The legacy of Alpenrose Velodrome will live on

By on February 26th, 2021 at 3:10 pm

It’s no coincidence that the Giordana Velodrome in Rock Hill, South Carolina bears a striking resemblance to Alpenrose.
(Photo: City of Rock Hill)

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Jobs of the Week: Clever Cycles, Velotech, Traction Works/Fat Tire Farm

By on February 26th, 2021 at 2:32 pm

If you want a new gig in the local bike biz, check these fresh opportunities…

Bicycle Mechanic – Clever Cycles

Customer Experience Specialist – Velotech

Suspension Technician – Traction Works Suspension Shop / Fat Tire Farm

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PBOT annual crash report says 2020 was ‘unusual and tragic’

By on February 26th, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Crash trends by mode.
(Source: City of Portland)

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Multnomah County Health report documents racial inequities on our streets

By on February 26th, 2021 at 10:14 am

A family bikes up North Williams Avenue in May 2020.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Curator of Portland’s ‘random bike art’ museum retires from PBOT today

By on February 26th, 2021 at 9:10 am

The handiwork of PBOT Traffic Maintenance Supervisor Kirstin Byer and her crew.[Read more…]

Online open house and survey released for I-5 Bridge replacement project

By on February 25th, 2021 at 4:50 pm

The new effort to replace the I-5 bridge between Portland and Vancouver is well underway. DOTs from Oregon and Washington are pouring money into an immense public outreach/PR campaign and planning process that is so slick it’s scary.

Along with hosting lots of advisory committee meetings and splashing content across multiple social media channels, the folks behind the Interstate Bridge Replacement Program effort have opened an online open house that includes the project’s first public survey.
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Metro terminates ‘smart city’ data project meant to help count bikes

By on February 25th, 2021 at 12:06 pm

Sample of Replica analysis.

A data project billed as the “next generation urban planning tool” that involved over two years of negotiations between Metro, TriMet, the City of Portland, and Google-owner Alphabet has crashed-and-burned.

On Saturday, Red Tail Media reported that a contract between Metro and Sidewalk Labs to develop the Replica tool for regional use been officially terminated. “A city tech project in Portland with the Sidewalk Labs spin-off leads to accusations, data disputes and ‘damaged trust'” reads the headline, which was then picked up by the BBC on Tuesday. [Read more…]

Please take the 2021 BikePortland Reader Survey

By on February 25th, 2021 at 9:11 am

We are looking for the best route forward.

Hi everyone.

As we near our 17th spring together, I cannot think of a better time to learn more about who follows our work and how we can do it better. [Read more…]

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State of Oregon bike/ped advisory committee looking for two new members

By on February 24th, 2021 at 2:16 pm

Oregon capitol building.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re looking for a great way to get more involved in advocacy on a statewide level, this could be the opportunity you’ve been waiting for.

The Oregon Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (“ahb-pack”) has started recruitment for two openings to their 8-member group.

The OBPAC was created in 1973 after the passage of the “Bike Bill” to create more public oversight of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Originally known as the “Oregon Bicycle Committee,” the group expanded to recognize walkers in 1995. Since then it has played an important role in keeping ODOT accountable for their active transportation investments.

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Planning Commission members question PBOT’s Hawthorne bike lane decision

By on February 24th, 2021 at 12:19 pm

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

There was a notable debate at the Portland Planning and Sustainability Commission meeting Tuesday night on a topic near and dear to our hearts: the Portland transportation bureau’s recent decision to re-stripe Hawthorne Boulevard without bike lanes.[Read more…]

Willamette Week highlights ODOT’s deceptive Rose Quarter freeway expansion plans

By on February 24th, 2021 at 8:50 am

I-5 from the N Vancouver Avenue bridge.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

It’s one thing for critiques of a project to swirl around transportation and advocacy circles; it’s another thing when a Pulitzer Prize-winning reporter hops onto the story.

That’s what happened today with the Willamette Week’s publication of an article titled Questions About the Footprint of the I-5 Rose Quarter Project Intensify. The news that ODOT is being intentionally dishonest about the true width of their I-5 expansion plans through the central city is not new. What’s important about Willamette Week reporter Nigel Jaquiss doing a story on it is that it gets the idea more firmly on the radar of influential local electeds and makes them comment about it on the record.

And Jaquiss has also furthered the story in a significant way: By highlighting new documents from the nonprofit No More Freeways that show the potential width of the freeway is even wider than anyone previously expected. Here’s an excerpt from his piece (emphasis mine):[Read more…]

Step by step, streets in Hillsdale have become safer

By on February 23rd, 2021 at 3:47 pm

Looking west on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy early the Sunday morning after Christmas–no cars! The new bicycle and pedestrian lanes, with raised curb protection, are part of the B-H Hwy safety demonstration project. Speed safety cameras in distance. (Photo: Lisa Caballero/Bike Portland)

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Our space, our place: Dispatch from a BIPOC ‘Frogger’ ride

By on February 23rd, 2021 at 11:36 am

Frogger friends.
(Photo courtesy Mateen Richey)

This story is by northeast Portland resident Mateen Richey, a new contributor who you might recall from our profile of him back in January.[Read more…]

Alpenrose Velodrome and event site is permanently closed

By on February 23rd, 2021 at 8:51 am

A cyclocross race at Alpenrose in 2019 and the cover of the Dairyville Gazette from August 1962.

The beloved racing event site at Alpenrose Dairy is now permanently closed. [Read more…]

Man says bus operator cut him off while riding in Vancouver Ave bike lane

By on February 22nd, 2021 at 4:59 pm

Still from video. Watch video below.

Portland resident Jason P. says he was cut off by a TriMet bus operator on Friday morning and he’s got the video to back up his story (watch it below the jump).

According to a complaint filed with TriMet Sunday, Jason was riding southbound on North Vancouver Avenue between Morris and Stanton streets (adjacent to Dawson Park, just before Legacy Emanuel Hospital) when the operator of a Line 44 bus crossed over the bike lane he was riding in without using his signal.

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Let’s talk about the BikePortland comment section

By on February 22nd, 2021 at 3:56 pm

On Saturday, Tony Jordan, a parking reform advocate I’ve known and respected for years and who’s written stories for BikePortland, posted something on Twitter about a BikePortland comment. The conversations and concerns triggered by his Tweet (which I’m still responding to, three days later) have made me think deeply about our comment section.

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Portland Police Association says tragic traffic toll with continue “without proactive enforcement”

By on February 22nd, 2021 at 1:07 pm

The president of the labor union that represents most of the Portland Police Bureau’s rank-and-file officers made a statement earlier this month warning people that a recent personnel shift by Police Chief Chuck Lovell would lead to dangerous conditions on our streets. I just realized today that that person – PPA President Brian Hunzeker — used an opinion piece he read on BikePortland to support his case. [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Traffic evaporation, mobility lanes, solar-powered helmet light, and more

By on February 22nd, 2021 at 11:00 am

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Snow still blocks many bikeways, one week after storm

By on February 19th, 2021 at 3:14 pm

(Many key bikeways still a dangerous mess nearly one week after the snow fell.)

The major snow and ice storm that moved into Portland Friday is still having negative impacts on bicycling conditions throughout the city. While conditions for drivers have improved greatly in the past few days and some bikeways are clear — large amounts of snow, ice, gravel and debris continue to block access to most bikeways and walkways. [Read more…]

‘Spatial justice’ advocate will speak in Portland about how to create inclusive public spaces

By on February 19th, 2021 at 2:06 pm

Liz Ogbu.
(Photo courtesy Portland Parks Foundation)

An event next month hosted by the Portland Parks Foundation will delve into a very relevant topic for transportation advocates: the intersection of public space and social justice. On March 17th they’ll host an event titled, Re-inventing Portland: Public Space, Creativity, and Social and Spatial Justice. The speaker is urbanist, racial justice activist and Harvard University School of Design graduate Liz Ogbu.

On the surface, the value of this event might not seem obvious to some BikePortland readers. But look deeper.

When the pandemic first hit last March, many of us push PBOT to create safer, low-car spaces on public streets. Given the boom in demand and overflowing sidewalks, mixed with the need for safe socially distanced physical activity, it seemed like a no-brainer. But the commissioner-in-charge of PBOT at the time and some advocates felt like it shouldn’t be rushed into because “open streets” aren’t necessarily open to all.
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