biking and Covid-19

‘Mask or Stay Home’ graffiti on Marine Drive bike path

Avatar by on May 11th, 2020 at 4:36 pm

(Graffiti on Marine Drive bike path. Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)[Read more…]

Covid-19 news roundup: ‘Locals only’, Historic Hwy closure, slipstream science, and more

Avatar by on April 10th, 2020 at 11:58 am

I was up at 4:09 am to be alone up on Skyline Road this morning.

It’s sort of amazing to me that it’s been about a month since we got serious about this pandemic and there’s still a major split in local cycling circles about whether it’s a good idea to ride outside and how/where to ride if you do.

Mask or no mask? Are rural routes OK? Or should we stay close-to-home? How far can the virus fly in the air?

We’ve published six stories on biking and Covid-19 since March 12th and there’s still new information coming out — and even more confusion as it does. With amazing weather on tap for the weekend, it’s time to make sure you have the best info to help you make informed decisions about riding (or not).

Here’s some of the latest news and my thoughts on the situation… [Read more…]

Masks, more room, and passing etiquette: The new rules for riding

Avatar by on April 7th, 2020 at 10:51 am

Many Portland bike riders are already wearing masks. (Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

The Age of Masks is upon us. [Read more…]

The weekend is here. Please ride responsibly

Avatar by on March 27th, 2020 at 3:19 pm

My view from NW Rock Creek Road last weekend.

I never thought I’d say this; but I’m happy the forecast calls for clouds and rain this weekend.

With virus outbreak mode at an all-time high in Oregon and nightmarish scenes unfolding across the country, it’s absolutely essential that we stay home and stay isolated as much as possible right now. (If you do head out, scroll down for my advice.)

Last weekend we had dreamy weather. Unfortunately it led to nightmarish scenes of overcrowding all over the the state as people fled to the outdoors. That decision came at the expense of public health and it increased fear and anxiety among residents of many smaller towns where our favorite trails, beaches and roads exist. It also led to a loss of open spaces as park and forest agencies have now opted to close everything down due to crowding fears.[Read more…]

At night by bike, Portland’s streets are a surreal dream amid the nightmare

Avatar by on March 19th, 2020 at 9:31 am

Southwest 4th Avenue last night.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Ask BikePortland: Can we still ride in groups if we keep a distance?

Avatar by on March 18th, 2020 at 12:53 pm

I know it’s a bummer. But group rides shouldn’t happen for now.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

As I monitor the news and the BikePortland social media feeds, it’s clear that there remains confusion about whether or not it’s safe to do group rides. While many folks have cancelled them, I still see people out there (online and in real life) riding close together.

I’m not an expert, but I want to offer some guidance on making the right decision about this.

Here’s a question I just saw posted from a friend who hosts a weekly group ride in Portland:[Read more…]

Keep these things in mind if you get on your bike during the outbreak

Avatar by on March 17th, 2020 at 12:14 pm

Current conditions at Smith & Bybee Lakes.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Cycling through the Covid-19 outbreak

Avatar by on March 12th, 2020 at 9:15 am

(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It all became very real yesterday. Actually, for those of us following this closely it’s been real for a while now. But Wednesday felt like the dam broke and we finally saw widespread acknowledgment — locally and nationally — that the Covid-19 outbreak is here and it’s time to act like it.

With mass cancellations and rising infections, it’s a scary time. I don’t know what comes next, but I know one of BikePortland’s roles will be to keep folks informed about how cycling is impacted by the outbreak and can (possibly) help mitigate its impacts. In 2012 while in New York City during Superstorm Sandy I saw first-hand how cycling is the most resilient form of transportation during a disaster. [Read more…]