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Would you join a neighborhood bike patrol?

Posted on February 14th, 2007 at 9:04 am.

[At National Night Out in the Piedmont neighborhood, 8/2/05] OK everyone, here’s your chance to let the City of Portland know that volunteer, neighborhood bike patrols would be a new program worthy of their support. First, some background. I recently met with stakeholders from the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the county District Read More »

Selling the city on "Bike Beats"

Posted on February 6th, 2007 at 11:32 am.

[Taken after our meeting at Northeast Precinct yesterday.] From L to R, Back row: Commander Jim Ferraris (North Precinct, PPB), Havilah Ferschweiler (N Portland Crime Prevention, ONI) , Commander Bret Smith (NE Precinct, PPB), John Canda (Mayor’s Office of Youth Crime Prevention); Front row: Mary Tompkins (NE Portland Crime Prevention, ONI), Stephanie Reynolds (Crime Prevention Read More »

More thoughts as attacks on cyclists continue

Posted on February 2nd, 2007 at 4:00 pm.

“Last weekend I was riding down NE Skidmore in broad sunlight, they walked out into the street as I passed and punched me…”-Gabriel Amadeus, in a comment on the Portland Mercury blog In the last few days I’ve heard of two more attacks on cyclists. Both of them happened in Northeast Portland. One near the Read More »

Oregonian columnist sings praises of pedal power

Posted on January 29th, 2007 at 9:57 am.

[From today's Oregonian. Read the article.] For the second time in a row, Oregonian columnist Renee Mitchell has devoted her column (which appears on the front page of the Metro section) to the power of the pedal. Last Wednesday she wrote about how the community came together to recover Erin Greeson’s $2,000 stolen bike. Now, Read More »

Bikes in the community: My talk with John Canda

Posted on January 26th, 2007 at 7:47 am.

[John Canda, head of the Mayor's Office on Youth Crime Prevention] On Wednesday I met with John Canda to hear his perspectives on how bikes might play a larger role in community policing. John is the Mayor’s youth crime prevention czar. Prior to that, he led the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, one of six coalitions Read More »

Act locally; thoughts on North Portland

Posted on January 24th, 2007 at 12:07 pm.

Since I proposed a neighborhood meeting last week (in response to community reaction to an attack on cyclists in North Portland), I’ve been thinking about the issues, reading comments, seeking advice, and trying to determine the best way forward. Some issues on the table — race, gentrification, youth violence — are vast and complex and Read More »

North Portland, let’s meet and move forward

Posted on January 20th, 2007 at 11:11 pm.

In light of recent events, I feel (and so do many others) that there is a great need for us to come together and discuss how to make our North Portland neighborhoods safer and more livable for everyone. I realize we cannot solve all the problems, but I know there is vast potential if we Read More »

KATU-TV covers neighborhood safety issue

Posted on January 20th, 2007 at 10:16 pm.

[Click here for full story.Click here for the director's cut interview.] Last night on the 11 o’clock news, KATU-TV (Portland’s ABC affiliate) ran a story titled, “Have cyclists become a target?” The KATU story aired as a direct result of the many comments received in response to the post about a pair of cyclists who Read More »

Details emerge from NoPo cyclist attack

Posted on January 19th, 2007 at 3:28 pm.

Since I realize some folks don’t always follow all the comments on every post, I thought I’d feature this one just left by Megan, who I assume to be a close friend of Ashley Gorman and Heather Moles, the cyclists who were attacked on their bikes near Legacy Hospital on January 10th. It reveals some Read More »

Attack on cyclists not an aberration

Posted on January 19th, 2007 at 10:23 am.

The recent incident involving a group of teens that attacked two cyclists in North Portland has sparked dialogue about the safety, race, and vulnerability of cyclists. In the over 70 comments listed so far, I was amazed at how many other people reported being attacked while on their bikes, and how the majority of them Read More »

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