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Crashes on Sam Jackson Park Road underscore ice dangers

Thursday, January 3rd, 2013
A Portland Fire & Rescue truck slid on ice
on Sam Jackson Park Road yesterday.
(Photo: PF&R)

A man crashed while bicycling downhill on SW Sam Jackson Park Road yesterday. Then, when Portland Fire & Rescue responded to the crash, their fire truck slid on the ice and smashed into a guard rail.

According to Portland Fire & Rescue, the crash happened during yesterday's morning commute. When they arrived, the man who crashed his bike was up and walking around. Here's more from PF&R about the conditions that led to the crashes:

"The ice was reportedly caused when the drainage along the side of the road became blocked with leaves. This caused water to flow over the roadway and subsequently the cold weather created ice."

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With bike shop and valet service, OHSU extends its bike-friendly lead

Thursday, April 26th, 2012
Go By Bike shop in South Waterfront-18
Amsterdam? Nope. That's the new bike parking area
in the South Waterfront District as seen
from the Aerial Tram.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) is often featured on this blog for their bike-sensitive projects and programs. We've shared OHSU's sophisticated encouragement methods used in their Bike Incentive Program, how they are incorporating bicycle use into new buildings, how they've contributed important academic research about bicycling, and so on. But it wasn't always that way.

A scan of our archives show that the institution has taken an awesome trajectory from our first report on them in 2006 when we shared rumblings from staff and students that school brass didn't respect bicycling.

My how things have changed (at least for folks who use the tram).

In their latest effort to do everything they can to make biking easy and convenient for their thousands of faculty and staff, OHSU (which has a "Gold Bike Friendly Business" rating from the League of American Bicyclists) has renewed a lease with a bike shop that is open for business under the west side of the Aerial Tram, they've added even more bike parking, and they've expanded their bike valet service. I paid the shop a visit last week to find out more... (more...)

OHSU's new building will "set new standard" for bike facilities

Friday, January 6th, 2012
Detail from rendering of
dedicated entrance to bike
parking facilities.

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) — a school that has grabbed our attention several times in the past for their encouragement of bicycling among faculty and staff — has a new building in the works and they say it, "will set a new standard for the quality of bicycle facilities."

Those are lofty words, so we got a closer look at the plans from Campus Planning and Development Director Brian Newman. (more...)

2011 OHSU Bike Program Report: People bike to improve health, save time - Updated

Thursday, December 29th, 2011
OHSU introduced its popular
free bike valet program in 2011
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) released its Bike Program Report for 2011, including results from their member survey and an update on their online trip log.

As John Landolfe, OHSU's Transportation Coordinator, says at the beginning of the report, "2011 was a banner year for biking at Oregon Health & Science University."

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OHSU earns 'Gold' rating from League of American Bicyclists

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011
OHSU Winter Commute Workshop
A winter bike commute workshop
at OHSU.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has earned a 'Gold Bicycle Friendly Business' rating from the League of American Bicyclists.

OHSU is Portland's largest employer with 12,400 employees and is the largest organization to ever win a gold or higher designation from the League. The award was announced last month but League representatives presented OHSU with the award today. (more...)

Bike use helps OHSU avoid traffic crisis: Valet service extended

Tuesday, September 6th, 2011
About 150 bikes are using the
temporary bike valet service at the base of
r the Portland Aerial Tram.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A bike valet service at the foot of the Portland Aerial Tram has proved so popular that Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) has extended the service until the end of September.

OHSU began offering the service on July 11th while SW Sam Jackson Park Road — one of only two, two-lane roads to OHSU's Marquam Hill campus (which also happens to be the City's largest employer) — underwent a repair project. The bike valet was one of several measures undertaken to encourage OHSU staff, patient, and visitors to get up the hill in something other than an automobile. (more...)

New mobile bike shop opens in South Waterfront near the tram

Wednesday, August 31st, 2011
Go By Bike shop owner Kiel Johnson (center) shakes hands with customer (and friend) Owen Walz while shop staffer Eric Phelan looks on.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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Guest post: How OHSU averted traffic turmoil

Wednesday, July 20th, 2011
Dave Feucht
(Photo © J. Maus)

This guest article was written by Dave Feucht and it originally appeared on his Portlandize blog. Dave, 31, does IT work at the OHSU School of Dentistry up on Marquam Hill and lives in the Kerns neighborhood in northeast Portland.

His story is a follow-up to news of road projects that are currently limiting access to Marquam Hill and the South Waterfront.
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OHSU students on bike tour for rural health awareness

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

Four students from Oregon Health & Science University are on a five week, 1,000 mile bike trip through Oregon. The students, three of them studying medicine and one aspiring veterinarian, are using the trip to raise awareness about the healthcare challenges faced by rural communities.

The students are stopping along the way to talk with community groups about how to improve local healthcare options.

For more details, see the OHSU press release. You can check out their route and follow their journey on their blog.

Major road closure will impact Aerial Tram, Marquam Hill bike access

Friday, July 8th, 2011
The Aerial Tram is likely to be
very crowded beginning Monday.
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin a major project on SW Sam Jackson Park Road this Monday that will result in its closure from July 11th to Labor Day (September 5th). Crews will attempt to shore up the soil beneath the road, and rebuild a portion of the road surface.

As the primary route for Oregon Health & Science University and Shriner's Hospital, this closure will have a big impact on Marquam Hill access. If you ride your bike to "pill hill," prepare for not just a detour, but new rules for bringing your bike on the Aerial Tram, which will likely get much more crowded starting Monday.
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