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Division Transit Project set to break ground this week

By on January 22nd, 2020 at 12:42 pm

The same week that calls for better, faster, more frequent bus service made the front page of the Willamette Week, TriMet says they plan to make a major announcement about their Division Transit Project. [Read more…]

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Let’s be like Leslie Carlson and make driving the speed limit a hot new trend

By 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

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Cleaning up my neighborhood bikeway

By on January 21st, 2020 at 11:57 am

Before and after.

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…]

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: WTF Apple? (and other route questions)

By on January 21st, 2020 at 10:46 am

Becky Jo’s bicycle phone mount sans phone.

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…
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The Monday Roundup: Cities without cars, The Paris Way, headwind cycling, and more

By on January 21st, 2020 at 9:01 am

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The Malecón in La Paz, Mexico is the public space Portlanders dream about

By on January 17th, 2020 at 3:52 pm

Better than Better Naito.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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…]

Comment of the Week: The problem with inconsistent, “chaotic” street design

By on January 17th, 2020 at 9:47 am

(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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…]

Thief picks handcuffs, steals bike owned by Portland Police Bike Theft Task Force leader

By on January 17th, 2020 at 8:06 am

Officer Sanders’ bike. Keep your eyes peeled!

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Metro task force ponders how to raise billions for bond measure

By on January 16th, 2020 at 3:37 pm

The task at hand.

Now that Metro’s 2020 Transportation Funding Task Force has decided which projects to fund, they need to figure out how to pay for them.[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Clothing swap, warehouse sale, King Kong Classic, and more

By on January 16th, 2020 at 12:18 pm

Smiling improves the weather.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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…]

Report reveals attitudes about transportation from inside and outside PBOT

By 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…]

Street Trust renames ‘Women Bike’ program to be more inclusive

By on January 15th, 2020 at 11:52 am

A recent We Bike PDX gathering at Peninsula Park in north Portland.
(Photos courtesy Caroline Crisp/The Street Trust)

An initiative by The Street Trust to tackle the gender gap in cycling wants to become more inclusive.[Read more…]

Western Bikeworks’ parent company to unveil new retail showroom at warehouse location

By on January 15th, 2020 at 10:36 am

Warehouse retail showroom in 2014.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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…]

This morning’s death on TV Highway underscores need for reform, investment

By on January 14th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Another dangerous ODOT highway that runs through our cities. Another tragic consequence.
(Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

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…]

This year, ride Cycle Oregon with a purpose: Ride for a child

By on January 14th, 2020 at 11:58 am

The author and his friend Justin Sawyer represented the Candlelighters on the Crater Lake rim during Cycle Oregon 2019.

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…]

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Deep Dive 1 – Gears and Tires

By on January 14th, 2020 at 10:52 am

dirty road bike

My bike as it’s currently ridden with new tires and fenders.
(Photos: Becky Jo)

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…]

New bridge on Springwater Corridor to open January 15th

By on January 13th, 2020 at 1:59 pm

Nice and smooth. Photo taken today by Maija Spencer, Portland Parks & Recreation.

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Portlanders show up for more housing as Residential Infill Project heads to council

By on January 13th, 2020 at 9:56 am

Standing room only for housing reform. Yup.
(Photo: Henry Kraemer)

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…]

Photos and recap of the OMTM Winter Social Ride

By on January 13th, 2020 at 8:53 am

Sharp rocks, rough right-of-way, and gargantuan puddles made up one of the best parts of the route.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Car control goes mainstream, bike thief rage, war on cars rebuttal, and more

By on January 13th, 2020 at 7:06 am

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This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by River City Bicycles (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd), serving your everyday cycling needs for 23 years.[Read more…]