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Portland City Council passes first major bike parking code update since 1996

By on December 4th, 2019 at 5:44 pm

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3.6 miles of protected bike lanes coming to SE 136th Avenue

By on December 4th, 2019 at 1:37 pm

PBOT cross-section.

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First look: Concrete curbs being installed on N Rosa Parks Way bike lane

By on December 4th, 2019 at 10:09 am

A beautiful thing.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Here are the 20 bus routes in Portland’s new ‘Rose Lane Vision’

By on December 3rd, 2019 at 4:14 pm

Behold the future of bus travel in Portland.

The City of Portland has just released its vision for a new system of faster, more frequent bus service. The Rose Lane Vision debuted tonight to coincide with the first of three public open houses. [Read more…]

State faces more pressure to conduct full environmental review of I-5 Rose Quarter project

By on December 3rd, 2019 at 3:44 pm

Oregon House Speaker Tina Kotek at a City of Portland Freight Committee meeting last month.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Transportation Commission has reached a crossroads when it comes to the I-5 Rose Quarter megaproject.

The governing body of the Oregon Department of Transportation is poised to make a decision later this month about whether to drive ahead with the estimated $500 million project or whether to hit the brakes and perform a more thorough assessment of its environmental impacts.

Thus far, ODOT’s analysis of the project’s potential impact to the earth and to our community has been severely lacking. And that’s not just according to activists who oppose the project. Back in April, Metro’s senior planner described ODOT’s work on the project “inadequate and potentially misleading.”

In August, ODOT hinted that they’d heed the groundswell of community leaders and voices calling for a full Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) as part of the National Environmental Protection Act process they’re mandated to comply with. To date, ODOT has completed only an Environmental Assessment (EA) which is a less robust process.

As a decision from the OTC gets closer, pressure to slow down and do the EIS is building.[Read more…]

Downtown N’hood Association: Keep bikeways off South Park Blocks

By on December 3rd, 2019 at 2:07 pm

Existing conditions along the South Park Blocks.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cyclone Bicycle Supply is leaving Portland

By on December 3rd, 2019 at 10:19 am

Another cycling company has decided to pull up its Portland roots.

Parts and accessories distributor Cyclone Bicycle Supply will close its warehouse in Clackamas and offices in southwest Portland before the end of this year. The company is planning a warehouse liquidation sale December 13th and 14th.

Cyclone launched in Portland in 2003 as a small distributor serving bike dealers in the Pacific Northwest. By 2015 the company had grown to 3,000 dealers nationwide thanks to the rise of online sales and their purchase of an east coast distributor. Around that same time Cyclone doubled its Clackamas warehouse space from 50,000 to 100,000 square feet.
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Woman and dog injured by hit-and-run driver while crossing SE Belmont

By on December 3rd, 2019 at 9:28 am

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Creating space for community on NE 7th

By on December 3rd, 2019 at 9:12 am

Block parties brought neighbors together on NE 7th Avenue in the King Neighborhood this summer.
(Photos: Kiel Johnson)

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Wind Mountain Overlook will be completed with help from local cycling club

By on December 2nd, 2019 at 2:41 pm

The 1,800 foot Wind Mountain in the distance as seen from the in-progress overlook.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland).

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Minding the (climate change) gap

By on December 2nd, 2019 at 1:07 pm

Contributor Catie Gould is co-chair of Bike Loud PDX and is sort of obsessed with tracking climate change news.

I had plenty to digest over the Thanksgiving holiday, including an important new progress report on the global battle against climate change.

Last Tuesday the United Nations released its annual Emissions Gap Report. This annual report tracks country-level progress on Paris Climate Agreement goals, and outlines not just our failings (which there are many) but also potential pathways to decarbonization in which urban policy is a major player.

In hopes of spicing up my Thanksgiving table conversations, I read all 108 pages of the report. What I found was both interesting and depressing (of course).

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Oregon rises to 2nd place in ‘Bicycle Friendly State’ rankings

By on December 2nd, 2019 at 11:56 am

Oregon is in a breakaway in the race for America’s most cycling friendly state. [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Flight shaming, phone detection cams, bicycle insurance and more

By on December 2nd, 2019 at 9:31 am

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Here’s what you’ll find at the 15th annual BikeCraft fair this weekend

By on November 27th, 2019 at 10:01 am

Come on in from the cold!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our friend Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie has stepped up to organize BikeCraft this year. With the big event coming up this weekend, I asked him to send over mini profiles of the vendors and a bit about what to expect.

Take it away Joe!

BikeCraft 2019 is set for November 30th and December 1st (a bit earlier this year to be closer to peak shopping season) at the DoubleTree Hilton in the Lloyd. This is the first BikeCraft to be held at the DoubleTree, a venue that’s much larger and cozier than years past.

The bike-centric holiday gift bazaar showcases makers of all types gather to share their arts, crafts, books, accessories, apparel, and other interesting creations. Here’s a list of current vendors…
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Portland’s cheap and easy bus lane projects are working well

By on November 26th, 2019 at 10:38 am

Cheap, fast, and effective.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Amid all the talk about how to “fix congestion” there’s one cheap and relatively simple solution staring us in the face: dedicated lanes for efficient vehicles like bikes and buses.[Read more…]

Arrest made in fire that damaged Lumberyard Bike Park

By on November 26th, 2019 at 9:11 am

Damage to roof of the Lumberyard.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland Fire & Rescue and the Portland Police Bureau have arrested a man who admits to setting several fires in northeast earlier this year. One of the fires damaged the roof and exterior walls of Lumberyard Bike Park and a storage trailer owned by the nonprofit NW Trail Alliance.

Allen Singerhouse is accused of starting the August 29th fire that began near a vacant lot at NE 82nd and Siskiyou. The fire quickly spread south toward houses and businesses across the street from Madison High School. In the end it caused more than $1 million in damages.
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The Monday Roundup: Montreal’s paradigm shift, Amtrak’s big news, carfree Tempe, and more

By on November 25th, 2019 at 12:37 pm

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by BikeCraft, Portland’s cycle-centric holiday gift fair that’s coming up November 30th – December 1st at the Lloyd Doubletree (1000 NE Multnomah).[Read more…]

Portland embraces inaugural Bridge City CX event

By on November 25th, 2019 at 7:33 am

The downtown Portland skyline looms as racers plunge onto the beach.
(See full gallery here)
(Photos © J. Maus)

“This feels quite a bit bigger than bike racing. This is an event for the city and for Sellwood.”
— Erik Tonkin, race organizer

Portland’s cyclocross season ended with a bang on Sunday as our community embraced an exciting new venue and event. Bridge City CX was truly an instant classic.

560 racers signed up for a challenging and fun course many said was the best they’d ever ridden. There were slippery s-turns, fast straightaways, and long sections of deep sand on the Willamette riverfront. Toward the end of the day the tide pushed up and left racers with just a few inches of dry sand.

Open Men 1/2/3 winner Carl Decker, a veteran pro who’s raced bikes all over the world, said after his race that, “This was as good as any course I’ve ridden. It was quintessential ‘cross.”[Read more…]

Community steps up for inaugural Bridge City CX

By on November 22nd, 2019 at 2:26 pm

Just about the only thing better than the recent announcement of a new cyclocross race at a close-in venue this coming Sunday (11/24) is to see how the community has come together to help make it great.

The response to this new race has been huge.[Read more…]

Comment of the Week: A powerful critique of the Portland Freight Committee

By on November 22nd, 2019 at 11:39 am

“Time [the Portland Freight Committee] was sent packing or at least reconfigured”
— Lenny Anderson

Lenny Anderson at opening of a bike parking shelter on Swan Island in 2013.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

My visit to the Portland Freight Committee (PFC) earlier this month led to an interesting revelation: Turns out, members of this influential committee think the use of large freight trucks on North Lombard should be prioritized above everything else. To say the committee is skeptical of the Oregon Department of Transportation’s plan to remove two driving lanes to make room for a bike lanes and other updates is an understatement.

Reader Lenny Anderson took notice.

Lenny knows a thing or three about how freight advocacy works in this town. Before retiring in 2013, he spent 13 years improving access to-and-from the industrial district on Swan Island (home to UPS, FedEx, and others). Known to many as “Mr. Swan Island,” one reason Lenny was so good at his job is that he understood the way to move more freight was to encourage bicycling and transit use and remove as many single-occupancy automobile users as possible. “Every two people that ride down here is a semi!” he once said.[Read more…]