Bikes, Bridges and Bullet Trains: Riding Japan’s Shimanami Kaido route

Robert Pickett, a former (and future!) Portland resident and member of the Portland Police Bureau Bicycle Patrol Unit, is currently serving as a U.S. diplomat stationed with his wife and two daughters in Sapporo, Japan. “Its the best ride in Japan—let me know if you end up doing it and want some company.” High praise … Read more

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Is this thing hot? What to do if you think you’ve found a stolen bike

Robert Pickett.(Photo © J. Maus) So you’ve seen a nervous-looking young guy riding a too-small high-end racing bike down the street with shoes that definitely don’t match the clips. Or maybe you found a bike stashed behind your garage. Or your friend saw your long-lost steed locked to a pole downtown. What’s the right thing … Read more

Guest Article: Cops and Stops; Putting our Foot Down

Robert Pickett(Photos J. Maus) Robert Pickett is a member of the Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee, an Alice Award nominee, a regular commenter and contributor to the Forums here on, and he’s also a police officer in Portland’s Southeast Precinct. When he’s not working in our community, he likes to ride tall bikes. In … Read more

Bike patrol officers hailed for ‘immeasureable impact’ on the community

From R to L: Officers Phil Blanchard, Robert Pickett, Robert Quick, Police Chief Sizer.(Photos © Jonathan Maus) At a ceremony this morning in downtown Portland, four members of the Southeast Precinct Bike Patrol Unit were among those recognized at the Chief’s Forum Awards — which intend to “reflect on the value of community policing partnerships”.

Bike patrol officers to receive community policing award

SE Bike Patrol officers Pickett and Quick on Hawthorne Blvd.(Photo © Jonathan Maus) Four Portland bike patrol officers will receive recognition for their community policing efforts at the Police Bureau’s annual awards ceremony next week. Officers Phil Blanchard, Robert Quick, Anthony Zanetti and Robert Pickett will be recognized by Chief Rosie Sizer with a “Community … Read more