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Weekend Event Guide: Parkways, community building, a kermesse, and more

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You never know what you’ll see at Sunday Parkways Southeast.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

Summer might be waning, but that doesn’t mean it’s time to stop riding bikes!

Whether you miss Pedalpalooza or you want to test out your fitness for the upcoming cyclocross season, there’s a great selection of activities this weekend, and even a few for tonight…

Friday, August 22nd

Rocky Butte Sunset Dance Party Picnic – 6:30 pm at Irving Park (NE 11th and Klickitat)
Summer is only over if you allow it to be. Grab some food and drink and friends and roll over to Irving Park. Then follow the mobile tunes up to Rocky Butte to enjoy the best panoramic views in the city. More info here.

Ride to “Frozen” Sing-Along – 7:30 pm at Clinton City Park (SE 57th and Woodward)
Portland Parks & Rec is hosting a sign-along movie-in-the-park and what better way to get there than on a bike?! The movie is Disney’s Frozen (which is awesome whether you have kids or not), and if you don’t already know all the songs, PP&R will have the lyrics up on the screen. Free popcorn and a few miles of biking on a piece of the new 50s Bikeway Project are icing on the cake! More info here.

Saturday, August 23rd

Oregon Coast Gravel Epic
70 miles and 10,000 feet of climbing through the mysterious and lonely forest roads in the Pacific Coast Mountain Range. What could possibly go wrong? This is the challenge you have been waiting for. More info here.

A More Assertive Bike Advocacy Group in Portland – 3:30 pm at Lucky Lab SE (915 SE Hawthorne)
As we shared earlier this week, concerned citizens are coming together to discuss the future of bike advocacy in Portland with an eye toward new initiatives and/or a new organization. If you care about cycling in Portland and want to be part of its growth in the future, come and share your ideas. More info here.

Bike-In Movie – 6:00 pm at Hawthorne Hostel (3031 SE Hawthorne Blvd)
This year’s annual Hawthorne Hostel Bike-In Movie will feature “True Fans” a documentary by Dan Austin. The film follows three friends who bike toured across the U.S. in the late 1990s on a pilgrimage to the Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield, Massachusetts. This event is being held in partnership with 88 Bikes, a non-profit “that endows bicycles to girls throughout the world, especially the heroic survivors of human trafficking.”

Beaverton, Banks and Beyond – All day at Papa’s Pizza Parlor (15700 Blueridge Drive in Beaverton)
This supported group ride offers four routes — between 32 and 100 miles — through Washington County’s legendary backroads. Registration fees support the NW Bicycle Safety Council, an advocacy organization based on the West Side.
More info here.

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Sunday, August 24th

Take Back the Streets Ride and Event – 11:00 am at New Columbia Bike Hub (N Trenton and Woolsey)
North Portland community activists have collaborating with the Community Cycling Center to do something about a spate of recent gang shootings. This event will aim to foster community dialogue and promote peace and understanding. There will be live music, a BBQ, guest speakers, and more. More info here (FB).

Sunday Parkways Southeast – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
PBOT’s monthly open-streets event comes to southeast Portland with a seven-mile carfree loop full entertainment and activities. Join thousands of your fellow citizens to explore new parks, enjoy your streets, and experience Portland’s true transportation potential. More info here.

BTA Block Party at Sunday Parkways – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at Universal Cycles (2202 E Burnside)
Join the BTA for a big party to celebrate open streets. There will be food, coffee, beer, and lots of great resources to stoke your Bike Commute Challenge. This is a great opportunity to talk with BTA staff and meet other advocates. More info here.

Post Parkways Ramble and Cookout – 4:00 pm at Coe Circle (4900 NE Glisan)
You’ll already be on your bike after Sunday Parkways, so why not join urban adventurer Shawn Granton for a short ramble to a nice spot for dinner? Bring a cooking stove and a sense of adventure. More info here.

Kruger’s Kermesse Farm Crit – 10:00 am to 2:30 pm at Kruger’s Farm Market on Sauvie Island
Part cyclocross race, part road race, this “kermesse” is sure to please. There are races for all categories including a free Kiddie Race and a team relay race. Close to downtown, this is a great race venue whether you are competing or just spectating. More info here.

— If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.

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Jobs of the Week

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Two new opportunities have been posted to our Job Listings this week. Check them out via the links below…


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City switches plan for Division detour: Signs will point to Powell, not Clinton

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 15:08
Traffic on Clinton.
(Photo by Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

Six days after saying that it would detour eastbound traffic from Division Street onto the Clinton Street neighborhood greenway for two weeks, the City of Portland has changed course.

Starting Monday, electronic signs will instruct drivers heading east at 26th Avenue to turn seven blocks south to Powell Boulevard rather than one block south to Clinton, the Portland bureaus of transportation and environmental services said Thursday.

It’s a measure of victory for people who called the detour an inappropriate use of an all-ages walking and biking facility that is already at or above the maximum national standard for auto traffic volume on a bicycle boulevard.

But the city also said Thursday that it still expects many people to detour onto Clinton anyway, because there are no plans other than signage to prompt them otherwise.

PBOT has also attempted to schedule the detour hours to minimize conflict with school release times and asked the Portland Police Bureau to station additional officers in the area for traffic enforcement. PBOT spokesman Dylan Rivera said he wasn’t sure exactly what that additional enforcement would focus on.

“Last summer, for detours, they were looking for people running stop signs,” Rivera said. “Drivers tend to get frustrated during a detour.”

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Rivera said Thursday that the city changed its official detour plan after “we just took a closer look at it.” He added that because people won’t be physically blocked from turning at the first available street — they’ll simply be told to head to Powell by signs — traffic is likely to increase on Clinton all the same.

“We can’t make people follow our detour routes,” he said. “That’s just a reality of any sort of attempt to change behavior like this. But we think it’s important to do all we can with signage to try to encourage people traveling with motor vehicles to stick to major arterials when they’re diverting from a major arterial.”

This work is part of the Division Streetscape Project, a $5.8 million task by the Bureau of Environmental Services, which is adding natural storm drainage along Division, and the Bureau of Transportation, which is improving crosswalks and sidewalk buffers on Division.

After last week’s coverage of the city’s plan, some local safety advocates planned a Super Legal Ride on Clinton next Friday, as a demonstration:

The plan is to get as many cyclists at the intersection of 26th and Clinton at rush hour. Every bike makes a complete stop. EVERY BIKE STOPS. If 3 pull up to the same stop sign, each bike waits to stop individually. Take your time. Wave on cyclists or even autos. Make sure to let those cross-walkers go!

Rivera said he didn’t know whether or not temporary physical diverters across part of the Clinton-26th intersection had been discussed among PBOT staff as a way to further reduce traffic on Clinton during the detour.

“Next week’s going to be different despite our best efforts,” Rivera said to Clinton Street’s regular users, “and we beg their patience and forgiveness. But we think we’ll have a more walkable Division out of this that’s going to be of more benefit to the community.”

Correction 7:30 pm: A previous version of this post confused east and west.

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‘Grand Prix of Portland’ race will come to downtown in 2015, organizer says

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 13:45
Cirque du Cycling racers in 2009.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

The people behind an “international professional cycling event” in downtown Portland say they’ve gotten green lights from the international and national sport cycling organizations to host the “Grand Prix of Portland” here next summer.

Veteran Oregonian sportswriter Mike Tokito has the story:

The race would cover about 115 miles, with a one-day format that would be run like a stage of the Tour de France.

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“All the difficult things are done,” said Ed Ellis, a veteran sports organizer who is helping to put the event together. “We got the international federation to bless us, we’ve got the city on board.”

Union Cycliste Intertionale (commonly called UCI), which governs cycling worldwide, has placed the race on its 2015 calendar, the event has the blessing of USA Cycling, and the city of Portland has issued a letter of intent to allow the race to happen, Ellis said.

Organizers expect some of the top teams in the world to compete, include many who compete in the Tour de France. The course would run about 10 miles starting at the waterfront and go into the West Hills and back, with riders covering it 10 times.

Sounds like fun. We’ve reached out to Ellis for more information. In the meantime, you can get more information from the event’s Facebook page.

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TriMet track work gives bikers one less reason to avoid the Lloyd

Thu, 08/21/2014 - 05:44
Smooth cruising: looking west across 11th at Holladay.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A key bike connection between Southeast and inner North/Northeast Portland keeps getting a bit better.

The latest improvement to Northeast 11th Avenue and Holladay comes courtesy of track work last week by TriMet at its Lloyd Center MAX turnaround. The transit agency prioritized repairs to the track there in part because the crumbling pavement around the tracks had been increasingly dangerous for biking.

11th Avenue is the fastest connection not only between the MAX stop and the Lloyd Center mall, just up the street, but between two of the bikingest neighborhoods in the country: inner North and inner Southeast Portland. It connects the 12th Avenue bridge across Interstate 84 with the Multnomah Avenue protected bike lane, Rose Quarter and Vancouver/Williams couplet.

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Last fall, 11th Avenue was striped with dashed, arcing bike lanes that help people steer safely across the tracks at 90-degree angles. And as of last week, it’s much more comfortable to bike on — not to mention walk across, skate on, look at or drive a MAX train over.

“We replaced the asphalt with an elastomeric grout, which looks like concrete that is more durable than asphalt, and absorbs vibration and dramatically reduces noise caused by vibration,” TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetch wrote in an email Wednesday in response to a query from BikePortland. “It also prevents water penetration and bonds strongly to steel and concrete. It is now a much smoother crossing and the track and switches in the area will serve MAX riders for years to come.”

You can see the new grout surrounding the rails in the photos above and below.

The $1.26 million project blocked all MAX traffic through the Lloyd District last week, prompting a one-day “thank you” from the transit agency in the form of a fare-free day on MAX Monday.

The work also left behind a smooth area of light-colored pavement in the busy, unmarked crosswalk across 11th at Holladay.

Fetsch wrote that TriMet had prioritized this work in part to keep the area safe for walking and biking, in part because the tracks were simply at risk of malfunctioning and in part because trains were moving extra-slowly through the area to prevent such malfunctions.

“There are many factors that go into creating the replacement schedule,” she wrote. “We had received concerns and complaints from pedestrians and cyclist, elevating this location on the replacement schedule. The track structure and switches also had excessive wear and needed attention. We had a slow order, or speed restriction, on that switch as a precaution for two years that we were able to lift since the work has been completed.”

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Q&A: How bikes meet tech in Austin, Portland’s chillest sister city

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 13:47
Nate McGuire of Austin bike-tech startup Spokefly.
(Photo by Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

Nate McGuire is part of two worlds that Austin, Texas, is still pretty new at: digital entrepreneurship and biking.

His startup, Spokefly, uses a mobile app and combination U-locks to turn people’s underused bicycles into income-generating shared bikes that float around the city until their owners need them. (At that point, the company will fetch it and deliver it home.) Though it’s not yet available in Portland, he’s preparing to launch in a handful of cities soon and was in town last week to scope our city out.

When he stopped by BikePortland’s office for a talk, we saw a perfect chance to hear more about biking and related issues in one of the U.S. cities that Portland most resembles in size, culture and reputation.

What is it with tech people and bikes? It seems like there’s a thing with tech people and bikes.

It’s logical — I think that’s the biggest thing. One of our advisors actually used to work at Segway. They did a whole bunch of market research around the efficiency of different transportation modes. And bikes are by far the most efficient.

I think that affluent engineers that can choose where they want to live are going to choose to ride a bike. I don’t think it’s, “I’m going to ride a bike and I’m a bike rider.” I think it’s, “What’s the most logical way for me to go to work?”

When you’re talking to investors about funding, how do you sell them on the idea that bikes are a meaningful market?

If you compare it to Uber, the taxi market is, like, $11 billion. NPD’s market research team says bike rentals are about a billion, and if you take bike rentals plus bike share, it’s about $1.5 billion which is about a tenth of the size. And the transaction is actually probably higher in the daily bike rental, because most people are going to rent by the day. You can make just as much money if not more.

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Let’s talk about Austin’s bike scene. Do you know much about Social Cycling Austin? They seem amazing.

The giant bike ride? Yeah, I’ve been on it a few times. Quite a few times. The Thursday night social ride is their biggest. That’ll have anywhere from 200 to 400 cyclists, which is pretty cool. But also this same group does a ride every day of the week. So there’s Bikin’ Betty’s, The Humpday Noon Ride. The Saturday caffiene cruise is racing types; the Thursday night social ride is anybody. It’s pretty impressive. You can get all this on their Facebook page.

Austin’s economy has really been booming for the last five years or so. One of the things you sometimes hear about Portland’s economy is that we do surprisingly well considering we don’t have a big university bringing lots of smart young people here.

I think that’s true for Austin. I don’t know if it’s a requirement. I graduated UT in ’08. I think my graduating class was one of the last few where most people said, “I’m going to go to Houston or Dallas or New York. I wish I could stay in Austin, but there are no jobs.” I think that’s really changed with the tech sector growth.

I think there’s an idea here in Portland that because people have been willing to move here even without jobs, we will never have to worry about attracting young workers, even though that’s a huge issue in most of the country.

Increasingly what you’re seeing is people who want a place they enjoy living. They want to live a place that makes them happy. The Internet is everywhere; why work 100 hours a week and pay 60 percent or 70 percent of your income on rent and never be at home?

When Portland has its next Nike or whatever, whether it’s in sports or computers or whatever, any company can be a fast-moving company. And I think all of those people who are coming to Portland without jobs, their prospects start to look up.

It’s funny to me that people talk about Portland as the city where young people go to retire. People used to say that about Austin: it just moves too slow. But I don’t feel that at all.

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Meeting could spark formation of a “more assertive advocacy group” in Portland

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 11:03
The first step is showing up.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Many Portlanders who care about bicycling want to find a way to create more urgency for bike-friendly changes. As we’ve been reporting since May, Portland — once a biking beacon that other cities aspired to — has lost its mojo. With our largest bicycle advocacy organization, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), choosing to take a more conservative role, some in the community want to start a new advocacy group.

When Alex Reed moved to Portland in 2007, he thought that “There was so much excitement around bike it felt like everything was destined to get better.” Now that he’s “not seeing much progress,” the 29-year-old southeast Portland resident (and father) has planned a meeting this weekend to discuss the possible formation of a new group. “Are you frustrated at the lack of progress on bike issues in Portland in the last five years?” reads the event description on the Shift calendar. “If so, come join us to try to make things better!”

Specifically, Reed says he wants to discuss forming a “more-assertive Portland bike advocacy group/movement/initiative.”

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This all might be causing a case of deja-vu for some close readers of BikePortland. Back in 2009, when the BTA — and therefore the local bike advocacy ecosystem on the whole — was at a turning point following the firing of their former leader Scott Bricker, we had a very similar discussion.

“It feels both like biking has stalled out in Portland and like there’s pent-up energy around bikes waiting to be nurtured and accessed.”
— Alex Reed

At a social hour hosted by BikePortland at a coffee shop in Old Town, we talked openly about the future of bike advocacy in Portland and wondered if our city needed a second, complementary advocacy group that would help hasten the changes many of us wanted to see.

That meeting led to the formation of Active Right of Way (AROW), an all volunteer group that has done some great work (most notably around streetcar/bike safety and SE Holgate), but it has stalled a bit due to a lack of financial and human resources.

Reed, who sees himself mostly as a facilitator hoping to spark a “grassroots initiative,” isn’t sure what will come of Saturday night’s meeting, but he does know that he wants biking conditions in Portland to improve sooner rather than later.

“It feels both like biking has stalled out in Portland and like there’s pent-up energy around bikes waiting to be nurtured and accessed,” he said in a recent email. “Maybe it will go so well that by the time the kid(s) are 12-ish I’ll feel confident sending them off to school across Powell with their friends!”

If you have something to add to this conversation, join Reed and other concerned citizens at the Lucky Lab (915 SE Hawthorne) at 3:00 pm this Saturday (8/23). Reed has also set up a Google Group where you can learn more and share your thoughts.

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Spate of collisions across state, region highlight passing dangers

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 08:47
The aftermath of a collision in eastern Oregon.
(Photo: OSP)

There have been four (officially recorded) rear-end collisions involving a bicycle rider in the past week. One of them resulted in a fatality and the other three resulted in serious injuries. The incidents have occurred throughout Oregon and nearby southwest Washington.

While the incidents are unrelated, the uncommon frequency (two happened on the same day) led to a response by the Oregon State Police earlier this week. In an official statement published on August 17th, they said: “OSP urges all drivers to be alert for bicyclists and other vulnerable highway users. When approaching from behind, make sure there is adequate room to safely pass on the left of the bicyclist(s).”

Here is a brief description of the four collisions:

August 13th:

(Photo: OSP)

Frederick Bouwman, a 53-year-old Canadian man on a bicycle tour was hit while biking westbound on the paved shoulder of Highway 126 east of Powell Butte in Crook County. That’s about halfway between Redmond and Prineville in eastern Oregon. Bouwman was struck from behind by the front quarter-panel of a GMC Sierra pickup. He was “ejected from his bicycle and seriously injured” according to the OSP. As of August 13th, an enforcement decision was still pending the outcome of the investigation.

August 13th:

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At about 5:00 pm, a 56-year-old man named Juan Garcia died after he was hit from behind by a Chevrolet van driven by Richard King. The collision occurred on Highway 47, about two miles north of McMinnville. Police say King fell asleep at the wheel prior to striking Garcia, who was riding northbound on the shoulder. While not enforcement decision has been made yet, the OSP says “Driver fatigue is being investigated as a contributing factor.”

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August 14th:

Street view of NW 63rd Street in Vancouver. Not much room for error on a road like this.

Our office mate (and landlord) Todd Mobley of Lancaster Engineering was hit while riding on NW 63rd Street in Vancouver on his way into work Thursday morning. According to Clark County Sheriff’s Office, the collision was caused because the driver of the car, Jacob Piel, “was trying to retrieve a pacifier that his child in the back seat had dropped.” Mobley suffered a broken sternum, a concussion, and many lacerations all over his body. The police cited Piel on suspicion of driving while suspended and Negligent Operation of a Motor Vehicle in the Second Degree.

August 16th:
In the southern Oregon city of Grants Pass, a 62-year-old woman was seriously injured when she was struck from behind while riding along Rogue River Highway. Ardena Cameron (from Roseburg) was riding in a line of five other bike riders when an 86-year-old man driving a Chevy pickup ran into the back of her. The driver, Aaron Toller, was cited for Careless Driving. According to the OSP, Toller, “… told the investigating trooper that oncoming traffic prevented him from moving to the left as he was approaching the bicyclist.”

In all three of the Oregon cases, the driver of the motor vehicle could be guilty of violating the state’s safe passing law (ORS 811.065) which states that,

“The driver of a motor vehicle may only pass a person operating a bicycle by driving to the left of the bicycle at a safe distance and returning to the lane of travel once the motor vehicle is safely clear of the overtaken bicycle. For the purposes of this paragraph, a ‘safe distance’ means a distance that is sufficient to prevent contact with the person operating the bicycle if the person were to fall into the driver’s lane of traffic.”

Regardless of the enforcement outcomes, these collisions highlight an increasingly important issue in Oregon: Rural road safety. In a state that takes bicycle tourism very seriously, the number of people riding on rural roads will only increase in the months and years to come. If we are encouraging people to get out and ride on these roads, we have a responsibility to make sure they are as safe as possible.

For more on Oregon’s safe passing law, read our January 2014 installment of Get Legal with Ray Thomas.

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‘Mujeres en Movimiento’ group brings out the bike-fun smiles

Wed, 08/20/2014 - 07:54
Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez, Lale Santelices and Elizabeth Quiroz get ready for Mujeres en Movimiento’s ‘Sundress Sunday’ ride last weekend.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A pair of Portlanders have organized a new group aimed at giving Latinas regular events for riding bikes together.

“There is this conversation about, ‘People of color don’t bike,’” said Lale Santelices, one of the organizers. “But that’s not my expericence.”

Elizabeth Quiroz, meanwhile, had been hearing from friends and acquaintances that they wanted to ride bikes but didn’t seem to get around to it.

So the two, who were already peers in the bike advocacy world — Quiroz is an advocate for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Santelices is collaborations manager for the Community Cycling Center — had lunch and started to hatch a plan.

“I had all these crazy ideas,” Quiroz said. “Should it be really radical? Should it be low-key?”

“Should we invite men?” Santelices added. “We talked about it for a long time and then we were like, let’s set a date.”

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That was in May. Nine women rode to Sellwood together and they’ve done a few rides since, most recently a “Sundress Sunday” cruise through inner Southeast last weekend.

The group is called Mujeres en Movimiento, or women in motion. You can follow them on Facebook.

“We always do bike rides for work and they take so much prepping and so much coordination,” Santelices said. “This was literally just meeting in a spot, biking to a place, sharing some food, laughing, and then biking back.”

“Especially in Portland, people are like, ‘Oh no, I’m not a biker,’” Santelices said. “You have to have, like, the perfect shifting technique. [But] it’s biking, right? All you need is two wheels and some pedals and a bike that works.”

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‘Cross update: A new weekly race series and a training talk

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 15:51
Weeknight racing at PIR? Sign
me up!
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Two items of cyclocross news to share today: There’s a new, weekly race series and a talk by locally-based elite racer Beth Ann Orton.

The big news is the announcement of the Rapha Trophy Cup presented by Western Bikeworks. This new cyclocross race series starts September 2nd and happens every Tuesday night through October 7th. The six race series goes down at Portland International Raceway and adds to our great local tradition of weeknight racing.

The timing of the Trophy Cup is perfect if you’re looking to fine-tune your ‘cross skills and fitness for the larger, weekend race series that are right around the corner such as the Gran Prix Ryan Trebon or the famous Cross Crusade. And speaking of skill-building, show up to the Trophy Cup early (5:30) each week for a clinic offered by Upper Echelon Fitness and Rehabilitation.

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The organizer behind this series is Formation Promotions, the same folks who bring you the Tuesday Night PIR road racing series all summer. And since the Trophy Cup has support from companies like Rapha, Western Bikeworks and SRAM, you know it will be a top-notch event. Learn more and register for a series pass at PDXTrophyCup.com.

The Trophy Cup joins our other excellent weeknight series, the Blind Date at the Dairy (Wednesday nights at Alpenrose Dairy).

Ann Orton in action.
(Photo: BethAnnOrton.com)

Another event to mark your calendar for is an upcoming talk featuring local elite racer Beth Ann Orton. Orton will lead a discussion about training and preparation for cross season at the Portland Outdoor Indoor Nutrition & Training gym (1115 SE Salmon St.). Orton is a very knowledgeable ambassador of the sport and she has tons of racing cred so this free event should be very helpful to newbies and seasoned vets alike. You can sign up for the talk (8/28 at 7:15 pm) here.

Have fun out there! We hope everyone’s cross seasons preparations are coming along nicely.

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City Bicycle Advisory Committee leaders offer new vision, seek new members

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 13:53
Incoming Portland Bicycle Advisory Committee
chair Ian Stude.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

The incoming chair and vice-chair of Portland’s Bicycle Advisory Committee are full of energy and they’re recruiting new voices, faces and brains.

“I want to see the committee be more present in the process, both on the community level and the political level,” said Ian Stude, a member of the committee for six years and its incoming chair, in an interview last week. “People who want to cozy up to the beast a little more.”

Vice-chair Heather McCarey is leading the recruiting process for the committee, aiming for a total of 13 members and seven alternates.

“We could be having as many as 10 new people or more,” Stude said.

The committee’s official mission is “to review projects of interest to cyclists and discuss bike issues. The committee advises City Council and bureaus on all bicycle-related matters.”

Inspired by the influence of the Portland Freight Committee, which consists mostly of people whose jobs are freight-related, Stude is especially interested in getting people in Portland’s private bike industry.

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“The No. 1 thing that we I think we’re missing from the committee is people who are in the bicycle industry,” Stude said.

Stude‘s own day job is director of transportation and parking services for Portland State University. McCarey is executive director of the Washington Park Transportation Management Association.

But if you don’t pull a paycheck from Chris King Components or SoupCycle, don’t let that stop you — send in an application, or contact McCarey for more information: heathermccarey@gmail.com.

The BAC meets at 6 p.m. on the second Tuesday of every month. Meetings are held in the Lovejoy Room in City Hall at 1221 SW 4th Avenue.

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Guest Article: Want to spice up Sunday Parkways? Then step up

Tue, 08/19/2014 - 08:01
Sunday Parkways is great. It could be even better.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Last month we asked the community to share ideas on improving Sunday Parkways. This guest article was written by PBOT Program Manager Linda Ginenthal in response to that post.

Linda Ginenthal (in 2008).

By Linda Ginenthal

As we gear up for this weekend’s Sunday Parkways (presented by Kaiser Permanente on August 24th) in southeast Portland, I wanted to thank all of you who shared your suggestions for how to make Sunday Parkways even better. I eagerly read all your comments. They were so positive and so creative about where we go next and what makes Sunday Parkways, Sunday Parkways.

What I read is people want more: more miles, more neighborhoods, more for walkers and more for experienced riders, more for the kids, more education and even more hours of Sunday Parkways.

As the program manager for this Portland Bureau of Transportation program, I can share that our PBOT team is delighted that you want to see more of a good thing.

Since 2008, when Sunday Parkways was an experimental single event, Sunday Parkways has expanded into a series of five events and become a Portland institution thanks to the thousands of people who come out and enjoy it and the hundreds of volunteers who make it happen. We even made it into the Lonely Planet Guide for what to do in Portland. How cool is that?

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If we could dream even bigger, and I mean really big, we would have Sunday Parkways routes that span the entire city once a month May through September. That’s what Bogota, Colombia does. Every Sunday, 70 miles of streets are opened for biking and walking and running. Needless to say, to do what Bogota does, we would need lots more resources.

In fact, any expansion requires additional resources –volunteers, dollars and community involvement.

Volunteers: We would need hundreds and hundreds more volunteers stepping up to expand. Right now, we do a great job of turning out dedicated and fun-loving volunteers — 300 per event — but we would need to challenge the community to show that they want more by volunteering more. Would you be willing to volunteer (or volunteer more) to see Sunday Parkways in your neighborhood, to add a kids’ loop, to create an early evening event? I would love to hear from you.

Dollars: We are short of cash too. To save money while keeping the streets safe for participants, we have slimmed down the cost of our police presence from $80,000 per year to $50,000. Expanding Sunday Parkways means staffing more intersections. Expansion means more traffic flaggers/police, more volunteer management, more barricades, more mailers and door hangers to notify neighbors and more outreach to local organizations, places of worship and others who are integral to Sunday Parkways.

Volunteers from Andando en Bicicleta en
Cully volunteered to staff a free bike repair
booth at the July event.

Right now, the City of Portland pitches in one-third of the costs. Presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente kicks in $100,000 and other sponsors come in at around $140,000. Vendors pay $38,000. Our smallest pool is individual donations. We have some wonderful and steady donors that support Sunday Parkways (allowable as a tax deduction). Would you be willing to make a significant donation (or donate more) to see Sunday Parkways grow and diversify across the city?

I also heard people asking for more educational events. Education and other activities are always welcomed at Sunday Parkways. Our partners do lots of education and messaging already – maybe we need to communicate about it more. We have had big trucks on the route that folks could climb in to see just what a driver can see from their vantage point. We have had TriMet there with their bike racks so folks could practice using it. And just last month we had Hacienda ABC (Andando en Bicicleta en Cully or Bicycle Riding in Cully) holding a bike fair at Rigler School with all manner of education classes and rides including how to ride for kids and adults in Spanish and English. Yes, we need more and more promotion about these things.

People come to Sunday Parkways to experience the world they want to live in. What I would say here is that you don’t have to wait for the Sunday Parkways PBOT team to do some educational effort. Talk with your community group, your church, mosque, synagogue, your bike club and do it! We can probably make the space for you in the parks. Let’s work together to educate and activate Sunday Parkways.

As for the marketplaces, I loved the comment: “Fair’s not on the main route. Though the root beer floats were awesome, and frankly, I would have missed it if it wasn’t on the route.” Doesn’t that just say it all? People love the food, the activities in and along the parks, the give-aways, connecting with community groups, and checking out the vendors – and they want to ride too. We try to strike a nice balance with bustling (and economically successful) marketplaces for our local vendors, sponsors and community groups while also ensuring that participants can move along the route. Sometimes that means people have to walk their bikes at peak times during the day. CicLAvia (Sunday Parkways in Los Angeles) have whole “Walk Your Bike” zones. I don’t think that works for Portland. Maybe this just means more root beer floats (take note vendors and sponsors).

Lastly, I agree linking a movie night with Sunday Parkways would be great fun: Pee-wee’s Big Adventure!!! What about The Triplets of Belleville or The Bicycle Thief? Or it doesn’t have to even be a bikey movie. People who bike do watch Raiders of the Lost Ark.

So thank you, thank you, thank you for supporting Sunday Parkways with your participation, your volunteer hours, your donations and your ideas. Keep your ideas and participation coming. See you on Aug. 24th.

Contact PBOT about Sunday Parkways via Facebook, or contact Linda Ginenthal directly via email at linda.ginenthal@portlandoregon.gov.

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Regional ODOT Director Jason Tell leaves job for private sector

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 14:24
Jason Tell at a Safe Routes to School
event in February 2008.
(Photos by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland region’s top Oregon Department of Transportation official has left his post and taken a job with a private company. Jason Tell, who has spent 18 years with ODOT — eight of them as Region 1 Director — is now the Senior Planning Manager at the downtown Portland office of Parsons Brinckerhoff.

ODOT has named Planning and Development Manager Rian Windsheimer as the interim Region 1 Director.

In his new role, Tell will manage projects throughout the region. He’ll also, “Advise and guide public agencies on funding, public and political support, policy issues and implementation strategies for complex transportation projects.”

When we asked Tell what has changed at ODOT in the last 18 years, he said, “In particular, a greater focus on all modes of transportation, engaging with the community and groups that weren’t always brought in on ODOT plans and projects, and organizational change.”

While we certainly disagreed with some of Tell’s positions over the years (most notably his his staunch opposition to a road diet on SW Barbur), we also appreciated much of the work he oversaw.

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Tell (left) riding on N Williams Ave with BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky earlier this month. Tell (left) with former Portland Mayor Tom Potter, former PBOT Director Sue Keil, and Portland Public Schools Superintendent Carole Smith in 2008. At the launch of the SE Foster High Crash Crash Corridor project in November 2010. At a meeting of Metro’s Joint Policy Advisory Committee on Transportation in July 2010. Tell (left) at the BTA Alice Awards in March 2008
with former BTA Legislative Lobbyist Karl Rohde. With ODOT Director Matt Garrett at the opening of the Oregon City/West Linn Arch Bridge in October 2012.

Tell was an ardent supporter of improving safety on our region’s roads. In 2009 he floated an amendment to the Regional Transportation Plan that was sort of a step in the direction of Vision Zero. He also helped shepherd the Gateway Green project from a twinkle in a developer and activist’s eye into a full-fledged, State of Oregon priority. In fact, one of his last acts as Region 1 Director was to officially sign over ownership of 19 acres of the property (adjacent to I-205) from ODOT to the City of Portland.

In October 2008, one year after the death of Brett Jarolimek ripped through our city, Tell said the tragedy made such an impact on him that he went to bat for a permanent memorial to be built on a wall of the overpass where the collision took place (it was never built, but not for lack of support from ODOT or Tell).

Of all the events and meetings I saw Tell at over the years, by far the happiest and most animated I’d ever seen him was at the 2013 Policymakers Ride. Dressed in his stylish biking shirt and shorts, Tell spoke at the trail head of a new section of the Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail and called its dedication “a huge milestone” that’s “worth every penny.”

Given his new role, I have a hunch we haven’t heard the last of Tell. And, given his track record at ODOT, that’s not such a bad thing.

Good luck Jason!

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Novick, Treat will trumpet transportation needs on van tour tomorrow

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 09:53
Novick to hit the streets.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick and PBOT Director Leah Treat want to hear from you about neighborhood transportation needs. They also wants to draw attention to existing problems they’d like to fix with your money.

Novick and Treat are in the middle of a major effort to pass a “street fee” that would raise new money for street repairs and updates. At tomorrow’s “Transportation Needs Tour” they’re inviting the news media to join them in a for a stop at three locations that’ll highlight where new revenue would be spent.

Keeping to the City’s strategy of not mentioning the “b” word (bikes); a statement released this morning about the tour specifically addresses “streets that lack sidewalks” and “commercial corridors in need of preventative maintenance.” In addition to the three stops, the City will also unveil the Portland Transportation Needs Guidebook, “an online compilation of the maintenance and safety needs identified by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and prioritized by community input over the years.”

On his own website, Novick explained more about the impetus for the tour:

“I spend a lot of time hearing about and talking about and trying to do something about the gaps in our pedestrian network; I decided it would be nice to see some of the work that the Bureau of Transportation has been able to do with the limited resources it has. While out looking at a couple of locations, some neighbors stopped me to say what a difference the safety improvement have made in the community.”

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While he has barely mentioned bicycling or bike-related projects during his tenure as PBOT commissioner, Novick has repeatedly talked up walking projects. During press conferences and other events related to the street fee, he often recalls his experience of helping families cross a dangerous section of NE Prescott following the installation of 11 blocks of new sidewalks. Novick has also lobbied (unsuccessfully) for crossing beacons out of the City’s General Fund budget and he wrote a guest column in The Oregonian back in January titled, Portland needs more money for pedestrian safety.

The political context of this event could have something to do with the big debate over how to allocate new revenue from the proposed street fee. Novick, PBOT Director Leah Treat and Mayor Charlie Hales are hearing loud and clear from an advisory committee of business interests that most of the new revenue should be spent on paving and maintenance — not on “safety” projects.

On the recent episode of the KBOO Bike Show, Director Treat said she’s “frankly concerned about how the money is going to get split up.”

“There’s a real divide among advisory groups about how this money is spent… the business group wants all the money to be spent on maintenance and paving. They don’t necessarily believe there’s a constituency that’s concerned about safety and alternative transportation on our roads. We need our friends, activists, and concerned citizens to surround this issue. They need to be vocal.”

While Treat and Novick have made it clear they want more funding for safety projects, they’re up against not just fear-inducing business owners, but a mayor who made “getting back to basics” and “100 miles of paving” major campaign promises that he has worked hard to deliver on since taking office in January 2013.

Exactly how any new revenue is split — the ratio between maintenance and safety investments — is shaping as a key sticking point in street fee talks.

On tomorrow’s tour, Novick and Treat will be joined by neighborhood activists, PBOT staff, and members of the local media who will pile into a van and make the following stops:

  • Departing Portland City Hall, SW Fifth Ave. entrance at 9:30 a.m.
  • 10 a.m. Tour begins at SE 130th Ave. and Salmon Street, at a crosswalk near David Douglas High School ball fields
  • 10:45 a.m. Tour begins at SE Hawthorne Blvd. and 36th Ave., north side of the intersection.
  • 11:45 a.m. Tour begins at SW Capitol Highway and Garden Home, at the bus stop on the east side of Capitol Highway.
  • Expected return to City Hall at 1 p.m.

While I think doing the tour by bike would be a much more effective way to learn about our city’s transportation needs, I went ahead and requested a spot in the van. If I get in, stay tuned for more coverage of the event both here on the Front Page and via Twitter.

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Portland’s Circa Cycles wants to bring $1500 custom bicycles to the mainstream

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:27
Former Nike innovation director Rich Fox has created a new process for making custom bike frames that can be done entirely in Portland.
(Photos: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

A Portland startup is marrying the 1980s concept of “screwed and glued” modular frames with modern computer machining to dramatically cut the price of a custom handmade bike.

Its founder’s goal: a chain of minimalist, 600-square foot Apple Store-esque retail shops across the country, each one able to fit and service a line of Portland-built bikes as colorful and distinctly branded as iPods.

The man behind the plan is Rich Fox, a former innovation director at Nike and lead design strategist at Zeba Design. For the last 30 months, he’s been working from his basement to line up the components, branding and suppliers for a product that launched this morning on Crowdsupply, a Portland-based crowdfunding platform.

If there’s demand, Fox aims to open the first Circa retail shop in Portland next spring.

“Most of the bikes that are currently made here in the States, a bare frame will frequently cost $3000 and it will take anywhere from three months to five years to get that frame to you once you order it,” Fox said in an interview at his Northeast Portland home this month. “There are just very few people who can afford that kind of a product, in my opinion.”

So Fox says he’s broken down the major cost factors behind bike manufacture…

…and found a way to cut each of them, which he’s dubbed the “Mabel” process.

“I want to be Portland’s affordable handmade bike,” Fox said. “And in order to do that, I just had to really rethink the handmade process to make that happen.”

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The process he’s developed, which uses CNC (computer-controlled milling) to shape the frame’s joints and adhesives to hold them in place, will deliver a 21.5-pound custom bike in the size and color combination of the owner’s choice in 10 days or less.

Circa’s frames sell for $1,100 and the completed bikes start at $1,500, with “town,” “city” and “road” versions that go up to $2,100.

The crucial tactic in Fox’s method, glue, is a tool he said the bike industry moved away from in the mid-1980s.

“Carbon started to come on the scene, and carbon was very sexy,” he said. “There were all sorts of fun swoopy doopy shapes you could do, so from a marketing standpoint everybody got distracted and wanted to see all the things you could do with carbon.”

But carbon-fiber frames are just too expensive for a very large market, Fox thinks. Glue and anodized aluminum are better and faster.

“We glue airplanes together; we glue race cars together,” Fox said. “So we can glue bikes together. Why the hell not?”

The distinctive three-color frame that has resulted is built for a designer’s eye: the joints are angled to create parallel lines and a sense of unity across the bike.

Fox’s first test ride of his prototype was during February’s snowstorm. He’s put 500 miles on it since.

The evolution, from right to left, of Fox’s models for Circa’s signature clamp around the seat post.

In order to guarantee his turnaround times and rapidly iterate his production process, Fox’s milling and piping suppliers are all in Portland. He intends that to remain part of the company’s identity and brand.

The bikemaking process is only part of Fox’s plan to shake up bike retail. He also wants to draw on ideas from Tesla and Apple to create a brand-specific bike shop.

“A typical bike shop is overwhelming from a sensory standpoint,” he said. “There’s too much to look at. There’s nowhere to rest your eye and there’s nowhere to rest at all in many of those joints. I’d like to have much more of a boutique experience.”

In Circa’s Portland shop, Fox says, the walls will be bare, but (he hopes) a glass wall will let people in the 600-square-foot retail space see into the larger manufacturing space behind.

If the Portland store is successful, his long-term goal would be to license franchise stores in cities like San Francisco, New York or Boulder, Colo.

Then again, he says, there’s also a chance that Circa’s crowdfunding campaign might show that people aren’t enthusiastic about the concept.

“If people look at this and say ‘That’s nice,’ and walk away, then I need to find another day job, you know?” he said lightly.

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The Monday Roundup: Robin Williams, Detroit’s biking rise & more

Mon, 08/18/2014 - 08:19
Robin Williams in Portland for a
bike show in February 2008.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

Here are the great bike links from around the world that caught our eyes this week:

Robin Williams and bikes: Cycling superfan Robin Williams’ impression repertoire included Marco Pantani, Lance Armstrong and Jan Ullrich. Tragically, they went uncaptured on video. The Oregonian’s aggregation of Williams’ ties to bikes includes the time he had one delivered to Conan O’Brien.

Robin Williams in Portland: The story of that time in 2008 when the late comedian flew his plane to Portland for the North American Handmade Bicycle Show.

Bike share safety: 23 million rides later, zero people have died on bike share bicycles. In fact, they seem to reduce bike injuries.

Bikeways improve walking: According to every available dataset in the country, protected bike lanes consistently cut sidewalk biking approximately in half.

Combined tactics: A New Zealand study concluded that a network of traffic-calmed local streets in Auckland wouldn’t be able to increase biking rates above 5 percent of trips … but that if it were installed in combination with protected bike lanes on arterials, it’d double protected lanes’ impact from 20 to 40 percent by 2051.

The UPS Cargo Cruiser, now being tested in Europe.
(Photo: UPS)

Cargo press: Portland-based B-Line is the BBC’s proof that electric-assist cargo bikes and trikes have definitively emerged as “an additional tool that can be used in urban cores.”

Salem bridge cost: Oregon is planning to build a third bridge over the Willamette River in Salem even though there’s no money to stop the city’s two existing bridges from falling down in a major earthquake.

Detroit bike city: Detroit has an all-volunteer bike shop aimed at female, queer and trans people. Events include drag bingo, full-moon bike rides and dance parties.

Freeway cap plan: Austin estimates that lowering its downtown freeway and improving the street connections above could increase the city’s tax base by $500,000 to $4.7 million per year.

Seattle lessons: The mastermind behind Seattle Neighborhood Greenways shares some of her organizing secrets, including the lynchpin: getting beyond “cars versus bikes.”

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Advocate moves on: One of the country’s top biking advocates, San Francisco Bike Coalition Executive Director Leah Shahum, will end her impressive 17 years with the group. Her next stop: studying Vision Zero in Europe.

Transportation targets: A new set of federal transportation regulations would require states and metro areas to create and coordinate “targets in key national performance areas.” We’ve got a few goals in mind…

Bike share progress: The agenda for the second annual meeting of the North American Bike Share Association next month shows an industry tackling all the big questions: equitable access, an open-data standard, national sponsorships and a new “reliability index” to track equipment failure. The speaker list includes only one of Alta Bicycle Share’s corporate employees.

Free bike bridge: You pick up.

Vancouver crash: BikePortland’s landlord, Todd Mobley of Lancaster Engineering, is recovering after a distracted driver hit him in a Vancouver, Wash., bike lane.

Subconscious speed limits: There are “two surefire ways” to reduce cars’ speed: the speed bump (an American invention) and the speed camera (rare in the U.S., ubiquitous elsewhere). But the other thing that works is to make a street look like a place “where driving above 25 mph seems not simply dangerous, but inappropriate.”

Finally, Apple’s iPad ad about the Detroiter behind the 3,000-strong Slow Roll rides is an inspiration for anyone using any tools to improve a city. It’s your video of the week:

If you come across a noteworthy bicycle story, send it in via email, Tweet @bikeportland, or whatever else and we’ll consider adding it to next Monday’s roundup.

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Cars will be detoured onto SE Clinton during Division Street repaving

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 15:12
Traffic on Clinton.
(Photo by Michael Andersen/BikePortland)

If you think the SE Clinton bike boulevard is already turning into more of a car boulevard, you won’t like this news: The Bureau of Environmental Services announced today that during a two-week re-paving project on SE Division set to begin later this month, all eastbound auto traffic will be detoured to SE Clinton.

Not surprisingly, news of the decision is spreading fast throughout the community and many people are very concerned. Why would the city purposefully add more auto traffic to a street that already has too much of it?

“I must say that I am shocked and disappointed that the City of Portland would make such a poor choice.”
— Kari Schlosshauer, nearby resident

Joe Annett, manager of community outreach for BES, tried to tamp down concerns when we called him today, saying it would only be temporary and that, “People will just have to be careful,” he said. “That’s just how it’s going to work. We’ve got to pave the road.”

Why not divert them one more block south to Woodward? “Even if we diverted them to Woodward,” Annett answered, “They’ll still turn on Clinton because it’s the first one they come to.”

Annett points out that a similar detour was in place when a different section of Division was repaved in June. He chalks up the current level of citizen pushback as the result of frustrations from the length of the project (which has already been going on for a year) and a recent story on KGW-TV titled, Cyclists upset Portland bikeway loaded with cars .

This work is part of the Division Streetscape Project, a $5.8 million ($2.5 from the feds, $3.3 in local funds) partnership between BES and the Bureau of Transportation. BES is involved because much of the work involves “green street” and stormwater management features like bioswales, street trees, and new sewer pipes. (It’s also important to note that, despite the major transportation component of the project, BES has been contracted to do all the public outreach.)

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The impacts of auto diversion have been a major concern of this project since before it was adopted by Portland City Council in June of 2010. At that time, PBOT Bicycle Coordinator Roger Geller told the city’s Bicycle Advisory Committee that, “We already want to do something on Clinton because the auto volumes are too high.”

And in the Division Streetscape and Street Reconstruction Project Final Report (June 2010), PBOT refers to Clinton as, “a vibrant and well-established bicycle facility in the City of Portland and is an important east/west connection for the cycling community.”

In that report (page 16), PBOT promised to monitor traffic volumes on Division and Clinton before and after completion of the project and “take measures to prevent any further diversion” if it occurs.

But those promises refer to the impacts after the project is completed — not this upcoming, two week construction period.

For nearby resident Kari Schlosshauer, this is the last straw.

“I have just learned that, during repaving on Division, car traffic will be diverted onto Clinton,” she wrote in an email to Annett today, “and I must say that I am shocked and disappointed that the City of Portland would make such a poor choice.”

Schlosshauer suggests an auto detour to Powell (10 blocks south) or SE Grant (three blocks north). Adding to her plea for consideration, she writes, “Or would you kindly consider any other street that, while it may increase traffic on a neighborhood street, at least won’t add to what is already a difficult situation on one of the city’s originally dedicated Bicycle Boulevards?”

Schlosshauer and others think this might be a good time for PBOT to do a pilot demonstration of traffic diverters on Clinton; but Annett doesn’t think that will work.

He said they’ve tried temporary diverters in the past and people will simply get out of their cars, move them aside, and drive through. Not only that, he said, but if they put up barricades on Clinton, “Cars will go around them making it even more dangerous… There’s no safe way to do that.”

Barring any changes to the current plans, bicycling conditions on SE Clinton are likely to get even worse later this month. See the BES website for construction dates and times and more background.

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Comment of the Week: How self-driving cars are actually going to work

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 13:39
(Photo: Google)

Two big issues, gender in the bike world and the nature of Portland bike activism, generated lots of excellent perspectives from readers on the site this week. This one about the “thousand cuts” of being a woman was one of our most upvoted ever; this one early this morning about the recent history of Portland-centric bicycle advocacy groups is very persuasive.

But let’s finish the week on a lighter note, thanks to reader Jake.

Me: “car. Take me to IKEA”
Car: “location not found, please speak new command”
Me: “take me to IKEA…PLEASE. I need a new flimsy bookcase”
Car: “Confirmed. Route set for Fat Cobra”
Me: “What? No, cancel request. New request”
Car: “request cancelled, please state new request”
Me: “take me to IKEA near Airport Way”
Car: “processing request. Setting route for Airport”

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Me: “No not the airport! IKEA! Jesus Christ…”
Car: “cancelling route, rerouting to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints”
Me: “NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!!!”
Car: “request cancelled”
Me: “Take me to the place with the cheap meatballs.”
Car: “setting route for IKEA”
Me: “Thank you. Finally….”
Car: “This vehicle has experienced a malfuncion and is no longer in service. To reset vehicle, open hood and unplug main power supply battery cable. Wait 30 seconds then plug back in and wait for rebooting process to complete. If problem sill exists, call the customer service phone number….which we wont tell you.”

Me: “Fu*k it. I am riding my bike.”

Enough said. Have a great weekend.

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First look: Warning signs installed near skinny bike lane on Interstate Ave

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 11:06
One of two new signs installed on Interstate. The bike lane narrows to just 3.5 feet wide as it passes under the overpass in the background.
(Photo by J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has installed new signs on N Interstate Avenue in order to raise awareness of the dangers posed by a narrow bike lane.

As we shared last month, the new signs are the result of concerns from the community about the extremely narrow bike lane on a section of Interstate between Tillamook and the Broadway Bridge. At two locations where an overpass goes over the road (Larrabee and the bridge), the bike lane narrows, while the standard lane remains a constant width. At Larrabee, the bike lane goes down to just 2 feet and 7 inches wide — well below the City’s own safety standards.

A warning sign should make it all better right?
(Photo by Ted Buehler)

This configuration is a major bicycle access problem because Interstate is a key north-south corridor and people often drive too fast and too close to bicycle riders in this area.

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The new signs have been installed just to the right of the guardrail about 150 feet before the overpasses. (Note: This is different location than we reported last month.) The signs are of the yellow diamond advisory variety and they say, “Road Narrows: Bikes in Lane.”

Blake Goud, a north Portland resident and citizen activist who has been pressuring PBOT to make this and other changes to bicycle access on Interstate, now says he would like to see some police enforcement to go along with the new sign. On Tuesday, he sent the following email to PBOT’s Traffic Safety and Livability hotline and to Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick’s office:

“I would like to request enforcement action from Portland Police’s Traffic Division specifically for SB Interstate between the Larrabee offramp and the Broadway Bridge for speed (posted limit is 30mph which many vehicles exceed) and compliance with the sign directing cars to respect bicycles that are traveling outside of the bike lane in this section. I have experienced and others have shared with me experience with cars honking, drivers yelling and other aggressive behavior by drivers to intimidate cyclists from riding outside of the bike lane.”

We’ll keep you posted if/when the requested enforcement takes place.

Do you ride past this location frequently? Have you noticed the new signs? Do you think they will help?

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Weekend Event Guide: BMX, century, Milwaukie, and more

Fri, 08/15/2014 - 10:07
Discover the hidden bike path gems of southern Clark County Washington at the Portland Century on Saturday).
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)

Welcome to your menu of weekend rides and events, lovingly brought to you by our friends at Hopworks Urban Brewery.

How’s your summer riding been going so far? Are you ready for a century ride — or as our friends at OR Bike like to say, a “Hundo“?

Hopefully you’ve done a bit of training because the Portland Century is our marquee event of the weekend. While most of the route isn’t actually in Portland this year, the support and food and drinks you’ll encounter at the rest stops and the finish line party will be decidedly local.

There’s nothing but warm and sunny blue skies in the forecast. Enjoy!

Saturday, August 16th

Dew Tour – All Weekend downtown on SW Broadway between Jefferson and Salmon
This event will feature some cool BMX action. The best riders in the world will show off their skills in “streetstyle” and dirt jump competitions. And the best part is the whole thing is free to watch! If you’re not a BMX fan, consider this a great chance to hang out on a carfree SW Broadway! More info here.

Portland Century – All Day
This fully-supported ride offers three routes — 45, 60, and 100 miles — that explore the bike paths and backroads of Clark County Washington. Along the way (rest stops every 15 miles) you’ll be treated to gourmet local food and drinks and there will be a big party at the finish line. The event benefits the Jackson Hill foundation. More info here.

Mt. Hood Views – 9:00 am at Gresham Main City Park (219 S. Main)
The Portland Wheelmen will lead a ride that will head to the end of the Springwater Trail and beyond — offering views of Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, and Mt. St. Helens. There will be a 35 or 49 mile loop option. More info here.

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Bike Farm Swap Meet and Dance Party – 2:00 pm to midnight at (1810 NE First Ave)
The fine folks at the Bike Farm have a new warehouse space. Stop by to browse or sell used bike parts at the free swap meet, then stay for the beer, food and prizes. The dance party will feature live music from hip-hop group ADDverse Effects. More info here (FB).

Masters Track Championships – 10:00 am (Sunday too) at Alpenrose Dairy (6149 SW Shattuck)
The end of track season is upon us so it’s time to crown the year’s best racers. If you haven’t checked out local track racing action, this is your final chance to see what it’s all about. More info here.

Sunday, August 17th

Parks of Milwaukie – 9:30 am at Milwaukie City Hall (10722 SE Main St.)
Join grassroots advocates from Bike Milwaukie on their monthly ride. This family-friendly ride will be about 10 miles, stopping at a few parks and then looping back City Hall where the Milwaukie Farmer’s Market will be in full swing. More info here.

Group MTB Ride at Post Canyon – 9:00 am at The Lumberyard Indoor Bike Park (2700 NE 82nd)
The NW Trail Alliance is headed to Post Canyon for their weekly group ride. Right outside Hood River, this area boasts a large network of trails that are fun for every skill level. Meet up for carpools at The Lumberyard and expect to return around 6 pm. More info here.

— If we missed anything, feel free to let us know and/or give it a shout-out in the comments.

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