(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)
With today’s police enforcement action targeting bicycling on downtown sidewalks, I took a few minutes to check out the action for myself.
Here are some of my thoughts… (more…)
The Portland Police Bureau plans to raise awareness of illegal sidewalk bicycling downtown on Thursday.
A statement released by the PPB today called the initiative a “Sidewalk Awareness and Enforcement Effort for Bicycle Riders and Skateboarders.” The action is scheduled for 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm and will focus specifically on sidewalks between West Burnside and SW Yamhill between 5th and 6th.
“During the Summer months,” reads the statement, “Downtown Portland sidewalks become very congested and collisions between pedestrians and those riding bicycles or skateboards become more likely.” (more…)
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I’ve got several small bits of local news I wasn’t quite sure what to do with, so I figured I’d round them all up here on the Front Page.
Here goes… (more…)
We realize this is last minute but it’s the first we heard about it and figured it’s worth getting the word out as far and wide as possible. This could be a great way for east Portland to learn about bicycling and have some good interactions with the Portland Police Bureau. Details and flyer below..
The Portland Police Bureau’s Youth Services Division will host its second annual Bicycle Safety Fiesta on Saturday, July 19, 2014, from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark Street, Portland. The event, co-sponsored by Providence Health & Services and Walmart, will include a variety of bike safety awareness booths for parents and children. There will be several stations at the event which will include bike helmet fitting, rules of the road for bikers, bike safety inspection and a bike riding obstacle course. There will also be a limited number of helmets available for youth who don’t have a helmet or one that fits properly. The event will also feature refreshments, chances to win a free bike and cultural dancers.
Parents are reminded to bring their child’s bike and helmet to this event. All are invited!
For more information about Youth Services or other youth programs, call 503-823-4849 or visit their Facebook page at Facebook.com/PPBYSD
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)
Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese is on bike patrol today.
I follow @chiefreese on Twitter and this morning he mentioned he was out with bike officers today. Then, after a few readers texted me his whereabouts (thanks Ryan and Dee!), I rolled out to track him down. I ended up meeting him and Officer Todd Engstrom near the corner of SW 2nd and Burnside. (more…)
When backers of the Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial decided to have a bike ride to raise funds for the project, they knew just the person they needed call: Ken Chichester.
Chichester retired from the Oregon State Police in 1995 and he’s known to many people for his nightly speeches during the annual Cycle Oregon ride. Chichester has worked with Cycle Oregon for the past 23 years and he’s responsible for route development, ride safety, and permitting. His nightly addresses usually begin with a joke that is so eagerly anticipated that people in the crowd yell “Joke! Joke!” before he even has a chance to speak.
But now Chichester is working on a ride with a much more serious mission. The OSP Fallen Trooper Memorial Bike Ride will happen on August 2nd, the day after the memorial — which has been years in the making — is dedicated on the Capitol Mall in Salem. The memorial is a basalt stone sculpture that weighs about 60 tons and will be engraved with the names of State Troopers who have lost their lives while serving our state. (more…)
(Photo by Henry Scholz)
The Portland Police Bureau arrested two teenagers for allegedly throwing bricks at three people who were bicycling in inner northeast Portland last night.
One of the victims, 26-year-old Adrian Richardson, was hit in the face and was taken to the hospital. Richardson is a serious local bike racer who works at Showers Pass.
Here’s the official statement from the PPB:
On Sunday April 20, 2014, at 1:21 a.m., North Precinct officers responded to the area of Northeast 7th Avenue and Tillamook Street on the report that two males threw a brick at a bicyclist, striking him in the face.
The victim provided descriptions of the suspects for police and waited for medical personnel to respond to the scene.
Several officers arrived in the area and contacted the victim. Officers also located the suspects at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard and Knott Street and took them into custody. Two additional victims were located by police.
Are you looking for a good deal on a used bike? Did you you get your bike stolen but gave up on finding it or had no way to prove it was yours? You might want to check the listings at GovDeals.com. That’s the online marketplace that has just inked a deal with the Portland Police Bureau to sell unclaimed property.
There are currently 59 items listed for sale and 11 of them are bicycles. Auctions last about a month and bids start at just $10.00.
Among such items as jewelry, art, computers, and tools, there are some pretty high-end bikes available. These bikes were recovered by the PPB but if their rightful owners could not be tracked down, they are now offered up to highest bidder.
Here are a few more of the bikes currently listed… (more…)
An unsafe street that isn’t being improved can be one of the most frustrating experiences in city life. One of Portland’s most thoughtful safety activists has some smart ideas on what to do next.
This exchange in our comments section came from a story this summer about a hit-and-run that injured a nine-year-old girl at North Bryant and Borthwick, on a neighborhood greenway that’s supposed to be free of fast-moving auto traffic but which was, according to a reader who once lived there, built to invite fast speeds. Several readers expressed frustration with the difficulty of getting police to do speed enforcement in a spot like this; one, Kevin Wagoner, said he’s tried calling the city’s official 503-823-SAFE line in a similar situation to no avail.
Here’s Ted Buehler’s response, lightly edited: