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Portland just completed what may be the world’s first citywide skateboard count

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 19th, 2014 at 9:47 am


Where the skaters are. (Click image for interactive map.)
(Source: PBOT via NW Skate Coalition)

As bike advocates learned long ago, you can’t start improving things until you start measuring them.

22 years after Portland’s first regular one-day bike counts, Bureau of Transportation volunteers and staffers have started tracking skateboards, too.

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New podcast episode: Bikes and the future of skateboarding

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 11th, 2014 at 9:24 am

Copenhagen Day 3-45-46

Side by side: skateboards are common in Denmark, too.
(Photo by J.Maus/BikePortland)

Its users are belittled, harassed and ignored, but people keep doing it because it’s practical, affordable and fun — and Portland is leading the nation in thinking about it as a useful form of transportation.

It’s skateboarding, and the new episode of BikePortland’s half-hour monthly podcast asks whether it’s following in biking’s trail.

In celebration of OMSI’s new skateboarding exhibit and Portland’s increasingly sophisticated skateboard advocacy movement, we invited two smart advocates to join us and talk about the parallels between skating and biking and the future of skating in the first major U.S. city to make skateboards street legal (that’d be ours).

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New ‘NW Skate Coalition’ wants skateboarding to follow biking’s path

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 28th, 2013 at 8:46 am

NWSC co-founders Billy “Bones” Meiners and Cory Poole.
(Photo © M. Andersen/BikePortland)

Forty years after Oregon started taking bicycle transportation seriously, a new group for people who get around by skateboard says it’s another vehicle’s turn.

The NW Skate Coalition, organized last fall in the wake of public controversy over downhill skating in the West Hills, is looking for new ways to persuade Portlanders that four polyurethane wheels and a maple board add up to a pretty good idea.

And anyone who’s watched the growth of biking in Portland will recognize their agenda.

There’s skate fun: The third annual Skate Critical Mass is tonight at 6 p.m. in Tom McCall Park. There’s government recognition: they recently met to talk skateboarding with Mayor Charlie Hales’ policy advisor. There’s in-school education: they’re hoping to take part in the local Safe Routes to School program.

NWSC co-founder Cory Poole is even participating in next month’s Disaster Relief Trials on his longboard … and thinking about joining an upcoming move by bike, too.
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