Willamette Week names 50s Bikeway “haters” Rogues of the Week

Posted on February 2nd, 2011 at 1:31 pm.

Graphic from WWeek.com.

One of our local alternative weekly magazines, The Willamette Week, made an interesting choice for their weekly “Rogue of the Week” feature. They’ve given the label to the “haters” of the 50s Bikeway who showed up to last week’s first public open house on the project.

Here’s a snip from the Willamette Week story:[Read more…]

Bicycle Rights! Watch the new clip from Portlandia

Posted on January 21st, 2011 at 9:51 am.

-Watch clip below-

Fred Armisen as a Portland bike messenger.

Portlandia is the new, six-part IFC miniseries that’s getting a lot of buzz around these parts for its attempts to poke fun at Portland’s idiosyncrasies. Back before the holidays, we shared a bit about it over on Page Two because, as you might expect, bicycling figures prominently into the show.

Now, in a newly released teaser clip titled Bicycle Rights!, Portlandia’s co-lead actor Fred Armisen gives us a taste of how they’ll handle the subject…[Read more…]

In Baghdad, car crashes now claim more lives than war

Posted on December 20th, 2010 at 10:40 am.

“… a far more common sight than a chassis shattered in an explosion is now one destroyed in a nasty crash.”
— The Economist

The Economist, one of the world’s leading news magazines, has an article in this week’s issue that really caught my attention (it actually had several, but this one is relevant to BikePortland).

Turns out that that car crashes (unfortunately referred to as “accidents” by The Economist), are now more dangerous than war in Baghdad. According to their story, “the health ministry estimates that six times as many people now die in car accidents as fall victim to political violence.”

Apparently in Baghdad, “reckless driving is the norm.” What’s worse, is that it appears Americans are exporting their disregard for road safety to countries we invade/occupy/are at war in. The Economist reports that one major problem that is leaded to deadly car wrecks is “A tendency to beat the traffic by driving up the wrong side of the road—learnt from American security contractors…”[Read more…]

New crossing at MLK and Going: How does it work for you?

Posted on November 1st, 2010 at 2:00 pm.

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People cross N. Going Street at MLK.
(Photo © J. Maus)

A local TV news outlet is questioning the safety benefit of a crossing treatment recently completed as part of the N. Going bike boulevard project.

I got an email from Scott Burton at KGW TV (Portland’s NBC affiliate) on Friday that they were doing a story about the crossing on their 11 o’clock news. Burton said they’ve received several complaints that since the change, the crossing has become more dangerous. He also said they witnessed a few close calls (bike/car) and that a person walking across was “severely injured” after being hit by a car last week.
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Canzano strikes out in bike lane blame game

Posted on September 7th, 2010 at 9:14 am.

The Oregonian’s John Canzano is sad that Portland’s Triple A baseball team (the Beavers) played their final home game on Sunday; but instead of using his column to reminisce about innings past, he decided to take a few swings at bike lanes.

What do our bikeways have to do with baseball? Nothing. But that doesn’t stop Canzano from blaming the inability of Portland to hold onto a professional baseball team, at least in part, to “those silly bike lanes.”

Here’s an excerpt from his column (emphasis mine):[Read more…]

A major dose of inspiration from Copenhagen

Posted on July 26th, 2010 at 11:23 am.

A new Streetfilm (watch it below) taken during the recent Velo-City Global conference in Copenhagen is like a refuge in a storm.

Here in Portland (and across the country), we still struggle with resentment over bike lanes, a local media that’s happy to stir it up, people wanting to ban bikes completely because they’re simply in the way, people on bikes who can’t be bothered to slow down for other bike traffic, and public transit employees whose actions and words make our streets less safe for people on bikes.
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Bikes don’t make the cut in PBS film ‘Beyond Motor City’

Posted on July 1st, 2010 at 9:21 am.

A scene from the film.
(Photos © J. Maus)

If aliens dropped into the free screening of PBS’s documentary Beyond Motor City at the Bagdad Theater Tuesday night, they would have gotten a crash course in America’s transportation history and the challenges we face as a nation to recover from our love affair with highways and automobiles.

Unfortunately, they would have also come away without knowledge of one of the most obvious solutions to that recovery — the bicycle.[Read more…]

Clarification on KGW’s ‘rogue bike path’ story – UPDATED

Posted on June 29th, 2010 at 10:41 am.

KGW TV ran a story Monday night titled, “Another rogue bike path in Forest Park.” Here’s the opening of the story:

“A new illegal bike path in Forest Park has trail users upset, with near misses between docile people on foot and speeding mountain bikers emerging out of nowhere.

And here’s the video:[Read more…]

Editorial: NW Examiner publisher blasts “bicycle zealots”

Posted on June 7th, 2010 at 12:12 pm.

Allan Classen, founder, editor and publisher of the NW Examiner, has leveled serious criticisms at what he calls “members of the Portland Bicycle Church” in his June issue (PDF here).

Several readers have sent me his monthly Editor’s Turn column titled, When the saints go riding on, which refers to bikes as “not merely a mode of transportation,” in Portland, but rather, “a religion.”

“…the Portland Church of the All Mighty Bicycle has been gaining adherents at every turn, and I don’t think they’re all Catholics.”

Much of Classen’s anger is based on the issue of biking in Forest Park (note that the NW Examiner covers neighborhoods adjacent to the park):[Read more…]

KATU investigates ‘Bike Path to Nowhere’ – UPDATED

Posted on May 18th, 2010 at 8:18 am.

Screen grab from KATU TV newscast.
-Watch video below-

On their 11 o’clock newscast last night, KATU-TV (ABC in Portland) aired a special ‘On Your Side’ investigation titled, Bike Path to Nowhere. The segment focused on the buffered bike lanes that were installed on SE Holgate back in August. To give you a sense of the angle KATU took with this story, here’s the lead-in to the segment (which lasted just over 5 minutes):[Read more…]