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The BikePortland Podcast: The state of bike advocacy

Tuesday, April 8th, 2014
Bike Summit Lobby Day on Capitol Hill-13
Cycle Oregon Executive Director Alison Graves,
Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh and
Humans on Bikes founder Christopher Delaney at the
National Bike Summit in Washington DC last month.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Does Portland-area bike advocacy lack a unifying theme?

That's one of the questions we tackle in the BikePortland podcast's latest episode, about the state of bicycle advocacy in Portland and elsewhere.

"We don't have a short-term goal for how we want bicycling to get better," co-host Jonathan Maus says in this month's half-hour show. "We just sort of follow a shiny object. Oh, Barbur road diet has to happen. Over here, there's been some tragedy, we have to go focus on Vision Zero. Oh, let's go talk about 20s Bikeway. There's no fundamental, organizing principle that everybody can rally around. I think that's a big gap we have right now."

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New podcast episode: Bikes and the future of skateboarding

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
Copenhagen Day 3-45-46
Side by side: skateboards are common in Denmark, too.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Its users are belittled, harassed and ignored, but people keep doing it because it's practical, affordable and fun — and Portland is leading the nation in thinking about it as a useful form of transportation.

It's skateboarding, and the new episode of BikePortland's half-hour monthly podcast asks whether it's following in biking's trail.

In celebration of OMSI's new skateboarding exhibit and Portland's increasingly sophisticated skateboard advocacy movement, we invited two smart advocates to join us and talk about the parallels between skating and biking and the future of skating in the first major U.S. city to make skateboards street legal (that'd be ours).

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BikePortland's December podcast: The 2013 question show

Monday, December 30th, 2013

What's the latest on the Sellwood Gap? What are the rules for using a pedestrian signal as your ticket to cross the street on the other? And how do you make a tallbike in Grand Theft Auto?

Jonathan, Lily and I sat down this month for a new holiday-season tradition at BikePortland: answering as many listener questions as we possibly could — all of them somehow related to the year that was — in 25 minutes.

We had a blast, and we think you'll enjoy it, too.
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The BikePortland Podcast will now take your questions

Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

As Jonathan wrote last month, BikePortland is continuing to pick its way around a new medium: audio. And with our big production-quality upgrade this month (thanks to Brock at Sprocket Studios) we're kicking off a new tradition: a year-end question-and-answer show.

Here's how it works: You ask us something (anything) about something that happened in 2013, and if we have time, we answer it.

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BikePortland Podcast: Dude, where's my bike share?

Friday, November 15th, 2013

I'm excited to share this month's podcast! But before we get into the topic of discussion, I want to point out a few changes: It's now officially called the BikePortland Podcast; we've updated the logo; and you can now find our stream via Soundcloud. And next month, we've got an even bigger change in store when take a step up in recording quality thanks to our friends at Sprocket Studios who've agreed to host us.

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Our October podcast: The joys of rural road riding

Thursday, October 24th, 2013
Lauren and Bill Crest the Hill
A 2011 Cycle Wild trip from Portland to Eugene
included the Scenic Willamette Valley Bikeway.
(Photo by Lillian Karabaic)

Why on earth would someone want to ride for days on the side of a road in the middle of nowhere?

That's the question this shameless city slicker and utilitarian bike rider wanted to ask BikePortland's podcast producer Lillian Karabaic and publisher Jonathan Maus. So as the Pacific Northwest enjoys its fleeting annual glimpse of autumn, the three of us devoted our half-hour monthly podcast to discussing the fun, economics and safety of bike adventures on Oregon's rural roads.

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Our monthly podcast: The real estate episode

Friday, September 27th, 2013
Widmer Bike Corral Celebration-11
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The monthly Portland Afoot/BikePortland Podcast is ready just in time for the weekend.

This month our podcast producer and resident transportation wonk Lily Karabaic and BikePortland News Editor Michael Andersen sat down to talk about the intersection of real estate and bicycling (unfortunately, due to a slower-than-expected recovery from a bad spill I took on my road bike, I didn't make it to this month's recording session). As Michael's Real Estate Beat column has proven, how we approach housing and commercial development can have a significant impact on our city and our transportation choices. And in Portland, bicycling is at the center of this issue as we try to achieve our ridership goals and spread the benefits of change equally across all communities and income levels. (more...)

Our August podcast: Is carnage worth coverage?

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Carnage ruins lives, and coverage of carnage helps fix streets. So we write about it.

Two months ago, after returning from a country that transformed its streets in the 1970s after a mass protest movement about street safety, Jonathan kicked off what he described as a "mini advocacy campaign" by BikePortland to raise awareness of the traffic carnage on our streets.

This is a delicate line for our little news operation to walk. People read posts about crashes because they find them relevant, but they're the opposite of enjoyable to read. We received emails and comments from people who thought covering collisions too closely was sensationalism and would only scare people away from riding. Also, there's a widespread misperception among non-bikers that, hour for hour, biking is a generally dangerous way to get around. It isn't. (See p. 27 of this PDF for Portland's latest numbers.)

But carnage ruins lives, and coverage of carnage helps fix streets. So we write about it. This month, podcast producer Lillian Karabaic, Jonathan and I devoted the full half-hour of our monthly podcast to discussing this decision and the factors around it.

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A dead freeway, new leaders at PBOT and stoplight behavior: Portland Afoot's July podcast

Friday, July 5th, 2013

In May, Jonathan and I announced that BikePortland and Portland Afoot were joining forces to make our news coverage even better. I'm pleased to say that things are going great — the two of us are building a team that's going to help this site cover bikes better than ever, while also introducing other products that will serve low-car Portlanders of all sorts.

Today we're starting experiments with one of those: an audio channel.

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