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

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In bid for more accessibility, Portland OKs 725 electric scooters with seats

Friday, June 14th, 2019

One of the 500 new Razor scooters to hit Portland streets.
(Photo: Bryn Dearborn)

The City of Portland has granted a permit for a new type of electric vehicle: a scooter with a seat.
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Weekend Event Guide: Bookstore crawl, fountain splashing, Multnomah County Bike Fair, and more

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Put on your bathing suits and get ready to splash around!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s the middle of June, the middle of Pedalpalooza, and the middle of a warm weather trend. This weekend is likely to be truly epic.

To help you make plans, we’ve got a selection of rides and events below. Have a great weekend!
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Jobs of the Week: Bike Friday, Ride Report

Friday, June 14th, 2019

Two new jobs posted this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Bicycle Technical & Customer Support Team Member – Bike Friday (Eugene)

–> Office Administrator – Ride Report

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This Pedalpalooza ride paid homage to the color teal, and nearly 100 people showed up

Friday, June 14th, 2019

The teal is strong with this one.
(Photos by Eric Thornburg/No.Lens.Cap)

Some of the best Pedalpalooza rides are often the ones with the simplest theme. Case in point: Last night’s Teal Ride.
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It’s a new era for Salmonberry Trail project as full-time leader takes the reins

Friday, June 14th, 2019

The new Hoquarton Trail in Tillamook is the first paved section of the Salmonberry Trail and a model for how this ambitious project will progress.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

After 10 years operating mostly in the shadows, the Salmonberry Trail is ready to move into the spotlight. [Read more…]

‘I hope it was worth the wait’: Commissioner Eudaly cuts ribbon on Foster Road project

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Left to right: Foster Area Business Association President Allen Rowand, Foster-Powell Neighborhood Association Co-chair Eric Furlong, Portland Mercado Director Shea Flaherty Betin, Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly, Transportation Director Chris Warner and Prosper Portland Commissioner Peter Platt cut the ribbon the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project. (Photo: PBOT)

“I know it was a long time coming. I hope it was worth the wait.”

That was Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly this morning as she stood near the intersection of SE Foster and 72nd along with PBOT Director Chris Warner and Foster-area business and community leaders. The occasion marked the official completion of the Foster Road Streetscape Project.
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Job: Office Administrator – Ride Report

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

Job Title

Office Administrator

Company / Organization

Ride Report

Job Description

Based in Portland, Ride Report is a small software company building tools to help cities make transportation more equitable, efficient and sustainable.

Ride Report believes cities are our future. One of the most powerful transformations will come when cities put the needs of people above the needs of vehicles. This simple shift in how we design and share the right of way will reshape the fabric of our cities, making them more equitable, sustainable and just a lot nicer to live in.

Technology has a role to play in this transformation, but we believe that cities must be the ones controlling it. Only cities are equipped to prioritize a system that maximizes public benefit by ensuring that every citizen, every need, and every perspective is considered. Like cities, we believe technology must balance individual needs with the collective. We believe systems work better when they’re designed to serve everyone equitably. Cities may need to evolve, but the sanctity and leadership of city governments will ensure that evolution serves the larger public interest.

Ride Report began in 2015 with a simple set of tools that help cities use data to make planning decisions that are faster, smarter, and more responsive to road user’s lived experiences. More recently, cities have used Ride Report to help manage the explosion in new transportation alternatives from electric bikes to scooters and everything in between.

More than twenty cities around the world use Ride Report’s comprehensive toolset to manage their bike infrastructure and the fleets that use it. Whether it’s deciding where the next bike lane is needed or what to do about that scooter stuck in a tree, cities use Ride Report’s dashboard to make efficient, data-driven decisions in an ever-changing landscape. With your help, we’ll give cities the data and tools they need to ensure we’re building a better transportation system that works for everyone.

YOU’LL JOIN A TEAM THAT:
-Is small but planning ahead to grow quickly and gracefully.
-Values equity by sharing information transparently, seeking to include every perspective and balancing individual needs versus the collective.
-Practices delivering feedback in a direct, non-violent and strategic manner that fosters active collaboration and excellent work.
-Communicates often and anticipates changing priorities and requirements.

Learn more about our mission and values in our open source handbook at http://ride.report/handbook. If it sounds like the right fit, we’d love to hear from you!

AS OUR OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR, YOU WILL…
– Learn our processes and practices inside and out; help refine and build them as we grow.
– Create an extraordinary employee and visitor experience in our Portland office.
– Jump in to help with a wide variety of company projects, both large and small, with incredible attention to detail.
– Direct company meetings and events, managing presentations, information, and other materials to ensure smooth operations.
– Help coordinate recruiting efforts including scheduling interviews, arranging candidate travel and keeping interview teams informed and prepared.
– Manage a general budget for office and administrative expenses.
– Collaborate with Ride Report teams and employees to foster team building, such as planning events and off-sites.
– Learn the ropes of a small and growing tech company, especially when it comes to operations and culture.
– Meet regularly with members of the leadership team, reporting directly to the CEO.
– Support our mission and align with our core beliefs.

APPLICABLE SKILLS
– Propensity for multitasking, leveraging strong time management
– Impeccable followthrough on commitments, tasks, and communications
– Drive to take initiative in solving a wide variety of problems
– Love for details and efficiency in all things
– Excellent verbal and written communication skills

Base salary for this role at Ride Report is $48,000. Learn more about our benefits and why we don’t negotiate our salaries at http://ride.report/handbook.

We’ll begin reviewing applications for this position on June 24th, 2019. Position is open until filled.

If you’re not sure if this is the right fit for you, but you’re interested, please apply! We’re particularly interested in creating a diverse team with a broad set of skills and viewpoints. We carefully consider every applicant that takes the time to apply, and are interested in building relationships with people who might be the right fit for our team at some point in the future.

We believe the best teams are diverse and inclusive. We do not discriminate on the basis of age, race, religion, color, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or disability. We welcome applications from women, people of color, and other groups that are underrepresented in tech and transportation.

How to Apply

Visit https://jobs.lever.co/ridereport to apply!

Oregon’s version of ‘Idaho stop’ rolls closer to passage

Thursday, June 13th, 2019

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s not the Idaho Stop, but a law that would allow bicycle users to treat stop signs and flashing red signals as yields (when safe, of course) would be a major step forward for bicycle users in Oregon. And it just moved one major step closer to passage as the 2019 session rolls into its final few weeks.

Senate Bill 998 passed the Senate Rules Committee yesterday by a vote of 4-1. This comes two months after it passed the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Lane County Senator Floyd Prozanski — who introduced a bill inspired by Idaho’s law in 2003 — was the sole person to testify at the committee hearing yesterday. “What Idaho has is much broader than what’s been introduced here, he explained to the committee. “It [Idaho’s law] also allows bicycle riders to do the same [yield] at red lights. I believe that’s too far to go at this stage and that’s why we should follow what would be more the Delaware model.”

Delaware passed their law, which they call the “Delaware yield”, in 2017.

According to Prozanski, the main benefit of this law is that it would allow people on bicycles to maintain momentum at intersections and therefore be less likely to suffer from a collision or close-call. When bicycle riders come to a complete stop, the act of starting up again can make them vulnerable to being hit by other road users who can increase speed more quickly and easily.
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Job: Bicycle Technical & Customer Support Team Member – Bike Friday (Eugene)

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

Job Title

Bicycle Technical & Customer Support Team Member

Company / Organization

Bike Friday – EUGENE OREGON

Job Description

Bicycle Technical & Customer Support Team Member / Service Department Mechanic

Ever dream of having a job building something environmentally benign that at the end of the day you can feel good about? We are an ambitious group of people trying to do our part to make the world a better place to live. Green Gear Cycling (Bike Friday) is an internationally recognized manufacturer of high performance folding bicycles for traveling and utilitarian/commuting use. Most of our designs are the market segment benchmark product. We employ lean manufacturing techniques (Toyota Production System) to hand fabricate the bicycles here in Eugene, OR.

This position will be a combination of (primarily) phone / email technical support and a little bit of wrenching. The Bike Friday Service Department handles customer emails, phone calls, walk-in assistance, warranty repairs and elective service for Bike Friday bicycles. Bike Friday empowers our team members to take care of our customers so this responsibility can be quite rewarding (solving people’s problems). When not performing the technical support / customer service role, you will be wrenching on our bicycles (tune ups, overhauls, frame assembly/ alignment, etc). Prior bicycle shop (service mechanic) experience is required.

Qualities/ Skills required:

-Superior mechanical aptitude

-Supremely organized

-Strong bicycle mechanical / repair skills

-Positive, optimistic attitude

-Strong communication skills

-Desire to be held personally accountable

-Ambition

-Exceptional problem solving skills, both in person as well as on the phone with customers

– Previous experience working in bicycle maintenance and repair is a must. Candidates will not be considered without at least 1 year verifiable experience.

What we offer is a challenging environment with supportive co-workers who will be interested in your success. If the position becomes permanent, benefits include 401K options, covered bike parking, shower facilities, discount on bike parts, paid holidays, shop privileges and family friendly. And, you get to build yourself a personal bike on the company’s dime.

Job Type: Full-time

Salary: $12.00 to $16.00 /hour

How to Apply

To apply, please send a cover letter and references to info@bikefriday.com and include the job title in the subject line.

Commissioner Eudaly’s big move for bus-only lanes

Wednesday, June 12th, 2019

There’s more of this to come.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The cat is officially out of the bag.

In a story posted this morning, the Willamette Week reported that PBOT Commissioner Chloe Eudaly wants to go big for bus only lanes.

In 18 months, Portland streets could see the most dramatic change in public transit since the arrival of the streetcar. All it will take is gallons of red paint.[Read more…]