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Why Stub Stewart State Park is (still) the ultimate family bikepacking destination

Posted by on August 9th, 2016 at 11:52 am

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Leaving camp with a 10 mile descent through the forest on the Banks-Vernonia Trail.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you thought bikecamping was a new fad or that it was just for extreme adventure-seekers, consider this: This weekend I joined several other families on a two-night campout at Stub Stewart State Park. We rode 40 or so miles each way from north Portland to the park’s wonderful little cabins nestled in the woods of bucolic Buxton (about 10 miles south of Vernonia).

What gets me so excited about what we did this weekend isn’t about how “epic” the ride was. In fact it’s the opposite of that. I love how accessible and doable it is for just about everyone. Not only did we have kids as young as six riding their own bikes the entire way, we had adults with us that had never done anything like it.


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Local company makes tote bag for front basket of Biketown bikes

Posted by on August 8th, 2016 at 3:19 pm

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North St.’s new “Townie Tote” model. It also comes in dark grey.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In just the latest sign that Portland has gone head-over-heels for bike share, a local company has added a Biketown-specific bag to their product line.


The Monday Roundup: First aid tips, global road deaths, and Trump’s cycling trash talk

Posted by on August 8th, 2016 at 2:07 pm

Trump's anti-cycling remarks could be the final straw. (Just kidding, obviously.)

Trump’s anti-cycling remarks could be the final straw. (Just kidding, obviously.)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Hassalo on Eighth, Portland’s new neighborhood in the Lloyd District.

Here are the best stories from around the web last week:

From the Department of Duh!: Research shows that if states adopt tougher driving license laws for teens we could save hundreds of lives.

Riding for life, saving a life: A man on his daily bike ride across a New York City bridge talked a suicidal man off a ledge and embraced him until help could arrive.

Be ready for anything: Ever wondered what you would do if you came upon an injured rider? Bicycle Times has this — and several other what-ifs — covered in their Ready for Anything feature.


Fatal bicycle collision at SE 112th and Mt. Scott – UPDATED

Posted by on August 5th, 2016 at 10:24 pm

Screenshot of KOIN-TV coverage via @

Screenshot of KOIN-TV coverage via @

A woman died today while bicycling in southeast Portland.

The collision with an auto user happened around 3:00 pm at SE 112th and Mount Scott Boulevard. This location is near the entrance of Lincoln Memorial Park, a popular area for riding.


Rides this Saturday will protest unsafe streets and celebrate immigration

Posted by on August 4th, 2016 at 9:23 pm

A ghost bike for Lydia Johnson has been placed at 82nd and Flavel.(Photo: Daniel Gebhart)

A ghost bike for Lydia Johnson has been placed at 82nd and Flavel.
(Photo: Daniel Gebhart)

When big things happen, good or bad, many Portlanders turn to the community for support. And since cycling is such a powerful and common way to connect with other people and with the city around us — group rides become an organizing principle.

Whether it’s for a bike-related cause or not, Portlanders ride together as a way to process emotions, support each other, and inspire change.

This Saturday there are two rides that perfectly exemplify this phenomenon: the 82nd Avenue of Death Ride, and the Immigration Ride.


Ankeny Alley now has a promenade you can bike through

Posted by on August 4th, 2016 at 8:10 pm

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The ever-evolving Ankeny Alley in downtown Portland.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

For the first time in over five years you can comfortably ride a bicycle through Ankeny Alley.

Prior to June of 2011 the short, one-block stretch of Southwest Ankeny between 2nd and 3rd avenues was a narrow street with auto parking on both sides. It wasn’t exactly a place you wanted to hang out and enjoy a meal, but if you were on a bike at least you could easily and safely pedal through it.

Then, when the City of Portland decided to ban cars from the block, they also essentially banned bicycle riding too. Instead of a true public plaza aimed at attracting everyone, they made a deal with the bars and restaurants on the street: You let us ban cars and we’ll give you a lot more space for your customers. Ankeny Alley was a huge improvement, especially if you wanted to sit down at one of the many tables and enjoy a beer or a box of famous Voodoo Doughnuts. If you wanted to pass through, you’d have to squeeze by on a narrow sidewalk (which is technically illegal in this section of downtown).


Here’s what Portland’s new carfree street and elevated bikeway will look like

Posted by on August 4th, 2016 at 2:05 pm

Couch Court looks like it will be a nice place to hang out.(Drawing courtesy City of Portland)

Couch Court looks like it will be a nice place to hang out.
(Drawing courtesy City of Portland)

In about one month the City of Portland will break ground on a new carfree street and plaza at the east end of the Burnside Bridge that will be known as Couch Court.


As promised, bike parking (and a lot of it) arrives at Pine Street Market

Posted by on August 4th, 2016 at 12:46 pm

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New on-street bike corral at Pine Street Market.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Back in May we shared the sordid tale of how Portland’s newest downtown food destination, Pine Street Market, opened without any bicycle parking spaces.


Weekly Video Roundup: Right-hook PSA, Red Hook in London, local mountain biking, and more

Posted by on August 3rd, 2016 at 2:50 pm

Welcome to the weekly video roundup. The posting of this has been a little sporadic recently- sorry about that. I’m not promising it’ll be better, but at least I’m posting it now, right? After reviewing about 110 videos I’m starting this week with an old Tom Peterson commercial. He was a Portland legend in furniture sales and died recently. How does this relate to bikes? It doesn’t, really, but it’s “old Portland” and worth making an exception for. I remember him more from this era, “free is a very good price”. (hat tip to TB and MA for this)


This is what freight delivery looks like in Portland (video)

Posted by on August 3rd, 2016 at 11:31 am

Big trucks are bad for dense urban areas. They spew toxic exhaust that poisons our bodies and our environment, they take up precious space, and they far too often kill people due to their inherently unsafe design features. We should do whatever we can to limit their presence.

Fortunately there are other options. Like pedal and battery-powered cargo bikes.


Say hello to “crossbikes” — Portland’s latest bikeway innovation

Posted by on August 2nd, 2016 at 2:56 pm

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One of the new crossbikes at NE 37th and Killingsworth.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been eight years since Portland proudly proclaimed the color green as its go-to hue for bikes. Now, following in the footsteps of bike boxes and green lanes that have sprouted up all over town, it’s time to say hello to “crossbikes.”


Four things I learned by working for the world’s best bike blog

Posted by on August 2nd, 2016 at 12:34 pm

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Not included in this listicle: always listen to Jim Howell.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Three years ago, when Jonathan and I were drafting the blog posts in which we’d talk about my joining BikePortland, he offered one of his many lessons that have stuck with me.

Don’t write about BikePortland as if it’s a thing I control, he said. Write about it like it’s a community.

My boss for the last three years isn’t always right. (Just ask him.) But that was one of the many times when he is.


Dirty fun for all ages: Dispatch from the Short Track MTB series finale

Posted by on August 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 am

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Kids love short track.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night was the end to another great season of “Short Track” mountain bike racing out at PIR (Portland International Raceway, adjacent to Delta Park and north of the Kenton neighborhood). About 300 people of all ages and abilities found their way to the venue for some good, old-fashioned, elbow-to-elbow racing action.


From the scene of tragedy: A dispatch from 82nd and Flavel

Posted by on August 1st, 2016 at 5:01 pm

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A friend of Lydia Johnson’s pays her respects at the corner of Flavel and 82nd in Southeast Portland.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I spent the morning at Southeast 82nd and Flavel, where just 48 hours earlier 25-year-old Lydia Johnson was killed in a traffic collision while riding her bike.


Bike Theft Task Force officers host ride-along on the Springwater Corridor

Posted by on August 1st, 2016 at 2:02 pm

Officers Dave Sanders (right) and Ben Labasan on the Springwater Path Saturday.(Photos: Portland Police Bureau)

PPB Officers Dave Sanders (right) and Ben Labasan on the Springwater Path Saturday.
(Photos: Portland Police Bureau)

Leaders of the Portland Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force did a ride-along on the Springwater Corridor path on Saturday.

The ride was a spontaneous event that founder of the Task Force, PPB Officer Dave Sanders, posted to Twitter just a few hours before he set out. He was joined by fellow Officer Ben Labasan and the two of them were joined by a handful of citizens who showed up to ride with them. It was all part of the Bike Theft Task Force’s ongoing effort to involve the community in the work they are doing to prevent bike theft and recover stolen bikes.

Why the Springwater? “I’ve been wanting to see the issues along the Springwater firsthand and have been wanting to address some of the ongoing tips and complaints that we have received regarding bike theft in this area,” Ofcr Sanders said via email this morning.

Here’s more from Sanders:


The Monday Roundup: Bad bike lane, Segway ban, tack justice and more

Posted by on August 1st, 2016 at 9:59 am

Come on Boston. You can do better than this.(Photo: Boston Globe)

Come on Cambridge. You can do better than this.
(Photo: Boston Globe)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Portland Century, coming this weekend August 6th and 7th!

Happy Monday everyone. Here are the stories that caught our eye this past week.

Safety city: Portland is a national leader in teaching kids to ride bikes. So when are we going to build an entire play city for them to learn in?

Mobility panic in NYC: 18-month shutdown of major New York City subway line will be, “one of the largest transportation shifts in New York history.” Hope CitiBike is ready for the extra 200,000 trips per day.


A woman has died while bicycling on SE 82nd at Flavel -UPDATED

Posted by on July 30th, 2016 at 10:08 am

Intersection of 82nd and Flavel.

Intersection of 82nd and Flavel.

UPDATE, 9:45 am on August 1st: Police have identified the woman as 25-year-old Lydia Anne Johnson. See end of post for details on how the crash happened.

A woman died this morning as the result of a traffic collision in southeast Portland.

According to the Portland Police Bureau, it happened around 8:00 am this morning at the intersection of SE 82nd and Flavel.

Here’s a snip from the official police statement:

Officers and medical personnel arrived and located the adult female bicycle rider who was critically injured. Life-saving efforts were not successful and she died at the scene.

The adult male driver in a box truck remained at the scene and has been cooperating with investigators.


Who’s mad and who’s glad about ‘Better Naito’?

Posted by on July 29th, 2016 at 4:19 pm

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Naito Parkway on Thursday afternoon as seen looking north from the Morrison Bridge.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend, the City of Portland plans to remove the temporary multi-use path from the eastern side of Naito Parkway so the space can be used by cars instead.


Portlander competing in self-supported bike race across Europe

Posted by on July 29th, 2016 at 12:19 pm

Nathan in Riverview Cemetery early this week.(Photo: Nathan Jones)

Nathan Jones in Riverview Cemetery earlier this week.
(Photo: Nathan Jones)

Portlander Nathan Jones, who some of you might recall as the energy and spirit behind the weekly Thursday Night Ride, is about to tackle a ride of a completely different magnitude: An 18,0 00 journey around the world.


Bike and Build team rolls through Portland, changing lives all around

Posted by on July 29th, 2016 at 11:44 am

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2016 Bike and Build riders Carmen Kuan and Kelsey Oesmann with local Habitat for Humanity worker Jake Antles at their work site in Cully Thursday.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

For the 15th year in a row, a crew of young adults on bikes pulled into Portland Wednesday almost ready to finish a cross-country bike trip designed to change the way they see their country.

Thursday’s time painting part of a new Habitat for Humanity house in the Cully neighborhood was one of 10 “build days” for the 24-person crew affiliated with the national organization Bike and Build. Part charity bike tour and part Americorps, Bike and Build’s mission is to “benefit affordable housing and empower young adults for a lifetime of service and civic engagement.”