boneyard” under I-5 along the Eastbank Esplanade.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

Portland police officers call it “the boneyard” and frustration is growing about how to clean it up once and for all.


Future of bike trails uncertain with release of River View management plan

Friday, November 20th, 2015
The River View parcel (foreground) is very close to downtown Portland and its trails are in demand.
(Photo from River View Natural Area Management Plan)

The Portland parks bureau has released its final management plan for the River View Natural Area and they’ve left the door cracked open — ever so slightly — for the possibility of off-road cycling access in the future. However, because the city’s process prevented a robust discussion of all potential trail uses, the plan is full of uncertainty. If it’s adopted by City Council as scheduled in mid-December it could have the unintended consequence of making it harder to allow cycling even if the city’s own planning process deems it appropriate at a later date.


Opinion: Welcome to blame the victim season

Friday, November 20th, 2015

“The bicyclist was wearing dark clothing and had no rear lighting on the bicycle.”
— Oregon State Police statement

For the past week I’ve been standing by, reading headline after headline about “distracted pedestrians.” And then I get this in my inbox (emphases mine):

The Oregon State Police is continuing it’s investigation into Thursday evening’s fatal crash involving a bicyclist.

At approximately 9:05PM a Lane County Deputy in a patrol vehicle was traveling northbound on SR99W near MP118 (just south of Beltline Highway in Eugene) when he struck a female bicyclist in the northbound slow lane. The female was pronounced deceased on scene.

The highway was blocked for approximately 1 hour. The highway was then partially open, reduced to one lane in each direction. The scene was cleared at 1:00AM.

Preliminary information indicates the bicyclist was traveling northbound in the travel lane at the time of the incident. The bicyclist was wearing dark clothing and had no rear lighting on the bicycle. It was full darkness with very little ambient lighting when the crash occurred.