Day 4 with Treo Bike Tours: A taste of gravel (and more)

Posted by on July 18th, 2014 at 12:53 pm

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It was finally time to hit the gravel. This is Courtney Martin and Jenn Dederich cresting a climb on Hale Ridge Road with the Blue Mountains in the background.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This is our final post in a series on riding in eastern Oregon with the support of Treo Bike Tours. See the other posts here.

The group’s final day of riding in eastern Oregon was filled with mixed emotions. It was the first taste of gravel road riding for some people, it included a fast, curvy descent, and it’s conclusion meant a return to work, routines, and the end of a magical four days.


Pioneer Square parking lot and thoughts on a parking reform renaissance

Posted by on July 18th, 2014 at 11:28 am

Prior to 1984, the public plaza known as “Portland’s living room,” was full of cars. Believe it or not, Pioneer Courthouse Square used to be a parking lot (and before that it was a regal hotel).

That fact isn’t new to many of you who study urban planning and transportation in Portland. I’ve heard about it for years. But until an aerial photo of it turned up on Twitter last night, that history never really sank in. The photo above was dug up by the Portland Development Commission and then tweeted out by Supportland.


Portland’s worst bike detour will be around for at least one more year

Posted by on July 18th, 2014 at 10:19 am

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Of all the problems with the sidewalk along SW Macadam that’s served as a detour for part of the Willamette Greenway for the last year, this might be the silliest.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A 0.7-mile bike detour between Willamette Park and the west landing of the Sellwood Bridge that steers people from a riverside trail to an unbuffered sidewalk along a four-lane state highway will probably stick around until late 2015, county communications show.


Jobs of the Week

Posted by on July 18th, 2014 at 9:37 am

Four great job opportunities have been posted to our listings this week.

Check out all them via the links below…


Day 3 with Treo Bike Tours: Hardman to the Columbia River

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 at 10:47 pm

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Mike Bernard rides in the mirage just a few miles south of the Columbia River on Highway 74.

This is the third in a series of four posts on riding in eastern Oregon with the support of Treo Bike Tours. See the other posts here.


Weekend Event Guide: Disaster relief, bike fair, potluck, mountain biking, and more

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 at 3:23 pm

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The Mazamas are hosting a “Bike & Hike” potluck on Saturday that will include a walk through Smith & Bybee lakes.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

The weather is finally cooling off, which means it should be perfect temps for biking this weekend. And wouldn’t you know it, you’ve got some great riding options to choose from.

Friday June 18th

Alpenrose Velodrome Challenge – All weekend at Alpenrose Velodrome (6149 SW Shattuck Rd)
This is the biggest local track event of the year. Records may fall and the racing will be top notch. Athletes will show up from all over the world with racing scheduled Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There’s a $7,500 cash purse and cash awards for record-breaking times. Great spectating too! More info here.


‘Transit on Tap’ event will highlight Kaiser’s folding e-bike loan program

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 at 2:33 pm


A few employers own bicycles that they can loan to their workers as an introduction to bike commuting, but a Kaiser Permanente Northwest pilot program this year is taking that to the next level.

The health company is loaning folding e-bikes to 180 of its employees.

The goal is, in part, to increase active commutes by introducing more commuters to the transit-friendly vehicles that can address one of the biggest reasons workers neither bike or bus to work: they live too far away to bike, and too far from a bus stop to take transit.


Infographic expands on local e-bike research, but the biggest puzzle remains

Posted by on July 17th, 2014 at 10:27 am

(Infographic by Portland State Transportation Research and Education Center)

A new poster summarizing research from a Portland State University scholar has some interesting factoids about electric bike users, but it doesn’t answer what’s becoming one of the biggest mysteries in American biking: why haven’t e-bikes taken off yet in the United States?


Day 2: Riding the John Day River valley

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 4:07 pm

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This is how riding in the John Day River valley makes some people feel.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This is the second in a series of four posts on riding in eastern Oregon with the support of Treo Bike Tours. Our journey began yesterday with a ride from Wasco to Condon highlighted by a stop at Cottonwood Canyon State Park.


Wider bike lanes coming to North Willamette Blvd

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 2:47 pm

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One more foot of space is coming in the few weeks.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

By the end of this month, people will get a little bit more room when riding on Willamette Boulevard in north Portland.


Gateway Green wins $1 million Metro grant

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 2:29 pm

Gateway Green and I-205
The southern tip of the Gateway Green parcel seen from the NE Halsey overpass.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Gateway Green, a 38 acre parcel in east Portland that’s slated to become a bike park (along with other things), came away as the big winner in Metro’s “Nature in Neighborhoods” grant program. $5.2 million in awards were announced last week and Gateway Green received all of the $1 million they had requested — an award larger than any of the other 9 projects.


‘Bike/ped does not belong’: some question state’s funding of bike projects

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 12:59 pm

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Paul Langner is a facility manager for a timber and freight company in Rainier, Oregon. He’s concerned that bike projects are getting too much priority in the Connect Oregon funding program.
(Image from Morrow Pacific project)

The concept of a bicycling corridor being more important to Oregon than a freight rail connection, an idea which a state committee is likely to validate on Thursday, is drawing sharp criticism from some Oregonians.


‘Disaster Relief’ and family cargo bikers join for major event this weekend

Posted by on July 16th, 2014 at 9:14 am


Two major trends in cargo biking will come together in Portland on Saturday at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry. Organizers of the Disaster Relief Trials and the Fiets of Parenthood have joined forces this year in what is sure to the largest cargo bike gathering of the year.


In Goose Hollow, lottery-funded bike parking may boost an underrated neighborhood

Posted by on July 15th, 2014 at 3:58 pm

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A new lottery-funded bike-and-ride parking structure on land owned by the First United Methodist Church is likely to greatly increase bike parking there.
(Image from Connect Oregon materials)

One of the Portland neighborhoods with the lowest rates of car ownership might surprise snooty east-siders: Goose Hollow.

The dense urban neighborhood immediately west of downtown also enjoys terrific access to Washington County thanks to TriMet’s MAX tunnel — and that combination gave a major new bike parking facility proposed there a boost into a list of transportation projects that are about to be funded by coveted state lottery revenue.


Exploring eastern Oregon by bike (and bus) with Treo Bike Tours

Posted by on July 15th, 2014 at 2:36 pm

Treo Bike Ranch trip Day 1-12
The descent into Cottonwood Canyon State Park.
(Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

What’s better than riding the dreamy roads of eastern Oregon with a handful of good friends? How about door-to-door support for you and your entire group on board on air-conditioned shuttle bus that’s stocked with yummy drinks and snacks? Fortunately, as I found this past weekend, that’s no longer just a dream.


City considers whether to spend more of street fee on repaving, less on safety

Posted by on July 15th, 2014 at 10:48 am

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Some want more to go to “maintenance.”
(city graphic)

With Portland’s mayor and transportation commissioner sticking adamantly to their guns on the notion that the city needs more money for its street system, other political chess pieces are moving.

Here’s one of the biggest: should less of the money go toward street safety and more toward street maintenance?

The initial plan from city leaders, which the city council sent back for retooling in June, was for 44 percent of the $50 million a year fee to go toward “safety projects” such as 4 miles a year of new neighborhood greenways, 70 city blocks a year of new sidewalks, 20 safer street crossings per year and a mile or two of new protected bike lanes each year.

Another 53 percent would go to repaving 30 to 50 miles of city streets each year, plus other maintenance like replacing 8,000 faded city street name signs each year.


As Uber launches in Vancouver WA, Portland is one of just two major U.S. cities without ridesharing

Posted by on July 14th, 2014 at 5:16 pm

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(Screen capture from Uber’s Vancouver website)

Portland is now the largest major city in the United States where the private ridesharing apps Uber and Lyft aren’t operating — but as of last week, one is now up and running in its largest suburb.

Uber Vancouver, WA launched last week, just ahead of today’s vote by Seattle City Council to fully legalize the services, which remain illegal under Portland’s taxi regulations.


The Monday Roundup: Self-driving bikes, Uber vs. drunk driving & more

Posted by on July 14th, 2014 at 8:50 am

Street scene, Hohhot, China
Mobility that matters in China.
(Photo: GothPhil)

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

Self-driving bike: Chinese search giant Baidu says it’s one-upping Google by prototyping an autonomous bicycle by the end of 2014.

Better taxis, fewer DUIs: In Philadelphia, San Francisco and Seattle, ridesharing and hailing apps (still illegal in Portland) seem to be reducing drunk-driving arrests.


Comment of the week: Conquering the fear of starting to bike

Posted by on July 11th, 2014 at 1:30 pm

(Tuesday’s comment of the week was a catch-up from last Friday’s holiday, so we’re now back to the regular schedule.)

Talia Jacobson’s guest post about biking while clumsy — in her case, the result of learning to ride in adulthood — drew a heartwarming wave of true confessions and upbeat encouragements from readers to Talia and (mostly) to one another. The one that stuck in my own head was probably this short recollection from Dave, who fearlessly described his emotions as he learned to ride.


6 questions for the man behind Oregon’s bikepacking revolution

Posted by on July 11th, 2014 at 10:14 am

Donnie Kolb’s new site, OregonBikepacking.com
is sooo good.

People have been sleeping in the woods with their bikes for over a century. It’s nothing new. But in just the past year or so, doing off-road overnighters — a.k.a. “bikepacking” — with a few frame bags attached to a mountain-bike (or a beefy road bike) has skyrocketed in popularity. Especially here in Oregon.

There are a number of things to explain this phenomenon; but one inarguable catalyst has been VeloDirt.com. Now Donnie Kolb, the man behind the site the has done so much to help popularize gravel riding and camping-by-bike, has launched OregonBikepacking.com.

Kolb launched VeloDirt in 2010 with his friends Suzanne Marcoe and Aaron Schmidt. It began humbly as a blog to catalog rides on “those lonely dirt roads you pass on your regular road rides.” That same year, Kolb organized an unsanctioned, 123 mile race on one of his signature backroad routes called the Oregon Stampede. It was a huge success, so Kolb added a few more events the next year and he hasn’t looked back since.


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