Volunteers prep for Friday’s three-day ‘Better Block’ demonstration on 3rd Ave

Boris Kaganovich of Better Block PDX with a half-built planter in the rooms where he and other volunteers have been preparing for a “pop-up” plaza and protected bike lanes on 3rd Avenue.(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland) Working every evening for two weeks in a warren of unfinished rooms three stories above Old Town, more than a dozen enthusiastic … Read more

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Guess who didn’t make list of America’s top 10 protected bikeways?

In the latest sign that Portland’s lead as America’s best cycling city is dwindling, we were completely left out of a list of the year’s top 10 protected bikeways published by People for Bikes yesterday. People for Bikes (formerly known as Bikes Belong) is an industry-funded advocacy group that also runs the Green Lane Project, … Read more

Noted bicycle journalist Jan Heine explains the argument against separated bikeways

Seattle resident Jan Heine is a very respected figure in the bicycling world. As editor of Bicycle Quarterly, a magazine that delves deeply into bicycle design and randonneuring, he has a large and loyal following. So when he published a lengthy blog post yesterday that was highly critical of the “worrisome trend” in the U.S. … Read more

As Portland inches along, new research shows separated bike infrastructure is safer

Riding on SW Broadway in downtown Portland.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) A new study by researchers at the University of British Columbia and published in the American Journal of Public Health shows that physcially separated, bicycle-specific infrastructure can lead to much lower risk of injury for people riding bicycles. Here’s more on the study from Atlantic … Read more