coronavirus 2020

Portland’s bike industry received $4.7 million in pandemic relief loans

Avatar by on December 14th, 2020 at 3:57 pm

Customers line up outside River City Bicycles Outlet on November 7th. RCB Outlet and its sister store, River City Bicycles received $604,392 in loans.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Bike riders take note: Masks now required outdoors when close to others

Avatar by on July 16th, 2020 at 1:12 pm

Solid masking behaviors at a bike ride last month.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

We’re in a strange phase of this pandemic: Infections and deaths are going up while many peoples’ familiarity with the virus and eagerness for normalcy is causing them to let their guard down.

This is definitely true with the local bike scene.

After all but shutting down in-person rides and events for the past few months, things are coming back to life. People are hosting group rides again and I’ve seen an uptick in informal group training rides with people rolling along in the traditional shoulder-to-shoulder paceline style — with no masks in sight.[Read more…]

Guest Article: Community Cycling Center food delivery program ramps up to meet demands

Avatar by on July 15th, 2020 at 12:27 pm

(NOTE: Written by Community Cycling Center Cesar Chavez Safe Routes to School Coordinator William Francis.)

Out on delivery in the New Columbia neighborhood in north Portland.
(Photos: Community Cycling Center)

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These local bike businesses received federal coronavirus relief loans

Avatar by on July 14th, 2020 at 11:42 am

Bike shops have had to adapt to COVID-19.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Local bike businesses were among the hundreds of thousands of U.S. companies that asked the federal government for assistance to weather the coronavirus storm.

Data released from the Small Business Administration last week revealed that at least four Portland bike shops and two other bike-related businesses received loans through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP).

Here’s the list (company name, loan amount, number of jobs retained (if available)):

Fat Tire Farm
14 jobs

Bike Gallery
$350,000-1 million

River City Bicycles
54 jobs
$350,000-1 million

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You need a mask (or three): Here are four local companies that sell them

Avatar by on July 1st, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Time to stock up. We’re in this for the long haul.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Amid parent concerns, Portland Public Schools clarifies “drive-thru” graduation policies

Avatar by on June 4th, 2020 at 9:21 am

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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Nonprofit leaders say Portland streets aren’t ‘open’ for all

Avatar by on May 19th, 2020 at 10:30 am

Seen in north Portland.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

While some Portlanders ride bikes and walk around their neighborhoods with relative ease, that ostensibly simple act isn’t so easy for many others. Local nonprofit leaders who work with immigrants, people of color, and families that rely on social services, paint a much different picture of neighborhood mobility.

In the case of Oregon Walks, Executive Director Jess Thompson said in a recent member newsletter that many people they serve, “Are not feeling safe leaving home during the pandemic.” “Too many folks do not have enough (or any) access to face coverings or reliable information about how to walk ‘Covid-aware’ and more safely when they walk out the door.”[Read more…]

Pondering Portland’s post-pandemic traffic

Catie Gould (Contributor) by on May 12th, 2020 at 12:44 pm

The calm before the storm?
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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

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

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Seattle is making 20 miles of ‘Stay Healthy Streets’ permanent

Avatar by on May 8th, 2020 at 10:05 am

Seattle Times coverage.

While Portland basks in the glow of finally launching a transportation-related response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Seattle has taken theirs up a notch. The city announced yesterday that 20 miles of their pilot network of traffic-calmed streets with reduced access for drivers will become permanent.

“We are in a marathon and not a sprint in our fight against COVID-19,” said Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan in a blog post from her department of transportation. “As we assess how to make the changes that have kept us safe and healthy sustainable for the long term, we must ensure Seattle is rebuilding better than before. Stay Healthy Streets are an important tool for families in our neighborhoods to get outside, get some exercise and enjoy the nice weather. Over the long term, these streets will become treasured assets in our neighborhoods.”[Read more…]