Postcards from Quito: Exploring Ecuador’s capital by bike

Avatar by on October 3rd, 2017 at 8:53 am

Ciclopaseo through Old Quito with Basílica del Voto Nacional in the background.

Ciclopaseo through Old Quito with Basílica del Voto Nacional in the background.

I had an interesting opportunity to visit Quito for a long weekend with my bike. I spent 6 weeks in Quito 10 years ago while finishing a motorcycle trip, so I was excited to go back and explore it from a bicycling point of view.

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‘Ride Oregon’ website wins top tourism award

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on May 12th, 2010 at 10:07 am

The site features interactive route
maps of the best rides in Oregon
and much more., a website that promotes bike tourism in Oregon is set to receive the 2010 President’s Award from Travel Portland.

The Ride Oregon site was first officially conceived at the Oregon Bike Summit in 2008, where attendees said having one place to feature all the great rides in Oregon should be a high priority. From there, Travel Oregon provided start-up funds and hired local interactive brand strategy agency Substance to develop it.

The site has a myriad of features, including interactive maps, the ability to create a personal profile to share favorite routes, and much more.

RideOregonRide was unveiled at last year’s Oregon Bike Summit.

If you want to hatch big ideas about biking in Oregon — and who knows, maybe they will become a reality just like — attend the upcoming Oregon Bike Summit in Portland on June 4th.

Dispatch from Walla Walla, Washington

Avatar by on January 8th, 2010 at 8:41 am

[News intern Alaya Wyndham-Price spent the recent holiday in Walla Walla, Washington. She checked in on the local bike scene and shares her report below.]

Reggie Gonzales at the Bicycle Barn.
(Photo: Alaya Wyndham-Price)

Like Portland, it snowed in Walla Walla during the holidays, about four inches of the white stuff fell and then slightly froze to the ground — typical weather for this small valley town in the foothills of the Blue Mountains, about 250 miles from Portland. The town of about 58,000 is best known for farming, college, and wine.

I’ve been visiting Walla Walla for seven years now, and riding around the area, particularly on the trails outside the town proper. But it wasn’t till this trip that I realized how invested in cycling the community is here. [Read more…]

Reader Photos of the Week: Bike infrastructure in Seoul, South Korea

Avatar by on December 17th, 2009 at 8:30 am

Ross Kenney shared this photo of the bike and walking facilities
on the Banpo Bridge, suggesting that they are similar to the ideas proposed for the Columbia River Crossing
(Photo: Ross Kenney)

BikePortland reader Ross Kenney writes to us that he moved this fall from Portland to Seoul, South Korea to teach English. He included some photos and notes on the state of bicycling infrastructure there.[Read more…]

Traveling for the holidays? Here’s how to take your bike along

Avatar by on December 9th, 2009 at 12:38 pm

Separated cycle track, Baltimore

Riding in other cities can be fun
and fascinating — like this ride in Baltimore.
(Photo © Elly Blue)

The holiday travel season is coming up. If you’re leaving Portland, maybe you’ve thought about bringing your bike along for the trip this time.

A bike doesn’t make sense for every trip or every destination. But if it does fit in with your plans, the experience of traveling with a bike comes highly recommended. A bike can give you independence, flexibility, adventure, and a surefire way to meet people wherever you go.

How you bring the bike, what kind of bike is best to bring, and how much it costs all depend on whether you’re flying or taking the train. Here’s the rundown:[Read more…]

Local author writes ‘Cycling in Italy’ guidebook

Avatar by on July 20th, 2009 at 10:56 am

[Publisher’s note: This article is by first-time BikePortland contributor Lucy Burningham, a local freelance writer and familiar face at bike events. Burningham writes here about the new book release of her fellow Lonely Planet travel guide author Ellee Thalheimer — who you may recognize from her past contributions to BikePortland.]

Ellee Thalheimer doing important research for
her travel guide to cycling in Italy

When Lonely Planet’s new Cycling in Italy guidebook comes out this month, Portland author Ellee Thalheimer will join the growing ranks of local writers publishing cycling titles (think Joe “Metal Cowboy” Kurmaskie, Jeff Mapes, or Shawn Granton).

Thalheimer, a freelance writer, yoga instructor, and bike touring guide, spent three months last summer pedaling her way across Italy, churning out centuries and perfecting the art of moving her fully loaded bicycle on and off trains by herself.[Read more…]

NY Times says: Bring a bike when you visit Portland, in any weather

Avatar by on April 3rd, 2009 at 9:29 am

“Visitors will find that special bike-crossing signals and bike lanes highlighted in bright green help to guide traffic in the most complicated intersections. Breaking up a ride with a stop at a cafe or a pub adds to the pleasure.” – Matt Furber, New York Times

Portland’s bike-friendliness earned prominent billing in the Escapes section of today’s New York Times. An article called “Portland, Portland Style: Touring by Bicycle” encourages travelers to bring their bikes to Portland to see the city the way locals do.

The article extensively quotes Roger Geller, the city’s bicycle coordinator, discussing the “exponential” growth in the number of people on bikes in recent years, and saying that the city’s “goal is to become a world class bicycling city.”

Unlike many bike-oriented travel articles that focus on renting a cruiser for a summer jaunt down Waterfront Park and back along the Eastbank Esplanade before heading to a fancy downtown restaurant, this piece focuses on citywide infrastructure, amenities and destinations. [Read more…]

On the train: Checking the bike, making friends

Avatar by on December 18th, 2008 at 12:06 pm

Boxing up the Brompton was a team effort
(Photos by Elly Blue)

I’m beginning to realize a few things about traveling with a folding bike.

First of all, it’s definitely a passport to general goodwill and friendliness. I had a great time chatting with a homeless guy and a college student on the L’s blue line last night at 1am. It’s hard to imagine the three of us in that circumstance getting into a friendly conversation without the Brompton.

It’s also because of the Brompton that I met Marc and Sheri, Portlanders headed out on a month and a half long east coast train trip of their own. We soon found we had friends in common (Sheri worked with Sara Stout on the Share the Road mural that Jonathan covered back in 2006). They were excellent train companions.[Read more…]