Weekend Event Guide: Freak Bike Fall, cyclocross doubleheader, e-scooter throwdown

Posted on October 26th, 2018 at 9:08 am.

Cascade Locks is one of the most beautiful stops on the Cyclocross Crusade calendar.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to the weekend!

While our stellar weather seems to have passed, we embrace yet another change in the season. And if you’re a cyclocross fan, this rain is what you’ve been waiting for.

Note: Some events cancel in the event of rain (always double-check event website before heading out), and this week we’ve shared two events happening Monday (10/29) just as a bonus because we like you so much.

Have fun!

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The Monday Roundup: Transgender champion, inspiration from Paris and Calgary, scooter lawsuit and more

Posted on October 22nd, 2018 at 11:57 am.

Here are the most noteworthy stories we came across in the past seven days…

Transgender champion: Rachel McKinnon won a national championship on the track. Some say it’s unfair because she’s transgender. Learn more about her in this Q & A posted by VeloNews.

E-cargo bikes are the future: New Forbes contributor (and veteran bike industry writer and author) Carlton Reid has an excellent update on how electric cargo bikes hold vast promise as urban, last-mile delivery vehicles.

Cars as a safe space: A recent survey from furniture giant IKEA found that almost half (45%) of Americans go outside and sit in their car “to have a private moment to themselves”.

Paris leads on carfree cities: A massive effort to get unnecessary cars and trucks out of the city is being taken on by Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo. Here’s more on the potential of that vision and why the politics are so hard.

Ride-hailing = congestion: A study by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority found that Transportation Network Companies (TNCs) like Uber and Lyft accounted for a whopping 50% of congestion in San Francisco between 2010 and 2016.

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Inspiration from Calgary: Portland could learn a lot from Calgary where a carfree bridge laid the foundation for a successful, quick, and relatively cheap network of protected bike lanes.

Portland is a “smart city”: Bloomberg Philanthropies has awarded the City of Portland $2.5 million to fund “smart city” projects that fight congestion and climate change.

Vehicular terrorism: Citylab delves into the disturbing trend of using automobiles as weapons of mass destruction and offers examples of how to prevent the attacks without making walking and biking worse.

Teach the reach: The UK Highway Code plans to add more instruction to improve the safety of bicycle users — including the use of the “Dutch Reach” which requires using your far hand to open your car door to prevent “dooring.”

Scooter lawsuit: Three plaintiffs who claim to have been hit by scooter users while walking have filed a class-action lawsuit in Los Angeles against Lime, Bird, and other scooter companies for what they call “gross negligence”.

No lane is safe: The fact that someone sandwiched their sedan in a green-colored, physically protected bike lane is a great example of why we need more carfree spaces in cities.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Weekend Event Guide: Hidden history, ‘cross in Canby, Kidical Mass, and more

Posted on October 18th, 2018 at 10:34 am.

Discover hidden history of Portland with Shawn Granton (on left, with megaphone) of Urban Adventure League and local historian Dan Haneckow.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Another gloriously sunny and colorful weekend is almost here. If you need some ideas for things to do, we’ve got a few tips.

And by the way folks, we’re between sponsors for the Weekend Event Guide and the BP Calendar right now. So if you own a business (and/or spend marketing money for one) and want to partner up with us, please get in touch. BikePortland relies on financial support from individuals and businesses, so don’t just be a reader, be a supporter!

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The Monday Roundup: Scooter laws, ‘War on Cars’ pod, transit subsidy and more

Posted on October 15th, 2018 at 11:08 am.

Here are the most notable stories we came across last week:

Silver bullet: You’ve probably heard that electeds and policymakers from Oregon and Washington are eager to replace the I-5 bridge; but did you know there are early-stage talks to build a bullet train between Portland and Vancouver, BC?

Transit subsidy: Seattle is the latest west coast city to pass a local mandate requiring certain companies to allow employees to use pre-tax wages to pay for transit. Why they heck doesn’t Portland do this?!
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Weekend Event Guide: Gladys’ 5th, Chris King Open House, NOISE Ride, and more

Posted on October 11th, 2018 at 9:17 am.

Get out there and enjoy our fall splendor.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is near and we hope you have a chance to escape and enjoy the pleasures of a bicycle ride. If so, here are some suggestions of things to do… [Read more…]

Family Biking: What’s your favorite rain gear? (I asked my kids too)

Posted on October 9th, 2018 at 9:09 am.

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

What is your favorite rain gear?
What prevents a wet and shiny nose?
Is it something on your bike like fenders?
Or is it waterproof cycling clothes?

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The Monday Roundup: Sexism, scooter lane, space helmet, SW Corridor and more

Posted on October 8th, 2018 at 10:56 am.

Here are the most noteworthy stories we’ve come across in the past seven days…

Do our part: A major new climate report paints a dire picture and reminds us that everyone in the transportation universe needs to stop placating auto abusers and start aggressively transforming our system into one that is cleaner and more efficient.

The Dutch example: Saying that, “using a phone is just as dangerous on a bike as it is in a car,” the infrastructure minister for The Netherlands is pushing for a cell phone ban for bicycle riders.

Sexism at the races: A veteran race announcer was fired after women voiced concern over sexist remarks made over the loudspeaker at a major cyclocross race.
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Weekend Event Guide: Crusade kickoff, Simworks pop-up, pumpkin ride, and more

Posted on October 4th, 2018 at 9:44 am.

Things could get a bit crazy at Alpenrose this weekend.

The weekend is near. We hope you’ll have the time and ability to indulge your love of cycling. The fall colors are peeking out and we’ve got some season-appropriate suggestions in this week’s guide.

Here are our selections…

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The Monday Roundup: Florida’s cycling problem, deadly SUVs, efficient roads, and more

Posted on October 1st, 2018 at 11:43 am.


Welcome to the week!

Sponsored by:

Greenfield Health, a different kind of comprehensive primary care clinic with two Portland locations.

Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…

No commute: The latest numbers from the U.S. Census show that telecommuting has become the second most common way to get to work (behind driving alone) — surpassing public transit for the first time.

Teen scooter love: High school-aged Americans are in love with scooters — but the law isn’t on their side.
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Weekend Event Guide: Explore Vancouver’s new waterfront, ride the CZ Trail, and more

Posted on September 27th, 2018 at 7:24 am.

*We need a new sponsor for the Weekend Event Guide and the BikePortland Calendar. Please contact me for more info!

The weekend is right around the corner and it’s time to make plans. The fall colors have begun to peek out and a bicycle is a great way to see them.

Here are our picks for the best things to do…

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