[Publisher’s note: Thank you BikePortland subscribers and financial supporters for making this hire possible! If you read and appreciate this site, please consider supporting us. We are building a better news operation and we need your help to do it. BikePortland.org/support. – Jonathan]
Hi! My name is Taylor Griggs and I’m excited to introduce myself as BikePortland’s new staff writer. I can’t wait to jump into reporting on everything bike-related in Portland, and also dig into topics like car culture, equitable transportation, climate and pretty much anything related to how we use streets and how mobility impacts our lives.
I grew up near Denver, where I spent a lot of time riding my bike around my neighborhood and the surrounding bike trails. And when I moved to Eugene to go to school (University of Oregon), I fully embraced Oregon’s bike culture, riding my purple road bike everywhere.
To me, biking has provided so many freedoms: it’s freeing to know you can get places without having to sit in mind-numbing traffic or worry about where you’re going to park when you get there. Being a cyclist has allowed me to develop rich relationships with the surrounding environment, and I want everyone to be able to experience the kind of relationship you can have with a place when you’re not always watching it go by from the driver’s seat of a car.
I have worked as a reporter throughout Oregon and realized my passion for transportation reporting after I started doing research for a seemingly mundan Eugene Weekly story about parking that was far more engrossing than I could’ve ever anticipated.
Since then, it has become my mission to bring attention to how things that may seem as dull as parking are actually extremely relevant to the well-being of our planet and everybody who lives on it.
Some of my other favorite stories I’ve worked on have been about things like dam infrastructure and wild salmon and the youth movement to push for climate action. I’ve also written for Street Roots about housing and homelessness, an issue that I think is really important to include with all discussions of infrastructure. It is possible to build a city where we all can thrive!
When I’m not poring over every last detail of a new infrastructure policy or riding my bike around town, I like to travel (preferably by train), ski and find new places to eat.
I am excited to bring my passions for the environment and equitable city planning to BikePortland and hopefully help expand people’s notions of what a great city — that cares about its people more than its cars — could be.
I am super grateful for the strong community of passionate BikePortland readers and I look forward to getting to know you all! If you have tips or story ideas, feel free to get in touch.
Hooray! Welcome to BikePortland. I’m so excited for BikePortland to grow and am looking forward to reading your work.
Thank you Shannon!! Looking forward to getting to know you 🙂
Welcome to the team, Taylor!
Great to have you! Thanks for letting us learn a little more about you.
Congratulations! Looking forward to your perception of active transportation trends and how you’ll fit with this great site.
Welcome, Taylor! I can’t wait to read what you write!
Look forward to reading your stories!
Welcome aboard. Don’t be reluctant to ruffle some feathers in your reporting.
Definitely not reluctant to do that 🙂 Thank you!
welcome to BikePortland. I like your line that issues such as “parking are actually extremely relevant to the well-being of our planet and everybody”. Earth Speed to you and your compatriots to get more people to understand this.
How we do anything is how we do everything.
Welcome Taylor to an information lifeline for so many in Portland. A day to be thankful for Jonathan’s hard work for all these years! Looking forward to your dispatches.
I like to go back and read Edward Abbey’s stuff every couple of years…Desert Solitude, Monkey Wrench Gang among others…just to hone a little edge. Our anger about the state of things in Portland, America, the World is righteous and a powerful fuel for change.
Welcome! And you’re totally right about parking. 🙂
Excited to have another writer posting, and GREAT story about UofO parking!
Thanks so much Ivan!
Welcome aboard! Hopefully you can balance out the male dominated bike-bro culture on this site.
Really looking forward to reading your stories and hearing your perspective.