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Ask BikePortland: As a driver, what does all that green mean?

Posted by on April 14th, 2015 at 10:03 am

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Huh?
(Photo J Maus/BikePortland)

We get a lot of interesting emails here at BikePortland (and phone calls for that matter). And because we’re easy to find in search engines and we’ve been around for a decade or so, a lot of those emails come from people who aren’t daily readers or loyal fans. We often hear from people don’t even ride bikes and who just have something about cycling they want to get off their chest.

The question I want to share with you today comes via an email from David J., someone who identified himself as a driver. The subject of his email was “Autos and bikes”:

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Oregon House likely to pass bill to preserve income-diverse neighborhoods

Posted by on April 14th, 2015 at 9:26 am

SE Division street scene - photo by Michael Andersen
SE Division Street: rapid infill but rapid price hikes.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Oregon seems to be nearing a series of party-line votes that would remove its statewide ban on inclusionary zoning.

IZ, as it’s sometimes known, is a type of zoning used in many U.S. cities that requires developers in certain areas to offer some housing units at below-market prices, usually to people with middle or low incomes.

House Bill 2564 is scheduled to hit the state House floor today, personally carried by House Speaker Tina Kotek (D-North Portland). After a party-line committee vote last week, a leading backer predicted Monday that the bill will pass the state House on another party-line vote, with every Democrat in favor and every Republican opposed.

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New bike signal north of Moda Center adds green time for southbound biking

Posted by on April 13th, 2015 at 3:22 pm

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The new southbound bike signal at Wheeler Avenue and Winning Way gives a little extra green time to people biking without interfering with people in cars.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s busiest bike crossings will flow a little more efficiently thanks to a new bike signal activated last Thursday.

The signal gives a green light to people biking southbound on Wheeler Avenue, preparing to curve around the Moda Center into the Rose Quarter Transit Center area. Northbound bus and bike traffic here has a green signal phase of its own, but that doesn’t conflict with southbound bike traffic.

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Petition launched to strip Portland of ‘Platinum’ bike-friendly status

Posted by on April 13th, 2015 at 12:08 pm

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Petition at Change.org.

It’s been nearly seven years since the League of American Bicyclists bestowed Portland with its highest honor; a Platinum-level bicycle-friendly community designation.

Now there’s an effort to strip Portland of that award.

Platinum is the highest ranking possible in the League’s widely-respected program that judges cities with a combination of technical analysis, local expert interviews, and an application process. Portland is the only large city to reach this status — the other cities are Fort Collins and Boulder in Colorado and Davis, California.

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The Monday Roundup: Biking while older, the IKEA bike and more

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

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No need to slow down, if roads are right.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Note from the Publisher: Before we get started on what will surely be another interesting week, please consider making a financial contribution to BikePortland. Your support is crucial to our work. Thank you! – Jonathan

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

Biking while older: A Danish study of biking obstacles among people over age 50 found that the top three needs were (in descending order) good pavement quality, good lighting and quiet.

The “IKEA bike”: REFRAMED, now early in a Kickstarter, aims to be “a fully customizable self-assemble bike.”

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Comment of the Week: The case for organized running advocacy in Portland

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 4:21 pm

I'm too clean-cut to be here in Portland with all these hippies. I think I should be in Kansas. Or maybe Salt Lake City.
Shared interests.
(Photo: Ed Yourdon)

Here on BikePortland, we love to switch focus around the many ways to enjoy bikes, from dirt-trails or the daily commute. And if you ask me, Jonathan’s inspired combination of sport, fun and policy is the special recipe that has made this site a viable business as well as a work of love for everyone involved.

So as reader Adam wrote this week, isn’t it time for someone to apply a similar approach to athleticism on foot?

Here’s what Adam wrote this afternoon beneath our post about the appeal of gravel paths to people running:

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Rolling deeper with Cycle Oregon in 2015

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 1:48 pm

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Riders and locals in the historic town of Shaniko on Cycle Oregon 2014.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Those of you who’ve been around this site a while know that I’ve always been a huge fan of Cycle Oregon, a non-profit known mostly for their fully-supported week-long rides that venture into the most remote corners of our state.

Now I’m very excited to share that this year BikePortland is an official media partner.

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Man issues citizen citation after police decline to investigate red-light collision

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 10:29 am

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Knoll’s mangled bike.
(Photo: Cedar Knoll)

A man nearly crushed last week by a large box truck whose driver allegedly ran a red light on Martin Luther King Boulevard has issued a rare citizen citation after Portland police declined to investigate.

According to Cedar Knoll, a food courier for the local company SoupCycle, the man drove his truck at high speed through what would have been a well-established red light at the intersection of NE Dekum Street and MLK Boulevard (map). Knoll said the driver only stopped the truck and returned to the scene after a witness drove after him and flagged him down.

A police officer who came to the site told Knoll, accurately, that it would be against Portland Police Bureau policy to investigate the incident or issue an officer-initiated citation because Knoll didn’t need to leave the scene in an ambulance (for more on the PPB’s investigation policy, read our report from 2008).

Here’s Knoll’s account of what happened, written before he issued the citizen citation:

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ODOT starts work on new paths and better bike access near Kenton

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 9:52 am

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A new signal to facilitate left turns from southbound Denver Ave to eastbound on Schmeer will allow ODOT to turn the existing access lane into a biking and walking-only path.

A $4 million Oregon Department of Transportation project that will improve bicycle access between Kenton, the Columbia Slough path, Portland International Raceway and other destinations is set to begin on Tuesday April 14th.

The work will take place on a one-mile section of N Denver Ave between Victory Blvd and Argyle St (OR-99W in this location). ODOT says they first identified the need for this project back in 2006 when a study found, “poor sight lines for drivers, deficient turning movements, gaps in the bike and pedestrian paths and poor conditions of Denver Avenue bridge decks and railings.”

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To promote biking on the coast, Travel Oregon looks for alternatives to US 101

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 8:44 am

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Riding U.S. 101 in North Bend, where bike and auto
traffic often mix without signs or markings.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation has put a fair amount of effort into promoting a bike route near the state’s beautiful coast.

A map of the route along U.S. Highway 101 is one of just three major biking or walking maps the agency publishes. The route has its own special sign. The state has even created a simple graphic showing how average traffic volumes on 101 very widely by month, to help travelers understand what they’re getting into.

The state’s main bike tourism agency, however, doesn’t mention the route on its website and doesn’t expect anyone to ever nominate it for Oregon’s expanding roster of scenic bikeways.

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Weekend Event Guide: Tweed, gear-fixing, mysteries, and more

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 8:21 am

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Come one, come all to the annual Tweed Ride!
(Photo J Maus/BikePortland)

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

The forecast calls for plenty of sun this weekend. Yes there could be some rain, but that’s what keeps things interesting around here.

Whatever your plans, we hope you enjoy the weekend and soak up as much of our beautiful spring weather as you can.

Friday, April 10th

Bike Gallery Warehouse Sale – April 9th ~ 13th
If you’re in the market for supplies, a new bike or new gear, check out the Hollywood Bike Gallery store. Their annual warehouse sale promises savings up to 80% off retail and up to $200 free credit if you buy a Trek bike. More info here.

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Jobs of the Week: Yakima, CCC, SoupCycle, Chris King, Ruckus, Seven Corners

Posted by on April 10th, 2015 at 7:30 am

We’ve had six great job opportunities listed this week. Learn more about them via the links below…

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BTA announces 2015 Alice Award winners

Posted by on April 9th, 2015 at 11:49 am

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The Rosewood Initiative, a community development organization in east Portland, is one of this year’s winners.
(Photo courtesy Rosewood Initiative via the BTA)

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has just announced their latest round of heroic bike advocates who have earned Alice Awards.

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Hey gravel road riders – runners want in on the action too

Posted by on April 9th, 2015 at 9:57 am

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Leif Erikson road in Forest Park.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Closed-door Parks bureau committee was set to recommend bike trails at River View

Posted by on April 8th, 2015 at 3:05 pm

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Detail from Portland Parks & Recreation River View Natural Area Habitat and Draft Trail map showing shared biking/hiking trail.
- Full size PDF

As we continue to learn more about why Commissioners Amanda Fritz and Nick Fish abruptly decided to prohibit bicycling in River View Natural Area (RVNA), there’s one large piece of the puzzle that has remained secret. Until now.

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Possible sale of downtown Post Office could be golden opportunity for bikeway

Posted by on April 8th, 2015 at 2:41 pm

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A Portland Development Commission map of the “Broadway Corridor.” The PDC is meeting this afternoon to re-up their negotiation to buy the post office site at the base of the Broadway Bridge and fast-track a planning process for the area.
(Image: PDC)

If Portland’s main post office signs a deal to relocate, a huge payoff for biking could be hiding between the lines.

As the Portland Development Commission meets this afternoon to consider putting up $500,000 to reboot negotiations over moving the operation from the Pearl District to a new hub near Portland International Airport, advocates and planners are watching with great interest.

Redevelopment of the eight-city-block post office site could create the space and funding for a new built-from-scratch bikeway from the Broadway Bridge straight down into the Park Blocks, across Burnside past Director Park, and into the city’s biggest cultural district and Portland State University.

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Meet the three winners of our Ride Along contest

Posted by on April 8th, 2015 at 11:23 am

We’re excited to announce the winners of our Ride Along contest!

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Hillsboro police Tasered and tackled man who biked through stoplight, records show

Posted by on April 8th, 2015 at 9:22 am

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This is the Tualatin Valley Highway intersection where Jermaine Robinson biked, from right to left, immediately before a police stop that rapidly escalated into a Tasering and takedown.
(Image: Google Street View)

The City of Hillsboro and two of its police officers may head to trial this fall over a largely unreported 2012 incident in which the officers Tasered a 39-year-old Hillsboro man and kneed him into the ground after he allegedly rolled through a “don’t walk” light on his bike and then refused to give his name.

The interaction escalated over the course of three minutes from an evening traffic stop to a Taser-assisted takedown of a man who by all accounts had never attempted to physically harm the officers, though he did pull away from them when they tried to restrain and tackle him without warning.

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Guest Article: Riding against the machine – UPDATED

Posted by on April 7th, 2015 at 11:46 am

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A manifesto of sorts, by The Ümabomber.

Publisher’s note: This article was written by The Ümabomber and was originally published on her blog.

I’ve been a cyclist for over 25 years and a dedicated mountain biker for the past 8 years. I have ridden trails all over the Western US. And I have never poached a trail that was closed to riding. Ever. Until today.

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Cops cite 61 people in 4 hours at a single unmarked 82nd Ave crosswalk

Posted by on April 7th, 2015 at 8:39 am

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The enforcement action was one of the few that the city has conducted at unmarked crosswalks.
(Image: Google Street View)

In Oregon and Washington as in many states, every corner is a legal crosswalk, and all vehicles are supposed to stop for someone trying to use it.

But good luck getting people to stop for you at corners like Southeast 82nd Avenue and Cooper Street.

A preannounced police enforcement action at the crosswalk on March 25 resulted in 61 citations and four warnings, the most ever issued during one of Portland’s periodic crosswalk enforcement events.

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