Archive for July, 2005

Ride to St. Johns Window Project

Sunday, July 31st, 2005
Bike to St. Johns Window Project
Bike to St. Johns Window Project

Had a great ride out to St. Johns with the illustrious Carye Bye. She led us out to the peninsula via a circuitous route that included Willamette Blvd. and the neighborhood streets of University Park. Once we pedaled through Main Street parade-style, we stopped to check out the beautiful (yet not bike-friendly) St. Johns Bridge.

We all locked up in front of Patti’s Homeplate Diner and walked around to check out the various art installations. We made stops at Tulip’s Bakery, Weir’s Cyclery, and Blue Moon camera shop. I had to peel off a bit prematurely but the remaining crew had a bite at Patti’s before heading home.

It was a great day to pedal a bike and it was great for me to explore St. Johns a bit more. For a few more photos of the ride, click here.

Thanks to Carye for leading and to Shawn for bringing the strawberry-banana smoothie!

July Critical Mass photos

Saturday, July 30th, 2005

july_critical_massIn case you missed Critical Mass on Friday, there are some great photos and comments posted at BikeForums. If you like the photos, you should check the Bicycle-Eye blog by the same guy…and don’t forget to read his great collection of bicycle haikus.

Is Portland a safe cycling town?

Friday, July 29th, 2005

There has been a lot of talk this summer about the amount of cyclists killed on Portland’s roadways. In my opinion no amount of infrastructure, bike lanes, signs, or clever engineering can truly make cyclists safe on the streets. Let’s be honest, we’re 100% vulnerable to cars whenever we’re out there.

That being said, I think the most important thing we can do is spend more effort and money on education to change behaviors on both sides of the equation (no, not all cyclists are innocent). If both cyclists and drivers had a good grasp of the laws, a heightened awareness of each other, and more mutual respect and consideration, we would all be safer.

For some authoritative opinions on the subject, check out the recent post on the new Portland Transport Blog.

“Conserve by Bike” in the Energy Bill

Friday, July 29th, 2005

[I received this information from an inside source in the Oregon bike advocacy scene, I will post a link to the full press release when it is available online.]

This just in from the office of Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore):

‘Conserve By Bike’ Provision Included in Energy Bill
$6.2 Million Pilot Program Designed to Spur Bike Use

WASHINGTON, DC – A new pilot program designed by Congressman Earl Blumenauer (D – Ore) has been included into the final version of H.R. 6, the Energy Policy Act of 2005. The initiative, called “Conserve By Bike,” establishes within the Department of Transportation a program to oversee up to 10 pilot projects across the country designed to conserve energy resources by providing education and marketing tools to convert car trips to bike trips…

…Yesterday, the House of Representatives approved the legislation, and the Senate followed suit this afternoon. It is widely expected that the President will sign the legislation in the coming days.

Bike to “Last Thursday” on Alberta

Friday, July 29th, 2005

Juli at 8+ months!My ladies and I cruised over to NE Alberta Street last night to check out the monthy “Last Thursday” street fair and art walk. First, let me just say how proud I am of Juli (my lady). She could give birth any day now and she was still pedaling around the ‘hood (see photo!).

Alberta was really hopping full of great music, beautiful art, interesting characters, and…well, it’s really hard to capture in words the amazing energy of the place.

The infamous Clownhouse was really busy, they always draw a large (and incredulous) crowd. When we were there the mud wrestling pit was full, a bunch of well-costumed “clowns” were milling about and everyone was having some good old-fashioned vaudeville fun.

I also ran into Carye Bye of Pretty Dress Ride, Bunny on a Bike and Red Bat Press fame. I forgot to pick up a few of her great woodcut notecards. She’s got a ton of fun designs to choose from.

Bike Town coming to Portland

Friday, July 29th, 2005

biketown logoYou might have noticed the mention of Bike Town coming to Portland in Jonathan Nicholas’s column today.

Bicycling Magazine is giving away 50 commuter/city bikes to “the most compelling entries” about why you should receive the free bike and/or what you’d do with it. If you’re interested in playing along, just go to the Bicycling Magazine website to submit your entry.

Here’s more info direct from the press release:

Portland’s Bicycle Transportation Alliance and the Bike Gallery will be providing vital local support for the program.

The free bike giveaway will kick off the Bike Commute Challenge, an annual competition to see what workplace can achieve the highest level of ridership throughout the month of September.

Beginning today and through August 15, any Portland resident interested in receiving an Electra Townie bike as part of the Bike To Work program can visit this website and submit a short essay (50 words or less) on how, or why, they would use a bike as part of their daily commute. Fifty of the most compelling entries will be selected by the editors, and all selected participants will be asked to keep track of their commuting experiences with the bike for three months.

So there you have it. May the best bike lover win!

Welcome Bike Fun readers

Friday, July 29th, 2005

If you’re just clicking over from the Bike Fun blog on…welcome! I hope you like the new look (and name) of my blog. I’ve still got a lot of work to do to make this a valuable resource for the Portland bike community, so I hope you’ll be patient while I tweak things around.

So you might be wondering how is different than the old Bike Fun blog?

  • You can now search through all 150 or so posts. Go ahead, type in “ice cream” and see what you get!
  • You can leave comments!
  • You can check out the Bike Portland photostream on Flickr.
  • You can sign up for email notification whenever a new entry is posted.
  • And much more…stay tuned for more features and content coming soon.

Bikes in Willy Week Finder’s Guide

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Willamette Week

The Willamette Week’s first ever magazine hit the streets yesterday. It’s called the Finder. I did a short little piece on the cycling scene on page 131 called, “Bikeopolis USA.” The photo is of River City Bikes owner Dave Guettler holding a Sycip Java Boy with a custom front rack made by local builder Joseph Ahearne.

Click here for a larger version of the image or you can pick up a copy of the magazine at these locations.

Timothy Lake route map

Thursday, July 28th, 2005

Download PDF (420kb)

After my previous post about my ride up to Timothy Lake (SE of Estacada) I’ve had several emails from readers wanting more specific route details.

Well, it just so happens that one of the guys on the ride is a real map lover and owner of some topo mapping software. He did me a huge favor and sent me over a nice PDF of the route along with an elevation chart.

Click. Print. Ride.

The Bicycle Maid

Monday, July 25th, 2005

Came across this in my inbox:

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