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PPB Traffic Division Sgt. on Ladd Circle: ‘We don’t want to do more enforcement’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 31st, 2019 at 1:28 pm

GIF made from Sgt. Engstrom’s video.

I want to clear a few things up about the recent kerfluffle around Ladd Circle.

Turns out the Portland Police Bureau is anything but eager to do more enforcement. That’s what Traffic Division Sgt. Ty Engstrom shared with me in a phone conversation today.

First, let’s recap: On Tuesday, the PPB issued a statement and shared a video about the lack of stop sign compliance by people who ride and drive through Ladd Circle. The statement included a video of people blowing dangerously through the stop signs (as you can see above, one person rides through just as another person steps into the crosswalk). The behaviors were taking place at intersections where we’ve covered the exact same problem several times since 2007. The statement also said, in response to multiple complaints from nearby residents, that the PPB plans to do enforcement missions. A mention of last year’s fatality statistics and the city’s Vision Zero efforts further tied Ladd Circle to the PPB’s ongoing safety concerns.

Unfortunately, the statement didn’t fully capture the agency’s thoughts and intentions on this sensitive issue.
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Ladd’s 500 kicks off season of free bike fun

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 16th, 2018 at 6:45 am

Pedal in the front, party in the back.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Ladd’s 500 is a continuation of a proud Portland legacy: Free fun on in the streets that’s open to all — and with bicycles as the thread stitching everyone together.

The “third first annual” relay drew a huge crowd to Ladd Circle Park on Saturday, which was the perfect base camp for the day’s activities. What is usually just a sleepy roundabout in a quiet residential neighborhood was enlivened with picnics, BBQ’s (by bike, of course), music, and Portlanders eager to shed winter, embrace a dry day, and enjoy each others’ company.
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My first Ladd’s 500

Madi Carlson by on April 16th, 2018 at 5:16 am

This was my favorite tallbike — it has fenders!
(Photos: Madi Carlson)

Lessons learned: show up early, bring extra water, snack before riding.

I’ve had the pleasure of participating in quite a few Portland bike events during visits from Seattle — Fiets of Parenthood 2012, 2013, and 2014, Disaster Relief Trials 2013, one and a half TNRs, and a few smaller Pedalpalooza 2017 rides — but my experience at the 3rd 1st Annual Ladd’s 500 was the Portlandiest bikiest thing I’ve done yet! There were so many amazing bikes: tall bikes, swing bikes, cargo bikes, mini bikes, grill bikes, and a lot of skateboards.

The Ladd’s 500 is a biking relay race of 500 laps around Ladd Circle with a bunch of rules I didn’t notice until after I got home (they were pinned as the top post within the Facebook event so they weren’t exactly hidden):
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The inaugural Ladd’s 500 – Portland’s version of NASCAR – gets rave reviews

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on April 11th, 2016 at 9:57 am


Team Grave Neutral kept riders fed while the Belligerantes bike club grilled in the infield.
(Photos: Josh Roppo)

The Ladd’s 500 went off without a hitch on Saturday. And given the reactions we’ve seen so far, it appears the organizers have hatched a grand new Portland tradition.
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Southeast Portland elementary warns parents about unsafe cycling near school

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 1st, 2016 at 2:59 pm


Approaching the intersection of Ladd Circle and Harrison, where a local school principal says people are riding fast and not following traffic signs.

One of the most bicycle-oriented neighborhoods in America has a problem with unsafe cycling.
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Forget Daytona, Portland has the ‘Ladd’s 500’

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 23rd, 2016 at 1:06 pm


Aerial view of Ladd Circle in southeast Portland.

A new event dreamed up by one of Portland’s many creative bike fun enthusiasts could actually wind up making competitors dizzy.
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How Karl Moritz uses bikes to recover from a traumatic brain injury

Avatar by on November 10th, 2015 at 11:38 am


Karl Moritz and his custom build.
(Photo: Jessie Kwak)

The last time we checked in on Karl Moritz he was back on the bike and had tackled his first century ride. Our new writer Jessie Kwak sat down with him last week to learn about the latest ways he’s using cycling to recover from his traumatic brain injury. – Jonathan

Many BikePortland readers may remember Karl Moritz’s story, after a crash in Ladd Circle in June of 2010 left him in a coma for three weeks.
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Portlanders plan safe streets rally at City Hall on Wednesday (6/24)

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 19th, 2015 at 1:22 pm

Build It - Bike Plan Rally-23

A scene from the “Build It” rally at City Hall back in February 2010.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Saying Portland already knows how to increase safety on its streets and can get to work immediately without further study, the advocacy group BikeLoudPDX is organizing what looks like Portland City Hall’s first rally in five years on behalf of bicycling improvements.

“It doesn’t take money, it just takes political will. And the rally is to give them the political will to do it now.”
— Ted Buehler, BikeLoudPDX

So far, more than 100 people say they’re planning to attend the Wednesday morning event.

“There’s a real danger that Vision Zero can just be prolonged indefinitely if they keep on studying it,” BikeLoud organizer Ted Buehler said Friday. “But really, they have the tools in their toolbox to do it now. And it doesn’t take money, it just takes political will. And the rally is to give them the political will to do it now.”

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Traffic advisory: Repaving of SE Ladd Avenue will close lanes in June

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 28th, 2015 at 10:01 am

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Riders on SE Ladd Avenue
south of Hawthorne.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s busiest bicycling streets is set for a repaving project next week. The City of Portland says they’ll start work on SE Ladd Avenue between Hawthorne and Division on Monday June 1st and the project will last through Tuesday the 9th.

Be advised of lane closures and detours from 7:00 am to 5:00 pm each week day. The Bureau of Transportation plans to pave 1.78 lane miles off Ladd Avenue — including a complete repaving of Ladd Circle.

Here’s more about the detours and closures from PBOT:

During work hours, SE Ladd Avenue will be open only in one direction, to inbound travel. People traveling towards downtown by bus, motor vehicle and bicycle will be able to share the road during those hours.
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Balloon ride this Friday will kick off a month-long celebration of Clinton Street

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 28th, 2015 at 8:31 am


The ‘Safer Clinton’ initiative aims to celebrate Portland’s original bike street.

Like anybody who contributes a lot to their community, the Clinton Street Neighborhood Greenway has acquired a lot of friends in its first 30 years.

Starting this Friday, May 1, fans of Southeast Portland’s original bike arterial will be hosting a month of celebrations of the bikeway’s birthday.[Read more…]