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Ride Along with Portland Design Works

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Ride Along is an ongoing series where we join people from across the Portland region for their ride into work. In the process, we gain a better understanding of who’s riding on our streets and what type of conditions they face.

We are excited to announce a new partnership with Portland Design Works as part of their effort to inspire #everydaycycling. We want to hear why you should be the subject of our next Ride Along!

Here’s how it works:

Fill out this form (by March 31st) and tell us what makes your #everydaycycling experience unique and you’ll get a chance to be one of our next Ride Along subjects. We’ll pick three winners to receive a PDW gear pack valued at $300 (!) and an invite to PDW headquarters in Portland to have all the new gear expertly installed just in time for the BikePortland cameras.

Good luck, and thanks for playing.

Here’s the application form in case you missed it.

Check out previous Ride Alongs via the links below…

Announcing our Ride Along with Portland Design Works contest

Thursday, March 19th, 2015
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Throwback Thursday to that time I rode
to work through east Portland
with Kathleen McDade.

We’re excited to announce a new partnership with Portland Designs Works. And we’re kicking it off with a contest that will win three lucky readers $300 worth of PDW gear.

This fantastic local company first sprung into our hearts back in 2009 and has really hit their stride in the last few years thanks to a line of smartly designed products, creative spirit and authentic commitment to our community.

Now, PDW has stepped up to be the official sponsor of our Ride Along series! That’s the regular feature we’ve been doing for just over three years now where I meet up with a reader at their house and join them for their ride into work. Along the way, we get to know the person and we see their ride — the good, the bad, and the ugly parts — from their perspective. (more…)

Ride Along with Ali Reis: Overlook to Raleigh Hills

Friday, February 13th, 2015
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Ali Reis, on SW Broadway en route to her job just east of Raleigh Hills.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

This post is part of our SW Portland Week.

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Ready to rock.

Alexandra Reis (she goes by “Ali”), a 30 year-old social worker who lives in north Portland’s Overlook neighborhood, is one tough cookie. She earned her urban cycling stripes on the streets of Brooklyn and Manhattan while going to graduate school at New York University. Now she’s putting her street smarts to use on her 11-mile daily commute to the outer limits of southwest Portland.

Ride Along with Kathleen McDade: Gateway to Ventura Park

Tuesday, June 10th, 2014
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This post is part of our special focus on east Portland this week.

Not every bike trip east of I-205 is terrible. In fact, parts of Kathleen McDade’s daily commute from Gateway to Ventura Park are downright pleasant. But as is often the case here in east Portland, it’s the crossings of major arterials that really make her nervous. (more…)

Ride Along with the McLeod Family: Sellwood to Lair Hill

Wednesday, May 21st, 2014
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Ben, Liam and Campbell McLeod roll out of their driveway in Sellwood on their way to school this morning.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

This morning I joined Ben McLeod and his two sons, Liam (9) and Campbell (7) for their ride to school. They live in Sellwood, just a few blocks east of Sellwood Park, and the boys go to Cedarwood School in Lair Hill. The trip is just about four miles and it includes some of the best and worst biking conditions that Portland has to offer.

Riding Along with Branden Shelby: Vancouver to Portland

Friday, April 26th, 2013
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Vancouver resident Branden Shelby outside Torque Coffee.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


Riding along with Paul Cole: Short but sweet in the city

Thursday, April 11th, 2013
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Paul Cole outside his apartment building in Old Town.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland

Welcome to the latest installment of our Ride Along series, which is sponsored by MetroMile.

Prepare to be envious of Paul Cole’s commute. This 29-year-old northwest Portland resident has a commute that’s only about 1.5 miles, most of it on relatively low-stress streets, and he also gets to ride over the Willamette River every day.

Cole, who works in marketing for a software firm, lives in an apartment in Old Town at NW 5th and Everett. He moved to Portland from St. Augustine Florida in 2007 and hadn’t ridden a bike since childhood when he moved here. One day he stumbled into Bike Gallery during one of their big sales and bought a bike. “I was kind of nervous at first,” he recalled, as he packed his panniers and got ready for work (he stores his bike in his apartment).

Riding along with Stasia Honnold: Clinton bikeway to the Oregon Zoo

Wednesday, February 6th, 2013
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Stasia Honnold does a lot of smiling
on her daily commute.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the latest installment of our Ride Along series, which is sponsored by MetroMile.

Last week I joined Stasia Honnold for her morning commute. Stasia, 29, lives just a block south of SE Division near 40th and she rides up to the Oregon Zoo each day where she works in the Zoo’s education programs. It’s about an eight-mile trip each way, and unlike many commuters that head up and over the West Hills, Stasia rides up through Washington Park instead of hopping on light rail.

Riding Along with Julie Kramer from Lloyd Center to Sellwood

Friday, January 11th, 2013
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Julie Kramer gets ready for her daily commute to work.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland


Riding along with Justin Gast from Kenton to Hillsboro

Monday, December 10th, 2012
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Justin Gast, illuminated by his bike light,
in front of his home in Kenton.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the latest installment in our Ride Along series. I have an exciting announcement: MetroMile is now the presenting sponsor of this column. Thanks guys! Now onto your regularly scheduled programming…

Last week I joined 36-year-old Justin Gast for his 25 mile (one-way) commute into work. Justin lives in Kenton (near Posies Cafe on N. Denver) and he rides to the Washington County Public Services building in downtown Hillsboro where he works in the solid waste recycling division. This was my first Ride Along that went into Washington County and it was also multi-modal. Sit back and join Justin and I on his pre-dawn commute… (more…)

Riding along with Molly Fair, a first-time bike commuter in New York

Tuesday, November 13th, 2012
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Molly Fair (right), was a bit unsure of what her first
bike commute into Manhattan would have in store.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)


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