By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 4th, 2019 at 5:44 pm
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By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 4th, 2019 at 1:37 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 4th, 2019 at 10:09 am
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 3rd, 2019 at 4:14 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 3rd, 2019 at 3:44 pm
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.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 3rd, 2019 at 2:07 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 3rd, 2019 at 9:28 am
By Kiel Johnson (Go By Bike) on December 3rd, 2019 at 9:12 am
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 2nd, 2019 at 2:41 pm
By Catie Gould (Contributor) 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).
First, some context about where we are.[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on December 2nd, 2019 at 9:31 am
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 27th, 2019 at 10:01 am
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…
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 26th, 2019 at 10:38 am
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…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 26th, 2019 at 9:11 am
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.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 25th, 2019 at 12:37 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 25th, 2019 at 7:33 am
“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…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 22nd, 2019 at 2:26 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on November 22nd, 2019 at 11:39 am
“Time [the Portland Freight Committee] was sent packing or at least reconfigured”
— Lenny Anderson
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…]