Archive for September, 2008

Boston makes room for bikes on trains: What about Portland?

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

[NOTE: For some reason, the comments on this post were not available when it was first published earlier today (9/30). I’ve re-published it and moved it up on the page to give folks another chance to comment. — Editor]

One of two “bike trains” operated by the Massachusetts Bay Transit Authority.
(Photo by captaindisko/Flickr)

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Reverend Phil lines up back-to-back bike porn

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Reverend Phil, shown here after riding
his bike into the Willamette River, is bringing
Bike Porn to Hollywood Theater on Thursday.
(Photo J. Maus)

Portland’s resident bike pornographer is at it again.

For the first time ever, “Reverend Phil” Sano will host a back-to-back screening of The Pornography of the Bicycle and Bike Porn 2: Bikexploitation.[Read more…]

Commute Challenge riders log over 1 million miles in September

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008
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To the victor, go the spoils.
(Photos J. Maus)

Today is the last day of the BTA’s 13th annual Bike Commute Challenge.

The event, which is a friendly competition between businesses to see whose employees can complete the most bike trips in the month of September, broke records across the board this year. In fact, the popularity of the event caught the BTA a bit off-guard, causing their server to crash throughout the month as participants logged in to tally up their miles.
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Slideshow: Portland’s busy bikeways

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Bike traffic on NW Broadway this morning.
Slideshow below
(Photos J. Maus)

This morning I snapped a few photos of a common sight around Portland these days; bike traffic.

Many of us have viewed (with envy) images of bike traffic in European cities like Amsterdam. While we’re not quite in that league yet, our busy bikeways are truly a sight to behold.

For everyone that hasn’t witnessed it first hand, check out the brief slideshow below for a view of morning rush-hour in Portland’s bike lanes…[Read more…]

AP: Washington man gets jail (finally) for 14th DUI

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

Here’s a doozy of a story from the Associated Press (emphasis mine):

“MOUNT VERNON, Wash. (AP) – A man is being held in the Skagit County Jail in Mount Vernon, Wash., in lieu of $150,000 bail after being arrested for the 14th time for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol.

Superior Court documents say 46-year-old Aaron Bridge of Mount Vernon was arrested in Sedro-Woolley when a sheriff’s deputy smelled alcohol during a traffic stop. The documents say Bridge was also driving with a suspended license.

The documents say Tuesday’s arrest was Bridge’s 14th for suspicion of DUI in 16 years. They say Bridge has been convicted at least four times in the past 10 years.

Bridge was charged with a felony DUI on Thursday. The felony DUI law went into effect in July 2007 and allows prosecutors to charge anyone with four prior DUI offenses within the past 10 years with a felony.”

Update: Police search for hit-and-run suspect

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

A 25-year-old man riding a bicycle was struck from behind while riding sounthbound on SE 39th Ave. just north of Powell Blvd. (map) in Southeast Portland at around 2:45 am this morning.

The hit-and-run incident left Cox with non life-threatening injuries but witnesses told KATU-TV that he was “pretty banged up”.

Here’s the latest from the Portland Police Bureau:[Read more…]

Agenda set for Transportation Safety Summit

Tuesday, September 30th, 2008

The City of Portland Office of Transportation will host the 2008 Portland Transportation Safey Summit next week (Monday, 10/8). The event is a great way to meet local and state transportation planners, policy makers, etc… and get information on many important resources and programs.

PDOT just released the agenda and program. Check it out:[Read more…]

Boulder goes Platinum

Sunday, September 28th, 2008

Boulder, Colorado has joined Portland and Davis, California as the only cities to have achieved the League of American Bicyclists highest rating for bike-friendliness.

The League announced Boulder’s “Platinum” Bicycle Friendly Community award last week.

Here’s a quote from League director Andy Clarke:

“Boulder well deserves the platinum designation because they are actually delivering the quality of life benefits to which so many other communities aspire. The number of single occupant vehicles is falling; bike use, walking and transit is increasing. People can get almost everywhere in town by bike and its a normal thing to do.[Read more…]

Weekend open thread: Share your bike fun

Friday, September 26th, 2008
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Get out and ride!

Well, since my event calendar is broken (thanks to my recent software upgrade), I haven’t really been keeping track of what’s going on this weekend.

I’m going camping with my girls Sunday and Monday (been planning it all summer but haven’t been able to do it until now), so, barring any breaking news, I’ll see you back here on Tuesday.

Enjoy your weekend and don’t forget to share your adventures in the comments below.

Right-hook crash at Broadway/Williams

Friday, September 26th, 2008

Image of the scene.
(Photo: Carl Larson)

At around 5:00pm yesterday evening, there was a right-hook crash involving a bike and a truck at the intersection of Broadway and Williams in Northeast Portland (Map).

According to the Police Bureau’s assistant PIO Greg Pashley, a woman riding a bicycle was struck by a “short panel truck” and was transported to Emanuel Hospital. Pashley said the woman ended up underneath the truck after she was hit, but luckily, there was no serious trauma involved.[Read more…]