The Monday Roundup: Hit and run by bike, bike golfing & more

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 14th, 2014 at 9:12 am

Bikes at Earth Day
Bikes on the Springwater path.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

— This week's Monday Roundup is sponsored by ABUS Security, makers of locks that can "thwart even the cleverest of thieves."

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

Biker hits and runs: "BAM! He hit me and just kept going," said a woman who says her arm was broken by a man on a bicycle who hit her on the Springwater Corridor and then (illegally) left the scene last month.

Bike golfing: Vail Golf Club is adding a third mode for golfers: they can walk; they can take an electric cart; or they can now bike their clubs to the tee.

Drone injury: A flying drone that was filming a bike race whacked a triathlete in the head and sent her to the hospital.

Less congestion: Auto traffic in Seattle has been consistently falling since 2003. Go ahead, read that sentence again. (The population has grown 11 percent and transit use is up 40 percent.)


The Friday Profile: Rachael Pecore-Valdez, mountain-bike rookie on a wolf's tail

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 11th, 2014 at 3:27 pm

Every day, Rachael Pecore-Valdez trains by riding her 26-year-old Huffy to the top of Mount Tabor.
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Rachael Pecore-Valdez said her husband, for one, is thrilled that she's finally coming around to bikes.

She's a little nervous herself. For someone whose longest bike trip ever is 40 miles to Sauvie Island and back, a 1,200-mile, five-week mountain bike trek across most of Oregon will be, well, a leap.


West-side paths may get lottery grants, but bike-share expansion looks iffy

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 11th, 2014 at 1:17 pm

The blue dashed lane along the south bank of the Tualatin River shows a future trail connection that might be funded by $1.6 million in state lottery proceeds.
(Image: City of Tualatin)

A mixed-use path link in Tualatin is among the top contenders for a lottery-funded state grant program that includes biking and walking projects for the first time this year.

The 0.8-mile, Tualatin River Greenway gap completion project is faring well in the state's competitive Connect Oregon program because it creates a low-stress link to jobs and retail across Interstate 5 for 67,000 nearby residents. It'd cost $3.1 million; Tualatin is hoping half will come from Connect Oregon.

Also performing well in early (and still flexible) rankings for Connect Oregon's state lottery dollars are the proposed Tigard Street Trail, which would convert an unused rail alignment to a walking/biking path along SW Tigard Street from SW Main Street to SW Tiedeman Avenue, and a TriMet proposal to add secure bike parking and safe track crossings at the Beaverton Creek and Goose Hollow MAX stations.


What's in store for NE Rodney? A dispatch from the open house

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 11th, 2014 at 11:52 am

NE Rodney neighborhood greenway open house-7
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

As we reported earlier this week, PBOT held their first open house for the NE Rodney neighborhood greenway project on Wednesday night. I wasn't able to put it on my schedule, but I found myself biking up Williams well before it was scheduled to open at 6:00 pm so I rolled in to see if I could get a sneak peek. Fortunately, PBOT project manager Rich Newlands was already there and everything was set out. I only had a few minutes, but I learned enough to share here on the Front Page.

Judging from comments on our last story, many of you are concerned about all the stop signs currently on Rodney. You'll be pleased to hear that PBOT's proposed plan would get rid of almost all of them. Currently there are 19 stop signs (no signals) on Rodney between Broadway and Killingsworth. That's out of a total of 27 intersections. And the way they're spaced out means you have to stop almost every other block. That much stopping is a deal-breaker when trying to make a street attractive for bicycling.


Exploring good, bad, ugly and new bikeways with PBOT's Bicycle Advisory Committee

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 11th, 2014 at 10:29 am

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Members of the Bicycle Advisory Committee assembled at City Hall prior to the ride.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tuesday night I took part in the annual bike facility tour led by Portland Bureau of Transportation bike coordinator Roger Geller. Once a year, instead of sitting around a table on the second floor of City Hall discussing projects and policies, members of PBOT's Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) get on their bikes. The goal of the tours is to see the good, the bad, and the ugly of current conditions and discuss how things might look in the future.

Past rides have covered northeast Portland, the central city, and east Portland. Tuesday's ride was focused on southwest Portland.


Jobs of the Week

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 11th, 2014 at 8:02 am

We've hit a record folks! Nine excellent opportunities have been posted this week. Now is a great time to launch your career in the Portland bike world or find a new place to hang your hat. Check out the latest jobs posted to our Job Listings via the links below...


Weekend Event Guide: Tweed, gravel, cherry blossoms and more

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 10th, 2014 at 4:11 pm

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'Tis time for Tweed.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events (lovingly brought to you by Hopworks Urban Brewery).

Given all the sun we've had this week, I know a lot of people already have some big adventures planned. For those of you still looking for some excellent options, we have a fine edition of our Weekend Event Guide all dolled up just for you. Whether you're looking for a fun and social themed ride or a big adventure like your first Gran Fondo, check out the menu below and order up something tasty for your sunny weekend.

Saturday, April 12th

Wenzel Coaching Mountain Bike Clinic - 10:00 am at Stub Stewart State Park


Poll shows Portlanders split about 50/50 on $8 household 'street fee'

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 10th, 2014 at 12:00 pm

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Commissioner Steve Novick announcing the
poll results at City Hall today.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Michael Andersen also contributed to this story.

About half of Portland's English-speaking voters are in favor of an $8-a-month household fee to pay for street repairs and improvements, a city poll testing public attitudes found. The results were announced today at a City Hall press conference led by PBOT Commissioner Steve Novick.

The poll, first covered by BikePortland last week and expanded on by Willamette Week, found 48 percent of Portlanders would oppose an $8 fee, while 47 percent would support it. After the city added details about how the fee might work, the tally shifted to 52 percent in favor.


Latest Travel Oregon vid shows power of bike tourism for rural communities

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 10th, 2014 at 10:02 am

Riding the gravel roads of eastern Oregon.
(Still from video - Watch it below)

Remember last August when I had the very good fortune to sample the Treo Bike Ranch in eastern Oregon? I didn't mention it at the time, but during that trip we were joined for one of the days by a professional film crew that was shooting for Travel Oregon.

It turns out our riding at Treo was just one of several pieces of an impressive new video just released by the statewide tourism agency. Communities Powered by Travel: Bicycle Tourism highlights several bike tourism success stories. It features business owners and community advocates that graduated from Travel Oregon's Rural Tourism Studio training program which the agency says, "is designed to assist rural communities in sustainable tourism development."
The three success stories in the video are Treo Bike Tours, the Old West Scenic Bikeway, and First City Cycles (based in Oregon City). Watch it below...


At 20s Bikeway open houses, narrow support for bike lanes instead of auto parking

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 10th, 2014 at 1:37 am

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Riding with traffic is currently the only safe option through the 28th Avenue commercial district.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

"If parking is so valuable to business owners that our right of way can't be used for traffic (bike traffic) flow, then that parking should be priced,"
— Open house attendee

Trying to summarize all the opinions of Portlanders who came to last month's trio of open houses on the 20s Bikeway would be "like summarizing 250 essays on 25 or so different subjects," project manager Rich Newlands wrote in an email Wednesday.

But on one high-profile issue, it's actually not too hard to tally attendees' opinions: should the west side of 28th Avenue between Stark Street and Interstate 84 have a buffered bike lane, or auto parking?

At its public open houses, the city got 90 direct comments on the subject. Of them, 48 supported at least one buffered bike lane, while 42 preferred to reserve the space for auto parking.


Book Review: Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Rides in Washington

Posted by Nicholas Von Pless (Contributor) on April 9th, 2014 at 3:41 pm

Cover of Cycle Sojourner: Washington

Publisher's note: Two years ago we took a look at Portland author Ellee Thalheimer's first Cycling Sojourner guidebook that covered the best rides in Oregon. Now she's back with a Washington edition that's due out next month. BikePortland contributor Nicholas Von Pless received an advanced copy and shares his review below. — Jonathan

Around this time last year, I had just a couple longer distance rides under my belt: there was a two-day jaunt from Portland to Eugene (the first and last trip done without cycling shorts), and a few all-day rides within 30 miles of the city. But I wanted to get out and explore more. Fortunately, I had Ellee Thalheimer’s Cycling Sojourner, a companion for cycling through all of Oregon’s celebrated lands – from the treasured Painted Hills to the rolling vineyards of McMinnville. With Thalheimer’s expert guidance, I was turned on to some of the greatest adventures to be had on two wheels.

So on the cusp of another beautiful summer’s riding season, it was a no-brainer to again look to Ellee for guidance. And she delivers in her second installment, Cycling Sojourner: A Guide to the Best Multi-Day Tours in Washington.


Big Bike News Roundup: Shop move, cargo bike doc, Timbers, foodie ride and more

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 9th, 2014 at 12:58 pm

Have you seen this new art rack downtown?
(Photo: Christina Lacy)

We've reached that point again where I have so many interesting and cool bits of news on my story list that I've decided a Big Bike News Roundup is the best way to share them all.

In the past I might have just posted each of these small items as Front Page stories, but these days Michael and I are more drawn to doing longer, more meaty stories. Page Two might also be a good home for some of these but I realize that many people miss those stories since they don't appear on the Front Page. So, enough with this boring under-the-hood stuff, let's get to the news!

Here are eight great things happening in our community (posted in no particular order)...

Community Cycling Center expands youth Bike Camp programs


PBOT will host open house tonight for 'NE Rodney Bikeway Project'

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 9th, 2014 at 10:37 am

You're invited!
(Photo sent in by reader)

Just in time for the annual uptick in bike traffic, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is moving forward with a project that could alleviate bike congestion on one of the busiest streets in the city. Many people already eschew North Williams' narrow and crowded bike lane in favor of NE Rodney a few blocks to the east because the residential street is much calmer, quieter and less stressful.

At an open house tonight, PBOT will share details on their plans to turn two miles of NE Rodney — from Broadway to Killingsworth — into an official "neighborhood greenway." According to a flyer PBOT has mailed to area residents, the goal of the N Rodney Bikeway Project is to "provide a safer, shared-use environment for bicyclists."

While funding for neighborhood greenways has all but dried up, this project is moving forward because it's technically part of PBOT's North Williams Traffic Operations and Safety Project. The idea for adding traffic calming and other bike-centric features to Rodney emerged two years ago as a recommendation from that project's Stakeholder Advisory Committee.


City's 'SmartTrips' marketing program shifts focus

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 9th, 2014 at 9:51 am

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SmartTrips program manager Linda Ginenthal in 2006,
surrounded by "doodads, goodies, prizes, swag."
(Photos by J.Maus/BikePortland)

After 12 years of bike maps, blinking lights and walking tours, one of Portland's most innovative transportation programs is shifting direction.

Starting next week, the city's residential SmartTrips program, which gives Portlanders customized packages of free resources to help them get around by walking, biking or taking transit, will stop targeting specific neighborhoods and instead focus on reaching people who've recently moved.

The city's website will continue to offer the free bike maps that adorn thousands of local refrigerators. But as it manages a 17 percent budget cut, Smart Trips is focusing its outreach and its free mail-order goodie bags on 45,000 or so households that will move to new homes in Portland this year.


Can new-fangled mortgages finance Portland's tiny-home boom?

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 8th, 2014 at 4:18 pm

Kol Peterson, who also teaches classes for homeowners about developing ADUs, in his home.
(Photo courtesy Peterson.)

Real Estate Beat is sponsored by Portlandia HomePortland's enthusiasm for building small and tiny homes has been so abrupt, so unusual and so locally unique that the home mortgage industry hasn't figured out how to take advantage of it.

But people in both government and real estate who see accessory dwelling units as a boon for affordable density in bike-friendly, walkable parts of town are trying to help lenders catch up. And there are signs that it's working.

As we reported last month, Portlanders are responding to the surging demand for local housing by building and/or permitting hundreds of accessory dwelling units. One in 10 new homes in some inner north and Northeast neighborhoods is an ADU, a city specialist says.


Today is our 9th birthday!

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 8th, 2014 at 11:55 am

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Hi! This is me being very
happy during a recent trip to The Dalles.
(Self portrait)

Nine years ago today, I published my very first blog post about biking in Portland.

Back then my posts were published on OregonLive.com's "Bike Fun" blog (which no longer exists). After being hosted by OregonLive for about four months, I decided to go it alone and launched BikePortland.org in its current form on July 29th. After that big move, it would still be several years before I started doing the blog full time.

And what an amazing run we've had since then!

Here are a few stats to ponder:


Business, fun and diversity on the agenda at Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 8th, 2014 at 10:38 am

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Anita Hairston, a transportation policy expert with
PolicyLink, spoke at the 2012 Summit.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Good conferences are like good cities: the most interesting things usually happen between schedules and around edges. For a transportation conference here in Portland, that probably goes double.

The two-day Oregon Active Transportation Summit, which starts one week from Monday, is filling out its schedule and the official agenda has some must-see keynotes and lots of breakout sessions that will be informative and inspirational (if past year's are any indication). But there are two events not on the agenda that you should definitely plan to attend.

Learn more about them below the jump...


The BikePortland Podcast: The state of bike advocacy

Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on April 8th, 2014 at 10:13 am

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Cycle Oregon Executive Director Alison Graves,
Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh and
Humans on Bikes founder Christopher Delaney at the
National Bike Summit in Washington DC last month.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Does Portland-area bike advocacy lack a unifying theme?

That's one of the questions we tackle in the BikePortland podcast's latest episode, about the state of bicycle advocacy in Portland and elsewhere.

"We don't have a short-term goal for how we want bicycling to get better," co-host Jonathan Maus says in this month's half-hour show. "We just sort of follow a shiny object. Oh, Barbur road diet has to happen. Over here, there's been some tragedy, we have to go focus on Vision Zero. Oh, let's go talk about 20s Bikeway. There's no fundamental, organizing principle that everybody can rally around. I think that's a big gap we have right now."


BTA announces 2014 Alice Award winners and 'People's Choice' finalists

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 8th, 2014 at 8:53 am

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has announced this year's crop of Alice Award winners. The awards, which debuted in 1995, are meant to put a spotlight on people and organizations "who have worked to make bicycling better in Oregon." And new this year are a crop of 'People's Choice' candidates that will be chosen online via the BTA's Facebook page.

The Alice Award winners are: Kristin Dahl, Jenna Stanke, and the Regence Bike Commute Team. This year's Emerging Leader Award goes to Briana Orr and the Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award has been given to Mike Cosgrove. According to the BTA each winner has, " truly made an investment here in Oregon for healthier communities, for economic development, and for making Oregon a better place to live and ride." (The theme of this year's Alice Awards are "Investing in the Movement.")

The People's Choice Award will got to one of these three businesses: Hopworks Urban Brewery, New Relic, or VeloCult Bike Shop & Tavern.


Beaverton bars top OLCC list of establishments linked to DUII arrests

Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on April 7th, 2014 at 2:33 pm

DUII arrest notification letters sent from the
OLCC to a Beaverton bar over a two-year span.

According to Metro's 2012 State of Safety report, driving under the influence of intoxicants (DUII) is the single largest contributing factor to fatal traffic collisions in the region. People who have too much to drink (or get impaired by drugs) and try to operate a car are responsible for 57% of all road fatalities region-wide.

While the drunk driving problem is relatively well-known among safety advocates and even the general public, what's not often talked about are the restaurants and bars that serve the alcohol in the first place. Oregon law (ORS 471.412) states that a liquor license holder, "may not allow a person to consume or to continue to consume alcoholic beverages on the licensed premises after observing that the person is visibly intoxicated."

Despite that law, police officers in the Portland region arrest hundreds of people each year who name the specific bar they came from prior to being pulled over. The names of those bars are then sent to the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), which keeps a running tally of the totals and ranks the worst offenders.

Now a local lawyer, Scott Kocher of Forum Law Group, is bringing attention to the establishments in the OLCC database. Kocher provided us with several years of the OLCC's "Top Ten" lists that ranks each establishment in their license database (over 5,300 bars and restaurants in the Portland metro region) by how many DUI arrests they are linked to each year.


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