coronavirus 2020

Headed to Convention Center for vaccine shot? Here’s some advice

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 2nd, 2021 at 4:51 pm

There are never traffic backups in the protected bike lane on NE 1st next to the Convention Center!
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

With vaccine eligibility ramping up again today, lots of folks will be headed to the Oregon Convention Center next week to get the shot. We’ve heard a few questions from readers wondering about bike parking and routes to get there.

The Convention Center is very centrally located, but it’s bordered by freeways and a major arterial. As such, it’s not the easiest place to access by bike — unless you’re familiar with the area. It doesn’t help that official instructions sent out by some health companies doesn’t even consider that some people will show up by bike. [Read more…]

Mount Tabor Cyclery battles landlord in eviction court

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 24th, 2021 at 9:16 am

Screengrab from the shop’s GoFundMe campaign launched last week.

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One year of Covid: Readers share how it’s impacted their riding

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 12th, 2021 at 11:01 am

(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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
$150,000-350,000
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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 4th, 2020 at 9:21 am

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) 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…]