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Biking the Portland protests and return of Bike Swarm

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People on bikes stopped drivers on SE Grand so thousands of marchers could cross onto the Morrison Bridge last night.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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PDX Bike Swarm pumps up awareness at ‘Tour de Petro’

Avatar by on February 29th, 2012 at 1:57 pm

The PDX Bike Swarm took their bike-inspired protest style to Portland gas stations this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Armed with legal training, the ‘Bike Swarm’ plans petrol protest

Avatar by on February 27th, 2012 at 5:16 pm

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The PDX Bike Swarm is alive and well. Since we last checked in with them, they’ve been holding regular meetings and have swarmed on a number of occasions.

On Wednesday, the bike swarm plans to take a major role in Occupy Portland’s “F29” protests. Specifically, the swarm plans to use their bikes to “blockade” and swarm local gas stations. According to organizers, the goal is to, “bring awareness to the fact that BP, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, ExxonMobil and Shell made over $73 Billion in 2010.”

Here’s more from the Swarm’s Facebook page:

“Join PDX Bike Swarm for an unprecedented paradigm shift, a display of velocipede direct action techniques, and also a dash of preposterous tomfoolery as we spread a jovial message of a lifestyle free of the combustible engine.”

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Activists to Mayor Adams: Free the Disco Trike or face bike swarm – UPDATED

Avatar by on January 30th, 2012 at 12:44 pm

(Graphic: PDX Bike Swarm)

After Dan Kaufman’s Disco Trike was confiscated by Portland police during protests last Wednesday, activists are now increasing pressure on City Hall to release it.

In a blog post this morning, PDX Bike Swarm claimed that, “the police had no reason to confiscate it and we want it back.” In addition to impounding his trike, Kaufman says police ripped his video camera out of his hand and handcuffed him.

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Citywide ‘swarm’ ride planned to support port blockade

Avatar by on December 8th, 2011 at 12:33 pm

Detail from “Bike to Blockade” poster

The ‘bike swarm’ is at it again. Organizers behind the growing movement to use masses of people on bicycles to support the Occupy Portland protests, are planning several “feeder” rides that will end at an action to shut down the Port of Portland.
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The ‘bike swarm’ evolves into a movement of its own

Avatar by on November 23rd, 2011 at 5:02 pm

Bike swarm participants in downtown Portland during the N17 protests.
(Photo: Beth Nakamura/The Oregonian)

The ‘bike swarm’, like the Occupy movement itself, isn’t going anywhere. In fact, it’s getting stronger and smarter.

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The ‘bike swarm’ is back: Ride planned to support N17 actions

Avatar by on November 16th, 2011 at 10:04 am

(Photos © J. Maus)

Tomorrow’s ‘N17 – Occupy the Banks‘ actions of civil disobedience throughout downtown Portland can count on an assist from a cadre of people on bikes. A ride dubbed ‘Swarm the Banks‘ will look to play a similar role to the ‘bike swarm’ that made its presence felt at the big standoff at Chapman and Lownsdale Squares this past Sunday.

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Bikes lend support to historic protest at Occupy Portland (Photos)

Avatar by on November 13th, 2011 at 7:14 am

A large group of people on bikes showed up in solidarity with Occupy Portland this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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‘Bicycle swarm’ planned to protect Occupy encampment from police

Avatar by on November 11th, 2011 at 11:56 am

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With yesterday’s announcement by Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese that they will enforce park camping laws beginning 12:01 this Sunday, a showdown between the police and Occupy Portland might be inevitable.

To help create a buffer zone between the encampment and any police action, a decision was made at the General Assembly last night to create a “swarm” of people on bikes and foot around Chapman and Lownsdale Squares. Here’s more from activist and videographer Dan Kaufman: [Read more…]