Velodrome Project

Third track added as velodrome bill rolls on

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 29th, 2007 at 10:30 pm

Sen. Floyd Prozanski wants
a velodrome in Eugene.

Today was another great day for cycling in Salem. On Tuesday we made solid progress in fixing an outdated law, and today the velodrome bill (S.B. 926) — which seeks $3.5 million of State Lottery funds to build velodromes — gained not just valuable political support, it also gained one more track.

Sen. Floyd Prozanski (D) showed up to the hearing with an amendment to the bill that calls for a third velodrome to be built in the Eugene area.

He told members of the Senate Committee on Environment and Natural Resources (of which he’s also a member), that cycling has, “mushroomed beyond what people may realize.”
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Velodrome bill moves forward, with amendment

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on March 29th, 2007 at 4:41 pm

Great news from Salem. I just got out of a hearing for Senate Bill 926.

The big news is that not only did the bill moved forward with a unanimous recommendation from this committee, but Senator Floyd Prozanski proposed an amendment to build a third velodrome in the Eugene area.
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New Portland velodrome takes major step toward reality

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on February 23rd, 2007 at 9:08 am

[A new bill proposed by Oregon Sen. Jason Atkinson could bring a new velodrome to Portland. The Alpenrose Velodrome (shown above) is in need of expensive repairs and is not a year-round facility.]

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A report from my day in Salem

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on January 17th, 2007 at 1:28 pm

My day in Salem

[BTA’s Scott Bricker
inside the Capitol.]

It’s been a busy morning.

After negotiating Portland’s icy streets, BTA Policy Director Scott Bricker and I made our way down to Salem. For Scott, it was just another day at work, but for me it was an opportunity to learn more about how a bike lobbyist works the system to turn ideas for new bike laws into reality.

It’s only noon, and I’ve been on the floor of the Oregon Senate and have sat in on three productive meetings. The main priority of these meetings is for Scott to explain and get feedback on the BTA’s three bills they’re hoping to pass this session.
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Oregonian picks up Velodrome story

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 11th, 2006 at 10:38 am

The effort to create a new velodrome facility for track racing in Portland continues to the pick up steam. After reading my article last Tuesday, Boaz Herzog from the Oregonian filed a similar story that made the front page of today’s Sports section.

Organizers behind the velodrome effort are setting up a website, gathering pledges and community support and plan to meet with Commissioner Sam Adams to see how a new velodrome would figure into existing plans to establish a major, professional bike race in Portland.

I’ll keep you posted with any further developments.

Steve Brown has visions of a new velodrome

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on December 5th, 2006 at 10:20 am

Steve Brown wants a new velodrome in Portland

[Steve Brown]

Steve Brown is a business development specialist with a penchant for track racing.

He brings his bike on business trips to Los Angeles where he spins around the track at the gleaming ADT Event Center and dreams about having something similar in Portland.

For six years he has raced all over the country and at the local Alpenrose Dairy Velodrome, but Brown says that facility won’t last much longer and that now is the time to start planning for a new one.
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Racer pledges effort, cash for new velodrome

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 10th, 2006 at 10:04 pm

“I am going to do my best to get this started and push it as far as I can.”
–Racer Steve Brown

Steve Brown — the local developer* whose vision for an indoor track racing facility in Portland is making the rounds in the cycling community — has put his money where his mouth is.

In an email he just sent to the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) mailing list, he has announced intentions to move forward with the velodrome idea and has asked the community for support.
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Racer likes indoor velodrome idea

Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor) by on November 10th, 2006 at 8:55 am

Oregonian columnist and bike nut Jonathan Nicholas writes in this morning’s paper that a Portland developer* would like to see an indoor velodrome come to downtown Portland.

The developer,* Steve Brown thinks Portland would be a perfect place for an indoor track racing facility. He told Nicholas,

“It’s not hard to imagine combining the excitement of bike racing and beer to create something much more entertaining than the Blazers.”

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