Major changes to Bridge Pedal route means three fewer bridges this year

Posted on May 24th, 2017 at 7:33 am.

Bridge Pedal 2009 from the air-65

The St. Johns Bridge is one of four Portland spans that won’t be included in this year’s routes.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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28,000 Portlanders in the streets at Sunday Parkways season opener

Posted on May 22nd, 2017 at 5:06 pm.

Laurelhurst Park

Laurelhurst Park was swamped with cycling sun-seekers Sunday.
(Photos: Kevin Koch)

Sunday was a glorious day by all accounts. The weather was sublime and the streets were full of everything we love about Portland. It couldn’t have been more perfect for the first Sunday Parkways event of the season.
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The Ride: Exploring the ‘dark’ side of Larch Mountain

Posted on May 16th, 2017 at 12:59 pm.

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Few things make me happier than a narrow dirt trail that meanders beyond a “road closed” gate. (Oh, and there was a roaring creek just to the right.)
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Ride is brought to you by River City Bicycles.

Larch Mountain stands 4,061 feet above the Columbia River in east Multnomah County. The 14-mile climb up the paved road that leads to the summit of this extinct volcano is a thing of magic and/or misery for local bicycle riders.

But there’s another side of this majestic mountain. A side that was revealed to many people for the first time via The Dark Larch ride on Saturday.
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Everything you need to know about this year’s World Naked Bike Ride

Posted on May 16th, 2017 at 9:58 am.

Water Avenue was a sea of flesh at the start of the 2012 WNBR.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In about five weeks 10,000 people will fill Portland streets on bikes wearing nothing (or next to nothing) at all. The 14th annual Portland World Naked Bike Ride (WNBR) will happen June 24th. And while most of you haven’t even thought about it much yet, the organizers have been working for months to make sure the ride goes smoothly.
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Velocirque June 3-4: A Celebration Of Bike Geekery

Posted on May 15th, 2017 at 11:11 am.

One of the most popular features on BikePortland is the occasional “People On Bikes” photo series, where we get to see our collective selves whizzing by on our bikes in Jonathon’s helpfully numbered photographs. Appreciative comments always follow, on #15’s adorable-dog-in-trailer or #20’s impeccable riding-cap-and-country-gentleman sense of style.

Some of us, however, have no time for pets-on-bikes or the fashion aspects of city cycling. While others are busy admiring the riders, we are fixated on what is between their legs.

I mean the bicycles, of course. We’re like, “hey, #7 is a ‘70s Peugeot AO-8!” “Um, what did the rider look like?” “Sorry, didn’t notice.”

Welcome to the world of bike geekery, of fascination with frames and componentry, clever design and old-world craftsmanship, gear-inches and effective rim diameters, shiny bling and subtle gleam.

Two aspects of bike geekery will be celebrated on the first weekend of Pedalpalooza, at the “Velocirque” weekend at Velocult. This is the third Velocirque; Velocult started doing these shows last year during Pedalpalooza and if you have even a little bit of bike geek in you, its well worth a peek.

On Saturday June 3, we’ll oogle over old-school “classic and vintage” bicycles. 1960s Italian city bikes to 1980s racebikes, from Cinelli to Hutchins, if it is cool and old, it is welcome in this DIY bike show. Here’s the Pedalpalooza blurb – show starts at 3 p.m.:

VELOCIRQUE BY VELOCULT
Velocult, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue
Saturday June 3rd – 10:00am, Ride 10 am, show 3 pm
Velocirque Saturday Classic & Vintage Bike Ride And Show. Bring your C&V bike to ride in the morning and show in the afternoon. Any C&V bike is invited – roadies, randos, tourers, mountain bikes, city bikes, Stingrays, track bikes. NOS garage queens or well worn racer, anything with soul. The ride will be at 10 am on Saturday: meet at Velocult, socially paced, not too long. The show starts at 3 pm and goes to whenever the shop closes. Bring a bike stand, if you have one.

http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2017.php#03-6267

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On Sunday June 4, we’ll jump to the the opposite end of the spectrum and geek out over the coolest new designs and bikes from Portland’s most inventive framebuilders. These are “Modern Customs”, custom frames made by frame builders who are still actively taking orders. Maybe an order from you? There will be everything from utility frames with geared hubs and belt drives, lugged steel in the classic tradition, titanium and carbon cross and race bikes, and who knows what else our local framebuilder community has dreamed up. Here is the Pedalpalooza blurb – show starts at 3:00 p.m.:

VELOCIRQUE BY VELOCULT
Velocult, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue
3:00pm
Velocirque Sunday Modern Custom Bike Show.  Dedicated to the craft and creativity of the bicycle framebuilder.  Meet our area’s best framebuilders, check out their cool bikes and frames, and bring your own modern custom bike to show off.  “Modern custom” means a custom built frame by a frame builder who is still taking orders.  Lugged steel to Ti to custom carbon layup, racer to rando to city, its all here.
Sky Boyer, Velocult, 503-933-2012  

http://www.shift2bikes.org/cal/viewpp2017.php#04-6268

Two afternoons of groovy old bikes, cool new bikes, and lots of unashamed bike ogling, what could be better?

Oh, and there’s beer, too.

Business group behind Gresham’s first open streets event

Posted on May 8th, 2017 at 4:28 pm.

(Map: City of Gresham/Gresham Chamber)

Here’s a sign that support for carfree urban spaces is growing: The main organizer of Gresham’s first-ever open streets event is its chamber of commerce.

Gresham is Portland’s eastern neighbor. On Sunday June 18th, from 10am to 2pm, the city will host what they hope becomes an annual Father’s Day tradition: an event they call Sunday Parkway. Inspired by Portland’s similarly named events that began nine years ago, the Gresham version will offer a relatively carfree, 8-mile loop with three “pit stops” where people can enjoy food, live entertainment, activities and more.

Here’s how they describe it:

Feel comfortable, safe and enjoy walking, strolling, bicycling and rolling along the city’s beautiful trail system and historic downtown… Slow down, play on our trails, connect with your neighbors, meet new friends and have fun on the trail…

Gresham Chamber of Commerce CEO Lynn Snodgrass told us she thinks it’s completely natural for her group to spearhead this event. She sees it simply as a way to have fun and promote the beauty of her city.
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Today: Meet the man riding 2,000 miles with a 350-pound rhino (statue) named Lunar

Posted on April 27th, 2017 at 9:28 am.

Matt Meyer and Lunar the rhino in Portland yesterday. You can meet up with him today at Irving Park.
(Photo: Joe Rowe)


I’ve seen a lot of people use bicycles to raise awareness for various causes over the years, but this one just might take the cake for its combination of eye-catching stunt and serious issue.

Matt Meyer was born and raised in the wilds of the South African bush — but now he’s doing something that’s in many ways even more adventurous: Riding 2,000 of the west coast pulling a life-sized rhinocerous sculpture. Matt’s “Rhino Ride” aims to raise awareness and funding to save wild rhinos from exctinction. And he’s in Portland today for a meet-and-greet.
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New Belgium Brewing now offers a 3-day, $300 “Oregon Ramble” ride

Posted on April 26th, 2017 at 4:44 pm.

The promotion of bikepacking in Oregon just went up another notch.

Colorado-based New Belgium Brewing Company — the eighth largest brewery in America — now offers a $300, three-day ride through rural, unpaved backroads of eastern Oregon. The Oregon Ramble (June 8-11) is one of three “Ramble Rides” the company offers (along with title sponsor Blackburn, a maker of racks, bags and other accessories).

Here’s the teaser from New Belgium’s website:

“Kick Off The Ramble Ride Trio With A Three-day Cruise Through Central Oregon. A fun and challenging fully-supported bikepacking adventure through Central Oregon’s scenic Ochoco mountains and the Painted Hills.

With snow in the higher elevations, we’re choosing a stunning route through Central Oregon. Following the Central Oregon Backcountry Explorer route pioneered by Sarah Swallow. We’ll be starting in Prineville, OR and looping over three days through 150 miles of the Ochoco Mountains and the John Day River Basin.”

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Oregon Walks to screen new Jane Jacobs doc at annual meeting

Posted on April 25th, 2017 at 3:48 pm.

On May 4th, urban planning giant Jane Jacobs would have been 101 years old. To mark her birthday, Portland-based Oregon Walks will host a screening of a new documentary about her life. The event is also the organization’s annual membership meeting and will also include a panel discussion with three women who are “following in Jane Jacobs’ footsteps.”
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Pedaling Yamhill County: A preview of Cycle Oregon’s ‘Weekender’ event

Posted on April 24th, 2017 at 3:26 pm.

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Friday afternoon traffic jam on SW Muddy Valley Road southwest of downtown McMinnville.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Willamette Valley is no stranger to great bicycling. After all, it’s home to the first official “scenic bikeway” in America. But until this past weekend there was a large chunk of it which I had yet to pedal through: the western section of Yamhill County south of Forest Grove.
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