Know before you go with new ‘surface types’ feature from Ride With GPS

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 15th, 2021 at 2:57 pm

(Some of the many surface types in Oregon. Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Book Review: ‘Calling Bullshit’ will help you be a better advocate

Lisa Caballero (Southwest Correspondent) by on May 19th, 2021 at 9:40 am

Calling Bullshit: The Art of Skepticism in a Data-Driven World (Penguin Random House, 2020) is a much-needed guide for folks awash in numbers who are just trying to make informed decisions. Anyone working or advocating in transportation should read it.

The preface begins with a definition of bullshit and a discussion of its different types. The authors, Carl T. Bergstrom and Jevin D. West, a biologist and a data scientist at the University of Washington, distinguish between old-school and new-school bullshit. Their book focusses on the new-school type which “uses the language of math and science and statistics to create the impression of rigor and accuracy,” and they introduce the concept of “mathiness,” their analog to comedian Stephen Colbert’s “truthiness.” Mathiness refers “to formulas and expressions that may look and feel like math—even as they disregard the logical coherence and formal rigor of actual mathematics.”

Each chapter guides the reader through topics like causality, selection bias, data visualization, and big data, with examples from contemporary news. The result is a topical, fast-paced and laugh-out-loud funny book.
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Portlander with NASA ties develops new space-age bicycle tire

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 17th, 2021 at 12:11 pm

Calvin Young and his tires. (Photos: SMART Tire Company)[Read more…]

Apple Maps cycling directions now available for Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 18th, 2021 at 2:40 pm

NoPo to downtown results.

If you use Apple devices and rely on a bicycle to get around Portland, we’ve got some good news. Apple Maps has just expanded its cycling directions feature to our wonderful city.
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Cyclocross photo book aims to fill void of lost season

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 15th, 2020 at 11:11 am

Cover of new book.
(Photos by Drew Coleman)

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Lube up and ride on: Tips from a bike lube geek

Avatar by on July 17th, 2020 at 1:01 pm

The author at a Thursday Night Ride in 2016.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Hi! My name is Maria Schur and I work as the national sales representative for HGNR, which is the Portland-based, U.S. distributor of Dumonde Tech bicycle lubrication products.

If you’ve heard of me around town as Bicycle Kitty, recall my Forest Park commute back in 2012, or read my articles here on BikePortland, you know I’m not new to being a bike geek. My journey through the bike industry has included roles like managing a bicycle tire outlet store, planning and leading rides, hosting flat repair clinics, maintaining e-commerce sites, fitting and training children on bicycles, and now, chain lube!
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Bike Loud to host Angie Schmitt, author of new book on race, class and pedestrian deaths

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 9th, 2020 at 12:23 pm

At an online meeting next week hosted by local activism group Bike Loud PDX you’ll get the chance to hear from a leading expert on the connection between America’s pervasive car culture and a startling rise in deaths of vulnerable road users.

Angie Schmitt’s new book, Right of Way: Race, Class, and the Silent Epidemic of Pedestrian Deaths in America (Island Press), is due to come out on August 27th and has already received an excellent review from Kirkus (a big deal in the publishing world).

In the book, Schmitt breaks down the policies and products that have contributed to a 50% rise in pedestrian deaths in the last decade.[Read more…]

You need a mask (or three): Here are four local companies that sell them

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 1st, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Time to stock up. We’re in this for the long haul.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Family Biking: Frog Bikes are a quality, lightweight option for young riders

Madi Carlson by on September 24th, 2019 at 8:24 am

Putting the Frog through its paces at Clever Cycles.
(Photo: Eva Frazier)

I recently visited Clever Cycles to see what they recommend for kid bikes and I really liked what I saw in Frog Bikes[Read more…]

‘Truck Trike’ maker seeks new partner for licensing and production

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 5th, 2019 at 4:28 pm

This trike was designed and built in Portland. It could also revolutionize last-mile delivery.
(Photo: Mark Gamba)

Remember the Truck Trike?

It was almost 10 years ago when we first introduced you to this Portland-made, Portland-desinged, bike lane legal, electric-assisted bicycle that can haul up to 600 pounds of cargo. Bill Stites (Stites Design) has evolved his product considerably since then. When we last heard from him a year ago his trikes were being tested by UPS in a last-mile delivery pilot project up in Seattle.
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