Special Coverage of Northeast Portland cyclist attacks

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Would you join a neighborhood bike patrol?

Posted on February 14th, 2007 at 9:04 am.

[At National Night Out in
the Piedmont neighborhood, 8/2/05]

OK everyone, here’s your chance to let the City of Portland know that volunteer, neighborhood bike patrols would be a new program worthy of their support.

First, some background.

I recently met with stakeholders from the Mayor’s Office, the Office of Neighborhood Involvement, the county District Attorney, and the Police Bureau.
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Selling the city on "Bike Beats"

Posted on February 6th, 2007 at 11:32 am.

[Taken after our meeting at Northeast Precinct yesterday.]
From L to R, Back row: Commander Jim Ferraris (North Precinct, PPB), Havilah Ferschweiler (N Portland Crime Prevention, ONI) , Commander Bret Smith (NE Precinct, PPB), John Canda (Mayor’s Office of Youth Crime Prevention); Front row: Mary Tompkins (NE Portland Crime Prevention, ONI), Stephanie Reynolds (Crime Prevention Program Manager, ONI), Celeste Carey (NE Portland Crime Prevention, ONI), Jim Hayden (Neighborhood District Attorney, Mult. County)

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More thoughts as attacks on cyclists continue

Posted on February 2nd, 2007 at 4:00 pm.

“Last weekend I was riding down NE Skidmore in broad sunlight, they walked out into the street as I passed and punched me…”
-Gabriel Amadeus, in a comment on the Portland Mercury blog

In the last few days I’ve heard of two more attacks on cyclists. Both of them happened in Northeast Portland. One near the Fred Meyer at 28th and Broadway and one near 9th and Skidmore.

The first was reported by Amy Jenniges on the Portland Mercury blog. She posted an email from someone who wrote in after reading the “Bike Beat” article in this week’s paper. Here’s an excerpt,
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Oregonian columnist sings praises of pedal power

Posted on January 29th, 2007 at 9:57 am.

[From today’s Oregonian.
Read the article.]

For the second time in a row, Oregonian columnist Renee Mitchell has devoted her column (which appears on the front page of the Metro section) to the power of the pedal.

Last Wednesday she wrote about how the community came together to recover Erin Greeson’s $2,000 stolen bike. Now, in this morning’s edition she again writes about the powerful potential of the bike community.

Today, in her column titled Putting pedal power to work on attitudes, she details the recent dialogue we’ve been having on this site about neighborhood safety and how bikes can be a part of community building in Portland neighborhoods.
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Bikes in the community: My talk with John Canda

Posted on January 26th, 2007 at 7:47 am.

[John Canda, head of the Mayor’s
Office on Youth Crime Prevention]

On Wednesday I met with John Canda to hear his perspectives on how bikes might play a larger role in community policing.

John is the Mayor’s youth crime prevention czar. Prior to that, he led the Northeast Coalition of Neighborhoods, one of six coalitions that oversees 12 neighborhoods.

We met in the Humboldt neighborhood, just blocks from where John was born and raised and where his parents still have a home.

First, let me explain something. Recent attacks are what sparked my action on this issue, but I do not believe there is a rampant crime problem nor a major trend of random attacks on cyclists in the N Vancouver/Williams area. My interest is in the bigger picture.
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Act locally; thoughts on North Portland

Posted on January 24th, 2007 at 12:07 pm.

Since I proposed a neighborhood meeting last week (in response to community reaction to an attack on cyclists in North Portland), I’ve been thinking about the issues, reading comments, seeking advice, and trying to determine the best way forward.

Some issues on the table — race, gentrification, youth violence — are vast and complex and I have no delusions of solving them or even tackling them directly. We can’t ignore these issues, but I think there are others in the community better suited to tackling them head-on.

So what do bikes have to do with this?
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North Portland, let’s meet and move forward

Posted on January 20th, 2007 at 11:11 pm.

In light of recent events, I feel (and so do many others) that there is a great need for us to come together and discuss how to make our North Portland neighborhoods safer and more livable for everyone.

I realize we cannot solve all the problems, but I know there is vast potential if we can get together as a community and take some of the emotion seen on this site in the last few days, then organize it, delegate it, and turn it into action and solutions.
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KATU-TV covers neighborhood safety issue

Posted on January 20th, 2007 at 10:16 pm.

[Click here for full story.
Click here for the director’s cut interview.]

Last night on the 11 o’clock news, KATU-TV (Portland’s ABC affiliate) ran a story titled, “Have cyclists become a target?

The KATU story aired as a direct result of the many comments received in response to the post about a pair of cyclists who were attacked by a group of teenage kids at a North Portland bus stop.
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Details emerge from NoPo cyclist attack

Posted on January 19th, 2007 at 3:28 pm.

Since I realize some folks don’t always follow all the comments on every post, I thought I’d feature this one just left by Megan, who I assume to be a close friend of Ashley Gorman and Heather Moles, the cyclists who were attacked on their bikes near Legacy Hospital on January 10th.

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Attack on cyclists not an aberration

Posted on January 19th, 2007 at 10:23 am.

The recent incident involving a group of teens that attacked two cyclists in North Portland has sparked dialogue about the safety, race, and vulnerability of cyclists.

In the over 70 comments listed so far, I was amazed at how many other people reported being attacked while on their bikes, and how the majority of them were in the same general area of North Portland.
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