Dangerous, high-speed pass on neighborhood street caught on camera

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Question: What’s one way to know when people don’t feel safe riding bicycles? Answer: When a growing number of them feel like they need to ride with an on-board video camera.

Here in Portland (and nationwide), we’ve noticed a strong uptick in the amount of people who equip themselves with a camera every time they ride around the city. This trend is the result of three main things; the advent and availability of smaller, cheaper and higher-resolution cameras, the epidemic of distracted driving that has resulted in more dangerous and illegal driving behaviors; and a growing sense that the police can’t (or won’t) do their part to enforce the laws.

With video evidence, the thinking goes, if something does happen, at least someone will have a greater chance at justice in court.

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In new video, Portland Design Works shows ‘Community Works’

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Screen grab from ‘Community Works’.
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It’s rare that I’ll give Front Page space to a company’s in-house promo video; but I love the latest one from Portland Design Works.

The new video by talented filmmaker James Wilson (who has done loads of great work for local bike causes and companies), documents a few of PDW’s recent forays into community service. As you might recall from coverage here on BikePortland, PDW gave the new Ventura Pump Track a big financial boost and they also funded and hosted the very fun Rider Appreciation Day (RAD) on North Williams Avenue. The video also features company co-owner Dan Powell making PB&Js for participants in the weekly MTB Short Track races out at Portland International Raceway.

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Bike N Hike’s new ‘I am Cyclist’ video

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Local shop Bike n Hike has launched a new, summer marketing campaign. The first big piece of it is a commercial titled, “I am Cyclist.”

The video was shot on location in Portland and produced by Reel Innovative. It features several characters (one of whom is a Bike N Hike employee) who share the various characteristics that make them a “cyclist.” Some of the most common biking stereotypes are represented including the roadie, the mountain biker, and the fixed gear rider. Each rider type shares a few things that makes them a “cyclist” and then proudly proclaims (with patriotic music in the background), “I am cyclist!”

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Video: East Portland pump track proves popular with kids

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Breathless and tired from riding,
this kid is why pump tracks rule.
(Still from video – Watch it below)

I just watched a video that, in just over one minute, makes the case for pump tracks better than anything I’ve ever read, seen, or heard. The video (watch it below) was shot by Northwest Trail Alliance President Tom Archer back in September and uploaded to the City’s website a few days ago. It shows a swarm of kids devouring the newly built Ventura Park Pump Track out in East Portland.

If you have a heart and you love bikes, I will guarantee this is the best thing you will watch all week…

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PBOT unveils new “Beacon Buddies” animated video

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Still from “Beacon Buddies” video
produced by PBOT.
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The Portland Bureau of Transportation has released a new animated video to educate the public about “rapid flash beacons.” As we reported back in November 2009 the beacons are PBOT’s preferred tool to improve the safety of mid-block crossings. Why? They’re cheap and they work.

At just $35,000 a piece, and study results that show a massive increase — from 18% to 80% — in the number of people who stop for someone crossing the road once they’re installed, the beacons are being rolled out at tricky crossings and on neighborhood greenway projects throughout the city.

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DOT Sec Ray LaHood’s latest “On the Go” talks bike safety, bike-sharing

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We’ve got to hand it to US DOT Secretary Ray LaHood. Whether it’s showing panache by hopping up on a table for a speech at the National Bike Summit, or creating a buzz about biking on Huffington Post — this guy understands how to communicate and he keeps bicycles in the limelight while doing so.

In that same vein, Sec. LaHood just released his latest “On the Go” video where he answers questions posed to him via Facebook, Twitter, or on his “Fast Lane” blog. One of the three questions he answered had to do with bicycles. Someone asked, “Is DOT improving bicycle infrastructure? Bikes are for transportation, not just recreation.”

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First Look: People for Bikes’ “Bikes Make Life Better” video

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Photo from filming of the video in Los Angeles.
(Photos © J. Maus)

People for Bikes, the national effort by Bikes Belong to raise awareness and support for bicycling, has just released a new video they hope will spread the idea that “Bikes Make Life Better.”

The short video, filmed in Los Angeles, uses projection technology to visually illustrate the impact bicycling has on cities. As riders — a woman on a Dutch bike, a profession commuter on a single-speed, and a group of BMX’ers — roll through the streets, birds, trees and waterfalls appear on structures around them.

Watch the video below:

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Video: From Portland to the coast, on folding bikes

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There are a lot of things to love about the new, Small wheels to the coast video from Russ Roca.

Russ, and his cohort Laura Crawford, are planning another big bike tour in May. The premise of the tour is to combine trains and folding bikes to “redefine the American road trip.”

To test out their new Bromptons and other gear before the big trip, they took an overnight jaunt from Portland to Cape Lookout state park on the Oregon Coast earlier this week. Russ, a professional photographer and gifted storyteller, has now added videography to his tool kit, and the result is the video below…

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