The Friday Profile

Friday Profile: Mateen Richey, an 18-year-old bike racer born and raised in northeast Portland

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 29th, 2021 at 3:53 pm

Mateen Richey photographed by Alonso Tal during a recent visit to Los Angeles.

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Friday Profile: Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba leads with cycling and climate change

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 8th, 2019 at 8:54 am

Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba headed to a meeting.
(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

Surprisingly, the loudest political voice for bicycling in our region doesn’t come from Portland City Hall. It comes from a city hall six miles south of Portland in Milwaukie, in the office of Mayor Mark Gamba.
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The Friday Profile: Doug Klotz, Southeast Portland’s unlikely lightning rod

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 13th, 2015 at 3:14 pm

klotz car

167 of Doug Klotz’s neighbors voted this fall to kick him off the Richmond Neighborhood Association after 22 years. He survived the recall attempt by a single vote.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

It’s 8:10 a.m. on Friday morning and the most controversial man in the Richmond neighborhood has just finished reading the funnies.
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The Friday Profile: Boris and Melissa Kaganovich, Portland’s merry pranksters of street reinvention

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on May 8th, 2015 at 1:34 pm


Four years after coming to Portland from New York and two years after co-founding Better Block PDX, the Kaganoviches are moving to Toronto on Monday.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland unless noted)

Boris Kaganovich was talking quickly, as he often does, when he walked past the button-activated pedestrian signal at Northeast 60th and Glisan. Without breaking stride, he slammed the heel of his hand into the button and kept walking in another direction.

The lean, curly-haired 30-year-old grinned a little too widely.

“I just hit those whenever I walk past them,” he explained cheerfully.

It was August 2014, and if Kaganovich was acting a little like a cat who had eaten the canary and gotten away with it, he could probably be forgiven. [Read more…]

The Friday Profile: Steve Novick, the accidental Southwest Portlander

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on February 13th, 2015 at 3:54 pm


Portland city commissioner and Multnomah neighborhood resident Steve Novick, photographed at Baker & Spice in Hillsdale this morning.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

When Portland’s transportation commissioner arrived in town, he was almost a caricature of a newcomer to the Northwest.

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The Friday Profile: David Griffiths, Portland’s tattooed philosopher of ‘ciclovismo’

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on January 23rd, 2015 at 5:22 pm


David Griffiths has developed a concise and compelling way of talking and thinking about bicycles as a metaphor for life.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

For years, as deeply as he loved language, David Griffiths thought social media wasn’t for him.

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The Friday Profile: Kyle Carlson, Daimler Trucks’ 52-mile-a-day iron man

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on December 19th, 2014 at 2:58 pm


Kyle Carlson.
(Photos by M Andersen/BikePortland)

Kyle Carlson was a couple hundred feet up the hills of Northwest Portland when he mentioned he used to ride all the way home without switching out of his biggest front gear.

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Holiday profile: David Lewis of Veteran Bicycle Co. is trying to invent a cheaper bike

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on November 11th, 2014 at 4:08 pm

david lewis

David Lewis believes that bike
manufacturing is ripe for disruption.
(Photos courtesy Lewis)

Portland is thick with indie bike frame builders. But the most audacious bike-design entrepreneur in town is focused on everything except the frame.

Ringed on three and a half sides by his tiny metal fabrication studio — a sort of blue-collar cubicle inside ADX, Southeast Portland’s coworking facility for people who make stuff — David Lewis described the product he’s slowly trying to design from the gears out.

“It’s an American bicycle that’s affordable and ready to ride,” Lewis said. “I don’t know what that bike looks like yet.”

The 37-year-old founder of Veteran Bicycle Co. just got his machine manufacturing certificate this fall. But he’s about to head into his second year of trying to come up with completely new and lower-cost ways to design and manufacture any and every part of the bicycle.

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The Friday Profile: Jackie Dingfelder, the lawmaker who biked away

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on August 1st, 2014 at 7:02 am

city hall

One of the best friends bicycling has ever had in Salem, Jackie Dingfelder, left the state senate last year to become one of the biggest fans of biking in Portland City Hall.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

There is no particular reason to doubt the former chair of the Oregon Senate’s Environment and Natural Resources Committee when she says she was just ready for a change.

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The Friday Profile: Jim Chasse, East Portland’s quiet, conquering bike warrior

Michael Andersen (Contributor) by on June 13th, 2014 at 1:59 pm

jim chasse

Jim Chasse became excited about bike transportation while working on the 2010 city bike plan and is part of the very successful East Portland Action Plan bicycle subcommittee.
(Photo M.Andersen/BikePortland)

When East Portland biking advocate Jim Chasse met the young state legislator who had just ousted incumbent Patrick Sheehan, he got right to the point.

“I told Shemia Fagan, ‘This is what we need: We need Powell Boulevard,'” Chasse recalled Thursday. “‘We need $80 million, $60 million. And if you can’t get it for us, we’re just going to fire you.'”
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