By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 6th, 2018 at 12:38 pm
By Madi Carlson (Columnist) on March 6th, 2018 at 10:43 am
What’s a family biker to do when the kids have graduated to riding their own bikes? One way to conquer the empty [bike] nest doldrums is by joining the #carrypupolympics.
I was born into a household run by cats and didn’t know the love of a dog until I was nine and we got Mandy, a mid-sized Shepherd mix, from the animal shelter. Mandy and I logged many miles on foot, but I never thought to combine playing with the dog with biking or skateboarding.
When I left home I became a small dog person and ended up with Lyle the chihuahua. My boyfriend at the time had wanted a chihuahua ever since, having been attacked by what he mistook for a woman’s fur while working at a taco restaurant drive-thru. Fortunately, Lyle had a lovely personality and I was delighted by his portability. Back then I rode a hybrid bike with a backpack so I tucked Lyle in front, between my t-shirt and sweatshirt, and brought him to college classes with me. This system worked well except for one time when a friend hailed Lyle from the sidewalk and Lyle leapt out of my sweatshirt. He got a bit scratched up, but luckily didn’t hold it against me or the bike and we lived to ride another day.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 6th, 2018 at 8:45 am
North St. Bags needs more room. Again.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 5th, 2018 at 4:55 pm
When we reported on the major changes coming to North Rosa Parks Way last month, the City of Portland hadn’t released their survey for the project.
It’s out now. And because this project is so important, we want to make sure you take a few minutes to fill it out.
To refresh your memory, the Portland Bureau of Transportation plans to update the street after they do a repaving project. The plan is to redesign the street from Willamette to Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. PBOT says changes will include: “Improved pedestrian crossings at key locations, improved transit stops on N Rosa Parks at N Albina Street, protected bicycle lanes in the corridor; and a street design with a more neighborhood feel.”
This is a crucial neighborhood street that desparately needs a makeover.
In the survey, PBOT wants to know specific locations you have difficulty getting to transit stops, walking, or bicycling. And in classic PBOT fashion, they also want to know about, “Any specific locations… where on-street automobile parking is important for the community.” There’s also a question that asks about your overall level of support for the proposed changes.
We’re tired of having to advocate for what should be common sense updates to streets where auto users are given way too much priority. But at this point, PBOT still puts value into these surveys so it’s in everyone’s best interest to fill it out and share your input.
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By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 5th, 2018 at 3:04 pm
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 5th, 2018 at 10:56 am
Welcome to the week. Before we get going, let us not forget the stories that came before…
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 2nd, 2018 at 1:14 pm
It’s fitting that I first met Dan Morgan on a gravel road.
The 66 year-old former dairy farmer, IBM retiree and Beaverton resident has been riding unpaved country roads his whole life. Now that the activity has become one of the biggest trends in cycling, he’s become an ambassador of sorts. He’s also working to prevent the county from paving over this newly discovered paradise.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 2nd, 2018 at 9:54 am
Last Friday we reported that several local bike shops decided to stop selling products from CamelBak, Bell Sports, Giro, Blackburn, Raskullz and CoPilot following revelations that their parent company — Vista Outdoor Inc. — has close ties to the National Rifle Association (NRA) and also owns brands that sell gun products and ammunition.
A lot has happened since then.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 2nd, 2018 at 7:59 am
Well lookey here, we’ve got a job listing from a bike shop in Pennsylvania. We’re tickled that a place so far away sees value in paying for a job listing with us; but it’s also a sign of the times that they think they can lure someone away from Portland!
Check out this week’s listings below…
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 1st, 2018 at 4:56 pm
You can add another bike-related topic that researchers at Portland State University have gained national notoriety for: equity in bike share systems.
PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Consortium (TREC) just won a grant worth nearly $75,000 from the Better Bike Share Partnership. The award, announced today by People for Bikes, is part of $410,000 split between eight projects across the country.
The money will go toward a “national assessment of bike share equity programs.” Here’s more about the project:
Portland State’s research team will document the programs and strategies developed to address equity in bike share across the U.S., and identify the definitions and measures of success for each of these efforts. The result will be a catalog of equity approaches employed, an aggregated summary of key elements of each approach or strategy, and a record of which metrics agencies used to assess if they are meeting their equity goals, along with the various ways agencies are assessing their programs.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 1st, 2018 at 4:18 pm
It’s official: For the first time since 2012 Portland’s Sunday Parkways event will happen on the west side of the Willamette River.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 1st, 2018 at 2:08 pm
Without a single word of debate, the nine members of the Joint Committee on Transportation voted in favor of an expansion of Oregon’s bike tax that will result in it covering more children’s bicycles. (UPDATE: As of Saturday, March 3rd the full Oregon House and Senate passed the bill with a total vote margin of 70-10. The bill now awaits Governor Brown’s signature.)
Weekend Event Guide: Kazakh touring show-and-tell, coffee outside, Reach the Beach training, and more
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on March 1st, 2018 at 10:28 am
March is here and the sun is shining! That means we’re slowly creeping out of winter and into spring.
And that’s not the only thing we’re grateful for today: I’m also happy to share that our friends at Abus bike locks have stepped up once again to support our work and promote their products. Abus is now the title sponsor of our Weekend Guide and the BikePortland Calendar. If your business wants to work with us, opportunities are filling up quickly. Get in touch today to see how you can build your brand and sales while helping independent community journalism thrive.
Now back to our regularly scheduled plan-making. Here’s the list of the best bikey things to do this weekend…
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 28th, 2018 at 3:15 pm
We haven’t turned back the rising tide of deaths and injuries on our streets; but we’re getting better at analyzing it and we’ve laid the groundwork for future progress.
That’s the vibe from the Portland Bureau of Transportation as noted in their first annual Vision Zero Progress Report published yesterday. Stating that 2017 was, “A year of tragedy and foundation building,” the agency detailed their policy and project efforts and offered a sad recap of all the traffic deaths last year.
Here are our takeaways…[Read more…]
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 28th, 2018 at 12:16 pm
The City of Portland is in the planning stages of their Lloyd to Woodlawn Neighborhood Greenway project and they held the first open house last night.
When complete, the route will connect the forthcoming Sullivan’s Crossing bridge (cross I-84) to Dekum Street in Woodlawn with a low-stress street where people can feel walking and biking.
Billed as a “listening session,” the Bureau of Transportation was careful at last night’s jam-packed event to let residents know they haven’t made any concrete decisions about the designs or the alignment yet. As we reported earlier this month, PBOT has looked at both NE 7th and NE 9th and both streets are still technically on the table. The poster boards shown to attendees at the event were mostly about greenways in general. However, there were some design concepts shown and we learned a few new details about what’s in the works.
In addition to getting our first glimpse at what the future greenway could look like, we also began to see what a future debate about 7th or 9th might look like. Keep in mind that PBOT won’t put the route completely on either street. The two options — as presented last night in the graphic below — include a mix of 7th and 9th or what they’re calling, “NE 7th & Area Mitigation” where PBOT would focus mostly on 7th and heavily monitor adjacent streets to mitigate for any diverted traffic.
By Tom Howe on February 28th, 2018 at 9:49 am
“If you had told me at that time that those tracks would one day be a bike path with 250,000 riders annually, I wouldn’t have believed it.”
The Salmonberry Trail is a project that will make use of a derelict rail line from the current end of the Banks-Vernonia Trail all the way to the Oregon coast. The trail has been in the planning stages for a long time, but if Virginia’s experience with the state’s 34-mile Creeper Trail is any indication, Oregon would do well to complete the Salmonberry sooner rather than later.
Back in the 1980s, the Virginia Creeper was itself an abandoned rail line that the US Forest Service decided to make into a recreation trail. Given the very rural nature of the area, this idea was met with some skepticism, but the trail has become wildly successful beyond anyone’s expectations. The trail holds special significance to me, as I once lived in Abingdon just a few blocks from the abandoned rail line. As neighborhood kids, we’d go over to the tracks and walk over the high trestles as a foolish/daring/scary thing to do. The only thing I ever saw on the tracks was a Drasine – a motorized vehicle about the size of an automobile.
If you had told me at that time that those tracks would one day be a bike path with 250,000 riders annually, I wouldn’t have believed it. That figure is over 25 times the combined populations of the two towns along the trail – Abingdon and Damascus. Trail-related tourism is estimated at $25 million per year, and each overnight visitor spends about $700 in the area.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 27th, 2018 at 12:50 pm
The Oregon Legislature is considering dozens of changes to the major transportation bill they passed last year. Among them are two substantive changes to the $15 bike tax.
The Oregon Department of Revenue (DOR) thinks the existing tax is too complicated and they want to make sure it captures as many bicycles as possible.
In a nutshell, if House Bill 4059 is signed by Governor Brown, the tax will apply to more bicycles than before. The proposal has caught the ire of national bike industry leaders who have written a letter to lawmakers opposing the idea.
By Madi Carlson (Columnist) on February 27th, 2018 at 10:34 am
There’s no debate about helmet use for kids (heck, even most kids in Copenhagen wear them!). Opinions aside, it’s an Oregon law that everyone 15 years or younger has to wear one. But that doesn’t mean it’s as easy as snapping a buckle.
Getting a helmet on a kid is one of the toughest parts of family biking.
Over the years I’ve developed my own collection of tricks to take the hassle out of helmets. Today we’ll talk about where to buy them, choosing the right one, how to fit them — and of course, how to have fun while doing it.
By Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) on February 26th, 2018 at 4:18 pm
Portland is still getting used to snowy winters — so too are the City’s snowplow operators.
By Naomi Fast (Washington County Correspondent) on February 26th, 2018 at 3:03 pm
A former Portlander who now lives on the West Side, Naomi Fast is our Washington County correspondent.
In Beaverton, Millikan Way is a useful route to be acquainted with for visits to — or through — the city on a bike. If you’re new to this area of Washington County, or if you haven’t ventured out on a bike much yet, here are a few things to know.