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‘Green Loop’ takes center stage at Design Week Portland

By on April 21st, 2017 at 10:07 am

The Green Loop will come of age at Design Week Portland.
(Images: Untitled Studio)

Design Week Portland kicks off tonight. If you are an urban planner, transportation reformer, bicycle commuter, or just a lover of Portland, you should check out what they’ve got planned.

“… design process whereby Portlanders define the character and identity of the project in a way that reflects their individual needs and aspirations for the future.”

The event — which runs through next Saturday (April 29th) — features several bicycle, transportation and urban planning-related talks, workshops and more. And this year the City of Portland’s Green Loop project is the brightest star of the entire festival.

From this Sunday through Friday (April 28th), there will be a free Green Loop exhibition at Design Week Portland Headquarters at The Redd (831 SE Salmon St). At Assembling a Mosiac, planners aim to “bring to life a design concept for the Green Loop” — a project they describe as a “six-mile linear park, linking Portland’s east and west sides with a robust bicycle and pedestrian network.” Untitled Studio, winners of the LoopPDX design competition, will host the exhibition. You can learn more about their vision for the Loop here.

Here’s more from DWP organizers about the exhibition’s goals and objectives:

» Leverage the power of art & design to facilitate relevant, community-based conversations about the Green Loop
» Solicit participation from a diverse set of participants throughout Portland’s communities
» Collaborate across disciplines from the design community, policy professionals, planners, developers, community activists, civic stakeholders, and residents
» Captivate & inspire audiences through engaging programming & visual, interactive exhibits
» Unveil a process for designing the Green Loop through community participation

But wait, there’s a whole lot more!

Below is a list of some of the other bicycle and transportation-related events that are part of the festival: (Descriptions taken from DWP website. Please note some events require tickets and some are already sold out!):

Sunday, April 23rd

Portland Bridges: History, Design, Symbolism – 11:00 am to 1:00 pm at Eastbank Esplanade ($15) – More info here
The bridges of “Bridge City” provide the perfect setting and subject for a walking tour and conversation about the history, design and symbolism of these urban icons. They also provide insight to the social and economic aspirations of our city as they convey a rich history of Portland’s growth and development, our transportation priorities, and point to the city’s future in urban planning and design. This walking conversation will begin at the Vera Katz statue on the Eastside Esplanade, cross the Hawthorne Bridge, head north in Waterfront Park to the Morrison Bridge, cross it, then head south to finish at our newest bridge across the Willamette, the Tilikum Crossing. The history of all of Portland’s Willamette River bridges will be discussed. The route is roughly 1.5 miles.

Monday, April 24th

HQ Pop Up: Cycle Shop – 4:00 to 9:00 pm at The Redd (
831 SE Salmon St) – More info here
What’s better than talking about bicycling and where and how and why we should ride? Actually riding bikes! River City Bicycles and Nutcase Helmets will be on site at The Redd showcasing bicycles and any accessories you might require to ride safely and in style. Members of their knowledgeable, charismatic, and enthusiastic crews will be on hand to offer guidance on gear.

Go inside Vanilla’s workshop to see where Speedvagens are made.

Ask an Expert, The Green Loop – 5:00 to 6:30 at The Redd (831 SE Salmon St) – More info here
Lora Lillard is an urban designer with the City of Portland’s Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. As part of the BPS Urban Design Studio, Lora and her team have led the development of the Green Loop concept as well as other plans and projects that advance the quality of design citywide. Having been active in the field of urban design for 15 years, Lora’s work regularly involves promoting strategies to activate public space and motivate active transportation for all ages and abilities.
Courtney Ferris part of Untitled Studio, the design team behind the 2017 DWP Headquarters and the exhibition, Assembling a Mosaic: A Vision for the Portland Green Loop. Untitled Studio is a design collective comprised of architects, urban designers, and writers from Portland, San Francisco, and New York. Armed with a degree in architecture, Courtney’s professional work often sits at the intersection of urban design, transportation planning, and civic engagement.

Ask an Expert, Bicycles and Bicycling – Riding, Racing, Repair – 5:00 to 6:30 pm at The Redd (831 SE Salmon St) – More info here
Would you like to know more about bicycles and bicycling? Now’s your chance, just ask! Event host Clint Culpepper is the Bicycle Program Coordinator at Portland State University and has overseen the PSU Bike Hub since it’s opening in January of 2010. He oversaw the founding and expansion of the 160+ Vike Bike rental program as well as the construction of 10 secure bicycle garages on campus. Portland State University is one of five Platinum level Bicycle Friendly Universities in the U.S.

Transit on Tap: Tales from Two Perspectives – 4:00 to 6:00 pm at The Redd (831 SE Salmon St) – More info here
Transit/Transition/Transparency:
Bob Hastings, FAIA, Agency Architect
— Over the 40 years of TriMet’s transit oriented urban design there has been an evolving approach to building the city that supports livable communities. TriMet has used the process of design to ask the question; what do we want to become as a community? Beginning with the opening of the Transit Mall in downtown Portland (1977), each subsequent project has sought to contribute to the local community’s Integration of environmental, social, human and economic goals in policies and activities. This presentation will provide a broad overview of the Agency’s transition as it learned to weave itself into the natural, economic, and human fabric of the adjacent neighborhoods. Along the way, the Agency learned, sometimes with difficulty, that transparency in its many forms is an essential principle to connecting people with their destinations. The Orange Line light rail project (2015) aspired to distinguish the alignment as a system within Portland, Milwaukie, and Clackamas County that became the city itself.

Layers/Network/Connections
Jeff Owen Senior Planner, Active Transportation

— The first and last mile between departure and destination are so important in TriMet’s transit system. Portland’s Green Loop project aspires to create rich and varied experiences for citizens to navigate throughout the city. This presentation will look at several existing and emerging examples of how transit patrons are making their connections within, and throughout, the region. As they traverse the various scales of their community, they are encountering an emerging ntwork of choices to fulfill their daily needs. A rich tapestry is revealing itself through the coordination of TriMet, its regional communities, and other partners…both public and private…to build and support a robust active transportation system.

Portland’s Green Loop: The New Central City Rising – 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Redd (831 SE Salmon) – More info here
Imagine a verdant, 6-mile loop for pedestrians and bicycles connecting the Pearl District, West End, Cultural District, PSU, South of Market, South Waterfront, the Central Eastside, Lloyd District, and Rose Quarter. Now imagine the bolder, taller, more urban Portland rising along it.

Last year’s Design Week Portland featured an international design competition for a strategy to bring the Green Loop to life. This year, the winner – Untitled Studio, a collective from Portland, New York, and San Francisco – is transforming DWP’s Headquarters into an interactive exhibit of their work so far.

Join Green Loop competition director, Randy Gragg, as he hosts a fast-paced evening of presentations by the civic leaders building a bold new Portland destined to rise along this city-shaping work of infrastructure.

Featuring:
Portland’s Green Loop-A Status Report:
Susan Anderson, Director, Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, outlines the vision-and steps ahead-to make the Loop a reality.

The Post Office Blocks Redevelopment:
Kimberly Branam, Executive Director, Portland Development Commission
Kathy Berg, Design Partner at ZGF, on the City of Portland’s largest redevelopment site.

The Portland Art Museum’s Rothko Pavilion:
Brian Ferriso, Executive Director, Portland Art Museum, on a new connection between the museum’s past, present, and future.

Oregon Health Science University’s South Waterfront expansion:
Brian Newman, Vice President of Campus Development, OHSU, on the future of the university’s waterfront expansion.

Zidell Yards:
Charlene Zidell on the history and future transformation of one of Portland’s great waterfront industrial sites.

OMSI Redevelopment:
Carol Gossett, Development Manager, OMSI, on Snohetta’s master plan for 16 acres of prime, Central Eastside, waterfront land.

The New Bike Bridges of I-84, I-5, and I-405:
Leah Treat, Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation, on the proposed new bridges connecting the Green Loop.

Green Looping the Future Food Economy:
Nathan Kadish, Ecotrust
Franklin Jones of B-Line bike transport on The Redd’s food hub and the growing economy of pedal-powered goods.

Rose Quarter Futures:
Rukaiyah Adams, Chief Investment Officer, Meyer Memorial Trust
Zari Santner, Former Director, Portland Parks & Recreation on how history must be, both, respected and made in the Rose Quarter.

The Green Loop Ahead:
William Smith and Courtney Ferris, Untitled Studio, winner of the LoopPDX competition in 2016.

Urban Design and Transportation Trivia – 9:00 to 11:00 pm at The Redd (831 SE Taylor)
Do you have a discerning eye toward public transit agency logos? Can you identify the artists behind some of America’s most iconic works of land art? Do you know which city has the longest network of bicycle lanes? Does Portland’s Urban Design history make your brain tingle? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then be sure to join us for the First Annual Design Week Portland Trivia Night: Urban Design and Transportation Edition!

The contest will consist of four rounds:
Round 1: Portland’s Urban Design and Transportation History
Round 2: Urban Design and Transportation Across America and Around the World
Round 3: Visual Stimulation
Round 4: Urban Design and Transportation in Pop Culture

Successful teams will be diverse in their background knowledge, pop culture leanings, and geographic origin. Teams of up to six will compete to win a bevy of fabulous transportation- and urban design-themed prizes from our sponsors, including Biketown, Manual For Speed, Nutcase Helmets, Portland Design Works, and River City Bicycles. More info here

Wednesday, April 26th

How We Got Here: The Evolution of Portland Planning – 6:30 to 8:30 pm at The Redd (831 SE Taylor) – More info here
Portland has an international reputation for its progressive urban planning, but these bold visions – and the city’s recent explosive growth – are not without their costs. At a critical moment in Portland’s history, we investigate the city’s greatest successes as well as its notable failings. Come join a panel of scholars, curators, and architects, as we debate Portland’s recent past from the ’80s with an eye toward the future, seeking answers to the questions: where have we been, and how did we get here?

Panel featuring:
— Joe Zehnder, Chief Planner, City of Portland
— Elissa Gentler, Planning Director, Metro
— Sy Adler, Professor of Urban Studies and Planning, Portland State University
— Victoria Frey, Executive Director, PICA
— Paddy Tillet, Principal, ZGF
Moderated by:
– Sarah Iannarone, Associate Director, First Stop Portland

Friday, April 28th

The Vanilla Workshop Open House – 4:00 to 7:00 pm at 1735 SE Powell – More info here
The Vanilla Workshop is a small bicycle framebuilding house in Portland, OR. We make about 200 frames per year with a staff of about 15. All design, fabrication, paint and buildout is done in-house in our workshop.
Our facilities are a great place to come and hear about our story and see how bikes go from concept to finished product. Even our unique shipping systems are worth seeing.
For a full list of events, see the DesignWeekPortland.com.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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How I worked with PBOT to build a ‘play street’ in my neighborhood

By on April 21st, 2017 at 9:07 am

Pull in some logs, plant some flowers, and a street can be transformed. This is urban forester Dave Barmon (Fiddlehead Landscapes), who helped us find and place the logs.
(Photos: Chris Anderson)

This post was originally submitted as a Subscriber Post by long-time BP reader and supporter Chris Anderson.

The author in full DIY mode.

Portland is full of unpaved and unimproved or deteriorating roadways. While a nuisance and a sign of disrespect from City Hall to some, many of us feel these streets are an element of our city’s character to be celebrated. But at the same time, a lack of clear policy about how we can make them better leaves these spaces feeling neglected. Neighbors who want to improve their block have to be trailblazers willing to pave their own way.

That’s what I did (without the paving). Here’s my story…
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Jobs of the Week: Western Bikeworks, Ruckus, Left Coast, Sellwood Cycle Repair

By on April 20th, 2017 at 9:58 pm

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got five great job opportunities that just went up this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Part Time Bike Sales Associate – Western Bikeworks (Tigard)

–> Sales/Acquisition Specialist – Ruckus Composites

–> Mechanic, Part Time – Left Coast Bicycles

–> Service/Mechanic Specialist – Ruckus Composites

–> Bike Mechanic – Sellwood Cycle Repair
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A protected bike lane is born: ‘Better Naito’ is being installed right now

By on April 20th, 2017 at 5:02 pm

Posts were erected today on Naito. They’ll be in place (barring destruction by careless drivers) through the end of September.
(Photo: Timur Ender)

From now until the end of September, all Portlanders will benefit from a much more humane Naito Parkway. Along a busy section of our marquee riverfront street usually held hostage by speeding motor vehicles spewing toxic fumes into the air we breathe, people will drive more slowly and there will be much more room to walk and bike and roll.

As I type this, transportation bureau crews are installing the plastic wands and other elements that will help re-allocate space on the northbound (east) side of Naito for about 3/4 of a mile between SW Main and NW Couch. The $350,000 project was supported by City Council last October. Former Mayor Charlie Hales was an ardent supporter of improving vehicle access on Naito. Prior to voting on it last fall he said, “Expanding the public realm for bicycles in this city, and is something we’re still committed to.”
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First look: The Willamette riverfront path that Tesla built

By on April 20th, 2017 at 12:12 pm

Willamette Greenway path-1.jpg

A section of paved path built adjacent to the (in-progress) Tesla showroom on the Willamette River with South Waterfront’s residential towers in the background.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

When Tesla Motors revealed plans for a showroom in Portland last May we feared the worst. The location of the showroom (4330 SW Macadam Avenue) on the west side of the Willamette River just south of Portland’s burgeoning South Waterfront district, was smack-dab in the middle of an annoying gap in a key multi-use path.
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Metro’s new Vision Zero video is brilliant

By on April 20th, 2017 at 10:47 am

Still from new Metro video on Vision Zero. (Watch full video below)

Metro released a new video this morning that reveals why a different approach to traffic safety is so important.

Our regionally-elected planning organization is updating their Regional Transportation Safety Action Plan as part of their work on the 2018 Regional Transportation Plan. This morning a committee of elected leaders and policymakers gave Metro staff the go-ahead to move forward in setting a Vision Zero policy that reads: “By 2035 eliminate transportation related fatalities and serious injuries for all users of the region’s transportation system, with a 16% reduction by 2020 (as compared to the 2015 five year rolling average), and a 50% reduction by 2025.”

(The wonks among you will note that the 2014 RTP called for a fatal and serious crash reduction of 50 percent by 2030. The new timeline will put Metro’s policy in sync with the State of Oregon’s target adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission last year via ODOT’s Transportation Safety Action Plan.)

Policy is one thing; but without smart communications and marketing it doesn’t matter nearly as much. And that’s where Metro’s new video comes in. It starts as a standard, boring, government agency PSA. I almost tuned it out, but I’m glad I watched it all the way through. Metro asks people in the video (watch it below the jump) three simple questions.
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Weekend Event Guide: Pets on bikes, a gravel epic, Earth Day, Alpenrose Clean-up, and more

By on April 20th, 2017 at 7:33 am

Sunday Parkways North Portland 2012-39

Grab your pooch (or your chicken or goat or pig or cat or whatever), and join Bike Loud’s pet-themed ride on Friday evening.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our event guide is brought to you through a promotional partnership with Abus, makers of fine bike locks. Thank you Abus!

Looks like we’ve got a typically mixed forecast for Friday through Sunday — with Friday being sunny and over 70-degrees! Whether you like clouds and rain or are ready to dry out and be warm, chances are you’ll be happy with the weather. Our menu of rides this week is also varied — from a fun animal-themed jaunt to serious racing and a healthy dose of activism.

Whatever you do, have fun out there this weekend (and pack a rain jacket)!

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Biketown back to full capacity after vandalism, just in time for bike month

By on April 19th, 2017 at 2:32 pm

Biketown bike share launch-3.jpg

Boo-yah!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Biketown is back.

After over 20 percent of the system was taken offline two weeks ago due to vandalism, Biketown says all 1,000 bikes are back in operation.

The City of Portland and bike share operator Motivate were caught off-guard by the scope of the vandalism. Sources told us they didn’t have enough parts on-hand — or enough labor to repair them. Thankfully, our community stepped up to help. Local bike business owners and employees lended a helping hand by rebuilding wheels and doing whatever it took to nurse the bikes back to full health.

In an email sent to members today, Biketown said, “We would like to extend a huge thank you to you, Portland. The support you’ve shown for bike share in this city is overwhelming. The team at Biketown is very grateful to know that the work we do is appreciated by so many of you. Now, let’s ride!”[Read more…]

Ikea will launch pilot program at Portland store to encourage cycling and sales

By on April 19th, 2017 at 12:30 pm

Ikea wants to make their new Sladda bike easier to use and own.

Ikea knows Portland is a place where bikes — and especially utility and cargo bikes — are taken seriously. With that in mind, the global home furnishings giant plans to launch a pilot program aimed at encouraging people to ride and share their new Sladda bicycle.

The Sladda is aimed at people who use bikes to get things done. They offer it with front and rear racks and even a rear cargo trailer. Given how solid the bike looked and Ikea’s unique ability to distribute it to the masses, we thought its launch back in January was noteworthy.

This Saturday (April 22, which happens to be Earth Day) Ikea will announce a lower price for the Sladda and details of a new partnership with Spinlister, a bike sharing platform that allows people to list and rent bikes.

We’ve been in touch with Ikea Portland spokesperson April Minister to learn more.
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Mayor Wheeler on autonomous vehicles: Portland is “open for business”

By on April 19th, 2017 at 10:56 am

Bike traffic on NW Broadway-20

Don’t worry! Those cars are driving themselves.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Hoping to get out in front of what many see as an inevitable tidal wave in vehicle technology that will transform our streets, the City of Portland has announced the Smart Autonomous Vehicles Initiative (SAVI).

The announcement was made this morning at the Portland Business Alliance’s April Forum Breakfast event. Mayor Ted Wheeler and City Commissioner Dan Saltzman spoke at the event and formally launched the initiative via the Portland Bureau of Transportation (which Saltzman oversees). By the end of this year the city will develop a suite of policies and review proposals from private companies that want to test AVs on Portland streets.

“My goal is to have an autonomous vehicle pilot program in Portland, working for Portlanders, by the end of the year,” Wheeler said in a statement. “To the inventors, investors and innovators, I’m here to say that Portland is open for business. By working with private industry, we can make sure that cutting edge technology expands access to public transit and reduces pollution and congestion.”
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The Intertwine releases first version of ‘Daycation’ app

By on April 18th, 2017 at 3:41 pm

Screenshots

The Intertwine — a regional coalition of governments, and advocates for parks, paths and trails — has released a smartphone app. Daycation is a “nature exploration app” designed to inform and inspire you about fun things to do in Portland and Vancouver-area parks and natural spaces. It was developed in partnership with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service and Trailhead Labs.
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After global cycling trek with their dog, Portland couple returns to promote animal rights

By on April 18th, 2017 at 10:20 am

Jen Sotolongo, Sora, and Dave Hoch pedaling across a bridge in the O’Higgins region of Chile.
(Photos: Long Haul Trekkers)


— This post was edited by Jonathan Maus based on an article by Jen Sotolongo

After two years on the road pedaling across Europe and South America with their adopted Australian Shepherd, Sora, Jen Sotolongo and Dave Hoch of the Long Haul Trekkers will be returning home to Portland.

If they sound familiar, it’s because we covered their story about their ride from Oslo, Norway to Athens, Greece via the Balkans and Turkey last year. Since that piece was published, Jen, Dave, and Sora finished another continent: South America. They started in Ushuaia, the southernmost city in the world, in Argentine Patagonia and finished in Medellín, Colombia. The adventure took them through six countries in South America (Argentina, Chile, Bolivia, Peru, Ecuador, and Colombia), 23 in total and some 6,000 miles over the two years of their journey.

The original plan was to ride all the way back to Portland, however, two years of bicycle travel left them in need of a break and wanting to explore other aspects of life than just cycle touring. The constant up and down of the Andes with steep grades can wear out even the hardest of souls. “We spent entire days pushing up steep mountain passes that brought me to tears,” said Jen. “I certainly had moments wondering whether I would prefer to be back in my old life behind a desk. Then I’d look around me at the beautiful view and shake my head that the thought had even entered my mind.”[Read more…]

Phone use study finds Oregon drivers are “least distracted” in America

By on April 18th, 2017 at 9:22 am

Using a cell phone while driving is a dangerous, selfish, and illegal behavior that has become far too common.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)


via Streetsblog USA

A company that uses sensors in smartphones to study driving behavior has revealed startling — yet unsurprising — facts about Americans’ selfish attitudes while behind the wheel of their cars: People use their phones during 88 out of 100 trips. When extrapolated out for the entire U.S. population, that number shoots up to about 600 million distracted trips per day.

In what they bill as the “largest and most robust driver phone use study done to date on the planet,” Zendrive analyzed three million drivers and 570 million trips over a three-month period.

While what they found is unnerving to say the least, Oregon drivers came in as the “least distracted” in the entire country. By calculating the average amount of time drivers use their phones everyday divided by the average time they drive everyday, Zendrive determined that Oregon drivers used their phones while driving 3.7 percent of the time. The most distracted state was Vermont, whose drivers used their phones 7.4 percent of the time.
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Weeknight road racing returns to Portland tonight

By on April 17th, 2017 at 3:02 pm

Racing at PIR

Close to town and carfree, the 2-mile laps of Portland International Raceway are a perfect place to race.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

At the end of thge 2016 season, when promoter Jim Anderson walked away from the Race Monday Night series at Portland International Raceway, it could have been the end of a 20-year Portland tradition.
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Industry Ticker: Igleheart/Chris Chance collab yields re-issue of Yo Eddy! Road Fork

By on April 17th, 2017 at 1:44 pm

New fork made in north Portland.
(Photos courtesy Echos Communications)

Portland-based builder Chris Igleheart has teamed up with another bike industry legend on an old fork design made new again. The Yo Eddy! Road Fork is based on the 1995 version first released by Chris Chance of Fat Chance. Now the two bike-making veterans have updated its design to modern standards.

Igleheart works out of his shop on Page Street in North Portland where he specializes in frames and forks. Check out the official release below:
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Two PBOT advisory committees oppose Portland Art Museum pavillion plans – UPDATED

By on April 17th, 2017 at 11:47 am

Doug Klotz voiced opposition to the plans at Tuesday’s Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Two influential City of Portland advisory committees oppose plans by the Portland Art Museum to create a new structure that would limit public access on a downtown block.

As we reported on March 29th, the Portland Art Museum’s $50 million Rothko Pavillion plans would further restrict public right-of-way between Southwest Park and 10th Avenues. On March 14th, at a joint meeting of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee and the Portland Pedestrian Advisory Committee, members overwhelmingly opposed the plans in an informal straw poll. Before taking an official position on the matter, the chair of the bicycle committee invited a representative from the museum to a subsequent meeting.
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The Monday Roundup: Pronto post-mortem, auto terrorism, road bike market, carfree Oslo and more

By on April 17th, 2017 at 9:26 am

Here are the most noteworthy stories we came across last week…

A politico’s Pronto post-mortem: Former Seattle City Councilor Jean Godden said fear of not appearing progressive enough was part of the political “hubris” to blame for the system’s failure.

Clear and present bias: A perfect (and perfectly sad) example of police and media bias in a case where a driver was initially exonerated without facts, only to be found guilty of distracted driving after a court hearing.

A new terror: Terrorism is the new frontier of motor vehicle violence, and it’s also the latest impetus for street infrastructure that protects vulnerable road users.

The problem with technology: Elon Musk and his acolytes like to think they can solve any transport problem with futuristic tech. That’s why it’s sort of funny that auto parking is such a mess at Tesla HQ.[Read more…]

Portland is now one step closer to a 20 mph default residential speed limit

By on April 14th, 2017 at 11:27 am

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For best results, add lower speeds.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been a good week for active transportation at the legislature. They said yes to Safe Routes to School, they killed an irresponsible highway-building bill, and they set the stage for Portland to take a major step in street safety.

So far this week, the Oregon House has voted yes on three bills we’re watching. They all passed overwhelmingly, garnering 26 “ayes” and just one “nay”. We shared the good news about the Safe Routes to School bill (HB 3230) on Wednesday. The day before that the House Committee On Agriculture and Natural Resources passed the Oregon Coast Trail Bill (HB 3149), which will establish a State Parks fund to hasten development of a plan for a walking trail along the coast.

We also learned this week that HB 3231 will not move forward. This is the bill that would have given cities and counties the ability to form powerful tolling districts and build new highways completely independent of planning or public oversight. After getting summarily shot down by respected opposition voices in a public hearing last week, the champion of the bill, Washington County Republican Rich Vial, shared news of its demise in his latest constituent newsletter. “Last Friday,” he wrote, “I was informed by the committee chair that HB 3231 would not receive a work session by the April 18th first chamber deadline, which prevents the bill from moving forward this session.” Good riddance!

The big day for sensible transportation policy was Wednesday, when the House Committee on Transportation Policy voted unanimously to pass HB 2682 which gives the City of Portland the ability to lower residential speed limits to 20 mph without first getting permission from the state. As we reported on Tuesday, the bill changed dramatically from its original form. The one that passed Wednesday limits the geographic scope of the bill to just Portland (instead of the entire state) and limits the type of roads the lower speed limits can be applied to.
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Jobs of the Week: CCC, Velo Cult, Lakeside, Pedal Bike Tours

By on April 14th, 2017 at 9:34 am

Looking for a new job? We’ve got four great opportunities for you to consider…

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Bike Camp Instructor – Community Cycling Center

–> Bike Mechanic/Service Manager – Velo Cult Bike Shop

–> Bike Mechanic – Lakeside Bicycles

–> Bike Tour Guide – Pedal Bike Tours

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Weekend Event Guide: Classic races, Off-Road Plan, Ladd’s 500, Kidical Mass, and more

By on April 13th, 2017 at 10:51 am

Some of the art from this weekend’s events.

Our event guide is brought to you through a promotional partnership with Abus, makers of fine bike locks. Thank you Abus!

After being teased with spring sunshine, everyone is many of us are eager for more of it. And the weather gods seemed to have answered. There’s plenty of sun on tap for the weekend — so get your plans set and get your tires pumped.

Here’s our menu of rides and events for the weekend…

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