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Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) Post Archive

Willamette Week’s bike issue looks to spice up Portland’s cycling complacency

Wednesday, April 26th, 2017

The cover of the Willamette Week’s bike issue aims to show that biking is sexy.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s an annual tradition we look forward to every year: When one of our local weekly news outlets devotes an entire issue to bicycles and the people who ride them. This morning the Pulitzer Prize-winning Willamette Week released its Bike Issue and newsstands around the city are now adorned with this provocative cover. And under the covers of the issue is a suite of articles that will hopefully make people think critically — and positively — about biking’s role in Portland.

The lede is all about how Portland has gotten complacent:

“… don’t you kind of feel like we’ve been in a rut?

The percentage of bike commuters in the city has been stuck for the past three years. Adding more bike infrastructure has been a battle. Vandals felt empowered to destroy bike-share stations earlier this month.

It’s not just drivers to blame — Portland cyclists have become complacent… It’s time to spice things up.”

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Oregon Walks to screen new Jane Jacobs doc at annual meeting

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

On May 4th, urban planning giant Jane Jacobs would have been 101 years old. To mark her birthday, Portland-based Oregon Walks will host a screening of a new documentary about her life. The event is also the organization’s annual membership meeting and will also include a panel discussion with three women who are “following in Jane Jacobs’ footsteps.”
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Editorial: In need of leadership, The Street Trust faces daunting road

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) is going through a major transition. With 15 paid staff and an annual budget of $1.3 million, the organization is currently looking for a new executive director and a communications director, forming a new 501(c)(4) political organizing committee, and launching a new strategic plan to guide their work for the next five years.

These major initiatives come on the heels of a name-change and expansion of their mission last summer.

No matter how you slice it, this is a lot of change for an organization that continues to search for that magic mix of leadership, vision, political power and community support that will allow them to lead the ever-growing transportation reform movement in Portland and beyond.
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Art Museum’s easement expansion request on hold amid stiff opposition at first Council hearing

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

The Portland Art Museum says their $50 million expansion plans would create one of our city’s best public spaces — but it’s the existing public space they want to close that has put their project on shaky ground.

Portland City Council held its first hearing on PAM’s Rothko Pavillion project last week. At issue is whether or not the City should amend an existing public easement on SW Madison between Park and 10th that runs between the museum’s two main buildings. PAM’s new pavillion aims to connect the buildings with a new structure that would display art, host events, and serve as its main entrance. The public would be allowed to move through the new structure without buying a ticket; but access would be limited to museum hours (10:00 am to 5:00 pm Sunday through Wednesday and 10:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday and Friday) and people riding bicycles or walking dogs would be completely prohibited.
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350 volunteers still needed for Sunday Parkways

Tuesday, April 25th, 2017

Sunday Parkways season is less than one month away (first event is in southeast May 21st)! But to make the fun happen, the City of Portland needs a lot of volunteers to help pull it off. Check their notice below to find ways to plug in and do your part. See you out there!

Portland Sunday Parkways needs your help again this year to open up our public streets, introduce folks young and old to the wonders of car-free afternoons, and show our neighbors how resilient, interconnected and caring communities can light up all of our lives. We need ~350 bike fun enthusiasts like you at each event to help more than 25,000 participants have the best ride ever— whether it’s their thousandth, tenth, or even their very first. Sign up to volunteer for another Shift (on wheels, feets, hands, chairs, wings– anything you like as long as it’s human-powered) at our first event of the year on May 21st in (Inner) Southeast Portland!
Sign up here to volunteer.

Here’s how we need your help…
-Mobile Superheroes to ride the route, keeping a watchful eye on the neighborhood and backing up the Intersection Superheroes
-Intersection Superheroes to monitor the barricades, making sure participants are safe from cars and neighbors are happy to host us
-Info Booth Ambassadors to help all our participants get the most out of Sunday Parkways
-Interested in helping another way? Come down to the office! We’re hosting two more fundraising nights this week to keep Sunday Parkways happy and healthy, join us! We need help in between events too— schedule some time to help out behind the scenes.

…and here’s (just a few of the ways) we can show our appreciation!
Every Sunday Parkways volunteer receives:
– a HEATHER PURPLE Sunday Parkways event t-shirt
– refreshments before and during your shift
– support before, during and after the event
– a 2017 Sunday Parkways bandanna – any three shifts across the season and it’s all yours

Sign up here: PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Thanks again folks! See you in Southeast Portland!

Job: Bike Builder & Sales (E-Bikes) – Cynergy E-Bikes

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Job Title *
Bike Builder & Sales – E-Bikes

Company/Organization *
Cynergy E-Bikes

Job Description *
Are you interested in becoming part of the fast-growing electric bicycle industry? We are a well-established electric bike specialty shop looking for someone who is comfortable with a wrench to assemble bikes and perform general bike mechanics. Also, with the ebb and flow of store traffic, you will be helping out with sales, turning customers on to electric bikes, answering their questions and taking them out on test rides.

A strong knowledge about e-bikes is NOT necessary, but an interest in learning about e-bikes is.

The ideal candidate will get “charged up” (the pun comes naturally) for delivering a great customer experience.

Responsibilities:
– Assemble e-bikes and perform adjustments. Perform inspections.
– Install components and accessories such as fenders, racks, integrated lighting, saddles and tires.
– Perform general repairs and adjustments on both electric and non-electric bikes.
– Take in service orders.
– Deliver e-bikes to customers and explain how to use controls and features.
– Greet customers, ask questions to understand their needs, answer questions, assist with test rides, sell bikes and accessories.
– Ring up orders.

Qualifications:
– Experience building bikes.
– General knowledge of bike mechanics. Professional bike mechanic experience a plus.
– Attention to detail.
– Engaging interpersonal skills. Sales experience a plus.
– Enthusiasm for learning rapid technical change and innovation.
– Valid driver’s license with good driving record.
– General knowledge of electrical diagnostics, like the use of a volt meter, will be useful
– Able to enjoy a good pizza.
– Available Saturdays, Sundays and 1-2 weekdays

Location: Southeast Portland, OR

Apply: Forward resume and an explanation of your qualifications to info@cynergyebikes.com.

How to Apply *
Forward resume and/or an explanation of your qualifications to info@cynergyebikes.com.

Pedaling Yamhill County: A preview of Cycle Oregon’s ‘Weekender’ event

Monday, April 24th, 2017
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Friday afternoon traffic jam on SW Muddy Valley Road southwest of downtown McMinnville.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Willamette Valley is no stranger to great bicycling. After all, it’s home to the first official “scenic bikeway” in America. But until this past weekend there was a large chunk of it which I had yet to pedal through: the western section of Yamhill County south of Forest Grove.
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The Monday Roundup: Portland’s ‘transit God’, fighting against coal, boondoggle field guide, and more

Monday, April 24th, 2017

Welcome to Monday! We’ve got lots of fun and important stories to share this week. But lets not forget where we came from.

Here are the best bits of news and bike-related reporting we came across last week…

Elevating women and people of color: Meet Gritchelle Fallesgon, one of the founders of Friends on Bikes, in this short but sweet Q & A she did with the adventure riding enthusiasts at Our Mother the Mountain.

Highway boondoggle detection guide: This “anatomy of a highway boondoggle” should be required reading for every elected official and policymaker in America. Please stop wasting our money. Thanks.

Earth Day of remembrance: Portland economist Joe Cortright reminds us that we came from proud legacy of smart transportation decisions — and now is not the time to kneel down to the all-mighty freeway lobby.

Meanwhile in New York State: NY’s Governor has announced he’ll spend $112 million in federal funding on 81 projects that will make biking and walking better.
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‘Green Loop’ takes center stage at Design Week Portland

Friday, April 21st, 2017

The Green Loop will come of age at Design Week Portland.
(Images: Untitled Studio)

Design Week Portland kicks off tonight. If you are an urban planner, transportation reformer, bicycle commuter, or just a lover of Portland, you should check out what they’ve got planned.

“… design process whereby Portlanders define the character and identity of the project in a way that reflects their individual needs and aspirations for the future.”

The event — which runs through next Saturday (April 29th) — features several bicycle, transportation and urban planning-related talks, workshops and more. And this year the City of Portland’s Green Loop project is the brightest star of the entire festival.

From this Sunday through Friday (April 28th), there will be a free Green Loop exhibition at Design Week Portland Headquarters at The Redd (831 SE Salmon St). At Assembling a Mosiac, planners aim to “bring to life a design concept for the Green Loop” — a project they describe as a “six-mile linear park, linking Portland’s east and west sides with a robust bicycle and pedestrian network.” Untitled Studio, winners of the LoopPDX design competition, will host the exhibition. You can learn more about their vision for the Loop here.
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Jobs of the Week: Western Bikeworks, Ruckus, Left Coast, Sellwood Cycle Repair

Thursday, April 20th, 2017

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got five great job opportunities that just went up this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Part Time Bike Sales Associate – Western Bikeworks (Tigard)

–> Sales/Acquisition Specialist – Ruckus Composites

–> Mechanic, Part Time – Left Coast Bicycles

–> Service/Mechanic Specialist – Ruckus Composites

–> Bike Mechanic – Sellwood Cycle Repair
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