Jobs of the Week: Ride with GPS, Nomad Cycles, Northeast Community Center, Velotech

By on May 14th, 2021 at 9:57 am

If you are looking for a foot in the door or a change of pace in the local cycling scene, you’ve come to the right place!

Learn more about each opportunity via the links below…

Bike Mechanic – Nomad Cycles

Bike Camp Counselor – Northeast Community Center

Shipping Specialist – Velotech, Inc.

Rails Developer – Ride with GPS

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Riders take note: River View Cemetery is sacred ground, not a training ground

By on May 13th, 2021 at 2:09 pm

Still from new video by River View Cemetery. Watch it below.

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Better bike lanes confirmed for key stretch of ‘Dirty 30’

By on May 13th, 2021 at 12:29 pm

They call it “Dirty 30” for a reason!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Oregon’s Highway 30 is an extremely important part of the cycling network, so we watch very closely for any opportunity to make it better.

You might recall last fall when we shared a hopeful story about how the stretch of what many locals call “Dirty 30” for its often debris-filled bike lanes could see cycling upgrades as part of a major Oregon Department of Transportation repaving project.

Now we’ve gotten our first-ever look at plans that confirm what the bike lanes will look like…
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ODOT is already waffling on 82nd Avenue funding promise

By on May 13th, 2021 at 9:00 am

Graphic shared by ODOT in a statement last Friday.

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PBOT Commissioner has revealing, heated exchanges with bicycle advisory committee members

By on May 12th, 2021 at 2:03 pm

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OHSU’s new loaner bike program looks to hook riders

By on May 12th, 2021 at 9:31 am

Program participant Natalie Martin is hooked.
(Photo: Kiel Johnson/Go By Bike)

Bicycling is like a drug for many people: Once they try it they get hooked and can’t live without it. Oregon Health Sciences University (OHSU) is so convinced of this phenomenon — and of the benefits of cycling in general — they’re willing to loan people a bike at no cost in the hopes it leads to addiction.

Working in partnership with Go By Bike, the shop that runs OHSU’s massive bike valet under the Portland Aerial Tram, the program has secured a fleet of 22 loaner bikes. Any student, staffer, or contractor with an OHSU badge can take part in the program. Bikes are loaned for 30 days and the only requirement for participants is that they log bike trips at least twice a week via the internal MyCommute system.

OHSU Program Manager Jenny Cadigan says there are about 20,000 commuters eligible. She estimates between April and September they’ll work with over 100 people in the loaner bike program.[Read more…]

106 businesses sign letter asking for protected bike lanes on Hawthorne Blvd

By on May 11th, 2021 at 3:53 pm

PBOT plans to restripe this section of Hawthorne with a center turn lane and three general purpose lanes instead of four.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

A project poised to repave and restripe a popular section of Southeast Hawthorne Blvd without bike lanes is set to begin next month and an activist who’s spent over a year pushing for them hasn’t given up hope.

Last week we received an email from Ben Manker-Seale, the owner of Focus Group Vintage on Hawthorne and 34th. It included a letter in support of protected bike lanes on Hawthorne Blvd signed by over 100 other Hawthorne Blvd business owners (see full list below). The legwork behind the list was Zach Katz, founder of Healthier Hawthorne, a grassroots group that has pushed the Portland Bureau of Transportation to install bike lanes on the street since April 2020. Katz has raised nearly $13,000 via GoFundMe to pay for a possible lawsuit against PBOT for their decision to not stripe bike lanes as part of the Hawthorne Pave & Paint project.[Read more…]

Time to weigh in on Cully Connector, a key piece of 70s Greenway

By on May 11th, 2021 at 1:26 pm

Conceptual design for 72nd and Prescott.
(Graphic: PBOT)

“I’m dead set against this proposal… If you bought your house [on 73rd] and thought you had a nice, calm street, it’s going to get busier.”
— Ted Carlston, Roseway Neighborhood Association

The City of Portland is looking for feedback on how to design a project that will create a low-stress bicycling and walking route along Northeast 72nd Avenue. The one-mile Cully Connector is just one part of the much larger 70s Greenway project which runs from Southeast Flavel to Northeast Killingsworth.

The Cully Connector portion goes from NE Sandy Blvd to NE Killingsworth. PBOT has released conceptual designs and has recently presented them to the Cully and Roseway neighborhood associations. There’s an online open house available now through May 31st where you can share feedback. In other words: Now is the time to learn more about this project and let PBOT know how to make it better.

As per usual with neighborhood greenways, PBOT wants to transform 72nd into a calmer, more “family-friendly” street where walkers and rollers feel safe and welcome. Specifically, they want to reduce traffic on 72nd, slow down the drivers who continue to use it, add protected space for vulnerable road users, and improve crossings at major intersections. To do that they plan to install bike and pedestrian specific infrastructure, traffic calming measures (like speed bumps), signage, crossings, a bike-only signal, and so on. The budget for the project is $5.6 million and funding was split between a federal grant (administered by Metro) and local matching funds.


Conceptual design for 72nd and Sandy/Fremont.
(Graphic: PBOT)

The last time we covered this project was in October 2019 when we shared the news that the original “Roseway Parkway” path concept was cut out to save money and to appease concerns from some nearby residents.

In addition to creating a safer north-south corridor for non-drivers, this project is important because 72nd is a key connector to wonderful Cully Park. The park, which opened in summer 2018 is a major destination, but there’s currently no safe way for people on foot to access it. 72nd has no shoulder or bike lane and — as I pointed out in a review of the park in July 2018 — the crossing of 72nd and Killingsworth is not for the faint of heart. (It’s very unfortunate the Cully Connector won’t be built until (at least) 2023 and that Killingsworth is an ODOT-owned highway so making the crossing of that intersection a lot better will come with added difficulty.)

PBOT has created four conceptual designs for four different street cross-sections and two intersections (Sandy and Prescott):

(Graphic: PBOT)

You can learn more about the designs by clicking through the online open house. Be sure to leave feedback because PBOT is already hearing plenty from neighbors who fear impacts to “their” streets.

One loud critic is Roseway Neighborhood Association Vice Chair Ted Carlston. At an April 13th meeting with PBOT Project Manager David Backes, Carlston said, “I’m dead set against this proposal.”

“I’ve lived in this neighborhood all my life and I know traffic patterns of a lot of people, especially mine,” Carlston said, “And I’ll be using 73rd a whole lot more.” He then gave a warning to people who live on 73rd. “If you bought your house and thought you had a nice, calm street, it’s going to get busier.” Carlston is also concerned that new automobile turning restrictions proposed at 72nd and Sandy will mean he has to drive a few more blocks to get where he wants to go. “Because you can’t turn. You want to go around the corner, but you’ve got to go five blocks to get there with this proposal.”

Backes responded by saying PBOT knows adjacent streets will see more traffic once the changes are made. Citing the city’s neighborhood greenway policy that allows diversion to result in up to 1,000 cars/trucks per day without mitigation, Backes said, “We’re comfortable increasing traffic on adjacent streets up to certain levels… This is partly about rebalancing the way streets in the neighborhood are supposed to work.

Another person who lives on 72nd said she supports the project: “I live on 72nd between Beech and Failing and at morning and evening rush hour it’s like a speedway with people flying down the road 50 mph and there’s tons of kids playing on the parkway… so I’m really happy to see all of these changes.”

If you live, work, or ride on 72nd, make sure PBOT hears your voice. Check out the Cully Connector project page and visit the online open house before it closes at the end of May.

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Regional gem Hagg Lake now has ‘Bike Hubs’

By on May 11th, 2021 at 10:20 am

Rider on Scoggins Valley Road at the northern tip of the Hagg Lake.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Coalition of electeds and advocates to ODOT: ‘Enough is enough’ on 82nd Avenue

By on May 10th, 2021 at 2:59 pm

ODOT has invested $27 million on 82nd Avenue over the past decade, including this new crossing at NE Thompson next to McDaniel High School that was finished last week. Advocates say it’s not enough.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: Mr. Barricade, Peatonito, play streets, and more

By on May 10th, 2021 at 9:57 am

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Woman riding Lime e-scooter hit and killed in east Portland

By on May 8th, 2021 at 1:42 pm

Crash scene. View is looking east on Sandy.
(Photo: Portland Police Bureau)

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Hours before planned rally, ODOT announces lower speed limit, additional funding for 82nd Avenue

By on May 7th, 2021 at 4:41 pm

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Car-centric jughandle, but no bike lanes through Barbur Crossroads?

By on May 7th, 2021 at 7:08 am

Meet me at the crossroads… but be careful on a bike.
(View looking southeast on SW Capitol Highway at SW Barbur Blvd).
(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland)

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Has our comment section improved? I think so

By on May 6th, 2021 at 3:09 pm

The old days when we left comments in person at Get Together events like this one in 2009.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Back in February, serious concerns from the community forced me to take a harder look at our comment section.

If you recall, the concerns were based on my moderating style that let too many mean and inappropriate comments get through. I’d known for years that some folks had stopped reading the comments because of the tenor of BikePortland commenters, but I didn’t take those concerns as seriously as I should have. It took getting called-out on Twitter and some pointed private messages and conversations for me to finally understand why our comment section wasn’t just disliked by some people, but in need of immediate intervention. [Read more…]

Closed after Gorge fire in 2017, the Oneonta Tunnel is now open and ready to ride

By on May 6th, 2021 at 12:41 pm

(Left: East end of the Oneonta Tunnel in 2017 after the Eagle Creek Fire. Right: All cleaned up and ready to ride today! Photos: ODOT)[Read more…]

Father of teen killed by driver on Hawthorne Blvd questions city’s repaving plans

By on May 5th, 2021 at 12:37 pm

(Photo from Fallon Smart memorial ride on August 26th, 2016 by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.)

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Join the Cycle Oregon ‘Challenge’ and ride like it’s 1988

By on May 5th, 2021 at 9:11 am

A great excuse to hit the open road and support Cycle Oregon.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Get excited about the North Greeley bikeway project as it nears completion

By on May 4th, 2021 at 3:25 pm

Looking north on North Greeley from the Adidas pedestrian bridge.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Mayor’s budget will spur new carfree cart pod park on Ankeny

By on May 4th, 2021 at 11:42 am

Friends of Green Loop concept for “Ankeny West” cart pod project.

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