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Repairs coming to Greenway Trail root bumps

by on May 31st, 2018 at 9:25 pm

Parks & Rec says it found a contractor to repair a bumpy section of the Willamette Greenway Trail, starting June 5, ending June 8. That section of the trail, south of Rosswood Restaurant, near Cottonwood Bay, will be closed during repairs. This is good news, coming a month before they close the Springwater Corridor for four months, starting July 1.

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/parks/article/686252

The press release:

Popular commuting and recreational route impacted beginning Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) announces that a section of southwest Portland’s Willamette Greenway Trail will be closed next week to allow for construction improvements. The closed portion of the trail will be in the area of Cottonwood Bay (extending north and south of SW Hamilton Court).

The improvement work and trail closure will begin Tuesday, June 5, and last no later than Friday, June 8, 2018; though PP&R and the contractor are hopeful work can be completed by the end of the day on Thursday, June 7.

Work is scheduled to begin starting at 8am and to end no later than 7pm on each of the days. Commuters, bicyclists, walkers and runners should be aware they cannot proceed through the work area. Alternative routes include using the Sellwood Bridge to travel across the river to the Springwater Corridor Trail. Routes back to the west side include the Tilikum Crossing and Hawthorne Bridges.

PP&R staff will ensure that notification signs are in place beginning on Monday, June 4, 2018.

The work will address bumps and uneven pavement in the Greenway trail due to tree roots. PP&R prioritized the Willamette Greenway Trail paving project to increase the convenience for commuters and recreational users during the upcoming four-month closure of part of the Springwater Corridor Trail, which starts July 1, 2018. Portland’s Bureau of Environmental Services (BES), Portland Parks & Recreation, and the US Army Corps of Engineers will work together on the large-scale habitat enhancement project that benefits wildlife in the Oaks Bottom Wildlife Refuge. For more information on that project, please visit portlandoregon.gov/bes/76508

Willamette Greenway Trail paving – what to know

Start date: Tuesday June 5, 2018
Expected completion date: no later than Friday, June 8, 2018, and hopefully the end of the day on Thursday, June 7.
Work hours: 8am-7pm
Work location: The closed portion of the trail will be in the area of Cottonwood Bay (extending north and south of SW Hamilton Court).
Impacts: Commuters, bicyclists, walkers and runners should be aware they cannot proceed through the work area. Alternative routes include using the Sellwood Bridge to travel across the river to the Springwater Corridor Trail. Routes back to the west side include the Tilikum Crossing and Hawthorne Bridges.
All contractors and staff will be mindful of noise ordinance requirements for work within City limits
PP&R will install informative signs, as well as any necessary barricades, cones, caution tape, etc.

Velocirque C&V Bike Show June 16

John Liu by on May 29th, 2018 at 11:18 am

Bikes are fun, bikes are cool, bikes have soul, bikes have history.

Welcome to the world of bike geekery, of fascination with inventive design and old-school craft, steel and leather, gear-inches and French threads, shiny bling and soulful patina, NOS and well-worn veteran.

Our summer celebration will be on Saturday June 16, at the “Velocirque” weekend at Velocult. This is the fifth Velocirque; Velocult started doing these shows in 2016 and if you have even a little bit of bike geek in you, its well worth a visit.

Remember the February show? We’re doing it again because Pedalpalooza. https://bikeportland.org/2018/02/26/velo-cirque-brings-out-the-customs-classics-and-those-who-love-them-269603

We’ll oogle over old-school “classic and vintage” bicycles and newer “custom” bikes with old-world workmanship. 1960s Italian city bikes to 1980s racebikes, English three-speeds to kitted-out randos, old-school MTBs and Stingrays. From Weigle to Merz, Cinelli to Ritchey, Raleigh to Bottechia – if it is cool and full of soul – it is welcome in this DIY bike show. Bring a bike stand if you have one.

Yes, DIY. This is the people’s bike show. YOUR bike show. Bring your cool ride and show it off.

Special call for three-speeds and randonneur/touring/bikepacker bikes! Bring ’em!

VELOCIRQUE BY VELOCULT
Velocult, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue
Saturday June 16 – show starts 3:00 pm

Oh, and there’s beer, too.

Donate to Watch Bike Racing at Velo Cult

John Liu by on May 14th, 2018 at 7:06 am

Have you ever tried to watch BIKE RACING in the US? Not easy. You can pay beaucoup to cable for a sports package that includes the Tour and not much else. Or pay 2X beaucoup for an over the top sports service to see more. Or . . . We can raise $ to equip Velocult with a media streaming computer and the necessary subscriptions to stream global BIKE RACING right to the couches and beer at 1969 NE 42nd.

Check our GoFundMe campaign here.

Please take a look at the GFM and donate – if each of us just donated the equivalent of our weekly bar tab, or just one month’s cost for the beaucoup cable/OTP packages, that would do it.

Bumps on Willamette Greenway Trail

by on May 10th, 2018 at 7:41 am

Can we do anything about the pavement breaks and bumps on the westside Willamette Greenway Trail? The bad section is south of Rosswood Restaurant — looks like Floragenex, Inc. and OTRADI Bioscience Incubator are businesses that look out on that section of the trail. Am I right that the maintenance of that part is the responsibility of the businesses? With the closing of the Springwater from July to October, more of us will ride the west side and it’s dangerous.

TV Series On Bicycling Bellingham, Washington

by on May 3rd, 2018 at 2:46 pm

I know this is not directly Portland related, but being a former Portlander who rode my bicycle from Portland, Oregon to Bellingham, Washington for my retirement, I figure some of you may be interested in my latest project which is to create a television mini-series on bicycling around Bellingham and giving a historical narrative of each of the major features of our area. This would be helpful for those of you who are considering visiting or moving to the extreme Pacific Northwest.

The link to my recently completed first episode is: https://youtu.be/kUHzFymCm9g

I will also be putting these on Bellingham’s Community Access Television which airs from 6 PM to Midnight every Sunday.

E-bikes and Oregon State Parks & Recreation Rules

A J Zelada by on May 1st, 2018 at 4:03 pm

ON Monday April 23rd, Oregon Parks and Recreation (OPRD) held their first open hearing regarding allowance of e-bikes on state park paths and several beaches.

What I found fascinating was that all the personal testimony of individuals and also 3 businesses which rent and sell e-bikes were completely positive. In March I was at the League of American Bicyclists in DC and attended a presentation regarding regulation of e-bikes. That meeting was very contentious and polarized. It appeared to me an old guard of “e-bikes are not real bikes” versus “e-bikes are here to stay” crowd were leading to a civil war. Not happening here.

I was happy to be in Oregon on Monday hearing real stories of how e-bikes make a difference. One Hood River resident, 79 years old man, who had ridden his bike to work for 40 years has found his strength difficult to bike as much during the past two years and had stopped bicycling. He – in the past month – tried an e-bike and he was embracing a new life as he spoke. Another testimony came from an athletic man whose wife did not have the love of road bicycling and he said that an e=bike had given them a togetherness again in bicycling together (twas sad we did not hear her voice this tale). And of course the vendors stated the smiles apparent on everyone trying out an e-bike. Another wonderful testimony was from a walker on the Hatfield tunnel/Mosier trail who commented that the strength-training-lycra-human-powered crowd were zooming by most of the e-bike users and pedestrians at 30+ mph. Given that the e-bikes have hair dryer equivalent 750/1000 watt electric motors, she was most elegant retiring the worry of ebikes going over 20 mph. (for you engineers: 746 watts equals 1 horsepower)
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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: