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

Guest Contributor by on June 4th, 2019 at 11:27 am

Dedicated bike path that connects to the Kurushima Kaikyo bridge.
(Photos: Robert Pickett)

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 from my boss — a taciturn triathlete with an eye for art and nature, and many years living in Japan. I figured I’d better ride the Shimanami Kaido sometime before the end of my time here.[Read more…]

Beloved Portland Police officer Robert Pickett moves on

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 10th, 2011 at 6:49 pm

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Pickett accepting his Alice
Award in 2009.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Robert Pickett, a Portland police officer who has endeared himself to many in our community, has accepted a position with the U.S. State Department. Pickett, who announced the news minutes ago at the City of Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee meeting, will report for training for his new position in Washington D.C. on May 23rd.

Pickett, 38, will become a Foreign Service Officer and will soon be stationed at a yet-to-be-named U.S. embassy. Pickett will train to become a “Consular Officer,” whom the State Department website says are, “Strategic thinkers and crisis managers who protect U.S. citizens and interests abroad.”[Read more…]

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

Avatar by on August 27th, 2009 at 10:26 am

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 to do? Should you call the police? Can you keep a bike you find? If someone finds your bike, how do you prove it’s yours?

We get emails from readers with these questions at least once a week. We haven’t had good answers (besides directing folks to our stolen bike listings), so we asked Portland Police Officer (and occasional BikePortland contributor) Robert Pickett for his advice on what to do if you’ve found a bike that you think might be stolen.[Read more…]

Guest Article: Cops and Stops; Putting our Foot Down

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on September 24th, 2008 at 12:08 pm

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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 the article below, Officer Pickett clarifies the age-old question of whether or not you’ve got to put your foot down at a stop sign. As a bonus, he also uncovers some important info about yellow lights you might not have been aware of.

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Police Officer shares candid perspective on Taser incident

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on June 12th, 2008 at 5:29 pm

Robert Pickett
(Photo © J. Maus)

The article below was written by Portland Police Officer Robert Pickett. Pickett — who regular readers know by his user name “PoPo” (he’s a regular commenter and member of the Portland Bike Forums) — is a former member of the SE Precinct Bicycle Patrol Unit and now works in the Bureau’s Neighborhood Response Team division. Pickett is also a former BTA Alice Awards nominee for his dedication to community policing.

Pickett was recently selected by Police Chief Sizer to be an official communications liaison to the community on bicycle issues. On he previously shared his thoughts on humility and wrote about why cops ride on sidewalks.

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Guest article: Officer Robert Pickett on humility

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 27th, 2008 at 10:05 am

Robert Pickett.
(Photo © 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 Portland Police Officer.

Formerly a member of the Southeast Bike Patrol Unit, he now coordinates that unit along with being a Neighborhood Response Team officer.

Officer Pickett was recently recognized by the Police Bureau for his community policing efforts.

He previously wrote an article explaining why cops ride on sidewalks.

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

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 10th, 2007 at 11:57 am

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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”.[Read more…]

Bike patrol officers to receive community policing award

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 5th, 2007 at 12:41 pm

On a bike-along in SE Precinct

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 Policing/Problem Solving” award for their work as members of the Southeast Bike Patrol unit.

When I asked Officer Pickett about this award, he remained typically humble,

“While I’ve ended up running with the bike patrol effort the longest and maybe the hardest, the origin of the patrol was a group effort among a number of officers…especially Officer Powell, who’s now with Central Precinct.”

Last December, I had the pleasure of joining Officers Quick and Pickett for a bike-along and I learned first-hand what an important role they play in our community.[Read more…]

Saga of ‘A cyclist named James’ ends on a positive note

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 27th, 2007 at 1:50 pm

“Our community, via this website, came together to solve a public safety problem affecting bicyclists and pedestrians.”
–Officer Robert Pickett, SE Precinct

It all started back in May of 2006 when I read a post to the Portland Bike Forums titled, I was harassed by a cyclist named James this morning.

The post, left by Erica (last name withheld), detailed a scary interaction with a stranger that occurred while she biked to work in downtown Portland. [Read more…]

Guest post: Why cops ride on sidewalks

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 23rd, 2007 at 8:20 am

[Officers Robert Pickett (L) and Rob Quick (R) on patrol on SE Hawthorne,
October 17, 2006.]

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