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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 »

Reader story: “I hit a kid with my bike yesterday”

Posted on August 23rd, 2012 at 1:19 pm.

Bicycling on the paths in Waterfront Park is how many Portlanders get from point A to point B. But they’re also popular with tourists, people strolling during the lunch hour, jogging, and so on.

Editorial: Portland’s parking problem

Posted on August 14th, 2012 at 12:48 pm.

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) The issue of new apartments being built in close-in neighborhoods without (or with very little) auto parking has been making headlines in Portland recently. I’m glad to see this story getting the attention it deserves. Portland has a parking problem and the first step to fixing it is awareness that it Read More »

While Portland dreams, Paris does (and other thoughts on our freeway problem)

Posted on August 3rd, 2012 at 2:52 pm.

We could do this if we wanted too.(Image: JC Choblet) Oh Paris, first you helped me fall in love with bike sharing thanks to your revolutionary Velib system. Now you’ve captured my heart once again by giving your iconic riverfront back to the people. I can only hope it sparks as many copycats as Velib Read More »

Portland Biz Journal editorial: “Bicycling serves as economic tool”

Posted on July 12th, 2012 at 3:45 pm.

A reader just made me aware of a recent editorial in the Portland Business Journal that deserves wider attention. Given the fact that there remain some powerful business interests who feel that Portland’s inevitable march toward better bike access on our roads is at odds with their bottom lines, the PBJ editorial board stood up Read More »

Despite tragedy and focus, right-hooks still plague Portland

Posted on July 5th, 2012 at 11:59 am.

It happens.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) One of the biggest urban bicycling planning conundrums facing Portland (and other cities?) right now is how to decrease the prevalence of right-hook collisions. The majority of our bikeways here in Portland are to the immediate right of right-turning motor vehicle traffic at intersections. That scenario brings with it some Read More »

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