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Comment of the Week: How Portland’s housing crisis impacts cycling

By on January 19th, 2018 at 2:36 pm

[Note: I know it’s been forever since we did a “Comment of the Week”. I hope to make it a more regular occurrence. You can help make that happen by flagging great comments for me, either via an email or text or smoke signal.]

Portland’s lack of housing and rising costs of what we do have is well-documented. The situation has vast impacts on many parts of our lives.

Of the 495 comments we had this week, the one that stood out to me most was related to this topic. It was actually a reply to another reader’s comment, so I guess we have two comments of the week. The comments come from the “Year in review” story we published from Joe Cortright.
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Council hears concerns about I-5 expansion impacts on Tubman Middle School

By on January 19th, 2018 at 1:31 pm

The Oregon Department of Transportation’s plan to expand the width of I-5 through the Rose Quarter got a fresh dose of criticism at a Portland City Council hearing yesterday.

The project was on the agenda as part of a slew of Comprehensive Plan amendments and people concerned about the project didn’t waste the opportunity to tell Mayor Ted Wheeler and city commissioners that they feel it’s not the right thing to do.

One piece of testimony that was particularly noteworthy came from Portland Public School Board member Paul Anthony. He raised several questions about the project’s impact on Harriet Tubman Middle School. The school will be re-opened this fall and it sits just yards away from where new lanes will be added if and when the project is built (see photo). ODOT has already come under scrutiny for how this project will impact air quality around Tubman.

In a phone interview today, agency spokesman Don Hamilton said they’re used to working with adjacent property owners.

I’ll share Anthony’s testimony and then Hamilton’s response.
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County says NW Newberry Rd could be fixed — and reopened to drivers — by summer

By on January 19th, 2018 at 12:38 pm

It looks bad, but it’s good on a bike.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I have some bad news. Unless, that is, you drive a car on NW Newberry Road.
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20 mph speed limits: What they said about it at Council and what you need to know

By on January 19th, 2018 at 11:29 am

Commissioner Fish got a bit salty. And it was good.

As expected, there was no debate at Portland City Council yesterday where an ordinance to authorize a new 20 mph residential speed limit was on the agenda.

Getting a 5-0 vote in support was a foregone conclusion because the state law council endorsed was crafted by the City of Portland in the first place. Lower speed limits are also a key pillar of Portland’s Vision Zero plans.

When there’s no real drama, council meetings like yesterday’s are often most useful because they give us a window into what our electeds, city staff, and other community leaders think about the policies we obsess about around here all the time.

Before I share a selection of comments and testimony I heard yesterday, let’s take a look at the technical aspects of the 25 mph –> 20 mph rollout the Portland Bureau of Transportation will now get started on in earnest:
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Jobs of the Week: Bike Clark County, Lakeside, Efficient Velo Tools, Axiom Event Productions

By on January 19th, 2018 at 8:17 am

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

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Bike Shop Mechanic – Bike Clark County

–> Sales – Lakeside Bicycles

–> Production Technician – Efficient Velo Tools LLC

–> Volunteer Manager – Axiom Event Productions

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2017 Year-in-review: More driving, more dying

By on January 18th, 2018 at 1:12 pm

Traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This story is by Joe Cortright. It first appeared on City Observatory.

Four days before Christmas, on a Wednesday morning just after dawn, Elizabeth Meyers was crossing Sandy Boulevard in Portland, near 78th Avenue, just about a block from her neighborhood library. She was struck and killed, becoming Portland’s 50th traffic fatality of 2017.
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Portlander Paul LaCava wants to climb 1 million feet in 2018

By on January 18th, 2018 at 12:46 pm

He knocked off 4,199 feet during a ride in the West Hills on Tuesday.
(Photos J. Maus/BikePortland)

How many feet of elevation do you climb each week? How many times do you ride per month?

These are the type of calculations that will weigh heavily on Paul LaCava’s mind for the next 11 months as he tries to accomplish his goal of 1,000,000 feet of vertical gain by December 31st.
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Weekend Event Guide: Hell of the North Plains, Rapha and Ruckus sales, Palm Tree ride, and more

By on January 18th, 2018 at 10:16 am

Discover Vernonia’s backroads on an old-fashioned adventure at OMTM’s season opener on Saturday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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We’re at that point in winter when you probably have your unpredictable weather routine all figured out. There’s no telling if it’ll be cold, balmy, wet, dry, windy, or some combination of all that.

But regardless of what mother nature throws at us, we still must ride. And if you don’t feel like heading out, there happen to be two big sales going on this weekend.

Here’s our weekly selection of the best things to do…

Friday, January 19th

PDX Coffee Outside – 7:00 am to 8:30 am (Location TBA)
Grab your coffee-making kit, swing onto your bike and meet up with friends old and new. PDX Coffee Outside meets every Friday at a different location. More info here.
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Today at City Council: 20 is Plenty

By on January 17th, 2018 at 8:22 am

PBOT says the new signs — and new law — will be ready by April 1st. No foolin’.

Today the Portland will make official one of the key pillars in the war on speeding: A blanket 20 mph speed limit on 70 percent of our entire street network.

The move comes as Portland grapples with its deadliest year for people walking and biking in over two decades and the highest overall death toll since 2003. That grave reality is reflected in the ordinance language that will go before Council this morning: “An emergency exists because people are dying in traffic crashes; therefore, this Ordinance shall be in full force and effect from and after its passage by the Council.”
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Community rallies against ODOT’s plans to tear down Flint Ave bridge

By on January 16th, 2018 at 3:26 pm

Veteran activist Ron Buel works the crowd on Flint Avenue this morning.
(Photo: Emily Guise)

They offered free coffee and donuts, and some bad news: The bridge they were giving it out on will be removed if the Oregon Department of Transportation ever breaks ground on their $450 million I-5 Rose Quarter project.

Volunteers from the No More Freeways coalition and Bike Loud PDX hosted the event with an aim to educate people about the project and add signatures to a petition they plan to deliver to Portland City Council this Thursday.

I was there for just a few minutes and was surprised to be greeted by Jim Howell and Ron Buel, two veterans of Portland’s past freeway fights. They were both eager to show me a strip of grassy hillside adjacent to the current I-5 freeway that separates thousands of polluting cars from students at Harriet Tubman Middle School. “That’s where ODOT wants to put the new lanes,” Buel said.
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The Monday Roundup: B2V, dockless diversity, e-bike share, and more

By on January 16th, 2018 at 1:37 pm

Yes I realize it’s Tuesday. It just didn’t feel right to post this on Martin Luther King Day (I posted something about activism instead, thinking that was more in line with the spirit of the holiday).

So without further ado, here are the best stories we came across last week…
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Oregon Walks Executive Director Noel Mickelberry is stepping down

By on January 16th, 2018 at 12:09 pm

Mickelberry (with Steve Bozzone) at the Weston Awards in November.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Noel Mickelberry has announced she plans to end her tenure as executive director of Oregon Walks.
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Tuesday morning rally on Flint Ave bridge will protest I-5 freeway expansion

By on January 15th, 2018 at 1:41 pm

ODOT says the bridge must go.

The Flint Avenue bikeway and bridge — a popular route from north/northeast Portland that will be torn down if the I-5 Rose Quarter project moves forward — will be the site of a protest rally Tuesday morning. The event is being co-hosted by No More Freeways and BikeLoud PDX.

Organizers want to raise the profile of opposition to the $450 freeway expansion ahead of a City Council hearing on Thursday where Mayor Ted Wheeler and commissioners are set to adopt amendments to the Central City 2035 plan.

No More Freeways says the I-5 Rose Quarter project is an, “unnecessary, counterproductive $450 million freeway boondoggle.” The Flint Avenue bridge has become a focus of their campaign not only because it’s a cycling route but also because of the “vital connection” it offers to Harriet Tubman Middle School, a Portland Public School set to re-open to students this fall.
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Travel Oregon bike tourism update: Summit coming, fat biking the coast, big award for the Timber Trail, and more

By on January 12th, 2018 at 12:20 pm

We love getting emails like this.

In Oregon, we’re fortunate that our official tourism commission intimately understands not just how valuable cycling is to our economy, but that it is simply an awesome, fun, and healthy way to experience our state.

We’ve covered Travel Oregon’s efforts to promote and enhance bike tourism for many years and I’m happy to see that their interest hasn’t waned. They recently put out a “Bicycle Tourism Update” email and it was so full of cool stuff I wanted to give it more attention.

Here are the things they’re supporting and working on:
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Jobs of the Week: WashCo BTC, Rev Nat’s Hard Cider, Bike Gallery, Castelli, Community Cycling Center

By on January 12th, 2018 at 10:01 am

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? Five great jobs were posted recently.

And a special note about the listing from Portland-based Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider. Company owner Nat West said whoever refers the right person to him for this job will receive a lifetime supply of cider. I love Rev Nat’s cider. Please help me fill that position! Send it to your friends! Apply yourself! I promise I’ll share a few bottles of cider with you.

Learn more about each job via the links below…

–> Safe Routes To School Program Coordinator – Community Cycling Center

–> Entry-level Production Artist – Castelli USA

–> Service Manager – Bike Gallery Clackamas

–> Operations Director – Reverend Nat’s Hard Cider

–> Summer Bike Camp Instructor – Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition
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Weekend Event Guide: Tree-planting by bike, competitive bar games, indoor MTB clinic, and more

By on January 12th, 2018 at 9:44 am

Sunday Parkways NW 2011-13-12

Like riding by trees? Why not plant a few for future generations to enjoy. You can do that on Saturday’s Friends of Trees ride.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Before we get into this weekend’s event selections, I want to give a big shout-out to all the Portlanders in Reno, Nevada for the USA Cyclocross National Championships. We’ve got some stellar people representing us and I hope they achieve their goals.

With that, here are some ideas to help motivate you during these wet and dark times.

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Advocate’s memorial fund leads to $150,000 grant for the Crown Zellerbach Trail

By on January 11th, 2018 at 4:55 pm

Vernonia Overnighter

A portion of the grant funds will pay for safety improvements where the trail crosses Scappoose-Vernonia Highway.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Great news for those who like to take the road less traveled: The Crown Zellerbach Trail, a former logging road that gives riders an off-highway option between Scappoose and Vernonia, has just won a $150,000 matching grant from Oregon Parks and Recreation.
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Here’s what you missed at the SW Naito project open house

By on January 11th, 2018 at 3:59 pm

Screengrab from a video released by PBOT last night of the changes proposed on SW Naito.

In case it’s not obvious yet, we think the SW Naito project being cooked up by the Bureau of Transportation is going to be a huge deal. If it turns out well, it could be the southern leg of a dedicated, protected bikeway that runs from SW Lincoln to the Steel Bridge. That would make it one of the highest profile bikeways in Portland.

If you didn’t make it to the first open house last night, I want to make sure you saw all the materials that were presented.

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The bike parking at Portland City Hall is really bad

By on January 11th, 2018 at 11:52 am

This Portlandia themed rack is all that’s left of bike parking at City Hall’s main entrance.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

You’d think a city with a storied bike-friendly legacy and arguably the best bike parking facilities and policies in North America would make the main entrance to its City Hall a testament to those values. But that’s not the case. In fact, for some reason the bike parking at Portland City Hall’s SW 4th Street entrance has gotten much worse in the past several months.

They “put a bird on it,” but they also removed the racks that actually worked.
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Making sense of the fence: Why Parks closed a path into Willamette Park

By on January 10th, 2018 at 1:52 pm

Fence at Nevada Street entrance to Willamette Park before and after it was cut down by a vandal.
(Photos from a BikePortland reader)

The Nevada Street entrance to Willamette Park was abruptly closed last week. This path is listed as a recommended bikeway and featured in popular maps produced by both the City of Portland and Metro. The decision by the Portland Parks & Recreation bureau to erect a black, chain-link fence was made without any public warning and it stems from a multi-year jurisidictional negotiation between the Oregon Department of Transportation and the City of Portland that spans more than three years.
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