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People on Bikes: The Williams Ave bike corridor

Posted by on October 12th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Welcome to the latest installment of People on Bikes.

Yesterday on the way home from work I stopped on the bustling North Williams Avenue bikeway. The images below are just a sampling of what I saw in about 15 minutes. Not surprisingly, I noticed a lot of people riding quite fast. This location was actually one of the more difficult ones to photograph because I had to pan and focus much more quickly than other places. I think people’s high speeds have something to do with the design of the street. Riding on Williams can feel hectic and stressful because of the narrow bike lane, the door zone, and all the fast car and bike traffic swooping by.

There’s a project lined up that should make bicycling on Williams more pleasant. It was supposed to be implemented already; but a lengthy public process resulted in a larger and more costly project, so PBOT has applied for a federal grant which they’re still waiting to hear back about.

With the rain pouring down right now, I also thought these images would be fun to share as they might be the last time we’ll see dry and sunny streets for a while. Check the out below, and I even included a little bonus for your dog lovers 😉 …

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People on Bikes - Williams Ave-32

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Joe
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Joe

ha, dude with a cig in his mouth.. awesome! love that almost everyone smiling while riding dont get that with cars.

Syzlak
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Syzlak

#11 and #16 are twins?

Anthony
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Anthony

Ha, love the one of the guy eating. And I will never understand the preponderance of backpacks. At least they’re all wearing their helmets correctly this time…

jram
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jram

Number 25 looks awesome. Hand and foot power? Sweet.

Patrick
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Patrick

You’re getting REAL GOOD at those pan shots, Jonathan–well done.

Richard Allan
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Richard Allan

Beautiful, Jonathan. Thanks for a photo record of biking on the last day of a record stretch of dry weather!

scaryseth
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scaryseth

Thanks for another great people on bikes!
3 How can you ride like that with the drops and brakes facing that way, ouch. Looks very happy though.
6 eating dude, needs some air in those tires, wont talk about the angle of the rack 😉
15 Think is my favorite. The doggie in back looks happy and the look on the guys face looks like he is making and engine sound.

Paul in the 'couve
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Paul in the 'couve

#25 – NICE!!!! I want one, wife already says no – or sell some bikes first

#33 – catalog cover material – BSNYC might make that the new face of PDX

#3 #10 #14 #15 & #25 all smiling – 🙂 have fun!

#30 at first glance – “Is that Barack Obama?”

David
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David

MORE!!!

Rick
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Rick

A lotta attitude from #33. That is a cool shot. That one should make you some bucks somewhere.

Chris I
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Chris I

#33 is so awesome in so many ways.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Fixies rule, viz. #33!

Charlie Burr
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I had just gotten my Raleigh (#10) back from Metropolis — and back from the brink after a neighbor left it on the curb — so very cool to see it here. Thanks, Jonathan!

jim
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jim

As allways you have a talent for great photo’s

DIMcyclist
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DIMcyclist

#33 is truly an archetype. It would definitely move copy, were it a magazine cover.

steve
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steve

Sad. Only one who does not need a new bike or a fitting is #27

Tom
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Tom

don’t see how #14 can even reach brakes ? or shift …if an emergency stop ?…no way.

maxadders
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maxadders

So many bikes…so many inflated egos.

Ted Buehler
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Great shots, good to see Portlanders riding bikes, enjoying those fabulous sunny first two weeks of October.

bob
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bob

25% Trek

Travis Fulton
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Travis Fulton

I love these photo series posts, even with all the “YOU’RE DOING IT WRONG” comments.

Ed
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Ed

not one Cannondale 🙁

larry english
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larry english

that isn;t portland – how is it not raining?
wle

Sam J
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Love these pictures. This is what it’s all about. People going places. Not so much their machines (even the more interesting ones). People.

Fred Lifton
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Fred Lifton

People do ride Williams fast. It’s like the Cat 6 proving ground of PDX. Makes it hard for me to stick with my “no hammering on commutes” rule.

Joe
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Joe

Almost time to get some rain action shots. haha

Bill Stites
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#25 hand and foot cranked bike is owned – and ridden there – by Jane. Pretty sure the cranks are synchronized, that is, not independently rotatable.
These are incredibly difficult to ride. Note the steering pivot just under the front of the seat, connecting rear green and front yellow frames. Every time you apply any power input it affects the steering, such that you must learn to counter this effect in your pedal and arm strokes … good luck with that … yet people do that – and unicycles – all the time.
Hard to tell from the photo, but I think she’s rocking a Rohloff here.

There is an interesting predecessor to this design – the ‘manuped’. Twas designed and patented in the 70’s, I think in the Eugene area. One big difference is that the manuped had the pedal crank going THROUGH the front wheel hub, but didn’t drive the wheel directly – chain came up from the crank on the left side, drove an intermediate hub [which also rec’d the chain from the hand crank]. This one did have INDEPENDENTLY rotatable cranks – OMG I couldn’t even roll down a hill clutching the hand crank and not pedaling … maybe 3X tougher than Jane’s!
Friend of mine “Manuped Fred” won the world IHPVA speed championships in ’79 and ’80 on one, IIRC.

I think Dave Levy of TiCycles built her this crazy bike. And you thought he just built titanium diamond frames. 😉