Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 17th, 2015 at 11:49 am
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 17th, 2015 at 10:05 am
(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
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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…
- Bike mechanic/customer service – North Portland Bike Works
- Shipper – Chris King Precision Components
- Bicycle Technician – Islabikes
- Office Specialist – TREC PSU
- Material Handler – Chris King Precision Components
- Service Manager – Bike Gallery
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 16th, 2015 at 4:43 pm
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.
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 16th, 2015 at 3:13 pm
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 16th, 2015 at 2:40 pm
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.
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 16th, 2015 at 11:37 am
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 15th, 2015 at 3:54 pm
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.
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 15th, 2015 at 12:45 pm
Posted by Ted Timmons on July 15th, 2015 at 11:57 am
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 14th, 2015 at 6:47 pm
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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.
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 14th, 2015 at 2:15 pm
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 14th, 2015 at 11:22 am
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 13th, 2015 at 5:27 pm
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
In my opinion, the best thing about Cycle Oregon Weekend has nothing to do with cycling at all.
Posted by Michael Andersen (News Editor) on July 13th, 2015 at 12:55 pm
(Image: Knock Software)
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 13th, 2015 at 11:49 am
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 13th, 2015 at 10:05 am
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.
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.
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 10th, 2015 at 2:49 pm
Secretary of Transportation Lynn
(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.”
Posted by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on July 10th, 2015 at 12:27 pm
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).