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The Ugly, the Bad, and the Good of Bike accident economics

A J Zelada by on June 16th, 2017 at 8:48 am

I only have week to go before I can get on my bicycles. I am not just looking forward to the naked bike ride but really looking forward to rolling through the air on my two wheels. The Why: the accident, the surgery, the recovery are my personal equivalent to the good, the bad, and the ugly in reverse order. I had shoulder surgery on Mar 24 and my orthopedist-surgeon told me multiple times you cannot bicycle for three months.

The cost of a bicycle accident triggers many thoughts about dollars, aging, and attitudes. The top muscle (supraspinatus) was completely torn from the bone. With age, this muscle (as well as many other ones) develops micro-tears. As one ages, more tears become larger, pain increases, and accidents have greater consequences pushing up the cost of medical treatments. For me it was simply a fall-over with a cargo bicycle caused this big rip. published an article by John Metcalf at the beginning of June describing the increasing costs of bike injuries. He stated that there has been an increment of a 120% ‘bump’ in hospital visits featuring bicycle crashes since 1990. More than 800 deaths from car-on-bike crashes occurred in 2015 in the US. He reported that a serious non fatal ‘accident’ in 1997 cost an average of $52,495 which included medical expenses, missed work, and reduced quality of life. This figure jumped to $77K in 2013.

Metcalf went on to report that the total bike injuries costs have increased nearly $789 million per year from the late 1990s and to near total of $24 billion in 2013 (yes 24 billion). Additionally, there are more older-cyclists. There were nearly 2 million bicyclists in 2001 over the age 45 and in 2009 this number reached 3.6 million. I could not find the number of these riders in this decade. Federal data shows biking rates among people between the ages of 60 and 79 are soaring. ‘New trips by seniors account for 22 percent of the nation’s growth in adult biking,’ according to People for Bikes. Growth rates of older bicyclists are larger than younger age groups of new bicyclists.
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Greater Portland, on the move: A Regional Snapshot

Metro by on June 14th, 2017 at 4:04 pm

We know where we've been. Where do we want to go next?

Every day, millions of people move throughout greater Portland’s communities. This is a journey we share: Shoulder to shoulder on transit, lane by lane on streets and highways. Wheels turning, feet stepping, we go many miles — or just down the block.

Our ability to get around -– to cross bridges, travel highways and streets, catch a bus or MAX, walk or bike to our destinations -– is something we often take for granted.

But every mile we travel depends on the decisions and investments of past generations of Oregonians. Those investments have shaped the community we’ve become.

As we grow and greet a changing world, how can we ensure the region’s streets, roads, transit and bridges still work for everyone? What are the top challenges we face? What can we learn from elsewhere?

Metro’s latest Regional Snapshot takes a look at the transportation system we’ve built together, and the future we could create next. With stats, maps, videos, personal stories and more, it’s a detailed exploration of the connections that knit the region together and the people who use them. Take a look at

Mult Co summer paving projects includes popular road in Sauvie Island

by on June 13th, 2017 at 10:21 am

Paving on Multnomah County rural roads

A contractor has begun paving several rural roads in east and west parts of Multnomah County. When one lane is being paved, flaggers will alternate two-way traffic in the open lane. There will be a one-day close of SE Stark Street on Wednesday, June 14 between SE Kerslake Road and the Stark Street Bridge.

The road sections being paved are:

SE Orient Drive (from Gresham City limit to the Clackamas County line): June 12-15, 8 am to 7 pm. Highway 26 is an alternate route.
SE Stark Street (from SE Kerslake Road to the Stark Street Bridge over the Sandy River): June 14-19, 8 am to 7 pm. This work will require a one-day closure of Stark Street on Wednesday, June 14. The Historic Columbia River Highway is an alternate route.
SE 172nd Ave. (from SE Foster Road to north of SE 170th Ave.): June 19-20, 8 am to 4 pm. SE Foster Road is an alternate route.
NW Sauvie Island Road(a 400 foot long section north of NW Lucy Reeder Road): June 21, 7 am to 7 pm. Flaggers will direct two-way traffic. No nearby alternate route.
Dates are subject to change due to weather or other factors.

Travelers should use alternate routes when possible to avoid delays on these roads during work days (Monday to Friday). Traffic using side streets and driveways adjacent to the paving may experience brief delays during a rolling closure.

Multnomah County maintains 300 miles of roads and bridges. For information, visit or follow us on Twitter @MultCoRoads.

Shop Warming Party @ Kenton Cycle Repair

by on June 12th, 2017 at 9:24 am

Kenton Cycle Repair new digs!

Shop Warming Party to celebrate our new space!

Sunday, June 25th from 5-9pm at 1926 N Kilpatrick St.

The North Portland Sunday Parkways is that day from 11am-4pm. We’ll be on site at Kenton Park doing small repairs for bicycles in need! Join us after!

Calling all Cornell Road Users

by on June 9th, 2017 at 2:07 pm

A view from the top of the hill (NW Cornell at Skyline)

Hello west side hill riders out there. I have ridden many different routes up and down the west hills over the past 7 or so years and I have come to the conclusion that there are 2 main routes for transportation purposes that should be given priority: a Path parallel to US 26 connecting the zoo to downtown and NW Cornell Road between NW Portland and Cedar Hills. This northern route is direct enough that many bicyclists find themselves riding on it. With more electric bicycles coming into use this route will become even more popular in the coming months and years. However, the complete lack of cycling infrastructure is a turn-off to many riders, especially in the uphill direction. I have been riding Cornell 20-50 times per year for many years and I am convinced that we need some collective effort to get this route improved.

I have created a google form to collect contact information for interested folks who want to be involved in this advocacy effort. This route is designated as a Major City Bikeway in the Bicycle Master Plan. In my opinion, this is my first step in a potentially long process to improve this critical route.

STP 2017 lodging

by on June 7th, 2017 at 3:28 pm


4 rooms just opened up at McMenamins Olympic Club for Saturday night of STP 2017.

“Bike for Change” program seeks participants

by on June 1st, 2017 at 5:34 am

One World Center is seeking participants for their “Bike for Change” program. This is a 9 month program that involves 4 months biking Central America while exploring the consequences of Climate Change.

I am hoping to participate eventually but they are interested in creating a team to start the program this September.

for more information check out this link:

5 Things I learned parenting (mostly) by bike

by on May 31st, 2017 at 3:39 pm

I spent the past year and a half parenting one, then two kids (now 1.5 and 3 years) mostly by bike. Here are some of my takeaways:

1) It’s totally doable for many people (depending on where you live and work, and other complications).

2) You may end up wanting to be more car-lite than you were before kids (many/most young kids hate car seats in various phases of their lives and scream while in them, and love box-bikes and buses and trains; also, biking may well be your only reliable way to get exercise)

3) You may end up wanting to be less car-lite than you were before kids (the tyranny of naps cuts up your day so much, it’s nice to get from A to B faster. Plus, getting car rides from friends when you have kids is pretty much impossible, and installing/uninstalling car seats in rental cars is a pain, and your time is at a premium)

4) Think through contingency plans. What if it’s too icy to bike but your work and daycare are still open? What if you’re sick? What if you’re sick like half the winter? (You may well be sick like half the winter)

5) Rewarding children is good parenting and preserves your sanity. Keep rewards at the ready.

St. Johns Bridge

by on May 26th, 2017 at 9:41 am

I dreamt the St Johns Bridge could look like this in a Vision Zero universe with no rider ever again having to pedal past a ghost bike …

Getting to class, safely: Finding Safe Routes in greater Portland

Metro by on May 17th, 2017 at 7:37 am

From September to June, mornings in greater Portland’s neighborhoods see a common pageant. Around hundreds of elementary, middle and high schools across the region, kids fill sidewalks and bike routes, or spill out of buses and parents’ cars, trying to get inside before the bell rings.

But that pageant isn’t the same at every school.

In some communities, many students walk or bike. But not every kid has a sidewalk or safe bike route to class. Still others don’t walk or bike because parents and educators are understandably concerned about their safety.

How kids get to school matters. Kids that can’t or don’t walk or bike are missing out on what could be a great opportunity for physical activity. Studies also show they can perform better in school. Meanwhile, car drop-offs can snarl traffic for blocks, adding to growing congestion and creating more hazards for everyone.

Safe Routes to School will soon take on a new regional shine in greater Portland. Last year, after a concerted campaign by advocates, educators, parents and students, the Metro Council and Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation directed Metro staff to begin work on a regional Safe Routes to School education and encouragement program. They reserved $1.5 million in federal transportation dollars over two years to set up the program.

The program will partner with communities and school districts around the region to help more kids get to school by foot, bike and bus safely. It will begin in earnest in 2019 when federal funding is expected. But Metro is already preparing.

Metro recently worked with the Safe Routes to School National Partnership and Alta Planning & Design on a report assessing the state of Safe Routes in greater Portland today.

From education and encouragement, to engineering and enforcement, Safe Routes has many faces. Through videos, interviews and stories, get a glimpse of Safe Routes in action in Troutdale, Beaverton, Clackamas and Portland in Metro’s new series.

Learn more:
– 6 key findings from the Safe Routes report:
– A curriculum for safety in Beaverton, Troutdale:

More stories are coming soon.

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