Father of teen killed by driver on Hawthorne Blvd questions city’s repaving plans

By on May 5th, 2021 at 12:37 pm

(Photo from Fallon Smart memorial ride on August 26th, 2016 by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.)

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Join the Cycle Oregon ‘Challenge’ and ride like it’s 1988

By on May 5th, 2021 at 9:11 am

A great excuse to hit the open road and support Cycle Oregon.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Get excited about the North Greeley bikeway project as it nears completion

By on May 4th, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Looking north on North Greeley from the Adidas pedestrian bridge.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Mayor’s budget will spur new carfree cart pod park on Ankeny

By on May 4th, 2021 at 11:42 am

Friends of Green Loop concept for “Ankeny West” cart pod project.

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Cycling wins big in statewide tourism recovery grants

By on May 4th, 2021 at 9:03 am

Riders crest Snow Mountain (elev 7,146 feet) during the 2018 Skull Gravel 120 race in Harney County. The local chamber of commerce won a $27,000 grant for the event.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s tourism commission Travel Oregon has just announced $2.4 million in economic recovery grants to help create more Covid-safe tourism opportunities. Among the 60 winners, many of the awards will improve cycling trails and riding destinations all over the state.

Here are the projects (emphases mine):

Central Oregon Trail Alliance ($25,000) to construct a new multi-use trail near Sunriver to help disperse crowds from heavy-use areas and accommodate the use of adaptive mountain bikes.

Cog Wild Bicycle Tours ($7,962) to upgrade outdoor meeting areas in Bend and Oakridge to provide ADA accessible porta-potties and hand-washing stations.

Coos County ($100,000) to construct five miles of trail, improve physical distancing by building one-way loops and increasing signage on the Whiskey Run Trail System on the South Oregon Coast.

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Harney County Chamber of Commerce ($26,869.80) for outdoor infrastructure to support a COVID-19 safe outdoor Skull 120 gravel mountain bike event.

Newport Trail Stewards ($79,500) for phase I of a project that will construct a series of multi-use and bike-specific trails, improve parking access, add restrooms and install wayfinding and trail signage at the Big Creek Trail System in Newport.

Port of Cascade Locks ($99,998) for parking lot and trail improvements to ease congestion on the Easy CLiMB family-friendly mountain bike trail in Cascade Locks.

Prineville-Crook County Chamber of Commerce ($11,622) to install a bike hub at the visitor center at the Prineville Crook County Chamber of Commerce.

And these are just the projects that focus specifically on cycling. Several I didn’t list here will improve the experience of visiting many of the small towns and other destinations that make Oregon such a magical place to ride a bicycle. Have a look at the full list here.

Last week we shared how the City of Portland won a $47,600 Travel Oregon grant to improve their outdoor dining street plazas.

An analysis by Dean Runyan & Associates of how the pandemic has impacted the Oregon tourism economy found that employment related to travel declined by 22% last year and total travel spending declined 50% between 2019 and 2020.

Do you part to help Oregon recover: Plan a bike trip today!

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Pedalpalooza updates: New poster art, ride highlights

By on May 3rd, 2021 at 3:51 pm

2020 Pedalpalooza poster artist Yuna Cheong and one version of her work.

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Portland’s transportation bureau has a new logo: Here’s what it means

By on May 3rd, 2021 at 2:27 pm

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Portland’s road deaths up 115% over last year

By on May 3rd, 2021 at 1:13 pm

A memorial for 19-year-old Daniel Martinez who was killed on SE 122nd and Division after hitting a traffic pole with his car on New Year’s Day.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: PBA corruption, scrapers do good, racist emissions, and more

By on May 3rd, 2021 at 9:57 am

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Zero Covid cases so far, say Oregon bike racing officials after four large events

By on April 30th, 2021 at 2:32 pm

Masked racers roll out at the Shasta Gravel Hugger race that kicked off the season on March 6th.
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It appears bike racing — even mass start events — can happen safely despite the lingering presence of Covid-19 and its variants.

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association announced this week that after hosting four large bike races so far this year, they’ve had zero reported cases of the virus.

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Jobs of the Week: Cycle Portland Bike Tours/Rentals, Go By Bike

By on April 30th, 2021 at 1:21 pm

Two fresh opportunities posted this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

Bike Tour Guide/Shop Staff – Cycle Portland Bike Tours and Rentals

Bike Valet Ambassador – Go By Bike

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Columbia River Crossing 2.0: Rerun or reboot?

By on April 30th, 2021 at 12:12 pm

CRC 1.0 conceptual rendering looking northwest from Delta Park.

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A bereaved mom asked ODOT why a safety project stopped short of deadly intersection. Here’s their response

By on April 30th, 2021 at 10:03 am

ODOT will spend $18 million on Lombard, but the project stops just west of the dangerous Interstate Avenue intersection.

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A day with Community Cycling Center’s food delivery-by-bike crew

By on April 29th, 2021 at 4:48 pm

Volunteers load bicycles with food at Cesar Chavez School in north Portland Wednesday.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Gideon Overcrossing has been renamed in honor of Metro Councilor Bob Stacey

By on April 29th, 2021 at 2:14 pm

Inset: New sign just installed by PBOT.

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No carfree open streets for Sunday Parkways again this year

By on April 29th, 2021 at 11:52 am

A scene from a 2019 Sunday Parkways — something we’ll have to wait at least one more year to experience together.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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New Oregon statewide bicycling manual uses people-first language

By on April 28th, 2021 at 10:41 am

Cover of ODOT’s new manual.

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ODOT proposes new I-5 expansion plan that won’t move freeway closer to middle school

By on April 28th, 2021 at 9:43 am

ODOT slide of the shift to the west as shown to an advisory committee Tuesday night.

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Lawmakers pass bill to require diversity in ODOT advisory committees

By on April 27th, 2021 at 4:18 pm

Not everything in the bike lane is a “bi”-cycle.
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Get your high schooler into transportation at free PSU summer camp

By on April 27th, 2021 at 2:57 pm

(Photos: Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University)

Did you know the vaunted urban planning department at Portland State University hosts a free, week-long summer camp for high school students? [Read more…]