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A new bike path into Mt. Tabor Park is coming into focus

Bike Portland - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 12:45

Latest design drawing for changes to Mt. Tabor Yard (I added pink at location of new bike path).

Mt. Tabor Park is a gem of southeast Portland. But if you live south of the park you’re all but shutout from easy access. Now the parks bureau is zeroing in on a design for a new public access point from SE Division Street at 64th that will include a bike path.

Finally the South Tabor neighborhood will have convenient access to its namesake park.

City plans as far back as 2000 have included a southern access point for Mt. Tabor Park, but it wasn’t considered as a reality until neighborhood activists began to organize in 2014. As we reported last year, the Parks Bureau now plans to build the path next year as part of their larger Mt. Tabor Yard project to repair and replace their maintenance yard facility situated on the southwestern corner of the park.

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The new path will connect SE 64th Avenue between Division (where it now t-bones into the park) and SE Lincoln Street. It will be lined with lighted bollards and landscaping. You can see the latest concept drawing in a presentation by Opsis, the architecture firm working on the project.

On Tuesday (10/24) the city is hosting an open house on the project where they’ll share detailed design drawings of the new path and seek your feedback on how to make it better. The event will be at Warner Pacific College (2219 SE 68th, Egtvedt Hall 203) from 6:00 to 8:00 pm. Check the listing on our calendar or see the flyer below:

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Bicycling stars in Portland’s Amazon HQ2 pitch

Bike Portland - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 11:23

Cover of Portland’s pitch to Amazon.

There can no longer be any doubt that bicycling is a major part of our region’s “value proposition” to businesses.

A reference to bicycling occurs on seven of the 23 pages that a local business group has sent to Amazon as our region’s pitch for the company’s second headquarters location. Among those references is a starring role on the cover of the pitch which shows a man bicycling down the corkscrew ramp from the Morrison Bridge to the Eastbank Esplanade with the Portland skyline in the background.

The pitch, created by Greater Portland, Inc. and sent to Amazon yesterday, aims to lure the juggernaut corporation with stats and promises organized into four main categories: Talent and Workforce, Quality of Life, Global Connections, and Business Ecosystem. Bicycling is represented at least once in each of those four chapters of the pitch.

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Talent and Workforce…

Quality of Life…

Global Connections…

Business Ecosystem…

Transit and other non single-occupancy vehicle transportation are mentioned many times as well.

Funny how our real, local politics still supports cars and driving (the Portland Business Alliance could easily be mistaken for a driving advocacy group), yet when we need to put our best foot forward and look presentable, we’re careful to hide our outdated and cowardly allegience to automobiles.

Maybe if we were bold enough to actually lead and legislate in a way that manifested the dreamy, bike and transit-centric fairy-tale depicted in pitches like this, we’d be so happy and fulfilled we wouldn’t be compelled to woo massive, subsidy-seeking, global corporations in order to gain validation as a world-class city.

I like Aaron Brown’s idea, expressed on Twitter this morning when we posted the pitch cover: “Instead of a bike tax, PDX needs a “bikewashing tax,” where corporate/civic boosters who use pics of bikes have to pay for more bike lanes.”

You can download the pitch here.

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Jobs of the Week: Splendid Cycles, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, Velotech

Bike Portland - Fri, 10/20/2017 - 08:50

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got three freshly listed job opportunities for you to peruse.

Learn more about each one via the links below…

–> Mechanic/sales – Splendid Cycles

–> Development Director for CF Cycle for Life – Cystic Fibrosis Foundation

–> Shipping Specialist – Velotech

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For a complete list of available jobs, click here.

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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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Will this bike fit me?

Bicycle Tutor - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 23:55
Hi All, A friend of mine is just about to sell his Giant Defy Disc 1 (2016 model), it is a M/L size. I have the chance to buy it at quite a good price however without riding it, thought id ask if I...


Weekend Event Guide: Freak Bike Fall, cyclocross, and some NOISE

Bike Portland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 15:05

Ridden by some, loved by all: It’s a freak bike weekend.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus!

It. Is. Wet. Out. There.

Hope you’ve got your fenders and jackets all sorted out because the rain will be here for a while.

But it won’t be enough to deter our freak bike-loving friends from a weekend of fun and rides. And it will only embolden cyclocross fans for the upcoming mudfest that will transpire Sunday’s Crusade race at PIR.

Here’s our selection of the best events this weekend, starting with a neighborhood rally tomorrow (Friday) in St. Johns..

Friday, October 20th

Rally for Pedestrian Signals on Fessenden/St. Louis – 4:30 pm at corner of N Charleston and Fessenden in St. Johns
Join the St. Johns Neighborhood Association for a community rally to bring attention to safer crossings of Fessenden. More info here.

Freak Bike Fall – All weekend at various locations
Join local bike clubs and freak bike lovers of all stripes at this annual event. Friday night kicks off with an alleycat followed by an all-night party ride hosted by Dropout Bicycle Club. Saturday the freak bikers will crash the N.O.I.S.E. ride then have a party with live bands at the PAZ space. And Sunday everyone will meet on the hill for Zoobomb. More info here.

Saturday, October 21st

Beginner Friendly Road Ride – 10:00 am to 12 noon at Western Bikeworks on NW Lovejoy
More info here.

Rivelo PDX Pop-up – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at 21st Avenue Bicycles (918 NW 21st)
Rivelo is part Bob Dylan record shop and part Rivendell boutique with a bunch of cool must-haves for bike lovers for good measure. You should know more about this shop. This event, hosted by 21st Avenue Bikes, is a great chance to do that. More info here.

N.O.I.S.E. Ride – 12:00 pm at Fresh Pot on N Mississippi
Run whatcha brung at this annual urban shred-fest that’ll take you through alleys, trails, off sweet jumps, gravel backstreets and more. Open to all types of bikes. Rain or shine. More info here.

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Cyclocross Crusade #4 – Heron Lakes at Portland International Raceway
The Cyclocross Crusade returns to Portland for what is sure to be the muddiest race of the season (so far). Heron Lakes is a classic local course that tends to favor power pedalers with several flat sections. Terrain varies from gravel to trail to grass, and of course the epic run-up hill that’s always a thrill for riders and watchers alike. Don’t forget the Kid’s Cross event hosted by Islabikes! More info here.

Sauvie Shootout – 9:00 am at Ovation Coffee (941 NW Overton)
Rain or shine there will be someone ready to roll at this weekly training ride. Route heads out to Sauvie via Highway 30 then comes back via the West Hills and Skyline Blvd. More info here.

Poppin’ Tags: A thrift shop ride – 3:30 pm at Grendel’s Coffeehouse (729 E Burnside)
What better time to scour the racks at Goodwill (and elsewhere), than a rainy weekend just days before Halloween? More info here.

Zoobomb Freak Bike Fall Edition – 8:30 pm at the Pyle (SW 13th and Burnside)
Zoobomb is zany enough on small bikes; imagine how fun it will be on freak bikes! After a full weekend of rides and parties for Freak Bike Fall this Sunday’s Zoobomb is sure to be a good one. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

Stay plugged into all the bike and transportation-related events around the region via our comprehensive event calendar and sign up here to get this Weekend Guide delivered to your inbox.

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PBOT now has a manual for creating safer work zones

Bike Portland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 10:36

Signage examples from the manual.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has published its first-ever manual for temporary traffic control designs. Wonky words aside, this new guide is an important tool that could lead to safer cycling (and walking and driving) through work zones.

The guide has been endorsed by Portland’s City Traffic Engineer Lewis Wardrip and is aimed at designers, engineers, utility and maintenance workers, and even astute tactical urbanists (wink wink). Chapters include comprehensive lists of pertinent laws and city code/permitting requirements, recommended devices and products to get the job done, and how to train flaggers and traffic control measures. There are also of examples of safe work zones across a variety of roadway types and conditions — from one-way streets to bike lanes.

Section 6.6 of the guide (starts on page 50) is devoted to “Bicycle Accomodations”. The over-arching rule described in the manual is essentially “do no harm.” “When an existing bicycle lane or path is disrupted or closed,” it states, “a temporary bicycle facility should include the features and characteristics present in the existing facility.”

Here’s an excerpt from that section:

Temporary bicycle facilities may be given priority over parking and vehicle lanes on a multilane road, as determined by the Traffic Engineer. Bicycles should be separated from automobile traffic whenever possible. In situations where it is not feasible to provide an exclusive bicycle facility, bicycles should be directed to either a shared path (such as a sidewalk) before being directed to share a travel lane with automobile traffic.

The method for providing safe accommodations for cyclists should be prioritized as follows:

A. Provide a temporary bike lane on the same roadway past the work zone by shifting and narrowing the adjacent traffic lanes.
B. Provide a temporary bike lane in an existing traffic lane on multilane streets.
C. Merging cyclists and adjacent traffic into a shared travel lane (low-speed only).
D. Directing cyclists onto a shared path with pedestrians.
E. Provide a bicycle detour route.

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Minimum lane widths for bicycle and multi-use facilities are listed in the General Requirements chapter under Lane Requirements [Bicycle lanes should be maintained to four feet minimum. Multi-use pedestrian/bicycle lanes should be maintained to a minimum unobstructed width of eight feet, and a minimum vertical clearance of eight feet.]. When there is insufficient roadway width to maintain a separate bicycle and automobile lanes, mitigations should be made with relevant traffic control measures, e.g. advisory speed zone, advance warning signage, bike route detours, or auto detours. Give proper notice to bicycles, pedestrians, and vehicles regarding a change in use to a shared route.

People riding bikes will frequently ride behind a line of channelizing devices, such as cones, when they do not perceive a hazard, even if it is not safe to ride in the work space. To prevent cyclists from entering the work space, place “Bicycles KEEP LEFT (RIGHT)” signs, as shown in Figure 6.2, along the work space following access points and at regular intervals throughout a longer work zone as a reminder bicycle traffic. Caution tape may also be used to prevent bicycles from encroaching into the work space by, stretching it tightly between the tops of closely-spaced tubular markers.

And here’s the guidance for “Bike Facilities on Streets with Tracks”:

Bikes cannot be shifted onto lanes with rail tracks. When shifting or merging traffic into a lane with tracks, plan an alternate route for bikes that is smooth and free of tracks or other obstructions which may be hazardous to bicycles.

Bike routes should cross tracks at an angle between 90 and 60 degrees. Bicycles must be able to cross tracks fully upright and not leaning, thus, do not cross cyclists over tracks within a curve. When bike lanes will be transitioned across tracks, advance warning signs should be used to alert people on bikes of the hazard. Some examples of such signs are shown below.

In addition to (hopefully) encouraging work crews and engineers design better work zones, this new manual is a great addition to the advocates’ toolbox. It’s something we can use to hold PBOT accountable when sharing concerns we see on the street. You can download the manual here (PDF)

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In two separate events, north Portlanders will seek attention for dangerous streets

Bike Portland - Thu, 10/19/2017 - 09:45

Flyer for tomorrow’s rally.

North Portlanders are tired of waiting for the City or advocacy groups to save them from the deadly streets in their front yards. They’re taking matters into their own hands by elevating voices of vulnerable road users and demanding attention for their concerns.

Two events in the coming week — one from the Arbor Lodge and Overlook neighborhood associations and one from the St. Johns Neighborhood Association — will focus on dangerous streets where motor vehicle users cause daily environmental, safety and public health problems.

This Friday (10/20) a group of St. Johns residents calling themselves Citizens for a Safe and Attractive Fessenden/St Louis will hold a rally to demand that the Portland Bureau of Transportation follow through with promises. Fessenden/St.Louis is a neighborhood collector street between Columbia Boulevard (to the north) and Lombard (to the south). Residents PBOT to fully implement the St. Johns Truck Strategy Phase II project that was approved after a 17 month public process in 2013 (as part of the St. Johns Truck Strategy adopted by City Council in 2001).

Initial impetus for the plan was to stop large semi-truck operators from using Fessenden as a cut-through. With that accomplished, residents say it’s still way too dangerous to walk and bike across the street. Phase II of the plan includes a host of projects aimed at making crossings safer. The St. Johns Neighborhood Association said in a letter to PBOT last month (PDF) that the streets, “continue to have an increasingly uncomfortable and unsafe barrier for people on foot.”

At a meeting about the project in June, PBOT stoked local ire by announcing that three of the promised crossing treatments would not be built in the expected timeframe. “The neighborhood,” states the letter, “led by local resident representatives of the Phase II planning stakeholder committee, responded with rightful frustration and disappointment, advocating for the complete funding and implementation of the HAWK and RRFB signals during the 2018 construction season.”

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“The population that will be served by these signals is highly vulnerable and includes seniors, children, and people with disabilities.”
— Donna Cohen, rally organizer

Donna Cohen, a St. Johns resident organizing Friday’s rally, says, “The population that will be served by these signals is highly vulnerable and includes seniors, children, and people with disabilities.” Cohen also wants a commitment from PBOT that the signals will be installed in 2018 along with other improvements.

Asked to respond to these concerns, a PBOT spokesperson told us this morning via email that the agency is, “Fully committed to installing these crossing treatments, and we have expressed this commitment to the community on multiple occasions.” But PBOT also says that because the project is federally funded they aren’t able install these crossing treatments in this first phase of the project (we’ll seek to clarify, but assume this is because ODOT/feds don’t feel the crossings are warranted and/or they’ve been deemed beyond the scope of the original project). PBOT tells us they’ll install the new crossings in a second phase and reiterated that commitment by writing: “Bottom line: the promised pedestrian signals will be installed.”

For more details on tomorrow’s event, check out the listing on our calendar.

Southbound on Greeley at an awkward merge south of Going Street.
(Photo: Colin Reis)

And next Wednesday (10/25), residents of the Arbor Lodge and Overlook neighborhoods will host an open house to raise awareness of dangerous conditions on and around North Greeley Avenue. Similar to Fessenden, Greeley is a major collector street that has seen an increase in cut-through traffic in recent years and residents are fed-up with the dangerous conditions.

“Arbor Lodge NA has heard numerous complaints of people feeling unsafe walking, riding a bike, or driving a car on or on streets near N Greeley,” wrote local resident Christopher Jones. “In most cases, this is during morning or evening commute times, as unsafe drivers attempt to get around congestion on Greeley by driving on parallel streets.”

Jones said their goal with Wednesday’s open house is to collect stories in hopes of creating urgency for safety upgrades. “In the past year or so,” he shared, “our neighborhood has seen two deaths and a paralysis on or near Greeley, and those things have happened to people walking, riding a bike, and driving a car. We all use the streets, and we all want to be safe.”

This isn’t the first time Arbor Lodge residents have had to organize for safer streets. Last year they held a rally and vigil following a spate of fatal and injury collisions.

If you can’t make it to the open house, the Arbor Lodge Neighborhood Association has posted an online survey where you can share your concerns.

PBOT just repaved N Greeley from Interstate to Lombard and had intended to build a physically protected bikeway between Interstate and Greeley. Unfortunately that project has been postponed until at least this coming spring.

See the calendar listing for more information on this event.

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USA Cycling News - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 22:00
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TriMet eyes ‘bicycle slowing measures’ for Division Transit Project stations

Bike Portland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 13:26

The bikeway will go through newly designed transit stations on Division, and that’s raising safety concerns about speedy cycling.

As we reported earlier this month, TriMet is firming up designs for the 41 new stations they’ll build as part the Division Transit Project — a $175 million plan to improve bus service between the downtown transit mall and Mt. Hood Community College. (It started as a bus rapid transit project but has since morphed into just better bus service.)

At last night’s joint meeting of Portland’s bicycle and pedestrian advisory committees in City Hall, TriMet planners shared even more recent and detailed station designs. They specifically wanted feedback on their “island stations,” where the bikeway (slated to be relatively robust and protected for the length of this project) runs directly adjacent to the bus stops. These island stations are “floating” in the roadway and separated from the sidewalk by the bikeway (see images).

TriMet is looking for “approaches to bicycle slowing” and they want feedback on “bicycle slowing measures” to potentially implement around these stations. The concern is that bicycle riders will come from the six-foot (plus buffer) bikeway and will enter the station areas too quickly and imperil people who are using the bus or otherwise walking in these crowded areas. One slide in their presentation listed a challenge of island stations as: “Requires added design applications to create safe environment for pedestrians and bicyclists.”

According to TriMet, some of those design applications could include: reducing bikeway width to encourage single-file riding; a “redirection taper”; raised and marked crosswalks; yield teeth; “yield to pedestrians” signage; curbs and rumble strips.

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The bicycle riders’ view.

One member of the bike committee said TriMet should consider narrowing the bikeway “like a chute” to slow people down and prevent them from riding side-by-side. Another member referred to this as “channelizing bikes”. The suggestion to take the bikeway from six feet down to four feet was also discussed. Another member expressed concerns that a four-foot bikeway is too narrow for people with cargo bikes or those who pull cargo trailers.

PBOT Bike Coordinator Roger Geller (who sits on the BAC as the staff liaison) added that he’s not opposed to considering some sort of neckdown in width; but he feels most people would slow down due to the mere presence of other humans in a crowded area. Geller also suggested that TriMet set up video research cameras on SW Moody in South Waterfront where there are already island stations in use.

Another TriMet planner mentioned the possibility of creating a ramp as the bikeway goes from the road to the station area. And if a ramp was built, TriMet wants to know what the ideal incline would be.

As for rumble strips, as you can see in the image these would be — thankfully — placed alongside the bikeway and not perpindicularly across it.

While the concern about jerk riders is real (but dare I say there are no more jerk riders, proportionately speaking, then there are jerks with any mode of travel) and the comfort and safety of people on foot is the highest priority, it seems like a bad idea to further degrade bikeway quality based on the paternalistic perception that bike riders are heathens hell-bent on running people over. It’s hard enough as it is for Portland to build high-quality bike infrastructure. And let’s remember how we approach automobile infrastructure. After all, its drivers who are responsible for the vast majority of injuries and deaths we’re all concerned about. Do we ever consider equally disruptive measures for cars like ramps and chutes and rumble strips on major arterials?

TriMet said they’ll have an online open house comment period coming soon. We’ll post again when that happens. If you want to share feedback directly with TriMet staff and see these designs in person, they’re hosting a Community Advisory Committee meeting tomorrow night (10/19) from 6:00 to 7:30 pm at PCC Southeast Community Hall Annex (2305 SE 82nd Ave). There are also two open houses scheduled for early November. Get those details on the project website.

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No more bike racks! Car2go phasing out Smart cars in favor of larger vehicle

Bike Portland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 10:42

(Photo: Car2go)

Those cute blue and white cars that have become nearly ubiquitous on the streets of Portland in recent years are going away. Car2go, a carsharing company with 54,000 members in Portland, announced today they will phase out their compact, 2-seater Smart cars in favor of a larger vehicle.

The news is being received with some jeers from the many users of the service who liked not just the small size of the Smart cars but the fact that they came with a bike rack. A 2015 survey from the company found that sixty-eight percent of their Portland customers biked at least once per week, and 37 percent biked five to seven times a week. 76 percent of survey-takers said they wanted bike racks the local fleet.

Gotta say I'm a little saddened by the news that Car2Go is phasing out the Smart fourTwos

— Evan Landman (@evanlandman) October 18, 2017

@car2goPortland psyched about all the Mercedes now, but will there still be some with bike racks? I use them all the time!!!

— Mary (@thekitchenpaper) October 18, 2017

In a statement, Car2go said they made the move to the larger, “fun and sexy” Mercedes-Benz models due to “overwhelming usage data and member feedback.” They’ll now offer the Mercedes-Benz GLA (a small SUV) and CLA (a four-door sedan). The transformation of the fleet should be complete by the end of this month.

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Just how small were those Smart cars? Here’s an image with a bicycle rider for context:

And here are the new vehicles:

(Photos: Car2go)

Unlike the two-seater Smart cars, the new vehicles will seat up to five people. “The increased passenger capacity of car2go’s new Mercedes-Benz vehicles,” Car2go says, “further enable car2go to move even more Portlanders around the city using fewer cars.” The Benz models get about nine fewer miles per gallon (in the city) than the Smart cars.

Based on strong support from members, Car2go outfitted half their Portland fleet (about 475 vehicles) with bike racks back in 2015. While the Mercedes models won’t have a bike rack, the company said on Twitter this morning that, “The GLAs have foldable rear seats and plenty of space for a bike in the back!”

Even if it can fit, we’ll miss the quirky aesthetic and bike advocacy impact of seeing bikes on the back of the Smart cars.

(Photo: Carl Larson)

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Rob Sadowsky, formerly of The Street Trust, is now executive director of Bark

Bike Portland - Wed, 10/18/2017 - 08:27

Sadowsky in June 2016.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Rob Sadowsky is the new executive director of Bark, a Portland-based nonprofit that works to protect and conserve the Mt. Hood National Forest.

It’s an interesting position for Sadowsky. While Bark supports some types mountain biking, they are co-plaintiffs (with Sierra Club) on a lawsuit to halt construction of the Timberline Mountain Bike Park (more on that below).

Many of you know Sadowsky for his work with The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance), where he was executive director from 2010 until being fired by the board of directors back in January.

Bark was founded in 1993 and currently has eight staffers and an email list that goes out to around 30,000 people (they are not a membership-based organization).

As I mentioned above, Bark is fighting a plan by Timberline Lodge to create a lift-assisted mountain biking resort on Mt. Hood. In 2013 we published an op-ed in opposition to the project from Bark board member Amy Harwood. Final oral arguments on the lawsuit were just heard on Monday (it was Sadowsky’s first day on the job and he was in the courtroom) and a decision is expected within the next month or so.

Asked about his opinion on mountain biking on National Forest land in a FAQ just posted to Bark’s website, Sadowsky didn’t mention Timberline:

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“I love mountain biking. There is a place for recreational activities, where we can safely limit the impact they have on the environment and where partnerships with mountain biking advocates can add stewardship opportunities. But there are areas that are sacred, that are vital to preserving endangered species and natural habitat, where any encroachment on that ecosystem can damage a variety of species.

I strongly support Bark’s current stance which supports mountain bike trails at places like Dog River and Sandy Ridge where they don’t adversely impact salmon or water quality.”

I talked with Sadowsky on the phone yesterday to learn more about Bark’s position on the Timberline project and how he’ll approach the issue as leader of the organization.

“There is absolutely no opposition to mountain biking itself,” Sadowsky explained, “But for us it comes down to two questions: Is it planned over an area that might threaten endangered species? And what is the remediation or conservation plan to ensure any type of facility doesn’t have a disproportionate impact on the property?”

At the proposed site for the Timberline project, Sadowsky said Bark is concerned specifically about the impact to the Western Bumblebee and steelhead populations. They feel the US Forest Service “Skipped some steps” in their environmental analysis. “We can’t let that happen,” Sadowsky said, “Because what happens next time when the ATVs come around and try to short-shrift the process? We’re the last line of defense [of Mt. Hood] and we have to draw a line — which doesn’t always make people happy.”

Sadowsky added that they expect a decision on the lawsuit within the next 60 days. And even if the project is halted, “It doesn’t mean Timberline is dead, it just may mean they have to go back and do the plan in a way that accomodates our concerns.”

The need to defend wildnerness has only gotten more urgent in the Trump era and Sadowsky sees his job as keeping Mt. Hood as pristine as possible. “If we had our druthers, we’d probably want the entire mountain to be wilderness. We don’t think there’s enough [wilderness] left in this country and now we’ve got a president looking to shrink public lands and monuments even smaller. Our job is defense. You might not like our tactics; but they’re done for a reason.”

It’s important to note that it’s far from proven science that bicycling in sensitive mountain environments is inherently detrimental. It’s a debate that’s far from settled.

Timberline GM Steve Kruse says they remain committed to the project. In an email sent to members of the Northwest Trail Alliance (a mountain bike advocacy group) this week he said, “With the increased use in the last five years of Sandy Ridge, the Mt Hood Express for Timberline to Town, and future plans of Timberline to partner further with Skibowl, we feel that the addition of this lift served bike park will make Mt Hood a destination stop.”

Northwest Trail Alliance President Chris Rotvik says his group is actively working on bike access projects in other parts of the Mt. Hood National Forest, and Bark is one of the groups at that table. “We’re delighted with their [Bark’s] pro-recreation stance. I can only imagine that Rob Sadowsky’s appointment will advance quiet recreation, including mountain biking, bikepacking, and gravel grinding, in the the Mt Hood area.”

Off road cycling advocate Jocelyn Gaudi Quarrell also expressed optimism about working on bike access issues with Bark. “Gratefully, Bark’s stance has progressed over the past couple years as a handful of smart and dedicated individuals within their organization have actively reached out to the off-road cycling community to learn more about us and our sport,” she told us this morning. “No doubt that ‘we’ won’t always see eye-to-eye, but they seem very willing and wanting to have ‘us’ at the table to discuss how to balance conservation and active recreation goals.”

With Sadowsky now in the mix, that progress in the relationship between an environmental conservation group and a bicycling group will likely only get better.

If you’d like to re-connect with Rob and learn more about Bark’s work, they’re hosting a meet-and-greet party on November 28th at Cider Riot (807 NE Couch).

CORRECTIONS, 10:30 am:: This post originally stated that Bark is “pro-mountain biking”. I changed that to “supports mountain biking.” And NW Trail Alliance isn’t working with Bark directly, they are working with the Hood River Stewardship Collaborative, of which Bark is a member. Sorry for any confusion.

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Where Words Matter

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Just about halfway through uploading our magazine to Medium and pausing to share a video they just made about their paywall. How it works, what it costs, and all that.

What we’re doing there is monetizing 40+ issues of content that have been without a home since the company that made our magazine app quit. I explain what’s going on in this post and encourage you to sign up.

The tl;dr version is: Medium subscribers pay $5 a month for unlimited articles and our bike-related content is on their site. As participants in their program, Bike Hugger gets paid by participation on the articles; there’s a formula to it, but again put simply is by view count. The more views on our content, the more we make.

If you hate paywalls and will never pay for content, our web content will continue as it has done for over 10 years with ads. 

Issues 1-21 are available now and here’s how to find them:

If you’re wondering how Medium is working out for us, here’s how I responded to a comment about that. 

You know like there’s no money in radio, but is in concerts? That’s the analog I like to use. The Medium paywall is our small venue for long form content and all the web/facebook stuff is like a 3 minute song on the radio. We give it away.

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