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Bicycle rider injured in collision on Highway 30 near St. Johns Bridge

By on May 20th, 2020 at 11:22 am

Photo from the scene.

(UPDATE, 12:36 pm: We know now the victim is Merritt Raitt, a well-known local rider. Read more about him in a note at the end of this post.)

This morning a man riding a bicycle was hit by a car driver while trying to cross over lanes of Highway 30 just north of the St. Johns Bridge.

The collision hasn’t been reported by authorities or on other media outlets, but we received details about it from a reader who was driving nearby and pulled up a few minutes after it happened.

According to our source (who pulled over to help the rider) the bicycle rider was riding northbound on Highway 30 and had just gone under the St. Johns Bridge. He then tried to merge across two lanes in order to enter the left turn lane that would take up onto NW Bridge Avenue to access NW Germantown Road (or the bridge). [Read more…]

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Election recap: It’s still not over as key races are too close to call

By on May 20th, 2020 at 9:19 am

Did you see this coming?

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Nearly 60 Hawthorne Blvd businesses support protected bike lane

By on May 19th, 2020 at 3:57 pm

The proposal calls for a reduction of driving access to make room for a curbside bike lane separated from moving traffic by a parking lane. (Illustration by Scott Mason)


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Scofflaw car drivers are keeping police very busy

By on May 19th, 2020 at 1:47 pm

The driver of this car seen sliding around on the Fremont Bridge was ultimately arrested and charged with 2 counts of reckless driving, 2 counts of reckless endangering and 2 counts of disorderly conduct.
(Photo: YouTube)

Whether it’s the Coronavirus Effect, a general sense of lawlessness, lack of concern about consequences, or all of the above — the Portland Police Bureau Traffic Division has been very busy with dangerous drivers recently.

You’ve likely seen the headlines about a spike in speeding. This is happening for the aforementioned reasons and because the pandemic has opened up more space on the roads. Any armchair traffic engineer will tell you that when people have more space to operate a vehicle they will use it to go faster (like 107 mph in a 45 mph zone) and take more chances.

Now we have hard data from the PPB about how this phenomenon is playing out locally. [Read more…]

Nonprofit leaders say Portland streets aren’t ‘open’ for all

By on May 19th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Seen in north Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

While some Portlanders ride bikes and walk around their neighborhoods with relative ease, that ostensibly simple act isn’t so easy for many others. Local nonprofit leaders who work with immigrants, people of color, and families that rely on social services, paint a much different picture of neighborhood mobility.

In the case of Oregon Walks, Executive Director Jess Thompson said in a recent member newsletter that many people they serve, “Are not feeling safe leaving home during the pandemic.” “Too many folks do not have enough (or any) access to face coverings or reliable information about how to walk ‘Covid-aware’ and more safely when they walk out the door.”[Read more…]

Business owners can now apply for temporary pick-up/drop-off spaces

By on May 18th, 2020 at 4:55 pm

PBOT graphic.

Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly has announced another element of the Slow Streets Safe Streets initiative.

Business owners can now fill out a short online application to request that space on their block be repurposed from parking to a “temporary 5-minute pickup/drop-off parking space.”

This part of the program was hinted at when it was launched on April 28th. It’s part of a three-pronged approach that aims to change how we use neighborhood greenways, busy streets, and main streets in an era of increased social distancing.[Read more…]

With 100 members, the BikePortland Forums are off and running

By on May 18th, 2020 at 4:03 pm

Screenshot of BikePortland Forums front page.

We’ve got forums!

I’ve been holding back on this announcement because I didn’t want to waste your time if they didn’t pan out. But after launching quietly at the end of March, today we’ve passed the 100-user mark on the new BikePortland Forums and that gives me the confidence to officially announce them here on the Front Page.

BikePortland has always been about fostering good conversations, sharing information, and inspiring people to go out and use it. It’s why we invest so much in our comment section and maintain daily discussions here on the blog as well as on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram (not to mention old-fashioned emails and all those private messages).

So why add forums into that mix? Let me count the ways…[Read more…]

Metro acquisition could close Cazadero Trail gap at Deep Creek

By on May 18th, 2020 at 1:21 pm

Let’s close this gap! (Map graphic: BikePortland)

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The Monday Roundup: ‘Streateries’, Everesting, micromobility highways, and more

By on May 18th, 2020 at 9:41 am

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Comment of the Week: Moderate position needed on safe cycling and homelessness issue

By on May 15th, 2020 at 2:46 pm

“If we want Portland to be taken seriously as a pedestrian and bike-friendly city, we need people to feel safe walking and biking, wherever they may be.”

Riders navigate around a person’s tent on the I-205 multi-use path. (Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Jobs of the Week: Fat Tire Farm, eBike Store, Sellwood Cycle Repair, Jimmy John’s, Velotech

By on May 15th, 2020 at 12:45 pm

The bad news is many Portlanders have lost their jobs in the past month. The good news is we’ve got a few leads for you.

If you’re looking for a new gig, check the links below…

Mtn Bike Sales Specialist – The eBike Store

Mechanic – Sellwood Cycle Repair

Bike Delivery Rider – Jimmy John’s #1410

Customer Experience Specialist – Velotech, Inc.

Mountain Bike Mechanic – Fat Tire Farm
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PPB Bike Theft Task Force recover 15 bikes, make two arrests in chop shop bust

By on May 15th, 2020 at 10:24 am

Tools of the trade. Notice the seat bags too.

A vanful of broken dreams. (Photos: PPB)

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Portland geologist Lalo Guerrero shares the dirt on local trails

By on May 15th, 2020 at 9:55 am

40-year-old molten lava from Plains of Abraham trail in Washington.

Lalo Guerrero.
(Photos: Lalo Guerrero/Trailside Geology)

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City seeks cycling input on Freight Master Plan update

By on May 13th, 2020 at 3:39 pm

Scene from the memorial for Kathryn Rickson in 2012 where some people called on Portland to ban large commercial trucks.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has launched an update to the Freight Master Plan and the first place they stopped to ask for feedback was the bicycle advisory committee.

That makes sense given the tragic legacy of death and injury left behind by drivers of big trucks on Portland’s central city streets.

For years we’ve failed to mitigate the immense risks posed by trucks. With a massive boom in e-commerce and new ideas around how we use streets and curb space, the freight plan just might be a perfect opportunity to finally make progress.[Read more…]

Couch Curve gets a ‘bike bar’ but don’t get your hopes up

By on May 13th, 2020 at 1:24 pm

Can you guess what this metal thing with the holes is for?
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Oregon Bicycle Racing Association will make promoters prove events are virus-safe

By on May 13th, 2020 at 10:59 am

“This won’t be an off-the-cuff approach. This is serious business and we’re taking it seriously.”
— Mike Ripley, Mudslinger Events

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Pondering Portland’s post-pandemic traffic

By on May 12th, 2020 at 12:44 pm

The calm before the storm?
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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North Portland neighborhoods request clear paths in homelessness statement

By on May 12th, 2020 at 10:48 am

“We request that the City of Portland clear campsites located in parks, waterways and public paths.”
— from a statement signed by four north Portland neighborhoods

Four north Portland neighborhood associations have issued a joint statement about homelessness. Among their requests is that government agencies work harder to clear campsites located in parks and on public paths.

Throughout the city, vital parts of the transportation network are blocked and/or dominated by peoples’ homes, belongings, and trash. Without enough places to live or social services to help them get off the streets, thousands of Portlanders sleep along streets — often directly adjacent to bike lanes and carfree paths. These paths are often in places where surface streets are unsafe, unconnected, or for some other reason not a safe alternative for bicycle users and walkers. This has led to a sad, complicated and frustrating problem for everyone.

Bicycle users are viscerally aware of this issue. BikePortland has fielded questions and concerns about it for years, ever since people started creating camps along the Springwater Corridor path in 2014. Last year we reported that conditions on the I-205 path had reached an unacceptable level and just this week a reader shared that some of the camps remain. For many people, this means many local paths are no longer an option.

In the joint statement posted yesterday, the neighborhoods of Bridgeton, Arbor Lodge, Overlook and University Park say Covid-19 has made a bad problem worse and that it’s time to respond. [Read more…]

Becky Jo’s Carfree Life: Where to buy a bike and get it ready for fun season

By on May 12th, 2020 at 9:08 am

Evansville, Indiana Target’s bike wall

Bike sales are through the roof — in Portland and across the country. Isn’t that great? Only downside is basic bikes can be hard to come by. And then there’s the need for repairs and maintenance.

An old mom-group friend posted this photo of the bike wall in an Evansville, Indiana Target. That’s pretty amazing. There was recently even a BikePortland Forums post asking about where to buy right now. I also just started following Portland Bicycle Emporium on Instagram. The owner of that shop is pulling 12-plus hour days and can’t keep low-priced, starter bikes in stock (his posts crack me up, so worth a follow).

It’s sort of weird but I’m suddenly a veteran now in comparison to all the new cyclists. JK. I still have no idea what I’m doing, so I’m going to ask you:
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‘Mask or Stay Home’ graffiti on Marine Drive bike path

By on May 11th, 2020 at 4:36 pm

(Graffiti on Marine Drive bike path. Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]