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My first Ladd’s 500

Madi Carlson (Family Biking Columnist) by on April 16th, 2018 at 5:16 am

This was my favorite tallbike — it has fenders!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Lessons learned: show up early, bring extra water, snack before riding.

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in quite a few Portland bike events during visits from Seattle — Fiets of Parenthood 2012, 2013, and 2014, Disaster Relief Trials 2013, one and a half TNRs, and a few smaller Pedalpalooza 2017 rides — but my experience at the 3rd 1st Annual Ladd’s 500 was the Portlandiest bikiest thing I’ve done yet! There were so many amazing bikes: tall bikes, swing bikes, cargo bikes, mini bikes, grill bikes, and a lot of skateboards.

The Ladd’s 500 is a biking relay race of 500 laps around Ladd Circle with a bunch of rules I didn’t notice until after I got home (they were pinned as the top post within the Facebook event so they weren’t exactly hidden):
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Florida pedestrian bridge collapse

by on April 6th, 2018 at 7:42 am

https://www.citylab.com/transportation/2018/04/dont-rebuild-that-miami-pedestrian-bridge/557165/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=atlantic-daily-newsletter&utm_content=20180405&silverid=Mzc2NzY1NzQ0NzI2S0

This link asks whether that pedestrian bridge was the right thing to attempt. Asks whether the bridge was just a sop to the car-centric culture.

2014 N. Vancouver at N. Tillamook, 1963

Rivelo by on March 1st, 2018 at 9:08 am

Another cool photo from long-ago on Vintage Portland of an intersection that many of us ride daily.

Link to their post:

Piedmont Cycle Shop, Circa 1942

Rivelo by on January 12th, 2018 at 1:47 pm

From the cool Vintage Portland site (https://vintageportland.wordpress.com/)

“N Killingsworth Street at N Missouri Avenue looking east, with Chickadee restaurant and Piedmont Cycle Shop in view, circa 1942.”

Here’s that same intersection today:

Straw poll – Keep existing diverter on SE Clinton?

by on December 15th, 2017 at 11:42 am

Please take this poll.
Vote with the Facebook Link below
or
Vote with a reply on these bikePortland comments
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https://www.facebook.com/groups/293708270840115/permalink/753470884863849/
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Residents near SE 50th are very eager to continue having cars blocked both East/West on Clinton. Construction has done this the last 18 months.

a) Yes divert cars both East/West, keep what we have
b) No accept PBOT offer to open up to cut through drivers one way
c) I need more info and have read the Google Groups
d) I need more info, no time for G groups reading
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PBOT map https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-_lkfRp66-0bW5ZbGdkWWdOeW1VQjR5Y2JRX2Y2ay0zRHRN/view?usp=sharing

MAP from people who use this daily on a bike
https://drive.google.com/file/d/0B-_lkfRp66-0djE5eEtHb2ttRG1ZQjlfamU3OWcwb0ZWX3RZ/view?usp=sharing

I care about this because my close friend and her 2 kids live on Clinton, and I have over 50 people I love who use it every day. I use it every day on my bike. Thanks for your support comrades. Signed, Joe

Q & A with Rivendell founder/designer Grant Petersen on 10/28

Rivelo by on October 10th, 2017 at 9:21 am

Photo: Russ Roca/Path Less Pedaled

Grant will be at Rivelo at 1PM on Saturday, October 28 for a Q & A session.

Got a question for Grant? Ask him yourself!

We’ll kick it off with an brief “interview,” conducted by John/Rivelo, then take submitted questions, and end with an open Q & A.

Questions submitted in advance would be great, and will be answered first. Depending on how many we get, we may not be able to get to them all….but we will try! Email questions to bennett@rivelopdx.com

Ask about bikes, bike design, cameras, film photography, fly fishing, Bob Dylan, Rivendell….

We’ll have beverages and snacks.

401 SE Caruthers Street at the corner of Water Avenue, just across from the OMSI MAX station.

Ongoing collection for the homeless

Rivelo by on October 9th, 2017 at 7:50 am

We make regular runs to the local homeless shelter with clean socks & underwear, clothes, bedding, and small personal hygiene items (toothpaste, toothbrushes, etc.).

Clean socks, especially, are always needed. (They don’t need to be new, just hole-free…and clean.)

Drop anything you have to donate at Rivelo any day we’re open.

Thursdays and Fridays, 11-6. Saturdays and Sundays,10-5.

401 SE Caruthers Street at Water Avenue near the Tilikum Crossing

Subscriber post: Ode to the Thursday Night Ride

Go By Bike by on September 27th, 2017 at 9:34 am

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It rolls from Salmon Street Springs every Thursday around 7:30 pm.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The dream of the nineties is somewhat alive in Portland.

In Portland, cars most certainly exist. Except for once a week on Thursday, when people ride bikes or double-decker bikes. They ride unicycles. They ride skateboards!

No matter what our President tweeted, no matter what forest is on fire, no matter what ODOT has done that week to make it easier for people to use cars, the Thursday night ride rides on. It does not care about liberalism, conservatism, that week’s gross domestic product numbers, or really much of anything. You do not even really need a bicycle (as long as you are a fast jogger) or a cent to your name.

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Let’s Share our Bike-to-the-Eclipse Experiences

by on August 22nd, 2017 at 7:51 am

My partner and I woke up at 4:00am and loaded up our touring bikes with coffee, burritos, sandwiches, and moon pies that we’d made the night before. Our route took us to the Trolley Trail to Oregon City to Highway 213 until Wagonwheel Park, south of Mulino. At the time, we didn’t know that this was one of the BikeToTheEclipse.com suggested routes. Nor did we know that it was pronounced “Mul-EYE-no.”

The trip there was blissfully quiet until Highway 213, where eclipse traffic was in full effect. We often outpaced the stop-and-go car traffic, despite riding slowly because we were wary of right hooks. The single most harrowing moment of the trip happened just south of Oregon City, when the driver of a semi truck veered entirely into the bike lane just in front of us, forcing us off of the road. Thankfully, because traffic was moving slowly, we had enough time to react.

We were some of the first people to arrive at Wagonwheel Park. As we waited for the eclipse, we were happily surprised to see group after group of people on bikes arrive! I stopped counting at thirty bikes. Most of the people that we talked to mentioned that they had followed the BikeToTheEclipse website to get there.

After the eclipse, the ride back to Portland was a completely different experience. Northbound 213’s shoulder was narrow to nonexistent, and the traffic was moving much faster. Despite this, the number of bicycles on the road together created a relieving sense of safety in numbers. From Wagonwheel Park all the way back to Portland, we were always between other groups of bike riders. The groups would regularly change as people peeled off to take breaks in the shade, but at no point were we the lone bike riders on the road. Because of this, the return trip was much more fun and enjoyable than the trip there.

How was your eclipse trip?

ODOT survey on spending priorities

by on August 14th, 2017 at 8:31 am

ODOT is running a survey at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/transportationfunding where they ask, “As ODOT begins work on developing the Statewide Transportation Improvement Program for 2021-2024, we would like your opinion on how transportation funds should be spent.” Options include maintaining existing roads, expanding roads, protecting habitat, public transportation, adding sidewalks and bike lanes, and more. Go tell them what you think.