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Sugar Wheel Works to host free monthly clinics in 2017

Posted on December 12th, 2016 at 12:49 pm.

Portland Custom Bicycle Wheel Builder Sugar Wheel Works to Host Free Monthly Clinics in 2017

In 2017 in conjunction with Williams Wednesday, held on the second Wednesday of each month, Sugar Wheel Works will be offering clinics, free and open to the public. Each clinic will offer the chance to learn about a different element of wheels and wheel-building, with the opportunity to ask one-on-one questions with the Sugar Wheel Works team.

All clinics will be held on the second Wednesday of each month through June, each one starting at 6:15 p.m. Detailed clinic schedule and information:

January 11, 2017: Bike Essentials: How to Change a Flat
Come learn how to change a flat tire as well watch a demonstration on setting up a tire tubeless. Q/A to follow the demo!

February 8, 2017: Wheel Truing 101
A demonstration on wheel truing followed by Q/A with Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace about wheel truing and general wheel maintenance, to answer questions like “what’s the best way to take the grit off of a rim?

March 8, 2017: Wheel Building 101
Ever wonder how a wheel is actually built? Sugar Wheel Works founder Jude Gerace will do a 90-minute wheel building demonstration paired with a Q&A for anyone who is interested in the art of wheel-building. Kids encouraged to attend.[Read more…]

One month of Highway 26 path closures start December 7th

Posted on December 1st, 2016 at 7:52 am.


As part of an ODOT project to add new electronic signs on U.S. 26 and I-84, there will be short-term impacts to the multi-use path along the south side of U.S. 26.

The contractor for the project expect intermittent nighttime path closures beginning December 7 and continuing for approximately one month. The section of path being closed is between SW 79th Avenue and SW Katherine Lane, adjacent to West Sylvan Middle School.

A signed detour will be in place during the nighttime closures, directly path users through the West Slope neighborhood. The detour will add approximately 4 minutes to the trip of a person on a bike averaging 10 MPH. The detour route includes more hills than the path.

On nights when work takes place, the path will close at 8 p.m. and reopen by 5:30 a.m. weekdays, 8 a.m. on Saturdays and 9 a.m. on Sundays.

The path will remain open during daytime hours, but will be narrowed to 3 feet minimum width to accommodate the work zone. An alternate option to avoid the work zone closure is to use Trimet’s MAX from the nearby Sunset Transit Center.

The closure area is part of a work zone for an ODOT RealTime project, which will provide real-time traffic information on roads to help travelers get where they’re going more safely and efficiently. The work adjacent to the path involves drilling foundations for a new electronic sign. For more information, visit

Attached is a flier with more information, including a detour map. There will also be signs posted on the path. Feel free to get in touch with any questions.

Lili Boicourt, Community Affairs Coordinator
503-731-8247 (desk) | 503-731-3266 (fax)

Police write 53 speeding citations in just two hours on Highway 26 near the Zoo

Posted on October 12th, 2016 at 3:41 pm.

PPB officers camped out on Highway 26 up near the Oregon Zoo to catch speeders. Read their press release below for how that turned out…


News Release from Portland Police Bureau
Posted on FlashAlert: October 12th, 2016 3:04 PM
Downloadable file: Vision_Zero.jpg
On Tuesday October 11, 2016, the Portland Police Bureau’s Traffic Division conducted a Vision Zero traffic safety mission on the Sunset Highway at the Oregon Zoo overpass. For approximately two hours, officers conducted high-visibility enforcement and education stops.

In total, 53 traffic citations were issued along with three written warnings. The average citation speed was 70 MPH in the 50 MPH zone. This location was selected for the mission due to the number of crashes that occur on the Sunset Highway.

This mission was conducted in an effort to address the high number of traffic crashes this year resulting in serious physical injuries or death. So far this year, 32 people have died in traffic-related crashes.

The Traffic Division and Precinct operations will be conducting future enforcement missions as staffing allows.

The Portland Police Bureau is committed to working with our partners in government and the community to create safer streets and work towards reducing, and eventually eliminating, traffic fatalities as part of Vision Zero.

TriMet now one of four transit providers that are also NACTO members

Posted on October 12th, 2016 at 2:23 pm.

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) was formed as a counterweight to the American Association of State Highway Transportation Officials (AASHTO). The group exists to promote more progressive and innovative street designs that reflect how Americans actually want to live in cities.

NACTO has 49 member cities and just announced three new transit agency members. Portland-based TriMet is one of them. Check the full press release below…

NACTO Welcomes New Transit Members, Reinforcing Transit’s Central Role on City Streets
New Transit Members in Seattle, Portland OR, and Miami-Dade County Join Peers in New York City and San Francisco

The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO) today announced that Seattle’s King County Metro, Portland’s TriMet, and Miami-Dade County have joined NACTO as the association’s newest transit agency members, weeks after New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) joined the association. These four major transit providers join NACTO’s 49 member cities across North America working to build sustainable, equitable streets and transit networks.

As more people are choosing to live in cities across North America, cities and transit agencies are partnering to move more people in less space, and make sure all neighborhoods have the streets and transit access that they need. NACTO’s recently-released Transit Street Design Guide, created by this unique coalition, shows how putting transit at the heart of street design greatly expands the number of people a street can move, and unlocks street space to create more vibrant places for everyone.
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The relationship between streetcar, housing, and streetcar ridership

Posted on October 7th, 2016 at 11:52 am.

Interesting study released today by Portland Streetcar:

Along Portland’s streetcar route, each new housing unit adds a regular streetcar rider

Portland, Ore. – Portland Streetcar released brand new data Thursday on the relationship between housing development and streetcar ridership, offering insight into future demand for streetcar systems around the country.

In a study of housing construction and streetcar ridership over the past 15 years, ECONorthwest found that each new housing unit built along the streetcar corridor has added one new regular streetcar rider. With over 17,000 housing units built along the corridor since 2001 and another 8,000 in the pipeline in just the next two years, that adds up to a lot of riders. To accommodate increasing demand, Portland Streetcar is developing plans to add vehicles and expand the system to reach new areas of the city.

This new data adds to the growing body evidence that shows streetcars support city and regional goals for both increasing mobility options and improving economic opportunity.


More detail about the data, including a PDF containing a chart and infographics, is available at

More information about Portland Streetcar’s ridership and economic impact can be found at

PBOT to break ground on first project funded by gas tax increase

Posted on September 16th, 2016 at 3:24 pm.

Remember the gas tax increase Portlanders voted in favor of back in May? Now the first project is ready to happen and PBOT is (rather wisely) adding some pomp and circumstance to it.

Check the release below for an event in southeast Portland on Monday:
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Load up your bike: Zipcars now come with Yakima racks

Posted on August 17th, 2016 at 2:05 pm.


If you use Zipcar it just got easier to take your bike along…
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Sunday Parkways coming to Northeast Portland this Sunday (7/24)

Posted on July 22nd, 2016 at 8:57 am.

Looks like there’s a bee theme to this Sunday Parkways. Check out all the details below…

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways will be BEE-utiful this Weekend

PBOT, BES and City Repair activities at Sunday Parkways to highlight a Pollinator-friendly Portland
Portland, OR, July 21, 2016 — This summer’s third City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is coming to Northeast Portland this Sunday, July 24. Walkers, cyclists and rollers of all kinds will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7.6 mile loop of traffic-free streets from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. This weekend’s route will connect Northeast Portland neighborhoods from Woodlawn Park to Khunamokwst Park. The route will also showcase neighborhood greenways like Going Street. Neighborhood greenways are residential streets with low speeds that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.

As an added bonus, this weekend’s event will give Portlanders an opportunity to explore the benefits of a healthy and bee-friendly city when the Pollinator Project debuts. A partnership between the City Repair Project and Sunday Parkways, the multi-year Pollinator Project will focus on increasing pollinator habitat in Portland through community engagement, educational awareness, and a series of neighborhood projects. Sunday Parkways participants will be able to take part in a variety of activities highlighting the important role that pollinators play in Portland’s environment. The Pollinator Project is partially funded through the Community Watershed Stewardship Program (CWSP) grant facilitated by the Bureau of Environmental Services.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways Northeast Portland brochure.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city’s largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 119,000 last year.
For maps and more information, visit or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

Advisory: County set to lay down chip seal on several popular cycling routes

Posted on July 20th, 2016 at 3:13 pm.

County crews laying down chip seal.(Photo: Multnomah County)

County crews laying down chip seal.
(Photo: Multnomah County)

Not to be outdone by ODOT, Multnomah County has issued a special notice about upcoming chip seal work. This is particularly important for people who ride because the county happens to manage very popular cycling routes like Sauvie Island, Skyline and Larch Mountain. [Read more…]

Final open house for Mt. Hood bike and walk plan is June 1st

Posted on May 20th, 2016 at 1:15 pm.

We haven’t been able to do a full story about this plan yet, but we wanted to let you know about this open house. If you ride, live or work up near Mt. Hood, be sure to chime in about the bike/ped plan they’re working on.

I’ve pasted some salient info about the plan and the June 1st open hosue below.

The Villages at Mount Hood are home to over 5,000 permanent residents, and the surrounding area serves thousands of recreational users every year. Visitors from the Portland area come to enjoy its mix of uses, including biking and hiking. Clackamas County aims to increase transportation choices – especially bicycling and walking – to support the needs of The Villages communities along the US 26 corridor within the communities of Brightwood, Welches, Wemme, Zigzag, and Rhododendron.

Clackamas County has initiated Walk & Bike The Villages at Mt. Hood to identify and promote safe travel options within and between communities on Mt. Hood. Currently, area residents and visitors have few travel options besides personal vehicles because local roadways are narrow, and lack shoulders and bikeways. The project will help identify where shoulders and bikeways are most needed and prioritize the necessary improvements.
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