Archive for January, 2014

Sunday Parkways contract gives birth to new bike event production company

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Two of the 870 Sunday Parkways volunteers in 2013.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

There’s a new bike event promotion company in town: Axiom Event Productions. While their name isn’t familiar, you surely know about their biggest client so far — the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways events.

Axiom was conceived last fall by a veteran of the local bike scene, Neal Armstrong. You might recall Armstrong for his work as event and volunteer manager at the non-profit Community Cycling Center that earned him the Skidmore Prize in 2007. After his stint at the CCC, Armstrong spent over four years with Good Sport Promotion, a well-known local company that puts on popular events like the Worst Day of the Year Ride, Tour de Lab, Portland Century, and others.
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orange Bianchi 80s or 90s

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Year: 80s or 90s
Brand: Bianchi
Stolen in Portland, OR 97206
Stolen From: The back yard of my house just off 50th and Powell.
Neighborhood: Richmond
Owner: Nicholas Hall
OwnerEmail: nick( atsign )
Reward: $500
Description: Orange frame with blue Bianchi decal and orange and blue Obama sticker.

Cruiser-style ‘montmartre’ handlebars with bar-end brake levers and cross-style levers on the lower part of the bars near the stem.

Black grips, toe clips, and leather Selle ‘turbo’ saddle.

The wheels were on with locking skewers.

Vintage Campagnolo rear derailer on a hub with only four or five cogs.
Police record with: Portland PD
Police reference#: 148895
This registrant has documented proof of ownership of this bike

Impressions and photos of ‘Cycle City’ exhibit at Portland Children’s Museum

Friday, January 31st, 2014
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Tracing bikes and a bike felt board are just
two of the fun things to do at the Cycle City exhibit.

Last night my family and I had the opportunity to preview the Cycle City: A Spin on Bikes exhibit that opens today at the Portland Children’s Museum up in Washington Park.

The exhibit marks a milestone for the museum as it’s the first of their rotating exhibits they actually dreamed up and built themselves (instead of simply purchasing something turn-key). It says a lot about both the museum’s leadership/staff and about Portland culture in general that, when given the first opportunity to create their own exhibit, they decided it should have a bicycle theme.
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Jobs of the Week

Friday, January 31st, 2014

Winter is traditionally the slowest time in the bike industry; but you wouldn’t know that by all the jobs posted to our Job Listings lately. Check out the latest opportunities via the links below…

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Biking matters most to lowest-income local households, new data shows

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

34% of Portland-area bike commuters come from the poorest 25% of local working households.
Source: Census Transportation Planning Projects. Chart by BikePortland.

Last week, we shared some new Census data showing that people who bike to work in Portland have quicker commutes than you might expect. This week, let’s look at a different question: who bikes?[Read more…]

Scofflaws abound on local freeways: Police make 452 stops in five hours

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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Many law-breakers among them.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Just how much do people break the law when they drive on local freeways? A lot.

This fact is usually hidden from public eye for one main reason: Local law enforcement agencies simply don’t have the human resources to stop all the people who break the law. They are underfunded and understaffed. Dangerous driving and blatant disregard for Oregon traffic law is so common that police officers are forced to stop only the most egregious violators.

It’s only when law enforcement agencies do targeted enforcement missions that the full picture of lawlessness emerges.
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Job: Warranty Technician – Chris King Precision Components – FILLED

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Sorry. This job has been filled.

Job Title
Warranty Technician

Company/OrganizationJob Description
Chris King Precision Components™, manufacturer of precision bicycle components and Cielo Cycles, is seeking qualified applicants for a Warranty Technician position to serve as a technical resource to the company regarding general bike knowledge along with completing customer product warranty requests. Responsibilities include: diagnosing and repair/refurbishing returned products for warranty work as well as completing related paperwork. Interacting with our sales team and customers to provide technical guidance related to our products (using email, phone and occasionally in-person). Warranty Technicians are relied on to provide suggestions regarding product issues based on feedback from the market and cycling trends. This position also provides general bike maintenance support to King employees and maintains inventory of parts and tools used for service.

Ideal candidates have 3-5 years experience as a bicycle mechanic, strong customer service skills and possess excellent mechanical aptitude. Detailed component knowledge is required. The position requires the ability to sit and stand for several hours, use hands and fingers to work on small parts and identify subtle color variations between parts.

The successful applicant will be team oriented, eager to learn, enthusiastic and have a strong commitment to the community, the environment and excellence in general.

How to Apply
Please furnish a letter of interest and resume in the body of an e-mail to (no attachments will be accepted). A drug free environment and equal opportunity employer. Visit our website at

Report and photos from test ride of Organic Transit’s ELF trike

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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Organic Transit CEO and Founder Rob Cotter inside the ELF during a test ride event in Portland on Tuesday.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s not a bike and it’s not a car, but the ELF trike is quickly finding fans in Portland who are looking for something in between.

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The event drew a good crowd —
some who arrived by bike, others by car.

Organic Transit, the North Carolina-based company that makes the ELF solar and pedal-powered trike, just wrapped up three busy days of test rides (two days in Troutdale and one day in Portland). I dropped by the test ride event Tuesday on the eastbank of the Willamette River near the Hawthorne Bridge to take a closer look, meet the company’s founder and CEO Rob Cotter, and get people’s impressions of these interesting vehicles.

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Weekend Event Guide: Cycle City, Sects, Caddyshack and more

Thursday, January 30th, 2014
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Join Bike Temple’s Monogamous Sects ride
for a closer look at a local Lutheran church.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to our Weekend Event Guide sponsored by Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Yes, the rain is back, but the weekend forecast doesn’t look half-bad. There might even been a bit of sunshine.

As for rides and events, things are a bit quiet by Portland’s usual standards; but there are still some really fun things to do on (and off) your bike. Have a look below and start planning your weekend…

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BTA up for national ‘Bicycling Magazine People’s Choice’ advocacy award

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

The addition of those three words into a funding
bill are a major success story for the BTA.

The Portland-based Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is up for a Bicycling Magazine People’s Choice Advocacy Award. The awards, promoted by the magazine in partnership with the Alliance for Biking & Walking, will be given to one of ten finalists who gets the most votes in an online poll made public yesterday.

The BTA has been recognized for their work with the Oregon legislature to pass a major change to the Oregon Department of Transportation’s (ODOT) ConnectOregon transportation funding program. For its first four years of existence, this state lottery-backed funding source, also known as the Multimodal Transportation Fund, was open to just about every “non-highway” transportation mode except bicycling and walking. That glaring omission was corrected last year when Senate Bill 260 was passed into law. [Read more…]