Weekend Event Guide: SuperSwap, architecture, trail work party, and more

Posted on March 24th, 2017 at 9:32 am.

Welcome to the weekend! We’ve got a great slate of events and rides for your consideration…
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The Monday Roundup: Humvees in Oregon, fire bureau vetoes, biking Niagara Falls, and more

Posted on March 20th, 2017 at 11:07 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Nutcase Helmets.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

More Humvees ahead: Oregon Senate Bill 645 would clear a path for 2-ton, military-grade Humvees to be driven on the road.

The potholes are insane right now: An anarchist group in Portland is not having it.

See you in court: California says they won’t roll-back auto emissions standards, despite what the Trump administration says. One state down, 49 to go.
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Weekend Event Guide: Bike club birthday, donuts, sandwiches, coffee, and more

Posted on March 16th, 2017 at 10:50 am.

We love bike ride poster art.

See that glowing orb in the sky right now? That’s the sun!

This winter has been brutal for biking; but we’ve got our fingers crossed for a break in the clouds this weekend.

Hopefully you have some bike adventures planned. If you need some ideas, we’ve got a few suggestions — especially if you like sandwiches, donuts, or coffee.

Have fun out there…

Friday, March 17th

Dropout Bike Club 12th Birthday Weekend Kickoff Ride – 9:30 pm at Colonel Summers Park (SE 20th and Belmont)
The Dropouts are one of Portland’s most endearing bike clubs. They were cool jackets, build and ride amazing freak bikes, and they put on some of the best rolling parties of the year. And their official color is green! Come help them kickoff their birthday weekend. More info here.
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The Monday Roundup: Best carfree cities, school choice and mode choice, helmet law repeal, tolling, and more

Posted on March 13th, 2017 at 3:21 pm.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Bike Index, the nonprofit tool and community that has recovered thousands of stolen bikes.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Doing it right: Former (that’s important) Bicycling Magazine editor-in-chief absolutely laid into the infamous cycling “Rules” kept by Velominati.

Paying to drive fixes congestion: This NY Times column argues that all the technology in the auto world won’t solve congestion. The only thing that will is making driving more expensive.

Bikeway widening: Instead of widening auto-only highways, smart cities are creating more bike-only “highways.” Berlin is building bike “superhighways” hoping to mimic success of the concept from London.
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Weekend Event Guide: Sauvie, Sorella, The Dalles, and a mystery

Posted on March 9th, 2017 at 10:40 am.

How about a ride out to Sauvie Island?
(J. Maus/BikePortland)

I’m writing this from Washington D.C., waiting for my plane back to Portland. I don’t want to rub it in too much but it’s sunny and 73-degrees here!

I can’t wait to get home and get back on my bike. Hopefully there’s a nice break in the rain — and hopefully you’ve got plans to ride too. If not, check out the menu of rides below, grab a friend or two, and head out.

Friday, March 10th

Midnight Mystery Ride
Where it stops, nobody knows. We do know however, that it will be fun. Show up and ride late and into the night with friends old and new. It’s a Portland tradition. More info here.
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The Monday Roundup: Plungers, tolls, chop shops, KISS on bikes, and more

Posted on March 6th, 2017 at 8:02 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Nutcase, the Portland-based company that offers cool bike helmets for everyday riding.

Rolling with KISS: The legendary band has licensed their logo on a line of aero bicycle wheels.

Imagine that: This Daily Mail (UK) reporter has no clue that fines and tickets to bicycle riders are down — not because police are looking the other way — but because more people are riding, thus improving the overall behavioral pool as expected.

Sobering impact of Uber and Lyft: NYC streets are flooded with Uber and Lyft vehicles, eroding transit ridership and clogging streets even more. What a mess. Yet another reason to be skeptical of any “new technology” that puts cars at its center.
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Weekend Event Guide: The future, a film, time trials, 82nd Ave walking tours and more

Posted on March 2nd, 2017 at 7:38 am.

We’re starting off your weekend tonight. You’re welcome.

There are three events worth your attention on this fine Thursday: a panel discussion, a film screening and bike show, and a slideshow aimed to get you excited for making Portland a better place to ride.

Then on Saturday, how about stretching your legs a bit and riding up Saltzman Road, a popular route through Forest Park that was paved and open to cars until the late 1980s? You could also opt for a walking tour of 82nd Avenue with ODOT. They want to hear where and how you’d spend their money to make the street safer for vulnerable road users.

Whatever your plans are, have fun out there and be sure to report back about any good rides or events you take part in.

Thursday, March 2nd

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The Monday Roundup: Hairdryers, the folly of “fixing congestion”, Sweden’s bike-friendly apartments, and more

Posted on February 27th, 2017 at 9:38 am.

Ominous cloud: In what appears to be the most tangible impact so far of Trump’s influence on infrastructure, his administration has cancelled a project that was set to electrify a popular commuter rail line in the California bay area.

DIY anti-speeding trick: A town in Scotland has happened upon a novel method of cracking down on fast drivers: Hairdryers.

Don’t widen roads. Please: As Oregon appears set for another road-widening binge, it’s worth brushing up on your reading about why this method of “congestion relief” is a bad idea. We came across two great explainers this week: One from The Plaza Perspective and one from Driving.ca.

More housing = less congestion?: As Portland girds for freeway widening debates, it’s time to consider the link between congestion and the lack of affordable housing.

No to red light cams: As Portland expands its automated enforcement programs we’re watching how other states handle the issue. In Florida, a place with the worst road safety record in the nation, a ban on red light cameras is moving forward.
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Weekend Event Guide: Adventures galore, advocacy, architecture, and more

Posted on February 23rd, 2017 at 9:35 am.

Check out the Baja Divide slideshow and storytelling sesh from Limberlost tomorrow.

The weekend is right around the corner and we’ve got some great ride and event ideas to tempt you with. But before we get to them…

Have you noticed our events calendar yet? It gets better every day and in our biased opinion it has become the most comprehensive bicycling and transportation advocacy calendar in Oregon. We listed over 70 events this month alone (and it’s only February!). It features a wide array of events — from advocacy meetings and town halls, to weekly group rides and special events.

It’s easy to keep up with all the events: you can read this weekly event guide; check out the calendar pages in monthly, weekly, or daily views; and if you follow @bikeportland on Twitter you’ll get an update each morning with a link to7 the day’s events. If you want to help keep this resource strong, please support us via a financial contribution, subscribe or become a business partner (we offer weekly sponsorship of this Weekend Event Guide, and a whole lot more).

OK, now let’s get to the events this weekend…

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The Monday Roundup: Lego hair helmet, riding against the wind, L.A.’s next ‘great street’, and more

Posted on February 20th, 2017 at 9:35 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by no one. Please contact our sales manager if you’d like to promote your organization or event in this space.

Welcome to Monday.

Here are the most noteworthy links and tidbits that came across our desks last week…

LA’s next “Great Street”: What was standing in the way of the City of Los Angeles’ exciting vision for updating Venice Blvd from car-centric thoroughfare to a modern, world-class street? It used to be owned by their state DOT. Now in City control, the project can begin. (Sound familiar?)

Thanks, Trump: The United States House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s new director of outreach and coalitions is the former director of federal relations for the American Petroleum Institute.

Now what? The numbers are in. And just as we suspected, road deaths have taken a striking spike in the U.S. Now the question is: What are we going to do about it?
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