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The BikePortland Podcast will now take your questions

Posted by on December 18th, 2013 at 2:43 pm

As Jonathan wrote last month, BikePortland is continuing to pick its way around a new medium: audio. And with our big production-quality upgrade this month (thanks to Brock at Sprocket Studios) we’re kicking off a new tradition: a year-end question-and-answer show.

Here’s how it works: You ask us something (anything) about something that happened in 2013, and if we have time, we answer it.

We’ll take questions about transportation policy, projects, culture, media, the site itself, life, whatever. Drop a comment below, tweet it to @bikeportland or shoot us an email: podcast@bikeportland.org, we’re taping midday Friday, and it should be a good time.

NOTE: We love your comments and work hard to ensure they are productive, considerate, and welcoming of all perspectives. Disagreements are encouraged, but only if done with tact and respect. If you see a mean or inappropriate comment, please contact us and we'll take a look at it right away. Thank you — Jonathan

  • Cory Poole December 18, 2013 at 3:27 pm

    Whats the deal with the sellwood gap? will the springwater trail ever be complete? ( sorry if not from this years news. )

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  • Mike December 18, 2013 at 3:29 pm

    Will you be featuring a lycra-clad rebuttal to that insightful piece by BP’s Lifestyle Columnist?

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    • q`Tzal December 19, 2013 at 9:34 am

      Officially sanctioned flame wars: just what we need.

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  • Scott December 18, 2013 at 4:32 pm

    Peter Higgs and Francois Englert were awarded the 2013 Nobel Prize for theories and research related to the discovery of the Higgs-Boson, or ‘God Particle’. Yet Stephen Hawking stated that physics would be far more interesting without the discovery of the God Particle. Why would one of the finest minds of humanity find one of the biggest discoveries in physics to be a thumbs down for physics? Was the Nobel Prize for physics erroneously awarded this year?

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    • q`Tzal December 19, 2013 at 6:15 pm

      Did you actually want an answer to that?

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      • Scott December 20, 2013 at 2:55 pm

        Do you actually want an answer to this?

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        • Michael Andersen (News Editor)
          Michael Andersen (News Editor) December 20, 2013 at 3:48 pm

          Oh, we did. 🙂

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          • Scott December 23, 2013 at 1:00 pm

            I would find an educated discussion on physics much more interesting than one on transportation.

            Everyone knows that a plan for infrastructure that accommodates all transportation methods is the best plan. How could inclusion be bad policy?

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    • Mike December 20, 2013 at 2:32 pm

      Hawking isn’t always right. Read “The Black Hole War” by Stanford’s Leonard Susskind to find out more…

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      • Scott December 20, 2013 at 2:56 pm

        No one is always right. My question was not based on him being right or wrong though.

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  • Justin Morton December 18, 2013 at 10:15 pm

    Will the city of Portland ever sacrifice on-street parking for a protected bike lanes. And if yes, when. 1 year, 5 years, 10 years.

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  • Daniel L December 19, 2013 at 9:42 am

    During his campaign, and at the beginning of the year when he took over control of all the Bureaus Charlie Hales shifted PBOT’s priority to street maintenance with a goal of repaving or repairing 100 miles of street. This was a direct shift from Sam Adams’, at least publicly stated, priority for PBOT of “safety first.” So has this shift affected how safe Portland’s streets are, especially for active modes? Are there safety oriented projects that have been delayed, or not even started due to this priority and budget shit?

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  • Martin December 19, 2013 at 9:43 am

    I sense that support for new bike projects is not as strong as it was a few years ago. Can you comment on some of the developments that have contributed to this apparent shift and give a summary of the current state of bicycling in Portland compared to 5 or 10 years ago?

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  • Martin December 19, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Would the proposed initiative to take control of the water system from the city government have any effect on funding for bike projects?

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  • Aaronf December 19, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Great idea!

    what have been the most positive impacts of the addition of Michael Andersen? How do y’all complement each other’s strengths & weaknesses?
    What was the biggest story of the year? Why?
    What story didn’t receive the attention you think it deserved?
    What did you learn re: all Asians look alike, upon reflection?

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  • Bjorn December 19, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Do you think that the fact that it seems like every time someone tries to build an apartment building, even one that meets all aspects of zoning for the site it is being built, a neighborhood association of lawyers seems to spring up to fight it is discouraging denser housing from being built within the city? Also is continuing to fight even when concessions are made discouraging developers from trying to work with neighbors. I’d cite as an example the nice mixed use building being built in beaumont on fremont. The neighborhood wanted retail amongst other things and although not required the developer changed his plans to add retail, but even with the concessions he made, adn even though the building appears close to done there is a neighborhood group trying to use some kind of appeals process to prevent the construction. Is it even possible to force someone to tear down a building that conformed to all city codes and is already built after the fact?

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  • buny December 19, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    How do you make a tall bike in gtav?

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  • q`Tzal December 19, 2013 at 6:20 pm

    An episode with an interview with atraffic engineer who can speak as an authoritative advocate for the “shared space” concept pioneered by Hans Monderman.

    An episode going briefly over the CarFree City concepts and how we could try to implement some of them in real life.

    If you’re gonna dream, dream big.

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  • AndyC of Linnton December 20, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Specific to 2013, I guess I’m interested in the discussion of Cement road regarding it’s important place in the North Portland Greenway. The interaction between the mayor and businesses there, and what it takes to garner relationships like this for the benefit of the community. Also interested in the “alternate” routes suggested for this gap, which could lead to a discussion of non-connection, and these zig-zagging routes in general(like the Foster plan of late).
    Can’t wait to listen, thanks!

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  • Rex Marx December 20, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Is there any plan to make a bike trial from Lake Oswego to downtown? There is an old rail line that would be a straight shot. I would love to see this converted to either light rail or a bike trail. Oh, and the real need is there as the trail through the cemetery is steep and a little creepy.

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  • ralph December 20, 2013 at 11:22 am

    Should limited dollars for bike infrastructure go to shoulders on direct routes for fearless commuters who will make good use of it, or to meandering paths that ‘families’ will maybe use?

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  • Last of the Mohicans December 22, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    Curious to know what became of Emily’s cargo bike, has it ever been found?

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