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The Long Road Back

John Liu by on April 6th, 2017 at 1:12 pm

A few days ago, I was sitting at the Laurelthirst Pub, a neighborhood watering hole that is on my bike route from work to home. When I pass the ‘Thirst, I’m most of the way home, so I will often stop for a pint.

But this time at the ‘Thirst was different, because my legs were limp, my chest hurt, and I was a little shell-shocked. None of which usually describes my state after riding a few miles. It was different because . . . that day was my first bicycle commute in well over a year. And that morning, when I got on my bike, was to be the first time I’d ridden more than half a mile in, at least, six months.

Yes, I’ve become a non-rider and now I’ve started on the long road back. With rotund belly, spindly legs, atrophied lungs and somnolent heart, I’ve resumed riding bicycles.
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Stolen Trek Road Bike

by on March 29th, 2017 at 12:01 pm

My bike was stolen this morning from a Red Line train, at the Goose Hollow train station. It’s a black trek, 52-53cm with road clips and a camel back water bottle. The cops caught the guy on tape, looking for more leads. Thanks

Bikes stolen from garage last night

by on March 28th, 2017 at 4:31 pm

Bikes stolen from our garage last night 3/27/17

1) A Trek 1000, red-white-and blue, with red wrapped drop handle bars.
2) A Specialized Sirius, mat dark silver grey, with flat bars and bar end grips

Unfortunately, no recorded serial numbers or gps.

Tell Metro: Pick your transportation priorities in this quick survey

Metro by on March 10th, 2017 at 8:09 am

People have told Metro their biggest transportation needs. We are planning for all of them – but we know we can’t afford everything we need right now. Tell leaders what is most urgently needed in the next 10 years.

What do we need most from our transportation system – now and in the future?

What can we afford and how do we pay for new projects while taking care of our existing roads, bridges, bikeways, sidewalks and transit services?

How should we measure progress toward our goals?

Through 2018, the Metro Council will continue working with local residents, businesses, governments and transportation providers to answer these questions.

Whether you walk, bike, roll, drive or use transit, take a two-question, five-minute survey to help shape the future of getting around the Portland area. This survey is open through Tuesday, March 28.

Your responses will be reported to the region’s policymakers this spring and inform work ahead to update the region’s near- and long-term investment priorities.

Take the survey here.

Weigh in on Transportation System Development Charge Project Priorities & Locations

by on March 5th, 2017 at 10:55 pm

Jonathan wrote an article a few months ago on changes to the TSDC calculation methodology here. The city is now holding virtual open houses to get feedback on the proposed projects. Personally I think we should prioritize sidewalks and infrastructure in parts of the city that don’t have any, but you may have a different opinion. Let it be known by filling out this online comment form.

3 young women killed by deadly design crosswalks

by on March 2nd, 2017 at 8:55 am

Hello Jonathan.

Please do a longer story on Hawthorne with PBOT asked to comment.

Dear public. Please call commissioner Dan Saltzman’s office and ask for a much safer redesign of Hawthorne and 43rd.

(503)823-4151 Dan manages PBOT

Address where Fallon smart (my student) was killed. The new design may slow some traffic, but it only solves a fraction of the problem. It ignores deadly parking near intersections

We must not forget where 2 college girls were killed on Foster in a legal crosswalk with a median and speed just like the one proposed ..

The new design has many flaws that show left turns on 30mph roads are more important than the 3 crosswalks at that intersection.

We can calm side streets and Hawthorne by lowering it to 25 and remove left turns that conflict with dual crosswalks.

Those left turn drivers must be expected to see 270 degrees at same instant.

We must remove parking in all the legal crosswalks. These are obvious existing problems ignored currently and by the new design.

My design picture shows 3 safer crosswalks and the center lane and parking replaced by planters. Design your own to help PBOT see people over trip times.

Please comment…

Register Now For The 2017 Bike Tourism Summit

TravelOregon by on February 28th, 2017 at 1:09 pm

Travel Oregon will be hosting the 2017 Oregon Bike Tourism Summit on March 21, 2017 at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. As with the inaugural Oregon Bike Tourism Summit in 2016, this event will be held in conjunction with the 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit.

You can register for this event on the 2017 Oregon Active Transportation Summit website (http://https//www.thestreettrust.org/active-transportation-summit/).

The 2017 Oregon Bike Tourism Summit aims to continue to build upon the ongoing work of the Oregon Bicycle Tourism Partnership. This year’s conference will dive deep into the emerging discussions on the formation a statewide trails association in the morning before moving into a keynote on world-class cycle routes from Louise Böhler of the German National Cyclists’ Association focused on the AFDC “quality routes” certification program and an update on the Oregon Timber Trail. The afternoon will focus on small group work considering how to build out world-class routes. The program will end with a reception featuring bike tour operators, guides and outfitters.

Bicycle tourism stakeholders, including bicycle tour operators, event producers, land management organizations, transportation and land use planning organizations, destination marketing organizations, trail organizations, advocacy organizations, and marketing and media organizations, are all encouraged to attend.

Learn more and review the draft agenda on Travel Oregon’s website (http://industry.traveloregon.com/industry-resources/product-development/bicycle-tourism-development/oregon-bicycle-tourism-summit/)

Need help with temporary bike parking for an event

by on February 9th, 2017 at 9:39 am

I work at the zoo and we are planning to highlight bicycle transportation on a day in May. I have been asked to research options for temporary (event) bike parking. Can you suggest options for large capacity racks that can be moved in for the day?

Thank you,
Philip Fensterer

Has Portland’s Lack of Gated Communities Contributed to Its Cycling Success?

by on February 8th, 2017 at 9:24 am

Recently I was planning the route for a Puddlecycle ride called “The Two Bridges” that goes over both the I-5 and I-205 bridges staying on the Vancouver side of the Columbia River. The goal was to stay as close to the river as possible. This was initially easy, as Vancouver has the Renaissance Trail that you can hop on right after coming off the Interstate (I-5) Bridge. The trail seemingly ends a mile later at the Kaiser Shipyard where they built Liberty ships during World War II. But you can ride to the North around that yard on a wide sidewalk, and the trail picks up again on the other side.
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Weekly Group Rides Starting from Bethany Village

Bethany Bike Repair by on January 30th, 2017 at 9:43 am

Bethany Bike Repair is starting two weekly road rides from Bethany Village Centre.

The first ride will start tomorrow and every Sunday at 8:30am. This will be a 3 hour ride best suited for intermediate level cyclists. We will be riding all over the West side of Portland through the hills and country. We will pick roads where we can ride in a structured formation (pace lines) with varying pace levels.

The next ride will start this Tuesday and every Tuesday at noon. This fast-paced DROP RIDE is open to all levels & all teams. Test your strength and stamina against some of Portland’s top cyclists. The ride will last 90-120 minutes and will encompass a lot of area throughout the west side of Portland. We will meet under the clock in Bethany Village Centre between Bethany Bike Repair and Sherrie Weitzel Interiors. Be ready to get smoked!

For more info, check out www.bethanybikerepair.com/community