Why are all those people drinking coffee and eating donuts on the bike path?

Posted on May 27th, 2016 at 10:51 am.

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The scene this morning on the Esplanade at the Steel Bridge.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re new to biking in Portland you might notice something afoot on the last Friday of every month as you pedal into downtown: A bunch of happy-looking people standing around with coffee and donuts in their hands.

Next time you see this, consider stopping: It’s for you!

What you’re seeing is an old Portland tradition known as Breakfast on the Bridges. For the past 14 years (14!) a hardy bunch of volunteers affiliated with Shift have been serving food and drinks and smiles on downtown bridges from 7:00 to 9:00 am. It currently happens on the Hawthorne (west end), Steel (east end), and the Tillikum (east end). The selection of eats varies from month-to-month. I’ve seen everything from bagels and bacon to made-to-order pancakes. This morning on the Tillikum Lilian Karabaic and friends offered chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies and banana muffins.

If you’re wary of stopping because you think you’ll have to sign up for something or listen to someone’s political or product pitch, don’t worry. “B on B” (as the locals call it) has no agenda (although politicians have been known to show up). Like everything Shift makes happen (Pedalpalooza and the World Naked Bike Ride included), the goal is simply to have fun and meet people.


Bikes and trains: Free meetup at the Green Dragon tonight

Posted on May 25th, 2016 at 8:52 am.

Bikes on Amtrak
More Amtrak lines are allowing this.
(Photo: Will Vanlue)

They’re the smallest and the biggest vehicles many people use during their lives, and they keep becoming a better travel pair.

A free event Wednesday evening will bring a rail-riding college student to Portland to talk about various aspects of bicycle-and-train travel.

The latest major improvement on this front in the United States is Amtrak’s expanded roll-on bike service, a 2013 shift by the national passenger rail company that came after years of advocacy from people who saw the potential.


What I learned at the Portland Electric Bike Expo

Posted on May 23rd, 2016 at 10:22 am.

Keola Munos with A2B's heavy-duty lineup.(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Keola Munos with A2B’s heavy-duty lineup.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

As Jonathan wrote on Friday, this weekend’s Electric Bike Expo has been a milestone for Portland, a metro area that offers a rich bike-friendly culture but also has enough hills that many people are effectively shut out of it.

Enter e-bikes. And enter the expo, a free event outside the Lloyd Center movie theater that brought in vendors from around the country. As an e-bike newbie — I’ve written about them plenty but only ridden one before — I spent a few hours there on Saturday to see some of the products and talk to the customers and sellers. Here’s a quick tour of what I found.


Sunday Parkways kicks off this weekend in outer southeast Portland

Posted on May 12th, 2016 at 9:02 am.

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East Portland could look like this every day; but for now Sunday Parkways is your one chance to experience its true potential.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Grab your friends and kids and neighbors — it’s time for Sunday Parkways! The ninth annual season starts this Sunday (May 15th) in outer southeast Portland.


Pedalpalooza is nearly here! Get your rides listed by Sunday

Posted on May 11th, 2016 at 3:12 pm.

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Hammercising in Waterfront Park during Pedalpalooza in 2010.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s legendary lead-it-yourself festival of bike fun kicks off in one month, and that means it’s time for you to write a line or two of its legend.

This year’s Pedalpalooza festival will run from June 9 to July 4, and so far it’s got 173 rides listed. But there’s still room for lots more, and the print calendar (which is distributed in the Portland Mercury) goes to press after this Sunday, May 15.


Filmed by Bike starts tonight!

Posted on May 6th, 2016 at 2:31 pm.

It's a big deal!(Photo: Filmed by Bike)

It’s a big deal!
(Photo: Filmed by Bike)

A big street party in the parking lot behind Velo Cult will kick off the 14th annual Filmed by Bike film festival tonight.

This isn’t just any party. There will be live performance art, a bike confessional storytelling booth, live DJs, a beer garden, group rides all over the place, a slow bike race, and who knows what else.

But beyond the fun is something even bigger: This is our film fest. A local, bike-inspired event that we should all be proud of (and support!). A testament to what’s possible when a city’s bike culture is hitting on all cylinders.

Filmed by Bike inspires and entertains people all over the globe with its unique collection of bike movies, and it’s also an amazing success story. It’s hard to believe this little event that northeast Portlander Ayleen Crotty dreamed up way back when is now one of the best and biggest events of the year. In the past few weeks I’ve seen headlines about it in the media all over town. Now that’s inspiring.


Victims will be remembered at Portland Ride of Silence on May 18th

Posted on May 6th, 2016 at 1:10 pm.

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Tracey Sparling was remembered
at the 2008 Ride of Silence.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Ride of Silence, a national day of rememberance for people killed and injured while bicycling, will be held in Portland on May 18th.

Portland has hosted one of these rides as far back as 2006 and is one of 321 cities hosting rides across 45 states. There are also rides planned in Corvallis and Medford. Portland’s ride is being organized by residents in the Arbor Lodge neighborhood who are still reeling after the crash that caused grave injuries to a local dad, Brian Duncan. Duncan was hit while trying to cross Rosa Parks Way at Delaware on March 30th.

According to local oranizer Nick Miller, the ride will meet at Arbor Lodge Park at 6:30 for a brief address where names of recent traffic victims will be read aloud.

Someone will also recite the official Ride of Silence poem which I’ve pasted below:


Next week’s ‘Better Broadway’ trial aims for better shopping environment

Posted on May 6th, 2016 at 9:12 am.

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(Images: Broadway-Weidler Alliance)

Nine months ago, one of the city’s top experts on the Lloyd District predicted to us that any changes to inner Northeast Portland’s main east-west arterial were 10 years away.

“I think people need to realize that Broadway doesn’t know what they want to do yet,” said Rick Williams, the founding director of the Go Lloyd business association, in an interview. “Broadway is kind of where we were 10 years ago: in the planning phase.”

But if an on-street trial next week of improved crosswalks and a protected bike lane do well, the planning phase could move pretty quickly.


The Ride: Exploring the Gifford Pinchot National Forest ‘Hinterland’

Posted on May 3rd, 2016 at 10:01 am.

Into the Hinterland we go.(All photos courtesy Ron Lewis/OMTM.com)

Into the Hinterland we go.
(All photos courtesy Ron Lewis/OMTM.cc)

Welcome to The Ride, our occassional series where we share amazing adventures in Portland and beyond. If you have a ride to share and want to see it featured here, drop me a line.

Just across the Columbia River from Oregon the Gifford Pinchot National Forest beckons bike adventurers. Last year I spent a very memorable day getting to know it better during the Gifford Gravel 50 (which is back for its second running this Saturday).


With a new ride and race venue, Columbia County looks to embrace cycling

Posted on April 27th, 2016 at 2:01 pm.

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A new century ride will bring more people to roads like these in Columbia County.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

With a new event ride and an outdoor events park that will host mountain bike races this summer, Columbia County is quickly starting to fulfill its vast potential as a bicycle recreation destination.