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People on Bikes: Inner southeast Hawthorne

Posted by on February 10th, 2020 at 11:42 am

People on bikes, Southeast Hawthorne Blvd, Friday February 7th.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

I apologize. Somehow, three years have passed since I did a proper People on Bikes.

If you’re new to BikePortland, this is something we’ve done since 2011. Most of them are from Portland but we’ve taken the idea afield as well with episodes in New York City, Copenhagen, and even Colombia (thanks Michael!). The idea is simple: Freeze bicycle riders in time to give us a better understanding of who’s riding, what they’re wearing, what they’re riding, how they’re riding, and so on.

Think of it as a form of voyeurbanism.

In my opinion, you can tell a lot about a city’s bike and street culture by simply observing its bicycle riders: Are they mostly older? Younger? Are riders mostly shes? Hes? Theys? Do they ride cheap, drop-bar “ten speeds” or flat-bar MTBs? Helmet? No helmet? How many e-bikes do you see? Do people look experienced? Afraid? Calm and cool? Stressed out or blissed out? Would a People on Bikes in southwest or outer east Portland look different?

I also think images of real riders — as opposed to staged or stock photos — adds substance and humanity to what is often just a blur through our streets. I wish people who mostly drive would take time to look at images like this. I think it would help build respect when they realize these are real and beautiful people, just like them, and not just “that damn cyclist who blew by me”. But I digress… Let’s get to the images.

Here’s who rolled by on SE Hawthorne between 6th and 7th in about a 20-minute span on Friday afternoon (click to enlarge):

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Thanks for looking!

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Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

Dude on the electric one-wheel can really shred.

Watch out!

D'Andre Muhammed
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D'Andre Muhammed

not one single person of color?

Dween
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Dween

Welcome back, People on Bikes. Great series.
Some things change (ebikes, scooter, one wheel), some things stay the same.

bikeninja
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bikeninja

My favorite is the e-biker that has their saddle set so low they could not pedal if they wanted too.

maxD
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maxD

voyeurbanism is a really good portmanteau!

JONAS
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JONAS

More people on e-bikes please! I don’t know about you guys, but 1/3 to half of the riders I see are now on ebikes, and there seems to be a diverse demographics with those riders as well!

..and I agree, definitely need more photos of people of color. I recall earlier people on bikes were low on this category. Its not THAT rare to see minorities on bikes. You can do it, Johnathan!!!

Becky Jo (Columnist)
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OMG I loooove this! I totally watch every cyclist and wonder who they are, where they’re going, what their biking habits are… everyone is so different. This is awesome.

JONAS
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JONAS

Just did an audit of people of color/minorities on Bikeportland main page. You have to go back to January 23rd to see a person of color who is a cyclist. However, and please correct me if I am wrong, but not one photo of a person of color “riding a bike” on main BP page for months??

On that January 23rd post of a person of color, comments were pretty negative. No wonder D’Andre feel unwelcomed.

Well, I’m sorry, too! and hope D’Andre always feel welcome in my community. Take care out there.

Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike)
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The rise of electric bikes! Also love all the creative ways people use to carry their bags on bikes. So many of our bikes in USA are not designed to carry items.

ChadwickF
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ChadwickF

Thanks for bringing back this feature. It’s neat to suss out a little information/ see peoples’ daily bike habits, even if it is a little more trivial than the bigger overall questions. Mine this time: gloves versus no gloves in February.

Jim Lee
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Jim Lee

JM:

I am old, white (Irish), male and despise DSLRs

Guess that means I’m out of the running.

Amy
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Amy

Jeeze, why does it have to be pointed out that pictures of people riding bikes aren’t diverse enough? Really? Has that what culture shaming has come to? Lucky Jonathan’s not taking pictures of people walking dogs! Who knows what kind of insensitivities might be found!

The pics were, in my un-woke view, cool. Loved the guy riding a cruiser! Cycling shorts are for losers!

Thanks for sharing what my other daily bike commuters are riding.

JONAS
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JONAS

D’Andre Muhammed
What if all the cyclists were male? Then what would you think? There is a whole lot of talk in this city, but painfully little real understanding.Recommended 2

^^^ my thoughts exactly^^^ Muhammed gets it.

BP is appears to be unwelcoming to POC for simply expressing their opinions.