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Jobs of the Week: Ride with GPS, Stages Cycling, Velotech Inc.

By on December 4th, 2020 at 8:09 am

Ready to start the new year with a new job? We’ve got some great leads for you.

Learn more about our latest listings via the links below…

Shipping Specialist – Velotech, Inc.

Customer Service Rep – Stages Cycling

Digital Marketing Specialist – Ride with GPS

Frontend Engineer – Ride with GPS

Customer Advocate – Ride with GPS
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E-bikes and ODOT’s new electric vehicle infrastructure study

By on December 3rd, 2020 at 3:30 pm

Their use is on the rise, so too should places to charge them.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Portland continues ‘Rose Lane’ transit push amid ridership decline, electoral shift

By on December 3rd, 2020 at 11:17 am

One of the first Rose Lane projects on SW Madison.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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A critique of a police statement that blames victim of serious collision

By on December 2nd, 2020 at 2:25 pm

Scene of the collision on NE 78th and 13th in Vancouver.
(Photo: Clark County Sheriff’s Office)

A man is in the hospital with serious injuries following a collision Tuesday night in Clark County. It happened while he was bicycling on a major street in Vancouver about six miles north of Portland.

Only 12 hours after it happened the Clark County Sheriff’s Office released a statement that is very troubling. Laced with unnecessary details and biased language based on premature analysis not rooted in law or relevant facts, the statement lays all the blame on the bicycle rider and exonerates the car driver. It’s not clear what exactly happened because the bicycle rider is likely still unable to act as a witness on his own behalf, but that didn’t stop the Sheriff’s Office from spreading a version of events that will set the public and media narrative in stone.

Before I offer my critiques of the statement, keep in mind I don’t care who was to blame for this collision. That’s not my concern. What troubles me is when police communications staff introduce a driver-centric bias that poisons public dialogue and further marginalizes vulnerable road users.

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No ‘Bike the Lights’ night at Winter Wonderland this year due to virus fears

By on December 2nd, 2020 at 12:11 pm

Not this year.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“Social distancing from the comfort of your car.” That’s how the folks behind the annual Winter Wonderland event at Portland International Raceway are marketing this year’s event.

Since 2009 organizers have set aside one night of the five-week event where bicycle riders could enjoy the lights and festive vibes without the toxic emissions, noise, or threat of collisions posed by car drivers. But this year they’ve decided to cancel it. “Due to COVID-19 safety protocols, our special annual dog walking and bike nights will not be offered this year,” reads a statement by Sunshine Division, the Portland Police Bureau’s nonprofit arm that runs the event.[Read more…]

Guest article: 40-miles to Gateway Green with one battery and a 5-year-old

By on December 2nd, 2020 at 9:43 am

Gateway Green or bust.
(Photos: Shawne Martinez)

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Opinion: ‘Non-Highway’ spending category needs a new name

By on December 1st, 2020 at 4:40 pm

Three of ODOT’s four main funding categories. (The other one is Safety.)
(Source: ODOT)

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$2.2 billion funding vote delayed as ODOT pushes new funding plans at final hour

By on December 1st, 2020 at 3:43 pm

As if this process isn’t complex enough for the public, details of the four funding plans (aka “scenarios”) on the right weren’t made available until 12:00 noon Tuesday — an hour before they were scheduled to be voted on.

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Report: City’s new 20 mph signs have reduced top-end speeds

By on December 1st, 2020 at 12:17 pm

Did anyone even notice?
(Photo: Scott Kocher)

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Portland region faces tragic spike in road user fatalities

By on December 1st, 2020 at 10:28 am

A 1.8-mile stretch of SE Stark has seen four deaths since July.

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ODOT’s recommended STIP funding scenarios seek ‘Non-Highway’ compromise

By on November 30th, 2020 at 4:53 pm

A project in the current STIP (2021-2024) will add bike lanes to this section of Lombard in north Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Transportation Commission (OTC) will make an important decision at their meeting on Tuesday (12/1). As we shared last week, the Oregon Department of Transportation is asking the OTC to approve how $2.2 billion in transportation funds should be allocated in the 2024-2027 timeframe. It’s the first step in the process to update the “STIP”, the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program.

In the weeks and months leading up to tomorrow’s meeting, ODOT staff presented the public with five funding “scenarios”. While most of the funds are already spoken four, about one-third or $600 million of the ($2.2 billion) total is at play in this allocation debate. While the lines between them often blur, the categories these funds can be placed i are “Fix-it” (maintenance), “Enhance” (new highway projects), “Safety” (focus on injury/fatality reduction), and “Non-highway” (bicycle, walking, and transit-focused projects).[Read more…]

West Portland Town Center plan looks to major changes at ‘Crossroads’

By on November 30th, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Concept of the Crossroads in the future.
(Source: Portland BPS West Portland Town Center Open House)

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State of Oregon considers driving ban on some beaches to improve safety

By on November 30th, 2020 at 12:21 pm

Aerial image of Cape Kiwanda / Pacific City via Google Maps.

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The Monday Roundup: Toxic trucks, tragic bike deliveries, Big Oil’s concern trolling, and more

By on November 30th, 2020 at 10:04 am

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Gateway Green’s new pump track is open for business

By on November 27th, 2020 at 9:20 am

Crowds at the Gateway Green pump track on Thursday.
(Photos: Gabriel Tiller)

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Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will allow e-bike events in 2021

By on November 25th, 2020 at 5:28 pm

A Class 1 “Talon” e-MTB from Giant.

It’s been one year and one day since Portland hosted its last sanctioned, competitive cycling event. In many ways, 2020 was a lost season for local racers, but 2021 will look a lot different — not only because we are likely to emerge from the Covid cocoon, but because electric bikes will be welcomed into the racing scene for the first time.

In a statement today, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association Executive Director Chuck Kenlan announced that the 2021 season is already coming into focus. Weekly racing is slated to re-start in April and May’s schedule is filling up. “We are approaching the race season with caution and expect the earlier races to run using modified formats that follow the state guidance for outdoor recreation,” Kenlan shared. “Our plan is to work with promoters to help them make their races as safe as possible and still allow for a fun competition.”

Kenlan also said OBRA’s new liability insurance policy will cover events that include a category for “Class 1” electric bikes. [Read more…]

New bike parking and repair station along Trolley Trail in Oak Grove

By on November 25th, 2020 at 9:25 am

Always nice to see have a respectable place to park.
(Photos: North Clackamas Parks & Recreation)

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Portland’s ‘Go By Greenways’ game is a fun excuse for a ride

By on November 24th, 2020 at 3:14 pm

Something fun to do on the holiday break.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Climate commitment looms over Oregon Transportation Commission’s $2.24 billion funding decision

By on November 24th, 2020 at 12:34 pm

The Oregon Transportation Commission has a choice to make.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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First look at new bike lanes on NW/SW Broadway

By on November 23rd, 2020 at 3:44 pm

New parking-protected bike lane southbound on Broadway near Everett.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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