Archive for December, 2010

Scenes from a cold morning; and the last sunrise of 2010

Friday, December 31st, 2010

Shadow sunrise.
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(Photos © J. Maus)

I know I said I was signing off for the year, but as temps dropped into the 20s last night and a clear sky shone through, I was eager to wake up early this morning to ride in the brisk air and soak up the last sunrise of 2010.

I was also inspired to get up early to see off a few hearty souls embarking for a bike camping trip being organized by local non-profit Cycle Wild. Check out the photos below…
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Signing off for 2010 (and our top ten posts of the year)

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

One of my favorite memories of 2010 was leading the end of the Bike to Blazers ride in full Blazer regalia through the Rose Quarter back in April.
(Photo: Sarah Mirk/Portland Mercury )

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Turquoise Bianchi Milano 2007

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Year: 2007
Brand: Bianchi
Model: Milano
Stolen in Portland, OR 97209
Stolen From: 783 NW Naito Parkway resident parking structure for Yards at Union Station Apts. bike rack.
Neighborhood: River, old-town/chinatown-ish, right by Union Station
Owner: Travis Nikolai
Description: Men’s Turquoise Bianchi Milano, 8 speed hub drive, no front fender, broken rear fender, rack on back wheel, "Sub-Pop" record label sticker on cross bar, red wall tires, red leather handles.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 10-156432
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Event: Women’s Night at Beaverton Bike Gallery (1/11/11)

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

Event Name: Women’s Night at Beaverton Bike Gallery
Event Start Date: 11 January 2011
Start Time: 6:00:00 PM
Web Site:
Event Description: Join us at Bike Gallery in Beaverton on Monday, January 11 for an evening dedicated to women and cycling. We’ll have industry reps, product discounts, and product giveaways. The atmosphere is casual with snacks and refreshments.

12345 SW Canyon Rd
Beaverton, OR 97005
Contact Email: mickey(at)bikegallery(dot)com

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Transportation wonks take note: Two big events Tuesday night

Thursday, December 30th, 2010

What an AROW meeting looks like.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland is transportation wonk central. You know what a transportation wonk is right? The type of person who is always spouting acronyms like VMT, MUTCD, and RTP and who have passionate discussions about crossing treatments, traffic calming, signal timing, and so on. If this sounds like you or someone you know, get ready for this coming Tuesday (1/4) when two of the most wonktastic events in recent memory happen on the same night
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Streetcar construction comes with detour, closure of bike lane on Weidler

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

A traffic advisory has just been released by Portland Streetcar Inc. and the City of Portland warning of traffic detours and a bike lane closure due to Streetcar Loop Project construction on Weidler, MLK, and Grand that is set to begin this Tuesday (1/4) and last for four weeks.

The work zone will be on NE Weidler from N. Ross to NE 1st Ave (see detour map below)s. For four weeks, NE Weidler will be narrowed to two vehicle lanes and, according to Portland Streetcar, “Due to the narrow roadway conditions, the bike lane on NE Weidler must be removed.”
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Observing the track straddle phenomenon on NW Lovejoy

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

To avoid driving on streetcar tracks, most people opt to straddle them, which causes them to drive on and/or in the bike lane.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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66cm ? yellow handlebars? : ) ?

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Year: ?
Brand: ?
Model: yellow handlebars? : )
Stolen in Portland, OR 97211
Stolen From: Killingsworth MAX station
Neighborhood: hmm
Owner: nick littlejohn
Reward: xlnt karma
Description: red and silver 66cm mens road bike with upturned yellow handlebars and cool loca stickers : )
Police record with: Portland
Police reference#: T10008904
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Frans Pauwels: Founding Father of Portland Bicycle Racing

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

[This article was written by Kelly Dodd. It first appeared in the June 2010 issue of Jan Heine’s Bicycle Quarterly magazine and is being published here with the author’s permission. We are extremely grateful for the opportunity to share this historical account of a Portland bicycling pioneer, devoted advocate, and legendary bike racer.]

Frans Pauwels
Founding Father of Portland Bicycle Racing

by Kelly Dodd

Frans Pauwels and his father Rudolph after he won a
100-mile road race in Antwerp, Belgium.
(Photos courtesy Kelly Dodd)

Inside the front door of the bike shop is a wall of old photos, many depicting a handsome racer covered in dirt and sweat, holding a victory bouquet. There is a glass case displaying medals, ribbons, plaques, and awards – evidence of a long and successful bike racing career. “This is just a tiny fraction of my Dad’s trophies,” says Dirk Pauwels.
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City moves forward with planning for Sullivan’s Gulch Trail

Wednesday, December 29th, 2010

Parks Bureau map of proposed alignment for the Sullivan’s Gulch Trail.

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