Researcher considers cargo bikes as tools for social justice

Cargo bike researcher Jane Pearce.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) If more people of modest means had access to an affordable, dependable cargo bike, could they avoid being sucked into “forced car ownership”? Can cargo bikes play a role in rebuilding a city devastated by a major earthquake? Jane Pearce, a PhD student in the Geography department … Read more

Cargo bikes reach new heights at ‘Disaster Relief Trials’

Michael Jones loads boxes of first-aid supplies at a checkpoint located at the Red Cross on N Vancouver Ave.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) Sunday’s inaugural Disaster Relief Trials (DRT) was a big success on many levels. The mock disaster scenario (a major earthquake) that the event was based on gave emergency responders and cargo bike enthusiasts … Read more

Fires, floods and faults: What hazards lurk where you ride?

Detail of Hazard Map for downtown and the eastside. Blue dots are unreinforced masonry structures, yellow diamonds are HAZMAT locations, red line is a major fault. The Portland Bureau of Emergency Management (PBEM) has released a series of maps showing where natural hazards exist in each neighborhood throughout the city. In the interest of being … Read more