Glisan Street ‘raceway’ to get facelift in bid to improve safety

By on July 18th, 2019 at 11:43 am

Before and after

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will begin work next week on what they’re (smartly) calling an “update” to Northeast Glisan Street east of I-205 to the city limits.
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Weekend Event Guide: Gorge Pedal, Sunday Parkways, Bikes for Humanity and more

By on July 18th, 2019 at 9:54 am

A summer state of mind for sure.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is almost upon us and the weather looks downright delightful (although it could be a bit on the hot side, so prepare accordingly).

Check out our ride and event selections below…
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A loop for the gravel-curious: Gunners Lakes from Stub Stewart State Park

By on July 17th, 2019 at 5:43 pm

Bacona Road swoops along a ridge as it alternates between clearcuts and dense forests.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We’ve sung the praises of Stub Stewart State Park on this site several times in the past. It’s not only a great bike-camping destination from Portland (a MAX ride will put you about 13 miles away from a carfree path that leads to the park entrance), it also makes a perfect base camp for miles of excellent roads and trails.
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Mayor Wheeler touts need for better bikeways, transit at ‘Climate Crisis’ panel in DC

By on July 17th, 2019 at 12:32 pm

Mayor Wheeler speaking on Capitol Hill today.

Senate Democrats learned what mayors are doing to combat climate change during the first meeting of their Special Committee on the Climate Crisis held today on Capitol Hill in Washington D.C. Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler was one of the five mayors invited to offer testimony and answer the Senators’ questions.

Prior to his appearance, Mayor Wheeler tweeted that leaders like him are on the “frontlines of the climate crisis” and, “on the frontlines of climate action.”
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North St. Bags wants your used panniers for their Back to School Bag Drive

By on July 17th, 2019 at 10:34 am

This might make a good lunch tote or pencil and supply bag for someone in need.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re like me you’ve accumulated a mountain of assorted bags and packs after years of cycling: I’ve got different bags for commuting and grocery runs, bikecamping adventures, working remotely, shooting photos, race weekends — and then there’s all the swag I’ve collected from industry events and conferences. The list goes on!

Now there’s something productive I can do with bags I don’t need anymore.

Portland-based North St. Bags has partnered with Schoolhouse Supplies for a donation drive that will benefit low-income students as they prep for the school year. North St. Bags is a Portland business success story and their panniers have become nearly ubiquitous in local bikeways. Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit that supports public school students by giving them free pencils, pens, notebooks, bags, and other things they need to learn.


To help reach more kids, North St. Bags will host bag donation drives on two weekends — July 19th through 21st and August 2nd through 4th — at their headquarters on the corner of Southeast Hawthorne and Poplar (1551 SE Poplar Ave). Just show up and drop off your gently-used (leave the badly stained and strained ones at home) bags, backpacks and panniers and North St. will box them up and take them to Schoolhouse Supplies.

Besides being a prime opportunity to give back to the community, the bag drive is also a great chance to pick up a new bag at a discounted price: Each person who donates a backpack or bag will receive a coupon for 15% off any North St. Bag, valid through the end of August. North St. Bags will also donate 10% of all online and in-store sales between July 19th and August 2nd to Schoolhouse Supplies.

Don’t be too cool for school. Grab a few of your old bags and schlep them over to North St. Bags this weekend (or next). Check out the Facebook event link for more info.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Citation issued to driver who backed into bicycle rider on North Tillamook

By on July 16th, 2019 at 2:30 pm

(Photos sent in by a reader show the bike completely under the Jeep. Luckily the rider is not believed to be seriously injured.)

On Monday evening a bicycle rider sustained injuries in a collision with a driver on Northeast Tillamook Street. According to photos sent to us by a reader who saw the aftermath, the collision happened at the northeast corner of Tillamook where it intersects with North Williams Avenue.
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Parks Commissioner Fish says Springwater will get more bike patrols following assault

By on July 16th, 2019 at 1:15 pm

(Photo of Nick Fish by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Following a brazen assault and robbery on the Springwater Corridor path last week, Portland Parks & Recreation will step up bike patrols.
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A chance for solidarity between bicycle and motorcycle riders?

By on July 16th, 2019 at 11:41 am

James Dubberly and his preferred modes of travel.

On June 11th Governor Kate Brown signed Senate Bill 810 into law, adding moped and motorcycle users to the definition of “vulnerable user of a public way.” The idea of a vulnerable road user was first carved into Oregon law by bicycling advocates in 2007. It’s an important distinction because it triggers more severe consequences for people who drive carelessly and cause injuries (or death) to the most vulnerable people on our roads.

With bodies exposed to traffic, people who use roads on two wheels — motorized or not — face similar threats and consequences.

This week I was contacted by organizers of an event that aims to raise awareness of road safety for motorcycle, bicycle and scooter riders. Inspiration for the event comes from the May 16th crash that left Portland resident James Dubberly with severe injuries. Dubberly was riding his motorcycle on Sandy Boulevard when someone in a car made a sudden and illegal u-turn from a parking spot right in front of him.


With multiple broken bones Dubberly likely won’t walk for six months. If his rehab goes according to plan, he might ride a bicycle again by next spring. Yes, he also rides a bicycle. A friend of his shared with me via email that Dubberly has commuting by bike for over 30 years and has done Seattle-to-Portland several times.

Friends who know Dubberly from his fitness studio (he founded Whole Body Fitness in southeast Portland 13 years ago, but had to sell it to pay medical expenses) and from motorcycle riding have come together to help raise funds and support his recovery. “Help James Heal” is an event planned for July 25th at Paydirt (2724 NE Pacific St). It will be a chance to support Dubberly and make connections between motorcycle and bicycle riders.

It’s also got me wondering: Should bicycling advocates work more closely with motorcycle advocates? In what specific ways could we find common cause and partner on road safety issues?

This is also an opportunity to remember that every life on the road is important — and that people not encased in steel boxes deserve extra attention. We must drive cars and design streets with these inherent vulnerabilities at the top of our minds.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Review: ‘Motherload’ film gives cargo bikes their due

By on July 16th, 2019 at 9:57 am

Motherload takes us on a journey through cargo bike history and use.
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3.3 mile section of Historic Columbia River Highway path set to open next month

By on July 15th, 2019 at 4:52 pm

The impressive new path can be seen on the left rising above I-84 east of Wyeth in this Google image from October 2018.

We are less than three weeks away from the opening of a new segment of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail: A 3.3 mile carfree path that offers stunning views of the Gorge. In fact, path users will have the opportunity to take in vistas that have been nearly impossible to see outside an automobile for over a century.
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The Monday Roundup: Robots in bike lanes, automobile supremacy, play-streets, and more

By on July 15th, 2019 at 11:47 am

Welcome to the week.

Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

The deck is stacked: Every once in a while an article comes along that ties all the big threads together. This must-read piece by Greg Shill in The Atlantic perfectly explains why driving is so prominent in the United States and how an inter-connected system of laws guarantee “automobile supremacy”. (Delve deeper and read the academic paper that led to the article.)
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Man assaulted and robbed while biking on Springwater Corridor

By on July 15th, 2019 at 7:54 am

Let’s find this bike and get it back to Jay.
(Photos: Jay Hamlin)

Jay Hamlin after the assault.

A nightmare came true for 69-year-old Jay Hamlin while he was riding on the Springwater Corridor path Thursday afternoon. It’s the latest incident that illustrates the lawlessness of the popular linear park and the vulnerability of people who use it.

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Time to look beyond driving cars says Columbia River Gorge leader

By on July 11th, 2019 at 1:45 pm

Driving on the Historic Highway in the Gorge is becoming an antiquated notion.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The head of the organization whose mission is to protect the Columbia River Gorge wants fewer people to drive cars through it.
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‘Gorge Pedal’ promises a ride and experiences you won’t forget

By on July 11th, 2019 at 11:43 am

The ride and the views are just the start of what you’ll get at the Gorge Pedal.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

*Sponsored (but I would have written it anyway).*

Pedaling a bicycle through the Columbia River Gorge is a magical experience — and I say that as someone who usually does it alone without any fanfare.

The Gorge Pedal on July 20th will add not just fellow riders to the mix (and associated safety and camaraderie that comes with them), but also a unique mix of off-the-bike activities that are sure to make it a memorable day.
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Interview with Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty: Vision Zero, enforcement, distracted walkers, and more

By on July 11th, 2019 at 8:31 am

Commissioner Hardesty at city council yesterday.

Commissioner Jo Ann Hardesty made headlines last month when she said distracted walkers are a “huge issue” and voted “no” on what was expected to be a non-controversial update to Portland’s Vision Zero program. Her vote and comments raised the ire of the commissioner in charge of that program, Chloe Eudaly.

Eudaly called Hardesty’s views, “Virtually unfounded” and said Hardesty must not have been briefed on the topic properly.

Nearly three weeks after that exchange, I spoke with Hardesty and asked about her views on Vision Zero, traffic enforcement, distracted walkers, and more.

Commissioner Hardesty wanted to set things straight from the outset. “I share the values of making our streets safe for everyone,” she said. “If I left you with the impression that that was not my goal I don’t want you to have that impression.”
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Foster Road business owners thank City Council for new bike lanes, safer street design

By on July 10th, 2019 at 12:18 pm

Here’s something that doesn’t happen very often: Instead of backlash over a transportation project on a major arterial, Mayor Ted Wheeler and his fellow commissioners heard praise.
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PBOT adds more diversion to North Michigan Avenue greenway

By on July 10th, 2019 at 10:47 am

The driver of this car was either unaware of the changes or felt they didn’t apply to him.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Making good on a promise made back in April, the Portland Bureau of Transportation has installed new plastic wands, signage, and striping at the intersection of North Michigan Avenue and Skidmore.
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How Portland got a bus/bike only lane on Southwest Madison

By on July 10th, 2019 at 9:00 am

It didn’t just happen.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Story by BikePortland Contributor Catie Gould

On May 17th, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) issued a press release to announce a reconfiguration of SW Madison Street aimed at faster bus service. “The upgrade of SW Madison is the first Central City in Motion project to be implemented, just six months after the plan was passed by Portland City Council,” the press release touted. Five days later it was done.

But for a handful of transportation advocates, the work began two years earlier. Today we’re peeling back the curtain to share what went on behind the scenes.
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Ask BikePortland: Why is PBOT closing so many crosswalks?

By on July 9th, 2019 at 3:01 pm

[caption id="attachment_302232" align="alignright" width="320"] The “No Crossing” sign at 72nd and Foster where friends and family gathered to remember Lou Battams last month.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)


When I rolled up to the memorial and rally for Lou Battams on Southeast Foster Road last month, I noticed the crossing adjacent to her makeshift memorial was officially closed.

It seemed like a poke in the eye for the City of Portland to deem an intersection too dangerous for crossing just days after a woman was killed trying to walk across it.

But this isn’t the only “No Crossing” sign I’ve seen pop up recently. There are several in my neighborhood along North Rosa Parks Way and I’ve heard about more of them from readers via social media. So what’s up? Is Portland ceding our streets to the most dangerous users? If “every corner is a crosswalk” why aren’t all corners open? Why would a Vision Zero city discourage walking?

Since last fall I’ve asked the Portland Bureau of Transportation about two specific crossings that have been closed.
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Join us for ‘Motherload’ film screening and bike parade this Thursday

By on July 9th, 2019 at 10:52 am

Eight years in the making, a most exciting film about cargo bikes and family biking is finally here! Fresh off the film festival circuit, the first non-festival showing of Motherload will be here in Portland this Thursday at 7pm at the Clinton Street Theater.
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