US Secretary of Transportation: “Bicycling is only healthy when you ride safely”

Posted on May 20th, 2009 at 11:04 am.

“While we are working to improve conditions for bicyclists on the roadways, let’s, please, remember the culture we’ve created over the last 100 years will not welcome bikes overnight.”— From the US DOT blog Came across an article on bike safety published to the official blog of the U.S. Department of Transportation this morning (which Read More »

Guest editorial: Riding with courtesy in a city of bikes

Posted on April 3rd, 2009 at 4:15 pm.

Roger Geller(Photo © J. Maus) [Editor’s note: This guest editorial was written by Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator for the City of Portland.] “What does it mean to be exemplary? To me it means the two “C’s” of cycling: Courtesy and confidence.” In the past week I’ve been noticing harbingers of spring: flowering magnolia, daffodils in Read More »

PBOT confirms last year’s record low traffic crash, fatality numbers

Posted on April 2nd, 2009 at 12:17 pm.

Mayor Adams credits bike boxesas one reason for record numbers(Photo © J. Maus) Back in January, we reported that Portland had potentially had a record low number of traffic fatalities in 2008. PBOT has now made it official — we have never had fewer traffic fatalities in any year since they began keeping track in Read More »

Learning the law at the Share the Road safety class

Posted on January 26th, 2009 at 4:50 pm.

Ellee Thalheimer is a new contributing writer to BikePortland. Her most recent story was a product review of women’s bike shorts designed for utility and fashion. Ellee is a yoga instructor and travel writer living in Southeast Portland. Check out her author page here. We covered the beginnings of the Share the Road Safety Class; Read More »

Zero bike fatalities in 2008: A Q & A with Greg Raisman

Posted on January 5th, 2009 at 10:58 am.

PBOT traffic safety expert Greg Raisman.(Photos © J. Maus) In 2008, there were no fatal bike crashes in the City of Portland. After a tumultuous 2007, when we had six fatal bike crashes (two of them very high-profile), this was welcome news by many in the community. To gain more perspective on this statistic, I Read More »

PDOT employee gets a scare during crosswalk safety event

Posted on December 2nd, 2008 at 9:24 am.

PDOT’s Sharon White, shown here at a Share the Road rally in 2006.(Photo © J. Maus) Sharon White is PDOT’s pedestrian safety chief. One of the many programs she oversees is an ongoing “crosswalk enforcement action” campaign. Working with the Portland Police Bureau, White and staff at PDOT identify high-risk intersections and then employ decoys Read More »

Momentum’s new safety vid: “Let’s Get Visible”

Posted on November 18th, 2008 at 10:27 am.

Momentum publisher/editor Amy Walker as Olivia Newton-John in “Let’s Get Visible”.– Watch video below – The folks at Vancouver, BC-based Momentum Magazine have combined their passion for safe biking with their fun and fashionable style to create a new PSA for their local Bike to Work Week. The result is “Let’s Get Visible”, a bike Read More »

Right-hook warning, Copenhagen-style

Posted on November 14th, 2008 at 1:51 pm.

In Copenhagen, this sign is placed directly in the bike lane. See another photo below for another view.(Photos by Tom Miller) Copenhagen should become a sister city to Portland. I can barely keep track of all the local planners, politicians, advocates and bureaucrats who have made a pilgrimmage to the “City of Cyclists” this past Read More »

With ‘Hindsight’, Nike looks to improve bike safety

Posted on October 22nd, 2008 at 12:04 pm.

New Hindsight glasses from Nike.(Photos: Nike via Gizmodo) A reader (thanks Austin!) just gave me a heads up on an interesting new product idea from Nike. Gadget blog Gizmodo reports that the new Hindsight glasses “are designed to do one simple thing: stop cyclists from getting hurt on the roads.” How do they do this?

Watch the Water Burea’s new bike/truck safety video

Posted on October 6th, 2008 at 12:01 pm.

The Portland Water Bureau has released a new video on bike and truck safety. First unveiled to the public at a bike/truck safety event back in September, the video (watch it below) is an engaging look at what Portland’s busiest bikeways look like from the seat of a large truck.