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This is a series of snapshots about Portlanders who live and/or work on the streets and use a bike to get around, haul their belongings, provide shelter, and so on.



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Hilltop “Jesus” and naked kisses: The Portland bike scene’s best missed connections

Posted on July 2nd, 2012 at 1:48 pm.

Hey wait! Let’s get a drink!(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, PDX’s 10-minute newsmagazine about buses, bikes and; low car life. Summertime might not have quite reached the sky yet, but it’s sprouted in Portlanders’ hearts. I’ve got evidence. Now and then, Portland Afoot publishes a feature Read More »

Meet Smokey Box; advocate, bike tourer, piano player

Posted on November 8th, 2007 at 3:39 pm.

Smokey Box(Photos © Jonathan Maus) The other day while riding down on the Esplanade near the Salmon Street parking lot, I noticed a man walking a peculiar bicycle and trailer set-up. It was beach cruiser, with huge tires and massive ape-hanger bars, pulling an overstuffed cargo-trailer (tarp flapping in the wind) with a big, red Read More »

Recycling by bicycle

Posted on July 10th, 2006 at 5:10 am.

Meet 38 year-old Mike Colhour. He runs a successful scrap metal recycling business by bike. He rides around the neighborhood, collecting scrap metal and plastics from dumpsters and from the side of the road. He’s been doing this for 10-15 years all over Vancouver and Portland. He recycles all kinds of stuff including glass, wire, Read More »

Cargo trailer ingenuity

Posted on June 21st, 2006 at 8:15 am.

The bike move that never ends

Posted on May 18th, 2006 at 8:21 am.

Lately I’ve been seeing more and more bikes being used by Portland’s homeless population. I’ve started to get to know a few of them and hear their stories and experiences about their nomadic, rolling existence. Sometimes I won’t meet the owner of the bike, I’ll just observe its load and marvel at the bungee cording Read More »

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