Bike riding musician and poet Ben Weaver coming to Velo Cult Thursday night

Posted on October 7th, 2015 at 12:50 pm.


A bicycle has done much more than simply get musician Ben Weaver to his gigs; the act of pedaling has transformed his music and his mission.

Weaver, who’s set to perform Thursday night at Velo Cult, says something changed deep within him when he stopped touring in a car and started carrying his instruments in bags hooked onto his bike: “Instead of performing in traditional concert settings,” he wrote at BenWeaver.net, “I began building tours around natural spaces, specifically around water. I wanted to give back, build communities, and learn more from the people and places I visited.”


Photos and memories from our 10th birthday celebration

Posted on October 6th, 2015 at 9:20 am.

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A slice of the crowd at Velo Cult Friday.
(Photos: Margi Bradway unless noted)

Any room becomes a special place when it’s full of people you love and respect, and BikePortland’s 10th birthday party on Friday was one of the most special rooms we’ve had the honor of bringing together.

Nearly 300 people turned out. True to the spirit of the site, we welcomed citizen gadflies and academic brainiacs, bike-club party kids, family members of traffic-violence victims, indie framebuilders and a U.S. congressman.


BikePortland 10th Birthday Party is Friday! Here’s an update

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 4:11 pm.


We’re just two days away from our 10th Birthday Party!

This Friday night at Velo Cult a few hundred BikePortlanders will gather for a night of toasts to a great decade and hopefully many more to come. It will be a time to celebrate and it will be a time to step up and become an official supporter so we can have another big party in 2025. (Full details on our new BikePortlander subscription program will be announced on the site Friday before the party.)

Just so you know what you’re in for, here’s a quick update:


Cyclocross racers will ‘Bike Against Cancer’ tonight at Alpenrose

Posted on September 30th, 2015 at 10:45 am.


People who participate in the weekly Blind Date at the Dairy cyclocross race series tonight will have a little extra motivation to pedal through the pain: They’ll be battling cancer with each spin of the legs.

Series organizers have teamed up with OHSU’s Knight Cancer Institute for Bike Against Cancer, a one-lap fundraiser race. The race will start at 5:45 pm at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland.

Blind Date organizer Joe Field says he’d doing the event to raise awareness and money for cancer research.


Portland wins bid to host 2016 National Open Streets Summit

Posted on September 28th, 2015 at 1:42 pm.

Hot off the presses!
(Photo by Linda Ginenthal)

Next August the open streets movement will come to Portland.

Over the weekend we heard the news that Portland has been granted the right to host the 2016 National Open Streets Summit. Bureau of Transportation staffer Linda Ginenthal attended the 2015 event in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend and shared the news with us yesterday after she flew back to oversee Sunday Parkways.

2016 will be third annual Open Streets Summit. The event is organized by the non-profit Open Streets Project in partnership with DC-based advocacy group the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The goal of the event is to bring together national and international leaders working to implement events like Portland’s Sunday Parkways, where streets are “opened” to people and closed to auto use. The Atlanta event over the weekend drew 125 leaders in the movement. The first summit was held in Los Angeles in 2014.


A spectacular end to the Sunday Parkways season

Posted on September 27th, 2015 at 10:58 pm.

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland says the 2015 Sunday Parkways season will break all previous records for attendance, so it’s fitting that it came to an end on a near-perfect day.

Thousands of people came out on bikes and on their own two feet to enjoy blue skies, cool and sunny temperatures, and the first-ever (and likely the last) Sunday Parkways to use the carfree Tilikum Bridge.


Legendary framebuilder Jim Merz shares his 1972 Portland to Panama bike ride

Posted on September 23rd, 2015 at 2:38 pm.


Jim Merz and Virginia Church in Salem in August 1971 just before setting off on their journey.
(Photos © Jim Merz)

In 1972 Jim Merz and Virginia Church set off from Portland on an epic bike ride. That alone isn’t groundbreaking or especially newsworthy, but Merz and Church (his wife at the time) aren’t just any bike riders. They both spent their lives in the bicycle industry and their collective work has had a local, national, and global impact.


Final thoughts on an unprecedented Cycle Oregon

Posted on September 21st, 2015 at 1:50 pm.

Another Cycle Oregon rides off into the sunset.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cycle Oregon wrapped up its 28th edition in Baker City on Saturday. 2,200 riders and hundreds of volunteers and staff have packed up their tents, taken down road signs, and returned their support RVs and “sag wagons.”


A Grande old time: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 6

Posted on September 18th, 2015 at 4:50 pm.

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Medical Springs Highway with the Wallowas in the background.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Retracing pioneer trails: Cycle Oregon 2015 Day 5

Posted on September 17th, 2015 at 4:52 pm.

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Portlander Jackie Yerby rides on Old Highway 30 past the
limestone hills of the Burnt River Canyon.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I hope no one complained on today’s ride. Sure, our 50-mile route from Farewell Bend State Park to Baker City had its share of climbing (about 3,000 feet) and a stiff headwind; but it was nothing like what pioneers faced.