About 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

Oregon’s bike tax revenue is far below expectations, while admin overhead is going up

Tuesday, December 18th, 2018

Customers at Universal Cycles on SE Ankeny are greeted with these signs at the checkout counter.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Through three quarters of its first year in existence, Oregon’s $15 bicycle excise tax has added $489,000 into state coffers. That’s a lot lower than state economists expected. Overhead costs are also more than expected and are likely to climb even higher as officials beef up filing enforcement efforts.

As OPB reported last week, officials from the Department of Revenue, Oregon Department of Transportation and the Legislative Revenue Office have been updating lawmakers on receipts from the slew of new taxes and fees included in the $5.3 billion transportation package passed in 2017. Among them was the infamous $15 tax that applies to every new bicycle valued at $200 or higher sold in Oregon.
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Two week Rhine-Lafayette Overpass closure begins today

Monday, December 17th, 2018

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

If you’re one of the many people who rely on the carfree overpass that connects the neighborhoods of Brooklyn to Creston-Kenilworth, a repair project might impact your trips.
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A championship for Honsinger and a great Portland showing at Cyclocross Nationals

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Clara Honsinger (Team S & M CX) after winning the U23 race at Cyclocross Nationals.
(Photo: USA Cycling)

I’ll cut right to the big news of the weekend from the Cyclocross National Championships in Louisville, Kentucky: Portland’s Clara Honsinger nabbed a national title!
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The Monday Roundup: Convercycle, anti-speeding tech, a climate warning and more

Monday, December 17th, 2018

Happy Monday everyone. Are you ready for the “atmospheric river” on tap to hit Portland tonight?

If things get crazy outside, at least you’ll have some great stories to read. Here are the most notable items we came across in the past seven days…

A walking tipping point? This NY Times opinion piece about how cities are finally coming to their senses after decades of building only for cars is positively heartwarming.

More highway cops in Oregon: Looks like state lawmakers might reach a big deal to rebuild the depleted Oregon State Police this coming session.

Anti-people planters: No one is taking credit for a mysterious row of empty concrete planters on SW 1st under the Morrison Bridge that appear to be aimed at preventing people from sleeping there.

Getting rid of highway relics: Saying private cars in cities will be the “cigarettes of the 21st century,” NY Mag has some advice for how New York should deal with the aging Brooklyn-Queens Expressway: Demolish it and move on.

Nifty rig: The new “Convercycle” is a bike that converts from standard urban commuter into long-tail cargo bike.

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Climate change warning: Outgoing California Governor Jerry Brown tells NPR that the threats from climate change are real and present and that most politicians are completely clueless about it.

Climate emergency: The mayor of London has declared an official emergency to battle climate change and is pressing other government officials for money and attention to deal with the issue.

Speed limiting tech: The EU is considering devices that would set the speed of cars to the posted limit and lobbyists for carmakers are fighting it.

Setback in Seattle: A judge has thrown up yet another roadblock on the path to closing the infamous “Missing Link” segment of the Burke-Gilman Trail, saying a recent study of the project didn’t do enough to analyze economic impacts.

Drinking and homicide: Utah wants to lower the legal BAC threshold to .05 instead of the national level of .08. The state also plans to introduce a new felony of “automobile homicide” if you drive recklessly while drunk.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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How Portlanders handled a wet, dark, stormy bike commute

Friday, December 14th, 2018

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Tuesday afternoon was a doozy, weather-wise.

It’s not often I’ll opt out of a bike ride, but I hopped on light rail to make it to a meeting downtown. Why? The conditions were: dark, windy, wet, and cool (just cool enough to need a jacket, just warm enough to make you sweat in it). I can handle each of those variable by themselves, or even two or three of them at once. But when all those factors get together I look for non-biking options if I’m able.
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The Little Things: Stripes on stop sign poles in Seattle

Friday, December 14th, 2018

A stop sign in Seattle with white and red striping on the pole.
(Photos: Mike Dowd)

This post was written by reader Mike Dowd.

When I grew up in Seattle, stop signs had wood posts with red-and-white, candy cane-like stripes. Now they have metal poles, but they’re still striped. When I moved to Portland, I really missed them! It seemed dangerous without them.

When you approach an intersection in Seattle, the stripes immediately show you whether people entering the intersection from other directions must stop. In Portland, you have to look for the octagonal sign shape — not easy to see when you’re looking at the back of a sign across the intersection (maybe with a telephone or light pole in front of it), and almost impossible when looking at the narrow edge of a sign regulating cross traffic.
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New diverters on Ankeny and Lincoln part of plan to keep drivers off side streets

Friday, December 14th, 2018

New driving discouragers on SE Ankeny at 15th.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)


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Job: Senior Graphic Designer – Castelli

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Job Title

Senior Graphic Designer

Company / Organization

Castelli

Job Description

Castelli is an internationally recognized cycling apparel brand that provides race apparel to the pros
as well as to everyday cyclists and teams around the country.

We’re looking for a senior level graphic designer to join our custom team graphics department.

We seek a highly skilled creative professional that thrives in a production focused workplace.
This position is ideally suited to someone who has a high tolerance and appreciation for detailed work.
This position ideally suits a designer that can execute creative design solutions while keeping on a tight timeline.
We work in a team focused environment that allows for personal and professional growth.

This is a full time position.

We’re looking for someone who:
*Creates innovative and accurate graphic design.
*Has an exceptional eye for detailed work.
*Applies problem solving and tactical thinking to graphics and production tasks.
*Can interact professionally and comfortably with colleagues.
*Thinks and acts quickly and calmly on deadlines.

Requirements:
*Minimum 5 years professional graphic design experience.
*Expert Proficiency with Adobe Illustrator & Creative Suite.
*Experience with apparel manufacturing and production printing processes.
*Ability to provide guidance and problem solving for the graphics team.
*Experience in the cycling and outdoor sports industry is a plus.

Employees enjoy a range of benefits, including:
*401k/Retirement savings plan
*PTO
*Health/Vision/Dental plans
*Generous Employee Product Allowance

Our US offices are located in Portland Oregon. We are lucky to be surrounded by the best the Pacific Northwest has to offer.
Castelli is an equal opportunity workplace. All who meet the requirements are welcome to apply.

This is an exciting opportunity to join a world class creative team.

How to Apply

Please send resume/CV and portfolio to careers@castelli-us.com

Disability rights activists to TriMet: Let us take trikes on MAX

Thursday, December 13th, 2018

Serenity Ebert (left), Christine Watts (center), and Dawn Cohoe (right) in front of the TriMet board meeting yesterday. They are part of Civil Unrest Bicycle Club, a disability rights advocacy group.
(Photo courtesy Christine Watts)

TriMet General Manager Doug Kelsey and the agency’s Board of Directors heard from two cycling activists during the open public comment period of their meeting yesterday.
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Bird rallies with The Street Trust to get e-scooters back “as soon as possible”

Wednesday, December 12th, 2018

(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Bird, the fastest company to ever reach a $1 billion valuation, set up shop on the steps of Portland City Hall today in a bid to get their product back out on the streets. Joining them were leaders from active transportation advocacy group The Street Trust and Forth Mobility, a nonprofit that promotes electric vehicles.
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