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Bikey bits on my brain

Posted by on October 7th, 2005 at 9:35 am

Here’s a few bits and pieces floating around my head. I’ll be expanding on some of this stuff in the days to come, but I have to do a mental dump or my head will explode. Here goes:

  • The BTA has launched PlatinumPortland.org.
  • At a transportation class I’m taking I heard from a Tri-Met bigwig that Google will be visiting with Tri-Met officials in a few weeks to discuss their ongoing collaboration on a mapping system. According to the Tri-Met rep., a detailed, fully-integrated bike trip-planning system will be available online “in about a year.” I covered this in more detail back in August.
  • Tom Miller, Sam Adams’ chieff of staff, wants to raise $3,000 for an eco-roof atop the bike parking structure on the corner of SW 5th and Jefferson. (hat tip to the Tribune)
  • Janis McDonald, the city employee behind the Women on Bikes program recently featured in the Oregonian is getting married Saturday. After the ceremony they’ll be biking down from Council Crest in a mini-parade. She said she’ll try and snap photos so I’ll post them for you if/when I get them.
  • The new New Seasons market on N. Interstate is causing a huge increase in pedestrian and bike activity on N. Portland Blvd. This is great except for the fact that N. Portland Blvd from N. Albina to N. Interstate has abysmal bike/ped facilities and no traffic calming to speak of. If this doesn’t change there is bound to be a bad crash sooner or later.
  • Tomorrow’s cyclocross race out at Alpenrose Velodrome might be the largest ever on U.S. soil. It’s going to be huge. I’ll be there to soak it all in, talk with folks and snap photos. Look for photos on the BikePortland.org photostream Saturday and a report soon after.
  • Our local mountain bike club and advocacy group, PUMP had a meeting Wednesday night to figure out a plan to get serious about opening up more room for them to ride. They want either a designated mountain bike park and/or more of the singletrack trails to be legal for bikes in Forest Park. More reporting on this to come.
  • Whew! I feel better already.

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      hanna October 7, 2005 at 1:31 pm

      and today’s the last day for coordinators to submit their bike commute challenge tallies.

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      Tony Tapay October 7, 2005 at 2:43 pm

      Regarding getting across I-5 Near Portland. You should check out the bike/ped. bridge. It’s accessible via Bryant from the east side and Saratoga on the west side.

      It’s really nice to have but could use some sprucing up and trash pick-up. Would anyone near there like to join me this Sunday for a clean-up day? Do you know how we might get a small dumpster from the city? There are some larger items that have been dumped near the east side. The very least we could do it sweep up the litter.

      Thanks,

      Tony

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      Jonathan Maus October 7, 2005 at 2:59 pm

      hey Tony,

      I use the Bryant bridge all the time. It’s just not ideal for me because it’s too far out of the way.

      I totally agree with you about the need for sprucing it up. Might be too late of notice to get a dumpster, but contact me directly (jonathan@bikeportland.org) and we can set something up for a later date.

      See ya.

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    • berserk.org » Google Maps + Bike maps? October 7, 2005 at 10:05 pm

      […] The guys over at bikeportland.org are talking about how Portland Metro is teaming up with Google (using Google Earth) to create an interactive bike mapping program ( original story) […]

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