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Matt Garrett has resigned from ODOT

By on January 18th, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Matt Garrett in 2012.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Huge news from the State of Oregon today: ODOT Director Matt Garrett has resigned.

This is potentially – depending on his replacement – a massive development that could lead to a different culture in the automobile-centric agency.

Garrett was an embattled agency head who had been the subject of severe criticisms from electeds, advocates, and transportation reform leaders.

I’m out of town at the moment and unable to fully analyze and report on this. So for now, here’s the statement from ODOT:
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Jobs of the Week: Community Cycling Center, eBike Store, Velotech, River City Bicycles

By on January 18th, 2019 at 10:31 am

We’ve had some great job opportunities listed in the past week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Director of Finance and Administration – Community Cycling Center

–> Experienced Bike Mechanic – The eBike Store

–> Customer Experience Specialist Full Time – Velotech

–> Bike Builder – River City Bicycles

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Weekend Event Guide: Three speeds, MLK Day, lunar eclipse, palm trees, and more

By on January 18th, 2019 at 9:52 am

Scene from the 2007 Wintertime Palm Tree Ride, where I first learned about the strange and wonderful monkey puzzle trees!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the weekend!

Here’s our menu of delicious rides and events happening in and around Portland in the next few days.:..

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Opinion: Portland’s scooter success exposes stark double standard

By on January 18th, 2019 at 8:57 am

Scooter riders in the mix of traffic in downtown Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

*This post is by Joe Cortright and was originally published by City Observatory.

Data shows Portland’s scooter experiment worked. Maybe it’s time to critically appraise the failed, 110-year experiment with cars.
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State of Oregon finalizes funding list for Safe Routes to School projects

By on January 17th, 2019 at 7:51 am

(Image: ODOT)

The State of Oregon has finalized its first batch of Safe Routes to School projects funded through the $5.3 billion transportation package passed by legislators in 2017.

Region 1 (which covers all of Portland) will receive $3.39 million for four projects that will make it easier and safer for kids to walk and bike to class. ODOT awarded nearly $16 million for 24 projects statewide. Demand for these funds far outstripped supply as the agency received a total of 112 project applications requesting a total of $85 million.[Read more…]

600-mile Oregon Emerald Outback event will traverse coast range

By on January 16th, 2019 at 12:50 pm


*Scenes from a reconnaissance ride on the route taken by Benjamin Colwill.

Many of you are familiar with the famous (or infamous, depending on your experiences) Oregon Coast Bike Route.
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TRB dispatch: Micromobility, big data, and hyperloops

By on January 16th, 2019 at 8:30 am

I couldn’t resist.
(Photos: Aaron Brown)

Welcome to the latest dispatch from our Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting Special Correspondent Aaron Brown, who’s in D.C. covering this event thanks to a funding partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University (TREC at PSU). See past coverage here.

New Modes, New Research, New Challenges, New Opportunities

As TRB gears up to celebrate its centennial (a detail that conference organizers are eager to mention as many times as possible), it’s hard not to pick up the infectious enthusiasm and energy surrounding the exciting new fields of academic research and inquiry. As recently as a decade or two ago, academic inquiry on bicycles as transportation options were limited to a handful of specific universities across the country. Now, virtually every up-and-coming transportation planning student is well-versed (and frequently seeking a career in) active transportation, and the role it plays in designing communities.
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Join the family biking fun at Kidical Mass planning meeting

By on January 15th, 2019 at 12:03 pm

Kidical Mass kicks off in April with the annual egg hunt ride.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Want to help more families ride bikes?

We’ve just scheduled the 2019 Kidical Mass PDX planning meeting (details below) and everyone’s invited.

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TRB dispatch: Climate change urgency, Jarrett Walker on justice, and a visit to the Bicycle Committee

By on January 15th, 2019 at 10:41 am

Portland resident and renowned transit expert Jarrett Walker at the lectern.
(Photos: Aaron Brown)

As we shared yesterday, BikePortland correspondent Aaron Brown is at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. thanks to a funding partnership with the Transportation Research and Education Center at Portland State University. Here’s his first dispatch…
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Portland releases final report on e-scooters, plans to bring them back in spring

By on January 15th, 2019 at 8:30 am

(From the report)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation says last summer’s Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program was such a success they plan to bring them back for a one-year pilot program this spring. [Read more…]

Another student hit by a driver near Harriet Tubman Middle School

By on January 14th, 2019 at 4:05 pm

(Graphic: BikePortland)

It happened again.

Here’s the email sent out by Tubman Middle School Principal Natasha Butler on Friday afternoon:[Read more…]

Parks bureau will begin paving key section of ‘Sellwood Gap’ next month

By on January 14th, 2019 at 2:22 pm

South of Umatilla, the Springwater turns into an unimproved gravel path. This will be smoothly paved and get significant upgrades by the end of summer.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

13 years after it was officially identified, the City of Portland plans to finally close a major gap in the Springwater Corridor.
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BikePortland is at TRB thanks to TREC at PSU

By on January 14th, 2019 at 12:27 pm

These stickers (modeled by Portland State University’s Michael Espinoza) are a hot commodity at the conference.
(Photo: @TRECPdx on Instagram)


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The Monday Roundup: Baller bikes, cycling cheat sheet, car ad comedy, and more

By on January 14th, 2019 at 10:35 am


*This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by the City of Portland, who reminds you that the Eastbank Esplanade will close for maintenance on February 1st.
See the Better Naito detour and more details at the project page.

Welcome to the week! I’m sure many of you have sore muscles in your face from all the smiling about the sunny weekend we just had. I saw so many people on out two wheels! Let’s start the week with a look at the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

Here are the ways. Where is the will?: Free bikes, filtered permeability, lower speeds, strict liability — this list from The Guardian on how to boost urban biking is like a cheat code to a happier city.
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Man riding a bicycle dies in collision with truck operator on Highway 30 near Scappoose

By on January 13th, 2019 at 10:39 am


*Photo of the scene via Oregon State Police (Left). Scottie Graser at a ride in 2016.

A man riding his bicycle died yesterday after he was involved in a collision with a truck operator on Highway 30 south Scappoose.
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Get ready for a two month closure of the Esplanade that starts February 1st

By on January 11th, 2019 at 5:11 pm

Make plans to not use the Esplanade between February 1st and April 1st.
(Photo: Portland Parks)

Earlier today we shared the good news: That PBOT will re-open Better Naito three months early.

Here’s the bad news: They’re doing that because the Portland Parks and Recreation Bureau will close the Eastbank Esplanade for two months starting February 1st.
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PBOT: Better Naito will return three months early this year

By on January 11th, 2019 at 12:14 pm

Surprise! It’s Better Naito!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has found a way to bring back Better Naito sooner than anyone expected.
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Want $1,000? Help us solve the mystery of nails in the Interstate Ave bike lane

By on January 11th, 2019 at 10:20 am

This has gotten out of hand. Let’s catch the perpetrator(s).

Enough is enough. Someone is deliberately throwing nails in a popular Portland bike lane and we’re tired of waiting for it to stop.

So here’s the deal: BikePortland is offering a $500 $1,000 cash reward for information that leads to an arrest in this case.
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The Weekend Guide: Gravel social, activism inspiration, OBRA awards party, and more

By on January 11th, 2019 at 9:02 am

Where will you ride this weekend?
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the weekend.

If you can get over the creeping unease about climate change-induced weird weather, you can relax and enjoy this mild winter we’re having. It should be dry and maybe even sunny this weekend. And as luck would have it, there are plenty of great rides and events to choose from.

Here’s our menu for the weekend, specially selected for you…

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Truck driver Paul Thompson wants you to know he’s sorry for role in deadly crash

By on January 10th, 2019 at 3:07 pm

Paul Thompson.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

In the early morning hours of August 21st, 2017, Paul Thompson was on his usual route picking up recycled cardboard from businesses in Portland’s central eastside industrial district. A truck driver for over three decades, Thompson had a spotless record before that morning.

After a stop to empty the bins at All Service Moving on Southeast Morrison, he drove south on Water Avenue. Then he turned left onto Taylor and his life changed forever.
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