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

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

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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)

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

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

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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

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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…

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

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

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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.

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Industry Ticker: Manual For Speed launches artist residency kits

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

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(Images: Manual For Speed)

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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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‘Reconnecting the Gorge’ films debut amid enthusiasm for Historic Hwy completion

Posted by on July 15th, 2015 at 11:57 am

Reconnecting The Gorge Series 1/6 – From Historic Road to Trail, by Path Less Pedaled

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TriMet announces big changes to SW Moody cycletrack

Posted by on July 14th, 2015 at 6:47 pm

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It won’t look like this much longer.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Scenic Bikeways pump $12.4 million into Oregon economy, study says

Posted by on July 14th, 2015 at 4:05 pm

Results from the first study of Oregon’s Scenic Bikeways are in: The 12 carefully selected routes that showcase the best road riding in the state accounted for $12.4 million in economic activity in 2014.

The Economic Significance of Cycling on Oregon Scenic Bikeways, commissioned by Travel Oregon and Oregon State Parks and Recreation Department, was published earlier this month by Dean Runyan Associates. The study gathered data on overall usage of the bikeways as well as where money was spent and the bikeways’ impacts on job creation.

Scenic bikeways are the backbone of the State of Oregon’s strategic focus on bicycle tourism — an industry that pumps $400 million into our economy each year. The program was established by law in 2008 and the first scenic bikeway became official in 2009.

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Neighbors weigh in on designs for new diverters and bike lanes on NE Rodney

Posted by on July 14th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

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Neighbors gathered to discuss NE Rodney Street last night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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After scary pass and encounter, an attempt to seek justice from video evidence

Posted by on July 14th, 2015 at 11:22 am

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This woman could be a key witness of a dangerous pass on SE 34th Avenue last week.
(Still from video by Tony Tapay)

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My family’s Cycle Oregon Weekend (photos)

Posted by on July 13th, 2015 at 5:27 pm

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My crew aboard the Buena Vista Ferry which crosses the Willamette River southeast of Monmouth.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In my opinion, the best thing about Cycle Oregon Weekend has nothing to do with cycling at all.

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How was your ride? Portland mobile startup hopes to gather 5,000 answers every week

Posted by on July 13th, 2015 at 12:55 pm

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This map of stressful and low-stress rides was built from some of the 12,000 bike trips logged by beta testers of Ride, a forthcoming mobile app from Portland-based Knock Software. The company hopes to scale up and create the nation’s first large user-generated database of bikeway quality.
(Image: Knock Software)

One of Portland’s most interesting tech startups is about to move into its next phase: attempting to recruit thousands of local bike users to become rolling bikeway evaluators.

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Traffic diversion debate shifts to north Portland with open house tonight

Posted by on July 13th, 2015 at 11:49 am

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Existing diverter on Rodney at Ivy prevents through auto traffic from all directions.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s ongoing struggle to tame motorized traffic on neighborhood streets will get a serious test tonight.

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The Monday Roundup: Fewer roads, no cars, a bikepacking book, and more

Posted by on July 13th, 2015 at 10:05 am

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No more driving allowed Central Park!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by Lumberyard Bike Park, who reminds you to sign your kids up for Summer Shred Academy camps.

Welcome to Monday! Before we get rolling, let’s look back at the best stories you might have missed last week…

The book on bikepacking: Salsa Cycles has long focused on adventure bikes. Now the company can say they wrote the book on it with their latest publication, The Bikepacker’s Guide.

What women want in New York City: Is it fear of traffic? Helmet hair? The New York Times delves into one of the Big Cycling Debates; how to get more women riding bikes.

More on that topic: Speaking of the gender gap debate; an article in The Globe and Mail spurred a pointed and pugnacious response by Toronto-based blogger Claire McFarlane.

DOT chief says we should let some roads die: Hearing a Department of Transportation director spout clear common sense about the future of roads shouldn’t be amazing — but it is.

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A preview ride on TriMet’s new Orange Line

Posted by on July 10th, 2015 at 2:49 pm

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TriMet GM Neil McFarlane and Washington
Secretary of Transportation Lynn
Peterson.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

TriMet’s new Orange Line (a.k.a. the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Transit Project) doesn’t officially open until September 12th, but the agency has been busy for weeks now offering preview rides for various organizations and interested parties.

Speaking of parties, last night I attended an event hosted by the Portland chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (a group that promotes professional advancement for women in the transportation industry). We met in the lobby of CH2M Hill, the massive consulting and engineering firm conveniently located just steps from the MAX line on Southwest Lincoln and 4th Avenue.

I snacked on light appetizers and chatted with a few folks before TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane grabbed the crowd’s attention and shared a few words. He mostly thanked a bunch of people (many of whom were in the room) who helped deliver the $1.5 billion project. He also touted a long list of stats that spoke to the project’s economic impact. “This project happened just when Oregon needed it most,” McFarlane said, “We created 14,000 jobs at a time when the state was economically depressed.”

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Please note: ‘Paving’ projects can also be ‘safety’ projects that improve bicycling

Posted by on July 10th, 2015 at 12:27 pm

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The line isn’t as clear as you think.
(PBOT graphic)

We have tendency in Portland to think of transportation investment as a zero-sum game. Our local leaders and media like to split people up into nice, little, convenient groups so they can create narratives and a dichotomy that grabs attention.

One way that tendency often manifests itself is with the “paving/maintenance versus safety” debate. During the push for the Our Streets funding measure, the Portland Bureau of Transportation used percentages and pie charts to split these two priorities into categories. With such clear lines in the sand it’s no wonder that the community (and the media) latch on and start shouting about which one deserves more (I admit it, I’ve been guilty of doing this myself in the past).

It doesn’t have to be this way. The truth is, paving/maintenance projects can also be safety projects that improve bicycling and walking. And guess what? PBOT gets it.

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