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Family Biking: The ABCs of a summer bucket list

By on August 13th, 2019 at 9:42 am

We just biked to the last Portland Pickles baseball game of the regular season. I love biking to sporting events in the summer!
(Photo: Madi Carlson)

For those of us following the Portland Public Schools calendar, there are just two more weeks of summer break. I don’t know about you, but I’m hoping to sneak in a few more fun things on bikes before we’ve got to get back to the books. I’d like to hit a few new locations and maybe revisit a special spot or two.

How about you? Any last-minute summer flings planned? If not, here are three little bits of inspiration…[Read more…]

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The Monday Roundup: Cycling’s ‘weak culture’, PennDOT’s exciting leader, the UK’s carfree tunnel, and more

By on August 13th, 2019 at 8:07 am

This week’s Roundup is sponsored by the Portland Century, coming August 18th. Registration is open now!

I realize it’s Tuesday, but I was on the road all day yesterday and unable to get this week’s roundup together.

So without further adieu, here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven seven days…
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Bridge Pedal lures riders of all types to carfree highways

By on August 11th, 2019 at 10:37 pm

Bridge Pedal first-timers Lee and Chris brought visitors from Africa, Toumany and Ansou, along for the ride.
(Photos: Eric Thornburg)

Thousands of people took part in the 24th annual Bridge Pedal on Sunday.[Read more…]

Work has begun on new section of Marine Drive bike path

By on August 9th, 2019 at 10:26 am

Coming along nicely. This view is looking west at Marine Drive near 185th.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland has embarked on a project that will give bicycle riders more separation from auto and truck drivers on Northeast Marine Drive.
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Oregon Court of Appeals upholds bicycle riders’ right to pass on the right

By on August 9th, 2019 at 8:11 am

The law allows you to pass another vehicle on the right, even if you’re on a bike.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Court of Appeals has overturned a lower court decision that found a bicycle rider guilty of passing on the right. The case is a rare interpretation of a bicycle-related statute from this upper court and it strengthens the rights of bicycle riders statewide.
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City puts cycling on sidewalk for safety at tricky northeast intersection

By on August 8th, 2019 at 1:27 pm

This is the route to safely access the crosswalk in the background for people cycling across Prescott at 37th.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

An off-set intersection and a sweeping curve combine to make the crossing of Northeast Prescott at 37th very unsettling. To make matters worse, 37th is an important north-south connection in our cycling network.
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Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, Chrome sale, goldsprints, and more

By on August 8th, 2019 at 11:45 am

A chance to take over the city awaits you at Bridge Pedal.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is right around the corner. Check out our selection of rides and events below…

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A good example of bus/bike integration at a transit stop

By on August 8th, 2019 at 10:03 am

New bus island on NE Weidler west of 103rd Place.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Yesterday while taking a look at the new striping and other changes the City has made to NE 102nd (story to come), I decided to take a ride on the newly updated Halsey-Weidler couplet through the Gateway district. I reported on the project back in June and wanted to give it a check-up.
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PBOT ‘unlikely to advance proposal’ for 9th Avenue diverters after heated meeting

By on August 7th, 2019 at 3:03 pm

PBOT got an earful from concerned residents of the King Neighborhood in north Portland at a meeting on July 25th.

The City of Portland is once again headed back to the drawing board for their Lloyd-to-Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway project. Back in March, the bureau of transportation dropped a proposal that would have used 7th Avenue as the main, low-stress bicycling connection between the forthcoming carfree bridge in the Lloyd District and the ever-growing Woodlawn neighborhood. Saying they, “Underestimated the role [7th Avenue] plays in the hearts and minds of Portland’s black community,” PBOT switched their proposal to 9th Avenue.

Now, after a meeting with residents of the King Neighborhood on July 25th, PBOT says even their latest proposal for 9th lacks support and won’t be advanced until changes are made.

In an email sent to meeting attendees on July 31st, PBOT wrote: “It is clear that we missed the mark with the proposal and that there is little support in the community for the traffic pattern changes as proposed. Given the response last week it is unlikely we will be advancing the proposal we developed… PBOT is committed to working with neighbors to identify changes that can improve safety for everyone, and to do so in a way that is less disruptive for the community.”
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Here’s how to start riding at the Rocky Point Recreation Area

By on August 7th, 2019 at 12:15 pm

Overhead look at the Rocky Point Recreation Area via Google Maps. Rocky Point Road is in upper right corner.

At the end of last month the Portland-based nonprofit Northwest Trail Alliance (NWTA) announced a groundbreaking partnership with Weyerhaeuser Company that opened up 3,100 acres of off-road riding just 14 miles from downtown. While still raw and relatively undeveloped, the Rocky Point Recreation Area is the best and most expansive place for mountain biking and gravel grinding that doesn’t require an hour-plus drive for Portland residents.

Since we posted our story at the end of July, NWTA’s lease has become effective and the group has released more information about how to access the area. In order to start riding and exploring out at Rocky Point, here’s what you need to know:
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New website details excellent roads and routes in The Dalles

By on August 6th, 2019 at 2:31 pm

This bold claim greets visitors to the front page of TheDallesRoads.com.
(Photos: David Boerner)

Ever loved riding in an area so much you became obsessed with it? So much so you found yourself poring over lines on maps, dreaming and scheming on how to ride them all?
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Timberline Bike Park on Mt. Hood set to open any day now – UPDATED

By on August 6th, 2019 at 10:49 am

Riders at the entrance to the new park at a preview day last week.
(Photos: Timberline Lodge & Ski Area)

After nine years of court battles and delays, a new mountain bike part at Timberline Lodge is finally ready to ride.[Read more…]

Family Biking: Time to start planning your bike-to-school route

By on August 6th, 2019 at 9:12 am

I can’t wait to see if the new lanes on SE Foster feel safe at 8:30am once school starts.
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Yikes, August has snuck up on me and the school year is just three weeks away. That means it’s time to plan out your bike-to-school route. [Read more…]

Film chronicles Portland duo’s ride to the coast with surfboards in tow

By on August 5th, 2019 at 3:27 pm

Brian Donnelly looking for waves.
(Photos: Steven Mortinson)


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‘He intended to knock me down’: Man searches for witnesses after bike path attack

By on August 5th, 2019 at 2:14 pm

The assault happened on this stretch of path adjacent to SW Harbor Drive heading into downtown Portland.

A reader says he was attacked while bicycling in southwest Portland Thursday (August 1st) and he wants to know if anyone saw it happen. This assault took place just two weeks after another man was shoved off his bike while riding on the Springwater Corridor path.

The man, who wants to remain anonymous, has lived in Portland for about a year. He told me he was biking northbound on the path adjacent to SW Harbor Drive just north of Harrison at around 8:05 pm when it happened.

Here’s more from the victim:[Read more…]

Jobs of the Week: Jimmy John’s, Stages Cycling, Showers Pass

By on August 5th, 2019 at 1:22 pm

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got three great job opportunities that are still hot and fresh.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Customer Service Specialist – Showers Pass

–> Customer Service Representative – Stages Cycling

–> Bicycle Delivery Riders – Jimmy John’s – Lloyd/Irvington

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The Monday Roundup: $15,000 Oregon-made road bike, e-bike fires, climate policy and more

By on August 5th, 2019 at 11:39 am

Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days…
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Started in Portland, The Ride App’s ride is over

By on August 5th, 2019 at 9:24 am

Screenshot of Ride.App.

A popular smartphone app created in Portland that tracks cycling trips and allows users to rate their rides will shut down at the end of August. Local tech entrepreneur and CEO of Ride Report William Henderson says he’s shifted the focus of his business and Ride App isn’t in his company’s future plans.

Ride App was a free ride-tracking-and-rating app that ran on users’ Apple or Android smartphones. It would automatically (and anonymously) log bicycle trips and give users the ability to quickly rate their rides. The idea was to not only understand which bikeways people preferred, but their general level of satisfaction with them.

Ride App has recorded over 12 million miles of trips since its launch in 2015.
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Time to weigh in on future carfree bridge between Oak Grove and Lake Oswego

By on August 2nd, 2019 at 8:10 am

Looking north from Foothills Park in Lake Oswego at the potential future site of a new bridge. (Existing railroad bridge in in the background).
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Clackamas County wants to know if they should move forward with a new, carfree bridge over the Willamette River that would connect Oak Grove/Milwaukie to Lake Oswego. Known as “OGLO,” the project has been on the radar since 2009 when a Metro study found strong public support for the idea.

Clackamas County has opened an online open house and will host two open houses next week to garner feedback as part of a Metro-funded feasibility study. [Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Historic Highway, criterium, Rough Stuff Ramble and more

By on August 1st, 2019 at 8:41 am

The path on 17th Avenue makes a very fine connection between Portland and Milwaukie.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The weekend is right around the corner and we’ve got a few ride suggestions for you.

Just imagine, you could have never explored Milwaukie (a great city just south of us) or the Columbia River Gorge before this weekend — and by Monday you’ll be an experienced veteran.

Check out this week’s menu of rides and events below. And have a great time out there…

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