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Portland business finds niche building book bikes

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 29th, 2021 at 1:23 pm

Icicle Tricycle’s book bike has found a solid place in the line-up next to the company’s ice cream and coffee trikes.
(All photos courtesy Icicle Tricycles)

Books and bikes are powerful tools that have helped improve people’s lives for ages. A local company combines them in way that makes the sum greater than its parts.[Read more…]

All systems go as Better Naito Forever earns unanimous city council support

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on October 7th, 2020 at 12:57 pm

Coming to Naito and NW Davis.

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Better Naito organizers urge patience as lane gets used as loading zone

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 4th, 2016 at 3:22 pm

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Acceptable trade-off for a “Better Naito”?
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Having a reduced speed limit and 15 feet of space dedicated to biking and walking on Naito Parkway for three full months is a welcome improvement. But it comes with a trade-off: In order to get full support for the project from Waterfront Park event organizers, the City of Portland is allowing trucks to use the lane as a loading zone.
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Better Block volunteers prep for Broadway and Burnside demos in May and June

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on April 20th, 2016 at 3:34 pm

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A protected bike lane on SE 3rd Avenue in 2014.
(Photo: Greg Raisman)

Dozens of volunteers are now meeting weekly to plan temporary human-friendly makeovers of Northeast Broadway and the Burnside Bridge this spring and summer.

Better Block PDX’s next “work party” is tonight at Pizza Schmizza at NE 7th and Broadway, from 6-7:30 p.m. Next Wednesday it’s the same time at Black Water Bar, NE 9th and Broadway.

The Broadway demo will create a protected bike lane for one week, from May 9-15.

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Better Block PDX will team with PSU to create annual street demos around town

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 21st, 2016 at 9:46 am

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Fun on a better Naito, 2015.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

One of Portland’s most interesting annual traditions just got a little more official.

After three years of doing short-term demos themselves, the volunteer-led street reinvention group Better Block PDX has struck a formal partnership with Portland State University’s Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning. With the help of PSU planning and engineering students, this new partnership means Better Block will constantly churn out a pipeline of projects that temporarily re-envision public spaces around Portland.

The new agreement will create one of the only academic programs in the country to integrate hands-on uses of “tactical urbanism,” as these lightweight, flexible projects are often called, directly into a student curriculum.

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Looking beyond city core, Better Block PDX wants your ideas for 2016

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 22nd, 2015 at 12:13 pm

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Naito Parkway last summer.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The volunteer organizers of Portland’s three-year-old team of street rethinkers say they’re in the “off season” but getting ready to scale up.

Better Block PDX is the group behind a much-praised temporary redesign of NW/SW 3rd Avenue that led to rapid installation of crosswalks and a buffered bike lane and (more recently) a two-week test of walking and biking lanes on SW Naito Parkway that has some in the city talking about permanent changes.

They’re about to begin considering temporary street demos for 2016, and plan to hold a public meeting this February to start the selection process.

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SW 3rd Avenue is about to get downtown’s only buffered bike lane

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on August 28th, 2015 at 8:39 am

SW 3rd at Oak

Earlier this year, bike markings unexpectedly appeared on 3rd Avenue. Now we know why.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

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Better Naito is back: Bike/walk path will return for Brewfest

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on July 17th, 2015 at 11:49 am

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People got a lot more room to ride, walk and breathe on Naito Parkway during the Rose Festival thanks to a temporary lane. Now the lane is coming back.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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With pilot project, City will turn Naito Parkway into public space for all

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 19th, 2015 at 8:42 am


It’s coming!
(Graphic: Better Block PDX)

Starting this Friday morning, the non-profit Better Block PDX, the Bureau of Transportation and its commissioner-in-charge Steve Novick will embark on perhaps the boldest experiment we’ve seen in years: the creation of public space on Naito Parkway in what are currently standard travel lanes.
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Proposed plaza outside Voodoo Doughnut could be permanent by year’s end

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on March 17th, 2015 at 4:26 pm

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Removable bollards would pedestrianize the road bed on 3rd Avenue outside Voodoo Doughnut.
(Image: Ankeny Alley Association grant application)

One of Portland’s top tourist attractions seems poised to become dramatically less car-oriented by the start of 2016.

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