Archive for April, 2005

Only in Portland

Friday, April 29th, 2005

Two very different and uniquely Portland bike events are happening this weekend…

Saturday, get to know your local bike cult, CHUNK 666 for the Organ Donor Invite, a tall-bike jousting tournament beginning at 3:00 at Colonel Summers Park on SE Belmont and 20th. (I would leave the kids home on this one).

Pretty Dress Ride
On Sunday, shift gears from battling for Carmageddon supremacy to spreading the wonderful joy of Spring time with family and friends. That’s right, it’s none other than the Pretty Dress Ride (recently made famous in the Oregonian’s now defunct Personal Style section). Meet at Union Station at 2:00 and ride to Sellwood Park via the Eastbank Esplanade. For pictures of last year’s ride (so you’ll know what to wear), click here.

Mass and a Bingo Party

Friday, April 29th, 2005

You’ve probably heard of Critical Mass…the sometimes controversial always misunderstood bike ride that traverses, amoeba-like through the usually auto-dominated city streets. I’ve been on several of them myself and have always had an inspiring time. Last month I brought along my 2 year-old daughter and I even met Mayor Potter on one back in February.

So if you’ve ever wondered what Critical Mass is all about, join in the fun tonight at 5:30 (ride leaves at 6:00) at the North Park Blocks (NW Park & Burnside, near the elephant).

As a special bonus, join in the fun at “Bikes, Beer, Bingo Night” at Redwing Cafe, 1700 SE 6th Ave. It’s a benefit for local bike community ringleaders SHIFT and there will be prizes and fun-loving emcees to keep things rolling.

New bike trail to link NoPo to Swan Island!

Thursday, April 28th, 2005

…this just in off the Shift email list newswire…

The Oregon Transportation Commission approved a $1.2M Transportation Enhancement grant to the City of Portland for construction of the Waud Bluff Trail to Swan Island! This project will upgrade an existing “made trail” down the bluff from Willamette Blvd to the north end of Basin Avenue and will provide a bridge over the Union Pacific Railroad line. This old service road has been used for years for both getting to work and for accessing the Willamette River; the new Trail will make it a much safer, all year route for pedestrians and cyclists…it will connect the existing regional trail along the top of the Bluff…now primarily bike lanes… to the proposed river level N. Portland Greenway between the St Johns and Steel Bridges.

A very exciting addition to Portland’s bikeways! Congrats to the Swan Island Transportation Management Association!…and thanks to Joe Adamski for forwarding this info to the Shift email list.

Local Bike Messenger wins Trans-Iowa Endurance Race

Wednesday, April 27th, 2005

Local bike messenger Ira Ryan (center in photo) won the first-ever Trans-Iowa endurance mountain bike race on Sunday. Ira beat a field of top-notch riders in the 2-day, 300+ mile, self-supported event. A downtown ticker-tape parade is scheduled for next weekend (just kidding)!

Visit the Trans-Iowa event blog for more information.

“Breaking Away” at PSU

Tuesday, April 26th, 2005

This Saturday and Sunday (29-30th) is your chance to catch one of the all-time great sports movies, Breaking Away. It’s being screened (on the eve of National Bike Month!) at 5th Ave Cinemas, 525 SW Hall St. @ PSU. Tickets are $3 or free for PSU students…and everyone gets free popcorn.

More info call, (503) 725-3551 or email

What are you doing this week?

Monday, April 25th, 2005

Get out your calendar because bike season is in full spin. Check out these hand-picked rides and events that will keep you pedaling every day of the week.


The mythical Noon Time Ride from downtown Portland is a regular ride that brings together the city’s sharpest minds and strongest legs.  Be ready for a short, fast ride with lots of climbing and mid-day stress relief.  Meet at the SW corner of Pioneer Courthouse Square around noon.  Call Ray Thomas at (503) 228-5222 for more info.

Portland’s newest bike industry company is a leader in green manufacturing practices.  Come see Chris King’s VP Matt O’Rourke for a talk on the theory and practice of building quality bike parts locally and sustainably.  Smith Hall, Room 238, PSU Campus 5:15PM, free.  More info at (503) 972-4040.

Make up your own ride…be creative!


The Community Cycling Center is having a sidewalk sale.  6-9PM, 1700 NE Alberta…and you can keep walking ‘cuz it’s Last Thursday ArtWalk on Alberta too.

"Breakfast on the Bridges" on the Broadway and Hawthorne Bridges, 7-9AM…ride to work, stop when you see nice people, chat, drink hot coffee, eat pastries, continue riding to work (with warm, fuzzy, I’m-so-glad-I-ride-to-work feeling).


The Organ Donor Invitational, put on by our very own non-denominational bike cult, C.H.U.N.K. 666.  If you’ve ever wondered about tallbike jousting (and I know you have) come out to Colonel Summers Park at 3PM and see what all the fuss is about.  (SE Belmont and 20th)

The Roadrunners…a biking and birding ride on the Springwater Trail with birding experts from the Portland Audubon Society.  A mininum $35 pledge is required.  Contact Marjorie Morales at The Bike Gallery for more info – (503) 281-9800.

whew…what a week!

Not Bike Fun

Sunday, April 24th, 2005

If you’re wondering where this sign is so you can avoid the fate of that poor silhouette man…it’s across from Rocco’s Pizza downtown looking toward Powell’s. Be careful out there and watch out for large, tire-eating square holes in the ground!

Ride to Earth Day

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Hey all you earth-loving bikers…we’re riding down to the big Earth Day festivities at Sunnyside School tomorrow and you’re invited to join us.

Meet at 6617 N. Michigan Ave., 9:00AM (just North of Portland Blvd east of I-5) and we’ll ride for about :45 minutes to Sunnyside Elementary on SE 34th & Taylor.

We’ll take a great, low-traffic route that shouldn’t be more than 45 min. or so. Bring the kids along! Here’s what you’ll miss if you don’t go.

Who ya gonna call?

Friday, April 22nd, 2005

Know of a bike lane that needs sweeping?  Or a place without bike racks?  How about a gaping pothole that needs filling?  For any general concerns that would improve biking on our city streets, put all the numbers below in your cell phone’s speed dial.

Portland Bikeline – (503) 823-CYCL
-Press 1 for bike lane/path maintenance
-Press 2 for bike maps & cycling info
-Press 3 for bike rack installation requests

Street Maintenance & Concerns
Pavement repair/potholes – (503) 823-BUMP
Neighborhood traffic safety – (503) 823-SAFE
Parking Enforcement – (503) 823-5195
24-hr maintenance emergencies – (503) 823-1700

Bike Locker Rentals
Transit Centers – (503) 226-0676
Downtown – (503) 823-6841

Bikes on MAX/Buses – (503) 962-7644

For more info visit the Portland Office of Transportation.

Smoke-Free Bike Pub Crawl

Thursday, April 21st, 2005

Like bikes? Like pubs? Hate smoke? You’re in luck. The first ever “Smoke Free Bike Pub Crawl” happens tomorrow night (Fri.) at 7:30. Meet at Roots Brewing on SE 7th Ave…and ride responsibly!