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Road rage leads to shots fired at bicycle rider in Buckman neighborhood

By on October 6th, 2020 at 9:58 am

Section of SE 16th where the incident took place.

A verbal interaction between two road users in southeast Portland erupted into gunfire Saturday afternoon.

According to neighbors (one of whom contacted BikePortland), the incident took place around 6:00 pm on October 3rd. A bicycle rider was pedaling south on SE 16th between Washington and Alder and had a verbal exchange with someone driving a car. The bicycle user reportedly said something to the effect of “There’s no need to drive like that, we both have a right to be on this road!” Then the driver pulled out a gun, fired two shots, and sped away.

Portland Police officers responded to 911 calls and located two shell casings near the 16th and Alder intersection.

After hearing about this secondhand, I contacted the Portland Police Bureau. They confirmed the incident and said neither party remained at the scene to talk with police. They’re holding the casings for analysis and the investigation remains open. [Read more…]

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Bicycles help school communities stay connected during the pandemic

By on October 5th, 2020 at 4:48 pm

Students, teachers and family members rode together at Prescott Pedal on Saturday.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Remembering Dan Gebhart, who found community via cycling in Portland

By on October 5th, 2020 at 12:37 pm

Dan Gebhart and his Sunday Parkways volunteer shirt at Peninsula Park. Dan died in a cycling crash on September 22nd.
(Photo courtesy Cathy Bickerton)

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The Monday Roundup: Black Reparations discount, carfree downtown, EV reality, and more

By on October 5th, 2020 at 10:42 am

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New, larger pump track coming to Gateway Green

By on October 2nd, 2020 at 12:01 pm

Portland is getting a pump track similar to this one in Hood River.
(Photo: Hood River Parks & Rec)

With buzz already strong due to the $5.75 million in major upgrades being built at Gateway Green right now, we’ve just heard more good news: A source tells us the Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) bureau has signed a contract with Velosolutions to build a much larger pump track.

The deal is still working its way through city government but it expected to be official early next week.

I haven’t confirmed details of the design or timeline for the project, but if it’s anything close to what Velosolutions typically builds, it will be the best pump track in Portland by far and cement Gateway Green as a cycling destination for the region. [Read more…]

Jobs of the Week: Arriving By Bike, Vancouvery Cyclery, Clever Cycles

By on October 2nd, 2020 at 10:18 am

Three recent job listings for you to ponder.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

Bicycle Mechanic – Arriving By Bike™

Service Department Manager – Vancouver Cyclery

Full Time Mechanic – Clever Cycles
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City now offers bike parking subsidy for northwest Portland building owners

By on October 1st, 2020 at 3:18 pm

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Northwest Portland is on a roll when it comes to becoming more bike-friendly. The district has projects under construction, a major new plan for more of them headed to city council next week, and now there’s a new funding source for bike parking.

Late last month the Portland Bureau of Transportation launched the Northwest Bike Parking Fund. This new initiative uses money raised from the Northwest/Zone M Parking District (established in 2016) to subsidize the cost of new bike parking facilities. The program is for residential, commercial, or mixed-use building owners who want to create or improve long-term parking such as secure bike rooms.

Once building owners fill out an interest form and meet on-site with PBOT staff, PBOT makes a recommendation and will provide up to $5,000 to purchase the parking equipment. PBOT buys the equipment, then building owners install it and retain ownership once it’s in the ground. [Read more…]

Checking in on ODOT’s Outer Powell Safety Project

By on October 1st, 2020 at 2:19 pm

New curb-separated bike lanes on SE Powell are also concrete – making them smoother and set-apart from roadway pavement.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Weekend Event Guide: Prescott Pedal, Hi Vis Film Fest, a scavenger hunt, and more

By on October 1st, 2020 at 9:59 am

Prescott Elementary School principal Nichole Watson will host Prescott Pedal on Saturday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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After feedback, PBOT will consider bike lane hybrid option on Hawthorne Blvd

By on September 30th, 2020 at 1:33 pm

A mixing zone like this one on SE Foster at 82nd could be the key to fitting bike lanes on Hawthorne Blvd.

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Man arrested after stabbing someone walking on I-205 path

By on September 30th, 2020 at 10:21 am

I-205 path undercrossing of Highway 224 (looking north).
(Photo: Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office)

An 18-year old man was treated by police then rushed to the hospital last week after being stabbed while walking on the I-205 multi-use path south of Portland.

According to the Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, Tommy Smith was walking on the path where it goes under Highway 224 (about 3.7 miles south of the Springwater Corridor) when he had an interaction with another man, 50-year-old Cain Newcomb. “Initial interviews revealed the victim had asked suspect for a cigarette. This question appeared to make the suspect upset. An argument ensued, and the suspect stabbed the victim,” the Sheriff’s Office wrote in a statement. Smith was stabbed in the chest.

Another person prevented Newcomb from escaping until police arrived. [Read more…]

Bicycle riders ensnared by police and Proud Boys during weekend protests

By on September 29th, 2020 at 2:53 pm

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Loggers, electeds, and riders come together to mark solid progress on Crown Z Trail

By on September 29th, 2020 at 12:23 pm

Ready to cut the ribbon.
Left to Right: Columbia County Facilities & Parks Director Casey Garrett, Mike Pihl Logging Inc. owner Mike Pihl, former Columbia County Commissioner and CZ Trail Advisory Committee Chair Tony Hyde, Columbia County Commissioner Margaret Magruder, CZ Advisory Committee member Dale Latham, County Commissioner Henry Heimuller.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Census: Portland bike commuting laid low again in year before Covid

By on September 29th, 2020 at 11:14 am

This is a guest post from former BikePortland news editor Michael Andersen. He now writes about housing and transportation for Sightline Insitute, a regional sustainability think tank.[Read more…]

New heatmap feature continues hot streak for Portland-based Ride with GPS

By on September 29th, 2020 at 8:22 am

There are all sorts of cool things you can do with the heatmap. Compare the route density and intensity east and west of I-205 in Portland.

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The Monday Roundup: Death-free streets, latest LeMonds, EV debate, and more

By on September 28th, 2020 at 10:23 am

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Police budget cuts cripple bike theft response unit

By on September 25th, 2020 at 12:11 pm

The Bike Theft Task Force booth at a Sunday Parkways event in July 2016.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The leader of the Portland Police Police Bureau’s Bike Theft Task Force (BTTF) says the unit has lost its only source of funding and will have to significantly scale back its work for the foreseeable future.

Officers with the task force had been doing regular bike registration events in partnership with Portland Parks rangers over the past few months. Last week Officer Dave Sanders took to the BTTF Twitter account to make the news public: “We are sorry to have to cancel this and other planned events,” he wrote. “Funding for our bike theft program is currently being suspended. Though the police bureau sees the value of these community efforts, we are facing larger budget cuts within our bureau that prevent us from continuing.”[Read more…]

ODOT economist says bike sales up 56% over last year

By on September 24th, 2020 at 12:31 pm

(Source: Oregon Department of Revenue)

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PBOT set to break ground on NW Broadway protected bike lanes

By on September 23rd, 2020 at 10:48 am

Concept drawing of Broadway and Davis intersection.
(Source: City of Portland)

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New trail would link Salmonberry and Banks-Vernonia trails

By on September 22nd, 2020 at 2:49 pm

Construction of the trail (dashed yellow line) could begin soon.
(Map: BikePortland)

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