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From Bronze to Silver to Gold? A dispatch from Beaverton

by on January 16th, 2017 at 1:37 pm

[Note: This post was submitted by BikePortland Subscriber Ms. Fast through our Subscriber Post system. We think it deserves a wider reach so we’ve posted it here on the Front Page. Remember, if you are a subscriber you are also a contributor! We would love to amplify your voice and share your experiences with a wider audience. Sign up here. – Jonathan]

After a decade of living and biking in Portland, I moved to Beaverton in 2013. As I get to know my new city, I’m more and more glad to be here.

Just in the last couple of years, Beaverton:

– Adopted a “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan” (2015)
– Was recognized as the safest city in Oregon, followed by Hillsboro (2015)
– Joined the National Welcoming Cities and Counties Initiative, becoming the first city in Oregon to nationally declare itself a Welcoming City (2015)
– Tied with Cupertino, CA for a first-place City Cultural Diversity Award by The National League of Cities (2015)
– Unanimously passed a “Resolution to Declare Support for the Muslim Community & Reaffirm Beaverton as a Welcoming City” (2016)
– and in the first days of 2017, Beaverton became a Sanctuary City and opened its first severe weather shelter

Yes, we’ve got solid leadership in Beaverton! But what about the biking? [Read more…]

Proceed through red light law

by on January 10th, 2017 at 1:05 pm

I haven’t heard much about the new law that allows bicyclists and motorcyclists to go through a red light after waiting. It did take effect last year, right? Has anyone been taking advantage, and have any positive or negative responses from it?

Most importantly: do we know yet how to wait for the light to “complete one full cycle,” if by definition you aren’t triggering the light to make it cycle?

Here’s the new law

Collecting Warm Clothes at Rivelo

Rivelo by on January 7th, 2017 at 8:52 am

The local homeless shelter on Grand Avenue says they need clean socks, underwear, and warm jackets. Any warm clothes, really.

If you have something to donate, feel free to drop it by Rivelo. (401 SE Caruthers St at Water Ave, on the east side of the Tilikum) and we’ll bundle up the donations and take them to the shelter.

Power Cycling Class in NW Portland

Bethany Bike Repair by on January 2nd, 2017 at 10:30 am

Fellow cyclists… It is time to get serious about switching gears and getting into race training mode. it is time to add some intensity to your winter pre-season rides. CycleOne Racing Academy is conducting indoor power cycling classes at Bethany Bike Repair in Bethany Village. We are offering free trial rides on Monday, January 2nd and Tuesday, January 3rd.

THIS IS NOT A SPIN CLASS.

These are neither spin classes nor group sessions on rollers while watching cycling videos. This is the real deal! This is the best way to improve your power and recharge your system for the 2017 road season. Experts agree that you should have 2 high intensity workouts weekly. Although you may be spending long hours in the saddle this winter, that does not get the job done. You must train smarter!

This is a progressive power development program using computer technology to measure and record your cycling power output. So you also get the benefit of FTP testing. These are training sessions using CompuTrainer Multi-Rider technology for structured power workouts in a group setting. It is real power cycling on your own bike with video enhancement and motivating music. Not only will you gain an understanding of your power capacity, you will train to improve your power to weight ratio. You will improve your ability to time trial as well as climb.

Here is a link to a video from one of the coaches at Carmichael Training Systems. Check it out…

The program will run for 10 weeks, and the first session begins on January 10th. Classes are limited to 4 riders so you will get plenty of personal attention, with a focus on correct biomechanics and power targeted training. Each session lasts for 60 minutes. Classes are available on Tuesday and Thursday evening 6:15-7:15PM & 7:30-8:30 PM. 10-week programs start at $200 for one session/week. For more information or to schedule a free trial, contact Mike Manning at 503-330-5531 or Martin Acosta at 503-840-5348 or info@bethanybikerepair.com

Kenton Cycles: NYE Blow Out Sale!

by on December 29th, 2016 at 9:51 am

Kenton Cycles, December 31st, 11am-4pm

Sale up to 50% on:

2016 Raleigh bicycles, models:
– Grand Sport
– Revere
– Redux 2
– Cadent 1 & 2
– Alyssa 1& 2
and more!

Fenders, racks, lights, bags
wheels, handlebars, saddles, tires
helmets, and more!

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Bollards at SE 14th and Bybee

by on December 20th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

Due to the efforts of the Transportation Committee of the Sellwood Moreland Improvement League (aka the Sellwood neighborhood board), there are now Bike/Ped crossing advisory signs on SE 13th (headed northbound before it curves to the East and turns into Bybee) as well as new bollards placed in between the car lane and the bike lane on SE 14th north of Bybee. SE 14th at this location is a one way street (southbound), but for a low volume street has seen a lot of wrong-way drivers turning onto it and using the bike lane. This street is very high volume for pedestrians and cyclists, as it is the feeder street to Llewellyn Elementary School further North.

The Transportation Committee had been advocating for a crosswalk/signal at this intersection, but PBOT does not have the funds and motivation for a project there at this time (aside: the committee is looking into fundraising options to fund the project ourselves). That said I am personally really quite pleased that the two improvements were made within only a few months of the request and subsequent PBOT analysis.

Sorry no picture — I noticed the improvements on my morning run and it was dark and I didn’t have a picture taking device on me.

The Last Day of The Worst Year Party

Rivelo by on December 20th, 2016 at 7:52 am

Time for commemoration, consternation, and commiseration.

Fire ritual. Snacks.

*We’ll have something for kids & “X” peeps, too.

State survey on Transportation

by on December 20th, 2016 at 7:51 am

The Oregon Speaker of the House is asking you to fill out a survey on Transportation.

1) Fill out this survey
2) Share the Link with friends
3) Share some of your answers with BikePortland

Here is the survey to take or share:
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https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DTGDYZD

My ideas to fix transit in Portland and everywhere in Oregon

— Get cars out of lanes used by Bus and MAX and Streetcars
— Enforce existing rules on speed and cell use, deeply investigate all crashes with a serious death or injury and pull data records.
— Reduce speed limits like Seattle has done. We must fund safety before we fund projects to widen roads and increase death rates.
— Stop repeat offenders
— Get cars off greenways. We need a network of streets like Sunday Parkways every day of the year.
— High Speed trail and complete the Salmonberry trail
— New leadership at ODOT focused on VisionZero , if the FAA can design our system for zero deaths we can do the same with roads
— Add 20 cents to the gas tax
— Give all 99 of Portland’s Neighborood associations a budget to fix the most deadly spots in their area.
— Replace all 7 members of the broken House Transportation committee appointed by Kotek. None of the members live in a city. ( see image)
— Take money away from ODOT and give to local transit managers
See how California does it –> https://youtu.be/Pk1rW5S-S5A?t=34m15s
— Get city roads out of ODOT control, make them safer under city control, No mash up of ODOT/PBOT/Mult County

Here’s the survey source: content.govdelivery.com/accounts/ORLEG/bulletins/17a4c64

Thanks for reading. Please get the survey to friends and share the URL of the survey or the URL of this bikePortland page…

How can we get the Subscribe To Comments button back?

by on December 20th, 2016 at 7:49 am

I find following and participating in comment-conversations mighty tedious without the long-standing option to subscribe (receive latest comments by email). I don’t have a smart phone or know how to implement the tricks some folks have mentioned for getting around this. If there is a workaround that non-computer nerds can avail themselves of, I’m all ears. Mostly I would like to know if this is a money thing, or something else? We’ve lost it before, and then it was brought back. Jonathan has not replied to my email queries about this issue.
Thanks for any insights.

$99 Bike Fit sale until 12/31 from PedalPT

by on December 15th, 2016 at 4:09 pm

Are you gearing up to ride more in 2017?? Well then… Just in time for the holiday season, we’re offering an amazing deal on our popular Bike Fitting gift certificates with our annual $99 Bike Fit SALE! Gift certificates* are a perfect solution for that hard-to-please cyclist on your list, and for those who already have enough bike gear!

This offer is good up until the end of the year on 12/31, so don’t delay- Call us 503-894-9038 or E-Mail us (info@pedalpt.com) to reserve yours today!

For more information about our Bike Fitting services by specialized, bike-centric Physical Therapists, visit www.pedalpt.com/bike-fitting

*Fine print: Limit two (2) per customer. Gift Certificates are good for 1 year from the date of purchase, and can be mailed to you at no extra cost.

PS: We’ll see you all for our monthly FREE COFFEE for Bicyclists on Clinton next Tuesday 12/20!