Archive for July, 2010

Steel Bridge lower deck closes due to bad gate motor – UPDATED

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
Steel Bridge closure-5

Closure likely to remain in effect
until Wednesday night.
(Photos © J. Maus)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has announced that as of about 10:00 pm tonight (Saturday), the gates that close during bridge lifts on each end of the lower deck of the Steel Bridge are closed to all traffic. PBOT hired electricians to analyze the problem on Sunday and they have determined that the culprit is a bad motor on one of the gates. Since the part is not on-hand, PBOT says they’ll have to order it which means the gates — and lower deck bridge access — will be closed until Wednesday afternoon (8/4) or Thursday morning..[Read more…]

black and blue Kona Jake 2007

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Year: 2007
Brand: Kona
Model: Jake
Color:black and blue
Size:54 cm (ish)
Stolen in Portland, OR 97215
Stolen From: Stolen from the yellow house with the monkey tail tree on the corner of SE 42nd and Harrison.
Neighborhood: Richmond
Owner: Carter Lodwick
Reward: $150
Description: Black and blue paint, scuffed up a bit. Dark grey Cateye light on the front, pill shaped light in the back. Chrome toe clips. Small air pump strapped to the frame. Kryptonite lock attached to the top tube with bright red velcro straps.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: T10004882
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

black/purple motiv stonegrinder

Saturday, July 31st, 2010

Brand: motiv
Model: stonegrinder
Stolen in Portland, OR 97219
Stolen From: nw 10Th btw Johnson and lovejoy bike rack in front of little urbanites.
Neighborhood: pearl district
Owner: Sandra Mackey
Description: Black fading to purple motiv stonegrinder Mtb. All shimano components. 28″ Wheels. Bike rack, mirror, attached pump, cruiser style handlebars
, 21speed
This registrant does not have proof of ownership of this bike

Black Cannondale Bad Boy Ultra 2005

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Year: 2005
Brand: Cannondale
Model: Bad Boy Ultra
Stolen in Portland, OR 97205
Stolen From: SW 12th and Morrison
Owner: Matt Groves
Description: Cannondale Hybrid (Bad Boy Ultra) Black with disc brakes, headshock (front suspension), and 700C wheels with cyclecross tires
Police record with: Portland
Police reference#: 10-153291
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Now you can charge your e-bike at OMSI

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Now at OMSI.
(Photos: Scott Ewing)

The Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) has installed a solar canopy charging station for electric vehicles. The station includes infrastructure for charging e-bikes, and according to OMSI, it’s the first such facility in North America to provide “a solution for the increasing use of alternative transportation.”[Read more…]

Event: Green Drinks (9/7/10)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Event: Portland Green Drinks
Where: Ecotrust Building – Rooftop Terrace
721 NW Ninth Avenue
Portland, OR, 97209 (map)
When: September 7th at 7pm
Web site:

Please join us Tuesday, September 7th at 7pm for the next Green Drinks event featuring Jonathan Maus, Publisher and Editor of
Doors open at 6:30pm, the speakers starts promptly at 7:00. Announcements will follow the speakers and networking will continue until 8:45.

Donation: We ask that you donate $5 to help us cover our costs. All attendees will be entered into a raffle.

Food / Drinks: Hot Lips will be selling beer and wine upstairs so you can more easily experience the “drinks” portion of “Green Drinks.” You’ll still need to go downstairs for any food but are welcome to bring it upstairs.

Sponsor: Portland Pedal Power!: a member-managed, professional, licensed and insured bicycle delivery and promotional service company that is dedicated to supporting local, owner run businesses and moving Portland business towards a sustainable business model.

Discussion Groups: During the networking after the speaker, we will have 4 topics for discussion in the four corners of the room. The rest of the room will be free-form networking/socializing.

TriMet bus operator who wrote offensive blog post returns to work

Friday, July 30th, 2010
bikes and buses

(Photo © J. Maus)

Dan Christensen, the TriMet bus operator who wrote an essay titled, “Portland: Kill this bicyclist!” on his personal blog is back behind the wheel.

After learning of the post on July 22nd, TriMet placed Christensen on administrative leave and notified the District Attorney and the Portland Police. According to TriMet spokesperson Mary Fetsch, Christensen was back on the job as of last night. In addition to some time off, Fetsch says Christensen will get a “refresher training class” behind the wheel with a TriMet trainer. Fetsch also said Christensen will receive “appropriate discipline” but said specifics of that disciplinary action “is privileged and not releasable.”

Reached via phone this morning, Christensen said he doesn’t necessarily regret what he wrote, but admits he could have, “Done a better job making it clearer what I was going for.”[Read more…]

Metro buys easements to close Marine Drive Trail gaps

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Detail map of easements Metro has purchased.

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Job: Bicycle Salesperson/ Mechanic (Veloce Bicycles Inc.)

Friday, July 30th, 2010

Job Title: Bicycle Salesperson/ Mechanic
Company/Organization: Veloce Bicycles Inc.

Job Description: Full time salesperson / mechanic.

1. Must have energetic and fun loving personality.

2. Must have at least three years current bicycle shop experience geared toward road bicycles.

3. Wages excellent, varies with experience.

4. Must be computer savvy.

How to Apply: Send resume to info(at)velocebicycles(dot)com

TriMet’s first ‘Bike & Ride’ opens in Beaverton

Friday, July 30th, 2010

(Photos by Jim “K’Tesh” Parsons)

Yesterday, with notable transportation officials from around the region in attendance, TriMet officially cut the ribbon on their new ‘Bike & Ride’ facility at the Sunset Transit Center in Beaverton. With secure parking for 74 bikes, TriMet hopes the new service will make it easier for people to make the bike-transit connection.
[Read more…]