Weekend Event Guide: LapQuest, gentrification education, wine country adventure, and more

Posted on May 25th, 2017 at 10:24 am.

Fourth of July party-8

A weekend to fly our flag.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend feels like the calm before the storm. There are noticeably fewer events happening because it seems as though everyone is resting up a bit for the bike-riding, fun-having onslaught of June when Pedalpalooza — and a whole lot of other stuff — starts in earnest.[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Smog-eating bikes, ‘clueless’ Boston mayor, bus-only lanes and more

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 at 10:17 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The Pioneer Century. Coming up on June 3rd, this is a classic Oregon ride that should be on everyone’s list. Register online today!

Here are the best stories we came across last week…
[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Onesies, Kidical Mass, trail work party, Sunday Parkways and more

Posted on May 19th, 2017 at 6:37 am.

Sunday Parkways Southeast-18

Weigh anchor and roll with your ‘mateys to Southeast Sunday Parkways!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Can you believe it? The sun is due to shine bright just in time to kickoff the Big Sunday Parkways Season.

We hope you’re ready for the crazy summer riding season because it’s coming hot and fast. We’re just a few weeks out from the start of Pedalpalooza (which is the entire month of June this year). Speaking of which, one local bike fun organizer will be out of town in June so she decided to do her ride tonight! Don your onesie or best bodysuit and join in.

Without further delay, here’s our menu of rides and events sure to bring a smile on this sunny weekend…

Friday, May 19th

No-Drop Road Ride – 7:00 pm at Western Bikeworks (1015 NW 17th)
Join this weekly group ride aimed at intermediate riders and led by Western Bikeworks staff. Expect a 15-mile (or so) ride at a conversational pace. More info here.
[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Forgotten bike highways, near-doom for Froome, evil automakers, and more

Posted on May 15th, 2017 at 10:12 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by Biketown, who reminds you that: “Even if you own a bike, you can’t beat the convenience of BIKETOWN – it’s perfect for one-way trips or spontaneous rides. Join today and Save $20!

Welcome to the week. Here are the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

Carfree cold feet: Some business interests and other residents are raising concerns about a plan to make a major corridor in central Berlin carfree by 2019.

Bringing bikeways back: British bicycling journalist and author Carlton Reid is up another wonderful project: the resurrection of a network of bike highways built in the UK in the 1930s. And don’t forget to check his Kickstarter.

A day in the life: Urban researchers found that about 1/3 of riders in a study had a close-call and many were the target of dangerous driving and verbal assault.

Getting justice: Road rage is more common than people think. If it happens to you, here’s a tale of why it’s so important to get a license plate number and pursue a case against the perpetrator.

I’ll opt for the bike: New, peer-reviewed research out of New York City shows that amount of bus trips fell 2.42 percent with every thousand bike-share docks.
[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: CycloFemme, Dark Larch, Midnight Mystery, Swale Canyon and more

Posted on May 11th, 2017 at 9:08 am.

Our Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus bike locks.

Well, the forecast has taken a turn from the sunny and dry week; but that’s no reason to stay home. Especially not when there are so many awesome events and rides to do.

Here’s our weekly menu of tasty biking morsels… have fun out there!

Friday, May 12th

Midnight Mystery Ride – 12:00 am, location unknown
I could tell you more; but the meet-up spot, route, and other details are kept in a hermetically sealed chamber until Friday. Check the ride blog day of the event for the details. More info here.
[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: A cycling revolution, bike fashion sense, order versus safety, and more

Posted on May 8th, 2017 at 12:28 pm.

Welcome to Monday.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…
[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Filmed by Bike, tulip farm race, b-ball art, and more

Posted on May 4th, 2017 at 11:21 am.

Filmed by Bike kicks off Friday night and there are 80 films on the schedule.
(Photo: Filmed by Bike)

Our Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus bike locks.

Welcome to (almost) the weekend. It goes without saying that it will be amazing because, well, as I’m sure you know already, the weather has finally turned to dry and warm.[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Textalyzer, dooring in Chicago, e-bike surge, and more

Posted on May 1st, 2017 at 8:18 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is brought to you by the Weekender, Cycle Oregon’s two-day bike bash based in McMinnville July 7th-9th.

Welcome to another Monday in paradise. Hope you enjoyed the sun this past weekend and are rested and ready for another week of news, views, and other fun stuff.

Here are the most noteworthy stories we came across last week…

Vancouver tops in Cascadia: Sightline crunches the numbers (and several other factors) and finds that of the Big Three bike cities in Cascadia, Vancouver tops Portland and a rising Seattle.

Uber’s flying taxis: It’s absolutely amazing that entrepreneurs and rocket scientists will try anything to solve our transportation problems — instead of actually solving our transportation problems.

Musk’s latest: See above.
[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Ronde/Doyenne double, track clinic, Kelley Point, a poker ride, and more

Posted on April 27th, 2017 at 7:31 am.

2013 De Ronde -7

Get high this weekend on the Ronde and/or Doyenne.
(Photo by J Maus/BikePortland)

Our event guide is brought to you by Abus, makers of fine bike locks. Thank you Abus!

Ready to shed that workday stress and escape into bike adventures? Good. Because we’ve got some fun rides on the menu this week — especially if you’ve been training those legs.
[Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Portland’s ‘transit God’, fighting against coal, boondoggle field guide, and more

Posted on April 24th, 2017 at 10:24 am.

Welcome to Monday! We’ve got lots of fun and important stories to share this week. But lets not forget where we came from.

Here are the best bits of news and bike-related reporting we came across last week…

Elevating women and people of color: Meet Gritchelle Fallesgon, one of the founders of Friends on Bikes, in this short but sweet Q & A she did with the adventure riding enthusiasts at Our Mother the Mountain.

Highway boondoggle detection guide: This “anatomy of a highway boondoggle” should be required reading for every elected official and policymaker in America. Please stop wasting our money. Thanks.

Earth Day of remembrance: Portland economist Joe Cortright reminds us that we came from proud legacy of smart transportation decisions — and now is not the time to kneel down to the all-mighty freeway lobby.

Meanwhile in New York State: NY’s Governor has announced he’ll spend $112 million in federal funding on 81 projects that will make biking and walking better.
[Read more…]