Bikes will take center stage at City Club

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The City Club of Portland is set to host a special edition of their Friday Forums series entitled, “It’s All About the Bike”.

The City Club is a Portland institution that began nearly 100 years ago and whose members read like a who’s-who of social and political power brokers in the city. It’s where Mayor Sam Adams gave his first “State of the City” and it’s a common forum for Governors, statesmen, and titans of local industry.

On May 1st, all attention will turn to bicycles.

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According to Friday Forum program coordinator Amy Harris, the idea to focus on bikes came from City Club executive director Charity Fain. Fain got the idea after she noticed a recent cover story in Oregon Business Magazine that touted Portland’s “Bicycle Industrial Complex”.

The event will consist of a panel discussion as well as an exhibition of locally made bicycles (Harris said having an exhibition at the Friday Forum is a first for City Club).

The panel will consist of former Oregonian columnist and founder of Cycle Oregon Jonathan Nicholas, Bike Gallery owner and State Parks Commissioner Jay Graves, and former City of Portland bike program coordinator and now bike planning and research professional Mia Birk.

The current list of bike builders set to exhibit are:

    Ahearne Cycles
    Argonaut Cycles
    Courage Bicycles
    Ira Ryan Cycles
    Pereira Cycles
    Renovo Cycles
    Sprout Cycles
    Stites Design
    Sweetpea Bicycles
    Vanilla Bikes

Because of space constraints, each builder will bring just one bicycle to display.

Here are details on the event:

    City Club Friday Forum: It’s All About the Bike
    Friday, May 1, 2009
    The Governor Hotel (614 SW 11th Ave.)
    Handmade bike exhibition and lunch begins at 11:00 AM
    Panel discussion and Q&A 12:15 PM ~ 1:15 PM
    *Ticket reservations and more info here
Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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Scott Mizée
15 years ago

wow… sweet. I’d love to be there.

Lenny Anderson
15 years ago

We need to shift the conversation from “bikes as a problem” to “bikes as a key part of the solution.”
Bike riders risk life and limb on today’s roadways while reducing congestion, increasing safety, reducing air and water pollution, reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving health and liveability of our neighboroods.
It is time for bike riders to be honored and not harassed, even though we are having lots of fun!

15 years ago

Wow! Amy Harris, Jonathan Nicholas, Jay Graves, and Mia Birk. That’s a very impressive list. With big names like this it will definately be an intelligent discussion. I hope it goes well for all involved.