City applies for funding of Flanders bikeway bridge, 70s Bikeway, and more

Posted by on November 13th, 2015 at 2:15 pm

The Red Electric Trail, a dream for southwest neighborhood activists, could get over $600,000 in funding if a city grant request comes through.

City Council voted 5-0 yesterday to authorize grant applications for five major bikeway projects. The $9 million in grant requests would help the Bureau of Transportation fund a host of key projects, some of which have languished on lists and in the hearts of advocates for many years.


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City ponders new bike lane striping design for N Interstate Ave

Posted by on November 13th, 2015 at 10:32 am

Looking southbound on Interstate at Tillamook, about to enter 315 feet of traffic “free for all.”
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Anyone who rides south on North Interstate Avenue between Tillamook and the Broadway Bridge/Larrabee split can understand why the Bureau of Transportation wants to re-stripe it.


Jobs of the Week: Bike share GM and Ride With GPS

Posted by on November 13th, 2015 at 8:50 am

Looking for a new job or for a change of pace? We’ve got two great job opportunities for you to consider, including GM of Portland’s upcoming bike share system! Learn more about each job via the links below…


‘Families for Safe Streets’ to launch Sunday on national day of remembrance

Posted by on November 12th, 2015 at 4:01 pm

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Kristi Finney at a protest on Powell Blvd in May.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

A new organization for people whose lives have been changed by traffic violence will hold its first public event this weekend.

As part of the World Day of Rememberance for Road Traffic Victims, members and supporters of Oregon and Southwest Washington Families for Safe Streets will meet noon Sunday at 1805 NE 2nd Ave. in Portland, the headquarters of Oregon Walks and the Community Cycling Center. Anyone is welcome.

From there, they’ll meet for fellowship and then break into carpools and bike trains “to place memorials at crash sites along high crash corridors to build awareness and honor those who’ve died.” The group hosted an event this week where volunteers cut out cardboard in the shape of humans.


Taking the pulse: Aggressive driving in Portland

Posted by on November 12th, 2015 at 2:44 pm

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What’s going on out there?
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Part of my job is to monitor various sources of information. As I do that, trends often start to emerge. Recently I’ve sensed an uptick in chatter about how “aggressive driving is getting worse in Portland.” I’ve also heard of a few specific incidents just in the last day or so.

I’m putting this on the Front Page to hear more from you and gain more understanding about whether or not aggressive driving is indeed on the rise or if these are isolated incidents that don’t point to a larger trend.


Weekend Event Guide: Activism, Zoobomb, the solar system and more

Posted by on November 12th, 2015 at 12:52 pm

This man is a professional. I wouldn’t recommend a bike like this for your first Zoobomb.
(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.

The weather doesn’t look too great this weekend… But we’ve the love to keep you warm! Whether you feel like activisming, socializing, racing, or shopping — there’s something for you this weekend.

What are your plans?

Here’s the forecast:


League night isn’t just for bowlers: MTB group launches monthly social event

Posted by on November 12th, 2015 at 11:26 am

MtBike League official flyer.

Having a place to talk about bikes with other people who love bikes is an essential building block of successful advocacy. While opportunities to talk about urban and utility-oriented cycling abound in Portland, up until now there has not been a go-to place for those whose prefer their cycling to happen off-road.


Leah Treat reflects on two years at the helm of PBOT

Posted by on November 12th, 2015 at 9:30 am

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Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat at the Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting last night.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

Many people move to Portland because it’s a place they can live with their family without having to use a car for every trip. For Leah Treat, that fact not only drew her here, it’s also part of her job description.


New BTA policy looks to make its biking advocacy more racially equitable

Posted by on November 12th, 2015 at 9:08 am

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Diego Hernandez, a Reynolds School District board member running for the state legislature, speaks at a BTA event Tuesday advocating for Metro to fund safer streets in East Multnomah County through a regional Safe Routes to School program.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Portland’s largest biking advocacy group has, for the first time, created a written policy to help it fight racial disparities in transportation.

“The reality of Portland is that while we are one of the whitest cities in America, it’s not going to be a white city forever.”
— Rob Sadowsky, BTA

As the most bikeable areas of Portland grow even whiter and many less bikeable areas grow even more diverse, the group says it needs to focus more on building “a community where everyone from all racial backgrounds has access to safe, healthy, and affordable transportation options.”

“The reality of Portland is that while we are one of the whitest cities in America, it’s not going to be a white city forever,” Executive Director Rob Sadowsky said Wednesday. “Over half of Portland Public Schools students already are students of color.”


Industry Ticker: All 68 Showers Pass products now available at Tigard bike shop

Posted by on November 11th, 2015 at 12:43 pm

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The display.
(Photo: Showers Pass)

Portland-based Showers Pass is doing something cool this weekend. They’re celebrating the opening of a shop-within-a-shop at the huge new Western Bikeworks location in Tigard.


Wednesday video roundup: Copenhagen, quadracycle, and wooden rims

Posted by on November 11th, 2015 at 11:49 am

Welcome to Ted’s weekly video roundup. See previous editions here.

We’ll start the roundup this week with an urban design video, above. It looks at Copenhagen from the British point of view and looks pleasant.*


Nike building paved path to connect headquarters to MAX station

Posted by on November 11th, 2015 at 10:00 am

Map from internal Nike employee email showing location of Nike Woods Connector Trail. The MAX station is on the bottom and the Nike campus is on top.

Nike is building a new paved path that will make it easier to bike, walk, and take transit to their World Headquarters in Beaverton.


Portland may require developers to offer residents, employees $600 for biking or transit

Posted by on November 11th, 2015 at 8:40 am

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Downtown employer New Relic already offers in-office bike parking, but it doesn’t buy you a bike. Not yet.
(Photo: New Relic)

Got a new job in Portland? Have a new bike.

Deals like that could become common under a set of proposed rules being discussed by the City of Portland that might require developers or property managers to give each new resident or on-site worker $600 that could be spent only on non-car transportation: a nice new bike, six months of TriMet passes, four years of bike share memberships, or whatever.

The one-time payment would trigger at the time of move-in or hire. The goal is to make Portland’s streets cleaner and more efficient by reducing auto use.


TriMet will hand out free lights and safety gear at ‘Be Seen Be Safe’ event

Posted by on November 10th, 2015 at 2:46 pm

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Showing off a pair of high-viz gloves at a TriMet safety event in 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In what has become something of an annual event to encourage walkers and bikers to be more visible, TriMet is hosting a “Be Seen Be Safe” event tomorrow (11/11).


A first for Washington: Green paint for bike lanes on a state highway

Posted by on November 10th, 2015 at 2:10 pm

Drawing courtesy Washington DOT.

The Washington State Department of Transportation is going green to try and make a large highway intersection a bit safer to ride a bike on.


Safe routes to school coalition takes message to east county tonight

Posted by on November 10th, 2015 at 1:16 pm

The flyer for the event was written in four languages.

Tonight in eastern Multnomah County an unusual cast of characters will gather to speak out in support of safer routes to school. I say unusual because biking and walking advocacy doesn’t often happen east of I-205.

The event tonight is being organized by the For Every Kid Coalition in partnership with the Community Alliance of Tenants.

This coalition is pressuring regional politicians and policymakers to dedicated more funding toward Safe Routes to School. Specifically, they want $15 million in federal “flexible funds” to go toward the program. The effort is one of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s five main advocacy campaigns that emerged after federal set-asides for the Safe Routes program have all but dried up.


How Karl Moritz uses bikes to recover from a traumatic brain injury

Posted by on November 10th, 2015 at 11:38 am

Karl Moritz and his custom build.
(Photo: Jessie Kwak)

The last time we checked in on Karl Moritz he was back on the bike and had tackled his first century ride. Our new writer Jessie Kwak sat down with him last week to learn about the latest ways he’s using cycling to recover from his traumatic brain injury. – Jonathan

Many BikePortland readers may remember Karl Moritz’s story, after a crash in Ladd Circle in June of 2010 left him in a coma for three weeks.


With Blumenauer in his corner, Novick pressures ODOT for changes on Barbur

Posted by on November 9th, 2015 at 4:38 pm

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Almost half of southbound rush-hour traffic on Barbur turns right here. Converting the right lane to exit-only could boost driver safety on Barbur while making room for continuous bike lanes to the south.
(Image: Google Street View)

Consensus seems to be building around a new concept that could finally create continuous bike lanes on state-run Barbur Boulevard.

And now, support for changes to a notoriously dangerous section of Barbur have a new ally: U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer.


Industry Ticker: New products from Portland Design Works and North St. Bags

Posted by on November 9th, 2015 at 2:52 pm

Portland Design Works’ new City Rover and the “Scout” from North St. Bags.

Two of our favorite local companies have just announced new products: Portland Design Works has a new headlight and North St. Bags just went big with a whole new line of duffel bags.


Why Jolene Friedow only got a traffic ticket in the collision that killed Mark Angeles

Posted by on November 9th, 2015 at 1:21 pm

SE Gladstone and 39th looking eastbound. The collision happened right where the blue car is in this Streetview image.

On Friday afternoon the Portland Police Bureau issued a statement about the crash in May that killed 23-year old Reed graduate Mark Angeles. The woman who was driving the truck at the time of the collision, 40-year old Jolene Friedow, has been given a traffic citation and will not face criminal charges for her actions.