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Parks bureau pledges $2 million for Gateway Green

Posted by on December 21st, 2016 at 12:21 am

All the pieces to Gateway Green are finally in place.(Photos by Portland Parks)

All the pieces to Gateway Green are finally in place.
(Photos by Portland Parks)

Christmas has come a bit early for Gateway Green, the 25-acre parcel of land between I-84 and I-205 that’s slated to be Portland’s first bike park (a.k.a. the Dirt Lab).
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Diverter at Clinton and 32nd is complete

Posted by on December 20th, 2016 at 10:52 am

Permanent Clinton diverter by PBOT, December 2016

Permanent Clinton diverter by PBOT, December 2016

This post was submitted by BikePortland subscriber Adam Herstein. These posts usually appear on our Subscriber Posts page but we like to share them here on the Front Page when appropriate. — Ted

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City Council and PBOT will seek $300,000 for outer Division safety ’emergency’ – UPDATED

Posted by on December 16th, 2016 at 1:18 pm

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They heard you.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland is on the verge of releasing $300,000 from the city’s general fund for “emergency Vision Zero improvements” on outer Southeast Division Street.

The move comes after a spate of deaths and injuries on Division east of 82nd Avenue — including two fatal collisions within hours of each other nine days ago.

Division is home to seven of the city’s top 30 high crash intersections. This year alone five people have died and three people have sustained serious injuries while using the street. Seven of those collisions happened on outer Division between 124th and 156th.

Pressure has been building on PBOT for the past week to do something.

Last week nine bereaved family members (including two women who lost their sons at the same intersections on Division where people were killed on December 7th) signed a letter demanding immediate action.
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Oregon Senate prez wants distracted driving penalties on par with drunk driving

Posted by on December 16th, 2016 at 12:02 pm

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Stop it. You’re drunk.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation has been beating a steady drum all year about one very important part of their approach to traffic safety: distracted driving. Now it looks like the Oregon legislature has their back and we could see a major change to the law in the 2017 session.

According to a story in the Salem Statesmen-Journal Wednesday, Oregon Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem) wants to significantly ramp up the legal consequences for people caught driving while texting, talking, or using social media apps. In fact, he’s so concerned about the threat of distractions that he wants to expand Oregon’s existing cell phone law (ORS 811.507) and make the penalties commensurate with driving under the influence.

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Jobs of the Week: Holy Spokes, Rapha, Ride with GPS

Posted by on December 16th, 2016 at 9:47 am

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got six great job opportunities that just went up this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Bike Share PT/FT – Holy Spokes!

–> Event Coordinator – Rapha

–> Customer Advocate – Ride with GPS — FILLED!

–> Software Engineer – Ride with GPS — FILLED!

–> Mobile Engineer (iOS or Android) – Ride with GPS

–> UI/UX Designer – Ride with GPS — FILLED!

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Weekend Event Guide: Blaq sale, the Grinch, and Christmas lights

Posted by on December 16th, 2016 at 9:02 am

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The Grinch! See him on the big screen Sunday night.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Like we’ve been saying all week, a little bit of snow isn’t enough to stop the wheels of Portland’s bike-lovers. Even though we’re not expected to see much in the way of thawing, there are still some events worth considering.

You’ll note a new “Featured Event” section (below). That spot is reserved for awesome local companies who pay us a bit of cash to help promote their events. It’s called advertising and it’s how we survive. Support the companies who support BikePortland and you’ll be our favorite reader!

Have a great weekend and please be cautious out there. Snow is fun and fine but ice can break your spine (just made that up, sorry).

Featured Event

Blaq Packs Warehouse Sale – 10:00 am to 6:00 pm Saturday and Sunday at 2505 SE 11th Ave
Our friends at Blaq Packs are having a big sale to help you whittle down your Christmas list. Everything in their store will have a 25% or more discount and custom orders are 15% off. There’s also a raffle for a free bag. More info here.

Saturday, December 17th

Gore Bike Wear Hose Down Challenge – 12:00 to 2:00 pm at River City Bicycles Parking Lot (706 SE Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd)
Try out all the latest GORE jackets, pants, gloves and shoe covers! Company reps will be there to tell you about the products and there will be a stationary bike for real-life testing. They’ll even have a hose on-hand to demonstrate the waterproof capabilities of all the fabrics. Everyone who tests product will get a prize from GORE. Hosted by River City Bicycles. More info here.
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It’s a nice day for a bike ride

Posted by on December 15th, 2016 at 1:26 pm

Saw lots of smiles (and a lot of MTBs) out on the streets this morning.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Saw lots of smiles (and a lot of MTBs) out on the streets this morning.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland is still covered in a layer of snow after a storm last night.

If you can manage it, the biking is quite nice. Roads are much quieter than usual because people are driving slower and schools and many businesses are closed.
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Don’t blame the weather for this mess (or snow plows, or bad drivers, or…)

Posted by on December 15th, 2016 at 9:58 am

Portland made national news last night — and this image told quite a story.

Portland made national news last night — and this image told quite a story.

Welcome to the morning after.

After a few inches of snow fell on Wednesday afternoon, our region’s transportation system ground to a halt. Major freeways, arterials, and even many neighborhood streets were either completely gridlocked or impassable due to abandoned cars left in scrap heaps of twisted metal and broken dreams. Thousands of people were stranded for hours and backups continued on Highway 26 until midnight (midnight!). Thanks to an Associated Press story, the insanity of it all has brought us national attention.

Now we’ve entered the autopsy stage where everyone is trying to figure out how it happened.

The Oregonian broke it down to five reasons: We don’t use salt on our roads; people don’t carry chains; people don’t know how to drive in the snow; Portland doesn’t have enough snow plows, and transit is, “not equipped for hilly Portland.”

Sigh. Of course they forgot to mention something.

Here’s the inconvenient truth: Our over-reliance on single-occupancy motor vehicle use has real consequences. It leads to lots of injuries and deaths, it poisons our lungs, and it makes our transportation system extremely fragile and inefficient.
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The Commute From Hell (was heaven on a bike)

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 at 11:16 pm

A bike rider finds a good line between traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd this evening. Photo shared by  River City Bicycles on Instagram.

A bike rider finds a good line between traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd this evening. Photo shared by River City Bicycles on Instagram.

I have never seen anything like what happened on tonight’s evening commute. A few inches of snow has led to utter chaos on roads throughout the Portland region.

Schoolkids trapped in buses until way past their bed times, multiple car pile-ups, dozens of cars just abandoned on the side of the road, people hitch-hiking or giving up on their cars and walking several miles to get home, standstill traffic on I-5 and Highway 26, five to seven hour commutes with people passing out survival snacks to strangers. You know those traffic maps news stations show every night? Almost every major highway was deep red until about 10:00 pm. Like a traffic blood bath.

My social media timelines were an amazing contrast — full of complete and utter misery for people inside motor vehicles, and then sheer joy and glee from people who were lucky enough to be on a bike.
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After slapping a car, rider gets unexpected chat with Portland police officer

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 at 5:29 pm

What are the chances?!

What are the chances?!

Chris Lind was just trying to get home and avoid the snowpocalypse.

Around 2:00 pm today Lind was biking east on East Burnside. There’s an unprotected bike lane on that street and it’s directly adjacent to three standard lanes. Between SE Grand and 9th Lind avoided two auto users who encroached into the bike lane as he came by (one turned in front of him, another waited and inched along, forcing him to swerve). So by the time he came up next to a woman driving a Toyota Prius just east of 8th Avenue, he was was already a bit frazzled. When he noticed she was on her phone, he became angry and frustrated. As he passed her, Lind slowed and slapped the side of the car.

“Put the phone fuckin’ down!” yelled Lind as he continued to pedal.

What Lind didn’t realize was that Portland Police Bureau Officer Bill Balzer was parked right next to him in an unmarked car when it happened.
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Bumps and bus merge on SW Main will be smoothed out thanks to gas tax funds

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 at 3:27 pm

This bumpy and stressful block of Main will be much-improved by next year.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This bumpy and stressful block of Main will be much-improved by next year.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The City of Portland is scaling up the massive new Fixing Our Streets program. Thanks to the passage of a 10-cent per gallon gas tax, the bureau needs to prepare, develop, design, and construct over 50 transportation projects over the next four years.

One of those projects will pave SW Main Street between 1st and 2nd Avenues. This is the section of Main at the western terminus of the Hawthorne Bridge — one of the most heavily used bike routes in the city. Unfortunately people riding bikes don’t get a very nice welcome into downtown. The dedicated path on the bridge gives way to a bike lane prior to crossing 1st Avenue. Then between 1st and 2nd the bike lane all but disappears into a cracked road surface full of bumps. There’s also the tricky merge with other road users, including TriMet bus operators that need to service a stop at the northeast corner of 2nd and Main.
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Beyond cars: City Council votes for ‘person trips’ to make better planning decisions

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 at 1:00 pm

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A more humane way to plan.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

When it comes to planning a city, trips matter. Estimates about the amount of trips generated by a transportation project or new development are what dictate not just what our redesigned streets will look like, but also how we pay for them.

One of the ways the City of Portland pays for infrastructure is by charging developers a fee based on the impact their new building will have on the transportation system. These fees — known as Transportation System Development Charges, or just TSDCs for short — are based on a model that estimates how many trips a new development will generate.

There’s just one small problem: The methodology is centered almost exclusively around cars. The Portland Bureau of Transportation wants to change that.

At City Council today commissioners unanimously passed an ordinance (PDF) allowing PBOT to use a methodology that uses “person trips” – meaning trips made not just by people in cars and trucks but also foot, by bike and in transit vehicles.
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Biking and walking advocates testify at inclusionary housing hearing

Posted by on December 14th, 2016 at 7:26 am

(Photos: City of Portland)

(Photos: City of Portland)

The first hearing for the City of Portland’s Inclusionary Housing Zoning Code Project took place at city council today and biking and walking advocates showed up to support the proposal and urge council to pass it.

As we’ve reported for years now, there’s a clear intersection between affordable housing policy and cycling: The most bike-friendly neighborhoods are also the ones where we’ve seen tremendous market pressure exerted — and many of them are now unaffordable to many low and even middle-income Portlanders. And according to the National Household Travel Survey, low-income households drive much less than those with high-incomes.

One way to make neighborhoods more affordable is to require developers to build affordable housing units in their new buildings. Otherwise they’ll sell the units at whatever price the market can bear — and that happens to be a lot of money in Portland’s red-hot housing market. The result is a sort of forced migration of people with lower incomes into neighborhoods further away from the city center.
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Wayne Naillon will be remembered on the forest trails he loved most

Posted by on December 13th, 2016 at 9:17 am

Wayne Naillon in a familiar pose.(Photo courtesy Dale Latham)

Wayne Naillon in a familiar pose.
(Photo courtesy Dale Latham)

When Wayne Naillon chose to end his life back in May, the region lost one of its most dedicated cycling advocates. Now his name will remain connected to the places and trails he loved thanks to funds created in his name by friends and family.

From Cycle Oregon to Sunday Parkways — and from the Wilson River Trail to the Crown Zellerbach Trail, Naillon donated hundreds of volunteer hours during his lifetime. He had a special place in his heart for off-road trails and was a regular volunteer with the Northwest Trail Alliance. Wayne was also a BikePortland subscriber who I first met while doing a trail maintenance event in the Tillamook State Forest in 2005 (a fact he reminded me of last year in a comment he left on a story about the Wilson River Trail).

Last week we heard from Wayne’s friend Dale Latham with details about how he’ll be remembered:

We are honored with the huge support we have received in Wayne’s’ memory. This includes:
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The Monday Roundup: Santa Rampage, headphone-blaming, car bans, and more

Posted by on December 12th, 2016 at 11:22 am

Paris waited too late to strengthen auto use regulations.

Paris waited too late to strengthen auto use regulations.

Welcome to Monday.

This is our last full week before the news cycle slows way down. So let’s get to it, shall we? Here are the best stories we came across last week…

Death by headphones?: A coroner in Yorkshire had no evidence a woman was listening to music prior to being run over by a truck crashing her bike near a truck — but he put the blame squarely on her anyways. And The Telegraph piled-on with a biased and irresponsible article.

Design saving commutes: The bad news is people’s work commutes are getting longer (see next item). The good news is, according to The Economist, the free market and urban designers are stepping in to make them more enjoyable.

Going further: More lower-income Portlanders are moving further away from their jobs and other important destinations in order to afford a place to live.
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Deadly Division Street temporarily tamed with hay bales and homemade signs

Posted by on December 11th, 2016 at 11:07 am

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Portlanders frustrated with the City of Portland’s lack of action on a street that has claimed too many lives, risked their own in an effort to fix it themselves. And it turned out to work better than most people thought it would.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Division Street east of 82nd is one of the deadliest part of our entire transportation network. Designed exclusively around the use of private motorized vehicles, it’s a vast, nine-lane behemoth full of speeding, multi-ton vehicles driven by many people without regard to laws or the safety of others. It also happens to be directly adjacent to places where a growing number of Portlanders live, work and play.
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Ted’s Weekly Video Roundup: Climbing hills, SSCXWC, gift ideas, and more

Posted by on December 9th, 2016 at 4:04 pm

Welcome to the weekly video roundup! Sure, it’s an icy mess in Portland right now, but I have some videos to entertain you and cheer you up.

Our first video (above) is the latest from Col Collective, which features Italy’s Colle delle Finestre. (the descent is posted, too; it’s very relaxed, no narration)

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Nine bereaved family members pen open letter to City Council demanding action on Division Street

Posted by on December 9th, 2016 at 1:43 pm

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After the two deaths on Southeast Division Street Tuesday night, family members who have lost loved ones due to traffic violence want Portland City Council to take action.

As we reported earlier this week, Kim Stone and Krisy Finney-Dunney — two of the founding members of the local chapter of Families for Safe Streets — are feeling Wednesday’s deaths with a particularly heavy heart. That’s because the two fatalities happened in the same intersections on Division that claimed the lives of their sons.

Led by Stone and Finney-Dunn, seven other women who have lost a family member have stepped forward with a demand that the City of Portland, “expedite major changes in order to slow speeds and increase safety for all on outer SE Division St.”

Here’s the full text of the letter (emphases theirs):
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Bike industry leaders organize to support national strike against Trump administration

Posted by on December 9th, 2016 at 12:17 pm

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This Monday December 12th, thousands of women across America — and the people who support them — will join in a general strike and boycott. The protest is based in New York City and it’s intended to be a show of solidarity against the, “normalization of sexual assault, racism, sexism, homophobia, xenophobia, unconstitutional behavior, and hate promoted by our incoming administration.”[Read more…]

Jobs of the Week: Stages Cycling, Velotech, Western Bikeworks

Posted by on December 9th, 2016 at 10:02 am

We had three job listings posted this week.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Customer Service Representative – Stages Cycling – Indoor

–> Shipping Specialist – Velotech

–> Mechanic FT – Western Bikeworks

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