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Weekend Event Guide: Dirt Lab fundraiser, swap meet, scavenger hunt, and more

Posted by on October 13th, 2016 at 4:21 pm

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More of this please! Swing by The Lumberyard Friday night to help raise money for great new trails to ride at Gateway Green!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In light of what appears to be the certainty of wind and rain we’ve lined up several great indoor events and great mud events. Take your pick and dress accordingly. I’ll be using the deluge as the catalyst to buy some new rain pants. It’s been past time for way too long.

Scroll down for your weekly menu of tasty local rides and events…

Friday, October 14th

Friends of Gateway Green Dirt Lab Fundraiser – 5:00pm The Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd)
Gateway Green is a 25 acre park development in East Portland. The incorporated Dirt Lab will add singletrack trails, a pump track, and the potential for lots more. The Lab’s crowdfunding campaign is 2 days from closing and 90% funded. If you want to help, stop by the Lumberyard where a percentage of admission and food sales will be donated. Learn more here.


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Amid growth surge, Ruckus Composites makes two new hires

Posted by on October 13th, 2016 at 1:40 pm

The newly-expanded team at Portland-based Ruckus Composites.(Photo: Ruckus)

The newly-expanded team at Portland-based Ruckus Composites.
(Photo: Ruckus)

Ruckus Composites has come a long way since we first visited their shop seven years ago.

Back then company founder Shawn Small worked in a rough shop space in the Brooklyn neighborhood that he shared with another company (Portland Design Works, which has grown quite a bit itself since those days). A mechanical engineering grad who’s now 32 years old, he worked alone with just his tools, machines, and big ideas to keep him going. Part bike lover, part mad scientist (he used to write our “Bike Science” column), and part entrepreneur, Small has definitely managed to keep going.

As he approaches a decade in business he announced two new hires today which brings the Ruckus staff up to six full-timers (not including himself).


Guest post: 9 tips for a better rainy day bike ride

Posted by on October 13th, 2016 at 11:14 am

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A bicycle umbrella (like this one we tested last year) isn’t necessary, but the great tips below are required reading.
(Photo: Juli Maus)

Note: This post was submitted by BikePortland Subscriber Kevin Schmidt from Pedal PT. Want to submit posts on behalf of yourself or your business? Become a subscriber today!

With the onset of the rain this week, it’s always good to review some ‘best practice’ tips for dealing with the weather, while still enjoying your ride.


Sheriff’s office blames deceased victim in early morning collision near Stayton

Posted by on October 13th, 2016 at 10:15 am

The scene on Shaff Road SE near Stayton this morning.(Photo: Marion County Sheriff's Office)

The scene on Shaff Road SE near Stayton this morning.
(Photo: Marion County Sheriff’s Office)

A person was killed this morning while bicycling on a rural road just east of Stayton, a small town about sixty miles south of Portland.

We don’t always cover fatal bicycle collisions so far away from the Portland metro area; but the statement about this one just released by the Marion County Sheriff’s Office deserves a closer look. The language used in the statement shows how far Oregon law enforcement agencies have to go to create a culture around traffic deaths that is in line with Vision Zero principles.

According to the Marion County Sheriff’s office, the collision occurred when someone driving a motor vehicle hit a bicycle rider from behind. Read their official statement (released just two and-a-half hours after the collision) and think about how the language paints the relative culpability of each party:


Bike law expert says PBOT’s crossbike markings create confusion

Posted by on October 12th, 2016 at 3:39 pm

A crossbike at Tillamook and NE 15th. (Photo: Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton)

A crossbike at Tillamook and NE 15th.
(Photo: Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton)

This post is part of our Get Legal series made possible by Swanson, Thomas, Coon & Newton.

When we first reported on crossbikes in August, concerns about them began almost immediately. While some people were happy to see the increased visibility for bicycling traffic at crossings via the big green stripes, others said the treatment creates confusion.

Now Ray Thomas, the Portland lawyer who literally wrote the book on Oregon bike law, is adding his voice to the chorus of concerns.

Before we get into his critique, let’s review what crossbikes are and what problem they aim to solve.


PBOT unveils design proposal and timeline for bikeway on SW Capitol Highway

Posted by on October 12th, 2016 at 8:25 am

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Riding on Capitol Hwy today is a risky proposition.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Thanks in part to the passage of the Fix Our Streets gas tax increase the City of Portland is finally going to build what many consider to be southwest Portland’s highest priority transportation project: A redesign of SW Capitol Highway between Multnomah Village and Taylors Ferry Road.

This one-mile north-south stretch of Capitol Highway has been on the radar of PBOT and neighborhood advocates for over 20 years. It was listed as a priority in the 1996 Capitol Highway Plan and since then has been bounced around many project lists and planning documents. The reason for the delay has been the relatively high cost: Because of its topography and stormwater management issues the project has always been on the expensive side.

Last night at the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, PBOT project manager Steven Szigethy said the project is estimated to cost $10-12 million. Funding is now in hand thanks to $3.3 million from the Fix Our Streets fund and another $6-7 million from transportation and stormwater system development charges (fees paid by developers to improve infrastructure).


Join us, the CCC and Oregon Walks for Blazers Bike Night on November 13th!

Posted by on October 12th, 2016 at 7:52 am

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The Moda Center bike parking area is always full and fun on Bike Night!

If you’re excited as we are for the start of the NBA season, you’ll love this news: Blazers Bike Night is back for 2016 and operators are standing by to take your ticket order .

This year’s game is the Sunday, November 13th contest against the Denver Nuggets, an exciting young team that features former Trail Blazer Will “The Thrill” Barton.


Your guide to Portland’s ‘Walktober’ fest

Posted by on October 12th, 2016 at 7:00 am

It's walking... like you've never seen it before.(Photo: Oregon Walks)

It’s walking… like you’ve never seen it before.
(Photos: Oregon Walks)

This guest article is written by Noel Mickelberry, the executive director of Oregon Walks

It’s a special time of year for people on foot. It’s a little rainy, there are patches of sun, and it’s the perfect time to prep yourself for Halloween – it’s Walktober, an entire month of walking fun that Oregon Walks has been organizing for the past five years.


First look at bikeway upgrades on Interstate, Fremont, 2nd Avenue, Morrison and Vancouver

Posted by on October 11th, 2016 at 8:43 am

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New one-block section of contraflow protected bike lane on SE Morrison Street between Grand and MLK is one of several new projects PBOT has installed in the past few months.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The merry little elves at the Portland Bureau of Transportation have been busy over the past several months. If you like to bike in the city and are waiting for major projects to be completed (like the 20s Bikeway, the bike lanes on Foster, the protected bikeway network downtown, and so on) you’ll still have to wait. But while those projects are still in the workshop, the elves have pushed out lots of smaller ones.

Today we’ll take a closer look at five places where PBOT has added bicycle access upgrades to the street: North Interstate at Tillamook, North Rodney at Fremont, North Vancouver at Fremont, 2nd Avenue, and Southeast Morrison.

Scroll down for notes and photos on the projects…


Over 1,800 racers and muddy conditions kick off Cross Crusade season

Posted by on October 10th, 2016 at 2:40 pm

The mud in this tricky off-camber downhill section gave even the elite riders a lot to think about on Sunday.
(Photo: Dylan VanWeelden/Pushing Towards Normal)

The River City Bicycles CylcoCross Crusade kicked off in fine fashion this weekend. With a big double-header at Alpenrose Dairy in southwest Portland, we are now in the thick of Portland ‘cross season. And by thick, I mean thick mud.


Western Bikeworks absorbs Athletes Lounge to expand into triathlon market

Posted by on October 10th, 2016 at 10:27 am


Six weeks after closing its doors for good, Portland’s only triathlon shop has found new life in an unexpected place: Another bike shop.

Early Saturday morning Western Bikeworks announced an agreement with Athletes Lounge. Western Bikeworks has locations in northwest Portland and Tigard and is one of the city’s largest bike shops. In addition to their two retail locations Western Bikeworks does a robust online business as one of four e-commerce bike brands owned by Portland-based Velotech Inc (they also run Cyclocross.com, UrbanCyclist.com and BikeTiresDirect.com).

According to a statement, Athletes Lounge owner Gary Wallesen and an undisclosed number of his former staff will now be employed by Western Bikeworks in order to, “expand the areas of expertise” into trisports. Wallesen has also been hired to spearhead a new e-commerce site at AthletesLounge.com in the coming months.


The Monday Roundup: Hand signals, glowing bikeways, safety vigilantes, and more

Posted by on October 10th, 2016 at 9:34 am

Solar "Dutch style" bikeways at an intersection on Texas A & M campus.(Photo: Texas A & M Transportation Institute)

Solar “Dutch style” bikeways at an intersection on Texas A & M campus.
(Photo: Texas A & M Transportation Institute)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Bicycle Fitting Services, who reminds you that it’s the perfect time of year to dial-in your fit for maximum power and comfort.


Welcome to the week. Before we get started, here are the best stories we came across last week…

Onion on arm signals: If you need a quick laugh after last night’s depressing presidential debate, check out The Onion’s treatment of hand signals.

USDOT talks tough on Vision Zero: But it’s mostly just talk. Still. A big show was made of federal commitment to road safety, but we’re not holding our breath that they have the guts to do what it takes to really tackle the problem.

Begging for change: A man waited 26 minutes for a “walk” signal in Seattle. Thankfully he recorded it and shamed SDOT into examining the cause of the delay.

Water taxis gaining steam: NYC is planning one and now another one has been approved between San Francisco and Berkeley. Can you imagine a water taxi connecting St. Johns and north Portland to the South Waterfront and downtown?


Builders and brewers star at the Handmade Bike & Beer Fest (photos)

Posted by on October 8th, 2016 at 12:06 am

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Head over to the North Warehouse on Interstate and Tillamook to gander at beautiful, Oregon-made bikes while sipping locally-made beer.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Handmade Bike & Beer Fest got off to a solid start tonight in north Portland. This event, hosted by the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Assocation, has teamed up with the Oregon Brewer’s Guild this year to offer a wider variety of craft beers to go along with the craft bikes.


New PBOT design connects Foster bike lanes all the way to 52nd

Posted by on October 7th, 2016 at 2:44 pm

Before/after of typical cross-section on Foster Road project.

Before/after of typical cross-section on Foster Road project.

Good news everyone: the Bureau of Transportation has found a new design for their Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project that allows them to continue the westbound bike lanes on Foster all the way to 52nd.

This is a big deal because the plan that passed City Council two summers ago dropped the bike lane at 54th and led westbound Foster bike riders on an annoying zig-zag to the north in order to reach 52nd and eastbound riders would have been led south of Foster to Center Street in order to reconnect to Foster a few blocks east of 52nd — all because PBOT didn’t want to remove a few blocks of on-street auto parking.

At the time, Foster-Powell area resident Brett Holycross told us the zig-zag was, “A shame for an otherwise great project.”

News of the new design leaked out at the City’s town hall event on the new gas tax in east Portland on Tuesday. Members of BikeLoudPDX attended the event and reported back about what they heard from PBOT’s Foster Streetscape Plan Project Manager Rich Newlands. “The bike lanes on Foster will extend to 52nd Ave! This made my day,” wrote Dan Gebhart.


Forced to steal, a Cedar Hills teen turns in her mom and gets a new bike

Posted by on October 7th, 2016 at 11:45 am

This duo was arrested on multiple charges.(Photos: Multnomah County Sheriff's Office)

This duo was arrested on multiple charges.
(Photos: Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

We’ve covered many bike theft stories over the years; but we’ve never heard of anything quite like what we learned from the Washington County Sheriff’s Office this morning.

A 13-year-old girl in Cedar Hills (seven miles west of Portland) called the police to report a bicycle that she suspected was stolen. The amazing thing is that the bike was given to her by her mother and she told the responding officer it was probably stolen. She was right. She also disclosed that her mom had forced her to steal all sorts of things from apartment complexes and donation drop-off locations.

Deputies investigated and found out that the girl’s mom — 33-year-old Beaverton resident Lara Kent and her partner, 37-year-Jack Harman Jr. from Portland — had a U-haul van and a storage unit stuffed with stolen goods. They tracked down the van and the storage unit and ultimately arrested the duo.

Among the 70 stolen items recovered were jewelry, checks, mail, license plates, new clothing, 10 bicycles and one electric scooter that belonged to Portlander Cheryl Evans.


The ‘Cross Crusade’ begins a new era this weekend

Posted by on October 7th, 2016 at 10:44 am

(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A few of the 1,500 images we’ve taken of the Cross Crusade over the past decade. See them all here.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend the race series that defines cyclocross in Portland will turn over a new leaf as it launches into its 23rd season. First held in 1993 — before many of its current participants were even born — the River City Bicycles CycloCross Crusade has grown past its adolescent years and is settling into adulthood. The antics the series is known for are by no means coming to an end; but you might notice a slight smoothing of the edges and a shift from partying to professionalism.


Jobs of the Week: Islabikes, Crank, Go By Bike, Velotech, HGNR Inc, Ride Report

Posted by on October 7th, 2016 at 8:15 am

We fell a little behind with the week, so now you get to see a few weeks worth of great job opportunities in one big post.

If you’re looking for greener pastures in the bike world, have a look at the listings below and see if there’s anything worth chewing on. Good luck!

–> Bicycle Technician – Islabikes

–> Mechanic/Salesperson – Crank

–> Bike Mechanic and Bike Valet – Go By Bike

–> Shipping Specialist – Velotech

–> Customer Experience Specialist – Velotech

–> Warehouse, Picker/Packer, Product Assembly – HGNR Inc

–> Director of Customer Success – Ride Report


Weekend Event Guide: Custom bikes, beer, ‘cross and more

Posted by on October 6th, 2016 at 11:42 am

Cross Crusade at Alpenrose-20
Who’s ready to enter?
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Saturday kicks off several days of warm and dry weather, just in time for the weekend. The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival returns Friday and Saturday, cyclocross takes over Alpenrose Dairy all weekend, and a cool collaboration between neighborhood businesses in the Gateway District will benefit the Dirt Lab at Gateway Green on Saturday. And that’s not all, see the full menu below…


Industry Ticker: New bikes from Islabikes, new bag from North St

Posted by on October 6th, 2016 at 11:02 am

North St. Bags' new Morrison backpack/pannier and the new Cnoc 20 from Islabikes.

North St. Bags’ new Morrison backpack/pannier and the new Cnoc 20 from Islabikes.

Portland is full of seriously top-notch bike companies. Two of our faves are North St. Bags and Islabikes. They’ve both released new products and we’ve got the scoop and photos below…


PBOT removes Hawthorne memorial, responds to Clinton crosswalk controversy

Posted by on October 6th, 2016 at 9:29 am

The center turn lane on Hawthorne at 43rd is now available for driving on after PBOT removed a makeshift memorial last night.(Photo: PDX Transformation/Twitter)

The center turn lane on Hawthorne at 43rd is now available for driving on after PBOT removed a makeshift memorial last night.
(Photo: Paul Jeffery)

Last night under the cover of darkness City of Portland transportation bureau crews cleared out the cones, signs, candles, photos and flowers that had created a traffic calming memorial to Fallon Smart on Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard.

The makeshift memorial in the center turn lane at the intersection of 43rd Avenue had grown from a few flowers on August 19th to a memorial so large that it closed Hawthorne’s center turn lane. In fact, closing the lane was a secondary and symbolic goal of the memorial — since it was that center lane that allowed Abdulrahman Noorah* to speed recklessly past another driver (who had stopped) just before he hit and killed the 15-year-old Smart.