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Your guide to National Bike Month in Portland

Posted on April 26th, 2016 at 2:58 pm.

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Bike riders will find lots of free food this month.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Hold on to your handlebars folks, May is going to be completely bike-crazy in Portland.

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Join us Monday to learn about the history of Portland bicycling

Posted on April 22nd, 2016 at 2:23 pm.

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Bike transportation is essential to the future of Portland. But every year it also becomes more and more a part of Portland’s history.

At a free event next week, a local biking writer and three Oregon biking advocates will meet up at a brewpub to talk about the history of biking in Portland — both its early heyday in the 1890s and the modern renaissance that began around 1970.

First, Portland author April Streeter (of Women on Wheels and Treehugger) will talk about seven “unforgettable characters who have shaped Portland’s bike culture,” going back to the 1800s.

Then Mychal Tetteh of the Community Cycling Center, Rob Sadowsky of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Steve Schulz of Cycle Oregon will join a panel about the movement’s modern history. I’ll be moderating.

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Join us this Friday (4/15) for a NW Portland Get Together

Posted on April 13th, 2016 at 8:37 am.

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Yes. It’s a cafe. Inside a bike shop. Be here on Friday from 5-7:00 pm to talk about biking in NW Portland.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I hope you’re enjoying our special coverage of northwest Portland. We’re having a great time getting to know the places and people that make this part of our city so great.

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The inaugural Ladd’s 500 – Portland’s version of NASCAR – gets rave reviews

Posted on April 11th, 2016 at 9:57 am.

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Team Grave Neutral kept riders fed while the Belligerantes bike club grilled in the infield.
(Photos: Josh Roppo)

The Ladd’s 500 went off without a hitch on Saturday. And given the reactions we’ve seen so far, it appears the organizers have hatched a grand new Portland tradition.

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52 weeks in, Portland’s Thursday Night Ride is rolling stronger than ever

Posted on April 8th, 2016 at 10:17 am.

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(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

80-degree temps brought out a huge crowd to the Thursday Night Ride (called “TNR” by the regulars) last night. I hadn’t been since October and I wanted to be there as a witness to history. Last night’s ride was #52, as in the 52nd week in a row that people have come together to ride bikes on the streets of Portland.

Last night was TNR’s first anniversary.

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We packed the bike racks at Blazers Bike Night!

Posted on April 7th, 2016 at 4:09 pm.

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Becky Morton brought her whole family along! (And who let that weird guy with the cape bomb this photo!?)
(Photo: Becky Morton’s sister)

The seventh (not quite annual) Blazers Bike Night is in the books. We packed the bike racks at the Moda Center and the Blazers won the game and clinched a spot in the playoffs. What a great night!

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Electric Bike Expo coming to Portland in May

Posted on April 6th, 2016 at 4:18 pm.

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Test riding bikes is the big attraction.
(Photo: Electric Bike Expo)

Despite big advances in battery technology and ever-increasing availability, electric bike sales still lag in the United States compared to other countries. Organizers of the Electric Bike Expo — which is coming to Portland for the first time ever in May — think the reason many Americans aren’t enthused about e-bikes is simply because they haven’t spent enough quality time with them.

The focus of the two-day show is an e-bike test track. Attendees will be able to try bikes from many different brands and talk to e-bike experts. “The best way for people to truly understand what an electric bike is all about is to provide them with the ride experience. That is why we are taking electric bikes to the people,” is how Ray Verhelst, President of the Electric Bike Expo, puts it.

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Tonight’s Trail Blazers ‘Green Game’ will highlight transportation

Posted on April 6th, 2016 at 2:02 pm.

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Tonight’s Item of the Game features Portland’s
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Tonight is Blazers Bike Night and it’s also part of a larger effort by the National Basketball Association and the Portland Trail Blazers organization to be more aware about of their impact on the environment.

All season long the Blazers have used special “Green Games” to highlight areas where they want to reduce their environmental footprint. So far they’ve focused on energy, waste, food, and water conservation. Tonight’s focus area is transportation and Bike Night is the centerpiece of the campaign.

According to the team about 6 percent of Blazer fans walk or bike to the Moda Center. Add the 5 percent who take the bus and 25 percent who take light rail and you’ve got 36 percent of the 19,980 Moda Center fans who get to the game without a car.

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Racers treated to perfect conditions at annual Gorge Roubaix weekend

Posted on April 6th, 2016 at 1:18 pm.

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Racers string out as they make their way up the famous Rowena Loops en route to Mosier during Day 1 of the Gorge Roubaix.
(Photos: Leonard Johnson/Hot Foot Photo)

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association calendar took racers to The Dalles this past weekend for the Gorge Roubaix. Event promoters offered two days of racing (and one non-competitive “gravel grinder” ride) along some of the most beautiful roads in the state.

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Are your legs are ready for the big De Ronde/La Doyenne weekend?

Posted on April 6th, 2016 at 11:01 am.

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The West Hills are full of freshly painted lions that mark the De Ronde route. This photo of SW Knights Blvd and Kinsgton Drive in Washington Park is where anonymous organizers have added one lion for each year of the ride’s existence.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

What better way to embrace this warm and sunny start to spring than to pedal your bike over 14,000 feet in elevation over 100 miles. Right? If the thought of that makes you smile not cringe than you should make plans to ride the De Ronde and La Doyenne rides coming up later this month.

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