Why Portland’s new Chief of Police is good news for bicycling

New Chief of Police Larry O’Dea outside City Hall in 2008. He’s standing with former Bicycle Liaison Officer Robert Pickett.(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland) Portland Police Chief Mike Reese announced his retirement today, and when the new chief steps in to replace him in January, his name might sound familiar to some BikePortland readers. Larry O’Dea, … Read more

Hendricks latest through revolving door at PPB Traffic Division

Former Traffic Division Captain Eric Hendricks has moved into the Chief’s office.(Photo © J. Maus) The Portland Police Bureau has announced another change atop the Traffic Division. Former Captain Eric Hendricks will now serve as the new Assistant Chief of Investigations in the Chief’s office. Hendricks was named Captain in April 2009, making him the … Read more

Passage of agreement marks new era for police, bike relations

Today, the Portland City Council unanimously approved the Transportation Community Policing Agreement. At yesterday’s Council meeting, the four City Commissioners (Mayor Adams is away) heard testimony from traffic safety advocates and representatives from the Police Bureau and the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). There was also a screening of the bicycle traffic enforcement training video released … Read more

BTA, Police Bureau launch latest incarnation of bike light education program

A Portland police officer gives out a free set of bike lights back in August 2006.(Photos J. Maus) As part of their ongoing Eye to Eye campaign, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) and the Traffic Division of the Portland Police Bureau have partnered up on an effort to increase awareness of using bike lights … Read more

Magazine editor blames bike lanes for Portland fatalities

Download article here (115 kb PDF)Copyright 2008 by John Schubert and reprinted with permission from Adventure Cyclist magazine In the April issue of Adventure Cyclist magazine, technical editor John Schubert writes that “poorly designed” bike lanes were to blame for the recent deaths of Tracey Sparling and Brett Jarolimek. In, Portland’s Agony: Two cyclists died … Read more

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Police quotes raise safety concerns

Education about bicycle laws is a major factor in keeping our roads safe for everyone. Increasing awareness and understanding of these laws is just as important as any bike safety infrastructure or policy changes. That’s why some cyclists are concerned that a quote attributed to a Portland Police Bureau employee and published by the Oregonian … Read more