TriMet adjusts Orange Line crossing plans after community opposition – UPDATED

Posted by on September 29th, 2015 at 10:45 am

Orange Line crossings
How concerned is TriMet about safety of inner southeast rail crossings? At Sunday Parkways they had a police officer standing guard.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Despite opposition from the city’s official biking and walking advisory committees, TriMet plans to install manual “swing” gates at crossings of the Orange Line in inner southeast Portland.


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Portland Timbers clarify: No season tickets required for bike parking

Posted by on September 28th, 2015 at 3:34 pm

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Yes, anyone coming to the game
can use the Timbers bike parking.
(Photo: Providence Park)

A Portland Timbers spokesman straightened out misconceptions about the soccer team’s rules for bike parking in an interview Friday.

Last week, a Timbers fan wrote us to report that he and his wife had biked to a game but been told by Providence Park staff that the big temporary bike racks were for Timbers season ticket holders only. He’d then asked several other attendees, who said they had the same impression.

That’s not the case, Timbers Vice President for Communications Chris Metz said Friday.


Here’s the latest on Broadway Bridge path closures and obstructions

Posted by on September 28th, 2015 at 3:24 pm

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With a flagger present, one person stops to wait for eastbound traffic on the north sidewalk on September 25th.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been about 15 weeks since Multnomah County embarked on a major project to repaint and repair large sections of the the Broadway Bridge. And according to what we’re hearing from some of you, despite adjustments and additional measures being taken by the County, the construction zone is still causing significant safety issues.


Portland wins bid to host 2016 National Open Streets Summit

Posted by on September 28th, 2015 at 1:42 pm

Hot off the presses!
(Photo by Linda Ginenthal)

Next August the open streets movement will come to Portland.

Over the weekend we heard the news that Portland has been granted the right to host the 2016 National Open Streets Summit. Bureau of Transportation staffer Linda Ginenthal attended the 2015 event in Atlanta, Georgia over the weekend and shared the news with us yesterday after she flew back to oversee Sunday Parkways.

2016 will be third annual Open Streets Summit. The event is organized by the non-profit Open Streets Project in partnership with DC-based advocacy group the Alliance for Biking and Walking. The goal of the event is to bring together national and international leaders working to implement events like Portland’s Sunday Parkways, where streets are “opened” to people and closed to auto use. The Atlanta event over the weekend drew 125 leaders in the movement. The first summit was held in Los Angeles in 2014.


Mayor Hales biked to work this morning, for the fourth Monday in a row

Posted by on September 28th, 2015 at 11:32 am

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Mayor Hales on the Broadway Bridge this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland Mayor Charlie Hales is getting the hang of this biking thing. And I think he likes it.


Monday Roundup: SF’s Idaho Stop rule, Seattle’s big vote & more

Posted by on September 28th, 2015 at 9:56 am

It’s the law. But is it a priority?
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Abraham Fixes Bikes who reminds Portland mountain bikers that they’re loved on Williams Ave!

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

Idaho stop: A majority of San Francisco’s board of supervisors has endorsed a measure that would de facto make it legal to treat stop signs as yield signs while biking by designating it as the lowest priority for police enforcement. Could this be a model for city-level changes?

Dream Beijing: To prepare for the biggest military parade in its history, China banned half the cars from Beijing’s streets and closed hundreds of factories for two weeks. The result: a stunning azure sky that immediately vanished on the morning after.


A spectacular end to the Sunday Parkways season

Posted by on September 27th, 2015 at 10:58 pm

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland says the 2015 Sunday Parkways season will break all previous records for attendance, so it’s fitting that it came to an end on a near-perfect day.

Thousands of people came out on bikes and on their own two feet to enjoy blue skies, cool and sunny temperatures, and the first-ever (and likely the last) Sunday Parkways to use the carfree Tilikum Bridge.


Comment of the Week: Portland, the city that can reinvent itself

Posted by on September 25th, 2015 at 5:38 pm

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Portland bike lover Helena Stedman in 2012.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Well, we sort of hate to give this recognition to the same person twice — let alone twice in a row. But amid all the amazingly insightful comments beneath Jonathan’s piece Wednesday about coming to terms with Portland’s big changes, one stood out as both accepting of Portland’s serious problems and focused on its enduring strengths.

It came from reader GutterBunnyBikes, who wrote, Thursday evening, about our city’s consistent ability to be “an active agent in its own evolution.”


Portland’s latest biking surge seems real, local bike shops say

Posted by on September 25th, 2015 at 4:41 pm

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Commuter-related sales are generally up across the city.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

After a few uneasy years for many local bike shops, the people whose businesses are built around Portland’s core of daily bike commuters say they’re feeling the boom.

One week after a new Census estimate that Portland added 5,000 net new bike commuters in 2014 to reach a total of 23,000 citywide, we called a few of the city’s biggest bike sellers to see if that seemed right.

Yep. And what’s more, they said the boom got bigger in 2015.


TriMet announces open houses for first-ever Bike Plan

Posted by on September 25th, 2015 at 11:52 am

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How can we make it easier and more efficient to take bikes on transit vehicles? TriMet’s Bike Plan is our chance to weigh in on that and other issues.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

With the opening of the new Orange Line giving TriMet railcars and buses even larger footprint in our region, there’s never been a more important time for the agency improve access for bicycles. Making sure that bikes integrate well with transit stops, parking options and on transit vehicles themselves is crucial to Portland’s low-car future.


Ride Along with Ben Sanders: Vancouver to Lake Oswego

Posted by on September 25th, 2015 at 11:07 am

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This is Ben Sanders. He commutes to work 20 miles
from Vancouver to Lake Oswego.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This post was made possible by Portland Design Works, a local company that designs beautiful and functional parts and accessories for everyday cycling. Ben is one of three winners of our Ride Along Contest we held last March.

A 20-mile pre-dawn bicycle commute might sound horrible to some people; but if anyone can enjoy such a long haul it’s Vancouver resident Ben Sanders.


At open house, City hears overwhelming support for diverters on Clinton

Posted by on September 25th, 2015 at 9:05 am

Guerrilla diverters on SE Clinton-9
After all, it is a bike street.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Not everybody likes the city’s proposal to add traffic diverters to Southeast Clinton Street at 17th and 29th Avenues. But just about everyone who rides a bike on Clinton seems to.

Fortunately for the proposal, just about everyone who’s currently interested in the issue seems to ride a bike.

Out of 123 comments gathered at last week’s open house, 84 percent of people said they support the city’s proposals and just 16 percent opposed them. Supporters include 84 percent of the people who said they live directly on Clinton and 95 percent of people who bike there — including those who both bike and drive.


Weekend Event Guide: Swifts, Sandy Ridge, scavenger hunt, Sunday Parkways and more

Posted by on September 25th, 2015 at 8:00 am

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Want to feel small? Do the Oregon Coast Gravel Epic on Saturday.
(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.

Whether you want to chill out with the full moon or hone your singletrack skills, we’ve got a ton of ideas for you this weekend. This week’s guide is as full as I’ve seen it since the height of summer. Way to welcome the fall season BikePortlanders!

The forecast for the next few days looks to be excellent. We might have a shower today, but the weekend will be dry and in the low 70s.

What do you have planned? Whatever it is, we hope it involves a bicycle. Enjoy your weekend.


Portland celebrates bike share passage at City Hall press conference

Posted by on September 24th, 2015 at 3:55 pm

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Motivate CEO Jay Walder (L), PBOT Director Leah Treat, and staff from PBOT and Commissioner Novick’s office have a lot to celebrate.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s remarkable (unprecedented?) streak of good biking news continued today with a press conference in front of City Hall to mark the passage of a plan to finally make Portland Bike Share a reality.


Oregonian video offers closer look at bike share hardware

Posted by on September 24th, 2015 at 11:12 am

The Oregonian has a useful review today of the “fourth-generation” bikes lined up for the bike sharing system that’s set to launch in Portland by next July.


‘When you have it, it’s priceless’: Nine questions for Seleta Reynolds

Posted by on September 24th, 2015 at 9:16 am

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Los Angeles transportation director Seleta Reynolds.
(Photo via TREC at PSU)

Seleta Reynolds gets results.

As we reported last week, the city whose livable streets program she led for three years, San Francisco, has subsequently delivered the nation’s most consistent string of boosts in bike commuting.

She’s now one year into a vastly larger gig: transportation director for the City of Los Angeles, which turned millions of heads last month when it rolled out a citywide plan to gradually reallocate numerous auto lanes to create dedicated bus lanes and 300 miles of protected bike lanes.

She’s also one of the most reflective transportation leaders in the country, as the interview below makes clear. Ahead of her free Oct. 6 talk at Ecotrust, we caught up with Reynolds to discuss her advice for Portland’s advocates and bureaucrats, the arguments for biking that work best and whether Portland is still cool.


Opinion: Coming to terms with a changing Portland

Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 at 5:05 pm

My daughter and I at the 2006 Bunny on a Bike ride. I’m wearing the first-ever BikePortland t-shirt designed by local artist — and soon to be former Portlander — Carye Bye.


Legendary framebuilder Jim Merz shares his 1972 Portland to Panama bike ride

Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 at 2:38 pm


Jim Merz and Virginia Church in Salem in August 1971 just before setting off on their journey.
(Photos © Jim Merz)

In 1972 Jim Merz and Virginia Church set off from Portland on an epic bike ride. That alone isn’t groundbreaking or especially newsworthy, but Merz and Church (his wife at the time) aren’t just any bike riders. They both spent their lives in the bicycle industry and their collective work has had a local, national, and global impact.


It’s official: Portland city council passes bike share plan 4-0

Posted by on September 23rd, 2015 at 11:56 am

Next summer.
(Graphic from PBOT presentation.)

After nearly a decade of talking and planning, city council finally approved a plan that will bring bike sharing to Portland streets by July of next year.


The Oregonian blames ‘hipster hovels,’ not massive housing shortage, for rising rents

Posted by on September 22nd, 2015 at 5:49 pm

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(Data: Census Bureau, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. Charts: BikePortland.)

In a big new story promoted using its new “watchdog” label, The Oregonian has determined that a wave of new apartments that account for 3 percent of Portland’s housing supply are the best way to start talking about a trend that is rapidly pushing Portland homes out of middle-class reach.

From 2006 to 2014, Census figures show, Multnomah County’s population grew 79 percent faster than its housing supply. The surge of apartments that began to open in 2012 have barely made a dent in the deep shortage that developed during the Great Recession, when housing construction nearly stopped but 10,000 people kept pouring into Multnomah County each year.

In 1,600 well-crafted words about Portland’s housing problems, the newspaper doesn’t find room to mention these facts.