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Why Portland’s new Chief of Police is good news for bicycling

Tuesday, October 7th, 2014
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New Chief of Police Larry O’Dea outside City Hall in 2008. He’s standing with former Bicycle Liaison Officer Robert Pickett.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced his retirement today, and when the new chief steps in to replace him in January, his name might sound familiar to some BikePortland readers.

Larry O’Dea, a former captain of the bureau’s Traffic Division, is the new Chief of Police.
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Dispatch from a crosswalk enforcement action on NE Killingsworth

Friday, September 5th, 2014
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PBOT’s Sharon White and Leah Treat acted as decoys for a police action on NE Killingsworth this morning.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Dispatch from downtown on sidewalk biking enforcement day

Thursday, July 31st, 2014
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Things got crowded earlier today at the food carts on SW 5th and Oak.
(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…)

Portland Police will target bicycling on downtown sidewalks

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014
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Sidewalk rider.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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…)

Friday news bits: Promotion, police, parking, and… eggs benedict?!

Friday, July 25th, 2014
Ex Novo Brewing
Just opened Ex Novo Brewing on N Flint already needs more bike parking.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)_

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…)

PPB will host bike safety ‘fiesta’ in east Portland tomorrow (7/19)

Friday, July 18th, 2014

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..

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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

PPB Chief Reese joins a shift with downtown bike patrol

Wednesday, June 18th, 2014
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Portland Police Bureau Chief Mike Reese on SW 2nd Ave and Ankeny this morning.
(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…)

Bike ride will raise funds for Oregon State Police Fallen Trooper Memorial

Monday, May 19th, 2014
Commemorative ride jersey.

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…)

Teens arrested for throwing bricks at three men riding on NE Tillamook

Monday, April 21st, 2014
Adrian Richardson was struck in the face with a brick.
(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.

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Portland Police now put stolen, unclaimed bikes up for auction at GovDeals.com

Wednesday, January 29th, 2014
Do I hear $15?

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…)

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