While those who work at PBOT and City Hall struggle to make progress on Vision Zero goals, they might want to take a look out their office windows. There are simply too many cars and too many people who use them irresponsibly. [Read more…]
It happened on this path as it goes under the Sellwood Bridge. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)
We’ve received information about another intentional act of violence against users of off-street paths.
Justin D. contacted us this week to share a harrowing story about what he refers to as a “booby trap” on the Willamette River Greenway Trail.
Justin says he was riding his electric skateboard (a.k.a. “e-board”) on the path under the Sellwood Bridge (on the west side of the river) on Friday night around 11:30 pm when the incident occurred. He says a trip-wire was placed across the path and it caused him to crash violently. He wasn’t seriously injured and credits a helmet for saving his life.
Here’s how Justin describes what happened (photos of his injuries and damage to his helmet below):[Read more…]
Segregation isn’t just for suburbia. White householders in greater Portland are marked in blue, Asian-American householders in red, black householders in green, Hispanic or Latino householders in orange. Source: 2010 Census via University of Virginia. (Click for zoomable nationwide map.)
Crossposted from Sightline Institute. Senior researcher Michael Andersen is a former news editor at BikePortland.
Many North American cities are oddly un-city-like compared to their peers in Asia, Europe, Africa and even South America. Our cities are weirdly spread out and the damage to our environment and economy is colossal.
The proposed path skirts farm property just east of the Washington County line.
Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (THPRD) wants to build a new off-street path that would connect new residential development along Northwest Springville Road to a large network of existing paths. The proposed $1.1 million Bethany Creek Trail has been in the works for about 18 months; but some key advocates say they’re frustrated because Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division didn’t notify the County’s own Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee about it. [Read more…]
Don’t let this smattering of rain fool you, there’s still summer to be had. The weather looks perfect for riding this weekend and we’ve a ton of great suggestions (including a bonus pick that happens tonight!).
Have fun out there and remember to use the comments to shout-out any other events you think we should know about.
That’s the opening salvo in a Willamette Week cover story that tries to make the case that the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Vision Zero efforts are failing.
Blindsided is a photo essay and reporting effort that will likely have a big impact on local transportation discussions for weeks and months to come. It uses personal stories from a range of Portlanders to illustrate the vast problem of unsafe roads and to poke holes in the City’s effort to fix them. The focus of the piece isn’t a surprise given that so far this year 35 people have been killed in traffic-related incidents. That’s one more than we recorded for all of 2018. [Read more…]
L to R: Team Point S Nokian, Jacob Rathe, Team S&M CX.
I often feel like we should talk a lot more about Portland’s bike racing scene and the people who make it tick. After all, our region has a dynamic community of people who love competitive cycling in all its forms.
At this point in the season, many of those folks are switching gears from road and track racing to cyclocross. Before we embark on another muddy season, I want to share a few racing-related tidbits on my list… [Read more…]
Let your mind wander back to the halcyon days of the 1970s…
You’re sitting on your porch with a drink after work and you see the biggest sports star in town pedaling a bicycle up your street. “Good luck tonight Bill!” you call out as none other than Portland Trail Blazer star Bill Walton rides by with a huge smile on his face. [Read more…]
Gates succeed at keeping everyone out; but they fail at complying with city code. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)
The owners of the Asa Flats & Lofts in the Pearl District wanted to prevent people from sleeping in alcoves of their building along Northwest Marshall and Lovejoy streets. Their solution was to erect large metal gates. But the gates kept out more than people seeking refuge, they also prevented customers of nearby businesses from accessing bike racks.[Read more…]
The author on his Benno e-bike. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)
This story is by northwest Portland resident, Planning & Sustainability Commissioner and devoted civic activist, Chris Smith.
I confess, I’m a heavy user of Amazon Prime. Not in the “I’m too lazy to go to the grocery store” way, but more of a “there’s so much selection, I can get exactly the thing I’m looking for!” way. If I can buy what I need locally, I definitely do.
I’m aware of the potential negative impacts of this convenience: exploitation of workers at Amazon warehouses, impact on local retail and — especially given the focus of my activism — last mile impacts on the local transportation system.
The best camp-hacking comes with a pool, cake, and karaoke. (Photos: Madi Carlson)
Did you know house sitting is now called (by some at least) “rent hacking”? It sounds cool, but I prefer “camp hacking,” a term I coined for camping options beyond the usual parks and campgrounds. If you’re looking for a quick-and-dirty way to camp with your bikes, maybe it’s time to think outside the box.[Read more…]
Activism isn’t always this exciting. Burnout can happen when progress ebbs and fatigue sets in. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)
“Burnout is a way of telling you that your form of activism was perhaps not very full circle.” – Gloria Steinem
Burnout is a part of activism that doesn’t get talked about often enough.
Ever since we celebrated the fourth anniversary of BikeLoudPDX (the all-volunteer activism group I co-chair) in August 2018, I began to feel conflicted about my bike activism. I still had moments of excitement and interest that had drawn me to the group and this kind of work in the first place, but I was feeling overwhelmed, unmotivated, and sometimes resentful and angry. [Read more…]
The sidewalks on the St. Johns Bridge are already extremely narrow and stressful. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)
The Oregon Department of Transportation announced yesterday that a maintenance project on the St. Johns Bridge will result in the closure of one sidewalk for two months. ODOT will close one sidewalk for two, 30-day periods in order to stage construction equipment.
The project, which will reinforce the framework of the bridge to handle more and heavier auto and truck traffic, means bicycle users who use the sidewalks will share the narrow sidewalk space with more people than ever. This is a big deal because the sidewalks are only five feet wide and traffic around the St. Johns Bridge is notoriously unsafe. [Read more…]