Archives of Brett Jarolimek Coverage

Brett was killed on October 22, 2007.

ODOT says stencil removal decision was “very difficult”

Posted on December 7th, 2007 at 10:14 am.

Stencil of Brett Jarolimek that
was painted on a bridge
support in North Portland.

This morning I got a call from Mike Mason who works in the community and public affairs office at the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT).

Mike (who happens to be a daily reader of this site) wanted to give me some background on why ODOT maintenance crews painted over a stencil created as a memorial for Brett Jarolimek that was painted on a bridge support near the intersection of N. Interstate and Greeley.

Mike expressed that he thought it was “a great stencil” and that, despite usual policy that calls for more immediate removal of graffiti, his crews wrestled with this decision for weeks. Here’s more of what he said:[Read more…]

ODOT maintenance crews paint over Brett Jarolimek memorial

Posted on December 6th, 2007 at 3:36 pm.

[Updated: 12/7, 10:15am]


This painting of the late Brett Jarolimek
has been covered over by maintenance crews.

I just heard from a reader that maintenance crews (from ODOT) have painted over the stencil of Brett Jarolimek that was on the underpass at the intersection of N. Interstate and Greeley.

This doesn’t come as a complete surprise (after all, it was technically vandalism), but in a way I feel it’s too bad that it could not have been saved.[Read more…]

Donations large and small kick-start bike safety fund

Posted on November 19th, 2007 at 10:42 am.


A Chris King wheelset (Mr. King is
in the green shirt).
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Last week, the Bike Gallery announced the formation of a bike safety fund as a memorial to Brett Jarolimek.

Barb Grover, who’s managing the fund, says donations from the community have already begun to roll in. She was particularly excited about a sizable gift from Northwest Portland-based bike parts manufacturer Chris King Precision Components.

Chris King has announced a $5,000 donation to the fund and has pledged another $5,000 in additional matching funds. (The Bike Gallery already plans to match first-year contributions up to $10,000).[Read more…]

Reminder: Rally at Waterfront Park tomorrow

Posted on November 16th, 2007 at 5:00 pm.

Today’s press conference at City Hall.
(Photo: Dat Nguyen)

Don’t forget to join us for the “We Are ALL Traffic” rally tomorrow (11/17).

    Waterfront Park – Below Hawthorne Bridge
    12 Noon

There are rides being led to the rally from various locations throughout the city. Here is the list:
[Read more…]

Remembering Brett Jarolimek

Posted on November 13th, 2007 at 11:19 am.


At the intersection of
N. Interstate and Greeley.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Nearly a month passed since we lost Brett Jarolimek, but signs of his life and actions spurred by his passing continue.

The Bike Gallery (where Brett worked) has established a memorial fund in his honor. The fund will,

“support the cause of bicycle safety through strategic partnerships and direct support of projects intended to 1) enhance motorist awareness and education, 2) enhance the awareness, visibility and education of bicyclists, and 3) enable bicycle safety infrastructure projects on a selected basis. This will include funding of grassroots projects initiated by individuals in the community.”

[Read more…]

No more right turns at Greeley: “I don’t want another tragedy”

Posted on November 6th, 2007 at 4:30 pm.


Signs like this have been
placed on the hill approaching
the intersection.
(Photos © Jonathan Maus)

The closure consists of these two barricades.

Calling the intersection, “inherently dangerous” City Commissioner of Transportation Sam Adams had PDOT crews close the right-turn section of N. Greeley Avenue that has claimed two victims in as many weeks.[Read more…]

Brett Jarolimek memorial ride and event

Posted on October 29th, 2007 at 10:10 am.

A service to pay tribute to the life of Brett Jarolimek and a memorial ride through Forest Park has been planned.

Memorial ride: Meet at NW Thurman St. entrance to Forest Park at 4:30. Ride starts at 5:00. We will ride out and back on Leif Erickson Drive. This is a gravel road that might be muddy and impassable with narrow, slick tires. Equip yourself accordingly.

Memorial service: The event is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 pm in the commons area of Pacific Northwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson), where Jarolimek graduated in 2003.

Crusaders remember Brett with silence, spirit, and a good party

Posted on October 29th, 2007 at 9:56 am.


We wore race number 800
in honor of Brett Jarolimek.
(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

Wearing white t-shirts emblazoned with the words “No Blind Spots”, Cross Crusade founder Rick Potestio and race director Brad Ross said losing Brett Jarolimek was like losing “a member of the Cross Crusade family.”

Also speaking before a memorial lap was Bike Gallery’s Kris Schamp. He said,

“The Halloween Cross was one of Brett’s favorites, we’ll miss him here…but he’d want us to ride on, race on, and have fun while we’re at it.”

[Read more…]

Trucker’s problems should lead to reforms

Posted on October 25th, 2007 at 11:31 am.

As detailed yesterday by the Oregonian (and later discussed on this site), the driver of the AGG Enterprises garbage truck that killed Brett Jarolimek last week had a slew of speeding infractions on his record.

Now, I’ve learned that speeding was the least of his problems.

According to my research and to sources who have requested to remain anonymous, the truck driver’s “checkered past” includes:[Read more…]

Updated: Memorial plans set for Brett Jarolimek

Posted on October 24th, 2007 at 12:23 pm.

*[Updated 10/24, 2:34pm]
Kryptonite Racks in the Pearl-1.jpg

(Photo © Jonathan Maus)

A service to pay tribute to the life of Brett Jarolimek has been scheduled for Monday (10/29).

The event is open to the public and will be held at 6:30 pm in the commons area of Pacific Northwest College of Art (1241 NW Johnson), where Jarolimek graduated in 2003.

Organizers say the service will be a place for people to get together and share their thoughts and memories of Brett.

This has been a very difficult time for PNCA. The small, close-knit school was already coping with the loss of Tracey Sparling, who was a student at the time of her death on October 11th.[Read more…]