Holy moly, I’ve been doing this for four years!

Bunny on a Bike ride

At the 2005 Bunny on a Bike ride.

Just a quick break in the action to share with you all that four years ago today I published my first ever post about biking in Portland (it was posted to the “Bike Fun” blog on Oregonlive.com, I launched BikePortland.org on my own a few months later).

6,655 posts, 75,481 comments and a lot of hard work later and here we are…doing pretty much the same thing (well, O.K., a lot has changed, but I’m still just posting stories about biking in Portland).

It’s been a long and crazy road.

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Things have definitely gotten a bit more serious since those innocent days of yesteryear. I can remember back when many folks in town thought there was no way I could keep it up and that burnout was right around the corner. Well, I’m happy to share that I’ve never been more motivated or excited about the work we’re doing and what we’ll be doing in the future.

I’ve got Elly Blue helping full-time these days and just yesterday we welcomed Jonathan Reed (who has thankfully agreed to go by J.R.) as our very first intern (thanks Jonathan!). We’ve got a fantastic (and growing) list of contributors,l and on the homefront, my lady Juli keeps our corporate finances in order (no small task).

A big thanks goes out to everyone in Portland and beyond who reads and/or contributes to this site in the comments. Stay tuned and hang on, the ride is only beginning!

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Founder of BikePortland (in 2005). Father of three. North Portlander. Basketball lover. Car owner and driver. If you have questions or feedback about this site or my work, feel free to contact me at @jonathan_maus on Twitter, via email at maus.jonathan@gmail.com, or phone/text at 503-706-8804. Also, if you read and appreciate this site, please become a supporter.

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Clarence
15 years ago

WORD! Congrats! Who’d of thunk?

K'Tesh
K'Tesh
15 years ago

I only wish that I could have come up with something like this… Guess I’ll just have to keep contributing…

Congrats! Jonathan!
Welcome J.R.

Paul M
Paul M
15 years ago

Congratulations. Thank you. And keep up the good work!

Anita
15 years ago

Amazing and inspiring especially to other bike bloggers out there! Keep on doing what you Jon and congratulations! I’m a big fan of Bike Portland.

Alison
Alison
15 years ago

Jonathan, thanks for everything. It’s so helpful to have such a great source for all the news about bicycling in Portland. Congratulations on your growing team and your success. It is well deserved.

Ben Foote
15 years ago

Congratulations to you Jonathan and your contributors over the years. I hope the coming years bring you great success as you grow and prosper with Portland and our bike culture.

patrickz
patrickz
15 years ago

We wish you the best in whatever else to set out to do, Jonathan. Congratulations and THANKS to you, your family and associates for this, our home-page.

Tony P
15 years ago

Congrats Jonathan! You’ve been a great help to my business and to cycling in general in Portland. I think things would be much different here with out you doing what you do.

bike Jax
15 years ago

Jonathan, that is awesome. Congrats, on the longevity. I hope that I can boost about the same in few years. BikePortland was one of the blogs that inspired me quit bitching about my city and start doing something.

Thank you.

Paul Tay
15 years ago

Whoa, momma! Dat’s one messed up mugshot.

metal cowboy
15 years ago

As Jonathan was starting this endeavor we split a few beers down at Amnesia. In the course of conversation he asked what I thought of this blog idea as a business. blog? I thought he had something caught in his throat or was making up words. I told him I thought the concept was outstanding and that if he tackled it with all his energy he would soon be living in a van down by the river… or words to that extent. There were pints involved so I might be paraphrasing. What have we learned here? My sage advice and $4 dollars will get you a microbrew in this town.

So glad I was wrong. Congrats. You’ve done this thing with style, integrety, herculean patience and an inclusiveness that’s rare. Carry on!

P Finn
15 years ago

Three cheers for Jonathan!

You created a place for a demand to coalesce into a movement, a vision to coalesce into a constructive conversation, and an underrepresented segment of the population now has a stronger, clearer voice.

You help me ride with more confidence and faith in the future. Thank you.

adam
adam
15 years ago

well done! +1 on you doing a great job building a site and a team. here is to another 4 great years.

Amos
Amos
15 years ago

I’m sorry, but I have to disagree here…

…no, I’m kidding. It’s just so unusual to see 13 positive comments in a row. If internet commenters love you then you know you’re doing something right!

Great work, Jonathan, You rock!

matt picio
15 years ago

Congrats, Jonathan – keep up the outstanding work!

Grimm
Grimm
15 years ago

Keep on rockin Jonathan. I appreciate the great coverage.

Steve Brown
15 years ago

Congrats on a great idea than continues to inform and entertain.

Spencer Boomhower
15 years ago

Congrats on four years, Jonathan! You’ve really created something exceptional here, and it just keeps improving. I’m sure Elly’s hard work is a big part of that. Looking forward to J.R.’s contributions.

Bikes are just… better. They’re common sense distilled into a 30-pound contraption that could help save the world. Portland is showing the way (within the States at least), and this site is a big part of that.

Kevin Wagoner
15 years ago

Wow, I’ve been reading this nearly every day for several years.

peejay
peejay
15 years ago

Time for me to pile on to the lovefest here. Don’t quit now!

mabsf
mabsf
15 years ago

While sitting together with a friend yesterday, she bursted out: “We should do a blog about it – like Jonathan’s Bikeportland…”
All the best and thank you so much for your effort – you are very much appreciated!

caryebye
caryebye
15 years ago

Can’t believe its been that long either! We met at the 2nd Bunny on a Bike Ride 2005. I think your photo is from 2006 tho when we went over the bridges. 🙂

Awesome job and glad you are getting a crew.

Bill Stites
15 years ago

What Tony said [#8].

Thanks Jonathan!!

Kimberlee
Kimberlee
15 years ago

I love this site. Congratulations and keep up the great work!

Ron Hampel
15 years ago

Thanks everyone at bikeportland. You’ve made this site a vital part of the cycling community.

Aaron
Aaron
15 years ago

Wow Jonathan. Portland and the whole nation in fact, owes you a huge thank you. Looking back on your first post which has two comments, it’s thrilling to see recent posts with 60-70 comments. Not to mention advertising from big names all over Portland.
Keep up the great work and we all thing your the best!

Krampus
Krampus
15 years ago

The internet would suck without bikeportland (and all the snarky commenters!)

John Kangas
John Kangas
15 years ago

Right on, Jonathan!

I can imagine it’s been a lot of work, but we appreciate it! This blog has been a vital link in Portland’s cycling community. Enough that it was my first introduction to the flickers of bicycle community here in Vancouver, and an inspiration to work with others towards participating in and building some sort of workable community hub of our own. Thank you.

Drew
15 years ago

I’m a daily reader. Your part in the revolution (which will not be motorized) is inestimable. Thanks, Jonathan

tim h
tim h
15 years ago

bikeportland.org is the good news. thanks

dsaxena
dsaxena
15 years ago

Thank you for all the work you do!

Kyrstin
Kyrstin
15 years ago

Bike Fun, and those early posts in BikePortland, were a huge part of my transition to car-freedom and cycle-centricity! thanks for the inspiration 🙂

Carl
Carl
15 years ago

Congrats Jonathan,

I read everyday despite not living in Portland. You’re site is an inspiration for other U.S. cities and you have certainly inspired me in several ways.

Keep up the outstanding work.

Lenny Anderson
15 years ago

Citizens are, indeed, the wealth of the City! Thanks Jonathan for a great job.

AZ
AZ
15 years ago

This site is my favorite thing about Portland. Thanks to everyone who makes it happen!

reenabee
reenabee
15 years ago

congrats Jonathan! keep up the good work!!

revphil
15 years ago

smooch

Adams Carroll (News Intern)
15 years ago

Thanks everyone for such kind words.

I’ve become so much more cynical and stressed at times these days so it’s really great to hear all of this.

Esther
Esther
15 years ago

Thanks for all the work you do providing a central source of level-headed, even-handed info that’s of use to bicyclists of all stripes (and polka dots). You do a great job with fair and accurate reporting, having a finger in every pie, and keeping up with many multi-faceted scenes and events. I always look forward to your new posts!!