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…]
We just biked to the last Portland Pickles baseball game of the regular season. I love biking to sporting events in the summer! (Photo: Madi Carlson)
For those of us following the Portland Public Schools calendar, there are just two more weeks of summer break. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to sneak in a few more fun things on bikes before we’ve got to get back to the books. I’d like to hit a few new locations and maybe revisit a special spot or two.
How about you? Any last-minute summer flings planned? If not, here are three little bits of inspiration…[Read more…]
The law allows you to pass another vehicle on the right, even if you’re on a bike. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)
The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that found a bicycle rider guilty of passing on the right. The case is a rare interpretation of a bicycle-related statute from this upper court and it strengthens the rights of bicycle riders statewide. [Read more…]
This is the route to safely access the crosswalk in the background for people cycling across Prescott at 37th. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)
An off-set intersection and a sweeping curve combine to make the crossing of Northeast Prescott at 37th very unsettling. To make matters worse, 37th is an important north-south connection in our cycling network. [Read more…]