Weekend Event Guide: Pets on bikes, a gravel epic, Earth Day, Alpenrose Clean-up, and more

Posted on April 20th, 2017 at 7:33 am.

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Grab your pooch (or your chicken or goat or pig or cat or whatever), and join Bike Loud’s pet-themed ride on Friday evening.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Our event guide is brought to you through a promotional partnership with Abus, makers of fine bike locks. Thank you Abus!

Looks like we’ve got a typically mixed forecast for Friday through Sunday — with Friday being sunny and over 70-degrees! Whether you like clouds and rain or are ready to dry out and be warm, chances are you’ll be happy with the weather. Our menu of rides this week is also varied — from a fun animal-themed jaunt to serious racing and a healthy dose of activism.

Whatever you do, have fun out there this weekend (and pack a rain jacket)!

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The Monday Roundup: Pronto post-mortem, auto terrorism, road bike market, carfree Oslo and more

Posted on April 17th, 2017 at 9:26 am.

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

A politico’s Pronto post-mortem: Former Seattle City Councilor Jean Godden said fear of not appearing progressive enough was part of the political “hubris” to blame for the system’s failure.

Clear and present bias: A perfect (and perfectly sad) example of police and media bias in a case where a driver was initially exonerated without facts, only to be found guilty of distracted driving after a court hearing.

A new terror: Terrorism is the new frontier of motor vehicle violence, and it’s also the latest impetus for street infrastructure that protects vulnerable road users.

The problem with technology: Elon Musk and his acolytes like to think they can solve any transport problem with futuristic tech. That’s why it’s sort of funny that auto parking is such a mess at Tesla HQ.[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Classic races, Off-Road Plan, Ladd’s 500, Kidical Mass, and more

Posted on April 13th, 2017 at 10:51 am.

Some of the art from this weekend’s events.

Our event guide is brought to you through a promotional partnership with Abus, makers of fine bike locks. Thank you Abus!

After being teased with spring sunshine, everyone is many of us are eager for more of it. And the weather gods seemed to have answered. There’s plenty of sun on tap for the weekend — so get your plans set and get your tires pumped.

Here’s our menu of rides and events for the weekend…

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The Monday Roundup: Bike share war, a bad ‘joke’, targeted ticketing, and more

Posted on April 10th, 2017 at 10:28 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup has been made possible by Bike Index, bike registration that works.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Hello, Portland, are you there?: The city of Edmonton approved a $7.5 million network of downtown protected bike lanes six months ago and they have already broken ground. Meanwhile, it’s been four years since Portland said yes to a similar project and we are yet to put a line on a map.
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Weekend Event Guide: Forest Park ramble, remembering Mike Hall, Tweed Ride, and more

Posted on April 6th, 2017 at 10:39 am.

An assortment of this week’s event posters. Tweed ride illustration by Shawn Granton.

Before we share this week’s event guide, we want to introduce Abus as the new sponsor of the BP Event Calendar and Weekend Event Guide.

Abus makes the finest locks in the business and we’re excited to have them on board as a partner!

Also, don’t forget there’s an important open house meeting for the Off-road Cycling Plan tonight in southwest.

And now we present this weekend’s best events…
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The Monday Roundup: America’s driving crisis, bike share for all, Utrechts new bike bridge, and more

Posted on April 3rd, 2017 at 10:52 am.

Welcome to Monday.

Here are the stories worth reading that you might have missed last week…

Bike share in Bed Stuy: As Portland looks to expand bike share (and cycling in general) beyond the central city, we should take cues from this New York City example of how advocates have increased bike share use in a majority black and low-income neighborhood.

The Today Show’s blame game: One of America’s most-watched morning TV shows was just one of many outlets that spread the “distracted walkers are at fault” meme created by a recent report from a USDOT-backed highway safety group.

22 percent rise in walking deaths since 2014: America doesn’t like to talk about the startling rise in walking deaths as a public health crisis, but this recent report from the Governor’s Highway Safety Association should change that.

Engineering at fault too: Most policymakers and electeds want to blame the spike on careless humans; but it’s clear that our road engineering standards create an unlevel playing field.

Endurance legend dies: Mike Hall’s long and fast rides inspired many of us. He died after being struck by someone driving while competing in the Indian Pacific Wheel Race in Canberra Friday morning.
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Weekend Event Guide: 3-speeds, the Gorge, a big sale, and more

Posted on March 30th, 2017 at 2:26 pm.

Riding in and around The Dalles will be beautiful this weekend at the Gorge Roubaix and Gravel Grinder events.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I know it’s hard to believe, and I know Saturday is April Fools Day on Saturday, but spring seems to have finally sprung. We actually have more sun than rain in the forecast for the next few days.

So embrace it! And ride your bike.

Here are some event and ride ideas to inspire you…
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The Monday Roundup: Holy spokes, scofflaw study, N-why-PD?, and more

Posted on March 27th, 2017 at 8:41 am.

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The eBike Store, Portland’s exclusive dealer of the BuddyRider dog carrier.

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

The NYPD strikes again: Seems like every time I check my news feed there’s another example of how police in New York City just don’t get it. This time they’ve confiscated hundreds of “illegal” e-bikes used by the city’s droves of food delivery workers. WTH?

Holier-than-thou: A religious leader in Boston has found what many biking veterans have — a deeper spirituality and stronger connection to place — since she started biking to church. She’s even written a book about it.[Read more…]

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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