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Industry Ticker: New Trans-Cascadia Enduro stage race coming to Oakridge

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 4:36 pm

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Promo pic and logo for Trans-Cascadia Enduro Stage Race coming to Oakridge this fall.

One significant yet often overlooked component of Oregon’s bicycle industry are the hundreds of annual rides, races and events that take place throughout the state.

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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, Pedalpalooza, a prom and more

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 3:51 pm

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It’s prom night just like you remember it (except on the street, on bikes, with a few hundred new friends).
(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.

Another weekend of Pedalpalooza and warm sunny skies is upon us. We hope you’ve been enjoying all the fun, educational, and adventurous rides Portland summers have to offer.

I have been feeling very lucky lately. Lucky to live in such a peaceful and comfortable city where so many of us have the time and fortune to enjoy the simple pleasure of a weekend bike ride. Where around every corner parks, porches, paths and pubs buzz with people enjoying each other’s company.

Embrace it! And don’t forget how fortunate we are to have such amazing weekends..

Friday, June 19th

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The Oregon Outback is dead, long live the Oregon Outback!

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 1:58 pm

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Screenshot from OregonBikepacking.com.

Despite all the buzz floating around the web right now, the Oregon Outback is not dead.

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Help us make PBOT’s streetlight conversion project better for bike riders

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 12:25 pm

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Have you noticed the bright, white LED streetlights popping up around the city?
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePorltand)

— Publisher’s note: Welcome to a first for BikePortland: We are working in an official capacity with the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and DKS Associates (a transportation planning firm) to help gather feedback on their LED streetlight conversion and guidelines update project. That means city and DKS staff will monitor the comments left on this post, on Twitter, and on Facebook to learn as much as they can about your perspective on streetlights. Thanks for helping us make biking better! — Jonathan

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Ask BikePortland: Is there a right way to confront someone who’s texting and driving?

Posted by on June 18th, 2015 at 8:58 am

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What to say?
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Welcome to the latest installment of our Ask BikePortland column. Read past articles here.

BikePortland reader Kim sent us a query that will be familiar to many people on the road, no matter their vehicle.

Today on my commute I observed a driver veering into the bike lane ahead of me. As I cautiously overtook the driver, I noticed her head skewed with a downward gaze and a cellphone in her right hand, actively texting. I felt anger at this dangerous behavior and yelled (loud enough to penetrate the rolled up windows) “Don’t do that!” and motioned to put the phone down. The driver was startled and didn’t know that someone was observing her.

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All talk? Here are the actions the City of Portland is taking toward Vision Zero

Posted by on June 17th, 2015 at 3:52 pm

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Mayor Hales just asked his 8,000 employees to sign it.

The Vision Zero ball is officially rolling in Portland.

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Car lands on its side facing wrong way after crash at North Williams and Beech – UPDATED

Posted by on June 17th, 2015 at 3:45 pm

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N Williams and Beech, 3:30 pm today.

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Portland City Council passes Vision Zero resolution

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

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Vision Zero’s big day.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A few hours ago Portland City Council unanimously passed a resolution that reads, “No loss of life is acceptable on our city streets,” a phrase that’s part of the city’s larger goal of Vision Zero.

Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick introduced the resolution by calling out naysayers: “I think there are people who assume it’s not possible, people might think accidents happen,” he said. “That is not true.”

Mayor Charlie Hales said the city’s official embrace of Vision Zero isn’t just a soundbite. “This is a serious commitment by the city to say ‘This is our goal and we meant it.'” However, despite requests from advocacy groups, the city did not amend the resolution to set a firm target date to achieve Vision Zero and they didn’t dedicate any specific funding to implement the new policy. (One amendment pursued by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance was passed. It requires the city to take specific steps to prevent racial profiling as new enforcement measures are rolled out.)

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NPGreenway hires new coordinator to speed up completion of path project

Posted by on June 17th, 2015 at 11:04 am

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Shamus Lynsky at a Sunday Parkways
event in 2009.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Not satisfied with an official estimated project completion date of 2032, npGreenway, the group pushing for the North Portland Greenway path, has hired their first paid staffer.

Instead of 2032, npGreenway wants to have the path completed or have funding in the bank by 2020.

The person hired to step up the urgency around this project is Shamus Lynsky. A resident of St. Johns, Lynsky is the former political director of the Oregon Trial Lawyer Association and also served as executive director of the Oregon Consumers League. Far from a newcomer to the politics of bike advocacy, Lynsky served seven years as a member of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee and he co-authored the ODOT grant that brought new bike lanes and other safety improvements to N Rosa Parks Way back in 2011.

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New plan to control cut-through traffic on NE Rodney uses one-way street for one block

Posted by on June 17th, 2015 at 10:26 am

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The city’s new proposal for Rodney at Ivy.
(See below for full plan)

After some neighbors objected to (and some people completely ignored) an experimental traffic diverter running diagonally across the corner of NE Rodney and Ivy, the city is trying a different approach.

Instead, the two-way block of Rodney between Ivy and Fremont would be converted to a one-way street for cars, with a pair of planters and a car parking space blocking northbound auto traffic at the south end of the block.

Bike and foot traffic would be unaffected on the street, thanks to a contraflow bike lane to the right of the parking spaces.

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Speeding is common on most neighborhood greenways in Portland, study finds

Posted by on June 17th, 2015 at 9:36 am

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A city map of 85th-percentile auto speeds on neighborhood greenways, which typically have a speed limit of 20 mph and are intended to be safe for people of all ages to bike, run, walk and play.

Speeding is routine on more than half of Portland’s celebrated neighborhood greenway system, according to a yet-to-be-released city study.

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The gear that got me through the Oregon Outback

Posted by on June 16th, 2015 at 5:04 pm

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Everything except the bike (and my phone, which I took the photo with).
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I had no idea what to expect before riding 505 miles in three days on the Oregon Outback last month. What I did know is that whatever happened, I’d count on my gear to help get me through it.

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After two deaths this month, advocates want stronger Vision Zero commitment from City Hall

Posted by on June 16th, 2015 at 11:59 am

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Portland based walking advocacy group Oregon Walks has just released a statement following the death of two innocent people in the past two weeks — Thomas Gazzola and George Carlson — who were killed while walking on local streets.

Their statement, which is co-signed by 10 partner organizations and one individual (see full list below*), directly calls out Portland Mayor Charlie Hales saying, “We need action now… we must take bold steps immediately to protect those who walk on our street.”

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Hopworks will launch new bike-themed beer with a ride

Posted by on June 16th, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Portland-based Hopworks Urban Brewery is one of the most bicycle-oriented businesses you’ll find anywhere (they’re also the BikePortland advertising partner that brings you the Weekend Event Guide). Now they’ve just upped the ante even further.

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Route advisory: Esplanade near OMSI will close for 3 days starting 6/18

Posted by on June 16th, 2015 at 9:58 am

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Click to enlarge detour map.

The Eastbank Esplanade will be closed for three days starting this Thursday night.

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Big upgrade to commercial stretch of Barbur looks likelier as Metro rejects OHSU tunnel

Posted by on June 16th, 2015 at 9:13 am

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Metro staffer Anthony Buczek walks Barbur’s
current auto-oriented commercial strip in February.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Long-term plans are falling into place for a federally-subsidized biking and walking upgrade to one of Southwest Portland’s most important main streets.

And oh, it might come with a rapid bus or rail system, too.

Staff at the regional agency Metro announced last week that they weren’t going to recommend a $900 million light-rail tunnel beneath OHSU, instead sending the proposed Southwest Corridor high-capacity transit line on the surface of SW Naito and Barbur as it passes through Southwest Portland toward Tualatin and Tigard.

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What could a better Burnside Bridge look like? Three possibilities

Posted by on June 15th, 2015 at 4:23 pm

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See below for other ways to do it.
(Images via Streetmix.net – mix your own)

Anyone who’s ever been close to the Burnside Bridge’s eastbound lanes out of downtown has heard it: the roar of car engines as people see three mostly empty lanes of roadway ahead of them and hit the gas.

Thirty seconds later, of course, they’ll likely as not be sitting at the stoplight on the east landing of the bridge, along with everyone who didn’t jam the gas pedal.

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City to adopt Vision Zero goal, embark on 12-month ‘action plan’ process

Posted by on June 15th, 2015 at 3:16 pm

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City Council Ordinance Number 615, to be adopted Wednesday.

On Wednesday Portland City Council is poised to take two steps on the road toward a full embrace of Vision Zero. They’ll formally adopt a goal that “no loss of life is acceptable on our city streets” then they’ll accept a $150,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to develop a plan to help them reach it.

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Enough is enough: Another death must spur real action

Posted by on June 15th, 2015 at 11:17 am

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Aftermath of man who lost control and drove his car up onto the sidewalk.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

Enough is enough.

A man lost control of his Subaru Forester SUV while driving eastbound on the Burnside Bridge Sunday afternoon. He swerved across the lanes and hit two people who were walking on the sidewalk.

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The Monday Roundup: Ultrasound passing enforcement, Portland’s housing shortage and more

Posted by on June 15th, 2015 at 9:22 am

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Gotta give space.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you Mountain Shop (NE 37th and Sandy), where you can learn about, buy, and rent excellent gear for your next bike adventure.

Three-foot rule: Chattanooga bike patrol officers are using custom ultrasound devices to measure cars’ passing distances.

Housing shortage: “None of us, not a single damn one of us, is entitled to live where we want to live for as long as we want to live at a price we can easily afford,” writes Tyler Hurst in Willamette Week. “It’s not fair at all. Nor is it fair to love a city and not want to share it.”

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