Japanese signage and other links

Here are a few interesting links I’ve come across lately. Some have a Portland connection, some don’t. I’ll try and make this a regular thing from now on, so if you find a neat link feel free to send it my way.

[Shows distance and
calories burned]

  • A reporter from the Austin-American Statesman gave me a call to ask why Portland is so bike friendly. She published my answer in this article (about half way down the page).

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17 years ago

Hey Jonathan,

I thought I’d also alert your readers to another good link, in relation to those calendars you have listed at the top of the page:

The ORbike.com calendar is the most comprehensive local calendar. We’ve got all the OBRA rides and races, MTB, some fun, some educational and clinics. We’re still adding in everything for the summer, and people can *add their own events* too.

There’s so much great bike stuff going on in this town that caters to all types of riders. It’s hard to get it all in one place, but we’re trying!

Event organizers entering their own events will help out calendar grow.


Thanks also for the mention of the recent KBOO Bike Show! We had a great time on the air and I can’t believe it took us three years to get a messenger on as a guest (though we did once do a brief interview with Robert Burchett in the past).


17 years ago

Oh man. My wife, who has an eating disorder, mentioned to me a while ago that Japan has the highest rate of anorexic women in the world: around 10% of the female population suffer from an ED of some kind.

Considering our own society’s growing obsession with weight loss even at the expense of one’s health, I think similar signage would be a bad idea for Portland. Biking is healthy and fun; making it into a numbers game is unnecessary and potentially damaging.

17 years ago

Such signage is only relative to one specific riding type also isn’t it?
Here in Portland we have many diffrent riding types.
Using such signage without knowing what riding type it would be referencing would seem usless.
Also, if you are out, and riding, you would know that you were burning calories.
Why Worry?
I stole that from Alfred E. Newman, but I think it makes my point.
Also, worrying causes more stress, more depression, and more eating.
Bicycling does cause more eating, if done properly, but…..