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Summer stops by for a weekend, and Portland explodes with bikes

Posted by on April 19th, 2015 at 9:03 am

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Hard to argue with.
(Photo from Yuriy Mikitchenko via Instagram)

One of the best things I did when I started writing for BikePortland a couple years ago was to use Tweetdeck to create a live feed of people in the Portland area who use the word “bike” or “bicycle” on their social media.

A day like Saturday really lights that list up. Here’s a sampling, roughly in chronological order through the day.

#Portland where even the bikes have bike racks.

A photo posted by Marziah Karch (@haizram) on

My last bike ride with Robyn Woodman at Firebrand before she leaves for Europe!

A photo posted by @byronbeck on

Ready for another bike ride! #family #picnic #pdx #waterfrontpark

A photo posted by KK LaFournaise (@kk_lafournaise) on

Perfect bike riding weather. Ended up at Tilt. #PDX #springtime

A photo posted by Yuriy Mikitchenko (@ymikitchenko) on

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Had a nice bike ride today.

A photo posted by Yeah Right (@sarcasticfont) on

Mountain Biking on a warm spring day #mountainbiking #biking #outdoors #oregon #portland #trek#trekbikes#mud#mudfun

A photo posted by Derek Salvus (@derekesalvus) on

And my favorite:

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Adam H.
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Adam H.

Yesterday’s weather was lovely. Went for a nice ride along the Springwater Corridor.

maccoinnich
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Really nice post Michael.

peejay
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peejay

Even the mayor and his wife went for a bike ride yesterday! Was it the sunny day? Was it a response to the #notplatinum petition? I don’t know or care; I just like to see people out there riding!

Anne Hawley
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Anne Hawley

Gosh, I’d better make a point of using the word “bike” more on Twitter. 😀

That last one was my favorite too.

Tony H
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Tony H

My daughter is visiting from Colorado. We all rode our bikes to dinner last night, and then rode somewhere else for dessert. It really felt like summer, biking home after 9:00. Just perfect!

Scott B
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Scott B

After a week of #nobikeyuckiness this last week got out and went Food carting and had some delicious chicken dishes – Ramen, Rice and Soup plus a delicious froyo sundae!

Felt positively awesome!

Gonna have to add a #Foodcartbiking tag to my social media!!!

Karl Moritz
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Karl Moritz

Hello all PDX bikers, I
hope all finds you and yours well? So I took my new hand crafted bike out for a spin in the beautiful sunny weather yesterday, OMG what a awesome day to be out for a spin in Beautiful Portland, Oregon!

I would like to share a personal story about me finishing up an idea that I had in building a custom bicycle. I am calling the article Art Therapy: “My Self Propelled Dream Machine”. If you can find a moment to read my article, that would be grand! Also note that this post is in an International Cycling Publication so I hope to get a lot to eye to see me before, during and after life change. I know that I have sent out something like this before but not in Cycling Perspective.

Okay enough said; here is a link to my story and bike build.

http://cyclingperspective.com/art-therapy-my-self-propelled-dream-machine/

Cheers > Karl

karl d
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karl d

it was a great weekend https://instagram.com/p/1qs20KxZTL

Wells
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Wells

The thinking, “Perhaps a congestion charge on freeways and bridges in/out of the city peak hours,” a regular recently posted, I’d argue could become counter-productive several ways. Portland’s model of urban transport should continue to inspire and teach visitors/residents during “off-peak hours” when most US cities continue gridlocked chaos.

As for new bike pathways supposedly not measuring up to other US cities, I’d argue are mostly recreational trails that do NOT succeed in their urban environs as well as Portland. This unfortunately is the off-road biker mindset: Bicyles are recreation, NOT an essential mode of urban/suburban travel. IOW, recreation is more important than the essentials.

Coming soon: Sowa and Selwa westside bridges and pathways added to Bridge Pedal. It doesn’t get more Worldclass than that. How many
off-roaders make that ride? Answer: a smallish percentage?
Sorry if this seems a rude complaint, again, but I’ve had it with rudely fast bikers also putting safety lower on their list of priorities.
A forest Preserve should preserve its nature, not ours.

(still waiting on an official review of Plan B for Bertha
recently submitted to city, state and federal agencies)

Brad
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Brad

Saturday, my wife and I did a 28-mile round trip ride from our apartment to Kelly Point Park. Beautiful day for a ride.

Dan
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Dan

All this talk about mountain biking finally inspired me to take my 9-year-old out on the trails. Of course, I had to drive 30 minutes west to Stub Stewart to do it, but we had a great time. We shared the trail with walkers, bikers, and even a nice lady on horseback, none of whom seemed to be frightened by our presence. Seems to me that all of the fuss about sharing trails is mostly unfounded.

Brian
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Brian

I drove out to Post Canyon in Hood River to ride some amazing trails. Then Double Mountain afterwards for some post-ride refreshments and sandwiches.

Barbara Kilts
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Barbara Kilts

We did a lovely ride across the river from downtown Vancouver out to Frenchman’s Bar park and out to the end of Old River Road. On the way back, we saw and waved at a friend zipping along on his bike. Later that evening, we saw him at the ‘Inspired to Ride’ screening of the film made about last year’s TransAm Race. He had just finished a 190 mile ride since he’s training for this year’s TransAm Race. The movie was fantastic and the Portland crowd was off-the-hook enthusiastic! Yes, welcome Summer!

BikeEverywhere
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BikeEverywhere

Lewis and Clark State Park to Cascade Locks and back again. Sixty-three beautiful miles and, you betcha, we were wearing Lycra.