Reader Mail: New rider disappointed by ‘rude and dangerous other cyclists’

Posted by on July 21st, 2015 at 2:48 pm

Blue light bike signal NE Oregon and Lloyd-2
How can we promote polite pedaling?
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been a long time since we reached into the mailbag and pulled one out to highlight here on the Front Page.

Today’s email comes from Rachel J. She got in touch with us last week to share her impressions as a new rider:

Subject: New to biking, disappointed….

So I just started commuting to work. Its a 20 mile round trip commute, and I have never biked in a city before. I’m still getting used to the signs and routes. I read up on the laws, visited this site, got gear, maps and books. I consider myself as prepared as I could be for a new cyclist. I was worried about other cars, but I was not prepared for how rude and dangerous other cyclists would be.


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Cully advocates focus on Latinos through families and community

Posted by on July 21st, 2015 at 1:38 pm

(Rosaisela Portugal (L) and Lucia Llanos (R) during a presentation
at City Hall last week. Lale Santelices with the Community Cycling
Center (center) acted as interpreter.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Para leer esta historia en español, traducio por Google, haga clic aquí.

At the Bureau of Transportation’s monthly “Lunch and Learn” sessions last week, I heard from Rosaisela Portugal and Lucia Llanos — two women working to get more people on bikes in the Cully neighborhood.

Portugal and Llanos are part of Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC), a relatively new group that first came to life in 2009 but really got their feet beneath them in 2012.

Now, with several years of successful programs and rides under their belts, ABC seems to be hitting their stride. So much so, that leaders from the group like Portugal and Llanos are eager to spread the word and share what they’ve learned.


The secret history of Portland’s weirdest neighborhood

Posted by on July 21st, 2015 at 10:15 am

(Image: Oregon Historical Society)

This is the second in a three-part series. Read the first installment here.

For most of Portland’s history, the land we know today as the Lloyd District was best known for failure.

Holladay Park: named for a scoundrel who planted its trees and then gambled away his fortune. The state and federal buildings along Lloyd Boulevard: advance outposts of a government center that never arrived. And Lloyd himself: an oil multimillionaire who died all but cursing the city he’d fallen in love with 40 years before.


Portland firefighters saw through lock to rescue bike from would-be thief

Posted by on July 20th, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Still from video. Watch it below.

The “jaws of death” have given a Portland woman’s bike new life.

Last week Erin Goldwater noticed someone had put a U-lock around her bike while she was at work — and she says it was done intentionally by a thief who planned to steal her bike. The incident occurred at NW 18th and Irving.

Here’s what happened, according to an email we got from Erin this morning:

Someone had locked their bike to the pole and to my bike. As I got closer, it was very obvious this was no accident. The other guy (I saw him while he was struggling to lock up his bike, but I was busy working so I couldn’t to go out and check on him) used a brand new tiny Kryptonite lock to secure his old, rusty, beat-up bike to mine. His bike was jammed up to mine yet there was an open bike rack 10 yards away. It was completely intentional.


PBOT hires communications chief and new ‘equity and inclusion’ manager

Posted by on July 20th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

John Brady (L) and Zan Gibbs will assume major roles July 27th.
(Photos: Linkedin)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has announced two major new hires: a Communications Director and an Equity and Inclusion Manager.


PBOT widens extremely narrow bike lane on SW 6th Avenue

Posted by on July 20th, 2015 at 12:00 pm

Ride Along with the Stedman Family-29
It used to be a tight squeeze.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Looks like I won’t have to feel sorry for the squished bike lane character on SW 6th anymore.


The Monday Roundup: Fakes, malls, Moses, and a dispatch from Rome

Posted by on July 20th, 2015 at 10:21 am

Western Bike Works-4-3
Most shops are just scraping by.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Metro’s Bike There! Map, now available at local bike shops.

Portland and Rome: Sister cities? Portland Mayor Charlie Hales and First Stop Portland Program Director Nancy Hales are in Rome for a visit with the Pope. Mrs. Hales is blogging the trip and says (tongue-partly-in-cheek) our two cities have more in common than you might think.

Bicycles = America: Bicycles have had an incalculable impact on American culture, so says this New York Times article inspired by a current exhibit at the Smithsonian Museum.


Industry Ticker: Cielo (by Chris King) brings in notable builders to help meet demand

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 3:18 pm

Well-respected bicycle makers Jeremy Sycip (left) and Curtis Inglis (right) are lending at hand to help meet demand at Portland-based Cielo.
(Photo: Chris King Precision Components)


Forest Park to get new main entrance, nature center on Highway 30

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 2:58 pm

Red star is approximate location of future Forest Park main entrance and parking lot.

Thanks to a $1.5 million gift secured by this legislative session by State Representative Mitch Greenlick, the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau announced today they’ve begun the planning for an official entrance to Forest Park.


All sports are better when played on a bike

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 2:02 pm

He shoots! He scores!
(Photos © BikePortland)

Last month during Pedalpalooza I organized a bike ride called Bikesketball. My goal was twofold: I wanted to play basketball in the streets and I wanted to see if we could actually play basketball while riding our bikes.

Unfortunately, things didn’t really go as planned. Only one other person showed up to the ride, so Alex Geraci and I spent about an hour clowning around the courts at Dawson Park (off North Williams Ave) and tried to play some bikesketball.

It was fun! And very challenging. But I’m sure that with more practice it could actually be played. I’ve been planning to share a few photos from that day just for fun, but just haven’t gotten around to it.

Then today I saw this story on FoxSoccer.com about the sport of “radball” being played in Germany (where it translates into “wheelball”).


People on Bikes: SE Clinton and 25th

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 1:26 pm

(Photos © Will Vanlue)

Welcome to the latest installment of People on Bikes.

I started this series in 2011 and have been doing them infrequently ever since. This time around, for the first time ever, I’m featuring someone else’s images: Will Vanlue. Will is a man about town in Portland. You might have read his work on The Prudent Cyclist and you probably remember his name attached to local activism efforts. He’s one of the people behind the Downgrade Portland petition and he’s very active on Twitter.

This morning, Will was out at the free coffee event hosted by Pedal PT and K&F Coffee Roasters on SE Clinton Street and 25th this morning. He shot photos of people as they streamed by.


Better Naito is back: Bike/walk path will return for Brewfest

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 11:49 am

Better Naito pilot project-1.jpg
People got a lot more room to ride, walk and breathe on Naito Parkway during the Rose Festival thanks to a temporary lane. Now the lane is coming back.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Weekend Event Guide: Camp, race, make peace, join a fiesta, visit farms and more

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 10:05 am

Bring the kids to St. Johns for the PPB Bicycle Safety Fiesta on Saturday.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

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

The heat is back; but fear not, esteemed lovers of bicycling, there are ample ways to deal with it. This weekend you can choose to head for rivers or the Gorge and do some camping, eat lots of ice cream (Sunday is National Ice Cream Day!), kick-back and watch some racing, and more.

And if you’re looking for family-friendly events you’re in luck. Peruse our suggestions below and have a great weekend!

Friday, July 17th


Jobs of the Week: Bike Gallery, NoPo Bike Works, Chris King, Islabikes, TREC/PSU

Posted by on July 17th, 2015 at 9:02 am

We’ve had six great jobs and one volunteer opportunity listed this week. Learn more about them via the links below…


58 traffic stops in four hours at latest PBOT crosswalk enforcement action

Posted by on July 16th, 2015 at 4:43 pm

Crosswalk enforcement action NE Killingsworth-2
Makes you wonder: What will it take for people to stop driving
with disregard for the law and consequences?
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Despite the serious risks to their pocketbooks, their community, and themselves, a large number of Portlanders continue to display rampant illegal and dangerous behaviors when behind the wheel of an automobile.

Last month we shared that Portland Police Bureau officers, working in partnership with the Bureau of Transportation, issued 60 violations in under four hours during an enforcement action at SE 24th and Powell back in May.


Industry Ticker: Manual For Speed launches artist residency kits

Posted by on July 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm

(Images: Manual For Speed)


Wonk Night is back: Join us Thursday 7/23 to talk about activism in Portland

Posted by on July 16th, 2015 at 2:40 pm

Wonk Night - Romp in the Comp Plan-3
A scene from our last Wonk Night in October 2014.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bicycling and safe streets activism in Portland is in a strange place these days. It seems to be simultaneously at its best and at its worst.

While there’s lots of action at the grassroots and independent activists make headlines almost weekly, more established groups are, in my opinion, struggling to find their place. The rise of social media has led to a disintermediation in the advocacy landscape that on one hand is empowering; but on the other often leads to many scattered voices that aren’t singing in tune — or in most cases, aren’t even reading from the same sheet of music.

Our advocacy ecosystem is full of life; but could it be healthier?

Let’s talk about this at a Wonk Night next Thursday (July 23rd), 6:00 pm, at 321 SW 4th Ave (4th Floor) in downtown Portland. Once again, we’ve partnered with our friends at Lancaster Engineering to host this event.


Citing safety concerns, TriMet wants “swing gates” at inner southeast MAX crossings

Posted by on July 16th, 2015 at 11:37 am

TriMet says this still from a May 2015 on-board video which shows people on bikes near an oncoming MAX train, is evidence that safety gates are needed.


Portland aims to finish ‘Vision Zero Action Plan’ by October 2016

Posted by on July 15th, 2015 at 3:54 pm

PBOT’s Vision Zero logo.

At the same time 1,000 people were rallying for Vision Zero in the streets of New York City last night, Portland’s active transportation advocates and influencers were in a meeting learning about how our city plans to move forward on the issue.

Last month we shared what steps Mayor Charlie Hales and the Bureau of Transportation are taking to make good on their commitments to Vision Zero. And last night, PBOT’s Operations & Safety Manager Gabriel Graff, shared a presentation about Vision Zero with members of the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee.


New York City sparks a movement with Vision Zero vigil

Posted by on July 15th, 2015 at 12:45 pm

Vision Zero Vigil with Families for Safe Streets (Union Square) by Streetfilms


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