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PBOT director co-stars in Safe Routes Streetfilm

Monday, November 18th, 2013

The best cure for gloominess about the progress of active transportation in Portland is Safe Routes to School.

As the newest Streetsfilm shows, the program has been a huge success here. One in ten Portland youngsters bike to school (ten times the national average) and three in ten walk (three times the average).

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Recap and photos from inaugural 'Open Bike Night' at Velo Cult

Thursday, January 17th, 2013
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The bike vibe is strong at Velo Cult,
which makes it the perfect venue.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last night at Velo Cult something sort of amazing happened. It was the inaugural Open Bike Night, a new event thought up by Sellwood resident Dan Kaufman. While only a handful of people showed up, Kaufman and his CrankMyChain crew put together an entertaining variety show that had a strong thread of bike love woven through it.

Open Bike Night is a play on open mic night, and the idea is the same. VeloCult Bike Shop and Tavern on NE 42nd Ave in Hollywood provides the venue and the stage, and CrankMyChain brings sound equipment and keeps the show lively. There's time for socializing and sharing propaganda (I grabbed some cool spokecards, got a free Filmed by Bike DVD (thanks Ayleen!), a button, and some other cool stuff), and of course sampling Velo Cult's fine (and growing) selection of beer and cider.
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'Open Bike Night' debuts at Velo Cult tomorrow

Tuesday, January 15th, 2013
Dan Kaufman brings his unique brand of
community-oriented entertainment to Velo Cult
tomorrow.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Dan Kaufman of CrankMyChain is at it again. The biking videographer, musician, songwriter, transportation activist (he in Salem right now rallying against the CRC project), talk-show host, and general renaissance man is set to debut his latest project tomorrow night: Open Bike Night.

The idea, says Dan, is an event that's part poetry slam, part jam session, part film screening, and part social hour where a love (or curiosity) for bicycles is the common thread. Dan has been a part of the local bike scene for years, covering events from his Disco Trike and often broadcasting live to the web from the streets. He'll bring that same technology to Open Bike Night as the entire event will be broadcast live to the CrankMyChain YouTube channel.
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State finds Disco Trike owner Dan Kaufman "not guilty"

Wednesday, October 10th, 2012
Dan Kaufman on the stand last week.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The State of Oregon has issued a judgment of "not guilty" in the trial of the "Disco Trike" and its owner, local activist and filmmaker Dan Kaufman. The trial was heard by Multnomah County District Court Judge Cheryl Albrecht last Friday and she announced her decision today (PDF).

The Portland Police Bureau arrested Kaufman and seized his video equipment and his adult tricycle on SW Main Street near the Elk statue on the evening January 25th, 2012. Kaufman was participating in the J25 Occupy protests to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Egyptian uprisings in Tahrir Square. According to court documents, Kaufman was in custody for 40 minutes and his personal property was impounded (it was released to him one month later). Ultimately, he received a violation for Unlawful Operation of Sound Producing Equipment. The police testified in court last Friday that the amplified music being played from his Disco Trike was agitating the crowd and that it could be heard beyond the legal distance of 100 feet.
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5 questions with 'Occupy' supporter Dan Kaufman

Thursday, November 17th, 2011

"I see a greater need for civil disobedience and believe the success of the movement will mean long term safety for all vulnerable uses of our streets."
— Dan Kaufman

Sellwood resident Dan Kaufman is no stranger to BikePortland. The man behind Crank My Chain! CycleTV has helped us with video projects in the past like coverage of the Aerial Tram and a video ad. His most recent project is a new video about the effort to ban studded tires in Oregon. (more...)

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