Cover of the plan. While Vancouver isn’t the same cycling utopia as Portland; bit by bit, the area is striving to embrace two-wheeled transportation. Those efforts just got a head nod from the Active Living Research (ALR), an organization that promotes walking and biking as means to fight childhood obesity. In a press release, Clark … Read more
Marcus Griffith (Contributor)
Stories by Marcus Griffith (Contributor)
Photo from the scene.(Photo: Marcus Griffith) An “elderly woman” was struck and killed by a C-TRAN bus today while walking across the street in downtown Vancouver. The collision occurred a few blocks from the bike route across the I-5 Bridge, according to witnesses. The Route 4 bus was in the process of turning left from … Read more
Maria Schur(Self portrait) In many ways, Portland resident Maria Schur epitomizes the die-hard Portland bike lover. She averages 120 miles a week in the saddle, commutes by bike to her job at BikeTiresDirect, spent two years as a bike messenger in San Francisco, participated in the first ever Critical Mass ride in 1992, operates a … Read more
Vancouver hopes to see more of this downtown.(Photo © J. Maus) The City of Vancouver has awarded a $70,000 contract to Alta Planning and Design to promote biking, walking, ride-sharing and transit into downtown Vancouver. The project is set to officially roll out in January. According to Vancouver Senior Planner Jennifer Campos, the purpose of … Read more
Mia Birk(Photo © J. Maus) Author and CEO Mia Birk presented her book, Joy Ride, to the Vancouver Bicycle Club (VBC) on Wednesday at the new downtown Vancouver library. Introduced by Portland’s own Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie, Birk informed the crowd of about 60 VBC members that Portland’s famous bicycling atmosphere didn’t happen overnight.
Vancouver’s first ever art racks.(Photos: Marcus Griffith) In the latest act of Portland’s bike love spreading to Vancouver, a Portland resident is opening Clark County’s first fully dedicated climbing center in downtown Vancouver, complete with Vancouver’s first artistic bicycle rack (a.k.a. “art racks“). The Source is co-owned by Portland resident Hanz Kroesen and former Portland … Read more
Mandatory helmet laws say the little guy should wear one.(Photos © J. Maus) After reading about the helmet survey launched by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance last week, I wanted to share a cautionary tale about helmet laws. I live in Vancouver, Washington where we’ve been living with a mandatory, all-ages helmet law since 2008. If … Read more
As if the I-5 Bridge needed any more safety issues, yesterday’s job fair hosted by Washington Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler at the Red Lion Hotel turned the biking and walking bridge crossing route into a parking lot… View of biking and walking path to I-5 bridge.(Photo: Marcus Griffith)
This sign was posted on NW Lower River Road in Vancouver. It has since been removed.(Photos: Marcus Griffith) For the third time this month, an unauthorized road sign has been discovered in the greater Portland metro area; and the trend has now hopped across the Columbia River into Vancouver.
Clark County Cycling Coalition founder Eric Giacchino.(Photo: Marcus Griffith) The greater Portland metropolitan area is one step closer to having another regional non-profit bike education and advocacy organization. The necessary paperwork to receive official non-profit status for the Clark County Cycling Coalition (C-4), southwest Washington’s newest bike organization, is complete and ready to be mailed, … Read more
Where the I-5 bridge path ends.(Photos: Marcus Griffith) Despite the City of Vancouver’s efforts to redesign an adjacent parking lot in 2009, the blind corner at the northeast end of the I-5 Bridge continues to have frequent collisions between people bicycling and illegally parked cars. The parking lot where the bridge path comes out belongs … Read more
Heading to the ‘Couve? Remember your helmet.(Photos © J. Maus) Back in 2008, Vancouver (WA) passed an all-ages, mandatory helmet law. While enforcement has been nearly nonexistent since then, the Vancouver Police Department (VPD) says that’s about to change. Hoping to increase compliance with the law, VPD spokesperson Kim Kapp tells us new police patrols, … Read more