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State survey on Transportation

Posted on December 20th, 2016 at 7:51 am.

The Oregon Speaker of the House is asking you to fill out a survey on Transportation.

1) Fill out this survey
2) Share the Link with friends
3) Share some of your answers with BikePortland

Here is the survey to take or share:
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https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DTGDYZD

My ideas to fix transit in Portland and everywhere in Oregon

— Get cars out of lanes used by Bus and MAX and Streetcars
— Enforce existing rules on speed and cell use, deeply investigate all crashes with a serious death or injury and pull data records.
— Reduce speed limits like Seattle has done. We must fund safety before we fund projects to widen roads and increase death rates.
— Stop repeat offenders
— Get cars off greenways. We need a network of streets like Sunday Parkways every day of the year.
— High Speed trail and complete the Salmonberry trail
— New leadership at ODOT focused on VisionZero , if the FAA can design our system for zero deaths we can do the same with roads
— Add 20 cents to the gas tax
— Give all 99 of Portland’s Neighborood associations a budget to fix the most deadly spots in their area.
— Replace all 7 members of the broken House Transportation committee appointed by Kotek. None of the members live in a city. ( see image)
— Take money away from ODOT and give to local transit managers
See how California does it –> https://youtu.be/Pk1rW5S-S5A?t=34m15s
— Get city roads out of ODOT control, make them safer under city control, No mash up of ODOT/PBOT/Mult County

Here’s the survey source: content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/17a4c64

Thanks for reading. Please get the survey to friends and share the URL of the survey or the URL of this bikePortland page…

How can we get the Subscribe To Comments button back?

Posted on December 20th, 2016 at 7:49 am.

I find following and participating in comment-conversations mighty tedious without the long-standing option to subscribe (receive latest comments by email). I don’t have a smart phone or know how to implement the tricks some folks have mentioned for getting around this. If there is a workaround that non-computer nerds can avail themselves of, I’m all ears. Mostly I would like to know if this is a money thing, or something else? We’ve lost it before, and then it was brought back. Jonathan has not replied to my email queries about this issue.
Thanks for any insights.

$99 Bike Fit sale until 12/31 from PedalPT

Posted on December 15th, 2016 at 4:09 pm.

Are you gearing up to ride more in 2017?? Well then… Just in time for the holiday season, we’re offering an amazing deal on our popular Bike Fitting gift certificates with our annual $99 Bike Fit SALE! Gift certificates* are a perfect solution for that hard-to-please cyclist on your list, and for those who already have enough bike gear!

This offer is good up until the end of the year on 12/31, so don’t delay- Call us 503-894-9038 or E-Mail us (info@pedalpt.com) to reserve yours today!

For more information about our Bike Fitting services by specialized, bike-centric Physical Therapists, visit www.pedalpt.com/bike-fitting

*Fine print: Limit two (2) per customer. Gift Certificates are good for 1 year from the date of purchase, and can be mailed to you at no extra cost.

PS: We’ll see you all for our monthly FREE COFFEE for Bicyclists on Clinton next Tuesday 12/20!

Sugar Wheel Works to host free monthly clinics in 2017

Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 12:49 pm.

Portland Custom Bicycle Wheel Builder Sugar Wheel Works to Host Free Monthly Clinics in 2017

In 2017 in conjunction with Williams Wednesday, held on the second Wednesday of each month, Sugar Wheel Works will be offering clinics, free and open to the public. Each clinic will offer the chance to learn about a different element of wheels and wheel-building, with the opportunity to ask one-on-one questions with the Sugar Wheel Works team.

All clinics will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through June, each one starting at 6:15 p.m. Detailed clinic schedule and information:

January 11, 2017: Bike Essentials: How to Change a Flat
Come learn how to change a flat tire as well watch a demonstration on setting up a tire tubeless. Q/A to follow the demo!

February 8, 2017: Wheel Truing 101
A demonstration on wheel truing followed by Q/A with Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace about wheel truing and general wheel maintenance, to answer questions like “what’s the best way to take the grit off of a rim?

March 8, 2017: Wheel Building 101
Ever wonder how a wheel is actually built? Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace will do a 90-minute wheel building demonstration paired with a Q&A for anyone who is interested in the art of wheel-building. Kids encouraged to attend.

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NW 19th lane markings finally

Posted on December 9th, 2016 at 12:24 pm.

Wahoo… the buffered lane marker was finally added to NW 19th this week.

Subscriber Post: Driving as a right versus biking as a privilege

Posted on December 5th, 2016 at 12:05 pm.

Excerpt from Sellwood Middle School newsletter, 11-30-2016

Excerpt from Sellwood Middle School newsletter, 11-30-2016

This post was written by Carrie, a BikePortland subscriber. As a community member who supports our work, Carrie (and 306 other individuals and businesses) can create and submit posts whenever she wants. We publish most submissions in our Subscriber Posts section and will elevate the post here to the Front Page when warranted. This is just one perk of subscription! Learn more and sign up here.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about Vision Zero, the enforcement angle, and the difference in the way we treat traffic scofflaws.

I agree with the data that show that speeding and other ‘minor’ infractions are the leading causes of injuries and deaths to road users. And I am not happy that enforcement of existing laws (rules) regarding speed limits, general traffic control devices (stop signs and turn prohibitions and crosswalks at every intersection) and existing infrastructure to keep all users safe is not a high priority.

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GOFUND for disabled man’s stolen trike

Posted on December 3rd, 2016 at 10:48 am.

As Portland resident Dan Cadmus’s Parkinson condition has progressed the last several years, his primary mobility has been via his custom trike. The trike was stolen on Thanksgiving. His story is portrayed in this link to a Channel 2 news item from last week. There is also, at the bottom of the text article a link to a GOFUNDME account to raise money for a new trike and a secure bike storage locker. Thank you.

http://katu.com/news/local/disabled-mans-recumbent-tricycle-stolen

I recovered my bike from an eBay listing!

Posted on November 29th, 2016 at 8:37 am.

You may have seen this article I posted at the end of last month.

I went through the process of the insurance paperwork (now needs to be undone)

As I was just wrapping that up, my ebay query showed a hit and I found a link to my bike. The picture was blurry and a google image search happened to show me that the image came from a video reviewing the bike. It didn’t look exactly like mine so I decided to trust the seller and I was prepared to buy the bike if it wasn’t mine because it would have been close enough to be a replacement. I chatted with a cop beforehand and then I decided I would go in as a buyer and test-ride the bike. My brother came with me to stake out the bike. When we met up with the seller, it was immediately clear that it was my bike, it even had the fenders, rack and trailer hitch still there.

The next step was to pretend to go get cash from an ATM and we called the cops to go get the bike. Luckily, I had a key to the battery so that would prove the bike was mine. A serial number is what I should have brought with me.

Things to remember:
a) lock your bike up, always (double-check)
b) register all your bikes on https://bikeindex.org/ with serial number there! (Now)
c) if you want to find your bike these tips might help, they helped me http://www.bicycling.com/culture/advocacy/five-things-do-get-your-stolen-bike-back

ODOT and the St. Johns Bridge

Posted on November 23rd, 2016 at 8:30 am.

Only subscribers can post in this section, but everyone can read and comment. Learn more about our subscription program here.

I was contacted by Don Hamilton of ODOT today regarding some thoughts I had expressed to them about addressing pedestrian/bicycle safety on the bridge. In particular, the west end.

As a practitioner of urban design, I brought up specific tactile striping; bicycle-only diagonal crossing signalization (ala Springwater corridor and Europe); possibly green box havens; and directive signage as a stopgap way to improve conditions, in the least possible time, with lower initial costs. This was my effort to counter major re-engineering would take a long time in ODOT’s world.

He was very responsive (for ODOT) and said that he is supporting these actions to the engineers that are now looking at the current conditions. I only hope he is right.

I explained that the memorial ride we had as well as the other fatalities of late were a deep catalyst for action.

He said he may have these engineers contact me for further user discussions, which we can hope will happen. With ODOT, I’ll cross my fingers.

I’ll let you know what I hear.

Mike Gilliland, BikePortland Subscriber

Stolen Electra Townie electric bike – Please be on lookout

Posted on October 31st, 2016 at 9:27 am.

I wasn’t thinking this is what I would use my subscription for… but I want my bike back.

Its a Black Electra Townie with a electric motor and battery. It has a unique frame and ideally the battery and motor still installed.

The bike was stolen from the Grand Park Village complex- 3262 NE Broadway St Thursday night between 7 and 9pm. At the time I had about 5 things on my mind and although I took my lights off, I didn’t actually lock the bike.