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Kalkhoff opens e-bike retail store in the Pearl District

Monday, December 14th, 2009
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A customer on a test ride in
front of Kalkhoff retail
store in the Pearl.
(Photos by Adams Carroll)

Back in August we reported that a new e-bike store was prepping to open its doors in the Pearl District. Now, although the dust has not yet settled in their combined corporate office and retail space, Kalkhoff Bikes Portland is open for business. Kalkhoff Bikes Portland is a retail venture of Greenlight Bikes, LLC., the Portland-based importer of German manufacturer Kalkhoff’s line of traditional and e-assist bicycles. The company’s Pearl District storefront is the only one of its kind in the United States and joins The eBike Store in North Portland as the second retail outlet for e-bikes in Portland.

In an interview on Monday, Greenlight Bikes’ Managing Director Eric von der Heyden said that Kalkhoff Bikes Portland will celebrate its official grand opening “sometime in mid to late January” once all renovations to their building have been completed. In the meantime, the Kalkhoff Bikes Portland showroom is open Monday through Friday and is stocked with a shiny new line of e-bikes and commuters ready for a test ride.
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Checking in on the 8th annual Filmed by Bike

Monday, December 7th, 2009

This year’s event poster
is by local artist Tiago DeJerk.

Film aficionados take note: submissions for the the 2010 Filmed by Bike fest is just about two months away. Closer still is the deadline to nominate someone to the jury.

Judges attend two submissions screening sessions in February, get a sneak peek at all films submitted, and must “wear the FBB badge of honor proudly on their chest for the duration of their rank of Esteemed Jury Member” says Filmed by Bike’s founder Ayleen Crotty.

Here’s more from Crotty:

“The jury is hot stuff. They’re the people who get the first look at the submissions to Filmed by Bike. Over the course of two days, they wade through endless hours of good and, er, questionable bike movies from around the world. Competition is fierce: only 30 movies can make the final cut. The jury, the ESTEEMED JURY, gets to decree what’s gold and what’s… not.”

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BikeCraft V: Full wrap-up and photos — What a show!

Saturday, December 5th, 2009
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Mayor Adams has a laugh with Ian Stude.
-Slideshow below/Gallery
(Photo © J. Maus)

Adams Carroll: BikeCraft V has come and gone. More than 50 talented crafters and artisans rolled their wares into Sandbox Studio. They shared handmade jewelry, prints, bike accessories, apparel, and much much more. A huge turnout kept the vendors busy and the large, light-filled warehouse bustled with action all day long. [Read more…]

BikeCrafter Profile: Unique wood and steel bike parts by Paul Conte

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009

The double-spiral
bamboo bottle holder.
(Photos © Adams Carroll)

After Paul Conte graduated from Syracuse University’s industrial design program, he took an office job — but realized before long that he wasn’t living the life he wanted to lead. So he quit, trained to be a carpenter, and moved to Portland in search of a workshop and a good place to live.

Now he’s living his dream, making stunning products and creations that you can see for yourself at BikeCraft V this Saturday.[Read more…]

Broadway/Williams update: Why the project will wait for streetcar

Tuesday, December 1st, 2009
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The project will move the bike traffic
lane curbside (among other things).
(Photo © J. Maus)

New details about pending safety improvements for the notorious NE Broadway/N Williams intersection have emerged since we published an update last Monday. In our story, we reported that the bike safety improvements (which include a new bike-only signal and traffic lane reconfigurations) had been put on hold because of the impending streetcar project which is slated to run up Broadway. Engineers working on the bike project, they told us, were concerned that any changes they made would be torn out once streetcar construction started.

Our story also reprinted a statement made by PBOT Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield in October 2008, that “funding [for the Broadway/Williams fix] is available and construction could start once a design is decided on.” [Read more…]

Gordon Price on the rise of ‘motordom’ and its urban impacts

Friday, November 20th, 2009

Gordon Price addresses the crowd
during his presentation yesterday.
(Photos: Adams Carroll/BikePortland)

About 60 people gathered in the Portland Building last night to hear professor and former Vancouver B.C. city councilor Gordon Price share his insights on transportation, land use, and urban planning. Price’s presentation, which was part of the traffic and transportation course at Portland State University, detailed the problems of auto-centric planning in North America and offered some practical solutions from Vancouver.[Read more…]

Backpedal Cycleworks opens in Mt. Scott neighborhood

Wednesday, November 18th, 2009
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Backpedal Cycleworks now open for biz!
(Photos: Adams Carroll for BikePortland)

Story and photos by BikePortland news intern Adams Carroll

Rick Shaputis, owner of SE Portland’s newest bike shop, Backpedal Cycleworks, knew it was crazy to open a bike store in the middle of a recession. He knew it was even crazier to open up his shop in winter, the traditional slow season for new bike sales. Still, when he found out about a vacancy in the SE Harold storefront which he now occupies, he couldn’t resist.[Read more…]