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Mayor Hales pedals to work and makes a coffee-shop campaign stop

Posted by on September 14th, 2015 at 9:16 am

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Mayor Hales shows off his new helmet Monday morning.
It’s patterned after the Portland flag.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Two weeks after his first bike commute on the job, Portland Mayor Charlie Hales was back in the saddle this morning and ready for coffee with constituents at Ford Food & Drink at Southeast Division and 11th.

The inner-southeast hangout — which is in eyeshot of the new Tilikum Crossing, at once the newest asset to the city’s transport system and a $30 million factor in its transportation funding challenges — shares a building with Nutcase Helmets. The local company’s founder Michael Morrow was on hand to offer Hales a customized model from Nutcase’s new Portlander series.

Hales and his wife, Nancy (a frequent bike commuter to her own job), chatted with a handful of commuters and Nutcase employees.

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Hales Digital Media Director Sara Hottman said the entourage had met a family on the way in from the Hales’ Eastmoreland home who were concerned about the lack of bike infrastructure on inner Holgate, which they said was part of the route to their child’s school.

Hottman said Hales will be in touch with the family by email and plans to check the problem it out on his next monthly bike commute.

“Seems like something we need to work on,” Hales said.

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I warned the mayor that he might get some grief in this town for using a cable lock. “But I like cable locks,” he replied. Nancy Hales said it was because they’d misplaced the keys to their U-locks.

After 45 minutes at Ford, the group was ready to head across Tilikum Crossing, which seems likely to be the Hales’ most direct bike route into downtown.

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Obviously Hales’ bike-commuting regimen may be motivated in part by next year’s newly competitive election. If it is, that’s great news. Giving our leaders an incentive to experience the city the way the rest of us do is exactly how democracy is supposed to work.

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ethan
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ethan

Using a cable lock to attach a bike to an illegal parking spot (what appears to be a street sign).

It doesn’t look like he values his bike very much. Perhaps the police should teach him a lesson by issuing him a ticket and confiscating the bike.

Editor’s note: To be clear, we’re not aware of any law against attaching bikes to street signs. Would love to know if we’re missing something. -MA

wsbob
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wsbob

Nice helmet design. Yesterday at the Bike Beaverton community ride, a kid was wearing the nutcase watermelon design lid…looked great. Glad you got the word from Nancy Hales suggesting they do actually use U-locks instead of those thief invitation cable locks.

Wondering how the mayor will find his experience with the east and west side connections to the Tillicum bridgeheads that a number of people have been expressing concern and frustration over, in comments to bikeportland stories.

The more that city leaders, elected officials and so on, get first hand experience riding bikes on city streets, the better. Again, out in Beaverton yesterday, Beaverton’s mayor Doyle was out for the ride, which is a short, neighborhood ride rather than a city traffic environment ride, nevertheless, mayors willing to make that type of connection with the people they represent is very good to see.

caesar
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caesar

Can’t wait to read what Bike Snob NYC says about this.

I am not qualified to comment on Mayor Hales’ policies, given my ignorance of local politics (I’m new here…). But he needs to get a new helmet if he expects to win a re-electon. Michael Dukakis made a similar
mistake (totally SFW) way back in ’88 and he lost big-time to Bush the Elder.

Mayor Hales, Sir, you need something more pointy, more aero, more aggressive for your head.

John Cooper
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John Cooper

I’m not yet a very experienced bicyclist and I’m looking to be educated here, so please be kind. What’s wrong with using a cable lock? When I bike somewhere to meet friends, it can be really hard finding a dedicated bike rack that isn’t completely full up, and finding alternatives where a U-lock would work is hard, too. A cable lock provides a lot more flexibility. (I didn’t even know hooking up to the street sign was illegal.)

Also, why the hostile undertone to ethan’s comment? When an incumbent mayor bikes to work, why wish him misfortune for it?

drew
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drew

Good to see our mayor riding a bike!
I had trouble keeping track of bike lock keys too. Now I use a combo U-lock

Mark
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Mark

He could have simply held a campaign stop at any bike light on the west side Tillicum connection. Plenty of time while waiting.

TonyT
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Tony T

“But I like cable locks.”

– Every bike thief

nuovorecord
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nuovorecord

“But I like cable locks,” said every bike thief in Portland.

Bret
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Bret

Will nutcase give me a free helmet too or is that offer for public officials only?

Jessie
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Jessie

He has a cute smile – he’s got that “bikey face” thing going on. And I like the helmet. And I’m THRILLED he’s riding his bike to work, at all, ever. It’s a step in the right direction. And it’s great publicity for the bike world. And yes, the cable lock is a set up for a lost bike. But, he’ll learn! I hope he reads the article listed in today’s Monday Roundup about what makes a good/bad lock. I learned a lot from it.

Bald One
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Bald One

Hopefully the Mayor can add some heft to the problems surrounding SE Holgate Blvd from SE 28th to SE Milwaukee. Many safety issues, many problems for peds/cyclists. Many issues surrounding the international freight moving industry using these local streets to garner high profits for far off corporations and foreign businesses.

They have built the Orange Line, now if they could figure out how to get people across the UPRR Brooklyn yard to access it.

SE Holgate bridge over the UPRR needs new, wider sidewalks, utility pole removal, barriers separating cars from the sidewalks, access improvements to the East side of this bridge at 26th, 28th and consideration for speed control, traffic enforcement and calming, etc. This area is not a safe part of town to be on foot or on bike.

Terry D-M
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Terry D-M

Inner Holgate Bikeway is project #70033 on the Transportation Systems Plan, budget of $2 million and would construct a bikeway from McLaughlin to Caesar Chavez. It is projected out in the 11-20 year timeline.

https://www.portlandmaps.com/bps/mapapp/maps.html#mapTheme=tsp

My personal viewpoint is that building a MAX station at 17th and Holgate with Reed college and elementary schools nearby without this project was irresponsible on PBOT’s part. There is no other “bike friendly” crossing for two miles between ByBee and Powell over the railroad tracks. The double elevator of the new bridge doesn’t count. It should have been included in the orange line construction.

Matt
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Sounds like the Mayor experienced the same problem I have in the past. Losing the key to your lock is a major hassle and wastes valuable time. I grew tired of always searching for a key to my locks. So, I invented a product that kept my lock and key together. Check it out at http://www.LockLanyard.com
Great for u-locks as well as many other locks. Great for bicycle commuters!

Ted Buehler
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Good to see Mayor Hales out on his bike again.

If you like his new commute pattern and want to give him an electronic high-five — or if you want to tell him about any pressing issues you may have — his contact info is on his website.
https://www.portlandoregon.gov/mayor/60975

Ted Buehler

Brian
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Brian

That remains to be seen…..

mark
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mark

Even if it’s window dressing, I applaud the mayor for at least pretending to care about bicycling on personal level. Walk the walk…so to speak.

Ethan, it’s irresponsible to write what you did..something that can be copied and read for years. I encourage you, or the mods, to delete it.

Adam Herstein
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Adam Herstein

Great that Mayor Hales is riding more — even if just for publicity. I hope this gives him a better perspective on bike issues.

Jeff M
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Jeff M

I almost could not care less what his motivations are. It is good for the public’s perception of biking if they see the mayor doing it, it’s good to raise public awareness, and it is good for him to better understand infrastructure issues. If he also gets publicity out of it, then great. Maybe that will encourage other politicians to do it.

Mark
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Mark