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After bear spray attack, a ‘Cycling Against Hate’ ride is planned for this Sunday

Posted by on September 19th, 2016 at 12:54 pm

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A bike ride has been planned in response to an ugly incident that happened last week.

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Woman seriously injured after mysterious crash on Columbia Slough path

Posted by on September 19th, 2016 at 11:28 am

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Riding along the Columbia Slough path north of Kenton.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Skjelse Rapoch thought she’d just had a very bad crash while riding her bike. Now the police her family thinks she might have been attacked.

It happened Tuesday night while Rapoch was riding on the Columbia Slough path en route to Portland International Raceway where her husband (who works at Velo Cult Bike Shop) was competing in a cyclocross race. Details of the incident are scarce because Rapoch doesn’t remember anything. It was only after she was recovering in the hospital that she spoke to police and began to put the pieces together.

“What we initially thought was a terrible bicycle accident,” her family says, “is the result of something far more sinister…. it would appear an individual(s) was hiding along the path and hit Skjelse in the face with a rock while she was riding by.”

According to statements from Rapoch and her family, the police are now investigating this as a possible assault (update: the police say there is no evidence to suggest it was an attack).

A rider who found Rapoch says they saw a lone suspect fleeing the area as they rolled up. Rapoch says police have found a bloody rock has been found nearby that matches her facial trauma.

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The Monday Roundup: Carbon tax time, fast e-bikes, better blocks, best bike cities, and more

Posted by on September 19th, 2016 at 9:53 am

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Welcome to the Monday Roundup, where we’ve gathered (with help from readers) the most interesting stories and links from the past week…

Nabbing unsafe passers: Police in Birmingham (UK) are riding bikes undercover-style to catch people who pass them too closely.

Chicago #1 Bike City: Bicycling Magazine’s new rankings are out and Chicago has earned the top spot. The magazine’s editors felt it was Chicago’s turn at the top in large part because of their progress on physically protected bike lanes. San Francisco is ranked second and Portland came in third.

Speaking of protected bike lanes: The NYC Dept. of Transportation has been under fire from advocates for not doing enough to make streets safe for bike riders, so they’re doing a media push to tout their record-setting pace of building 18-miles of protected bike lanes this year.

They got the wrong guy: A man who was biking in Brooklyn says he was assaulted physically and verbally (with a racial slur) by two people inside a car — but somehow he’s the one who spent the night in jail.

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Police seek bias crime suspect who was riding a bicycle

Posted by on September 16th, 2016 at 8:46 am

A man pepper-sprayed a family in northeast Portland on Tuesday night and he remains at-large.

According to police, the suspect was riding a bicycle and the family was in and around their car at the time of the incident.

The case is being investigated as a bias crime because the victims – some of which were children – are black and the suspect is described as white or Hispanic. The suspect also allegedly made a racial slur during the incident.

Please read the police statement below and contact them with any information.

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Portland’s new surge in bike commuting is real – and it’s gas-price proof

Posted by on September 15th, 2016 at 12:52 am

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Rush hour on Williams Avenue in May. Once again in 2015, 7 percent of Portlanders said their main commute to work is by bike.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Gas prices? What gas prices?

The great gasoline plunge of late 2014 hasn’t cut the rate of Portlanders biking to work, at least not in 2015.

In fact, drive-alone commuting among Portland residents hit a modern-day low last year — the fifth such record in six years — and public transit commuting jumped to a modern high of 13.4 percent.

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City releases draft of Vision Zero Action Plan

Posted by on September 14th, 2016 at 10:36 pm

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Redesigning big streets is a major thrust of the plan.

Over one year after Portland City Council unanimously supported a commitment to Vision Zero, the task force assembled to help lead us there has released its action plan.

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A tour of the coast with Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog

Posted by on September 14th, 2016 at 7:44 pm

Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog.

Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog.

I’ve seen a lot of elected officials on organized bike rides over the years. Usually they look uncomfortable and their bike doesn’t quite fit: As if it’s obvious they’re doing it mostly for the photo-op.

Brookings Mayor Ron Hedenskog is different.

Today on Cycle Oregon, Mayor Hedenskog joined us for the ride from Gold Beach to Brookings. The last time he did the ride was 1988 — the inaugural edition.

I accompanied him for about 30 miles and got a personal tour of the route. Hedenskog knows the area well. He moved to the coast in 1966, his dad was a commercial fisherman and his father-in-law ran a 400-acre sawmill on the coast in the 1950s — a full decade before the Coast Highway was even built.

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Cycle Oregon takes over the southern coast

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 at 11:45 pm

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Bonfire on Gold Beach to end day three.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We’re joining Cycle Oregon a bit late this year. The 2,500 or so people that make up this ride (about 2,000 or so riders and hundreds of volunteers, supporters, and staff) are now settled into a beachfront camp.

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‘Corn Cross’ takes racing to the farm

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 at 10:31 pm

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Racing through tall corn stocks, an Oregon cyclocross tradition.
(Photos by Daniel Steinle.

Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon (yes that’s the name of the city) is a working farm 364 days of the year. But for one day each year it’s also a cyclocross race venue.

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Weekly Video Roundup: A Sunday in Hell, the science of steep climbing and more

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 at 10:33 am

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! There were some interesting videos this week, but I felt like none were feature-worthy. So I’m going back to the vault. This is 1976’s “A Sunday in Hell”. It shows 100 minutes on the Paris-Roubaix race including Eddy Merckx. Enjoy. I’m watching it again as I’m posting this. (also: this race is alluded to below- +3 internet points for the first person to spot it)

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Funding campaign launches for singletrack and ‘Dirt Lab’ at Gateway Green

Posted by on September 13th, 2016 at 8:00 am

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New rendering of Gateway Green’s Dirt Lab shows the view from the northern end of the site.

The time has finally come to grab our shovels and turn on the trail-building machine. If all goes according to plan we’ll be riding two miles of fresh singletrack trails at Gateway Green, a 25-acre parcel of land in east Portland between interstates 84 and 205, by this winter.

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Bike-powered GO Box has kept 100,000 food containers out of the trash

Posted by on September 12th, 2016 at 2:29 pm

GO Box Founder Laura Weiss at work. (Photo: GO Box Facebook)

GO Box Founder Laura Weiss at work.
(Photo: GO Box Facebook)

The dark side of Portland’s legendary food cart ecosystem are the thousands of plastic, paper, and styrofoam food containers that are tossed into the trash every day. Laura Weiss, founder of GO Box, is doing her part to make that ecosystem a bit healthier.

This week her business will mark a major milestone: The elimination of 100,000 disposable food containers.

Weiss has been pedaling her bike with a trailer full of re-usable containers since 2011 and will also celebrate her fifth year in business this Wednesday.

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Local company wants to make bike security a cinch

Posted by on September 12th, 2016 at 12:30 pm

Wilsonville-based Otto Design Works thinks most bike locks are too big and clunky – especially for people riding fast and light road bikes who want something slim and compact.

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Riders battle epic sand trap at Het Meer cyclocross race

Posted by on September 12th, 2016 at 11:06 am

Seriously sandy cyclocross.(Photos by Matt Haughey/Flickr)

Seriously sandy cyclocross.
(Photos by Matt Haughey/Flickr)

You’ve probably never tried to ride your bike through deep sand. Why would you? Sand and bikes (unless they’re fat) don’t go together.

That is, of course, unless you are a cyclocross racer.

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The Monday Roundup: Slower trucks, MAMILs, bikeway band-aids, and more

Posted by on September 12th, 2016 at 9:43 am

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Welcome to Monday. Here are the stories that caught our eyes last week…

Take notes: A diverse mix of experts — a consultant, a planner, an advocate, a politician — share how to make cycling safer in Montreal, and the insights can be applied to almost any serious cycling city.

Anti-bike bingo: Create your own anti-bike rant with this convenient form! All you need is a desire for inane clickbait.

The End of Road Riding: We’ve been discussing this on Twitter lately: The idea that some vehicle operators have become so irresponsible that many long-time road riders are so afraid they are giving up and finding other things to do — or other, off-highway places to ride.

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Portland Police arrest woman after she bragged about road rage assault online

Posted by on September 9th, 2016 at 2:15 pm

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Chrissy Shoaff mugshot.

Roadway assaults between motor vehicle operators and people on bikes and foot happen all the time. They usually don’t end well. This one did. At least for the victim.

On August 27th, Portland resident Paul Jeffery and his friends were trying to cross SE Division near 48th when he was assaulted by a woman driving a car. Jeffery says that about mid-way across the street the woman, “swerved around me close enough that my hand come into contact with the passenger side mirror.”

After that close call he says the woman — who is employed by Uber — turned around and approached him. The two had a heated back-and-forth about what happened and then, Jeffery says, the woman accosted him. She walked up to him, yelled loudly, then tore the $400 prescription glasses off his face, crushed them to pieces, threw them into the street, got back in her car and drove away (despite Jeffery and his friends sitting on her hood to prevent her from leaving).

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Featured Job Listings: Bike Gallery, WashCo BTC, Stages, Nutcase, Sellwood

Posted by on September 9th, 2016 at 7:44 am

Even as we head into fall and leave the “cycling season” behind, local bike shops and bike-related businesses are still hiring. If you’ve been looking for your spot in the Portland bike industry, or a change of scenery, check out the great opportunities that have come into our Job Listings in the past month:

Learn more about each position via the links below…

–> Bike Builder – Sellwood Cycle Repair

–> Website and Webstore Manager – Nutcase Helmets

–> Customer Service Representative/Technical Support – Stages Cycling

–> Bike Mechanic – WashCo BTC Community Bike Center

–> Service Department Manager – Bike Gallery (Downtown)

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‘Cross is here: Get the lowdown on local races, clinics, and more

Posted by on September 8th, 2016 at 10:09 am

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Hope you’re ready. Even if you’re not; go ahead and drop in, you’ll be OK.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In case you missed the memo yesterday, cyclocross season is upon us. As the sun recedes and the leaves fall, it’s time to turn your pedals and jump into the local ‘cross scene.

Portland is lucky to have one of the most vibrant and accessible ‘cross cultures anywhere. Whether you want to race, dip your toes in the mud to try it out, or spectate — these next few months have a lot to offer.

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Portland area teenagers to learn safe driving skills at Ford-sponsored event

Posted by on September 8th, 2016 at 8:20 am

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(Photo: Ford Motor Company)

Nearly 3,000 teenagers die every year in motor vehicle crashes in our country — it’s the leading cause of death in the 12-19 year age group and represents nearly half of all teenage fatalities.

As a bicycle rider (and father of a teenager), it’s quite unpleasant to think about sharing the road with these inexperienced and often distracted young people. That’s why I’m happy to share that this weekend Ford is sponsoring a series of free “Driving Skills for Life” clinics that will teach teens from around the region how to drive safely.

The event is part of a national tour that Ford Motor Company has been organizing for 12 years and it’s being promoted by the Oregon Department of Transportation as an element of their Vision Zero plans.

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Beer, bikes and Oregon’s bounty come together on ‘Fresh Hop Century’

Posted by on September 7th, 2016 at 2:54 pm

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Using bikes to deliver hops from the valley to Portland — that’s what the Fresh Hop Century is all about.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We’ve been covering the fun connections between Portland’s vaunted beer and bike cultures for many years.

Last weekend we think it reached a climax.

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