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State says there’s not enough proof that bike lanes boost safety, so 26th Ave lanes should go

Posted by on August 26th, 2015 at 11:37 am

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The City of Portland wants to create a second, more comfortable crossing of Powell at 28th, but the state says it won’t allow one unless bike lanes and bike boxes at 26th (shown here) are removed.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Three weeks after being asked if it can cite any evidence supporting its claim that removing a bike lane can sometimes increase bike safety, the State of Oregon has come up empty.

Moreover, a state spokeswoman wrote in an email Tuesday that four studies cited by the City of Portland that document safety benefits of bike lanes are inadequate, though the state did not say in what way the studies fall short.

“More research needs to be done,” the Oregon Department of Transportation said in its statement.

Research notwithstanding, the Oregon Department of Transportation is continuing to deny the City of Portland’s request to install a new stoplight at 28th Avenue and Powell (which would let the city create a new north-south neighborhood greenway on 28th) unless the city agrees to first remove the narrow bike lanes from nearby 26th Avenue.

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Council vote today would allow more diverters on neighborhood greenways

Posted by on August 26th, 2015 at 8:18 am

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A traffic diverter allowing biking and walking traffic but blocking auto traffic.
(Photos: J.Maus and M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Traffic diverters: back by popular demand.

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Video leads to two citations in case of dangerous pass caught on camera

Posted by on August 25th, 2015 at 2:27 pm

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Still from video by Tony Tapay

Chalk up another win for video camera justice.

Tony Tapay caught a dangerous pass on camera last month and — even though there were no police or other witnesses around to see it — he doggedly pursued his case in hopes that the man who nearly hit him and his son would be brought to justice.

Five weeks after the incident occurred the Portland Police have now officially cited Andrew Reid for Careless Driving and Unsafe Passing of a Person Operating a Bicycle.

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County’s draft Sauvie Island transportation plan would discourage “recreational bicycle activities” – UPDATED

Posted by on August 25th, 2015 at 12:49 pm

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Is too much cycling on Sauvie Island a bad thing? Should the County collect a fee from riders?
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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PBOT: School relocation will mean more auto traffic on North Flint

Posted by on August 25th, 2015 at 9:03 am

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Traffic on Flint at Broadway.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A popular route for bicycling will change a lot when school starts later this week.

On Thursday the currently vacant school on North Flint Avenue just south of Russell will become the temporary home for Faubion School. Faubion (which serves kindergarten through eighth grade) will move from their northeast Portland location while their school is rebuilt over the course of the next two years.

Flint is a popular connection between the bike lanes N Vancouver Ave and N Broadway. The move means that what used to be a quiet backstreet for thousands of bike riders each day will see a lot more auto traffic.

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City council will weigh new neighborhood greenway guidelines Wednesday

Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 4:33 pm

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Southeast Clinton Street.
(Photo:M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Some biking advocates are planning to wear green to Wednesday’s Portland City Council meeting to welcome the arrival of a long-awaited city study of Portland’s neighborhood greenways.

The study, first reported on BikePortland in November, has since evolved to include a new set of recommended guidelines for what makes a comfortable greenway. The guidelines would, in some ways, enshrine modern neighborhood greenways into city practices for the first time.

Over the last year, many Portlanders have warned that some neighborhood greenways — the theoretically low-traffic, low-stress side streets that form the backbone of the bike network in most of inner east Portland and a major component of its city’s planned network — are uncomfortable and unwelcoming to bike on because of high car traffic and speeds.

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Police investigate after road-rager is caught on camera

Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

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County responds to Broadway Bridge path closure complaints

Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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A County project on the Broadway Bridge has resulted in detours and intermittent closures.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Donuts, Gofundme, and a humorous way to humanize bike theft

Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 12:22 pm

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“Buy Doug a bike and 6 jelly donuts,” might be the best crowdfunding campaign title we’ve ever seen

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Hit-and-run in Waterfront Park shows disturbing lack of conscience

Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 11:53 am

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Paths are for slow riding.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Reader Spencer B (not that Spencer B) shared a disturbing story with us earlier this month. A man riding a bike in Waterfront Park just south of the Steel Bridge, rode his bicycle into another person and just kept on going.

Here’s what happened, via an email from Spencer:

This morning while riding to work I witnessed an accident where the cyclist hit and knocked over a pedestrian and just kept going. I stopped to check on her. She was a 70ish woman who was probably from out of town and doesn’t know the dangers of the Esplanade in the morning.

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The Monday Roundup: Pixel bridges, Amish bikers and a de facto Idaho in SF

Posted by on August 24th, 2015 at 9:21 am

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Here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Pixel bridges: An online artist has made renderings of all 12 that cross the Willamette. They’re even animated — check out Tilikum’s light rail cars.

De facto Idaho: In response to a police crackdown on people who bike through stop signs, a San Francisco city supervisor has proposed a law to make such enforcments a low police priority unless someone is actually at risk.

Amish bikers: A new ruling allowing Amish people to ride bicycles has swamped Kentucky roads with new riders.

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County urges bikers to use TriMet as wildfire smoke fills Portland streets (updated)

Posted by on August 22nd, 2015 at 7:22 pm

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Comment of the Week: One more Portland bike user for better pavement

Posted by on August 21st, 2015 at 4:25 pm

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North Michigan Avenue: tighten your bolts.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This time last year, it looked as if Portland’s city council was about to grit its teeth and start addressing two problems that Mayor Charlie Hales rode into office pledging to fix: the twin facts that our roads are both consistently unsafe and disintegrating beneath us.

Now, as Portland’s leaders get ready to file back in from vacation, all available signs point to both of those cans being kicked further down the road.

Meanwhile, as BikePortland reader Alex wrote in a comment on Tuesday, bike trips through this town keep getting bumpier.

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The four roles of bike shops: new PSU thesis breaks it down

Posted by on August 21st, 2015 at 11:29 am

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Brandon Fite at the Outer Rim bike shop in Gateway.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bike shops matter. And like so many brick-and-mortar retailers across this country, many American bike shops have been failing.

How scared should we be about this? And if we’re scared, what’s to be done?

A newly minted Portland State University graduate and employee of the (perfectly healthy) Northwest Portland institution 21st Avenue Cycles is advancing that conversation with a senior thesis he published this year. In it, he proposes a typology (“four types of local bike shops”) and interviews five Portland bike shop professionals about the roles bike shops play and how they interact with a bike-friendly city.

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First look at Oregon State Park’s ‘modern luxuries’ for bicycle tourers

Posted by on August 21st, 2015 at 9:52 am

Last week we shared how the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department was upping the ante on bike-camping facilities at three popular state campgrounds. OPRD has installed fix-it stations, group shelters, covered gear storage, and device charging stations just for people who show up by bike. The state calls these facilities “modern luxuries.”

I haven’t been able to see them myself, but I just got a few photos from OPRD’s Bicycle Recreation Specialist Alex Phillips. Check them out below…

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Industry Ticker: New Showers Pass kids jacket comes with big BTA donation

Posted by on August 21st, 2015 at 9:27 am

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Images by Showers Pass

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Jobs of the Week: Store Manager and Rapha

Posted by on August 21st, 2015 at 8:40 am

We’ve had two great jobs listed this week. Learn more about them via the links below…

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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, Jade Night Market, camping, cross, and more

Posted by on August 20th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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Pack up and head out for one last adventure before summer is over.

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Some people are acting like summer is almost over. Wait.. what? It is? Dang. Well, we’ve still got some stellar weather that’s just begging you to get out and ride. This weekend we’ve added a few events that aren’t bike-specific; but they sure are fun and showing up by bike makes them even better.

Enjoy!

Friday, August 21st

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5 days in Eastern Oregon: Wallowa Valley and Zumwalt Prairie

Posted by on August 20th, 2015 at 12:56 pm

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A derelict homestead sits nestled in a remote valley on the rough and rocky Pine Road in the Zumwalt Prairie about 25 miles north of Wallowa Lake.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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City’s new Sunday Parkways traffic plan: fewer police, more volunteers, lower costs

Posted by on August 20th, 2015 at 11:15 am

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PPB Sgt. Robert Voepel and Sunday Parkways
Manager Linda Ginenthal.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

NOTE: Since posting this story I have learned more from PBOT. Please see the extended note at the end of the post. — Jonathan

In an ongoing effort to make Sunday Parkways as efficient and cost-effective as possible, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will unveil a new traffic plan at their southeast event this Sunday.

Under the new plan, modeled after open streets events in other cities like Bogota, Los Angeles, and Atlanta, PBOT will use fewer uniformed police officers and more citizen volunteers to control traffic at intersections. This reduced police presence will save PBOT thousands of dollars while freeing up police resources for higher priority assignments.

PBOT’s Sunday Parkways Manager Linda Ginenthal shared in an interview this morning that they’re looking to be “more creative” with their traffic control.

When Sunday Parkways first started in 2008 the events cost about $150,000 each. For the past several years however, as the city has found efficiencies in how they deliver the events, the current budget for each one is about $85,000 — with about $8,000 of that going to pay for police. Using fewer police, Ginenthal says, is likely to save the city another several thousand dollars.

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