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  2. Comment by Eric Leifsdad July 25, 2017 @ 1:48 am | Link

    I say "you too" to that as well.

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  3. Comment by Hello, Kitty July 25, 2017 @ 1:24 am | Link

    That's quite a list of misconceptions. Are you sure they are all false?

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  4. Comment by Hello, Kitty July 25, 2017 @ 1:18 am | Link

    I'm sure developers would never build in such a way as to dodge the affordable housing minimums, especially when building lot-by-lot.

    Did it work in N/NE Portland?

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  5. Comment by Kyle Banerjee July 25, 2017 @ 12:23 am | Link

    Calling an expectation that there will be a huge shift towards cycling wishful thinking would be putting it mildly.

    Little will change until cars make a lot less sense for people than they do now. I spent the weekend in Buffalo NY. Cycling infrastructure is surprisingly good there and conditions are excellent. I literally saw no cyclists, even if I'm sure there are a few someplace.

    Outside a small group, people don't even like driving short distances in inclement weather and they lack the fitness or even desire to ride. For all the rideable area we have in the PDX area, relatively few people ride, and that tiny number plummets whenever conditions aren't excellent.

    If gas gets too expensive, something will change. Bikes will probably pick up a little more action then, but I wouldn't count on a tectonic shift in that specific direction. Expect more efficient mechanized ways of getting around.

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  6. Comment by Dan A July 24, 2017 @ 11:32 pm | Link

    The city and county are certainly responsible for parking minimums that create huge surface lots, further distancing humans from the places they'd like to go. For selling us 'road improvements' that turn 2-lane roads into de facto highways. For leaving major connecting roads without sidewalks or bike lanes. For a policy that dictates that they don't paint crosswalks, or install curb cuts to connect MUPs. For failing to fund their neighborhood greenway program. For failing to step away from their 1970s playbook and try some new ideas. Etc.

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  7. Comment by wsbob July 24, 2017 @ 11:24 pm | Link

    "Washington County has parking minimums. See section 413-7: ..." dan a

    Nike couldn't simply cut the amount of parking it provides, without causing big problems to the surrounding neighborhoods for example. People working at the company would be scouring nearby neighborhood streets for places to park. Big companies like Nike, devising ways to eliminate employees' need to park cars, would be a more satisfactory and effective way for the company to reduce the amount of parking needed.

    One way this could happen, is if more of the company's employees lived nearby within walking and biking distance from the campus. Which kind of gets back to an ongoing question: if the housing is there (in this case, some definitely is, and more is possible.), would the employees live there?

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  8. Comment by Dan A July 24, 2017 @ 11:21 pm | Link

    "How is anyone not noticing yet"

    People noticed in the comments above, and in the previous BP posts.

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  9. Comment by Kyle Banerjee July 24, 2017 @ 11:10 pm | Link

    Why give in to reality? People gripe about even driving such distances and even those who do ride don't do it except when it's nice outside and they don't need to lug much.

    Should be no trouble getting people riding further distances when conditions aren't great...

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  10. Comment by wsbob July 24, 2017 @ 11:10 pm | Link

    "I’m not exaggerating. I’ve ridden on those roads before, and it’s not something I’d ever like to do again. Those five-lane roads are absolutely terrifying. ..." adam

    I'm going to venture to say I really believe that you don't feel comfortable or safe, biking on roads around the Nike campus. The way you feel biking on those roads, is the thing that people need help overcoming in order to achieve more road share by people biking. In think perhaps one of the best things that could happen to improve the functionality of those roads, even in their present state, for all road users, would be for many more people to routinely be on those roads, riding.

    And more people could be riding those roads, if they were to if they were to become good at using them, by way of techniques and procedures I touched on earlier. I'm not saying that riding among all the motor vehicles, or alongside them on the bike lane, is wonderful, because it's not, but it's definitely doable, even for slow traveling riders. Ability or need to ride at a high speed isn't a requirement during rush hour, because motor vehicle traffic is congested to the point of stop and go.

    It's going to be years, if ever, before this part of Beaverton has the idealized European bike infrastructure that some people idolize. People in our area have got to become good at using the gradually improving bike infrastructure we have now, if biking is ever to have the chance of displaying to the general public, what a benefit towards dealing with traffic congestion, the provision of better bike infrastructure can be. .

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  11. Comment by wsbob July 24, 2017 @ 10:48 pm | Link

    I wouldn't read the pessimistic, paranoid perspective into the lines that you seem to have done. Digital communication between vehicles being used on the road, is pioneering technology being developed. From my perspective, vulnerable road users whether they're walking, biking, skateboarding etc, can benefit from all the help they can get.

    If eventually, a cell phone app could function to advise motor vehicle road users' vehicles of the presence on the road of vulnerable road users, with the help of devices carried by vulnerable road users, I think that could hold the potential for much greater safety in using the road than often is the case today.

    The day that happens could be many years off, especially considering Oregon is a state in which people riding bikes aren't legally required to display on their bikes, something so simple as a tail light for enhanced visibility of themselves to other road users.

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  12. Comment by 9watts July 24, 2017 @ 9:59 pm | Link

    And another good piece from the archives:
    https://bikeportland.org/2011/05/16/reader-comment-opposition-to-urban-cycling-is-class-based-52930

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  13. Comment by El Biciclero July 24, 2017 @ 9:55 pm | Link

    "bic, sorry, but I don’t feel your name calling is justified, nor are your conclusions based on brief news stories about collisions involving people biking and people driving, that the writers of those stories, intentionally or not, are putting vulnerable road users in an unfair light."

    You're misunderstanding the use of "Car Head". It isn't name-calling, as in "you big, fat car-head!", it's a description of a "condition", if you will. "Car-head" refers to an implicit, unrecognized bias in how most people think about different modes of transportation: driving is normal, any other way of getting around must be due to some unfortunate circumstance that has befallen you. It's probably the same circumstance that makes you a second-class citizen---you know, like being a drunk, or uneducated, or poor (maybe homeless)---you know. Or, if you are riding a sporty bike or running along a road, you're one of those crazy "exercisers" who probably grooves on "extreme" activities because you crave the adrenaline rush---why else would you play in the road? Either way, to venture out any way other than by car means you are taking your chances and you shouldn't be too surprised if you get run over---I mean, drivers? Huh? C'mon, amiright?

    Also, I'm not necessarily reaching any "conclusions" based on brief news stories; I'm criticizing the actual brief news story. Your example makes my exact point perfectly; let's look at that "brief news story":

    "Early indications show that the cyclist was traveling east on Shaff Road when an eastbound minivan struck the bicycle. The area the crash took place has very little shoulder and no lighting. At the time of the crash it was dark, rainy and the cyclist was wearing dark clothing and no light on the bicycle.

    The driver of the vehicle remained on the scene and is cooperating with investigators. Identities of the involved will be released once the appropriate notifications have been made. Shaff Road was closed for 2 hours while investigators processed the scene, Shaff Road has now reopened for regular traffic."

    In that brief news story, what is reported? The road was dark and rainy (conditions) there was little shoulder and no lighting (conditions), the bicyclist was wearing dark clothing (there are no legal clothing requirements), and had no light (the only actual legal violation by the bicyclist, although a light could have been knocked far away and destroyed; we'll never know). There is no mention of a rear reflector, which is the only legal requirement for the rear of a bicycle, and as both vehicles were traveling east, this must have been a hit-from-behind collision in which a rear reflector should have been visible if there was one, but no mention one way or the other on that.

    About the condition and behavior of the car and driver, let's see...stayed at the scene and is cooperating. Nothing about the assumed speed of the van, the brightness of the headlights, the quality of the wipers, condition of the tires or brakes, the radio being on, evidence of distraction---not one single word. What I note is that given the brevity of the story, the things police, reporters---whoever---choose to use those precious few words to describe are a) what the bicyclist did "wrong", b) how conditions made it impossible for the driver to avoid tragedy, and c) how cooperative the driver is being. That, my friend, is a list of excuses presented in a way that can only be read as a declaration of guilt against the deceased bicyclist, and of tragic innocence on the part of the poor, cooperative driver.

    Now again, I'm not saying the story was presented that way on purpose, but the bias is clear. We no more concern ourselves with the behavior of the driver than we would worry about how the ocean was acting when somebody drowned in it, or how the sidewalk might have contributed to the death of someone jumping from a building. We take the driver's behavior as absolutely inevitable as the laws of nature; we start with an unshakable assumption that the driver was "doing everything right"---so much so that we don't even ask questions, let alone find fault. Only in cases of obvious impairment or witnessed egregious behavior---like I said---do we begin to wonder whether the driver might have had something to do with a collision.

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  14. Comment by 9watts July 24, 2017 @ 9:50 pm | Link


    – cyclists are also ___
    – cyclists are actually ______
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    That is all fine and good but it has nothing to do with the anger directed at those of us on bikes. For that I recommend this archived discussion here from some time ago:
    https://bikeportland.org/2014/07/02/angry-guest-essay-107952

    here's another piece:
    https://bikeportland.org/2012/09/24/anger-explained-in-why-you-hate-cyclists-77844

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  15. Comment by Ventura July 24, 2017 @ 9:34 pm | Link

    Interesting, I did not know that, and I live in Washington. It's only $5 per tire. Here's the code:
    https://app.leg.wa.gov/rcw/default.aspx?cite=46.37.427

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  16. Comment by Al July 24, 2017 @ 9:32 pm | Link

    Well done on the interview, Jonathan. You covered all the major points well and I, for one, am glad to have you as a spokesperson on this topic.

    Bankerman makes a good point. Technically, the League of American Bicyclists is the org that should tackle advocacy. I have been an avid cyclists since I found myself to like bicycles more than other kids in the 80's. While it has been nice for America to finally get on board with the sport thanks to LeMond and later Armstrong, like it or not, there seems to be a backlash against cyclist recently. I've suffered pretty much everything from having stuff thrown at me from cars to being run off the road. So, while cycling is much better than it used to be and Oregon is much better than many states I've ridden in, I still get honked at now and then and yelled at to get off the road just for pedaling in the bike lane (happened just last week on Stark and 94th which has ample bike lane space).

    I think the main points that drivers are missing are:
    - cyclists are also drivers
    - cyclists are actually saving drivers money and reducing THEIR traffic
    - cyclists are saving the state money not only on infrastructure but healthcare

    So if the League is delinquent in getting this message across and I think they are, at least in Oregon, then what do we do? Who else can we turn to?

    This bicycle sales tax is a warning. We shouldn't ignore it.

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  17. Comment by Bob July 24, 2017 @ 9:09 pm | Link

    ODOT sets speed limits. The City and county are responsible for the other nonesense

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  18. Comment by Kyle Banerjee July 24, 2017 @ 8:29 pm | Link

    People wish each other safe trips for all modes of transport.

    If you want more people riding, repeating how dangerous it is might not be a solid game plan.

    I do not buy that cyclists are systematic victims of scorn and ridicule even if drivers don't sympathize with them. I've never had a problem with that anywhere. Playing the perpetual victim doesn't do cyclists or cycling any favors.

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  19. Comment by Alex Reedin July 24, 2017 @ 8:18 pm | Link

    Wait... Building tons of 20-50 unit apartments with 2-10 affordable units where one $400,000-$800,000 single-family home stood won't increase the economic and racial diversity of lily-white inner Portland? I beg to differ.

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  20. Comment by David Hampsten July 24, 2017 @ 7:45 pm | Link

    Better Block is doing a similar project out here in Greensboro NC, in a wealthy white older neighborhood called College Hill, near UNCG and downtown. Lots of neighborhood traffic calming in a city that takes great pride in being #1 in car-friendliness: https://collegehillneighborhoodplan.wordpress.com/ch4e/

    About College Hill For Everyone

    The College Hill Neighborhood is embarking on an exciting new project that aims to reclaim College Hill’s streets and sidewalks as safe, inviting places for people! College Hill For Everyone will launch in August with a series of temporary demonstration projects that combine traffic-calming, signage, art, branding, history, and community events to strengthen College Hill’s identity.

    The College Hill Neighborhood Association and the City of Greensboro have partnered with the smart folks at Team Better Block to draw on their extensive experience and innovative ideas!

    Phase 1 of CH4E will begin on August 1, in conjunction with National Night Out. With YOUR help, the College Hill Neighborhood Association will transform several intersections along Mendenhall Street (from Rankin Place to Walker Avenue), into people-friendly places. The National Night Out celebration will be on Mendenhall Street between Carr Street and Odell Place. This 150 ft section of Mendenhall will be closed to motor vehicles, so that friends, neighbors, and visitors can stroll, chat, create, and play. WE NEED YOUR HELP — If you can spare some time, you can help us make this event AMAZING!

    (Mendenhall is a very narrow collector street, similar to SE 20th near Salmon, and normally just as busy. 2 of our 8 bike shops are on this street.)

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  21. Comment by adrian July 24, 2017 @ 7:42 pm | Link

    How is anyone not noticing yet:
    loophole!

    wheel diameters over 26"

    It's like the lawmakers have never heard of ISO wheels size and didn't realize the 26" label was just marketing with no true physical correlation....

    a traditional mountain bike wheel is physically Less Than 26"
    559mm=22" for the rim. even if we count 'tire' as part of 'wheel diameter' anything less than a 1.95 tire will still pass.

    and why should the tire be counted as part of wheel diameter? tires come in all kinds of width options; the tire dimensions aren't intrinsic to the bike itself.
    if we push that logic (or if LBS's start selling tires separately) then even 29Plus and FatBikes will pass.

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  22. Comment by David Hampsten July 24, 2017 @ 7:30 pm | Link

    There was a brief effort by Lance a few years ago, to get states and cities to widen shoulders and give cyclists more passing space, but his efforts "did a faceplant" after he admitted his doping. Now he's a TV announcer.

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  23. Comment by David Hampsten July 24, 2017 @ 7:25 pm | Link

    It took a while to load on my computer (I had to try twice.) Once I had successfully loaded it, it sounded like you were dubbed. Great interview, though.

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  24. Comment by Adam July 24, 2017 @ 6:47 pm | Link

    Yes, we meet every morning in the Hawthorne Bridge. Although we don’t stop pedaling so you’ll have to make your remarks quick.

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  25. Comment by Mossby Pomegranate July 24, 2017 @ 6:21 pm | Link

    Funny how Apple has hornswoggled everybody too. Enjoy those Macs and iPhones.

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