Activists to Mayor Adams: Free the Disco Trike or face bike swarm – UPDATED

(Graphic: PDX Bike Swarm) After Dan Kaufman’s Disco Trike was confiscated by Portland police during protests last Wednesday, activists are now increasing pressure on City Hall to release it. In a blog post this morning, PDX Bike Swarm claimed that, “the police had no reason to confiscate it and we want it back.” In addition … Read more

Would more bike cops and fewer riot cops lead to peaceful protests?

The face of a front-line officer at yesterday’s protest.(Photo © J. Maus) Our story about cops on bikes at the Occupy Portland protests yesterday has sparked a dialogue (that’s happening citywide, not just on BikePortland) about the size and style of force the City of Portland is bringing to these events. In a comment on … Read more

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

‘Bicycle swarm’ planned to protect Occupy encampment from police

Event flyer With yesterday’s announcement by Mayor Sam Adams and Police Chief Mike Reese that they will enforce park camping laws beginning 12:01 this Sunday, a showdown between the police and Occupy Portland might be inevitable. To help create a buffer zone between the encampment and any police action, a decision was made at the … Read more