About Elly Blue (Columnist)

Elly Blue has been writing about bicycling and carfree issues for BikePortland.org since 2006. Find her at http://takingthelane.com


Elly Blue (Columnist) Posts

Meet the BikeCrafters: Liz Carlis, Tomas Quinones, and Chris Chapman

Tuesday, December 12th, 2017

Just three days until the big Friday preview party and BikeCraft weekend!

In case you haven’t heard, Portland’s bike-centric holiday gift fair is back. BikeCraft 2017 is December 15-17 at the Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave.) and it’s powered by Microcosm Publishing.

To get you ready, our friend Elly Blue (Microcosm’s co-owner and marketing director) has been profiling the fantastic people behind the crafts (see the all of them here). Below are three more BikeCrafters you’ll get to meet at the big event. (Note: This is the final post in this series. See you at the event!)
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Meet the BikeCrafters: Straight Gauge Studios, Gigi’s Handy Work, and The People’s Clowns (Olive and Dingo!)

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Just one week to go!

In case you haven’t heard, Portland’s bike-centric holiday gift fair is back! BikeCraft 2017 is December 15-17 at the Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave.) and it’s powered by Microcosm Publishing.

To get you ready, our friend Elly Blue (Microcosm’s co-owner and marketing director) has been profiling the fantastic people behind the crafts (see the all of them here). Below are the latest three BikeCrafters you’ll get to meet at the big event…
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BikeCraft 2017 vendor profiles: Market Mule, Ivalieu, and Clodine Crafts

Thursday, November 30th, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, Portland’s bike-centric holiday gift fair is back! BikeCraft 2017 is December 15-17 at the Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave.) and it’s powered by Microcosm Publishing.

To get you ready, our friend Elly Blue (Microcosm’s co-owner and marketing director) has been profiling the fantastic people behind the crafts (see the previous ones here, here and here). Below are the latest three BikeCrafters you’ll get to meet at the big event…

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Meet the BikeCrafters: Sketchy Trails, Bicycle Kitty, and Helmet Helper

Tuesday, November 21st, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, Portland’s bike-centric holiday gift fair is back! BikeCraft 2017 is December 15-17 at the Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave.) and it’s powered by Microcosm Publishing.

Here’s the latest in our series of vendor intros written up by Microcosm Co-owner and Marketing Director Elly Blue (see the previous ones here and here)…
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Meet the BikeCrafters: TiGr Lock, Orquidia Violeta, and piggyflowers

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, Portland’s bike-centric holiday gift fair is back! BikeCraft 2017 is December 15-17 at the Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave.) and it’s powered by Microcosm Publishing.

Last week we shared our first in a series of vendor intros written up by Microcosm Co-owner and Marketing Director Elly Blue. Here are three more…
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Meet the BikeCrafters: Makeshifter Canvas Works, Velo Gioielli, and Filmed by Bike

Wednesday, November 8th, 2017

In case you haven’t heard, Portland’s bike-centric holiday gift fair is back! BikeCraft 2017 is December 15-17 at the Bike Farm (1810 NE 1st Ave.)

This year our friends (and BikeCraft veterans) at Microcosm Publishing have taken over the reins and it’s sure to be one of the best ever.
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The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 29th, 2011

[For nearly three years now, I’ve been rounding up the bike news every Monday morning right here. It’s been a good run, and I’m moving on to other adventures, including writing regularly at Grist and at my new blog, Taking the Lane. Keep in touch, and thanks for reading and sharing. And don’t forget to support this site, and this column’s sponsor, the awesome Harvest Century. — Elly]

So…one last time, here’s the news that caught my eye this week:

Hurricane Irene blew along the east coast this week, leaving many streets filled with water and debris. Bicycling conditions don’t seem ideal, but many people are taking to two wheels anyway. In Richmond, Virginia, a columnist offers advice for postapocalyptic biking.

– The day of the recent earthquake out east, though, DC’s bike sharing system was an essential part of the evening commute, clocking record ridership while the subway system was shut down. [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 22nd, 2011

[Publisher’s note: Thanks to the non-profit Community Vision and their annual Harvest Century (October 8th) for support of the Monday Roundup! – JM.]

Here’s the news that caught our eye this week:

– “Why are American’s driving less?” asks the Washington Post/Bloomberg business blog. It’s important food for thought for transportation planning.

– A new report details the potential economic benefits of the UK being more bike-friendly, including over 2 billion pounds a year saved in missed work days and up to 56 billion in health spending due to reduced car emissions and increased physical activity.
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The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 15th, 2011

[Publisher’s note: Thanks to the non-profit Community Vision and their annual Harvest Century (October 8th) for support of the Monday Roundup! – JM.]

Here’s the bike news from around the world that caught my eye this week:

– The ban on bicycling in the casino town of Black Hawk, Colorado is now headed to that state’s Supreme Court.

– In preparation for a bike sharing system in Tel Aviv, Israel has adjusted its helmet law so that adults may legally ride helmetless in cities.

– A woman in Harare, Zimbabwe starts riding a bike, and shares her thoughts. “I was no longer a hostage to religion, tradition or men. I was free. On my bicycle I felt like I was in a room of my own.”

– It’s unclear if we really needed an in-depth look into the carbon footprint of bicycle transportation, but here one is anyway.[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup

Monday, August 8th, 2011

Here’s the news from around the world that caught my eye in the last week:

– A look at the Slow Bike Movement, which means not just riding slowly, but purchasing a slow bicycle.

– No slow bicycling here: A profile of a new bike courier company in bike-unfriendly Indianapolis.

– A new report shows a clear relationship between transportation and housing costs.

– In bike share news this week: A look at what makes Dublin’s system successful. Researchers in Barcelona quantify lives saved due to reduced emissions. And Streetfilms sings the praises of D.C.’s newly expanded system.[Read more…]