Bike advocacy on the other side of the west hills from Portland has gone through a lot of changes in the past few months.
Portland author Joe Kurmaskie says he feels conditions on the Springwater Corridor path have gotten so bad that he might be forced to cancel his popular teen summer bike camp program.
Kurmaskie, who turned 50 this year, is known for his “Metal Cowboy” books that describe his many adventures while bike touring through the United States and around the world (including two cross-country journeys with his wife and five children). He moved to north Portland in 1998 and now lives in Sellwood. For the past four years he’s run the “Camp Creative: No Child Left Inside” summer camp for 9-13 year olds in partnership with Portland Parks & Recreation. The camp is completely bike-based and the main route used to access activities is the Springwater Corridor. This year Kurmaskie says he’s decided to put the camp on hold because of an increase in unruly and unsafe behavior from people he’s encountered along the path.
Creative participants on a recent trip.
(Photo: Camp Creative)
On Friday, Portland Parks & Recreation announced their selection of non-profit Ethos, Inc. to occupy and manage the Interstate Firehouse Cultural Center (IFCC) building at 5340 N. Interstate Avenue.
As I reported back in April, Ethos founder Charles Lewis has partnered up with local author Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie to include bike-related programs into their new offerings at the IFCC.[Read more…]
North Portland resident and nationally known author Joe Kurmaskie is set to announce “Team Metal Cowboy” at The Bicycle Show tomorrow. Kurmaskie, who is slated to give a presentation on the Main Stage at 4:00, will share the news that he’s now sponsored by Eugene-based bike manufacturing company Co-Motion Cycles, who will produce a signature line of Metal Cowboy bicycles to be rolled out nationally to dealers across the country.
According to Kurmaskie, the bikes will have custom features and Co-Motion has agreed to donate a portion of the profits from the sale of each bike to Kurmaskie’s non-profits — Camp Creative and One Million Bicycles (an effort he launched in 2008, but has put on the backburner since then). [Read more…]
on store shelves February 2010.
Remember two years ago when we checked in on local author and self-described “adventure dad” Joe Kurmaskie right before he and his family embarked on journey across Canada?
Well, somehow the family is still together (joke) and Joe has just finished a book about the adventure.
Known to thousands of fans across the country as the Metal Cowboy, Joe’s latest book, Mud, Sweat and Gears: A Rowdy Family Bike Adventure Across Canada on Seven Wheels, isn’t slated for mass release until February 2010, but he gave us a sneak peek at the cover art and copy from the bookjacket.[Read more…]
The grassroots group that is forming to oppose plans for a new 12-lane Columbia River Crossing (CRC) bridge project on I-5 has released the second in their series of mock sales pitches.
In the first episode, host (and local author) Joe Kurmaskie tackles the bridge’s cost (“…only one million easy payments of $4,000 each!”) and its potential impact on transportation spending and priorities in coming decades.
The second episode, titled “Bridge Cures Cancer,” focuses on the public health costs of highway projects.
“We are All Traffic” rally held in
November 2007 after two
(Photo © J. Maus)
Mayor Sam Adams’ support of a proposal that would authorize the construction of a new I-5 bridge that could “be built to accomodate up to 12 lanes” has sparked a new level of opposition to the current direction of the Columbia River Crossing project.
Adams’ decision to compromise with Vancouver Mayor Royce Pollard on this issue has provided a spark for citizen activists to organize and rally in opposition to the project.
A loose coalition of activists has come together and is planning a rally at 12:00 noon on April 5th in Waterfront Park (which is, fittingly, the site where the Harbor Drive Freeway was once located before it was removed, thus sparking Portland’s green transportation planning legacy).[Read more…]