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PBOT to break ground on first project funded by gas tax increase

Posted on September 16th, 2016 at 3:24 pm.

Remember the gas tax increase Portlanders voted in favor of back in May? Now the first project is ready to happen and PBOT is (rather wisely) adding some pomp and circumstance to it.

Check the release below for an event in southeast Portland on Monday:


Load up your bike: Zipcars now come with Yakima racks

Posted on August 17th, 2016 at 2:05 pm.


If you use Zipcar it just got easier to take your bike along…


Sunday Parkways coming to Northeast Portland this Sunday (7/24)

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 at 8:57 am.

Looks like there’s a bee theme to this Sunday Parkways. Check out all the details below…

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways will be BEE-utiful this Weekend

PBOT, BES and City Repair activities at Sunday Parkways to highlight a Pollinator-friendly Portland
Portland, OR, July 21, 2016 — This summer’s third City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is coming to Northeast Portland this Sunday, July 24. Walkers, cyclists and rollers of all kinds will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7.6 mile loop of traffic-free streets from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. This weekend’s route will connect Northeast Portland neighborhoods from Woodlawn Park to Khunamokwst Park. The route will also showcase neighborhood greenways like Going Street. Neighborhood greenways are residential streets with low speeds that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.

As an added bonus, this weekend’s event will give Portlanders an opportunity to explore the benefits of a healthy and bee-friendly city when the Pollinator Project debuts. A partnership between the City Repair Project and Sunday Parkways, the multi-year Pollinator Project will focus on increasing pollinator habitat in Portland through community engagement, educational awareness, and a series of neighborhood projects. Sunday Parkways participants will be able to take part in a variety of activities highlighting the important role that pollinators play in Portland’s environment. The Pollinator Project is partially funded through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) grant facilitated by the Bureau of Environmental Services.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways Northeast Portland brochure.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 119,000 last year.
For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

Advisory: County set to lay down chip seal on several popular cycling routes

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 3:13 pm.

County crews laying down chip seal.(Photo: Multnomah County)

County crews laying down chip seal.
(Photo: Multnomah County)

Not to be outdone by ODOT, Multnomah County has issued a special notice about upcoming chip seal work. This is particularly important for people who ride because the county happens to manage very popular cycling routes like Sauvie Island, Skyline and Larch Mountain.


Final open house for Mt. Hood bike and walk plan is June 1st

Posted on May 20th, 2016 at 1:15 pm.

We haven’t been able to do a full story about this plan yet, but we wanted to let you know about this open house. If you ride, live or work up near Mt. Hood, be sure to chime in about the bike/ped plan they’re working on.

I’ve pasted some salient info about the plan and the June 1st open hosue below.

The Villages at Mount Hood are home to over 5,000 permanent residents, and the surrounding area serves thousands of recreational users every year. Visitors from the Portland area come to enjoy its mix of uses, including biking and hiking. Clackamas County aims to increase transportation choices – especially bicycling and walking – to support the needs of The Villages communities along the US 26 corridor within the communities of Brightwood, Welches, Wemme, Zigzag, and Rhododendron.

Clackamas County has initiated Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood to identify and promote safe travel options within and between communities on Mt. Hood. Currently, area residents and visitors have few travel options besides personal vehicles because local roadways are narrow, and lack shoulders and bikeways. The project will help identify where shoulders and bikeways are most needed and prioritize the necessary improvements.


Member sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Posted on May 5th, 2016 at 1:43 pm.

Get involved! Make a difference! Take everything you’ve learned here on BikePortland and put it to good use! (Then become a source for us by telling us what’s going on inside the committee.)

Member sought for Multnomah County Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in the east county cities of Fairview, Troutdale, or Wood Village, or in the rural unincorporated areas of Multnomah County. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:


Zipcar, ODOT and Amtrak Cascades Partner to Launch “Zip and Ride”

Posted on May 5th, 2016 at 7:37 am.

Sharing this because we know many BikePortlanders are low-car and love using the train to create big bike adventures…

Zipcars within walking distance of three Amtrak stations in Oregon

PORTLAND – Zipcar, the world’s leading car sharing network, the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and Amtrak Cascades today announced the launch of “Zip and Ride,” a partnership to locate Zipcars within walking distance of three Amtrak train stations (Portland Union Station, Salem Station, and Eugene Depot) and promote more connected, cost-effective travel options for train riders.

The “Zip and Ride” program allows anyone using the Amtrak Cascades service to use a Zipcar to and from destinations, in concert with train service. This combination helps avoid traffic headaches and parking stress while taking advantage of special “Zip and Ride” membership and reservation rates at Amtrak stations in Eugene, Salem and Portland and throughout the Portland area. Amtrak Coast Starlight passengers can also take advantage of this program at all three stations, and Amtrak Empire Builder passengers can do the same at Portland Union Station. Uses include:

  • Government employees commuting or traveling for meetings between Eugene, Salem and Portland for work can take the train to their destination, then pick up a Zipcar at the train station and drive around town for meetings or site visits.
  • Local business employees can travel to work via train, then reserve a Zipcar to run supplies between offices or meet with clients. Zipcar has vehicles of all shapes and sizes to meet every trip’s needs.
  • Bike commuters can board Amtrak Cascades with their bikes, then reserve one of Zipcar’s Yakima bike rack-equipped vehicles to complement their trip.
  • “Oregon is a national leader in sustainable and innovative transportation, and this partnership provides yet another ‘green’ option. Drivers can avoid I-5 congestion and take Zipcar for convenience and flexibility at their destination, all while enjoying free time and comfort on the train with Amtrak Cascades’ bistro and free Wi-Fi service,” said Hal Gard, Administrator for ODOT’s Rail and Public Transit Division.

    “Our ‘wheels when you want them’ service is a true complement to the Amtrak Cascades line,” said Jeremy Nelson, Zipcar Portland general manager. “The ‘Zip and Ride’ program will enhance the quality of life for Oregonians by making it easy and affordable to get out and experience all that the state has to offer.”

    Zipcar gives its members on-demand access to a fleet of 12,000 cars in hundreds of cities, as well as colleges and university campuses worldwide and major airports throughout North America and in Europe. Zipcars are available 24/7 for reservation by the hour or by the day via Zipcar’s mobile app, online, or over the phone.

    Prospective members can join the service instantly on Zipcar’s mobile app, and Oregonians can now take advantage of special “Zip and Ride” membership and reservation rates. For more information on “Zip and Ride,” visit www.zipcar.com/zipandride.

    Amtrak Cascades operates four daily round trips between Portland and Seattle; two daily round trips between Seattle and Vancouver, British Columbia; and two daily round trips between Portland and Eugene, Oregon.

    Three week Willamette Greenway Trail detour begins May 2nd

    Posted on April 29th, 2016 at 1:07 pm.


    The City of Portland is doing work near Willamette Park on their Hannah Mason Pump Station Project that will close the Greenway Trail for three weeks beginning Monday May 2nd.

    The official city press release is below:

    Hannah Mason Pump Station Project Update
    Greenway Trail Detour

    April 28, 2016​​

    Trail Detour – Beginning the week of May 2
    Section of Greenway Trail Temporarily Closed in Willamette Park

    As part of the Hannah Mason Pump Station construction1 project, a section of the Greenway Trail in the north area of Willamette Park will be closed for three weeks beginning Monday May 2. Bike and pedestrian traffic should follow detour signs and connect back to the Greenway Trail through the boat ramp parking lot in the center of Willamette Park.

    The closure is required to make improvements to the Greenway Trail within Willamette Park. Travelers are reminded to exercise caution, obey closure signs and follow detour/traffic control signs due to the busy activity in the parking lot and along the main road in the park.

    Click here for detour map or visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/article/574851.

    For more information contact Sam Beresky or Kenya Williams at 503-235-5881.

    Project Information
    The Hannah Mason Pump Station is being built to replace the aging Fulton Pump Station on SW Nevada Street. Work began in March 2015 and will continue into fall of 2016. The Portland Water Bureau is working closely with Portland Parks & Recreation and other local agencies to coordinate this project with ongoing operations and other projects in the area. The Water Bureau will keep neighbors, local businesses, and other stakeholders updated as work progresses. For more information, visit www.portlandoregon.gov/water/hannahmason.

    Multnomah County seeking rural or East County resident for Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee

    Posted on April 28th, 2016 at 4:53 pm.

    The County’s biking and walking advisory committee meets monthly and offers feedback on projects and policies. Join them!

    Multnomah County is seeking to fill at least one vacancy on its Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee with new members who live, work or recreate in Multnomah County. Preference will be given for applicants who live in east county or rural unincorporated areas. New members will serve a two-year term beginning July 1, 2016.

    The committee advises the county on bicycle and pedestrian issues related to the county’s road system, which includes:
    Major collector and arterial roads in the cities of Fairview, Troutdale, and Wood Village
    Roads in unincorporated areas of Multnomah County including the West Hills, Sauvie Island, and areas east and west of the Sandy River
    Five Willamette River bridges in the City of Portland (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Sellwood)

    Individuals who are interested in transportation issues affecting bicyclists, pedestrians and the disabled are encouraged to apply. The committee advises the county’s Transportation Division on matters that involve bicycle and pedestrian transportation, including project review and budget recommendations.

    The committee meets on the second Wednesday of every month from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., typically at the Multnomah Building at 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd. in Portland. Members are appointed by the Board of County Commissioners and serve a two-year term.

    To apply, individuals need to fill out and submit an application form no later than Wednesday, May 18, 2016. Applications are available online at www.multco.us/bikeped. To request a hard copy of the application form or for more information, contact Kate McQuillan at 503-988-0204 or katherine.mcquillan@multco.us.

    Spring sessions, ‘Shred Academy’ get rolling at The Lumberyard

    Posted on March 18th, 2016 at 3:38 pm.

    Some news from our friends at The Lumberyard:

    The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park is in final prep mode for its upcoming Spring Shred Academy session. The Spring after School Shred Academy starts the week of March 28th and runs 10 weeks through the week of May 30th from 4:30 to 6PM and 6:30- 8PM for select sessions. The After School Shred Academy is focused on meeting the needs of students involved and helping kids learn the skills to build their confidence on bikes and take their riding to the next level. For ages 4-14.

    Six categories from beginning to advanced include: Greenhorns, Shredders and Hot Shots. Price for the school is $225 for 10 week after school shred academy. For an additional $35, students can rent elite level Lumberyard issue bike for the 10 weeks. Students enrolled in ASSA have full access to the park after each session is completed as long as their parent or guardian supervises.