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Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) Post Archive

Remembering Vera Katz, through her statue and her Esplanade

Monday, December 11th, 2017
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The Vera Katz statue (just right of center) is the centerpiece of this group photo from the 2012 Hott Sock Ride that took place during Pedalpalooza.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Former Portland Mayor Vera Katz has died at age 84. She was a three-term mayor who led our city from 1993 to 2005.

As reported by The Willamette Week, she was Portland’s “last successful mayor.”
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Oregon bike tax is coming: Here are a few quirks in the law and how shops feel about it

Monday, December 11th, 2017
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(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s infamous $15 bicycle excise tax goes into effect in just 20 days.

On January 1st, bicycle retailers across the state will have to be registered with the Department of Revenue (DOR) and have systems in place to collect and record the fee. To help make sure shops are ready, DOR has sent notices in the mail and has set up a website with more information.

We’ve been in touch with many Portland-based bike shops to hear how they’re feeling about it. So far we’ve heard a range of opinions. Some shop owners disagree with the tax in principle and/or have concerns about how it will impact their business, while others don’t think it’ll be that big of a deal.

As for the tax itself, the first order of business from the State’s perspective is to educate retailers. In a letter (PDF) sent to shops on December 4th, the DOR laid out the basics of the tax and offered answers to several frequently asked questions.
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The Monday Roundup: Bike highways in London and Cleveland, blaming bad driving, a bike racing lifer, and more

Monday, December 11th, 2017

Here are the best things we came across last week…

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Tigr Lock, a strong and lightweight solution to protect your bike from thieves.

A bike racing “lifer”: Bill Elliston’s lifelong dedication to racing bikes and helping other people get into the sport is worth every word of this longform piece from Peter Flax at CyclingTips.com.

Meet Seattle’s top advocrat: Seattle’s chief traffic engineer Dongho Chang got a profile in the Seattle Times for his work to, “to make Seattle’s streets safer, more efficient.” (He’s also a fun follow on Twitter at @dongho_chang.)

Blame it on the rock: I’ll just leave this here: “Drivers can’t seem to stop hitting a giant rock in a suburban parking lot, despite it being an inanimate object surrounded by yellow-painted curbs.”
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New ownership for Worst Day of the Year and other popular Portland rides

Friday, December 8th, 2017
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Start of 2011 Worst Day of the Year Ride.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Portland-based Axiom Event Productions has purchased four major local bike rides.

The company, which launched in 2013 when it earned the exclusive contract to manage the City of Portland’s Sunday Parkways events, is now in charge of putting on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, Petal Pedal, Tour de Lab, and the Portland Century. They’ll be operated by Events by Axiom, LLC.

Axiom purchased the events from their previous owner, Good Sport Promotion. Also in included in the sale is ORBike.com, a website that promotes cycling and events statewide. Good Sport’s owner Porter Childs has started a new business selling custom bike jerseys.
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Job: Promotional Email Coordinator – Velotech

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Job Title *
Promotional Email Coordinator

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Velotech

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JOB OVERVIEW: This team member is responsible for the construction of promotional email campaigns for all Velotech properties, updating and maintaining email subscriber lists, testing email campaigns to ensure they are ready for public consumption, assisting the marketing team in promotional email planning and organizing.

ESSENTIAL FUNCTIONS INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO:
● Maintain and update email subscriber lists per website, per customer group utilizing Velotech Admin and Mailchimp
● Operate Mailchimp to author subject lines, construct, and send sales emails based on existing email templates
● Check all marketing emails in the send queue are free of typographical errors, broken and/or missing links and are ready for public consumption the moment they land in subscriber inboxes
● Recommend and implement graphical and/or sales copy changes/additions as needed throughout the campaign creation process
● Schedule and send email campaigns in line with active sales and promotional windows–quadruple check through Velotech Admin that links work per individual campaign per site
● Learn the ins and outs of the Velotech admin system while utilizing the latter to build email landing pages
● Work directly with the marketing team on select product sets, discount code links, and featured products as needed per email campaign
● Communicate weekly with the Marketing Department at large regarding upcoming sales and promotions
● Work with the marketing team to track performance of individual campaigns
● Contribute to marketing department efforts as needed (homepage content, social media posts, item descriptions, discount code building, analytic tracking)

MINIMUM JOB REQUIREMENTS:
● Bachelor’s degree from an accredited college or university in Journalism, Public Relations, marketing/Advertising, Business or Public Administration
● Two to five years of increasingly responsible relevant work experience

KNOWLEDGE, SKILLS, & ABILITIES:
● Working knowledge of basic HTML & CSS
● Familiarity with Mailchimp
● Experience authoring informational content for publication
● Strong organizational and project management skills with the ability to multi-task
● Strong interpersonal, written, and oral communication
● Ability to work effectively, prepare and present information to various groups
● Ability to work independently or with others to manage multiple task with minimal supervision.

$15.50-$16.75/hr

We offer excellent medical, dental and vision benefits, generous PTO accrual, and 401k including paid holidays. We offer a multiple company discount program. We provide a positive and supportive approach to development and training daily, and encourage opportunities for both professional and personal growth.

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Opinion: Willamette’s new bike lanes are already outdated

Friday, December 8th, 2017

Despite the fact that Portland has fallen way off the pace when it comes to building physically protected bike lanes, we continue to build “new” bikeways with nothing more than paint and hope.

That’s why I’m so ambivalent about the new striping on North Willamette Blvd.
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PBOT “still committed” to Lincoln-Harrison project despite aggressive opposition at open house

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

“We are still strongly committed to the project. But it is clear that some additional community engagement is necessary.”
— John Brady, PBOT director of communications

After what was described by readers as an “ugly scene” where some attendees acted with “strong hostility and aggression,” at an open house on Tuesday night, the Portland Bureau of Transportation said they now plan to extend the public process for their Lincoln-Harrison Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project.

The main sticking of the project are plans for semi-diverters that would prohibit people in cars from turning onto Lincoln from 50th. Dozens of readers who attended the open house said it was taken over by neighborhood residents who are vehemently opposed to the diverters. In comments (that are still coming in) they recount a “mob” scene where people where being shouted down, intimidated, and ultimately silenced by anti-diverter advocates who allegedly took over the meeting.

Asked today whether the project will continue as planned, PBOT Communications Director John Brady told us that, “We are still strongly committed to the project.” However, Brady added that opposition to the diverters means PBOT needs to make some course corrections. “But it is clear that some additional community engagement is necessary,” Brady added. “We believe we can do this engagement and still implement the project as planned by next summer.”
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Portland Art Museum returns to council today, seeking rights to build on Madison Plaza

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Portland Art Museum Rendering of new Rothko Pavillion that will enclose Madison Plaza.

With eight-months to respond to vehement opposition, the Portland Art Museum’s plans for their $50 million Rothko Pavillion didn’t change much, so the response from its many critics hasn’t changed either.

That’s where we find ourselves today as museum leaders head to City Council to try and pass an ordinance (PDF) that will ultimately allow them to enclose what is currently an open plaza on SW Madison between 10th Avenue and the Park Blocks. (Note: PAM already effectively owns the plaza, but only under conditions of an easement controlled by the City of Portland.)

As we reported last month, PAM’s Executive Director Brian Ferriso came to a joint meeting of the City’s Bicycle Advisory Committee (BAC) and Pedestrian Advisory Committee to ask for support for the plans. Committee members hoped to see a proposal with more details about how the museum’s plans would impact the free movement of walkers and rollers through the plaza. But Ferriso didn’t share any new design details. His new pitch was an expansion of museum access hours and a reversal of their previous ban on bikes and pets altogether.
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Woman killed in Beaverton bike lane last week lost her brother to Portland hit-and-run last year

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

Stanley and Helen Grochowski.
(Photo Left: Portland Police Bureau/Photo right: Susan Putnam-Jensen)

When I first heard about the fatal collision in Beaverton near Southridge High School last week I was sad. But that was before I made a heartbreaking realization.
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Weekend Event Guide: Toy drive ride, bike-to-BBQ, Holiday Express, and more

Thursday, December 7th, 2017
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(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland

Hope you’re enjoying this dry and sunny weather of late. This weekend will still be cold, but with no rain in the forecast it’s time to seize the cycling opportunities.

And of course it’s that time of year for holiday merriment. Whether you’re a good-hearted Grinch like the guy above, or you just want to ride with friends, we’ve got some good options for you to consider…
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