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Weekend Event Guide: BMX, century, Milwaukie, and more

Posted by on August 15th, 2014 at 11:07 am

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Discover the hidden bike path gems of southern Clark County Washington at the Portland Century on Saturday).
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

How’s your summer riding been going so far? Are you ready for a century ride — or as our friends at OR Bike like to say, a “Hundo“?

Hopefully you’ve done a bit of training because the Portland Century is our marquee event of the weekend. While most of the route isn’t actually in Portland this year, the support and food and drinks you’ll encounter at the rest stops and the finish line party will be decidedly local.

There’s nothing but warm and sunny blue skies in the forecast. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16th

Dew Tour – All Weekend downtown on SW Broadway between Jefferson and Salmon
This event will feature some cool BMX action. The best riders in the world will show off their skills in “streetstyle” and dirt jump competitions. And the best part is the whole thing is free to watch! If you’re not a BMX fan, consider this a great chance to hang out on a carfree SW Broadway! More info here.

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BTA launches five new campaigns at annual members’ meeting

Posted by on August 15th, 2014 at 9:07 am

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Attendees of the BTA’s annual member meeting Thursday evening had plenty to talk about.
(Photos by Michael Andersen)

With “The Revolution will Not Be Televised” playing from portable speakers above them, almost 100 Bicycle Transportation Alliance members and staff gathered in the Portland Art Museum courtyard Thursday to drink Hopworks beer, eat food-cart tacos, recognize key volunteers and (most intriguingly) learn about the five major advocacy campaigns the organization had just launched.

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Tech will make central-city parking spaces pointless, Gabe Klein tells Portland crowd

Posted by on August 14th, 2014 at 3:05 pm

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Gabe Klein, right, speaks to a panel of local transportation experts at the Multnomah Athletic Club Thursday.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

The author of the transportation reinventions in Washington DC and Chicago offered some advice to Portland-area developers Thursday: start building for parking-free cities.

Self-driving cars will be available in a few years, predicted Gabe Klein, the former transportation director of both those cities, and they’ll mean “the end of parking as we know it.”

Klein, now a fellow at the Urban Land Institute, an organization for real-estate and land-use professionals, spoke to a room of local ULI members and other guests Thursday morning at the Multnomah Athletic Club in southwest Portland.

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Virtual ‘bike travel agency’ hosts Portland party and seeks local bike wisdom

Posted by on August 13th, 2014 at 6:53 pm

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Bikabout.com founder Megan Ramey, left, with her family.
(Photo courtesy Ramey)

Partly inspired by a visit to Portland last year, a Massachusetts woman has launched “a free travel agency for bike travel” across the United States.

Bikabout.com founder Megan Ramey will host a party at Velo Cult in Portland next week to gather information on the city and invite contributors.

Ramey said in a phone interview Monday that she started referring to Portland as “Graceland” after a 2013 visit with her family. She, her beer-loving husband and their young daughter traveled the city with a copy of Hop in the Saddle, a locally written guide to enjoying Portland breweries by bicycle.

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Bikini-themed promo for local bike tour deepens criticism of industry’s gender issues

Posted by on August 13th, 2014 at 3:34 pm

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Screenshot of an email promoting a local bike event.

One of the Portland area’s biggest bike event companies apologized Wednesday for sending a promotional email dominated by a big photo of a weathercaster in a bikini.

“Frightening Poll,” said the email from Good Sport Promotion (screenshot at right). “47% of Romanians did not expect today’s heatwave despite having watched the weather last night.”

“Remember Nadia Comaneci?” the email’s text began, referring to a Romanian athlete (but not the woman pictured). “She got the first perfect 10 in the Olympics. (Montreal 1976) This weekend we have a perfect 10 on the weather forecast.”

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Steel Bridge lower deck will close for inspection at 7 am Wednesday

Posted by on August 12th, 2014 at 11:24 pm

The current forecast for Wednesday morning.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Update 2:20 pm: PBOT reports that the lower deck will reopen by 5 p.m. The original post follows.

If you usually bike or walk across the Steel Bridge’s lower deck in the morning rush hour, try another route on Wednesday.

It’s being closed at 7 a.m. for an inspection, according to the Portland Bureau of Transportation. PBOT added that it’ll announce the reopening, whenever that might happen, in a follow-up tweet from its @PBOTinfo account.

When a camera failure closed the lower deck one year ago this week, the bridge remained closed for four days.

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With biking sidelined at Portland City Hall, BTA strategy shifts to long term

Posted by on August 12th, 2014 at 12:49 pm

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Elizabeth Quiroz, one of the BTA’s 16-person staff and four-person advocacy team, fits a helmet at a Southeast Portland bike skills class.
(Photo: M.Andersen and J.Maus/BikePortland)

For a moment this spring in the community room of the apartment building at SE 122nd and Halsey, the most important thing the Bicycle Transportation Alliance was doing was asking nine children a question.

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From the Portland city archives: A tall bike on Union Avenue in 1980

Posted by on August 12th, 2014 at 8:22 am

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Kickstand included.
(Photo: City of Portland Archives)

Tall bikes look great in sepia, too.

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Uber’s operations in Vancouver are illegal, city attorney says

Posted by on August 12th, 2014 at 6:30 am

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(Screen capture from Uber’s Vancouver website)

The ride-hailing service Uber has hired contract drivers and is providing rides in Vancouver, Wash., illegally, according to a July 25 memo from the city attorney’s office.

“Essentially,” assistant city attorney Brent Boger wrote in the memo to city council and staff, transportation network companies such as UberX and Lyft “are taxi services operated out of personal vehicles.”

UberX costs about 35 percent less than a traditional taxi ride. Last month, Uber’s CEO said he hopes “to get UberX pricing below the cost of owning a car.”

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Quick complaint, quick action: Bike shop and customer show how to fight everyday sexism

Posted by on August 11th, 2014 at 11:58 am

Update 8/12: The bike shop in question has shared a brief statement about their response. See below.

Here’s a brief online exchange from Saturday afternoon that shows what it looks like when people come together to marginalize a sexist comment from a bike shop employee.

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The Monday Roundup: Beauty from Cleveland, dancing by the Seine and more

Posted by on August 11th, 2014 at 10:14 am

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This week’s news roundup is sponsored by the Barlow Road Ride, the scenic 100-mile tour along the Oregon Trail Aug. 23-24.

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

Cleveland bikeways: Cleveland has some beautiful plans for its former on-street streetcar routes.

Left Bank renaissance: One year after Paris closed an expressway along the Seine to cars, it’s a space for soccer lessons, backgammon games and an impromptu Michael Jackson dance party.

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Comment of the week: ‘The stream carves its own bed’

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 7:14 pm

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Civic action in its own way.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

If any new phrase about biking I’ve seen in the last few months deserves to become a cliche, it’s this one.

Reacting to our post about what would happen if all of Portland’s bike commuters switched to cars, reader Champs took another tack.

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Lifestyle column: You don’t know what you’ve got ’til it’s gone

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 10:15 am

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Lifestyle columnist Cathy Hastie in a 2013 photo.

Editor’s note: Lifestyle columnist Cathy Hastie was a remarkably healthy cancer patient. Then she stopped bike commuting. Here, she describes what happened next.

Six months ago, I was healthy.

At 5’11″ and 160 lbs, my body was capable of just about anything I asked it to do, from hoisting boxes to dancing the two-step to running a few miles through the neighborhood. I wasn’t overly demanding, forcing myself to reach for some calculated heart rate or working towards 9 percent body fat. I simply had a body that worked, and worked well. Even though I had cancer.

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Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, alleycat, and more

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 8:09 am

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It’s that time of the year again… Bridge Pedal will take over the city on Sunday.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

It’s Bridge Pedal weekend. The massive ride that dwarfs all others in Portland (except for the Naked Bike Ride). Yes, this Sunday is your chance to ride with 20,000 other bike lovers on bridges where bikes are forbidden every other day of the year. That alone is worth the price of admission.

And if Bridge Pedal isn’t your cup of tea, we’ve got some other great options for your consideration…

Friday, August 8th

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Jobs of the Week

Posted by on August 8th, 2014 at 8:07 am

We’ve had a great selection of opportunities posted to our Job Listings this week. Check out all them via the links below…

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‘Day without the bicycle’ follow-up: How to make 1/3 of Portland’s bikers vanish

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 at 9:46 pm

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The other day I did a fun post with some back-of-the-envelope math to estimate what it might look like if every Portland bike commuter switched to a car for one day. Here’s a tidbit I didn’t have room to include: massive temporary shifts from bike to other modes already happen regularly.

They happen every time it rains. Rain eliminates about one in three bike trips citywide, to be precise.

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‘Cross is coming! These clinics will help get you ready

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 at 10:38 am

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Cyclocross is fun; but it requires a special set of skills if you want to do it well.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Cyclocross season is fast approaching. I can tell by the increased listings of ‘cross bikes and gear on Craigslist and the OBRA email list and the photos and updates on my social media stream (many with the #crossiscoming hashtag).

The other clear sign that the season is just around the corner is the announcement of clinics aimed at mastering the many skills it takes to do well in this discipline.

Whether you’re a junior just getting started, or an old pro that just needs to dust off the cobwebs, the clinics below are an excellent opportunity to get ready for the season (and they start this week so… get on it!).

Hosmer Chiropractic and Portland Bicycle Studio Present Cyclocross Skills Clinic Series

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A close-up look at the best business bike parking in Portland

Posted by on August 7th, 2014 at 9:51 am

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Right up front, plenty of space, and protected from the weather: Now that’s how you do bike parking.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Even in a city where bike parking in front of businesses is a government-sanctioned program, some business owners still choose to go above and beyond.

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Anti-violence ride will ‘Take back the streets’ of north Portland

Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 12:32 pm

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Former gang members want to take back the streets in North Portland and they want to use bicycles to do it.

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Williams Ave project will break ground next month

Posted by on August 6th, 2014 at 11:58 am

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It can’t happen soon enough.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

At long last, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is ready to break ground on a re-design of N Williams Avenue. The project began in January 2011 with an eye toward transforming Williams into a street that offered world-class bicycling conditions.

However, as many of you know, just five months into the public process, the project became embroiled in a wide-ranging and often emotional citywide discussion about race and gentrification.

At the end of a 16-month public process, PBOT and the project’s citizen advisory committee finally reached consensus on a suite of changes that will have a dramatic impact on everyone who travels on Williams.

According to PBOT project manager Rich Newlands, the project is slated to begin in the first week of September. The contractor then has three months to complete all the work. That means the new lane configurations and other changes will be fully functional no later than early December.

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