How Sunday Parkways helps bridge Portland’s racial divides (video)

Posted on November 20th, 2015 at 2:28 pm.

When I started getting seriously interested in bicycles a few years ago, I already knew they were pollution-free, cheap, healthy, quiet, nonlethal and space-efficient.

What threw me for a loop, when I was talking to other Portlanders who were already interested in bicycles, was that they kept talking about community. Biking (and walking, and public transit) connected them with their neighbors and surroundings in a way that driving can’t.

The idea, it turned out, is backed up by science.


‘Going to the River’ project open house tonight in North Portland

Posted on June 1st, 2011 at 11:31 am.

Detail of map showing projects.
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Tonight, the community will learn more about an exciting suite of projects that will make bicycling in North Portland more viable, convenient, and safe.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold the first of two public open houses for their “Going to the River” project. The project, which includes a new multi-use path on N Going Street to Swan Island and new neighborhood greenways on N. Michigan, N. Blandena, and N. Going, was awarded $2.3 million in federal funding back in February. (For an in-depth look at the project, see our story from January.)


Left side bikeway, BTA stance, and more on Williams Ave project

Posted on April 20th, 2011 at 4:50 pm.

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A family navigates a parked car
and a cramped bike lane on Williams
north of Morris.
(Photo © J. Maus)

While you may have already read our recap of the recent open house, there are a few more things about the N Williams Ave Traffic Safety Operations Project I want to share. In the paragraphs below you’ll find a response from City Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield about two solutions that haven’t gotten much attention and you’ll hear from Bicycle Transportation Alliance Executive Director Rob Sadowsky what he thinks about the project.


Rosa Parks Way bike project to start in May

Posted on April 1st, 2011 at 9:15 am.

After three years, North Portland residents finally look poised to get much-needed access improvements to N. Rosa Parks Way.
(Photo © J. Maus)


Bike parking gets even better on North Mississippi and Williams

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 am.

Covered bike parking on N Mississippi-2
All cozy and dry… I think I’ll stop for a meal.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland’s bike parking offerings continue to improve in both quality and quantity. Recently I’ve noticed two developments in North Portland worth your attention: a new on-street bike corral on N. Williams Avenue and a nice covering of a corral on N. Mississippi.

This new on-street corral on Williams is located just south of N. Fargo out in front of Waypost Cafe, a community gathering spot that has been in need of more bike parking for a long time. (Just a block north of this corral is another one situated on a curb extension). This is the fifth on-street bike corral on Williams — more than any other street in Portland (I stand corrected. Alberta has seven!).


Join us for a Get Together in North Portland

Posted on February 10th, 2011 at 4:14 pm.

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We had a great time at our Get Together last month.
(Photos © J. Maus)

I’m excited to announce this month’s Get Together… On February 22nd, we’ll host our monthly meet-up at the Lucky Lab Tap Room (1700 N. Killingsworth) from 5:30 to 7:30.

We kicked off our 2011 Get Together season last month in Southwest Portland and we can’t wait to bring this event to yet another part of the city. If you live, ride, or work anywhere near the Overlook, Arbor Lodge, Piedmont, or Humboldt neighborhoods, we hope you’ll consider joining us. There is no shortage of issues to discuss in these neighborhoods.


City embarks on North Williams bikeway project (just don’t call it that)

Posted on January 26th, 2011 at 10:07 am.

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The fate of Williams is at stake.
(Photos © J. Maus)

A much anticipated project to improve the bikeway on North Williams Avenue will officially begin on February 1st when the Stakeholder Advisory Committee meets for the first time. But when a hand-picked group of neighborhood leaders and business owners sit down to come up with how to improve the street, they won’t have just the bikeway in mind.


Vancouver Avenue Bridge project delayed until end of February

Posted on January 21st, 2011 at 10:25 am.

Vancouver Ave Bridge project detour sign-1
Those detour signs will be up for
another month or so.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A project to repair and rebuild the Vancouver Avenue Bridge in North Portland has been delayed and isn’t expected to be completed until the end of February. The bridge — which crosses the Columbia Slough just west of Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd — is an important north-south connection; and even though a detour is available, the routes are not as convenient or safe for people using bicycles.


Hopworks plans new location on N Williams Ave

Posted on January 18th, 2011 at 10:37 am.

Hopworks would occupy a street-level
spot in this new building on Williams.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Nearly a year after we first noted the bike-oriented development taking place on N Williams Avenue, the trend is as strong as ever. Today we confirmed that, while the ink’s not quite dry on all the paperwork, Hopworks Urban Brewery (HUB) plans to be the latest bike-friendly business to open up on the street (thanks to PDX Eater for the tip).


Kenton’s main street, now with more room for walking and biking

Posted on November 17th, 2010 at 12:17 pm.

The new cross-section of N. Denver through downtown Kenton.
(Graphic: PDC)