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First look at TriMet’s new multimodal trip planner

Posted on October 14th, 2011 at 5:32 pm.

Bibiana McHugh of TriMet gave a
special sneak preview of the tool today.
(Photo: Michael Andersen)

This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, PDX’s 10-minute newsmagazine and wiki for transit commuters.

Already known internationally for its top-notch website and pioneering use of open data, Portland’s transit agency is about to take another leap toward making low-car life easy and intuitive.

With the launch of its new Regional Trip Planner – that’s the link to the latest version, which will go live on TriMet’s website tomorrow – TriMet will be the first American transit agency whose website uses open-source software to plan trips the way low-car humans do: by figuring out the best combination of bike, train, bus, foot and even, eventually (gasp) automobile.

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Portland’s oldest office building could house major bike parking facility

Posted on May 25th, 2011 at 10:06 am.

The Dekum Building could become
Portland’s first major public bike
parking facility.
(Photo: Naito Properties)

The Dekum Building on SW 3rd and Washington in downtown Portland was built in 1892. It’s the oldest office building in the city and the former home of famed global ad agency Wieden + Kennedy. Now, building owner and manager Naito Properties hope it gains distinction as the largest public bike parking facility in Portland (and it just happens to be right across the street from the bank vault bike parking in the Spalding Building).

Verne Naito, who’s managing the Dekum for his family’s company, Naito Properties (the same family Naito Parkway is named after), says the owner of the building has set aside 4,000 square feet of ground-floor retail space that has already been permitted by the city for bicycle parking and is already built out to fit 300 bicycles.

The idea would be something similar to a Bikestation, which, despite toying with the idea for years, no one in Portland has been able to pull off.
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Citing demand, Parks Bureau doubles bike parking near Saturday Market

Posted on March 23rd, 2011 at 11:44 am.

The Portland Parks and Recreation bureau is putting the finishing touches on new bike racks near the Naito Fountain area in Waterfront Park. We noticed work crews at the site yesterday and contributor Jim Parsons snapped a photo for us this morning…

City crews installing new bike racks near the
Saturday Market in Waterfront Park this morning.
(Photo: Jim “K’Tesh” Parsons)

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Bike parking gets even better on North Mississippi and Williams

Posted on March 2nd, 2011 at 11:22 am.

Covered bike parking on N Mississippi-2

All cozy and dry… I think I’ll stop for a meal.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland’s bike parking offerings continue to improve in both quality and quantity. Recently I’ve noticed two developments in North Portland worth your attention: a new on-street bike corral on N. Williams Avenue and a nice covering of a corral on N. Mississippi.

This new on-street corral on Williams is located just south of N. Fargo out in front of Waypost Cafe, a community gathering spot that has been in need of more bike parking for a long time. (Just a block north of this corral is another one situated on a curb extension). This is the fifth on-street bike corral on Williams — more than any other street in Portland (I stand corrected. Alberta has seven!).[Read more…]

How PSU is getting staff and students to leave their cars at home

Posted on January 31st, 2011 at 3:55 pm.

Montgomery St Bike Garage at PSU

Over 2,000 bike parking spots are just
one reason it’s easy to ride to PSU.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Portland State University’s location, facilities, and policies to promote options to driving alone are paying off. A survey released last week shows that three in four students and employees at the campus get there without a car. A press release about the survey issued by PSU proclaimed that, “Cars are alternative transportation for students and staff at PSU.”
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Eugene advocate pushes residential bike parking corrals

Posted on January 31st, 2011 at 9:55 am.

Demonstration of a residential bike corral
in Eugene by Paul Adkins.
(Photo: Paul Adkins)

A Eugene resident has submitted a proposal to the City of Eugene to install on-street, residential bike parking corrals. On-street bike corrals are common in Portland, but we’ve yet to extend the idea into residential areas.

Noted bike advocate Paul Adkins and Chair of the local Neighborhood Council, is behind the proposal. According to the We Bike Eugene blog, Adkins feels like public parking shouldn’t discriminate when it comes to vehicles. “There is no reason that streets should accommodate cars and not accommodate human powered vehicles.” Here’s more from We Bike Eugene:[Read more…]

Portland’s first bioswale bike corral and more bike parking on Williams

Posted on January 11th, 2011 at 11:07 am.

BES has taken an on-street bike corral…
(Photo © J. Maus)

And integrated it with a bioswale!
(Photo: PBOT)

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Weigh in on proposed bike shelter/art project in Woodlawn

Posted on January 5th, 2011 at 12:56 pm.

Artist Buster Simpson’s rendering of covered bike rack and green street features. See more at

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Vancouver (WA) installs four more on-demand bike lockers

Posted on December 10th, 2010 at 11:49 am.

A source that works for the City of Vancouver (WA) sent this info over the other day (photos of the new lockers below):

“Three weeks ago we installed 4 more Bikelink lockers in our downtown area, bringing the total number of lockers to 9. This project was part of our Destination Downtown project, and was funded through a grant from the Washington State Department of Transportation. The BikeLink lockers are “on-demand” facilities that users can rent by the hour with an electronic key card. At this time we are charging 5 cents an hour for the lockers.

New locations:
SE corner of Columbia Street and W Evergreen Boulevard
NW corner of Main Street and W 11th Street
NE corner of Broadway Street and W 7th Street (1st locker before the C-TRAN lockers)
NE corner of Main Street and E 20th Street

Existing locations:
1300 Franklin Street on south side of Clark County Public Service Center – 4 lockers
NE corner of Columbia and 6th Street – 1 locker”

Vancouver was the first city in the Northwest to install on-demand, debit card access bike lockers. We covered the first installation (across from Esther Short Park) back in June 2006.

Update on bike corral/public art project in Woodlawn

Posted on November 4th, 2010 at 12:16 pm.

Detail of sculptural element on
roof of new bike corral coming
to Dekum Street.

Our story last week about a new on-street bike corral coming to Dekum Street in the Woodlawn neighborhood sparked a lot of discussion. Many readers weighed in with negative opinions about the design (especially the car part) and wondered whether or not there would be more opportunity for public input. I followed up with folks behind the project and got some answers to your questions. I can also share a detailed artist’s statement and updated project drawings.[Read more…]