Join us Monday to learn about the history of Portland bicycling

Posted by on April 22nd, 2016 at 2:23 pm

Bike transportation is essential to the future of Portland. But every year it also becomes more and more a part of Portland’s history.

At a free event next week, a local biking writer and three Oregon biking advocates will meet up at a brewpub to talk about the history of biking in Portland — both its early heyday in the 1890s and the modern renaissance that began around 1970.

First, Portland author April Streeter (of Women on Wheels and Treehugger) will talk about seven “unforgettable characters who have shaped Portland’s bike culture,” going back to the 1800s.

Then Mychal Tetteh of the Community Cycling Center, Rob Sadowsky of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Steve Schulz of Cycle Oregon will join a panel about the movement’s modern history. I’ll be moderating.

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The event is part of the History Pub series sponsored by the Holy Names Heritage Center, Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins. It’ll be held at the McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 25. Doors open at 6 p.m.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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    9watts April 22, 2016 at 3:14 pm

    Rev Phil? Carl Larson? Jonathan Maus? Earl Blumenauer? Bud Clark?

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    Dave April 22, 2016 at 4:52 pm

    Frans Pauwels?

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    Josh G April 22, 2016 at 5:04 pm

    What happened to Eric Lungren’s forthcoming book on Portland/Oregon bike history? All his BP posts are linked here: https://fortunaerota.wordpress.com/press/

    http://www.cts.pdx.edu/pdf/lundgren_PSUSeminar_113007.pdf
    I think some of BP’s history posts could use some more cross-tagging (maybe put them all in the history category?)
    http://bikeportland.org/cats/portland-transportation-history

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    Mark Smith April 23, 2016 at 9:20 am

    Will there be a recording available afterward?

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    Josh G April 23, 2016 at 11:07 am

    I believe OHS always tapes at the Kennedy School, not sure if they always post it, but many end up here http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCeCtHcPsdEys360N-qyPUPA

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    Angel April 24, 2016 at 1:45 am

    This looks great, but I bemoan that everything in the bike community always seems to happen at pubs.

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      Dave April 25, 2016 at 1:59 pm

      Why?

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        CaptainKarma April 25, 2016 at 2:15 pm

        Some folks don’t want to be around the alcohol culture.

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          9watts April 25, 2016 at 2:16 pm

          Or habitually meeting in a commercial establishment when a public facility with no commercial dimension would once upon a time have also sufficed.

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