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Jonathan Maus is the publisher and editor-in-chief of BikePortland.org.

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Oregon Bicycle Racing Association votes to retain controversial board member

Tuesday, December 10th, 2019

Screen grab of Save Women’s Sports article showing OBRA Board Member Inga Thompson at a rally in Washington D.C.

The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) has decided that one of their board members accused of “pervasive transphobia” can remain on their board of directors.

At-large OBRA board member and three-time Olympic cyclist Inga Thompson has come under scrutiny from some OBRA members who feel her conduct discriminates against transgender athletes. Thompson works closely with a group named Save Women’s Sports and was featured in an article published on their site in October titled, Male athletes are taking over women’s cycling.

In October Thompson represented Save Women’s Sports at a rally outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.. The rally aimed to “preserve women’s rights” and prevent the Supreme Court from including “gender identity” in the legal definition of “sex”. If that happened, the group worried that, “Any male could self-identify as a female and compete against women at every level of athletics, which would effectively destroy women’s sports.” [Read more…]

Guest Post: Portland rocked my two wheels

Monday, December 9th, 2019

(Photos: Amy Morfas)
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35th anniversary tour of ‘Pee-Wee’s Big Adventure’ will start in Portland

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Official tour flyer.

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Ask BikePortland: Where can I donate a used bike?

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Make your used bike do more by considering a donation.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our latest Ask BikePortland comes right in time for the season of giving.

Reader Shelley G emailed last week to ask:

We have a vintage trike that needs to be cleaned up with a new tire and a paint job. We would love to donate it. Our desire is for it to be fixed up and then given to a kiddo in need. Do you know the best place for us to donate it to?

It just so happens Portland has several organizations that specialize in this exact thing. I asked a few of them to share how they handle used bike donations.
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The Monday Roundup: Tactical urbanist brooms, climate politics, scooter sabotage, and more

Monday, December 9th, 2019

Welcome to the week.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Cyclone Bicycle Supply: Don’t miss their warehouse closing liquidation sale going on December 13-14.

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

“June the Broom” is watching: Concerned bike lane users in D.C. have resorted to sticking brooms in flex posts to make them more visible.

New cargo bike era: NYC has gone big with a pilot program that will allow operators of 100 electric freight delivery trikes to park in loading zones citywide.

Scooter polluter: The fact that climate change group Extinction Rebellion has begun sabotaging e-scooters due to their environmental footprint gives me second thoughts about how much I should get behind them.

Car culture run amok: CNN Travel’s hagiographic story about dudes who sped illegally across country “Cannonball Run” style is everything that’s wrong with American transportation culture.

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“Trans women are women”: Outspoken transgender athlete, target of Donald Trump ire, and track World Champion Rachel McKinnon published an opinion in the NY Times saying that “We are not taking over” and that being able to compete is a human right.

Smaller streets FTW: Yelp-influenced science finds that Manhattan’s smaller, intimate “streets” have better food that gets higher reviews than larger “avenues”.

More reason to ride Williams Ave: One of the busiest sections of N Williams Avenue (in terms of cycling traffic) will soon be home to a food cart pod.

Coach Balto doing work: Portlander Sam Balto, who we featured a few months ago for his Red Cup Project work, was featured by KATU TV for his work in making streets around Cesar Chavez school safer.

The naughty list: Portland made a list of cities who have “climate mayors” who support freeway widening.

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KC’s free transit miracle: “If we want to prioritize public transportation, [the funding] is something that we can find,” said a Kansas City city council member who voted to completely subsidize public transit and make it free for all users.

Climate politics: New Pew polling shows that even among registered Republicans there is growing public support for taking strong actions against climate change. (Link shared by former Portland Mayor (and climate change expert) Sam Adams.)

Screw your free parking: City of Denver staff are the heroes of the week for standing up and telling people that a safer bike lane is more important than 91 on-street parking spaces.

Tweet of the Week: We often hear that “The vast majority of people drive, so we should cater to them.” This chart shared by our friend Richard Masoner shows why it’s important to consider not what people do in a broken system; but what they’d prefer to do in a functioning one:
https://twitter.com/cyclelicious/status/1202701134088945666

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Portland’s beloved ‘Sprockettes’ dance for final time tonight

Friday, December 6th, 2019

A scene from their 10th anniversary performance at Colonel Summers Park in 2014.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

https://www.thesprockettes.com/info

When I first saw the Sprockettes in 2004 I had no idea they were the top of a cycling culture iceberg that was so inspiring to me that I’d spend the next 15 years of my life devoted to documenting it.[Read more…]

Jobs of the Week: Dumonde Tech, Cycle Portland, Ride With GPS, Adventure Cycling

Friday, December 6th, 2019

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got six great job opportunities for you to consider.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

Bike Mechanic/ Sales assistance – Cycle Portland

National Inside Sales and Customer Service (Part Time) – HGNR distributor of Dumonde Tech

Senior DevOps Engineer – Ride with GPS

Digital Marketing and Content Copywriter – Ride with GPS

Experienced Frontend Web Developer – Ride with GPS

Development Director – Adventure Cycling Association

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Job: Development Director – Adventure Cycling Association

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Job Title

Development Director

Company / Organization

Adventure Cycling Association

Job Description

Job Description
Development Director
Adventure Cycling Association
Missoula, MT

Adventure Cycling Association seeks an energetic, well-organized, and goal-oriented person
to serve as our leader in fundraising and development. This is a unique opportunity to grow
the resource base for North America’s largest bicycling membership group, at a time when our
members and donors are becoming more supportive than ever of Adventure Cycling’s mission
and program work. We seek a team player who loves to raise (and help others raise) financial
resources for good causes – in our case, bicycling and bicycle travel. The position is based at
Adventure Cycling’s headquarters in beautiful and bike-friendly Missoula, Montana.

General Summary
Plans, coordinates, and implements development and fundraising activities for Adventure
Cycling Association. Duties include managing major donor cultivation and solicitation, grant
research and writing, overseeing annual fund activities such as quarterly appeal letters, email
solicitations and monthly giving program, and promoting and managing planned gifts. The
director will work with a Development Committee, made up of members of the Adventure
Cycling Board of Directors and select volunteers. The director supervises two full-time staff
and occasionally an intern and/or work study student.

Duties and Responsibilities

Strategic and budgetary direction
● Establishes and refines the Development Department’s strategic direction and plans
and implements a development program to raise financial support for Adventure Cycling.
● Implements the resulting annual development plan with the Executive Director, the
Board of Directors, and the Development Committee.
● Works with the Executive Director and Chief Operations Officer on preparing and
adhering to the annual Development Department budget.

Donor management
● Develops strategies and techniques for continual expansion and cultivation of
prospective donors through giving programs with an emphasis on growth of donations.
● Directs research to identify donor prospects and to obtain information concerning
financial capacity, special interests, past history and relationship with Adventure Cycling.
● Assigns major gift prospects to appropriate individuals (staff leadership, Board
members, volunteers, Development Committee members or others as appropriate).
● Seeks out and facilitates major donor meeting opportunities with leadership staff,
Board members or volunteers.
● Establishes and oversees donor recognition programs, including thank you
calls and letters, the annual report, articles in Adventure Cyclist magazine.
● Makes direct asks to donors or donor prospects, where appropriate.
● Helps train and advise staff, Board members and other volunteers in fundraising
techniques such as gift solicitation and cultivation.

Grant research and solicitation
● With development and project staff, coordinates grant research, and submits
proposals for special funding from private and public funding entities.
● Tracks progress on project work related to grants and oversees and participates in
preparation of reports.
Planned Giving and Campaigns
● Solicits estate gifts and promotes Adventure Cycling’s Legacy Society, in order to grow
Adventure Cycling’s endowment.
● Plays a primary role in special fundraising campaigns to grow support for special
projects or possibly a capital campaign to support improvements in Adventure Cycling’s
physical plant and /or growth in the endowment.

Supervisory and internal responsibilities
● Supervises a team of two, the Development Manager and Development Coordinator,
per the employee policies and annual work plan of Adventure Cycling.
● As a staff director of Adventure Cycling, attends regular management team meetings
and all-staff meetings.
● Maintains a positive, energetic, and harmonious working relationship with Board
members, volunteers, department directors, and staff.
● Works with administrative personnel, especially on database and information
technology management, to develop and maintain systems that support the development
program.
● Collaborates with the Membership Department to insure that donation programs and
membership recruitment and renewal programs are well aligned.
● Establishes and maintains an internal reporting system on fund development progress.
● Works with appropriate staff to establish an ongoing effective communication and
marketing program for Adventure Cycling’s development program.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
Outstanding interpersonal and management skills. Excellent team player; enjoys working with
others to achieve great outcomes. Relishes raising financial resources for good causes.
Strong communication skills, both verbal and written. Able to spin details into coherent
narratives. Outstanding ability to write clearly and concisely for various audiences — from
members to philanthropists. Understands and knows how to work with databases and track
performance metrics. Well-organized and able to meet deadlines. Unquestionable
commitment to setting and meeting goals. Ideally enthusiastic about the outdoors, recreation,
and bicycling.

Education and Experience
Completion of a four year degree program from a college or university. Coursework in
fundraising and affiliation with professional fundraising associations are a big plus. Top
candidates will have at least 4-6 years of professional experience in development or related
fields. Management and supervisory experience are important assets. Special note will be
made of candidates’ experience working with mission-driven non-profit organizations. Of
course, attention will be paid to candidates’ bicycling experience and ability to bring humor
and good spirits to the job and workplace.

Compensation and Workplace
The position will be competitively compensated in the Northern Rockies region. Excellent
benefits include paid time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, an additional fully-paid one
week bike vacation, full medical and dental coverage, life insurance, and retirement plan. We
have a wonderful office in downtown Missoula, with a friendly and committed staff. Adventure
Cycling Association is an equal opportunity employer.

Application
Please submit a resume, cover letter, and writing sample directly to Submittable. The writing
sample will preferably be something related to fundraising activities, such as a short grant
proposal, a solicitation letter or appeal, or an annual report with a focus on donors.
Application deadline: The position is open until filled. We will begin reviewing resumes and
requesting interviews on January 10, 2020.

About Adventure Cycling Association
Adventure Cycling’s mission is to inspire, empower, and connect people to travel by bicycle.
Adventure Cycling was founded in 1974 and is the largest bicycling membership organization
in North America, with 50,000 members. Our work includes producing the best bicycling
routes and maps in America, publishing Adventure Cyclist (one of the top cycling magazines
in North America), managing more than 100 bicycle tours and leadership trainings, and
achieving better bike travel conditions through advocacy at the federal, state and local
levels. For more information, visit www.adventurecycling.org.

How to Apply

https://www.adventurecycling.org/about-us/employment/development-director/

Oregon Senate confirms ODOT director who says freeway widening is a climate change strategy

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Director Strickler.

It’s official.

Kristopher “Kris” Strickler was confirmed by the Oregon Senate last month to become the leader of the Oregon Department of Transportation. Strickler was picked and vetted for the position by the Oregon Transportation Commission, (the Governor-appointed body that oversees ODOT) who offered him the director position back in September.

Beyond activist circles, Strickler — a fan of freeway expansions who once managed the failed Columbia River Crossing project for Washington’s DOT — was anything but a controversial pick. His confirmation was a formality. Even so, given the importance of his position, I thought it worthwhile to share his confirmation hearing — in particular an exchange with a legislator around how ODOT will address climate change.

On November 19th, Strickler sat down in front of the five-member Senate Interim Committee On Rules and Executive Appointments. [Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Sprockettes Farewell, Winter Formal Sale, Rose Lane Open House, and more

Thursday, December 5th, 2019

Our beloved Sprockettes will go out with a bang Friday night.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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