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The Monday Roundup: Bike-oriented office building, India’s ‘village of widows’ & more

Posted on October 5th, 2015 at 9:18 am.

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Would the hallway be one big ramp?
(Image: Steven Fleming via Treehugger)

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

All-bike office: What would an office building look like if it were designed around the assumption that everyone biked there?

Social distance: An excellent roundup of scientific studies into how your commute affects your life includes a haunting detail: “car commuting was associated with lower levels of social participation and general trust.”


Tilikum Crossing may have boosted bike traffic already (corrected)

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 at 9:34 am.

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Tilikum Crossing during Sunday Parkways last weekend.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Correction 10/5: Unfortunately, an earlier version of this post was based on inaccurate data. As explained in the comments by Portland Bicycle Planning Coordinator Roger Geller (and first noticed by reader Psyfalcon), the Hawthorne counter failed to capture eastbound bike data from Sept. 9 through the end of the month. This problem wasn’t noted on the city’s website but we should have noticed the east/west discrepancy and checked with the city before running this story.

This means it’s likely that the Tilikum has boosted total bike traffic across the Willamette, but that Hawthorne bike traffic hasn’t dropped by anywhere close to one-third. It’ll take several weeks to learn the truth. In the meantime, we regret the error. The original (incorrect) version of the post follows.


Weekend Event Guide: Beers, bikes, fruit, kids in the dirt, and more

Posted on October 2nd, 2015 at 9:07 am.

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That one time, at the Bike & Beer Fest, when they had a Huffy toss competition.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

This weekend two of Oregon’s most beloved passions — bikes and beer — seamlessly merge into one spectacular event. The Handmade Bike & Beer Fest is the place to be this weekend. You should also do yourself a favor and get out to Cascade Locks in the Gorge to partake in what is shaping up to be the best Take a Kid MTB’ing Day ever. NW Trail Alliance has really done fantastic work putting the event together.

The forecast for the next few days looks to be excellent (in the short term that is, it sure would be nice to get back to normal weather patterns, but I digress): warm and sunny.

What do you have planned? Whatever it is, we hope it involves a bicycle. Enjoy your weekend.

Friday, October 2nd

BikePortland’s 10th Birthday Party – 6:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
It’s time we celebrated a bit, don’t you think? Come over to Velo Cult tonight and help us commemorate a decade of bike blogging — and wish us well as we embark on a whole new chapter. More info here (FB).


Fund drive launched for bike repair station on “Dirty 30”

Posted on October 1st, 2015 at 3:14 pm.


If all goes according to plan there will be at least one oasis for bicycle riders on what is now a pretty miserable stretch of Highway 30 known among many who ride it as “Dirty 30.”

The bike lanes on Highway 30 north of downtown Portland are infamous. They are strewn with shards of every type of material imaginable, they are often taken over by large trucks accessing the many large driveways, and they are adjacent to fast-moving traffic. Flats are a common occurence and there aren’t many destinations where you’d feel like stopping to take a break.

That’s why we’re happy to report that the owner of the Union Market and Deli at 5515 NW St. Helens Road (between Kittridge and Saltzman – map) wants to install a public bike repair station. Martha Cole has lauched a campaign on GoFundMe.com to raise $1,550.


Community helps recover stolen cargo bike used in homeless youth outreach program

Posted on October 1st, 2015 at 11:51 am.

These images of a discarded bike sparked some sleuthing and action that led to a successful recovery.
(Photos by Mary C.)

It started with an email from a concerned Portlander and it ended with a bike being reunited with its owner — who in this case happened to be a non-profit organization that works with young people experiencing homelessness. There were no police involved, only people in our community who care about each other and who have an eye for bikes.


How much should parking permits cost? Four ways the city could find out

Posted on October 1st, 2015 at 10:07 am.

Space is valuable. But who wants to vote on what it’s worth?
(Photos: M.Andersen and J.Maus/BikePortland)

Last year, Portland hired a top-dollar consulting firm for advice on the best way to manage the auto parking that’s become increasingly scarce in a few neighborhoods.

Twelve months later, the city is taking steps toward some of its recommendations: for example, proposing an opt-in parking permit system that would let residential neighborhoods block their street parking spaces from being used by people living or shopping on commercial corridors.

But at the moment, Portland is on course to ignore a different suggestion made very clearly by the firm, Nelson\Nygaard: that elected officials should “never, ever” be the ones to set the price of parking.


City plans protected bike lanes for NW Lovejoy and Broadway at post office site

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 4:34 pm.

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The city aims for only 15 percent of trips to the new site to arrive by personal vehicle.
(Images: PDC)

Portland’s proposals for redeveloping its downtown post office include what would be a huge biking upgrade for the north side of downtown.

The “preferred alternative” plan (PDF) currently being circulated by the Portland Development Commission includes not only some sort of new descent from the Broadway Bridge directly to the North Park Blocks, but also protected bike lanes extending south on Broadway and west on Lovejoy Street.


BikePortland 10th Birthday Party is Friday! Here’s an update

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 4:11 pm.


We’re just two days away from our 10th Birthday Party!

This Friday night at Velo Cult a few hundred BikePortlanders will gather for a night of toasts to a great decade and hopefully many more to come. It will be a time to celebrate and it will be a time to step up and become an official supporter so we can have another big party in 2025. (Full details on our new BikePortlander subscription program will be announced on the site Friday before the party.)

Just so you know what you’re in for, here’s a quick update:


DA declines criminal prosecution in case of man whose leg was severed in collision – UPDATED

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 2:22 pm.

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Alistair Corkett at a bike safety meeting
in City Hall three weeks after losing his leg in
a traffic collision.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Multnomah County District Attorney’s office announced today that they will not pursue criminal charges in the case of Alistair Corkett, the man whose leg was severed in a traffic collision at SE 26th and Powell back in May.

In a seven-page memo, Senior Deputy District Attorney Glen Banfield explains that the man driving the 1988 Dodge Pickup that collided with Corkett might have been careless or even negligent, but his actions do not rise to the legal threshold necessary for a finding of criminal negligence.

According to the DA’s office and the Portland Police Bureau’s investigation, here are some facts in the case:


Cyclocross racers will ‘Bike Against Cancer’ tonight at Alpenrose

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 10:45 am.


People who participate in the weekly Blind Date at the Dairy cyclocross race series tonight will have a little extra motivation to pedal through the pain: They’ll be battling cancer with each spin of the legs.

Series organizers have teamed up with OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute for Bike Against Cancer, a one-lap fundraiser race. The race will start at 5:45 pm at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland.

Blind Date organizer Joe Field says he’d doing the event to raise awareness and money for cancer research.