People on Bikes

Welcome to People on Bikes, a column that takes a closer look at who’s riding bikes in Portland. These pictures can tell us a lot: Who’s riding? Who’s not? What type of bikes do we ride? How do people stay cool in summer and warm in winter?

If you like bikes, bike fashion, or just have an anthropological curiosity about what people look like when they ride, you’ve come to the right place. Check the past editions below — and don’t forget to check out special editions from New York City, Copenhagen, and Colombia!

People on Bikes: Manhattan Bridge, Brooklyn

by on October 27th, 2012 at 7:28 am

Welcome to the latest installment of People on Bikes.

Yesterday evening I had the distinct pleasure of photographing the evening bicycle rush hour near the Manhattan Bridge in Brooklyn. A beautiful mural that adorns a downhill off-ramp of the bridge caught my eye and I thought it’d make a nice backdrop. The mural, Fictional Landscape by Abby Goldstein (located at Sands and Jay streets) is one of many urban art projects managed by NYC DOT and integrated into their bikeways.[Read more…]

People on Bikes: The Williams Ave bike corridor

by on October 12th, 2012 at 3:33 pm

Welcome to the latest installment of People on Bikes.

Yesterday on the way home from work I stopped on the bustling North Williams Avenue bikeway. The images below are just a sampling of what I saw in about 15 minutes. Not surprisingly, I noticed a lot of people riding quite fast. This location was actually one of the more difficult ones to photograph because I had to pan and focus much more quickly than other places. I think people’s high speeds have something to do with the design of the street. Riding on Williams can feel hectic and stressful because of the narrow bike lane, the door zone, and all the fast car and bike traffic swooping by.

There’s a project lined up that should make bicycling on Williams more pleasant. It was supposed to be implemented already; but a lengthy public process resulted in a larger and more costly project, so PBOT has applied for a federal grant which they’re still waiting to hear back about.

With the rain pouring down right now, I also thought these images would be fun to share as they might be the last time we’ll see dry and sunny streets for a while. Check the out below, and I even included a little bonus for your dog lovers 😉 …[Read more…]

People on Bikes: The Couch curve

by on September 14th, 2012 at 11:43 am

See them up close below.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

It’s been way too long since the last installment of our People on Bikes column, so before this sunny and warm weather leaves us for good, I figured it was time for another one.

This morning I rolled out to NE Couch (say “cooch”), where it makes that sweeping bend just before the Burnside Bridge. I sat in the grass across from the bike lane for about 25 minutes, snapping up as many people on bikes as I could. I saw a mix of bodies and bikes; but not the quite the diversity I’ve seen at other locations (like Waterfront Park). While it’s a semi-popular bike traffic, going west on NE Couch and entering downtown via the Burnside Bridge isn’t exactly a place where the “interested but concern” feel comfortable. We know the problems at Couch and Grand; and then there’s the Burnside Bridge freeway and how it unceremoniously dumps you into downtown (don’t get me started). [Read more…]

People on Bikes: Sunny and warm Waterfront Park

by on May 1st, 2012 at 1:37 pm

See them in their full glory below…

Just over a week ago, Portland was given a sublime day of weather. It was sunny and warm. I didn’t even plan on doing a People on Bikes photo session; but as I rolled into Waterfront Park near the Steel Bridge and saw the amazing display of beautiful people rolling by, I couldn’t resist.

As I looked through the photos when I got home, what really struck me was the diversity of people and bikes. And I have to admit, the shirtless guys, the skirts and dresses, and the abundance of skin in general are also what made this session memorable.

As we wait for warm and bright days, hopefully the glow of the images below will hold you over…[Read more…]

People on Bikes: SW Stark Street

by on April 11th, 2012 at 10:02 am

The latest installment in our ongoing People on Bikes series takes us to SW Stark St. in downtown Portland. These images were taken between about 5:20 and 5:45 pm yesterday evening just east of the intersection of SW Stark and 3rd.

This section of the street has two travel lanes — one of them is a standard vehicle lane and the other is a buffered bike lane. I’ve numbered the images to help you refer to them in comments. As with all the posts in this series, it was a lot of fun simply observing people riding their bikes and even more fun taking a closer look via the photographs.[Read more…]

People on Bikes: Eastbank Esplanade

by on January 30th, 2012 at 11:15 am

For the latest installment of our People on Bikes series, Will Vanlue headed out to the Eastbank Esplanade to catch some evening commuters enjoying a bit of winter sunshine.

The photos were taken near the Hawthorne Bridge between 4:00 and 5:00 o’clock this past Friday. For those of you not familiar with Portland, the Esplanade is a multi-use path (MUP) not open to cars or other motorized vehicles. Check the images from the shoot below…
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People on Bikes: Cold Commute Edition

by on December 1st, 2011 at 10:22 am

More photos below.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Twas a bit nippy on the ride into work this morning. Perhaps the coldest commute we’ve had in quite some time around these parts. Frost was visible on the road and leaves and it was hovering near freezing when I left my house.

With all the scarves, gloves, and other methods people use to stay warm while riding, I thought it’d be fun to resurrect our People on Bikes series. I snapped this series on SW Broadway just before Davis in about 15 minutes. Check out the riding portraits below (I’ve numbered them in case you’d like to reference a specific one in the comments)…[Read more…]

People on Bikes: Waterfront Park near Hawthorne Bridge

by on May 12th, 2011 at 5:15 pm

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Today’s shoot was at Waterfront Park. I saw many types of bikes and people. It was great to see the summer styles. Scroll down for more.
(All photos © J. Maus)

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People on Bikes: E Burnside and SE Ankeny

by on February 24th, 2011 at 9:12 am

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This woman reminded me of those old, black and white images of French porteurs.
(Photos © J. Maus)

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People on Bikes: N. Interstate at Albina

by on February 2nd, 2011 at 1:12 pm

More photos below / Full gallery
(Photos © J. Maus)

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