About Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)

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

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Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) Posts

Meet the Team: Fun never ends for Team Nonstop

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

A weekly ride in Forest Park is a staple for Team Nonstop.
(Photo: @teamnonstop/Instagram)

“We all fully understand how intimidating the cycling scene can be and want to create a friendly place for people to feel welcome.”
— Carley Leins

Welcome to the first of what we hope will be many more local team/club profiles!

Portland is full of great groups of people who share a love for riding bikes. If you’re looking for inspiration — whether it leads to racing or not — we hope these short profiles will help you find your people.

We’ll kick off the series with Team Nonstop. I’m not sure if it was their fun Instagram account or the cool tank tops they wore at a recent Short Track race that first caught my eye. Either way, I knew they were up to something worthwhile. I asked Carley Leins to share a bit more about the team…

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Chloe Eudaly is our new transportation commissioner

Wednesday, August 8th, 2018

Commissioner Eudaly spoke at the launch of Adaptive Biketown, a program she pushed for, in July 2017.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

“She is excited about the assignment and ready for a new challenge.”
— Marshall Runkel, chief of staff for Commissioner Chloe Eudaly

Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler has chosen City Commissioner Chloe Eudaly to oversee the transportation bureau. Eudaly’s office confirmed the news to us yesterday after a “major bureau shakeup” was reported by The Oregonian. She’ll take over the agency from outgoing commissioner Dan Saltzman.

Eudaly is a relative newcomer to City Hall who unseated Steve Novick in a runoff election in 2016. A former bookstore owner and activist who has lived in Portland since 1988, Eudaly will take the reins of an agency with 850 employees and an annual budget of around $320 million. PBOT will be the largest bureau in her portfolio by far. With Wheeler taking over her current assignment of the Bureau of Development Services, the only other agency in Eudaly’s portfolio is the Office of Community and Civic Life (formerly the Office of Neighborhood Involvement).
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Velo Cult to host big used bike sale and a final goodbye from local framebuilders

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

(Image: Velo Cult on Instagram)

You didn’t think Velo Cult would go quietly, did you?

The legendary shop, tavern, and community event space sadly announced the closure of its brick-and-mortar retail operations last month.

If you missed the farewell party and still need one last fix of the bike-loving vibes this place was famous for, there are two events you should put on your calendar right now: A used bike sale this Friday through Sunday and a big bike show on August 18th.
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Portland’s latest protected bikeway goes through an industrial zone on city’s northern edge

Tuesday, August 7th, 2018

This is an exciting new connection in our network.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

They’re the best bike lanes in Portland that no almost no one has heard about.
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“Low levels of interest” leads to cancellation of Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Fans of great bikes stroll the aisles in the 2012 Oregon Handmade Bike Show held at the Vigor Industries shipyard on Swan Island.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

“Our hope is to remake the show with an eye toward the future.”
— Dave Levy, Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association president

Organizers of the Oregon Handmade Bicycle Show have called off their marquee event — for the first time since it began 11 years ago.

In a message to vendors, fans, and sponsors, Dave Levy, president of Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association, the nonprofit trade association behind the event, wrote, “It is with a heavy heart we have decided to cancel the show… 2018 has been the year we have seen the lowest level of interest in the OHBS, the number of builders who have chosen to sign up is so low the OBCA board feels we cannot put on a show we can be proud of, and allow the builders to present well.” Levy said the organization will refund vendor fees that have already been paid.

Last year when the event was held in a warehouse just north of the St. Johns Bridge, over two dozen vendors shared their creations with an appreciative crowd. But excitement about the event has tapered in recent years as the local framebuilding scene has cooled considerably since its heyday in the mid-to-late 2000s.
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The Monday Roundup: Emotional abuse of planners, LeBron, Tesla’s new smartphone, and more

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Welcome to the week! Before we share some great stories, here’s a quick word from an excellent sponsor: NW Connector is a bike-friendly collection of transit services that connect Portland, the Oregon Coast, and beyond. Plan your next adventure at NWConnector.org.

And here are the best stories we came across in the past week…

Steel horses: The New Yorker profiled a group of young tribal members who have left their horses in the stable and taken up mountain bike riding on their Navajo Nation reservation.

Way to go LeBron! I have mixed feelings about NBA superstar LeBron “King” James as a basketball player, but his recent moves off-the-court have made me an unwavering fan. The excellent Jason Gay of the Wall St. Journal just published an interview with James that covers many topics, including the new school he opened up where each kid gets a free bike.
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Job: Warehouse Team Member – Universal Cycles

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Job Title

Warehouse Team Member

Company / Organization

Universal Cycles

Job Description

Do you love bike parts? Why not be surrounded by them? Universal Cycles is looking to fill a full time warehouse position in our Portland, Oregon location. The ideal candidate for this position will be detail oriented, be effective in a fast paced environment, have a positive attitude, be team oriented, have good organization skills, and have interest or experience with cycling and bicycle parts.

Duties include:
Picking products efficiently and correctly
Packing and shipping orders using UPS and USPS
Receiving and stocking inbound product shipments
Other duties as assigned

Must be able to lift up to 50 lbs.
Must be punctual and reliable

-We offer high wages for qualified candidates.
-Medical benefits
-Paid time off
-Paid closed days for our business are New Year’s Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas.
– We are a locally owed business that takes pride in providing a great job for great employees!

How to Apply

Please email a cover letter, resume and references to mary@universalcycles.com

Opinion: Helmets, sidewalks, Segways, other thoughts on e-scooters

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

They’re already proving popular.
(Click to enlarge and read captions)
(Photos: Jonathan Maus)

I was out of town when e-scooters launched in Portland last week, so yesterday was my first chance to observe them.
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New rockslides delay reopening of Historic Columbia River Highway

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Still from USFS video of rockslide above Historic Columbia River Highway in the Gorge.
(Watch video below)

Bummer news from the Oregon Department of Transportation: New rockslides have set back their plans to reopen six miles of the Historic Columbia River Highway that have been closed since last fall due to the Eagle Creek Fire.

The slides happened on the section of highway between Bridal Veil and Ainsworth State Park. As we reported last month, ODOT hoped to reopen that section of road with an experimental new lane configuration in September.

In a statement yesterday, ODOT Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer said, “This setback is a real disappointment to us. Our crews have been working hard to get these areas cleared. But there’s plenty to do before we can safely reopen the road.”

Video (below) of one of the slides near Horsetail Falls, taken by the US Forest Service, shows rocks rolling down a steep hill directly onto the highway.
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Jobs of the Week: Castelli, Portland Community College, Universal Cycles

Friday, August 3rd, 2018

Our freshest listings include two interesting opportunities from a local community college as well as spots available at an apparel company and a large retailer.

Learn more about each job via the links below…

–> Customer Service Representative – Castelli USA

–> Transportation Ambassador – Portland Community College

–> Active Transportation Coordinator – Portland Community College

–> Warehouse Worker – Castelli USA

–> Mechanic – Universal Cycles

–> Assistant Store Manager – Universal Cycles
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