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The Monday Roundup: Beauty from Cleveland, dancing by the Seine and more

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

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This week’s news roundup is sponsored by the Barlow Road Ride, the scenic 100-mile tour along the Oregon Trail Aug. 23-24.

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

Cleveland bikeways: Cleveland has some beautiful plans for its former on-street streetcar routes.

Left Bank renaissance: One year after Paris closed an expressway along the Seine to cars, it’s a space for soccer lessons, backgammon games and an impromptu Michael Jackson dance party.

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Comment of the week: ‘The stream carves its own bed’

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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Civic action in its own way.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

If any new phrase about biking I’ve seen in the last few months deserves to become a cliche, it’s this one.

Reacting to our post about what would happen if all of Portland’s bike commuters switched to cars, reader Champs took another tack.

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Lifestyle column: You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 10:15 am

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Lifestyle columnist Cathy Hastie in a 2013 photo.

Editor’s note: Lifestyle columnist Cathy Hastie was a remarkably healthy cancer patient. Then she stopped bike commuting. Here, she describes what happened next.

Six months ago, I was healthy.

At 5’11″ and 160 lbs, my body was capable of just about anything I asked it to do, from hoisting boxes to dancing the two-step to running a few miles through the neighborhood. I wasn’t overly demanding, forcing myself to reach for some calculated heart rate or working towards 9 percent body fat. I simply had a body that worked, and worked well. Even though I had cancer.

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Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, alleycat, and more

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 8:09 am

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It’s that time of the year again… Bridge Pedal will take over the city on Sunday.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

It’s Bridge Pedal weekend. The massive ride that dwarfs all others in Portland (except for the Naked Bike Ride). Yes, this Sunday is your chance to ride with 20,000 other bike lovers on bridges where bikes are forbidden every other day of the year. That alone is worth the price of admission.

And if Bridge Pedal isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve got some other great options for your consideration…

Friday, August 8th

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Jobs of the Week

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 8:07 am

We’ve had a great selection of opportunities posted to our Job Listings this week. Check out all them via the links below…

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‘Day without the bicycle’ follow-up: How to make 1/3 of Portland’s bikers vanish

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

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The other day I did a fun post with some back-of-the-envelope math to estimate what it might look like if every Portland bike commuter switched to a car for one day. Here’s a tidbit I didn’t have room to include: massive temporary shifts from bike to other modes already happen regularly.

They happen every time it rains. Rain eliminates about one in three bike trips citywide, to be precise.

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‘Cross is coming! These clinics will help get you ready

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 at 10:38 am

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Cyclocross is fun; but it requires a special set of skills if you want to do it well.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cyclocross season is fast approaching. I can tell by the increased listings of ‘cross bikes and gear on Craigslist and the OBRA email list and the photos and updates on my social media stream (many with the #crossiscoming hashtag).

The other clear sign that the season is just around the corner is the announcement of clinics aimed at mastering the many skills it takes to do well in this discipline.

Whether you’re a junior just getting started, or an old pro that just needs to dust off the cobwebs, the clinics below are an excellent opportunity to get ready for the season (and they start this week so… get on it!).

Hosmer Chiropractic and Portland Bicycle Studio Present Cyclocross Skills Clinic Series

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A close-up look at the best business bike parking in Portland

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 at 9:51 am

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Right up front, plenty of space, and protected from the weather: Now that’s how you do bike parking.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Even in a city where bike parking in front of businesses is a government-sanctioned program, some business owners still choose to go above and beyond.

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Anti-violence ride will ‘Take back the streets’ of north Portland

Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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Former gang members want to take back the streets in North Portland and they want to use bicycles to do it.

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Williams Ave project will break ground next month

Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 11:58 am

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It can’t happen soon enough.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

At long last, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is ready to break ground on a re-design of N Williams Avenue. The project began in January 2011 with an eye toward transforming Williams into a street that offered world-class bicycling conditions.

However, as many of you know, just five months into the public process, the project became embroiled in a wide-ranging and often emotional citywide discussion about race and gentrification.

At the end of a 16-month public process, PBOT and the project’s citizen advisory committee finally reached consensus on a suite of changes that will have a dramatic impact on everyone who travels on Williams.

According to PBOT project manager Rich Newlands, the project is slated to begin in the first week of September. The contractor then has three months to complete all the work. That means the new lane configurations and other changes will be fully functional no later than early December.

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The case for streetcar as pro-bike infrastructure

Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 9:49 am

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The Lloyd District’s new “bikescraper”: also a streetcarscraper.
(Rendering: GBD Architects)

Though the experience of China, Japan and Northern Europe makes it pretty clear that you can’t have a great bike city without also having a great mass transit city, streetcars are the one transit type that seems to rankle bike-lovers.

Maybe it’s the rails that turn traffic lanes dangerous for biking. Maybe it’s that streetcar projects often underinvest in adjacent bike improvements. Maybe it’s that streetcars are deeply controversial in the public transit world, too.

But there’s also an argument that streetcars are actually the very best sort of public transit at improving biking. On Portland Transport Monday, local streetcar and biking fan Chris Smith laid it out.

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‘Policymakers’ get taste of Portland’s good, bad, and ugly bikeways

Posted by on August 5th, 2014 at 3:31 pm

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Oregon State Senator Ginny Burdick and former Portland Mayor Bud Clark rode in the (narrow and outdated) Naito Parkway bike lanes during the Policymakers Ride last Friday.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

For ten years now there’s been one annual organized ride that might have more impact on biking in the Portland region than any other. It’s not the largest or the most high-profile ride, but it’s list of invitees definitely carries the most clout: I’m talking about the Policymakers Ride.

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Ask BikePortland: What if all of Portland’s bikers decided to drive for one day?

Posted by on August 5th, 2014 at 12:12 pm

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Let’s do the math.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This post is sort of inspired by Randall Munroe.

It’s an idea that pops up now and then in the bike world: What if, one morning, we all drove cars instead?

That’d teach the naysayers a lesson.

Or would it?

Well, let’s find out.

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First look: PBOT’s new bike lane ‘adjustments’ on N Willamette Blvd

Posted by on August 5th, 2014 at 10:30 am

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New and wide and buffered on Willamette Blvd near University of Portland.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) repaved a 1.2 mile section of N Willamette Blvd on Thursday night. As we reported last month, PBOT wisely seized this opportunity to update the lane striping to better reflect current usage patterns.

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How to get more biking advocates to ‘show up’

Posted by on August 5th, 2014 at 9:01 am

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City staffer Steve Hoyt-McBeth discussing possible bike projects at Portland City Hall, 2012.
(Photos J.Maus/BikePortland)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our series of guest posts, America’s Next Bicycle Capital, where we share community voices about the future of biking in Portland.

This week’s guest writer is Kirk Paulsen (@PedalPortland), a traffic analyst for Lancaster Engineering.

If Portland is going to actually build its planned bike network, more people need to show up to neighborhood meetings to demand change. It’s unfortunate that this is the case, but it is.

But here’s the problem: this request from the city to active transportation advocates happens over and over again, with little increase in the number of people showing up. And this is Portland where, already, many more people are actively involved in transportation advocacy than in most any other place in the country.

Why aren’t even more people showing up to the meetings? This is my personal experience with why more aren’t.

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ODOT announces ‘listening sessions’ for state Bike & Ped Mode Plan

Posted by on August 4th, 2014 at 4:51 pm

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has been working on their new Bicycle and Pedestrian Mode Plan for just over a year. Now they want to hear what Oregonians think.

ODOT has announced a series of five “listening sessions” around the state that are being billed as a way to “help inform policy development” of the plan.

Keep in mind that this effort isn’t merely an update to the existing statewide biking and walking plan. That plan was last updated in 1995 and it has almost zero political teeth. As a strictly “staff-level” plan, the outdated document is only a guide for ODOT employees that tells them general best practices when it comes to bicycle access issues. This new effort will create an entirely new plan, a “mode plan” that, once officially adopted, will be given the same institutional respect that their Highway Plan and Freight Plan currently enjoy.

Here’s more about the listening sessions via the official announcement:

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Photo Gallery: Stumptown Criterium

Posted by on August 4th, 2014 at 1:34 pm

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I stopped by the Stumptown Criterium on Sunday. The event was one of many festivities held downtown over the weekend in conjunction with the Major League Soccer All-Star Game (which happens at Providence Park this Wednesday).

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The Monday Roundup: Railroad recumbent, wireless bike charging and more

Posted by on August 4th, 2014 at 9:29 am

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Riding the rails in Joseph, Ore.
(Photo: Road Less Traveled)

This week’s news roundup is sponsored by Western Bikeworks, who reminds you to join them for their shop ride this on Sunday (8/10) followed by a Team in Training BBQ fundraiser that afternoon.

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

The “rail rider”: This looks like a fun way to get around rural Oregon.

Wireless e-bikes: These concept bikes imagine a future “where inductive bicycle lanes could be used to wirelessly charge electric bikes and other devices on the go.”

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Comment of the week: Five spicy new ideas for Sunday Parkways

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 4:05 pm

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Shaking up the route planning is just one.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

As of this summer, Portland has six years of open-streets festivals under its belt. If Sunday Parkways were a kid, it’d be in kindergarten. If it were a bad relationship, it’d be fraying around the edges.

Fortunately, Portland has a pretty great relationship with these remarkable summertime events that have become popular across the country thanks in part to our successful experimentation. All the more reason to try spicing things up with some interesting tweaks.

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The Friday Profile: Jackie Dingfelder, the lawmaker who biked away

Posted by on August 1st, 2014 at 7:02 am

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One of the best friends bicycling has ever had in Salem, Jackie Dingfelder, left the state senate last year to become one of the biggest fans of biking in Portland City Hall.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

There is no particular reason to doubt the former chair of the Oregon Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee when she says she was just ready for a change.

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