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America’s NEXT Bike Capital

A community conversation about Portland's bike futureWelcome to our occasional series about the future of biking in Portland.

On May 15th we invited Portlanders of every stripe to share ideas on how Portland can regain its lost sense of direction and start (once again) using biking as a tool to improve our city.

If you have something to share, we’d love to hear from you.

Networking, neighborhoods, and DIY activism success

Thursday, November 20th, 2014
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With a few allies in other neighborhoods, it’s possible to make huge changes to city neighborhood greenway plans. So step up — the time for your neighborhood association to shape the next round is right now.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our series of guest posts, America’s Next Bicycle Capital, where we share community voices about the future of biking in Portland.

This week’s guest writer is Terry Dublinski-Milton, land use and transportation chair of the North Tabor Neighborhood Association.

For years, Portland has been ahead of bicycling infrastructure curve. Recently, as has been reported on BikePortland, it seems we have lost much of our forward movement. But this may be changing.

As the transportation chair for the North Tabor Neighborhood Association, I knew a Transportation Systems Plan update was coming as part of the citywide Comprehensive Plan update. So over the past year, we’ve made significant progress towards our goals of having an integrated, interconnected network of bikeways north and east of Mount Tabor Park.

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Portland needs to invoke the lifeboat rule

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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Amsterdammers are made, not born.
(Photo in Amsterdam by J. Maus/BikePortland)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our series, America’s Next Bicycle Capital, where we share community voices about the future of biking in Portland. This week’s guest writer is A.J. Zelada, who chaired the Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee from 2011 to 2013.

The lifeboat rule needs to be invoked: parents and children first.

I returned from the Netherlands a few weeks ago and I was struck, of course, by how different it was. I admit, I am not so sure it is reproducible here as much as I’ve hawked it in the past. My partner and I bicycled from Bruges, Belgium to Amsterdam up the North Sea coast line but catching Ghent, Delft, Leiden and many other towns along the incredible segregated bike lanes that simply connect everything. [Publisher's note: Follow Jerry's adventures here.]

What struck me was that Americans have a missing childhood developmental stage of being an infant, a toddler, and a child on a bike before they get on a bike independently. And even though little Americans are propped up in a baby trailer or behind the rider’s seat, they still miss what parents in Belgium and the Netherlands teach their kids.

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How to get more biking advocates to ‘show up’

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014
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City staffer Steve Hoyt-McBeth discussing possible bike projects at Portland City Hall, 2012.
(Photos J.Maus/BikePortland)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our series of guest posts, America’s Next Bicycle Capital, where we share community voices about the future of biking in Portland.

This week’s guest writer is Kirk Paulsen (@PedalPortland), a traffic analyst for Lancaster Engineering.

If Portland is going to actually build its planned bike network, more people need to show up to neighborhood meetings to demand change. It’s unfortunate that this is the case, but it is.

But here’s the problem: this request from the city to active transportation advocates happens over and over again, with little increase in the number of people showing up. And this is Portland where, already, many more people are actively involved in transportation advocacy than in most any other place in the country.

Why aren’t even more people showing up to the meetings? This is my personal experience with why more aren’t.

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The overlooked barrier to biking: me and my fellow klutzes

Thursday, July 10th, 2014
This skill (standing up on the pedals) was several years in the making for the author. Yes, she still feels really cool every time.
(Photos by L. Mitchell.)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our series of guest posts, America’s Next Bicycle Capital, where we share community voices about the future of biking in Portland.

This week’s guest writer is Talia Jacobson, a transportation planner and ten-year Portland resident.

For those who sort the world by the four types of cyclists (the Myers-Briggs of bike advocacy), most indicators would mark me “enthused and confident.” I’ve been a full-time bike commuter for six years. I take lanes, haul groceries, and ride in just about any weather until ice gets involved. Run down the list of traits, and there’s only one place I break type: skill level.

I could legally vote before I learned how to ride. Years later, there are still days when I’m a slapstick routine on two wheels.

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How bike polo is making Portland better

Wednesday, June 25th, 2014
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Skill on wheels in Peninsula Park, 2010.
(Photos by J.Maus/BikePortland)

America's Next Bicycle Capital

Part of our new series of guest posts: America’s Next Bicycle Capital. This week’s guest writer is Pete Abram of Portland Bike Polo.

I have been a bike commuter since I was able to pedal. But I didn’t really understand how you can connect yourself to a bike, how it can be an extension of your will, and how tasks that seem difficult or dangerous on a bicycle to some can be exhilarating and easy to an experienced rider, until I found bike polo, in 2009, in Columbia, Mo.

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A six-point plan to make Portland a better place to grow up

Thursday, June 19th, 2014
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A Portland Safe Routes to School event in 2010.
(Photos J.Maus/BikePortland)

A community conversation about Portland's bike future

Part of our new series of guest posts: America’s Next Bicycle Capital. This week’s guest writer is Kari Schlosshauer of Safe Routes to School Pacific Northwest.

After living in Copenhagen, I moved to Portland because it would be the place in the United States with the greatest opportunity to bicycle calmly, safely, and in good company. I had a bit of a shock when I got here: I realized right away that there was so much still to do.

But it is possible.

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Outside the bike box: Four ways Portland’s bike believers can connect the city

Monday, June 2nd, 2014
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Portlanders discuss the Williams Avenue bikeway in 2011.
(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland)

A community conversation about Portland's bike future

Welcome to the first of a new series of guest posts: America’s Next Bicycle Capital.

Two weeks ago, we invited Portlanders of every stripe to share ideas on how Portland can regain its sense of direction and keep using biking to improve our city. This first post is by Jason Miner and Craig Beebe, the director and communications director of 1000 Friends of Oregon.

The first transportation revolution in Portland has been so dramatic and successful in part because bicycling has more than a token seat at the table. Bicycling infrastructure, safety and access has become a central part of the conversation about the city’s mobility and economic development. That was evident when the City Club overwhelmingly adopted a report last year endorsing the integral role of bicycles in the city’s transportation system, but it’s been the case for a lot longer.
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Making something right: Your feedback on what’s next for Portland

Thursday, May 15th, 2014
Our sign of the times.

A post we published Tuesday about whether Portland has lost a sense it had of its ability to be extraordinary, and the consequences of that loss, touched a lot of nerves.

Many liked it. Many disagreed. Some questioned the premise. Best of all, lots of people have been sharing their own thoughts in comments, emails and personal conversations. Even Lindsey, the woman who inadvertently helped me start to understand Portland and urban bicycling, saw the story from Indiana and wrote to say that her life didn’t feel nearly so romantic at the time.

Rather than trying to summarize the rich, useful discussion we’ve seen so far — and our comments section continues to be, for my money, one of the most thoughtful on the Internet — I’m going to write briefly about what we’ll be doing next, here at BikePortland.

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Something has gone wrong in Portland

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014
(Photos by M.Andersen/BikePortland)

This is a long post. It’s about one person’s experience. And it’s the only thing we expect to publish today.

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