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At City Hall rally, demonstrators demand action for safer streets

Posted by on June 24th, 2015 at 12:44 pm

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City Council members heard calls for safer streets loud and clear this morning.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)
Brittany Gratreak

If the 75 or so Portlanders who came to City Hall this morning to kick off a full day of protests could be said to be speaking for any single person, it might as well have been one of the people there: Brittany Gratreak.

On April 8, the 22-year-old Portland State University student was riding her bike to school in Northeast Broadway’s bike lane when a man driving to work accelerated across Broadway from the south, seizing a gap in auto traffic but not considering the fact that he might run into something more fragile than metal. He did.

Gratreak was hit at a 90-degree angle, thrown from her bicycle and knocked unconscious. Once she woke up and received insurance information from the man who’d hit her, she decided to save money by calling a friend, rather than an ambulance, for a ride to the hospital.

She didn’t know at the time that by not paying for an ambulance ride, she was avoiding Portland’s little-known trigger for a police investigation. Two months later, Gratreak remains in physical therapy.

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TriMet bus operator allegedly drives into people on Williams Ave, then flees – UPDATED

Posted by on June 24th, 2015 at 11:29 am

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This photo shows a TriMet bus driver who drove through a crosswalk despite the presence of people walking and biking.
(Photos by Abraham Sutfin)

Last night a TriMet bus operator turned her bus directly into a group of people who were using North Williams Avenue. Witnesses reported that contact was made between the bus and a trailer attached to a man’s bicycle, but luckily there were no injuries. According to people at the scene, the bus operator forced her way through a crosswalk that was full of bikers and walkers while honking repeatedly, then fled only to stop several blocks later after people chased her down.

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Industry Ticker: Showers Pass introduces new Cascade Collection

Posted by on June 24th, 2015 at 8:13 am

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Showers Pass has introduced eight new items meant for touring, bike camping and year-round commuting.

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It’s not your imagination: Pedalpalooza’s big rides are getting bigger

Posted by on June 24th, 2015 at 7:47 am

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This year’s massive kickoff ride was the first sign that something was up.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

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‘Aggro’ driving on neighborhood greenways annoys Portlanders in cars too

Posted by on June 23rd, 2015 at 4:54 pm

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Here’s another take on the much-discussed and increasingly well-documented problem of people who are in a big hurry to drive on some of Portland’s neighborhood greenways (sometimes known as bike boulevards).

My commute has me driving for four blocks on the Clinton bike boulevard west of 21st. For the second time this month I’ve had an aggressive drive pass me to speed down the street. This morning there was a line of bicyclists in front of me basically taking up the lane through to the next signal, as well as oncoming traffic. It would not have been safe or prudent to overtake the bicyclists as I would have to either cut one of them off or stay in the oncoming lane until the next signal. Instead I just drove at the speed of the bikes which was around 18mph. The car that passed me nearly took out a cyclist trying to get back in our lane to avoid a head on collision. It’s completely ridiculous to me that PPB has nearly zero traffic enforcement, especially on our neighborhood greenways where safe respectful driving is even more important. I’ve tried calling in requesting enforcement but have not seen any cops. Any ideas on how to make our streets better, and what the fuck is going on this summer that is making all the drivers extra aggressive?

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State wants help in effort to improve 82nd Avenue

Posted by on June 23rd, 2015 at 12:27 pm

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Help is on the way.
(Photo: ODOT)

82nd Avenue is finally getting the attention is so badly deserves. The state-owned arterial is one of the City of Portland’s ten High Crash Corridors, a designation it has earned by being the place in Portland where you’re most likely to die or be seriously injured while walking.

But two projects might change that — and you might be able to help.

The Oregon Department of Transportation announced today they’re seeking members for the Community Advisory Committee for their 82nd Avenue of Roses Implementation Plan. That effort will identify transportation projects along a seven-mile stretch of 82nd from NE Killingsworth to Johnson Creek Blvd.

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Old Town businesses and residents endorse buffered bike lane on 3rd Avenue

Posted by on June 23rd, 2015 at 12:03 pm

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Mystery of spray-painted bike lane now revealed. The proposal, which would also improve crosswalks across 3rd, aims to make the area more walkable.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Nine months after a three-day event that tested a single southbound lane of auto traffic on a few blocks of NW and SW 3rd Avenue, a group of stakeholders on the street has endorsed a middle ground: two lanes.

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Portland Expo Center will host six bike-in movies in August

Posted by on June 23rd, 2015 at 10:49 am

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Bikes welcome too.

Don’t let the event name and marketing fool you, next month’s “PDX Drive-In Movie Spectacular” at the Portland Expo Center (located at end of MAX Yellow Line, I-5 and Marine Drive) welcomes bike-in customers too.

The event invite caught my eye because I’m a huge fan of drive-ins. My family and I have enjoyed several nights in the back of our mini-van at the 99W Drive-In in Newberg. But I’ve always thought it’d be great to have a drive-in with a bunch of bikes instead of cars.

While the folks at the Expo Center have put a strong auto-centric spin on the event, they are also encouraging people to show up on bikes. Here’s more from their press release:

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Industry Ticker: Xtracycle brings electric cargo bike tour to Portland

Posted by on June 22nd, 2015 at 12:40 pm

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An e-boost makes toting the kids easier.
(Photo: Xtracycle)

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Opinion: Just 5 hours of Sunday Parkways is not enough

Posted by on June 22nd, 2015 at 12:09 pm

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Willamette Blvd as it should be.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Another Sunday Parkways is in the books, and it was simply sublime. The weather, the people, the parks — it was Portland summer and community spirit at its finest.

As I rode the nine-mile loop with my family (going slower than usual to ride alongside my wife Juli who decided to jog the loop), I kept wondering why it only happens in my neighborhood for five hours a year.

Just five precious hours out of 8,766 hours every year.

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Pedalpalooza to the fullest: Seven weekday rides to check out while you can

Posted by on June 22nd, 2015 at 10:51 am

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Technically you would only need one time travel
ride. Apparently it’s this Thursday.
(Photo via Shift)

It’s that time of the summer: the solstice has slipped past, the afternoons are getting seriously hot, and that “do I really want to go to a bike ride tonight” feeling is giving way to the realization that Pedalpalooza comes but once a year.

As Portland’s inimitable bike festival heads into its third and final week, we thought we’d help you suck the marrow out of June 2015 by highlighting a few of the most interesting weekday rides. Check back later this week for our usual Weekend Event Guide to bring you into Pedalpalooza’s big finish, including what’s looking like an 80-degree World Naked Bike Ride…

Jesus on a Bike Ride music video shoot – Monday, 5:45-8:45pm, 4629 SE 64th Ave
“A ride of biblical proportions. Put on your holiest attire and ride with Jesus on a Bike. We’re shooting a music video for youtube … It’s a punk rock interpretation highlighting Jesus as a radical who wanted to bring down the corrupt systems he saw around him. More storytelling, less dogma! Appropriate for all ages.”

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The Monday Roundup: T-Rex trike, Montreal’s colorful advocates and more

Posted by on June 22nd, 2015 at 9:39 am

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For sale.
(Photo via Craigslist)

This week’s Monday Roundup has been made possible by Metro and their fantastic Bike There! Map. Pick up a copy today!

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

Art trike: A giant, rideable Tyrannosaurus Rex skeleton can be yours for $2,000.

Montreal activism: The Guardian’s Peter Walker digs up the stories of the crazy dreamers who made Montreal one of North America’s best biking cities.

Back to basics: Former Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown is volunteering at a local bike shop. “Listen, I don’t need a job; I don’t need any money,” the Republican said. “But I’ve always wanted to learn how to put together and take apart bikes.”

Blank slates: “What happens when a city loses its people? It loses its cars,” says Anthony Taylor, a leading advocate of African-American biking, about Detroit. “So what happens when people re-imagine the possibilities when they’ve lost their cars? All of a sudden you wind up with biking.”

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Portlanders plan safe streets rally at City Hall on Wednesday (6/24)

Posted by on June 19th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

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A scene from the “Build It” rally at City Hall back in February 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Saying Portland already knows how to increase safety on its streets and can get to work immediately without further study, the advocacy group BikeLoudPDX is organizing what looks like Portland City Hall’s first rally in five years on behalf of bicycling improvements.

“It doesn’t take money, it just takes political will. And the rally is to give them the political will to do it now.”
— Ted Buehler, BikeLoudPDX

So far, more than 100 people say they’re planning to attend the Wednesday morning event.

“There’s a real danger that Vision Zero can just be prolonged indefinitely if they keep on studying it,” BikeLoud organizer Ted Buehler said Friday. “But really, they have the tools in their toolbox to do it now. And it doesn’t take money, it just takes political will. And the rally is to give them the political will to do it now.”

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Why are these 11 buildings illegal in most of Portland?

Posted by on June 19th, 2015 at 10:53 am

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2314 and 2316 SE Salmon: built in 1927, illegal to build today. A ride this week took a closer look at “The Missing Middle.”
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Most of Portland’s conversation about ways to create enough new homes to defuse our deep and ongoing housing shortage has focused on the four-story apartment buildings rising along a few main streets.

But there’s a growing awareness in Portland’s housing policy community that low-rise apartment buildings — let alone the taller buildings rising in the Lloyd, Burnside Bridgehead and Pearl — aren’t the only buildings that can increase the supply of housing in the walkable, bikeable parts of Portland. In fact, the other options might be more popular with neighbors, too.

The only problem: in almost all of Portland, creating such buildings is forbidden.

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Three bike thinkers on their way to Portland

Posted by on June 19th, 2015 at 9:42 am

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All three on their way to Portland.

One fringe benefit of living in a town where so many people love cycling is that we are fortunate to be a common stop for authors, thinkers, innovators, and other cycling luminaries. If you have something important or interesting to say about cycling, the thinking goes, there’s a very good chance you’ll find a receptive audience in Portland.

Over the course of the coming week we’ll be treated to a trio of intriguing figures who will share their insights and knowledge with our many bike-curious denizens…

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PBOT staff, downtown business leaders off to Copenhagen for week-long study tour

Posted by on June 19th, 2015 at 7:36 am

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See it in CPH, then do it in PDX — at least that’s the idea.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Top staff from the Bureau of Transportation and some of Portland’s most powerful leaders from the downtown business community will get a first-person view of one of the world’s most bike-friendly cities next week.

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Jobs of the Week: Velo Cult, Performance Bicycle

Posted by on June 19th, 2015 at 6:39 am

We’ve had two great job opportunities listed this week. Learn more about them via the links below…

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Southbound sidewalk of Interstate Bridge will close late Thursday, early Friday

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 7:42 pm

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(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re crossing the Columbia River during the wee hours tonight by bike or foot, you’ll need to take the eastern (northbound) sidewalk.

A Wednesday morning truck collision on the Interstate 5 bridge between Vancouver and Portland damaged electrical equipment and the southbound lift span sidewalk gate, according to Vancouver transportation planner Patrick Sweeney, relaying information from the Oregon Department of Transportation. Repairs will close the western (southbound) sidewalk from 11 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday.

The bridge’s sidewalks double as bike routes. Detours from one to the other are time-consuming because of the way the ramps are built.

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Industry Ticker: New Trans-Cascadia Enduro stage race coming to Oakridge

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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Promo pic and logo for Trans-Cascadia Enduro Stage Race coming to Oakridge this fall.

One significant yet often overlooked component of Oregon’s bicycle industry are the hundreds of annual rides, races and events that take place throughout the state.

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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, Pedalpalooza, a prom and more

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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It’s prom night just like you remember it (except on the street, on bikes, with a few hundred new friends).
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This menu of delicious rides and events is brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery. Their support makes BikePortland possible.

Another weekend of Pedalpalooza and warm sunny skies is upon us. We hope you’ve been enjoying all the fun, educational, and adventurous rides Portland summers have to offer.

I have been feeling very lucky lately. Lucky to live in such a peaceful and comfortable city where so many of us have the time and fortune to enjoy the simple pleasure of a weekend bike ride. Where around every corner parks, porches, paths and pubs buzz with people enjoying each other’s company.

Embrace it! And don’t forget how fortunate we are to have such amazing weekends..

Friday, June 19th

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