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Man claims he was victim of booby trap on Willamette River Greenway path

By on August 22nd, 2019 at 5:41 pm

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…]

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Did segregation cause your traffic jam?

By on August 22nd, 2019 at 2:34 pm

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.

Why did this happen?

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New path that would connect to NW Springville Road faces scrutiny from Multnomah County

By on August 22nd, 2019 at 12:19 pm

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.
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Weekend Event Guide: Giro PDX, Trolley Trail Fest, Cross Kickoff, Sunday Parkways and more

By on August 22nd, 2019 at 8:11 am

Do Sunday Parkways and experience downtown Portland at its full potential.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Sponsored by Western Bike Works.

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.

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Willamette Week: Portland’s Vision Zero efforts “not working”

By on August 21st, 2019 at 1:25 pm

“Portland’s streets are killing fields.”

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.
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Racing news roundup: Rathe conquers gravel, Wrye-Simpson gets her due, Point-S Nokian off to Colorado

By on August 21st, 2019 at 11:58 am

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…
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Bill Walton rides again! And you can join him during Sunday Parkways

By on August 21st, 2019 at 7:20 am

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.
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Pearl District building owner violated city code by blocking bike racks with locked gates

By on August 20th, 2019 at 11:24 am

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…]

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Guest post: Biking away (some of) my Amazon Prime guilt

By on August 20th, 2019 at 9:49 am

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.

I think I have an answer for that last point: Amazon Lockers.[Read more…]

Family Biking: Go beyond parks and campgrounds with these bike camp hacks

By on August 20th, 2019 at 8:48 am

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…]

America’s top bike/walk transportation pros coming to Portland next week

By on August 19th, 2019 at 4:53 pm

Portland will be in the spotlight next week when the nation’s leading experts on bicycling and walking planners descend on our city for the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals annual conference. [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Pizza-by-bike, curb management, bike subscriptions, and more

By on August 19th, 2019 at 10:30 am

— This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by River City Bicycles.

Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…
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Comment of the Week: Let’s stop with the bikes-on-sidewalk B.S.

By on August 16th, 2019 at 2:24 pm

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our post last week about the new crossing treatment on Northeast 37th at Prescott attracted a lot of ire. The vast majority of people we heard from do not like the new design.

High on the list of grievances is the fact that the transportation bureau decided to route bicycle users up onto a narrow sidewalk.

Long-time BikePortland reader and noted local activist Betsy Reese wasn’t having it. In fact, you could say she called B.S. on the idea.[Read more…]

Jobs of the Week: Stages Indoor Cycling and Foundation Fitness

By on August 16th, 2019 at 11:25 am

We’ve had two fresh listings this week. Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Order Management Specialist – Foundation Fitness

–> Customer Service Representative – Stages Indoor Cycling

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Weekend Event Guide: Portland Century, women’s ride, repair workshop, and more

By on August 15th, 2019 at 10:47 am

The therapy you need.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is nigh. If you’ve been itching to get out in this summer weather, the forecast looks excellent for a bike adventure or two.
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Mayoral candidate staffer victim of hit-and-run while biking on Vancouver Avenue

By on August 15th, 2019 at 9:46 am

Southbound Vancouver at Broadway.

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Burnout happens: Here’s how local activists cope

By on August 15th, 2019 at 7:52 am

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.
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First look at new bike lanes and other updates to NE 102nd Ave

By on August 13th, 2019 at 4:26 pm

Changes include a two-way bike lane that starts on the I-84 overpass (a ramp from the sidewalk to the new lanes will be built later this summer).
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation recently completed phase one of a $331,000 project on Northeast 102nd Avenue that included new lanes for biking, fewer lanes for driving, and more. It’s part of a significant update of the corridor between NE Sandy and Weidler. [Read more…]

ODOT will close sidewalk on St. Johns Bridge for two months

By on August 13th, 2019 at 10:48 am

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.
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Family Biking: The ABCs of a summer bucket list

By on August 13th, 2019 at 9:42 am

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…]