The people, clubs, and culture that make up Portland’s bike scene.

Portlanders doing good things: A big ride, a rising leader, and a race promoter

Posted on March 31st, 2017 at 2:31 pm.

Retired brothers David (L) and Marty Stabler are prepping to embark on a ride across America.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

How do know if your local biking ecosystem is healthy? Take the time to learn about what people are doing.

Are they riding? Are they starting new clubs, programs and organizations? Are they re-thinking the status quo to make biking even better?

This week I met with four people who are doing good things in our community.

The Bike Brothers

David and Martin (“Marty”) Stabler are retired Portlanders who are three months away from the biggest ride of their lives: a 3,650 mile pedal across the country. Their plan is to dip their wheels in the Pacific Ocean in Astoria and do the same thing in Portsmouth, New Hampshire 50 days later.
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Find your tribe: A list of Portland’s many Facebook bicycle groups

Posted on February 3rd, 2016 at 8:40 am.

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Find your thing, then find other people who like it too.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tuesday was about as wonderful a day for Northwest winter biking as anyone could wish for, and that feels like a sign that the wet, wet winter of 2015-2016 has started rolling away.

(Punxsutawney Phil, for the record, thinks so too.)

While we start to think about spring, it’s a good time to start thinking about where to find good times on bikes. So let’s do something we’ve been wanting to get done for a while and share a list of all the local bike-related Facebook groups we know of.

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“Gear Sphere” sculpture coming to North Williams Avenue

Posted on January 27th, 2016 at 10:09 am.

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It’s coming to Williams Avenue.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Art project will put Portland riders on a pedestal as climate change heroes

Posted on October 16th, 2015 at 1:13 pm.

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“Bicyclists are today’s heroes.”
(Photo by Bill Cravis)

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At Chrome store, free waffles and champagne on Messenger Appreciation Day

Posted on October 9th, 2015 at 11:36 am.

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Greg Doctorelo out on delivery for GO Box.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Today is Messenger Appreciation Day, also known by its messenger code name as “10-9 Day.” To mark the occasion the Chrome Hub store in downtown Portland hosted a free breakfast to these unsung heroes of Portland’s economy.
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Bike riding musician and poet Ben Weaver coming to Velo Cult Thursday night

Posted on October 7th, 2015 at 12:50 pm.

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A bicycle has done much more than simply get musician Ben Weaver to his gigs; the act of pedaling has transformed his music and his mission.

Weaver, who’s set to perform Thursday night at Velo Cult, says something changed deep within him when he stopped touring in a car and started carrying his instruments in bags hooked onto his bike: “Instead of performing in traditional concert settings,” he wrote at BenWeaver.net, “I began building tours around natural spaces, specifically around water. I wanted to give back, build communities, and learn more from the people and places I visited.”
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‘When you have it, it’s priceless’: Nine questions for Seleta Reynolds

Posted on September 24th, 2015 at 9:16 am.

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Los Angeles transportation director Seleta Reynolds.
(Photo via TREC at PSU)

Seleta Reynolds gets results.

As we reported last week, the city whose livable streets program she led for three years, San Francisco, has subsequently delivered the nation’s most consistent string of boosts in bike commuting.

She’s now one year into a vastly larger gig: transportation director for the City of Los Angeles, which turned millions of heads last month when it rolled out a citywide plan to gradually reallocate numerous auto lanes to create dedicated bus lanes and 300 miles of protected bike lanes.

She’s also one of the most reflective transportation leaders in the country, as the interview below makes clear. Ahead of her free Oct. 6 talk at Ecotrust, we caught up with Reynolds to discuss her advice for Portland’s advocates and bureaucrats, the arguments for biking that work best and whether Portland is still cool.

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Portland artists featured in Artcrank’s new online store

Posted on September 3rd, 2015 at 3:32 pm.

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Detail of Rory Phillips’ poster.

We’re big fans of Artcrank, billed by its founder Charles Youel as “A poster party for bike people.” The event first came to Portland in 2009 and has returned each year since to inspire and entertain us with its creative representations of the thing we all know and love

While it won’t be back this year, Youel got in touch with us yesterday to share the news that Portland is still in his plans. He’s scaling back live events and has turned his focus toward a new website which launched this week. Similar to his live shows Artcrank.com features 30 artists who’ve created bike-inspired posters.

Of the 30 artists featured in his first online exhibition, three of them are from Portland.
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Learn more about Portland’s new bi-weekly ‘Rush Hour Alleycat’

Posted on July 23rd, 2015 at 9:24 am.

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The bike scene in Portland is a wonderfully dynamic thing. It never stops evolving and there are always new people, ideas, and events coming into it. As they do, they keep the scene healthy by forcing it to re-invent itself and absorb new perspectives.

Part of my job is to monitor this ecosystem and understand the role that each piece has on the greater whole. One such piece that I’ve recently heard about is the Rush Hour Alleycat.

Like many new things that appear on the Portland bike scene horizon, it starts with some tweets or maybe at text and email or two from the organizer. Then it might gain a Facebook page or website. The event might fizzle out. Or, if enough people link into it, it might sustain itself and build into something special.

(Side note: Have you noticed how big the weekly Thursday Night Ride has gotten? Organizer Nathan Jones (proprietor of Ride Yr Bike bike shop) started it as a way to keep the Pedalpalooza spirit strong. Now it attracts well over 100 people every week. It meets at 7:30 tonight at Salmon Street Fountain if you’re curious.)

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‘Reconnecting the Gorge’ films debut amid enthusiasm for Historic Hwy completion

Posted on July 15th, 2015 at 11:57 am.

Reconnecting The Gorge Series 1/6 – From Historic Road to Trail, by Path Less Pedaled

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