About Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

Jonathan Maus is the publisher and editor-in-chief of BikePortland.org. You can reach him via email at jonathan [at] bikeportland [dot] org. If you have an urgent matter, please use our 24HR Tipline - (503) 706-8804.


Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) Posts

Adaptive Biketown makes cycling with Parkinson’s possible

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2021

Carol Clupny, who has Parkinson’s disease, gets fitted by Adaptive Biketown Manager Ryan Ross.
(Photos and video: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Relive the Red R Criterium with racer interviews, video and photos

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

(Photos from Saturday’s race. Top two by Greg Schmitt, bottom two by J. Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Reasons for optimism around major 82nd Avenue funding request

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

A lot is at stake for 82nd Avenue.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

With less than one week left in the 2021 Oregon legislative session there’s one big question Portlanders still don’t have an answer: Will lawmakers choose to spend $80 million to kickstart a long-awaited process that will transfer jurisdiction of 82nd Avenue from the State of Oregon to the City of Portland?

According to Representative Khanh Pham’s Chief of Staff Robin Ye, it could actually happen. Rep Pham was an advocate for 82nd Avenue long before being elected to the House in 2020 and has continued her leadership on the issue from Salem.

Asked for an update on the $80 million request first made back in May, Ye told us via email on Thursday that, “Last we heard it was ‘positive’ about 82nd Avenue and funding will be appropriated for the safety improvements.”

Since the request isn’t part of a legislative bill, it’s impossible for the public to closely track its progress. The money would come from nearly $800 million in federal rescue plan dollars given out by the Biden Administration.

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Portland Police will de-emphasize minor traffic violations in move toward racial justice

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Mayor Wheeler and Chief Lovell at today’s press conference.

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Hundreds roll to honks of approval on Portland’s ‘loud and proud’ Rainbow Ride

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

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No ‘Short Track’ series at Portland International Raceway this year

Tuesday, June 22nd, 2021

Racers and fans at a PIR Short Track event in 2011.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 bike racing season was nearly wiped out completely. This season has gotten off to a very promising start with huge field sizes and lots of enthusiasm; but this morning we got some bad news. The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association has announced that the Portland Short Track Series will not happen.

2021 would have been the 17th season for the beloved, weekday, off-road races that are held at Portland International Raceway (PIR) just north of downtown Kenton. Short Track is a discipline where people use mountain bikes to compete on a course that offers a mix of grassy double-track, tight singletrack through roots and trees, and the big highlight: whoops, berms, and drops on a motocross course. One of the best things about Short Track is how close it is to Portland, which means many people are able to bike to the event after work.

Interestingly, Short Track organizer Tony Kic said the cancellation happened due to a mix of factors (not just Covid). “After a long month of planning and deliberation PIR management has decided not to allow STXC [short track cross country] this summer,” Kic shared in an email to OBRA members. “Various issues and conflicts with the venue and other users have compounded over the years, the pandemic and some changes in leadership prompted new restrictions and priorities that squeeze out our little bike party.”[Read more…]

Pedalpalooza Photo Gallery: Rocky Butte Sunset Picnic Dance Party Ride

Monday, June 21st, 2021

Riders hang out atop Rocky Butte during last week’s dance party picnic ride.
(Photos: Eric Thornburg/No Lens Cap)

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The Monday Roundup: Cherokee riders, vehicular violence, Honsinger’s big day, and more

Monday, June 21st, 2021

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Meet BikePortland supporter Shannon Johnson

Friday, June 18th, 2021

Shannon Johnson and her crew.
(Photo: Johnson Family)

Hi everyone.

It’s the end of another wild week here at BikePortland. Before we sign off for a bit, I wanted to share a profile from one of our supporters.

If you’re not one of our hundreds of financial supporters, subscribers, or Patreons (become one here!), you don’t get the weekly Insider Newsletter that goes out (mostly) every Friday. That’s where I share a personal note with readers, housekeeping stuff about the business, a recap of all our stories from the week, and other little tidbits I can squeeze in.

Each week I ask folks to send in a profile about themselves and why they decided to support us.

The latest one came from Shannon Johnson. I thought it was so sweet and fun that I asked if I could share it here on the Front Page as well.

So here goes: Meet BikePortlander Shannon Johnson…[Read more…]

Opinion: It’s time to rally support for a carfree South Park Blocks

Friday, June 18th, 2021

A plan to prohibit driving to create carfree spaces on several blocks of the South Park Blocks, as drawn by Portland Bureau of Transportation in Appendix B of the South Park Blocks Master Plan.

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