One of the frustrating facts of life at BikePortland is that we’ve never had time to cover the big Clark and Washington County suburbs nearly as much as we’d like. But if you bike in Washington County and haven’t followed the comments beneath this week’s Washington County post, you’ve been missing out.
crossbars, Nike’s bike share system is almost Dutch.
For a thriving sportswear giant, Nike has seemed oddly unplugged from the active transportation revolution of the last decade. But this week, things changed a little in its Beaverton backyard.
The fast-growing company is following many companies that operate on suburban campuses by launching a corporate bike share system that’ll help employees zip among its buildings, according to a reader familiar with Nike’s campus.
The reader, who asked to remain anonymous, explained the basics of the system in an email earlier this week, adding at the time that it was “not up and running yet.”
I snagged this pic (link above) yesterday of a station at the Mia Hamm building. Each bike has a number and a lock associated with it. Here’s how it works:
(Image: Google Street View.)
In 2002, looking for future bottlenecks in its road system, the City of Beaverton was troubled by traffic projections for the corner of Southwest Farmington and Murray, one mile west of its historic downtown.
intersections and proximity of a nursing home.)
By 2020, traffic engineers calculated, the number of cars using Farmington would soar from 27,000 cars per day to 36,000, clogging traffic unless the five-lane intersection there — which hosts a 7-Eleven, an apartment complex, a senior living facility and a nursing home — were widened to seven traffic lanes. But after unsuccessfully casting about for years to find money for their “Farmington Road Improvement Project,” the city mothballed it.
Then a funny thing happened: nothing. There was no permanent traffic jam. Eleven years and two business cycles later, Farmington actually carries 700 fewer cars per day.
The seven-lane intersection, however, is back from the dead. The project, which also includes a new center lane further east on Farmington, newly striped bike lanes, a segment of sidewalk and a new signal and realignment of 142nd Avenue, is on track to be paid for by $21 million in Washington County property taxes.
The Beaverton Police Department wants to increase public awareness about distracted driving and especially the dangers of using a cell phone while driving. As of today, when people get stopped by Beaverton PD officers for violating Oregon’s cell phone law, they will be given the option of going through a Distracted Driving Diversion Program.
Here’s more from Beaverton PD Public Information Officer Mike Rowe:
“This new program provides drivers who have been stopped and issued a citation for using a mobile communication device an opportunity to attend an educational class. The class has an emphasis on distracted driving with a focus on the use of a cell phone. If you choose to take the Distracted Driving Diversion class, pay the diversion fee of $85.00, and successfully complete the class. The case will be dismissed and there will be no conviction on your driving record.”
The City of Beaverton Police Department is proud of their bike patrol unit and they’re not afraid to show it off. The BPD announced last week that the van and trailer that houses their Bicycle Patrol Unit won second place in the 2012 Law and Order Magazine Police Vehicle Design Contest.
The Ford panel van and accompanying trailer (which carries 18-20 bikes) features a custom paint job with the words “Beaverton Police Mountain Bike Team” and a large silhouette of a rider on the side.
“The judges commented that the vehicle shows a strong community support with area businesses, vendors and sponsors. They especially liked the bike graphics on the side of the van,” reads a BPD press release.
Here are a few more photos… (more…)
about bike access in Beaverton.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)
If you missed seeing the city of Beaverton’s plans for the redesign of SW Broadway you have another chance to talk about the project with a powerful city official.
Beaverton’s Mayor Denny Doyle is coming to Neighborhood Association Committee (NAC) meetings in February and March to give an update on the city and answer questions from citizens.
It will be interesting to see what questions are asked of Doyle now that Beaverton is closer to solidifying a plan to revitalize it’s downtown.
(Conceptual rendering by the City of Beaverton)
Hoping to get in front of a growing interest in triathlons in the Portland area, the venerable Bike Gallery has opened Epic Tri Shop, a new store located in the upper level of their existing Beaverton location.
Although Epic Tri is in the same building as the Beaverton Bike Gallery, it will have its own bike mechanic service, separate from the main store. The new shop carries a variety of running, swimming, and bicycling gear. This past Wednesday was the store’s grand opening party.
Store manager Gordie Cumming says he named the shop Epic because, “It sums up what I think many people feel when they step up to the starting line.” It’s also an acronym, Cumming explains: “Endurance, Persistence, Intensity, Camaraderie.”
The subtitle of the article, “City planners hope for more investment in urban renewal district,” is buried under the heading “Beaverton auto sales drive city economy.”
Full disclosure: I love bikes. I love riding them, talking about them, taking pictures of them, and just about anything else that involves them.
I live in the suburbs but my primary mode of transportation is a bicycle. I ride my bicycle nearly everywhere I go with only a few exceptions.
My love of bicycles probably makes me at least a little biased towards bikes and against cars, but I still drive on occasion. My wife and I use our car to visit family in rural areas of Oregon, and she has a 40-mile commute that would be impractical on a bike. (more…)