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City unveils 11 winners of $100,000 in placemaking grants

Bike Portland - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:37

Remember that grant program we told you about back in June? The one where the Bureau of Transportation was giving free money to anyone with a great idea on making streets better?

They received 63 applications and decided to award 11 of them.

Here are the winners (with project descriptions via PBOT):

Bridlemile Walkway $3,368

This project will transform a walkway in the Bridlemile neighborhood of SW Portland. The walkway is used by neighbors to access area schools, bus stops and grocery stores and is a part of the SW Trails network.

“Dia de las Niñas y los Niños” Parade and Celebration $3,625

This community event is hosted annually by the Rigler Elementary School PTA to celebrate the Latin American holiday. This year’s event will include a Safe Routes to School theme and promote active transportation options for students and families in the Cully neighborhood.

Heritage Tree Trail $1,200

The University of Portland Neighborhood Association will use this project to promote the use of urban trails and neighborhood greenways, while also increasing awareness of the heritage trees network in their North Portland community.

Lents Green Ring Wayfinding Project $16,000

Green Lents and NAYA Generations, along with other community partners, will utilize these resources to engage community members on the development of a “Green Ring” in Southeast Portland. The “Green Ring” will promote active transportation, incorporate placemaking infrastructure and address safety concerns that have been a barrier to pedestrians and cyclists.

Living Cully Community Wayfinding Project $16,000

This project, led by Verde and Living Cully community partners, will complete a bilingual wayfinding system that will encourage pedestrian and bicycle access to six green spaces in the Cully community, including Thomas Cully Park scheduled to open in 2018.

NE 85th Street Community Greenspace and Intersection Repair $3,675

Neighbors in the Beech Milton community (near Madison High School) will utilize these funds to address pedestrian safety concerns and revive two intersection paintings, with a special focus on engaging diverse community members and local schools.

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Painted Curb in Sullivan’s Gulch $8,550

This project seeks to address pedestrian safety concerns at the intersection of NE 21st Avenue and NE Clackamas Street. The rapidly growing Sullivan’s Gulch community has identified this as a problematic area for pedestrians seeking to access neighborhood grocery stores and transit.

Rosewood Center Parklet $9,785

The Rosewood Initiative will utilize these resources to facilitate the development of community identity markers and wayfinding signage that promotes the use of neighborhood greenways, highlights community spaces, and directs pedestrians to transit stops in Outer East Portland.

Safety Corridor for Deaf Children $16,000

Tucker Maxon School for the deaf will utilize these resources to address safety concerns near their school at SE Holgate and SE 28th. Their project vision includes speed bumps, maintenance of a gravel road and artistic placemaking.

ULPDX Williams Ave & Russell St Project $16,000

Led by the Urban League of Portland, and in partnership with Portland Community Reinvestment Initiative, this project will facilitate community beautification with the implementation of creative placemaking that celebrates the rich history of this intersection and community.

Urban Trails Maintenance and Construction in Southwest $5,500

SW Trails PDX will utilize these funds to improve community connectivity with an urban trail maintenance project of steps on SW Trail #1 from SW Twombly Ave to SW Melville Ave.

The applications were scored on four criteria: project feasibility; community partnerships and equity; transportation and safety benefit; and livability and community placemaking. From here, the winners will receive support from PBOT staff to implement the projects according to “the priorities of the Livable Streets Strategy and Vision Zero, as well as other areas of PBOT work.” The Portland in the Streets program was a one-year program and now PBOT will seek City Council authorization to keep it going.

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Business leaders hear how Portland has fallen behind and needs their support to reach transportation goals

Bike Portland - Wed, 01/31/2018 - 12:14

The event was held at the vintage decor shop Urbanite on SE Grand Ave.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Business for a Better Portland hosted its first policy event of the year last night. The up-and-coming association is looking to be a counterbalance the impact of the Portland Business Alliance, a more conservative group that has had a vast — and some would say deleterious — influence on city transportation policy over the years.

“When I got here the PBA [Portland Business Alliance] was the only voice that was listened to. In four short years that has changed dramatically and this business group has tremendous influence.”
— Leah Treat, PBOT

Billed as “Portland’s Transportation Future: Business Stepping Up To The Challenge” — the goal of the event was primarily one of education and networking. If Portland is going to fulfill a progressive transportation agenda that breaks through the driving-dominant status quo that’s shackling us to the past, the business leaders of our region must rally behind a new vision and lobby electeds and bureaucrats to make it a reality. Business for a Better Portland seems poised to lead that movement, having grown from zero to 210 dues-paying members in the past year alone.

One of the panelists, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, spoke to this dynamic during last night’s discussion. “This organization has had a growing voice in the city, especially with City Hall,” she shared. “When I got here the PBA [Portland Business Alliance] was the only voice that was listened to. In four short years that has changed dramatically and this business group has tremendous influence.”

The event featured Treat and three other transportation leaders: Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson; former Washington Secretary of Transportation (and candidate for Metro President) Lynn Peterson; and Nolan Lienhart, the director of planning and urban design at ZGF Architects. The moderator was Oregon Humanities Director Adam Davis.

Top: Nolan Lienhart, ZGF Architects and former Washington Secretary of Transportation Lynn Peterson. Bottom: County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson (L) and PBOT Director Leah Treat.

Blumenauer via video.

It seems like no discussion of Portland’s transportation future can happen without a look back at the projects and people who were present during our glory days. Last night it was U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer who set the table with a pre-recorded video message (he was busy at a State of the Union-related event). From a big screen above the panelists and crowd, Blumenauer said the Portland region needs to figure out its priorities and move forward on them. “This is an outgrowth of deep expressions of concern I’ve heard from our community over the last few years,” he said, “That our region is falling behind on transportation and infrastructure.”

“This is an outgrowth of deep expressions of concern I’ve heard from our community over the last few years that our region is falling behind on transportation and infrastructure.”
— Earl Blumenauer, congressman

We’ve been pounding this stagnation problem for many years now and believe me when I say this: It is no small thing for one of the most prominent figures in Portland’s lauded transportation legacy to publicly acknowledge that Portland has fallen behind. (Leaders rely on the success narrative to cement their legacy and positions, so admitting things have gotten bad takes courage and integrity.)

“Our past successes,” Blumenauer continued (after mentioning light rail, defeating the Mt. Hood Freeway, and the Tilikum Crossing), “are not the end of our story.”

The problem as Blumenauer sees it — and what became a recurring theme of the evening — is that leaders in our region can’t agree on a vision to move forward with. “Our region is struggling to fully agree on what we should do next and exactly what we need… We appear frozen in place.”

The moderator Adam Davis then asked the panelists several questions. There wasn’t any huge news made here and since the event wasn’t intended to be wonky, no one got into the weeds on anything. But there were some notable statements and exchanges.

When asked by the moderator to name existing obstacles that prevent us from moving forward, PBOT Director Treat made a passionate plea for more citizen advocacy:

“At the City of Portland, we have so many amazing projects lined up. So many things that we can deliver. We have tons of stuff we want to do. What we need is support from the business community, from Portlanders everywhere, to help our council make some really hard decisions. Every time that we do a big transportation project, the sense at city council is that there are binary choices being made; that there are winners and losers being presented. And rather than having a conversation about who’s winning and losing, we need people to come together and voice their support for outcomes and policy decisions that the council needs to stick with. Every Wednesday morning at 9:00 the council agenda is open for anyone to come talk about anything. And they listen. If you showed up in front of council your voice will be 100 times more important than mine over the course of the year. So show up!”

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Solid turnout.

Jessica Vega Pederson said the problem is that a clear vision has not been articulated. Lynn Peterson said we focus too much on individual projects and we need to, “Go toward a corridor mentality.” Nolan Lienhart said, “We’ve done a lot of the big visionary things people were thinking about us needing to do in the 70s and early 80s — so now it’s time to recharge that.”

“Our vision needs to be a description of a system rather than a disparate strategy. Yes it’s not the same solution everywhere, but it’s also not six different solutions that don’t relate to each other.”
— Nolan Lienhart, ZGF

When the discussion turned to the geographic equity — and inequity — of transportation investments, Lienhart said our planning approach should be more unified. “Our vision needs to be a description of a system rather than a disparate strategy. Yes it’s not the same solution everywhere, but it’s also not six different solutions that don’t relate to each other.”

Then there was an interesting exchange between Peterson and Treat. Peterson argued for having a, “Base level of service we are providing for everyone in the region.” To which Treat replied, “I agree… But people in east Portland have been under-invested and under-serviced, and they still have the worst transportation network in the city. So while we do want to have an overall system that works for everyone, I think it’s disingenuous to not point out that we have much greater need and obligation to invest in east Portland.”

The highlight of the night was an audience question.

The panelists were seated in front of north-facing windows that looked onto rush-hour on the SE Grand-Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd couplet. A man in the back of the room (I regret not getting his name) said, “The backdrop behind you is an unending stream of cars coming off the Morrison Bridge. It’s deliciously ironic. This [pointing to the room] is the choir, that [pointing outside] is the congregation. What do you preach to them when they think that whatever you say is going to cost them more and leave them with less?”

Treat, who was very sharp all night, jumped on it. Here’s her answer:

“We are experiencing tremendous population growth, and they’re going to continue to come. Our system is reaching capacity and the way we have to manage it is not going to be through building new roads, so we have to start working the system to help prioritize throughput for cars, to help prioritize throughput for freight, and add travel options for other people. And I don’t know if we’ll be able to say, ‘It won’t cost you more.’ We’re looking at congestion/value pricing for a reason. The studies we have from the Rose Quarter show that 26 percent of the trips that are made at the PM peak through the Rose Quarter are discretionary. If we can get 26 percent of discretionary trips off the Rose Quarter in the PM peak, it would be the same effect as building the auxiliary lanes as proposed [In the I-5 Rose Quarter project]. So we can’t please everybody and we’re all competing for very valuable space.”

Treat’s comment is important. Note that her argument includes telling people who mostly drive that their trip times might actually improve if we redesigned roads and started to charge people to use them. And the best line of the night was how she directly questioned the need for the new lanes as proposed by the Oregon Department of Transportation in the I-5 Rose Quarter project. PBOT has been a staunch ally and partner of ODOT’s on that controversial freeway widening project. Are Treat’s comments a sign that the City of Portland might support pricing and transportation demand management before the project breaks ground?. CORRECTION, 2/1: Portland City Council passed an amendment to the Comp Plan in October stating that ODOT and PBOT should work together to use pricing and TDM, “as soon as feasible and prior to the opening of this project.”

Overall, the night felt like a sucess for Business for Better Portland. From a policy standpoint, there was a lot of talk about a vision but there was still no clear description of what it should be. Another thing I’ll takeaway is that it is now completely mainstream to acknowledge — even at the highest levels of leadership — that Portland has fallen behind and is in dire need of a bold wake-up call that can summon the courage we had 40 years ago.

From here, Business for a Better Portland says they’ll convene a working-group to come up with a transportation-related “call to action” they’ll broadcast in March. Stay tuned.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Work begins on new Oregon Coast Bike Route plan, map update

Bike Portland - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 15:56

It’s a world famous route that deserves more attention and resources.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Oregon Department of Transportation is about to launch a new planning effort that will be the first significant update to the Oregon Coast Bike Route in over ten years.

According to an ODOT spokesperson, the official map will also get an update for the first time since 2010.

An iconic, 370-mile route known by bike tourers worldwide, Oregon’s coastal bikeway is a very mixed bag. It’s a world famous route that should be world class. As I detailed after riding it in 2013, there are sections that warm your heart — and others that make it skip a beat.

After hearing a rumor about a major update, I contacted ODOT spokesman Lou Torres. Torres confirmed the news and said the agency has hired consultant firm CH2M to do the work.

Torres said the route has not kept up with current design standards or with demand from its many admirers in Oregon and beyond.

“With the changes in bicycle infrastructure standards, and the growth of bike tourism destinations and travel options both nationally and along U.S. 101, the time was right to closely examine and identify opportunities to increase safety, accessibility and enjoyment for both local community members and travelers on the Oregon Coast Bike Route,” he shared via email this morning.

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The idea is to develop a plan that identifies needs and potential fixes to trouble spots. At this point there isn’t money for any new infrastructure and the plan won’t come up with detailed conceptual designs.

Here’s what you can expect this update process to focus on:

— Identifying high priority improvement locations
— Defining the route — where does it leave U.S. 101
— Defining project and supportive program investments, and
— Determining how ODOT and local governments will make future investments in the route.

To get feedback from riders and other interested parties, ODOT will hold a series of “sounding board” meetings beginning this April or May. Since they’ll be held on the Coast, all materials will be made available online and people will be able to offer feedback electronically.

Torres says there will also be a survey targeted specifically at people who have ridden multi-day trips on the route.

CH2M will spend about 2-3 years on the project with a deliverable of a new Oregon Coast Bike Route Plan and an update to the map of the route. Once completed, the plan will be adopted by the Oregon Transportation Commission.

If you’ve ever ridden the Coast Route, or ever dreamed of doing it, this is very welcome news! We’ll watch this project closely so stay tuned for a link to the new project website and other updates.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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At route reveal party, Cycle Oregon will look to roll past tumult of 2017

Bike Portland - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 15:02

Cycle Oregon Executive Director Steve Schulz is eager to move past 2017.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Tomorrow night Cycle Oregon will celebrate the 30th running of their week-long “Classic” ride. At least they hope it will run this year.

It’s Cycle Oregon’s 31st year in existence, but last year’s ride was cancelled at the last minute due to wildfires that ravaged several sections of the planned route. This year the nonprofit is back with lessons learned and hopes that their fans are willing to give them another shot.

They’ll get a chance to make their pitch for the 2018 ride at the annual Kickoff Party at the Portland Art Museum Wednesday night.

“I think at this point everybody is excited for the new year,” CO Executive Director Steve Schulz told me on the phone this morning. “A lot of things happening across the U.S. and the world have brought people down, and everyone’s ready to get there.”

As for last year, Schulz says the organization has thought long and hard about how it went down. Beyond the disappointment of the cancellation itself, they took heat from some riders for how they handled the refund process (they offered $500 in return, half the entry cost).

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“This year we have a ‘plan b’ and a ‘plan c’.”
— Steve Schulz, Cycle Oregon

While they can’t predict what Mother Nature has in store, Schulz says they are going into 2018 with more contingency plans than ever. Don’t forget that the 2015 ride was also impacted by a forest fire — prompting the first-ever major re-route of the ride. With those experiences in their pocket, Cycle Oregon sounds like they’re prepared for anything.

“This year we have a ‘plan b’ and a ‘plan c’,” Schulz explained. Cycle Oregon staff has been busy in the off-season shoring up partnerships and plans with officials and communities beyond the main route. If something threatens the main route this year, they’ll aim to change plans much earlier, and they’ll have a different route all lined up and ready to implement.

“We have two solid contingency plans to work from, so we can jump around,” Schulz said, “We have options.”

Speaking of options, Cycle Oregon will unveil a brand new one tomorrow night. When they announced the dates of this year’s rides, they also announced a mystery event to be held in October. Schulz said there’s been a lot of buzz about what it could be.

People are also anxious to find out where the “Classic” ride will go this year. Will it be a re-try of last year’s route? The small towns it was supposed to pass through will certainly have their fingers crossed.

We’ll have to wait until tomorrow night’s party to find out. Stay tuned to BikePortland for all the details!

Cycle Oregon 2018 Kickoff Party
Portland Art Museum
Doors open at 6:00 pm, route announcement at 7:00
*First 500 attendees will get access to early registration for the Classic Week Ride.
Live party feed and more info here

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PBOT has 17 ‘High Crash Network’ projects queued up for construction this year

Bike Portland - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 11:22

PBOT will be busy in 2018.

With money in their coffers for the first time in several decades (thanks in large part to the local gas tax and revenue from the state transportation package passed last year), the Portland Bureau of Transportation will be busy in 2018. They recently released a list of 17 projects they plan to construct this year. Nine of them are east of 82nd.

While this isn’t every single thing PBOT will build in 2018, these 17 projects have been singled out because they are on their ‘High Crash Network‘ — a list of streets with “the highest number of reported collisions overall and for people walking and biking in the five‐year period from January 2011 through December 2015.” The projects on this list are queued up for 2018 for a variety of reasons, including a new internal ranking system PBOT uses to flag the most urgent needs.

Keeping to their promise to put data and analysis at the core of their Vision Zero-focused decision-making and prioritization process, PBOT used three metrics to rank intersections on the High Crash Network: Number of fatal and injury crashes between 2011 and 2015; the collision rate (“the number of crashes at an intersection are normalized by considering the number of cars traveling through the intersection”); and the total value of crashes, which assigns a monetary value to the severity of injuries.

They even shared their work. Here’s the formula for collision rate:

Collision Rate = (Crashes/5 years) X (1 year/340 days) X (1/ADT) X 1,000,000

And here’s how they figure out the total value of crashes:

Total Value = # Deaths* Death $ + # Inj A* Inj A $ + # Inj B* Inj B $ + # In C* Inj C $*
(*Death value: $1,500,000; Injury A value: $74,900; Injury B value: $24,00; Injury C value: $13,600)

When those calculations are cross-referenced with other PBOT metrics like “communities of concern”, shovel-readiness and political support, here are the 17 projects that made the build list for 2018:

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1. 82nd Avenue
Signal repairs and ADA upgrades at Foster, Woodstock, and Flavel

2. 102nd Avenue
Sidewalk infill (Sandy to Fremont)

3. Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway
Protected/buffered multiuse path (30th to 39th), safer crossings at 30th and 35th, intersection safety at Shattuck

4. Burnside Street, East
Safer crossing at 129th

5. Burnside Street, West
Sidewalk on north side (Uptown Terrace-NW 24th Place), safer intersections at 18th/19th and 20th

6. Columbia Boulevard
Intersection reconfiguration at Martin Luther King, Jr.

7. Division Street
Raised center median for safer turns and crossings (82nd-92nd, 116th-146th), sidewalk in ll, and protected/buffered bike lanes

8. Foster Road
Widened sidewalks, enhanced crossings, street trees, bike lanes

9. Glisan Street
Safety fixes at 87th, 122nd, and 128th, buffered bike lanes (122nd-148th)

10. Halsey Street
More lighting, enhanced crossings, protected bike lanes, and speed limit reduction. Two-way bike lanes on I-205 overpass

11. Holgate Street
Crosswalks and ADA upgrades at 41st/42nd, signal reconstruction at 104th, safer crossing at 128th

12. Lombard Street
Protected bike lanes (Terminal-Sever), multiuse path (Sever-Columbia), protected left turn signal at Time Oil Rd.

13. Marine Drive
Bike lanes buffered with rumble strips (112th-122nd), multiuse path infill, rapid flashing beacons at 112th and 138th, new traffic signal at 122nd

14. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard
Safety fixes at multiple crossings (Broadway-Lombard)

15. Powell Boulevard
Lighting and crossing fixes (20th-34th), safer crossings and/or bus shelter enhancements at nine intersections (Chávez-82nd, 131st, 145th)

16. Sandy Boulevard
Rapid flashing beacons (31st), bike lane safety fixes (Burnside-Stark), safer crossings at 85th and 91st, westbound bike lane (91st-I-205)

17. Stark Street
Safer crossings at 130th and 155th

Learn more about PBOT’s High Crash Network and see the individual intersection rankings and project descriptions at

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Pure Cycles $800.00 Adventure Bike

Bike Hugger - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 10:30

While the gravel/adventure niche has been flourishing for a while, it took 3 years for a 700c/650b swappable frame design to trickle down from the highest end to the value market. Today, Pure Cycles launched an $800.00 adventure bike. That’s a road bike with wider tires to ride off road on dirt.

It’s for rails to trails routes and forest service roads. In the Pacific Northwest there are thousands of miles of trails and roads where cars aren’t allowed.

Eight hundred dollars? That’s college-fixed gear pricing, but yep.

And, sure, it weights 26 lbs, spec’d at the lower end of competent maker’s line, with a chromoly frame, and an 8-speed drivetrain. For comparison, “racing” gravel bikes weigh about 6 or more pounds less and run 11 speed drivetrains.

If you’re not racing, riding big miles, or competing, who cares? The Pure Cycle will do great through the tunnel on the Iron Horse trail.

The Pure Cycles Abbott also can run a 650b x 47. That’s what I run on my brown bike and it costs $3K just for the frameset. If you get the non-pro, the Floyd, you can save another $200.00 and put it towards a set of good wheels.

Bikes like this prove once again why there’s never been a better time to be a bike enthusiast.

There’s so much great product and at every price point. If you haven’t upgraded in a while, now is the time to do so. Also note how Pure Cycles offers delivery and build options.

  • Frame: Pure Cycles Cromo Adventure
  • Fork: Pure Cycles 1-1/8” Cromo Adventure
  • Headset: 1-1/8” Threadless
  • Crankset: FSA Tempo Adventure, 48/32t Chainrings
  • BB: FSA Square Taper Sealed Cartridge
  • Pedals: VP Alloy Test Ride Pedals
  • Front Derailleur: Shimano Claris
  • Rear Derailleur: Shimano Claris
  • Freewheel: Sunrace CSM55 8pd 11-34t Cassette
  • Chain: KMC Z-8
  • Handlebar: Pure Cycles Alloy Drop 31.8mm
  • Stem: Pure Cycles Alloy
  • Grips: Pure Cycles Tape
  • Shifter: Shimano Claris
  • Saddle: Selle Royal Rampage
  • Seat Post: Alloy Micro-Adjust – 27.2 x 350mm
  • Seat Clamp: Alloy 29.8mm
  • Wheelset: WTB STP i23 32-Hole Rims, Stainless Steel Spokes, Alloy Front Disc Hub, Alloy Cassette Rear Disc Hub
  • Tires: Hutchinson Override 700 x 38c
  • Brakes: Promax DC-330R Flat mount Mechanical Disc
  • Brake Lever: Shimano Claris
  • Weight: 56cm: 26 lbs

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‘MAMIL’ (Middle Aged Men in Lycra) documentary coming to Portland

Bike Portland - Tue, 01/30/2018 - 09:36

Official poster.

I can’t believe someone made a documentary out of this. But I’m happy they did.

MAMIL’s are the oft-ridiculed cycling world sub-culture characterized by men in bright-and-tight lycra who speed around in packs chasing Strava segments and trying to recapture their glory days. Now their story has been told in a feature documentary, MAMIL, that will screen one night only in Portland. The screening is organized by Demand Film, a “cinema on demand” service that is showing MAMIL on 300 theaters across the country on the same night: February 21st. You can see it in the Portland area at: Regal Fox Tower Stadium 6, Regal Lloyd Center 10, and Regal Hilltop 9 Cinema (Oregon City).

The film is narrated by legendary Tour de France commentator Phil Liggett. Here’s the official blurb:

“MAMIL captures on film the spirit and the members of a movement that is growing throughout the world — middle-aged men taking to their cycles and biking through mountains, city streets, you name it, all in the name of CYCLING. Some do it for health, some for love, others just to clear their heads and face the world. And despite all the crashes, mega-pricey carbon fiber cycles, and wives worrying that they’ve been replaced by two wheels and a $1,200 bicycle seat, these guys wouldn’t have it any other way.

Filmed in the U.S., Australia and the U.K., MAMIL is a celebration of the love that can finally be shared – that of man for bike. You might be in an LGBT cycling club in New York or Christian in the Midwest; you might be a lawyer or a cancer survivor, you might be hauling your middle-aged belly over the next hill, or speeding along the open road, but you still thrill to the meditation of the bike.”

Here’s the official trailer:

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MAMILs unite! Who wants to get a group together and ride a screening? In lycra of course!

I’ll be 43 in a few days so that puts me in the club. And there are few things I love more than putting on the chamois-suit and riding the roads of this beautiful state. I can definitely relate to the guy in the documentary who says, “I am not going to deny it. I am absolutely a MAMIL. And I am a happy MAMIL!”

Tickets must be purchased in advance. Grab your seats and watch the trailer here.

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BikeFlights to Interbike

Bike Hugger - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 16:21 and Interbike announced a program today to encourage Interbike 2018 attendees to bring their bikes and ride them at the show’s new location in Reno, Nevada.

Interbike is the bike industry’s largest trade show and is the simplest solution to travel with a bike. There will be a variety of riding options in Reno including morning group or individual road rides before the show opens, mountain biking just a couple of miles from the convention center and commuting to/from the hotels in the Interbike housing block during the show.

To accommodate riding, Interbike will offer a large bike parking area during the expo that will be monitored by dedicated security guards. You can pick to have the bike shipped to a FedEx center, hotel, house, or shop.

Click through shipping guide for shipping dates and addresses that have been pre-populated for event partner receiving locations.

Interbike Marketweek will take place in the Reno Tahoe region beginning with a new consumer demo and festival in North Lake Tahoe, CA, September 15-16, 2018, followed by OutDoor Demo on September 16-17, 2018, and closing with the Interbike Expo September 18-20, 2018.

We’ve used to get our bikes to CrossVegas and just recently during our annual Maui vacation. It’s a bike-forwarding scheme that totally works and I’d recommend it for those attending the show; especially if you use their Coroplast box.

If I attend the show this year, I’ll do so with the Modal and ship it with best rates so it’s waiting for me at what I think will be a rented house in Reno.

Clicking through the shipping process, the rate for 2-day shipping and S&S is $24.95 each way—a total of $49.95.

That’s less than what Alaska now charges, way less than other airlines, and means I’m not dragging a bike case and suitcase through the airport.

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Here’s how PBOT will fix the bike lane that disappeared on NW 14th Ave

Bike Portland - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 14:34

PBOT’s temporary plans for the block of NW 14th between Flanders and Glisan.

Remember the bike lane on NW 14th Avenue we highlighted last week?

(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The lane had disappeared without any warning, forcing road users into stressful and dangerous situations. While they still haven’t explained why they didn’t catch the problem earlier, the Portland Bureau of Transportation told us the bike lane vanished because of a construction project on one side of the street and a new, wider sidewalk that was installed on the other side of the street. “These two things have narrowed the roadway,” PBOT’s John Brady said, “and we need to install some temporary striping to fit the new road conditions.”

Now we have the details on what that temporary striping will look like.

In a letter and email sent to nearby businesses and residents today, PBOT Capital Project Manager Scott Cohen explained the problem and showed a cross-section drawing of the “temporary operational plan” that will be in place for the next year.

Here are the elements of that plan (emphasis mine):

• Offering pedestrian and ADA access to all legs of the intersection during construction.
• Improved sidewalk corridor in a busy Central City neighborhood.
Providing space for people bicycling on a busy corridor.
• Improving existing auto lane shift north of NW Glisan that addresses safety issues for merging vehicles.
• Improving freight turning movements and helping move vehicles through the intersection more intuitively.

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Cohen says city staff will monitor traffic for the next year to determine the best way to permanently configure NW 14th after construction is completed. Hopefully by next year we’ll just keep this wide bikeway in place for good — since 14th plays a starring role in the future protected bike lane network PBOT is working on.

As for why PBOT failed to catch this before the bike lane became blocked by the sidewalk, we never got a reply when we asked about it. However, our smart commenters seem to have figured it out. Here’s the salient exchange from the comment thread of our post last week:


When the protected walkway was put in the striping was moved west, which can be seen in the first photo. When that traffic control plan was approved the person who reviewed that was likely unaware of the planned widening of the sidewalk on the east side of the street (to the same width as the block faces to the north and south). My guess is that no one realized the combined effect of these two separate projects would be to remove the bike lane, i.e. PBOT messed up here through a lack of internal coordination rather than through any kind of bad intent.


Correct. Permit jobs are reviewed independently, often by separate staff, and I can see how this got missed. Unfortunate, but these things happen.

If you have feedback about PBOT’s plans for 14th, you can reach Scott Cohen at (503) 823-5345 or via email at scott.cohen (at)

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Did you get to ride in that dry, warm weather on Sunday?

Bike Portland - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:34

Sunday’s blue sky was a real treat up on Powell Butte.
(Photo: Doug Hecker)

After what felt like weeks of incessant rain, Portland was gifted a dry day on Sunday. It was a rare full day of dryness with even a bit of sun thrown in here and there. Temps even reached the 60s!

I took a walk around the neighborhood and saw all manner of people out and about on bikes. The parks were packed with families who dusted off their rigs and the bike lanes were full of group riders and errand-doers.

One of our friends on Facebook, Doug Hecker, shared this great image of he and friends up at Powell Butte Nature Park. I asked him to share a bit about it:

“On Sunday afternoon I tried to convince my partner to go on an off-trail waterfall hike but they weren’t feeling up for it so I suggested riding from our Brentwood-Darlington abode and hopped on the Springwater Corridor towards Powell Butte. It has been 2 years since I had been on the Springwater. I had previously hadnt taken my bike on dirt trails before so I was pleasantly surprised. We rode a couple of laps on the Elderberry trail, Summit Lane, and exited via the Pipeline Rd. We scored a neat picture of Hood while we were there and dreamed of future excursions. The car parking situation is tough on a sunny Sunday afternoon and it seems that the crowds are nicely spread out so you will definitely see plenty of other people and pets. I viewed as a nice urban escape.”

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A perfect day for a ride to Arbor Lodge Park in north Portland.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I too haven’t ridden there in years and now I’m really itching to go back. With the Springwater as an access point, Powell Butte’s off-road bike trails are accessible by nearly everyone.

Did you get a chance to take advantage of Sunday’s weather?

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SE Foster road diet finally out to bid: Construction will start in May

Bike Portland - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 13:12

Let’s get this thing started!
(Graphics: City of Portland)

Nearly four years after was unanimously supported by Portland City Council, the Foster Road Streetscape Plan is finally poised to begin construction.

The City of Portland put out a bid for construction services last week and ground-breaking for the project is expected to begin in early May.

The project has already been delayed about a year due to some wranglings with funding and process-related red tape between the City of Portland and the Federal Highway Administration. The main project is funded by the federal government to the tune of $5.25 million. Last spring the City of Portland decided to add $3 million of its own money to rebuild and repave the section between SE 82nd and 90th. That work required additional environmental approvals which delayed the project. Now with those contractual and funding obligations all ironed out the project is ready to move forward.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation wants to update the design of the road to make it safer and less stressful to use and live around. Foster is currently a designated High Crash Corridor with over 1,200 crashes and eight fatalities in the last 10 years. The current configuration of the 50-foot wide street includes five lanes for auto users and narrow, five-foot wide sidewalks. The new cross-section will have three lanes for auto users, two lanes for bicycle users, and wider, nine-foot sidewalks on both sides of the street. The project will also add new street tries, better lighting, safer crossings, and new transit shelters.

PBOT says, “The changes on Foster Road will help turn it into a successful Main Street by providing greater accessibility for all modes and a safer and attractive corridor that supports businesses and neighborhoods.”

While the project enjoys widespread support, there are some business owners and community members who fear the project will slow driving times and exacerbate gentrification in the area.

The city says construction is slated to begin in early May.

(In other east Portland project news, The Oregonian reported today that the Division Transit Project has been delayed due to cost overruns.)

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The Monday Roundup: Dockless bigotry, TriMet’s dirty diesels, the 199 year-old bike, and more

Bike Portland - Mon, 01/29/2018 - 10:34

Welcome to the week. We’ve got a lot to cover; but first let’s look back at the best stories we came across in the past seven days…

Worst Day of the Year Ride is Feb 11th

On February 11th, jump on your bike, wear your silliest costume, and embrace Portland’s winter weather at the 17th annual Worst Day of the Year Ride — a benefit for the Community Cycling Center.
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Cars vs bikes, literally: Chinese ride-hailing giant Didi is meddling in the business of dockless bike-share companies in what looks like an effort to tame their growth.

Better boardwalks: We love this brilliant, modular sidewalk expansion method from London. Where could we put wider sidewalks to use in Portland?

Funding boost: Jump Bikes (formerly Social Bicycles), the bike share company that provides bikes and tech for Portland’s Biketown bikes, received an influx of venture funding after winning an exclusive permit for dockless e-bikes in San Francisco.

Effective bike marketing: If you want your city to make real progress in getting more people on bikes, you need to internalize and implement these eight rules from Modacity.

Hey that’s cool: A paper on robot-controlled bicycles from researchers at Caltech (PDF) included this cool graphic (below) that shows the tire marks of 800 bicycles being pushed until they fall over (aka ghostriding).

Tire marks of 800 bicycles being pushed until they fall over.
(Image: Caltech)

Riding indoors without shame: “Traffic” author Tom Vanderbilt has come to not just tolerate riding inside. Because of Zwift and “smart” trainers, he actually loves it.

TriMet’s dirty buses: Did you know our regional transit provider is behind-the-times when it comes to using electric buses? Climate Solutions says 60 percent of TriMet’s trips are still taken on diesel buses and they want the agency to make a full transition to electric.

“Petextrian” is the new “jaywalker”: Both terms blame the victim and are pushed by the same forces that want to maintain a status quo that offers unfettered access for the most dangerous and harmful urban road users — people who drive. This must-read from The Baffler lays it all out.

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Race-based complaints: “Black Urbanist” writer Kristin Jeffers calls out dockless bike share critiques that she feels are rooted in bigotry.

Wrong side, ACLU: The Americal Civil Liberties Union has inexplicably joined a lawsuit that bans the use of photo radar cameras to catch speeders. That’s dangerous and it shows the org’s “windsheild bias” says Streetsblog.

Wrong side, Sierra Club: Another example of a “progressive” org that doesn’t understand transportation and livable cities is the Sierra Club: They oppose a California bill that would encourage transit-oriented development.

Cities for kids: Financial Times breaks down what makes a kid-friendly city. No surprise that it’s all about density, proximity to parks and streets built for people, not cars.

Freeways and poor neighborhoods: This story about a poor area of Orlando that’s encircled by toxic freeways is heartbreaking — and a great example of who the City of Portland should not support any expansion of I-5 through the central city.

More inspiration: London’s walking and cycling commissioner says their protected bike lanes move five times as many people per hour than regular lanes. Best part of the article is the lead photo that looks a lot like Naito Parkway and Waterfront Park (hint hint PBOT!).

Portland’s Naito Parkway could should look like this. (Photo via The Guardian)

199-year old bicycle: A collector uncovered an extremely rare and completely fascinating “hobby horse” bicycle which was first patented in 1818.

Existing traffic is a tax on the poor: Here’s a solid argument in reply to concern trolls who say congestion pricing is regressive and unfairly targets the poor.

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RAGBRAI announces flat bike route for 2018

Biking Bis - Sun, 01/28/2018 - 15:47
Do you like flat bike rides? Organizers announced the 2018 route for the Register’s Annual Great Bicycle Ride Across Iowa, and it’s the fourth flattest in RAGBRAI history. You might assume that any ride across Iowa would be flat. But the state’s rolling topography means that some of the past 400-plus-mile bike tours have rivaled …

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Weekend Event Guide: Ovarian Psycos, coffee on the bridges, Alameda’s architecture, and more

Bike Portland - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 12:20

Someday it’ll be dry and sunny again. Trust me.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

I can’t do anything about the weather; but I can give you some great ideas for what to do on a bike this weekend.

Have a look at our specially prepared menu of rides and make the selections that suit you…

Friday, January 26th

Breakfast on the Bridges 7:00 am to 9:00 am on Steel and Hawthorne Bridges
Give yourself a few extra minutes on your way into downtown to stop and chat over hot coffee and baked goods. Brought to you by the fine folks of Shift. Follow @bonbpdx on Twitter for updates and surprise locations. More info here.

PDX Coffee Outside – 7:00 am to 8:30 am
Another opportunity to share a morning brew with friends old and new. Remember to bring your own brewing supplies and check the official website for meet-up location. More info here.

Saturday, January 27th

How to Ship Your Bike – 7:15 pm to 8:30 pm at Evolution Healthcare and Fitness
Ever wondered how to ship your bike for air travel? Or maybe you want to learn how to do it better so your rig doesn’t end up mangled when you land? This free clinic will teach you all the tricks on packing and shipping. Led by pro cyclist Starla Teddergreen. More info here.

Saturday Morning Social – 10:00 am at Lents Park
Join the fine folks of the Portland Wheelmen Touring Club for a relaxed-paced group ride of about 15-25 miles that will include a bakery or coffee stop along the route. More info here.

Sorella Forte Women’s Club Ride – 9:00 am to 12:00 pm at River City Bicycles
Sorella is one of the most well-established teams in Portland they’d love to get to know you on their weekly ride. Show up ready to go 15-17 mph for about 30-40 miles. Not slow, but not super fast and it’s always conversational. More info here.

Biking About Architecture: Alameda-Irvington – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at NE 23rd and Alberta
It’s the season-opener of Jenny F’s legendary architecture tours. She’ll help you discover and learn about jaw-dropping historic mansions on the Alameda. Expect a laid-back pace with great views along the ridge. Ends at County Cork Irish pub. More info here.

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Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee & Tea
Portland’s most legit weekly training ride is ready to test your off-season fitness. Roll out through northwest, go hard around Sauvie Island and come back through the West Hills. Have fun in the paceline! More info here.

Oregon Scholastic Cycling League Info Night – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm at Bike Gallery Milwaukie
With the recent launch of scholastic mountain biking leagues in Oregon, now is the time to get organized and learn how to form a team and get ready for the season. They’re looking for coaches and volunteers too, so show up if you want to get involved. More info here.

Let’s Ride Bikes to Ovarian Psycos Screening – 5:30 pm to 9:30 pm at Ex Novo Brewing
This film is causing a stir in Portland. Why not do a group ride to Hollywood Theater with some nice people and make a night of it? More info here.

Ovarian Psycos at Hollywood Theatre – 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm at The Hollywood Theatre
This documentary about pedal-powered feminists and community activists from Los Angeles has gotten rave reviews. Now is your chance to watch it on the big screen. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments. And have a great weekend!

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The woman who made Sunday Parkways a Portland institution is retiring from PBOT

Bike Portland - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:27

Sampling her handiwork, Ginenthal would often bike the Sunday Parkways course, as she does here in 2009.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Portland Bureau of Transportation employee Linda Ginenthal is retiring after more than 23 years with the agency.

Throughout her career, Ginenthal has been a force of nature in promoting biking, walking, and livable streets. Among the many programs, projects and events she played a major (often leadership) role in were SmartTrips, Safe Routes to School, Portland’s push for a Platinum award, the 2016 Open Streets Summit, and of course, Sunday Parkways.

“As she has often said: ‘Build it and they will come. Tell them about it and they’ll ride’. She did and they did. She’s leaving behind a great legacy.”
— Roger Geller, PBOT

Sunday Parkways is what Ginenthal will be most remembered for. Before she officially retires this spring, Ginenthal will have spent more than a decade creating and managing Portland’s marquee open streets event. Much more than just letting people bike and walk on a loop of carfree streets, Sunday Parkways required a set of skills that Ginenthal seemed born to put to good use. She developed countless partnerships with neighborhood organizations citywide, diplomatically weaved through often thorny traffic control issues related to the event, recruited hundreds (thousands?) of volunteers, and even put herself on the frontline of fundraising for the event.

Ginenthal understands that streets — especially when opened only for walking and rolling — transcend transportation. In a 2015 video she spoke about how Sunday Parkways can bridge racial divides. In a 2010 interview we asked her how they could be a catalyst for biking and walking in east Portland. “I see Portland Sunday Parkways as a way to knit these very changing and diverse neighborhoods together,” she replied. “When our volunteer management team went out to ride the route a couple of weeks ago, the parks we rode by were filled with families and young people enjoying the parks in the evening in lots of sports games and activities. Many of these families were people of color and spoke many different languages. Traditionally these neighborhoods have been lower-income white families. I am hoping that Sunday Parkways gives these neighbors a chance to literally play in the streets together – whether they ride their bicycles, walk, stroll or just enjoy the fun healthy activities in the parks.”

In 2014 we asked readers to share the one thing they’d do to improve Sunday Parkways. Instead of getting defensive or dismissive, Ginenthal embraced the feedback. She even wrote a follow-up post detailing specific ways the BikePortland community could help. That was vintage Ginenthal! Positive and collaborative to reach shared goals.

Ginenthal was one of the core group of advocrats who got me so excited and inspired about Portland’s bike scene that I just had to share her work with the world.

Passing out bike maps on the Fremont Bridge during Bridge Pedal in 2008.

Ginenthal (in 2006) and boxes of biking, walking, and transit promotional propaganda awaiting delivery as part of her SmartTrips program.

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Leading a Sweet Summer Cycle ride in 2006.

At the Platinum award celebration at City Hall in 2008.

Ginenthal (left) with co-workers at the opening of the Three Bridges on the Springwater in 2007.

But don’t just take my word for it: Here’s what some of her co-workers and partners say about her:

Elly Blue, Microcosm Publishing:

“Linda was my boss for two summers when I did bike deliveries for the SmartTrips program. She gave us both the guidance and freedom we needed to do well, as well as being always funny and endlessly patient with her delivery team’s unconventional personalities and habits. Most impressive in retrospect is her ability to find creative ways to keep her programs that she believed in going despite all political and financial obstacles. She’s my management muse. Thanks for being an amazing role model, Linda!”

Roger Geller, PBOT:

“Linda has been a great colleague and friend. Her vision and efforts helped transform Portland — and many places throughout North America. Linda’s team has done a great job informing Portlanders about bicycling and all options other than driving and giving them opportunities to not drive. She is also responsible for more miles of smiles than anyone else in town; my predominant memory of Portland’s first Sunday Parkways was how every oncoming person bicycling or walking had a big ear to ear smile on their face in realization of how wonderful urban living can be without cars (“Sunday Parkways every day”!) . As she has often said: “Build it and they will come. Tell them about it and they’ll ride”. She did and they did. She’s leaving behind a great legacy.”

Margi Bradway, Metro (formerly PBOT):

“Linda is one of the hardest-working people I know. When she sets her mind on accomplishing something, nothing or no one can stop her. She is a force. No ask was too big or too small for Linda when it came to managing Sunday Parkways and Smart Trips. She would do whatever it takes – everything from administering a complicated budget to the simple task of setting out cones. It is her passion, optimism, and her “roll up the sleeves” attitude that inspired so many volunteers, vendors,and staff to work long hours on Sunday Parkways; which in turn, inspired thousands of community members to participate in each summer month in the event. Linda’s legacy is enormous: she truly made Portland a better place to live by creating a sense of community through Sunday Parkways and inspiring many “interested but concerned” people to give bike riding a try on safe and open streets.”

Rich Cassidy, PBOT:

“Linda has consistently been at the helm of some of the most innovative active transportation programs we have introduced and mastered at the City. The highly successful Smart Trips program is copied by many cities throughout the country. And Portland has one of the most successful Sunday Parkways programs in the United States.”

Noel Mickelberry, Oregon Walks

“Thanks to Linda’s leadership, Oregon Walks partnered with the City to implement the first walking-focused open streets event – Oregon Walkways: ¡Cully Camina!. She continued to ensure that we received support from the City to sustain this program and provided invaluable expertise on executing open streets events. We are now gearing up for our third year of the Oregon Walkways series and we couldn’t have done it without Linda’s support.”

Ginenthal will work through the end of April and then plans to take time off to visit family and friends before deciding on the next chapter of her life.

Thank you Linda, for your service to our city and the influence it has far beyond our borders.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and

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Riding the Kenai Peninsula

Bike Hugger - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 11:19

A lovely view of the Kenai Peninsula around Seward and Moose Pass Alaska. It reminds me to tour there again, like we did years ago.

Here’s what I wrote about Alaska in 2004.

After climbing for 6 hours, spinning into a steady headwind, on our way to Valdez, I finally understood how big Alaska is. I saw it when we turned a sharp corner, descending from Thompson pass, and looked straight into the striking peaks of the Chugach National Forest.

At that moment, I realized just how much terrain I had seen. Pam and I had been riding for 6 days, for hundreds of miles, and had seen all sorts of peaks, glaciers, trees, and wilderness. However, that was only a small percentage of Alaska, a 10th of the state. It was one of those,

“I’m meaningless moments,” a speck in time, I was just dust floating by this grand landscape.

Before we started the bike tour, I attempted to read Michener’s Alaska, I fell asleep each time, but distinctively remembered how he described Alaska, how it had been formed by tectonic plates, in the ring of fire, over millions of years. Looking up at the peaks, I tried to visualize that process, how the peaks got so high, how the glaciers formed, and how the streams flowed.

Then Pam whizzed by me, grinning, rushing down the pass, challenging me to catch her and I snapped back to our ride. We had two hours to go and I needed to focus on getting us to Valdez.

We got to Valdez and sat in the hot tub for hours…..


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Jobs of the Week: Lakeside, Stages, Community Cycling Center, Showers Pass

Bike Portland - Fri, 01/26/2018 - 08:25

If you want to break into the local bike industry — or you’re in need of a change, here are some excellent opportunities to consider.

And yes, Showers Pass is hiring! This Portland company is growing and it’s a great time to get your foot in their door.

Learn more about each new job listing via the links below…

–> Customer Service Representative – Stages Cycling

–> Retail Specialist – Community Cycling Center

–> E-Commerce Marketing Specialist – Showers Pass

–> Customer Service Representative – Showers Pass

–> Mechanic – Lakeside Bicycles

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These are paid listings. And they work! If you’d like to post a job on the Portland region’s “Best Local Blog” two years running, you can purchase a listing online for just $50 by visiting our Job Listings page.

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How are you holding up so far this winter?

Bike Portland - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 16:45

Through rain and wind and darkness and crap in the bike lanes — she persisted!
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Let’s talk about the weather.

I know there have been worse winters; but it’s been awfully wet and cold out there for a while now and the forecast shows much more of the same. I’m curious how all of you are holding up.

— Are you still riding as much as you usually do? (Be honest, I’ve seen some very lonely bike lanes around town lately)

— Is your rain gear holding up?

— Do you have tips for folks who are new to town and whose enthusiasm for cycling might be waning right about now?

We asked our friends on Twitter and here’s what we’ve heard so far:

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@Ryanmb30 said: “Still riding, but soggier than normal. Unless it ices over, I won’t be leaving the bike home anytime soon.”

@banerjek said: “Oregon’s “liquid sunshine” always makes for good riding. The rain clears the air and the coolness makes swamping out your clothes a total nonissue. What’s not to like?”

@keaton_thomas said: “Getting good use out of the rain gear!”

@jordanpattern said: “Though my weekday workouts are happening on the trainer, I’m riding to work as usual. Definitely need to re-up the waterproofing on my rain pants.”

Thanks for sharing, and keep on riding!

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State committee setting rules for Safe Routes to School funding wants your input

Bike Portland - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 16:03

Walking and biking to Beach Elementary in north Portland.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

This article is by Portland resident Kari Schlosshauer. She’s the Pacific Northwest senior policy manager for the Safe Routes to School National Partnership.

Last spring, House Bill 2017 passed in the Oregon Legislature, dedicating $10 million annually for Safe Routes to School infrastructure, increasing to $15 million annually in 2023. The purpose of the funding is to build projects within a one mile radius of schools to make it safer and easier for students to walk and bicycle to school. Following HB 2017, the Oregon Department of Transportation formed a Rulemaking Advisory Committee (RAC) to amend the Oregon Safe Routes to School Rule. The purpose of the committee is to align the rule with new funding made available by recent state legislation, and consider how infrastructure funding for Safe Routes to School projects should be structured.

Here’s what the rulemaking committee is working on:

HB 2017 requires a 40 percent cash match for eligible projects. This may be reduced to 20 percent for projects near Title I schools, in School Safety Corridors, or in Small Communities.

The RAC’s job is to develop an ongoing oversight process and determine criteria for which projects can be funded. One of their key roles is to establish program definitions, including:

  • Title I school
  • What is a “Plan”
  • School Safety Corridor
  • Small Communities
  • Cash Match

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Additionally, the RAC is disussing program design options, overarching funding targets for social equity and rural communities to guide the allocation of funds, and a 1 percent fund for administrative costs and technical assistance.

Here are the two program options currently on the table:

Program Design Option 1: funding shared among three programs

  • Competitive: The majority of funds set aside for a competitive program that cities, counties, transit agencies and tribes could apply for. ODOT would not be eligible to apply. Advisory Committee sets criteria and makes project recommendations.
  • ODOT: A portion of funds set aside for an ODOT discretionary program. Advisory Committee sets criteria and is kept informed of the project selection.
  • Rapid Response: A small portions of funds set aside for urgent needs to systemic safety issues. Advisory Committee sets criteria and makes project recommendations.

Program Design Option 2: funding shared among two programs

  • Competitive Program: The majority of funds set aside for a competitive program that ODOT, cities, counties, transit agencies and tribes could apply for. Advisory Committee sets criteria and makes project recommendations.
  • Rapid Response: A small portion of funds set aside for urgent needs to systemic safety issues. Advisory Committee sets criteria and makes project recommendations.

What are your thoughts?

We want to hear from you! What are your thoughts on what kind of plan should be eligible? What is your reaction to the 40 percent cash match requirement? What’s missing? What sounds great? If you have ideas for how this program should be set up to reach the most students, please share them with us. You can email me at kari [at] saferoutespartnership [dot] org and I’ll share your feedback with the committee at our next meeting on February 13th. We welcome comments on any aspects of the program.

Additionally, all RAC meetings are open to the public and have options for public testimony, and there will be a 21 day minimum public comment period and three public hearings after the draft Rules are released in spring 2018. Learn more about the new Safe Routes to School program on the ODOT’s official website.

— Kari Schlosshauer, on Twitter at @SafeRoutesPNW

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The Best Track Stands

Bike Hugger - Thu, 01/25/2018 - 11:14

You may have seen cyclists standing on their pedals at intersections and wondered what they’re doing? Besides showing off and not wanting to clip out of their pedals, it’s called a track stand and comes from the sport of track racing.

Read more about track stands ad free on Medium or in this article from our archives.

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