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.


BikeCraft is gift making and buying the Portland way

Posted on November 18th, 2015 at 2:40 pm.


Since 2005 Portlanders have come in from out of the cold and huddled together for a holiday shopping tradition unlike any other: BikeCraft, a holidy gift bazaar for bike lovers.

This year’s event is on the weekend of December 12th and 13th.


Weekend Event Guide: Scary cyclocross, architecture, tricks and treats, and more

Posted on October 30th, 2015 at 8:56 am.

Bend Cyclocross weekend 2-26

It’s that spooky time of year again and that means many Portlanders will spend the weekend in Bend for the annual Cross Crusade craziness.
(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.

If you love costume rides, this is your weekend. With Halloween-themed rides galore, you should have no trouble finding a ride to let your freaky flag fly.

What are your plans for the weekend? Whatever they are we hope they include a bike (or maybe you need a bike break? That’s fine too).

Have a great weekend!


At Wonk Night, County DA announces effort to change state law

Posted on October 27th, 2015 at 12:09 pm.

Multnomah County DA Rod Underhill (with Deputy DA
Chuck Sparks on his left) addressing last
night’s Wonk Night crowd.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

We had two firsts at Wonk Night last night: An activist group used the event as a platform for their cause, showing up en masse with protest signs and demands; and an elected official announced a new legislative proposal that could someday change Oregon law.

It all started quite unexpectedly. As I set up the room for the event about 17 people walked in who I’d never seen before. They were carrying signs that said things like “Justice for Chandler!”, “Speed Bumps for Chandler!”, “Slow Down” and so on. It caught me off guard and it took me a few seconds to realize that the “Chandler” in their posters was Chris Chandler, the man who was killed last month on SE Stark.


Four events that can’t wait for the weekend

Posted on October 27th, 2015 at 10:07 am.

Come meet Adventure Cycling’s Executive Director
Jim Sayer tomorrow night at Velo Cult.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

There’s so much energy for cycling in this town that keeping track of all the events could fill a full-time position here at BikePortland. And they don’t just happen on the weekends. As much as I love our Weekend Event Guide (thank you Hopworks!), sometimes there are events happening during the week that need a spotlight.

This week there are fours events in particular that deserve your attention — and possibly your attendance.

Check them out below…

Tuesday October 27th

Northwest Trail Alliance Monthly Meeting – 6:00 to 8:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)


Rolling with the Thursday Night Ride

Posted on October 23rd, 2015 at 10:52 am.

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The spirit of a weekly mass bike ride is alive and well in Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland has spawned a new weekly bike ride that has all the trappings of Critical Mass without the baggage of politics, activism, or controversy.


Wonk Night (10/26) will focus on Oregon’s negligence gap

Posted on October 20th, 2015 at 1:55 pm.

“There ought to be some higher level of consequence when you use a deadly weapon to kill someone, even if you didn’t do it on purpose.”
— Ray Thomas, lawyer at Swanson Thomas Coon & Newton

There’s a gap in Oregon law that has outraged citizens and hamstrung prosecutors for many years. It’s a gap that makes it all too common for someone to receive a mere traffic citation when their actions while operating a vehicle lead directly to a serious injury or fatality.

This maddening situation first made major headlines here on BikePortland following our tragic October of 2007 when Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek where killed in traffic collisions. In both cases the person behind the wheel of a large truck turned across a bicycle lane that was already occupied and two people died as a result. Despite those actions, the District Attorney declined to pursue criminal charges in either case.

The problem here isn’t with the DA’s office. The DA is constrained by Oregon law which currently has a yawning gap between the culpability threshold of a traffic ticket and a more serious criminal charge.

“There ought to be some higher level of consequence when you use a deadly weapon to kill someone, even if you didn’t do it on purpose.” That’s how noted lawyer Ray Thomas described the problem to us when we published a story about this gap in 2010.


‘Disaster Relief Trials’ demonstrate biking’s potential after The Big One

Posted on October 17th, 2015 at 11:38 pm.

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Competitor Adam Newman leads a group of riders on North Rosa Parks Way en route to the Oregon Food Bank checkpoint where they had to pick up a box of food before returning to the University of Portland.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

With interest in earthquake preparedness at an all-time high, the timing could not have been better for the fourth annual Disaster Relief Trials. The event, which was based at University of Portland, aims to demonstrate that cargo bikes can be an effective way to administer aid and help rebuild our communities after a large quake or other natural disaster.


Pee on a rock, and other things I learned at the Leave No Trace clinic

Posted on October 16th, 2015 at 5:16 pm.

Donnie Kolb sharing his knowledge.
(Photo: Lisa Luna/Mountain Shop)

Leave No Trace ethics aren’t something we talk much about in the bike world. But we should.

As “gravel riding” and “bikepacking” skyrocket in popularity, everyone promoting it (I’m raising my hand) has a responsibility to make sure people who do it act with care and consideration for each other and the places they visit.

It was in that spirit that I joined Jocelyn Gaudi from the Komorebi Cycling Team, Gabe Tiller of Limberlost, and Donnie Kolb of Velo Dirt and OregonBikepacking.com last night at Mountain Shop. Our event came on the heels of two major bits of bad publicity last year: Donnie’s frustrated rant after people left trash and human waste along the Oregon Outback route and the story of that guy in Idaho who caused a wildfire after using flames to dispose of his soiled toilet paper.


After Outback incidents and poop-fire, event will teach ‘Leave no Trace’ ethics

Posted on October 8th, 2015 at 12:12 pm.

Proper pack-out-your-trash technique.
(Photo: Jocelyn Gaudi/Team Komorebi)

This past summer as bikepacking reached new heights of popularity, it also faced its first major PR crisis.