Weekend Event Guide: Velocirque Bike Show, Gateway Green open house, Oregon Timber Trail and more

Posted on February 22nd, 2018 at 7:47 am.

Discover the secrets of riding the Oregon Coast with author Bill Thorness on Friday night.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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If you’re worried that this crazy weather has foiled your bike fun for the weekend, think again! While the snow and ice (and soon, mud and gravel) might seem frightful, we’ve got a full menu of great options that look simply delightful. Not to mention most of them are indoors.

And you want ride inspiration? How about meeting the expert on the Coast Route on Friday night? Then on Saturday you can hear bikepacking tales galore from pioneers who’ve tackled the Oregon Timber Trail. On Sunday, why not get together with fellow three-speeders and plan your world takeover?

We’ve got all that and more in this week’s event guide. And as always, this is just the tip of the iceberg. Check out the BikePortland Calendar for even more great ideas.

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The Monday Roundup: Our helmet fixation, safer trucks, busy biking bridges, and more

Posted on February 19th, 2018 at 12:27 pm.

Welcome to the week.

We have just recovered from a pretty nasty battle with server bots and gremlins that took the site down last week. I apologize for the temporary lack of site access and then the lack of a comment section on many posts. Thankfully we appear to be past the problems (knocking on my wooden desk). Please let me know if you see something strange, and it don’t look good. One more thing… As part of those server issues, we’ve had to ditch our old “Related Posts” tool. We hope to find a replacement shortly.

Here are the most notable stories we came across in the past seven days…
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Weekend Event Guide: Mini Bike Winter, Lunar New Year, two bridges, and more

Posted on February 15th, 2018 at 12:17 pm.

Friends, fun, and folly await at Mini Bike Winter.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Are you ready for Mini Bike Winter?

ZooBomb’s annual event kicks off tomorrow night and continues through the weekend. If you can only make it out one day, I’d highly recommend Saturday. The MBW Olympics are sure to please and everyone’s welcome to join in the fun. The finale will be the infamous Ben Hurt Chariot Wars which pit teams against each other for an all-out duel. Last chariot standing takes home the trophy.

But of course that’s not all there is to do this weekend. Our calendar is full of great ideas and we’ve picked out a few highlights to share below…

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The Monday Roundup: LA’s freeway follies, Vision Zero’s policing problem, a rail vision, and more

Posted on February 12th, 2018 at 11:02 am.

Welcome to the week.

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

Vision Zero’s dilemma: Police statistics in Chicago show that 56 percent of all bike-related traffic tickets were issued in neighborhood with a majority of black residents — compared with 18 percent in white neighborhoods. (via @schmangee)

‘Bike Hunters’ strike gold: Bike company Vanmoof literally went the extra mile to catch the thief of a customer’s bike and uncovered a multinational bike theft ring in the process.

Toddlers-eye view of cities: A new film series follows toddlers while they discover urban streetscapes on foot. (via @awalkerinLA)
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Weekend Event Guide: Live the Revolution, Worst Day of the Year Ride, plant trees by bike, and more

Posted on February 8th, 2018 at 10:11 am.

OMG so cute. You know you wanna do the Worst Day of the Year Ride on Sunday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is right around the corner and now is the time to tidy up your plans.

Our guide this week has two special “BP Picks!” — which means we’re working hard to feature these events because the organizers support BikePortland. If that’s not added reason to check them out I don’t know what is.

So don’t miss a night of great bicycle stories on Friday at Live the Revolution and then join hundreds of your fellow Portlanders for the traditional Worst Day of the Year Ride on Sunday. Here’s the full menu…
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The Monday Roundup: Myopic marketing, wheelchair biking, pedaling protest, and more

Posted on February 5th, 2018 at 9:45 am.

Welcome to the week. Looks like the rain is gone for a bit and we’ve warmed up a bit. I might even try riding without gloves today. I know, right!

You might notice something new this week: I’ve started giving credit to sources of links we use in the roundup. Giving credit is one of the most important tenets of the web, and it’s always bothered me that I didn’t do this in the past. I also hope you’ll discover new and smart people to follow on Twitter.

Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Unsafe at any level of nudity: A man is suing the City of Portland for $566,000 after he hit a median curb on SE Morrison and suffered injuries on his way home from the World Naked Bike Ride in 2016. (via The Oregonian)

On a related note: Los Angeles paid out $19 million last year to bicycle riders and their families to settle lawsuits related to crashes caused by unsafe road conditions. (via @bikinginorange)
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Weekend Event Guide: Illuminated Bike Parade, Caddyshack Ride, Breadwinner Cafe grand opening, and more

Posted on February 1st, 2018 at 10:17 am.

LIght that bike and join the parade!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bike. Love. Stories.

Don’t miss The Street Trust’s Live the Revolution bicycle-themed storytelling event on Friday, February 9th. Tickets and more info here.

Is all the grey weather getting you down? Do you get unexpectedly happy when the sky turns bright? If so (or if not), you should check out the Portland Winter Light Festival. This year bike-related events are featured prominently. Biketown will place specially-lit bikes at stations near the start of the big parade near OMSI, Filmed by Bike will host an installation, you can get half-off a day-use bike share pass, and there’s a big bike parade!

We’ve got all the Winter Light Fest details and much more in this week’s guide…
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The Monday Roundup: Dockless bigotry, TriMet’s dirty diesels, the 199 year-old bike, and more

Posted on January 29th, 2018 at 10:34 am.

Welcome to the week. We’ve got a lot to cover; but first let’s look back at the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

Worst Day of the Year Ride is Feb 11th

On February 11th, jump on your bike, wear your silliest costume, and embrace Portland’s winter weather at the 17th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride — a benefit for the Community Cycling Center.
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Cars vs bikes, literally: Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is meddling in the business of dockless bike-share companies in what looks like an effort to tame their growth.

Better boardwalks: We love this brilliant, modular sidewalk expansion method from London. Where could we put wider sidewalks to use in Portland?

Funding boost: Jump Bikes (formerly Social Bicycles), the bike share company that provides bikes and tech for Portland’s Biketown bikes, received an influx of venture funding after winning an exclusive permit for dockless e-bikes in San Francisco.
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Weekend Event Guide: Ovarian Psycos, coffee on the bridges, Alameda’s architecture, and more

Posted on January 26th, 2018 at 12:20 pm.

Someday it’ll be dry and sunny again. Trust me.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I can’t do anything about the weather; but I can give you some great ideas for what to do on a bike this weekend.

Have a look at our specially prepared menu of rides and make the selections that suit you…

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The Monday Roundup: Dallas’ dock-mess, de Blasio’s hypocrisy, a velodrome in Detroit, and more

Posted on January 22nd, 2018 at 10:09 am.

Welcome to a new week.

Here are the best stories we came across in the last seven days.

I’ll have what they’re having: This piece in Governing caught my eye because it highlights the decrease in traffic deaths in San Francisco and New York City last year. Do they know something we don’t know?

From our Sponsor:

Don’t miss the Tacx Indoor Trainer Demo Night at Western Bikeworks tomorrow night (Tuesday, 1/23)!

A “hot trend”: More momentum for e-bikes in the U.S., and about as mainstream as you can get. Stories like this one are why many of us got into the bike business to begin with!

The lifesaving bicycle: This wonderful essay comes from a woman who was at her personal rock bottom — only to find that the simple act of riding a bicycle helped get her life back.
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