1967 National Road Championships were ‘Portland’s Finest Hour’

Cover of October 1967 American Cycling magazineshows the nation’s top racers at Alpenrose Velodrome.(Photos by Peter Hoffman) While many people think of only bike commuters and naked rides when the topic of cycling in Portland comes up, our city also has a proud tradition when it comes to racing. We shared a glimpse of that … Read more

A trip to the library and into Portland’s bike history

“Public streets are for the movement of people, not long-term storage of vehicles.”— from Bicycle Facilities for Portland: A Comprehensive Plan, 1974 A two-way cycle track at NE Glisan and 39th, a physically separated bikeway on SE 52nd, on-street parking removal to make room for bike traffic, painted crosswalks specifically for bikes (crossbikes?), a multi-use … Read more

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Mark Twain’s 1895 master plan for biking in Portland

Mr. Twain in 1871.(Photo: Wikipedia) Just came across (via @cascadebicycle on Twitter) an amazing bit of Portland bike history via the Seattle-based Crosscut blog. 115 years ago today, America’s beloved nomad, author and commentator Mark Twain visited our little logging town and had some pretty big ideas about biking. Crosscut’s Knute Berger was researching Twain’s … Read more