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Death of boy riding bike in Vancouver calls attention to left-turning buses

Posted on April 30th, 2012 at 1:59 pm.

A tragedy in Vancouver. [The story was written by contributor Michael Andersen.] As Vancouver reels from the death of an 11-year-old boy who was crushed by a C-Tran bus while riding his bike through the intersection of Main and 27th on Saturday, some have noted a common thread it shares with other recent local tragedies: Read More »

First look at TriMet’s new multimodal trip planner

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 5:32 pm.

Bibiana McHugh of TriMet gave a special sneak preview of the tool today.(Photo: Michael Andersen) This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, PDX’s 10-minute newsmagazine and wiki for transit commuters. Already known internationally for its top-notch website and pioneering use of open data, Portland’s transit agency is about to take another leap Read More »

Police cite bus operator for unlawful turn in transit mall crash – UPDATED

Posted on September 10th, 2010 at 12:35 pm.

Richard Krebs’ bike rests under the wheel of a TriMet bus after the collision last Thursday.(Photos: Bill Jackson) In a major update to our story from last week, the Portland Police Bureau has issued a citation to TriMet bus operator John Nations in a crash that occurred August 12th at SW 6th and Morrison in Read More »

TriMet: Transit mall collision still under investigation

Posted on August 20th, 2010 at 11:41 am.

Richard Krebs’ bike rests under the wheel of a TriMet bus after the collision last Thursday.(Photos: Bill Jackson) Last Thursday, a TriMet bus operator made a left turn from SW 6th Avenue onto Morrison and came into contact with a man’s bicycle (it’s not clear whether he was riding or walking). The wheel of the Read More »

Q & A with rider who inspired “Kill this Bicyclist!” post

Posted on August 18th, 2010 at 2:16 pm.

Paul Higgins, as seen from the window of a TriMet bus.(Photos: Screen grabs of Dan Christensen’s blog) At the end of last month, TriMet bus operator Dan Christensen published a shocking essay on his personal blog. The essay was titled “PORTLAND! KILL THIS BICYCLIST!” It went into detail about how Christensen was so frustrated with Read More »

TriMet’s first ‘Bike & Ride’ opens in Beaverton

Posted on July 30th, 2010 at 7:13 am.

(Photos by Jim “K’Tesh” Parsons) Yesterday, with notable transportation officials from around the region in attendance, TriMet officially cut the ribbon on their new ‘Bike & Ride’ facility at the Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton. With secure parking for 74 bikes, TriMet hopes the new service will make it easier for people to make the Read More »

TriMet will change policy after concerns raised over ‘Al M’ videos

Posted on June 29th, 2010 at 11:33 am.

TriMet has made a policy change in light of complaints about a bus operator who made videos of himself and his passengers — sometimes while driving — and then posted them on this blog. The issue surfaced after I published a video statement by bus operator Al Marguiles. In the comments of that story, Marguiles Read More »

TriMet’s new ‘Bike & Ride’ facility to open in July

Posted on June 9th, 2010 at 1:33 pm.

As we hinted at a few weeks ago, TriMet is set to begin construction of their new Bike & Ride facility at the Sunset Transit Center this month. A statement released yesterday said the project will begin June 21st and the facility is expected to be open for business by end of July.

Pay-by-card bike parking arriving this summer in Beaverton

Posted on May 21st, 2010 at 8:15 am.

[Contributor Michael Andersen is the editor of Portland Afoot, a forthcoming "10-minute newsmagazine" and wiki about low-car life in Portland, especially TriMet riders. Their launch issue comes out June 1.]

TriMet GM Fred Hansen resigns

Posted on March 18th, 2010 at 8:30 am.

Fred Hansen.(Photos © J. Maus) The Oregonian reported last night that TriMet General Manager Fred Hansen has decided to resign from the agency. Hansen has been TriMet’s GM since 1998. In light of Hansen riding the MAX into the sunset, I checked the BikePortland archives and found that his name popped up several times. The Read More »

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