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The secret to Portland’s bike share success is in the science of behavior change

Thursday, August 25th, 2016
Biketowning in the park

Three brothers enjoying our city via Biketown: Philmore, Jermaine, and Vilynn Yun Ulinwa.
(Photos: J Maus/BikePortland)

This article is by Jessica Roberts, a principal at Alta Planning + Design and resident of north Portland. She previously wrote about a local bike racer and infrastructure on North Williams Avenue.

To the average Portlander, it must look like they just dropped from the sky overnight. Or perhaps like an exotic fungus that sprang up from the ground over a particularly rainy summer evening. I’m talking, of course, about one thousand bright orange Biketown bikes that have already – just one month into the program – become nothing short of cultural phenomenon.
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An interview with Portland racing veteran Tina Brubaker

Friday, January 9th, 2009

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Jessica Roberts
(Photo © J. Maus)

This article was written by contributing writer Jessica Roberts. Jessica is a bicycle planning professional with Alta Planning+Design and she previously shared her thoughts on the notorious Broadway/Williams intersection. Below, she strikes a completely different tone with the first in a series of interviews where she’ll sit down and chat with a broad cross-section of Portland bike scene veterans.


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Guest Article: Two rights don’t make a right

Tuesday, November 18th, 2008

Jessica Roberts
(Photo © J. Maus)

This article was written by Jessica Roberts. Jessica is the former metro area advocate for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and she is now a planner with Alta Planning and Design, one of the nation’s premier bike and pedestrian planning firms.

Jessica previously wrote about how to get letters published in newspapers.

In the article below, Jessica offers her perspective and gives us a bit of historical context for the infamous Broadway/Williams intersection, which PDOT is currently working to improve.


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Church, CCC team up for free tune-ups

Monday, April 21st, 2008

This article was written by Jessica Roberts. Jessica is the former metro area advocate for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and now works as a bicycle and pedestrian planner for Alta Planning and Design. She previously wrote about the City of Portland’s bike parking fund.


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Guest article: How to get your bike smarts on the Opinion Page

Friday, December 21st, 2007

Jessica Roberts
(Photo ©
Jonathan Maus)

This article was written by Jessica Roberts. Jessica is the former metro area advocate for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and she is now a planner for Alta Planning and Design.

Jessica previously wrote about the City of Portland’s bike parking fund.

In the article below, she offers insights on how to write effective letters-to-the-editor, and more importantly, how get them published.


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A closer look at Portland’s Bicycle Parking Fund

Wednesday, August 8th, 2007

[Editor’s note: This article was written by new BikePortland contributor Jessica Roberts.]

diagonally placed staple racks downtown

Staple racks on SW Fourth Ave.
(File photo)

Did you park your bike at a rack outside your favorite store or café recently? If so, you might have been using facilities paid for by Portland’s Bicycle Parking Fund.

Created in 2004, the Bicycle Parking Fund is one of several tools being used by the City of Portland to make sure that cyclists have a place to park their bike once they get where they’re going.

Here’s the basic gist of how it works: Every new or renovated building is required to provide a minimum amount of short-term bike parking. The building owner or developer may either meet that requirement by installing bike racks themselves, or by paying into the Fund. Developers must pay into the fund based on how many spaces are required under the code for a development of that size. [Read more…]