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Portland Police officers drove SUVs into people on the street last night

By on June 3rd, 2020 at 10:15 am

Screenshot of KGW-TV video shows Portland Police officer plowing through the intersection in an SUV.

After Monday’s peaceful protest, even more people took to the streets last night to march against racism and policy brutality.

While the protest was largely peaceful for many hours, there were several instances of more aggressive actions. Reporters documented the Portland Police firing tear gas and flash-bangs into peaceful crowds indiscriminately, causing shock and horror at the conduct of officers and anger at Mayor Ted Wheeler.

One incident in particular illustrated how the tension in these protests often stems from one central question: Who controls the streets?[Read more…]

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A peaceful protest, thanks to people-powered, police-free streets

By on June 2nd, 2020 at 9:42 am

A mix of skateboard, e-unicycle and bike riders directed traffic and cleared intersections as thousands of marchers walked down Burnside toward downtown last night.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Rider rescued south of Estacada after spending night in the woods

By on June 1st, 2020 at 2:23 pm

Eggers hugging her family.
(Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

A planned mountain bike ride turned into a nightmare for Milwaukie resident Rachel Eggers.

Eggers, 43, went for a ride on Saturday morning that began near the Clackamas River southeast of Estacada. After following the river for about 10 miles she crossed a bridge onto National Forest Development Road 45. Eggers then began to climb into the Memaloose area and a series of mountains to the south.

Eggers is a very experienced and strong rider. When she stopped communicating with her family around 3:00 pm, they called search and rescue. The Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office got the call around 8:00 pm on Saturday. They assembled a rescue team and searched through the night. [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Cars as weapons, shredding bikes, seeing Black riders, and more

By on June 1st, 2020 at 11:12 am

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Support a Black-owned business for Pedalpalooza’s Food by Bike day

By on June 1st, 2020 at 9:47 am

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Pedalpalooza starts Monday with 5 weeks of bike riding inspiration

By on May 29th, 2020 at 9:00 am

Pedalpalooza will look and feel a lot different this year, but organizers have done an amazing job putting together something that could be every bit as memorable.

Because Covid-19 is still very much a concern and riding in groups is still a bad idea, the name of the game this year is that daily themes and sharing rides digitally will create some of the community connections we so badly crave. The official Pedalpalooza calendar is full with a different theme for each day of the five week, 35-day festival and it all begins this Monday, June 1st.

Lead organizer Meghan Sinnott says only one of the days is Portland-specific, which means people from anywhere around the region (or globe!) can join in the fun. “The theme days are meant to inspire cyclists everywhere. This year, for instance, we’ve had a spike of interest from the west side (Tualatin mostly), Vancouver and Clackamas,” she said. [Read more…]

Thoughts on racism, public space, and transportation activism

By on May 28th, 2020 at 2:09 pm

(From Seeing & Believing Bike Equity, Adonia Lugo/League of American Bicyclists 2014)

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PBOT releases carfree plaza permit program, new plan to support ‘vision of the future’

By on May 28th, 2020 at 11:15 am

Detail of PBOT’s “full main street closure” option.

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Today: Live interview with author and mobility justice advocate Adonia Lugo

By on May 28th, 2020 at 10:03 am

A Reed College graduate who has gone on to be a leading voice on the intersection of racism and transportation reform advocacy will join Portland-based Microcosm Publishing for a live event on YouTube later today (5/28).

Adonia Lugo earned a degree from Reed in 2005 then went on to earn a Masters Degree and PhD in anthropology from UC Irvine. She spent two years as manager of the equity initiative at the League of American Bicyclists. Her book, Bicycle/Race: Transportation, Culture, & Resistance was published by Microcosm in 2018.

Lugo is also one of the organizers behind Untokening, a group that has risen to prominence in transportation reform circles for work that, “Centers the lived experiences of marginalized communities to address mobility justice and equity.”[Read more…]

Some sections of Historic Columbia River Highway/Trail have just re-opened

By on May 27th, 2020 at 2:01 pm

Women’s Forum is now open, which means you’ve got access to a water source and this amazing view. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Final plans set for new traffic signal on Hawthorne Bridge

By on May 27th, 2020 at 12:54 pm

New signal should help prevent this situation.
(Photo: Josh Chernoff/YouTube)

An awkward and dangerous intersection on the Hawthorne Bridge is set to get a major makeover. Portland City Council is expected to authorize an agreement between the Portland Bureau of Transportation and Multnomah County to build the Hawthorne Bridge Traffic Signal Improvement Project. (Project plans available in council ordinance PDF here.)

The signal will be located at the top of the on-ramp from northbound Naito Parkway that feeds onto the eastbound Hawthorne Bridge. If you’re one of the 3,000 or so daily bike riders who pedal through here from downtown to the central eastside, you know this intersection: It’s where drivers often illegally block the bike lane as they peek at oncoming traffic, forcing bicycle users to swerve around or wait until they move out of the way. Currently the intersection has a stop sign for drivers coming up from Naito and no stop sign for people using SW Madison. [Read more…]

A dispatch from NE Going Street, where people rule and cars are guests

By on May 26th, 2020 at 12:16 pm

Going Street has responded well to pandemic conditions. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Transit troubles, radder RadWagon, commute crystal ball, and more

By on May 26th, 2020 at 9:13 am

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PBOT sees business in the streets as key to economic recovery

By on May 22nd, 2020 at 1:52 pm

Detail of in-street dining concept. (Source: PBOT)

“We want to think big about what it means to create plazas to let businesses spill into the streets.”
— Nick Falbo, PBOT senior transportation planner

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Reminder: River View Cemetery is closed to bicycle riders this weekend

By on May 22nd, 2020 at 10:23 am

“The purpose of Memorial Day and a cemetery is for remembrance… for safety reasons we must exclude cyclists.”
— Rachel Essig, River View Cemetery executive director

Use it. Don’t abuse it. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Reward offered in road-rage shooting that shattered arm of Portlander Mike Hilbrandt

By on May 22nd, 2020 at 9:14 am

A post from Mike Hilbrandt’s Instagram when he left the hospital two weeks ago.

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Jobs of the Week: Kerr Bikes, Stages Cycling, Oregon E-Bikes, Left Coast Bicycles

By on May 22nd, 2020 at 8:33 am

Dare I say the local bike boom has triggered a related jobs boom?

After just three job listings last month we’ve had six seven so far in May.

Get ’em while they’re hot and fresh by clicking the links below. Good luck!

Operations Manager – Left Coast Bicycles

Lead Workers – Kerr Bikes (Albertina Kerr)

Customer Service Rep – Stages Cycling

Bike Mechanic – Oregon E-Bikes
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Portland’s new business program will permit in-street commerce

By on May 21st, 2020 at 3:14 pm

“Plans… are in full swing. We are designing a permit process that will allow not just restaurants but bars, retail, and personal service businesses to access the right-of-way.”
— Margaux Weeke, Commissioner Chloe Eudaly’s office

We’ll be seeing more of this soon.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Need riding lessons? These coaches have you covered

By on May 21st, 2020 at 1:04 pm

You got this! Pretty soon you’ll be riding as smooth as this guy.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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It’s official: PBOT considering bike lanes on Hawthorne Blvd

By on May 20th, 2020 at 2:37 pm

PBOT drawing shows one of two bikeway options under consideration.

During an online meeting hosted by the Hawthorne Boulevard Business Association this morning, the Portland Bureau of Transportation revealed some very good news: Bike lanes are among the alternatives being considered for their Hawthorne Pave and Paint project.

As we first hinted at back in January, the project — which will repave the street between 24th and 50th — is an opportunity to do something special on this marquee commercial corridor.

Given the historic relationship between bike lanes and main streets in Portland, it was no surprise that PBOT was initially reluctant to utter the words “bike lane” anywhere near this project. Over the years the City has battled business interests who think free car parking is better for their bottom line that thousands of people on bikes. But now it appears that they’ve warmed to the idea. [Read more…]