Street party caps Bike Commute Challenge, BTA says event will move to May

by on October 8th, 2015 at 11:15 am

bcc awards drawing
Eagerly awaiting awards for the most dedicated bike commuters.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

More than 200 people came to the parking lot of Portland Design Works Wednesday to celebrate the 2015 Bike Commute Challenge — which may also be the last one to be held in September.

In 2016, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance announced, the BTA will move its annual friendly competition to May to coincide with National Bike Month.


Portland State University looks for solutions as biking decline continues

by on October 7th, 2015 at 10:04 am

bike racks at psu
Bike commuting remains common at PSU, but it’s dropping, and no one is sure why.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

In a trend that could develop into a huge expense for Portland’s largest school, the number of people biking to Portland’s single most popular bike destination has continued to fall.

Mayor Hales pedals to work and makes a coffee-shop campaign stop

by on September 14th, 2015 at 9:16 am

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Mayor Hales shows off his new helmet Monday morning.
It’s patterned after the Portland flag.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Two weeks after his first bike commute on the job, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales was back in the saddle this morning and ready for coffee with constituents at Ford Food & Drink at Southeast Division and 11th.

The inner-southeast hangout — which is in eyeshot of the new Tilikum Crossing, at once the newest asset to the city’s transport system and a $30 million factor in its transportation funding challenges — shares a building with Nutcase Helmets. The local company’s founder Michael Morrow was on hand to offer Hales a customized model from Nutcase’s new Portlander series.


Bikes, a perfectly normal part of growth in Portland’s Central Eastside

by on March 24th, 2015 at 9:52 am

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Parking garage at the Central Eastside Lofts.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Since we’ve taken some shots at Oregonian news coverage lately, it’s worth highlighting a moment of bike-friendly perceptiveness in their coverage.

Sunday’s cover story was the second in the paper’s occasional series about Portland’s changing Central Eastside, an “industrial sanctuary” that’s gradually been adding more office workers and, at the developing Burnside Bridgehead, several big apartment buildings.

The first installment, back in January, included some interesting perspective of what it feels like to run a truck-dependent business facing the Taylor Street neighborhood greenway. This weekend’s focused specifically on the food industry, and mentioned bicycles in the most casual way possible.


The Friday Profile: Kyle Carlson, Daimler Trucks’ 52-mile-a-day iron man

by on December 19th, 2014 at 2:58 pm

Kyle Carlson.
(Photos by M Andersen/BikePortland)

Kyle Carlson was a couple hundred feet up the hills of Northwest Portland when he mentioned he used to ride all the way home without switching out of his biggest front gear.


At Employers Bike Summit, Novick praises health benefits of bike investments

by on May 16th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

Commissioner Steve Novick speaks Friday at
Regence headquarters.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Portland should be proud of its 6.1 percent bike commuting share, the highest of any large city, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick said at a summit Friday that gave local employers advice on supporting bike commuters.

“We beat Madison,” the city council member said. “We beat Minneapolis.”

The commissioner also returned to the subject he cites most frequently as a reason to support bike improvements: the local economy as a whole saves money through lower health costs when people build physical activity into their lives.


Employers Bike Summit will let businesses share tips on bike-friendly commute programs

by on May 8th, 2014 at 10:59 am

Employers Bike Summit
Last year’s summit.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Four panels lined with heavy-hitting employers in Multnomah and Washington counties are lined up for next week’s free half-day summit about the best practices for businesses that want to support bike commuting.

Hosted for the third year by Regence, the regional health insurer affiliated with the Blue Cross-Blue Shield brand, the Portland Employers Bike Summit will also feature a keynote from city Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick.


Biking matters most to lowest-income local households, new data shows

by on January 30th, 2014 at 3:47 pm

34% of Portland-area bike commuters come from the poorest 25% of local working households.
Source: Census Transportation Planning Projects. Chart by BikePortland.

Last week, we shared some new Census data showing that people who bike to work in Portland have quicker commutes than you might expect. This week, let’s look at a different question: who bikes? (more…)

Surprise! Typical Portland bike commute is shorter than driving

by on January 24th, 2014 at 9:39 am

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Crossing the Broadway Bridge.

“I’d love to bike to work, but it takes too long.”

Actually, nope. Well, depending on how you look at it.


Want unemployment? Should have bought a car, state says

by on December 13th, 2013 at 2:44 pm

John Carter says that if his employer
violated a condition of his hiring, he
shouldn’t be denied unemployment
coverage for refusing to comply.
(Photo courtesy Carter.)

A Southeast Portland man is questioning a state decision about when it’s “reasonable and prudent” to switch to a car commute in order to keep a job.

John Carter, 43, says he accepted a job on the condition that he wouldn’t have to drive to work. Four months later, he says, he was fired, then denied state unemployment insurance, after he refused to relocate to an office he feels would have required it.

Carter, who worked as a computer support analyst, sold his car after TriMet opened a Green Line MAX stop near his house. When he took a job with a Lake Oswego-based firm early this year, he said, his contract stipulated he would be able to work in the company’s downtown Portland location rather than at its headquarters, where late shifts make it impossible for him to commute home by public transit.

Four months later, Carter said, the company changed that deal. When he refused to work some shifts in Lake Oswego, he said, they fired him.