Editorial Section Archives

Editorial: Activism for safer streets underscores larger transportation debate

Posted on February 8th, 2013 at 10:20 am.

“Demands for new biking, walking, transit, and other system improvements are common, but do you ever see activists clamoring for paving and street maintenance?” Twice this week citizens of Portland have taken action to raise awareness about unsafe streets. Benjamin Kerensa emailed us a video (watch it below) he put together of the crosswalk at Read More »

Dispatch from SE Foster Road

Posted on January 24th, 2013 at 4:43 pm.

Seeing SE Foster for myself — from the safety of the sidewalk.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Over the long weekend I was summoned by the sun (and the need to break in a new bike) to do an exploratory ride. I hadn’t rambled down the Springwater beyond Sellwood for ages so I thought I’d go do Read More »

Editorial: Portland’s golden opportunity to invest in downtown bike access

Posted on January 15th, 2013 at 2:37 pm.

This is what bicycling is like in much of downtown Portland.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is prepping a $10.2 million list of active transportation projects they hope to get funded through a federal grant. According to sources at PBOT, conversations have already begun to focus all that money on a Read More »

How bikes are becoming more like cars

Posted on December 5th, 2012 at 4:31 pm.

A sound system, plenty of storage space,high-powered lights… Who needs a truck?!(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) It occurred to me today that, when it comes to accessories and their presence on the road, bikes are slowly but surely becoming more and more like cars. Consider this: Not only are more and more cities dedicated increased roadway Read More »

Talk in Portland, action in Chicago

Posted on December 4th, 2012 at 1:58 pm.

New bike lanes on Dearborn; just in time for holiday shopping.(Photo: Green Lane Project) Like New York before them, Chicago has just taken a major step forward in becoming a city where biking is given equal respect to driving. Advocates are buzzing today as the Chicago Department of Transportation has striped a new, two-way bikeway Read More »

Week end ramblings (A new column for my thoughts of the week)

Posted on November 16th, 2012 at 4:32 pm.

Fall colors on Madison between 3rd and 4th. Hey everyone, I’ve been wanting to get a bit more informal here on the Front Page. There are many things that cross my mind (and my desk) each week that I don’t post about; but that I want to share. And since Twitter is only 140 characters Read More »

Why Mayor-elect Charlie Hales should publicly refute KATU’s story

Posted on November 14th, 2012 at 12:01 pm.

Hales told BikePortland he wants, “More bike projects, more sidewalks, more connections for things that aren’t automobiles.”(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) Mayor-elect Charlie Hales needs to publicly refute a story by KATU-TV that grossly misrepresents his views on transportation policy. Hales has been aware of the misrepresentation for at least two days now, and yet he Read More »

As Portland inches along, new research shows separated bike infrastructure is safer

Posted on October 22nd, 2012 at 12:08 pm.

Riding on SW Broadway in downtown Portland.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that physcially separated, bicycle-specific infrastructure can lead to much lower risk of injury for people riding bicycles. Here’s more on the study from Atlantic Read More »

Police enforcement at Ladd Circle, N Flint ruffles feathers once again

Posted on August 30th, 2012 at 10:48 am.

The scene at Flint/Broadway last week.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Once again, two of the city’s most infamous stop sign locations are being targeted by the Portland Police Bureau (PPB). This morning, and two other days this week, multiple motorcycle cops have stationed themselves at the intersections of N. Flint and Broadway and SE Ladd Ave Read More »

Opinion: Licensing debate should focus on reform, not revenge

Posted on August 24th, 2012 at 2:59 pm.

Once again we find ourselves in the midst of the big debate: Should bike riders be required to have a license? This time it comes up following a decision by the City of Portland to partially close N. Wheeler Ave. The closure prevents all vehicles (not just cars and trucks) from turning right from Broadway Read More »