Family Biking

When a child rides alone: A test of our kids and our streets

Tuesday, November 5th, 2013
Eleni rides home alone-1
On her own: Would our streets — and my daughter — pass the
solo biking test?
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I recently — and surreptitiously — followed my daughter Eleni as she rode home from soccer practice by herself. She's almost 11 years old now and we've just recently started to let her do this. I followed her because I was curious to know how she would ride without me or her mom offering that perception of protection that our proximity provides.

If you have children (or even if you don't), I'm sure you can relate to the mix of emotions that occur when you allow your own flesh and blood to become a full-fledged "vulnerable" road user. I was also curious if our neighborhood streets would live up to their reputation as "family friendly."

Portlanders bike back to school (photos)

Thursday, September 5th, 2013
Trillium Charter School on North Interstate.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Schools in Portland are back in session as of yesterday, and that means the biking to school season is upon us once again. (That, combined with the Bike Commute Challenge and the all the regular Portland bike traffic, often makes September feel like the busiest biking time of year.)

Yesterday we asked readers to tweet us photos of the bike racks at their kids' schools with the hashtag #bikebacktoschool. Check out a few of the images below...

'Fiets of Parenthood' event returns this Sunday

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013
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Tackling the obstacle course at last year's event.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Fiets of Parenthood is back for its 4th year and biking families all over the region are getting ready to strut their stuff at a new venue: The Portland Art Museum. As part of their ongoing Cyclepedia: Iconic Bicycle Design exhibition, PAM has partnered with event sponsor Clever Cycles for a "Free Family and Community Day" this Sunday (8/4).

If you're curious about family biking, or if you're already riding with kids in tow and want to connect with other families, this is an event you won't want to miss. (more...)

9 kids, 6 adults and a day on bikes in San Francisco

Friday, January 4th, 2013
Family ride in San Francisco-9
Who says families with small kids (on their own bikes) can't bike through big cities?
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


As talk show appearance looms, thoughts on the Emily Finch phenomenon

Wednesday, December 5th, 2012
Emily Finch pedaling talk show host Ricki Lake
during a recent trip to L.A.
(Photo: The New Ricki Lake Show)

When I first saw Emily Finch with her six kids in tow at a local farmer's market this past summer, I had no idea she would become a bona fide bike celebrity before the year was out. But that's exactly what has happened.

This Friday night, Finch is hosting a viewing party at Velo Cult Bike Shop (1969 NE 42nd Ave) for her recent appearance on The New Ricki Lake Show. Where Emily will show up next is anyone's guess; but there's no guesswork about how far her story has traveled and how many people she has already inspired. (more...)

Man rear-ended while biking with child in trailer speaks out

Tuesday, December 4th, 2012
Photo from the scene.
(Photo: Chris Dorr)

On Thursday evening the unthinkable happened.

While waiting behind two cars at a red light on SE 60th at Division, a Portland man — with his four year-old son in a trailer behind him — was rear-ended by someone driving a car. The police haven't released many details, but I've talked with him at length. At this point, he has asked to remain anonymous because he’s conflicted about having himself and his family thrust into a public debate about biking with children.

Here's what happened...

The man was headed south from his child's preschool near Mount Tabor, at 60th and Salmon, to their home just south of Division. He chose SE 60th because it's the only traffic signal to get across Division. He was wearing a reflective yellow jacket and his trailer had a strobing rear tail-light. The last thing he recalls before impact was standing at the light, and an instinctive concern that the car sounds behind him were approaching too fast. Then he's flying through the air after being thrust up onto the hood of the car behind him, breaking its windshield, eventually impacting the car in front of him. When he came to, he realized his son was still in the trailer, which had been crumpled by one of the car's wheels.  (more...)

Family biking skills on display at 'Fiets of Parenthood'

Monday, September 17th, 2012
Fiets of Parenthood
At the Fiets of Parenthood event, Emily Finch and her seven kids of cargo, hit the teeter-totter ramp with gusto.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


With six kids and no car, this mom does it all by bike

Thursday, June 28th, 2012
The Finch Family
Emily Finch powers her seven-person family vehicle down SE Clay Street.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Family bike camping; the new American tradition

Tuesday, May 8th, 2012
Re-defining car camping.
- Photos and story by Russ Roca. -


Climbing aboard the bike train

Monday, May 2nd, 2011
The lot in front of Trillium Charter School (which used to be used for auto parking, but cars are now prohibited) on Interstate, bustled with bikes this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)


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