Archive for September, 2014

A remembrance of Cathy Hastie, through the stories she shared with us

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014
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Cathy Hastie, 1969-2014: lifelong Portlander, self-powered
commuter, daughter, wife, mom and (for one constantly
interesting year) BikePortland’s lifestyle columnist.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

Publisher’s note: Cathy Hastie, a regular columnist here on BikePortland for the last year, passed away yesterday after a fight with cancer.


The email arrived with a chime at 9:16 in the morning.

“I have been wanting to be more involved in something I believe in and couldn’t quite decide what, until I saw your publication mentioned in Street Roots. Do you need articles? editing? How can I be useful (without dedicating my entire life to your cause?)”

That was two and a half years ago. I was trying to heave my odd little magazine about low-car life from a one-person project into a team production, and generally saying yes to every offer available. So I and the woman, whose name was Cathy Hastie, scheduled a Sunday brainstorm at the Starbucks in Hollywood.

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Job: Accounting Supervisor – Chris King Precision Components – FILLED

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

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Job Title
Accounting Supervisor

Chris King Precision Components

Job Description
Chris King Precision Components, local manufacturer of bicycle components, is looking for an Accounting Supervisor to head our Accounting department. The role of this position is to direct financial activities and accounting practices; conduct relationships with lending institutions and the financial community; maintain fiscal records and prepare financial reports. The position involves supervision over general accounting, property accounting, internal auditing, cost and accrual accounting as well as developing budgetary controls.

Qualifications include, but are not limited to: Bachelors or higher degree in Accounting or equivalent experience with 3+ years in progressively responsible accounting roles. Knowledge of basic accounting principles, including accrual accounting, auditing and troubleshooting as well as understanding of tax planning and regulatory compliance with all federal, state and local corporate, payroll and other applicable taxes. Prior experience working for a mid-sized manufacturing company is required. Experience with manufacturing software is a plus.

Pay: DOE
Benefits include, but are not limited to:
• Paid Time Off
• 7 Paid Holidays per year
• Company sponsored medical, vision, short-term, long-term and life insurance
• Section 125-plan participation eligibility
• 401K with match
• Commuter Credits for using alternative transportation
• Employee Purchase Program

How to Apply
If you are passionate about what you do and are interested in working hard for a progressive company that you can believe in, we just might have something for you. To apply for a position, send a cover letter and resume by directly emailing Please, send resumes in the body (text) of the email. No attachments will be opened. Visit our website for more information: We are a drug free environment and an equal opportunity employer.

As engineering starts on 20s Bikeway, a few pieces are still shifting

Monday, September 29th, 2014
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City traffic engineer Jamie Jeffrey discusses options for the 20s Bikeway design in May.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The final plans are coming together for the first on-street bike connection between Portland’s northern and southern borders.

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Portland-based ‘Cylo’ aims for first production run

Monday, September 29th, 2014
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Eric Duvauchelle on his Cylo One prototype. The base model, which will be built in Portland, will retail for $1,900.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

A new Portland-based bike brand is trying to presell its first model in order to take a crucial next step in its evolution. Eric Duvauchelle, co-founder of Cylo, has self-funded his company since it launched this past April. Now he needs to find 50 people that want his Cylo One city bike — and with those orders he plans to make the first production batch.
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The Monday Roundup: Reclaiming street play, bad parking shaming and more

Monday, September 29th, 2014

A Northeast Portland neighborhood greenway.
(Photo: M.Andersen)

Here are the bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Reclaiming street play: After part of Edinburgh set a 20 mph speed limit on residential and major shopping streets, the percentage of kids allowed to play on the sidewalk or street jumped from 31 percent to 66 percent (PDF).

Bad parking shaming: Some Toronto residents have been keeping rolls of stickers in their pockets that say “I parked in a bike lane.”

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Comment of the Week: The Four Types of Bikeways

Friday, September 26th, 2014
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Which type?
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Most BikePortlanders probably know the Four Types of Bicyclists, a concept sketched out by Portland’s bicycle planning coordinator, outed on this site eight years ago, and road-tested by a Portland State University professor in 2012.

But what if we turned this concept on its head and divided the bikeways of the world into four types, too?

That’s the intriguing idea from reader “Alan 1.0,” who speculated in a comment this morning that 60 percent of Portland bike routes work for “strong and fearless” bikers while about 1 percent of Portland bike routes work for just about everybody.

Here’s his comment:
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Careless Driving citation issued in collision that killed Kerry Kunsman

Friday, September 26th, 2014

Kerry Kunsman (1947-2014).
(Photo from his blog)

The Oregon State Police announced today that the man who drove his truck into Kerry Kunsman on September 19th as he rode his bike on Highway 131, has been issued two citations.

Frank Bohannon, 74, has been cited for Careless Driving (ORS 811.135(3)) and Driving While Suspended. Prior to this decision, the OSP says they conferred with the Tillamook County District Attorney’s Office and decided there will be no additional criminal charges. Additional penalties will be triggered because Bohannon’s actions resulted in the death of a “vulnerable roadway user.”
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Local bike shops as important as infrastructure?

Friday, September 26th, 2014
North Portland Bikeworks new location-2-1

Bike shops are a key piece of biking’s future. But are we selling them short?
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Should advocates for bicycling consider retail bike shops as something more than just a place to hang out and buy stuff? What if we thought of them as being so imperative to the cycling revolution that we fought for them and promoted them with as much urgency and fervor as a major piece of new bike infrastructure?
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New TriMet path carves better route to South Waterfront, but PSU link still awkward

Thursday, September 25th, 2014
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The wide sidewalk along SW Naito Parkway between Lincoln and Harrison.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Thanks to TriMet’s nearly completed Orange Line, the main bike route to the South Waterfront got smoother this week.

But as we discussed in a post last week, there are still significant complications with the bike connections to Portland State University that could have been solved if it had been possible to run a bike/walk/skate path on the new MAX viaduct.

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A how-to guide for the ultimate carfree Crater Lake rim ride

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Let’s hear it for Oregon’s National Parks Service staff and Travel Oregon. They’ve made carfree Crater Lake a reality. And it is good.
(Photos by Rebecca Hamilton)

As we mentioned in the Weekend Event Guide, Saturday is the last day this year to experience a carfree ride around Crater Lake. Contributor Rebecca Hamilton experienced it last week and has some tips to share.

Crater Lake National Park will host its last carfree day of 2014 this Saturday, September 27th. Although the West Rim Drive will remain open to motorized vehicles, the East Rim Drive’s 24 miles (of the 33-mile loop) around the caldera rim are yours to enjoy on foot or two wheels without a single stop sign or RV along the way.
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