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Get Legal: Catch criminal behavior with an on-board camera

Avatar by on February 21st, 2020 at 11:09 am

“When he slowed the video down, Hank was shocked to see that the vehicle’s passenger held a knife in his outstretched hand.”

Hank Bosak had front and rear cameras on his bike when he was assaulted with a knife by a passing car user.
(Photos: Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost)

This post by lawyers Chris Thomas and Ray Thomas is part of a paid promotional partnership with Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost.

Sometimes video evidence is essential to holding dangerous road users accountable. The case of our client Hank Bosak illustrates this well. [Read more…]

This morning’s death on TV Highway underscores need for reform, investment

Avatar by on January 14th, 2020 at 2:56 pm

Another dangerous ODOT highway that runs through our cities. Another tragic consequence.
(Photo: Washington County Sheriff’s Office)

Policymaking can often feel far-removed from our everyday lives. Then there are times when we can connect current policy debates with matters of life-and-death with a short, straight line. This is one of those times.[Read more…]

A resurgent WashCo Bikes is shaking things up on the westside

Avatar by on November 1st, 2019 at 11:55 am

WashCo Bikes staffer Mike Patnude helps a customer choose a new (used) bike.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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Washington County wants to improve your “first and last mile” to transit

Avatar by on October 29th, 2019 at 1:24 pm

Typical Washington County scene. Even if there was transit available (see any?), would you risk life and limb to get to it?
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

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New path that would connect to NW Springville Road faces scrutiny from Multnomah County

Avatar by on August 22nd, 2019 at 12:19 pm

The proposed path skirts farm property just east of the Washington County line.

Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District (THPRD) wants to build a new off-street path that would connect new residential development along Northwest Springville Road to a large network of existing paths. The proposed $1.1 million Bethany Creek Trail has been in the works for about 18 months; but some key advocates say they’re frustrated because Multnomah County’s Land Use Planning Division didn’t notify the County’s own Bicycle and Pedestrian Citizen Advisory Committee about it.
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Car passenger attempts knife attack on man biking in rural Washington County

Avatar by on June 25th, 2019 at 10:54 am

Photo from bike-mounted camera shows car passenger’s attempted assault.
(Photos: Hank Bosak via Thomas, Coon, Newton & Frost)

We need your help to find suspects of an attempted assault and dangerous pass in Washington County that happened this past Saturday (6/22).
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Washington County Sheriffs seek reckless driver who hit and injured bicycle rider

Avatar by on May 14th, 2019 at 9:24 am

(Video of suspect taken by a witness and released by Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office)

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office needs help finding reckless driver who hit an innocent person, gave them the finger, then fled the scene. The victim was on a bicycle and had stopped on the side of the road to check his map.
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Rock Creek Cyclery is a new hub for bike lovers in Hillsboro

Avatar by on February 27th, 2019 at 1:00 pm

Martín Acosta inside the new space.
(Photos: Naomi Fast)

Naomi Fast is our Washington County correspondent.

Not everyone believes in the oft-quoted movie mantra, “If you build it, they will come.” But out in Hillsboro, the adage holds true — and not just for Hillsboro Hops baseball.

Less than two years after I wrote about a new separated bikeway that parallels Cornelius Pass Road between Cornell and Highway 26, a new bike shop has moved in less than a mile away: Rock Creek Cyclery.
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The City of Beaverton wants a dockless bike share system

Avatar by on November 7th, 2018 at 12:32 pm

SW Canyon Road in Beaverton.
(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland)

A major suburb just a few miles west of downtown Portland wants a dockless bike share system.

The City of Beaverton (population 100,000) has launched an official request for information (RFI) to learn more from companies that, “can provide useful and relevant information on a dockless bike share program.” Bike-share is called out in Beaverton’s 2017 Active Transportation Plan and city planners say it’s a needed weapon in their fight against congestion which is only expected to get worse as the city grows.

Here’s more from the RFI (PDF here):

“Metro anticipates that the Beaverton Regional Center will increase by 4,500 new jobs and 10,000 new residents over the next 25 years. As the City continues to grow, congestion on local roadways will continue to increase. As one way to help reduce or at least moderate congestion, the City is looking to increase multi-modal opportunities for residents to get to work, to transit, and in the case of walking and biking, as a general form of mobility and recreation.”

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WashCo Bikes hires Joe Kurmaskie as first-ever executive director

Avatar by on July 3rd, 2018 at 12:12 pm

WashCo Bikes’ new logo and new ED Joe Kurmaskie (as seen at an anti Columbia River Crossing rally in 2009).
(Photo: Jonathan Maus)

Bike advocacy on the other side of the west hills from Portland has gone through a lot of changes in the past few months.

The nonprofit Washington County Bicycle Transportation Coalition changed their name to WashCo Bikes back in May and this week they’ve announced their first-ever executive director.
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