Big sale at Community Cycling Center

United Bicycle Institute is leaving Portland

By on October 3rd, 2019 at 12:24 pm

UBI is packing up.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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If only we regulated parking everyday like Parking Day

By on October 3rd, 2019 at 11:38 am

A parking spot that was into the Climate Strike spirit.
(Photos: Catie Gould)

Catie Gould is volunteer activist with Bike Loud PDX and a member of the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee.[Read more…]

Weekend Event Guide: Crusade kickoff, trike fest, mural tour and more

By on October 3rd, 2019 at 8:12 am

Alpenrose last year. Looks like fun, right? Right?!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

What do you have planned for the weekend? Something on two wheels we hope. Or three, if you’re of the triking persuasion.

Check out our selection of events and have fun out there…

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Racing can continue (for now) at Alpenrose Dairy, despite sale

By on October 2nd, 2019 at 2:29 pm

Racers compete at Alpenrose Velodrome on land adjacent to the dairy that’s soon to be under new ownership.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This weekend the 50 acres of land around Alpenrose Dairy in Portland’s southwest hills will be teeming with cyclocross racers and fans. The hills, kitschy village, and velodrome have provided a route for the kickoff event of the River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade for many years. This year a dark cloud has hung over Alpenrose as race organizers worried that a sale of the dairy would result in them being kicked out for good.
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How car parking makes new housing much more expensive

By on October 2nd, 2019 at 11:44 am

Townhomes at NE Couch and 53rd Avenue, currently selling for $729,000 each. But if parking isn’t needed, the most profitable project would be mixed-income condo buildings with average prices near $280,000.
(Photo: Michael Andersen/Sightline)

We’ve been on the car-housing beat for many years now, so when housing expert and Sightline reporter Michael Andersen says he’s never seen a more clear-cut example of how Portland can choose housing for people or housing for cars, I think it’s worth your attention.

Andersen just published a story about a policy in front of Portland City Council today that would reform “mid-density zones”. Among the details of the Bureau of Planning & Sustainability’s Better Homes By Design proposal is one that Andersen finds “almost shocking its clarity.”

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Big transportation ideas highlight Portland mayoral candidate’s ‘Green New Deal’ plan

By on October 2nd, 2019 at 10:46 am

Iannarone campaigned on the Hawthorne Bridge during the recent Climate Strike march.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone is no stranger to bold ideas. She spent years working at Portland State University leading educational tours for visiting leaders that focused on our city’s legacy of transformative urban planning decisions.

Now, as Iannarone campaigns to unseat Mayor Ted Wheeler, she’s unveiled a “Climate Justice” policy plan that would be transformative in its own right. Iannarone’s “Green New Deal” plan (PDF) comes out just two weeks after a City of Portland report found that carbon emissions from the transportation sector are “increasing dramatically.” [Read more…]

As area grows, North Vancouver Ave gets more space for cycling

By on October 1st, 2019 at 3:10 pm

Note where the old lanes have been removed. New bike lane is now away from door-zone and commands more of the street space.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Medians, new bike crossings coming to NE Tillamook at 21st

By on October 1st, 2019 at 1:54 pm

(Conceptual renderings of NE Tillamook and 21st from City of Portland)

The City of Portland says they’re all set to start building a set of safety updates at a tricky, off-set intersection on the Tillamook Neighborhood Greenway.
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Family Biking: Join us for the Kidical Mass Pumpkin Farm Ride

By on October 1st, 2019 at 10:59 am

Pumpkin farms are a fall tradition ’round these parts. Join us!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

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Did Oregon City police just catch Portland’s notorious Interstate Avenue nail bandit?

By on October 1st, 2019 at 9:52 am

Suspect’s car and nail stash.
(Photos: Oregon City PD)

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ODOT staffer raises eyebrows with series of tweets – UPDATED

By on September 30th, 2019 at 3:12 pm

Tiana Tozer at a PBOT event last Thursday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Comments about transportation safety made on Twitter last week by Portlander Tiana Tozer have raised eyebrows. While her Twitter account is not an official ODOT communications channel (her profile says, “Opinions are my own”), Tozer is ODOT’s Region 1 transportation safety coordinator and she sits on the Portland Bureau of Transportation Vision Zero Task Force.

Here’s what happened:

Tiana Tozer attended a City of Portland event at Ventura Park Thursday morning. Later that day she replied to a tweet of a video we posted from the event. When someone questioned the effectiveness of holding signs and asking drivers to slow down, Tozer replied: “Ho hum another entitled American sitting back watching people die, but he himself has no solution. How easy it is to criticize. God forbid you should be part of the solution. Don’t strain yourself.” [Read more…]

The Monday Roundup: Bikelash insanity, bike share bust, Greg LeMond, and more

By on September 30th, 2019 at 10:24 am

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Car2gone: Rideshare company announces Portland exit

By on September 27th, 2019 at 2:05 pm

Some Portlanders are emotional about the news.

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Bike lanes on East Glisan! Checking in on PBOT’s latest arterial street update

By on September 27th, 2019 at 12:11 pm

View looking east from bridge at Menlo Park school around NE 130th. Note where old striping has been ground off. The new auto parking lane is where the old outside lane used to be. That narrow strip against the curb is the new bike lane.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)


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Weekend Event Guide: Alice Awards, Killer Fang Ride, photo show, and more

By on September 27th, 2019 at 9:13 am

Get out and enjoy your city! (This is Leif Erikson Drive in Forest Park.)
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Kids are back in school, the sun isn’t quite as sunny, and there’s a fall vibe in the air.

While summer has dropped off the back of the peloton, it’s still a beautiful time to ride bikes in Portland! If you’re looking for something to do, have a look at our ride and event selections below…
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Jobs of the Week: Holy Spokes, Velotech, Go By Bike, Community Cycling Center

By on September 27th, 2019 at 7:49 am

The peak summer cycling season might be behind us, but local bike-related companies are still looking for great people.

Learn more about our latest job listings via the links below…

–> Full Time Bike Share Technician – Holy Spokes

–> Shipping Specialist – Velotech

–> Bike Valet Attendant Closing Position – Go By Bike

–> Program Mechanic – Community Cycling Center
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“Slow down!” Neighbors fight back against speeders with signs and cheers

By on September 26th, 2019 at 4:27 pm

City staff, advocates and nearby residents made themselves seen and heard on SE Stark this morning.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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US Census: Portland bike commuting hits lowest rate in 12 years

By on September 26th, 2019 at 2:47 pm

Riding conditions on 122nd Avenue in the Gateway District.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The latest numbers from the U.S. Census bureau estimate that the number of people who bike to work in Portland is down to 5.3%. That number is down from 6.3% in 2017 and it’s the lowest we’ve seen since 2007. Portland’s bike to work number peaked at 7.2% in 2014.
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Bike/walk advocates will join scooter club at memorial for Sue Bartlett

By on September 25th, 2019 at 10:05 am

When Sue Bartlett was hit by the driver of an SUV on August 30th, she was on a gas-powered motorized scooter; but that fact hasn’t stopped active transportation advocates from organizing an event to remember her life.

“Light individual transportation (LIT) with low carbon footprints are the most vulnerable and exposed users of our public space,” reads the description of an event co-organized by The Street Trust, BikeLoudPDX and the St Johns Scooter Club.
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Dispatch from Izmir, Turkey, where mobility options abound

By on September 24th, 2019 at 2:10 pm

It’s no accident that the streets of Izmir are bustling and full of people not in cars.
(Photos: Timur Ender)

BikePortland subscriber Timur Ender recently visited family in Turkey and shares his impressions about how people get around.
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