By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 22nd, 2020 at 12:42 pm
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By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 21st, 2020 at 2:17 pm
“What started as an exercise in modifying my own behavior has become an interesting social experiment in watching other drivers react.”
— Leslie Carlson
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 21st, 2020 at 11:57 am
Inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., I did something on Monday to make my community better. In the process, I got some exercise, met my neighbors, and made biking and walking in my neighborhood a little bit nicer.[Read more…]
By Becky Jo (Columnist) on January 21st, 2020 at 10:46 am
Let’s stop for a second.
During this adventure, I’m going to be reconciling a lot of my previous car-driving lifestyle with my current carfree lifestyle. I’m excited to have a new world to learn about, and while I’m not technologically or mechanically inept, this is a whole new world of application. Also, yes, some of you will really want to send me to LMGTFY. Normally I would too – but there’s so much out there, and a lot of it is completely contradictory. There’s some serious analysis paralysis happening in my melon. I realize I’m in over my head, and if I’m coming up with these questions, there’s likely a hundred more out here too scared to ask, not to mention among yourselves it can’t hurt to info-share. I’m just the one with a keyboard and zero shame. OK. Let’s get going…
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 21st, 2020 at 9:01 am
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 17th, 2020 at 3:52 pm
I try to not think about work while on vacation, but I couldn’t help think of Better Naito and Waterfront Park while I was in La Paz, Mexico with family over winter break. The reason? A dreamy piece of public space known as the Malecón.[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 17th, 2020 at 9:47 am
Our story based on a report about public sentiment and perception of transportation and the Portland Bureau of Transportation led to some interesting reader feedback. One part of the report several readers related to was the feeling expressed by focus group members that the city’s bikeway designs are not always consistent or intuitive.
Reader “chris” shared a thought that was nominated as Comment of the Week by several readers. Here it is (note that he begins by quoting parts of the report):[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 17th, 2020 at 8:06 am
By Ian Edwards (Contributor) on January 16th, 2020 at 3:37 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 16th, 2020 at 12:18 pm
The weekend is just around the corner. And while it might not feel like biking season, our calendar proves otherwise.
Here’s our list of fabulous things to do this weekend…[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 16th, 2020 at 10:33 am
A poll commissioned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation found that a large majority of Portlanders don’t think widening roads is the answer to congestion and that the agency needs simpler messaging and a clearer vision. [Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 15th, 2020 at 11:52 am
An initiative by The Street Trust to tackle the gender gap in cycling wants to become more inclusive.[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 15th, 2020 at 10:36 am
When Velotech announced the closure of their 10,000 square foot Western Bikeworks retail store in the Pearl District in September, gears were already turning to expand the company’s showroom at their warehouse location near the Portland Airport.
Tucked into an industrial park just north of Columbia Boulevard at 87th, the warehouse had always had a walk-up counter to represent their three brands – BikeTiresDirect.com, Western Bikeworks, and TriSports.com. For years there wasn’t much of a display and the space served primarily as Velotech’s offices, product warehouse, and bike assembly facility.
On Saturday (1/18) that will officially change as a new retail showroom is unveiled after significant renovations. [Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 14th, 2020 at 2:56 pm
Policymaking can often feel far-removed from our everyday lives. Then there are times when we can connect current policy debates with matters of life-and-death with a short, straight line. This is one of those times.[Read more…]
By Tony Jordan (Contributor) on January 14th, 2020 at 11:58 am
Written by Tony Jordan. BikePortland is always open to sharing your guest articles. Please get in touch if you’d like to contribute!
On January 29th, Cycle Oregon will announce its 2020 routes at the annual Kickoff Party. According to their website we can expect some surprises such as, “short and long options, gravel options, multiple layover days, bonus activities, and more opportunities to really become part of the communities.” The new options and extra rest and recovery time should make the ride accessible to more people, but plenty of riders will spend some time following the announcements wringing their hands over the costs, training time, and logistics of committing to a wonderful-but-challenging week of epic rides.
I’m here to tell you that there’s a way to ride Cycle Oregon with a built-in group of new friends, a schedule of training rides, extensive additional in-camp support, and maybe even some financial assistance; all while supporting another worthy charitable organization. It’s kind of like a Cycle Oregon cheat code and it’s called Ride for a Child.[Read more…]
By Becky Jo (Columnist) on January 14th, 2020 at 10:52 am
I’ve posted some questions related to gear, but mostly it’s been how to carry groceries and how to feel more chill. If you don’t mind, I’d also like to ask you, the more experienced collective, more nuts-and-bolts type stuff as I go along on this journey.
I am fairly mechanically inclined. I realize that requires some spatial reasoning ability and we are all at different points on that spectrum. I certainly don’t judge anyone who cannot, but for the purposes of today’s asks and answers, I do pretty well. I’m user-manual friendly and I even create technical illustrations on occasion, which in my lifetime has included a range from freight trains to sewing. All of that is to say, I am capable of learning how to take care of my bike…but how far do I really need to go? As I get older, the amount of brain capacity I want to commit to things that aren’t necessary diminishes.[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 13th, 2020 at 1:59 pm
By Catie Gould (Contributor) on January 13th, 2020 at 9:56 am
When more people live closer to each other and to destinations, they will ride bikes more. That’s one reason housing and land-use is crucial if we want to reach our bicycling goals. [Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 13th, 2020 at 8:53 am
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on January 13th, 2020 at 7:06 am