Weekend Event Guide: It’s all about Mini Bike Winter

Posted on February 16th, 2017 at 7:12 am.

From Chariot Wars (left) to The Sprockettes (right) and the Cupcake Challenge (middle) — the 14th annual Mini Bike Winter gets top billing this weekend.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Hard to believe this weekend marks the 14th annual Mini Bike Winter.

The event sprung to life during the Golden Age of Portland Bike Fun Culture in the early 2000s. The traveling Bike Summer event hit our shores in 2002 and went so well that locals wanted to keep it going. That led to the formation of Shift and “Mini” Bike Summer in 2003. By 2004, Mini Bike Summer had morphed into what we now know as Pedalpalooza and our friends at Zoobomb kept the “Mini” part alive by launching the first Mini Bike Winter that same year*.

None of that history really matters (unless you’re a cultural anthropologist or bike fun history nerd); but what does matter is that we continue to have fun on our bikes — even in winter. And Zoobomb is here to help us do just that. Check out the full slate of events below and have a great weekend…

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The Monday Roundup: Infra porn, gamification, driving privilege, and more

Posted on February 13th, 2017 at 10:16 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Bike Index, bike registration that works.

Welcome to a new week.

Doesn’t it feel good to finally have some clear and sunny skies? I saw tons of people enjoying the weather on their bikes over the weekend. I hope you were out there too.

Let’s start off by sharing the last week’s best stories from around the web and around the nation…

Gritter bike: The “world’s first gritter bike” is bouncing around the web. Wonder if they make a plow attachment too?
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Weekend Event Guide: Worst Day Ride, the Big Dig, bike love stories, and more

Posted on February 9th, 2017 at 7:28 am.

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Grab some friends and make new ones at the Worst Day Ride.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by The Street Trust, who reminds you to grab tickets now for their big Live the Revolution fundraiser happening Friday night!

Can you feel that?

We know it’s been a long and cold and wet and dark winter… But there’s hope. On Sunday thousands of Portlanders will gather and ride for the Worst Day of the Year Ride. It’s a sign of things to come and it’s about time you joined them. Before the weekend comes, why not start things off with some stories about bike love?

As always, we’ve got great event options for you. Check the full menu below…

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The Monday Roundup: Walking while black, NYC’s “nightmare” and more

Posted on February 6th, 2017 at 12:28 pm.

This week’s must-read is from the Portland Trib.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming up February 12th!

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

The NYC “nightmare”: A news outlet in New York City dug into this very important question: “Just how much space are cyclists taking away from drivers?” At lease they make the extremely biased reporting easy to spot.

Trump and transpo: NextCity has a good roundup of where the transportation funding debate stands in the Trump administration.

Repeating mistakes from the past: Tampa is trying to rally support for a $6 billion highway mega-project that would go through areas where 80 percent of residents are black or Latino.

Hearing matters: An auto user in a town in England was fined and found guilty for careless driving because he had the volume turned up too high in his car when he hit a bicycle rider then failed to stop.

Governor Kate Brown on activism: Oregon’s governor garnered national attention with a story in The New Yorker where she encouraged citizen activism and was framed as a progressive leader and “radical feminist governor.”

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Weekend Event Guide: Chefs Cycle Show, Surly invasion, illuminated bikes, and more

Posted on February 2nd, 2017 at 8:03 am.

We love bike event flyers!

This Weekend Event Guide is brought to you by The Street Trust, who reminds you to check out their 7th annual Live the Revolution on February 10th, a bicycle-themed storytelling event that benefits their Safe Routes to School education program.

Here we go again with the weather. The forecast calls for yet another bout of snow and ice. It shouldn’t be too bad; but of course that’s what we thought last time.

Good thing we have several indoor events in the guide this weekend! And the fun starts tonight with our friends from Surly Bikes in Minneapolis invading one of our favorite haunts, Velo Cult.
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Ted’s Video Roundup: Post-car cities, Brompton factory tour, and more

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 12:30 pm.

Welcome to my mostly-weekly video roundup! I’ve gone through about a hundred videos this week, and I’m starting off by featuring this fantastic video of Darren Alff’s tour of Norway and Sweden. He has a great recording style and the terrain is beautiful. Also, he’s riding a Co-Motion, how great is that?

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The Monday Roundup: Beast mode on a bike, transpo bill under Trump, no love for e-bikes, and more

Posted on January 30th, 2017 at 9:39 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming up February 12th!

Beast Mode on a bike: I’m not a fan of the NFL these days but I am a big fan of what Seahawks retired star running-back Marshawn Lynch did in Scotland on a bike last week.

Change or die: The neighborhood bike shop faces major threats from innovative options like mobile bike repair and e-commerce, so says the NY Times.

Phone blocker: A Dutch company has created a device that will block your cell signal while biking over 10 mph.

E-bikes lacking charge: Another sign that America’s bike culture needs a refresh is how we still haven’t embraced electric bikes. This LA Times article points to a lack of safe infrastructure and a macho cycling culture as just some of the reasons why.

NYC goes big for Vision Zero: Seems just a few weeks ago we shared a link about NYC Mayor Bill De Blasio not doing enough for Vision Zero. That was then, and now he’s announced an additional $400 million for the program — bringing the total funding up to $1.6 billion through 2021.
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Weekend Event Guide: Tram’s 10th, legislative town hall, women’s ride, and more

Posted on January 26th, 2017 at 4:25 pm.

The Tram is awesome.
(Photo courtesy Portland Aerial Tram)

The Portland Aerial Tram takes top billing this weekend.

It’s hard to believe that a decade has passed since Aerial Tram opened. I remember covering it back then and having no real clue about how transformative it would be — not just for the South Waterfront district but for bicycling in Portland. Watch this space Friday morning for a story about how the Tram has impacted cycling. For now, check out details on the Tram’s 10th birthday party and several other cool events below…

Saturday, January 28th

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at River City Bicycles (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Inspired by the Women’s March? How about a women’s ride? Geared to intermediate riders, expect an average speed of about 15-17 mph for about 30-40 miles. Organizers say it’s “faster than a recreational cruise, but almost always conversational, except for the hills.” Please be ready to ride at 9 am and park on the street, not in the River City lot. More info here

Town Hall to Discuss 2017 Legislative Session – 10:00 to 11:30 am at PCC Cascade (Moriarty Auditorium – 705 N Killingsworth St)
The session is about to get busy and Portland legislators could play a key role in the major transportation package that will be debated. Come and tell North Portland reps Lew Frederick and Tina Kotek what kind of projects and policies you think they should fight for – and which ones they should fight against. More info here
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People on Bikes – NE Broadway near Moda Center

Posted on January 25th, 2017 at 12:57 pm.

Eager to ride after winter storms, yet still cold enough to have to bundle up. This us just a tiny slice of who’s riding bikes in Portland.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

How good does it feel to be able to pedal bikes again after all those snow and ice storms?

This is the first full week we’ve had since early December where the roads are dry and we can get back to a somewhat normal commute (yes, we know about all the gravel and we have a story about that coming up next). To kick off the return of fellow riders to the bike lanes, I thought it’d be fun to do a People on Bikes. This is a regular feature where I stand in one place and photographing people as they roll by. There are a lot of cool things we can learn from this. Here are some of the questions I have in my head as I look at the images:
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The Monday Roundup: Tour de Trump, fatbikes, racial profiling, and more

Posted on January 23rd, 2017 at 5:15 pm.

Trump’s big bike race.

This Weeks Monday Roundup is sponsored by the Worst Day of the Year Ride, coming on February 12th!

Welcome to the week.

We’ve got lots of stories to share this week. Before we get started, let’s not forget about the most interesting and important stories we came across last week…

Symoblism in India: If I were a citizen of India I seriously consider voting for the political party that just won the right to use the bicycle as their official symbol.

Guilt caught on camera – or not: A video appears to show clear negligence by a bus operator but the NYPD failed to hold anyone accountable and won’t investigate.

Riding in winter: People in Chicago are cycling through cold winters in larger numbers these days — and some credit the presence of bike share.
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