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County project will mean more traffic on Newberry, Skyline (again) this summer

(Graphic: Multnomah County) Remember last summer when Multnomah County closed NW Cornelius Pass Road for and the detour sent thousands of drivers onto popular and usually quiet roads like Newberry? Unfortunately they weren’t able to finish the project as planned and it’s about to start up again for round two. Fortunately, the County says things might not be as bad this time around. From July 19th through the end of September, the County plans to close Cornelius Pass Road between Highway 30 a...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Skyline, Newberry, County, Washington County, Multnomah County, Jonathan Maus, Cornelius Pass Road, Germantown Road, Cornelius Pass, Nw Newberry, Nw Cornelius Pass Road, Newberry Skyline, Logie Trail Road


ODOT is removing those dangerous guardrails on the Historic Highway

“That was the wrong decision and we are in the process of removing two stretches of that guardrail now.”— Rian Windsheimer, ODOT Region 1 director New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4) We’re happy to report that the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) is removing guardrails they installed late last month on the Historic Columbia River Highway near Troutdale. On June 24th, ODOT installed three section...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Hamilton, Troutdale, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway State Trail, Don Hamilton, Rian Windsheimer, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Sandy River


Thief rams northeast Portland bike shop with truck, makes off with prototype bicycle

The damage. The bike. (Photos: Nomad Cycles PDX) What is with people using cars and trucks for nefarious and violent actions lately? This morning around 2:00 am someone driving a blue pick-up truck bashed into the front of the headquarters Nomad Cycles PDX on Northeast Sandy Blvd (just east of 57th). Shop owner Brad Davis says the driver intentionally broke through the front door. Once inside, the thief stole a prototype bicycle off the showroom floor and then sped away. According to Dav...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Davis, Alberta, Nomad, Santa Cruz, Brad Davis, Bike Shops, Jonathan Maus, Bike Theft, Sycip, Gladys Bikes, Nomad Cycles PDX


The Monday Roundup: Seattle tragedy, defund traffic police, VanMoof’s ad, and more

Vehicular violence: A man sped past a closed section of freeway in Seattle and intentionally drove his vehicle into peaceful Black Lives Matter protestors. He hit two people. One person, Summer Taylor (on left in lead image), died from their injuries and the other person, Diaz Love, is still hospitalized. Seattle Police arrested Dawit Kelete and charged him with two counts of vehicular assault. No more traffic police, Part 1: A budget proposal in Berkeley, California could make them the fir...
Tags: France, America, Los Angeles, Sport, Features, Front Page, Brooklyn, Cycling, Portland, Npr, Seattle, Fast Company, Berkeley California, Clark County, Seattle Police, Streetfilms


Blumenauer’s bike-related bills move forward in $1.5 trillion House transportation bill

The bill would change U.S. law so that transit agencies can more easily fund bikeshare systems.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) When we interviewed U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer in the aftermath of the 2016 presidential election he said, “If four years from now the places that can make the most advantage of transportation investments don’t get that help, that’s going to be not just a missed opportunity in terms of safety and economic benefits of transportation — it’s going to be a lost po...
Tags: Politics, Oregon, Senate, Legislation, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, House Of Representatives, Portland, Graves, Peter DeFazio, Vision Zero, Earl Blumenauer, Blumenauer, Jonathan Maus


Jobs of the Week: Velotech, Vancouver Cyclery, West End Bikes, The eBike Store

In case you haven’t heard there’s a bike boom going on around here. Lots of bike buyers and bike riders and the same amount of bike shops means places are slammed with business and need help. If you want a new job in the bike biz, now is a good time to start poking around. Check out our most recent listings below. – Accounts Payable Specialist – Velotech, Inc. – Bike Mechanic – Vancouver Cyclery – Sales Associate – West End Bikes – Full Time Mechanic – The eBike Store, Inc Advertisement ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Jonathan Maus, Velotech Inc, Jobs Of The Week, eBike Store Inc, Velotech Vancouver Cyclery West


Homeowners along Sandy River defend ODOT’s bike-unfriendly guardrails

Former biking space on Historic Highway.(Photo: Forum user amadeusb4) We’re still trying to learn more about why the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) installed three sections of guardrails in the paved shoulder of the Historic Columbia River Highway north of Interstate 84 last week. These guardrails narrow valuable space used by many bicycle riders and their dangerous placement increases odds of stressful passes and collisions. The fact that ODOT did this without any public notice an...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Sandy, Ritz, ODOT, DeVore, Oregon Department of Transportation, Ryland, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT, Columbia River Highway State Trail, Sandy River


Local riders create ‘Bike Corking for Social Justice’ how-to guide

For the past month bike riders have put themselves between protestors and road users. Now there’s a guide to do it right.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/bikePortland) For over a month now, Portlanders have been taking to the streets every night to protest the killing of Black people and the racist policies and police brutality that contribute to it. At almost every march there’s been a cadre of two-wheeled escorts patrolling intersections, directing traffic, and doing whatever is necessary to keep protes...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, New York Times, Portland, Black Lives Matter, Social Justice, Portland State University, Don, Jonathan Maus, Jason Washington, George Floyd Protests, Amelia Bjesse Puffin


PBOT’s street dining permit program is a test of anti-racist pledge

Article published yesterday by Street Roots. The current number one priority at Portland’s transportation bureau is a permit program that aims to help restaurants spread into the street so they can serve more people safely. The Healthy Business program is part of a larger Safe Streets Initiative that’s altering public right-of-way to improve safety and create more space for physically-distanced commerce. By some accounts the program is working well. Since it was launched at the end of May, the...
Tags: Minneapolis, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Warner, Black, Rivera, Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Southeast Ankeny, Portland Bureau of Transportation PBOT, Chris Warner, Hannah Schafer


PBOT’s street dining permit program is a test of antiracist pledge

Article published yesterday by Street Roots. The current number one priority at Portland’s transportation bureau is a permit program that aims to help restaurants spread into the street so they can serve more people safely. The Healthy Business program is part of a larger Safe Streets Initiative that’s altering public right-of-way to improve safety and create more space for physically-distanced commerce. By some accounts the program is working well. Since it was launched at the end of May, the...
Tags: Minneapolis, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Warner, Black, Rivera, Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Southeast Ankeny, Portland Bureau of Transportation PBOT, Chris Warner, Hannah Schafer


You need a mask (or three): Here are four local companies that sell them

Time to stock up. We’re in this for the long haul. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Bad news: Covid-19 is here to stay for the foreseeable future. That means you’ll need to wear a good mask to keep yourself and others safe. Good news: You can find great masks and face coverings made in Portland and your purchase will help support local bike-related businesses. Here are some of our favorites: BlaqPaks (Photos: BlaqPaks) You might now BlaqPaks for their awesome and bombproof backpack...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Italy, Portland, Products, Ministry of Health, Stefano, Gaiter, Jonathan Maus, BLAQ, Chrome Industries Chrome, COVID, Coronavirus 2020, Le Tigre Tie Dye Birds, Biciclista US Biciclista


Oregon’s first sanctioned bike race since March will happen this weekend

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) It’s been 116 days since the last officially sanctioned bicycle race happened in Oregon. The coronavirus crisis forced the Oregon Bicycle Racing Association (OBRA) to cancel all races on March 12th. What was expected to be a four week hiatus turned into nearly four months. Dozens of events have been cancelled statewide, resulting in a major blow to OBRA’s finances, a hit to promoters’ pocketbooks, lots of frustrated athletes, and a loss of tourism dollars fo...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Corvallis, Jonathan Maus, Blodgett Oregon, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, OBRA, Mike Ripley, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association OBRA, Chuck Kenlan, Kenlan, Mudslinger Events


State’s Rose Quarter freeway project will press on, without support from Portland leaders

The Oregon Department of Transportation lost a lot more than the support of a local nonprofit today when Albina Vision Trust pulled their support of the I-5 Rose Quarter project. That earthquake has already had major aftershocks. Portland Bureau of Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly and Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler have both pulled their support as well. This means ODOT is left trying to complete a controversial mega-project that doesn’t have support from the very city it would be built ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Smith, Finn, Metro, Chris Smith, Oregon Legislature, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland Public Schools, Portland City Council


Albina Vision pulls support for I-5 Rose Quarter project

No more lifeline for Mayor Wheeler and Metro President Lynn Peterson. (Illustration by Cloe Ashton, May 2019) Huge news from the Portland Mercury and Willamette Week: The nonprofit Albina Vision Trust has decided it will no longer support the Oregon Department of Transportation’s I-5 Rose Quarter project and they will no longer participate in an advisory role. In a tweet posted today, reporter Blair Stevnick wrote, “Albina Vision Trust is withdrawing from all planning on ODOT’s Rose Quarter 1-5...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Metro, Adams, Kate Brown, Peterson, Megan, Oregon Public Broadcasting, ODOT, KATU, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Willamette Week


Portland’s Climate Emergency Declaration addresses highway expansions, slavery, and colonialism

In normal times, major changes to important policy documents happen at a glacial pace. These are not normal times. When Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler released a draft of the city’s Climate Emergency Declaration back in mid-February it was just under 1,800 words long. The one that will get a public hearing and vote tonight (6/30) is nearly 5,000 words long. Learn more: 6/30 City Council meeting information 2015 Climate Action Plan Final Progress Report – Multnomah County The new doc...
Tags: Climate Change, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland City Council, Ted Wheeler, Jonathan Maus, Bureau of Planning Sustainability, George Floyd, Climate Emergency Declaration


New ODOT guardrail on Historic Highway makes cycling more dangerous

New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4) “We certainly understand how this effort reduces space available for bikers and other users…”— Don Hamilton, ODOT The Oregon Department of Transportation has narrowed the shoulder on several sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The installation of guardrails reduces space for cycling and increases danger for vulnerable road users on a very popular route along th...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hamilton, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lewis Clark, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Don Hamilton, Sandy River Photos, BikePortland Forum, Sandy River Earlier


New ODOT guardrails on Historic Highway makes cycling more dangerous

New guardrails on Historic Columbia River Highway along Sandy River.(Photos by BikePortland Forum user amadeusb4) “We certainly understand how this effort reduces space available for bikers and other users…”— Don Hamilton, ODOT The Oregon Department of Transportation has narrowed the shoulder on several sections of the Historic Columbia River Highway. The installation of guardrails reduces space for cycling and increases danger for vulnerable road users on a very popular route along th...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hamilton, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Lewis Clark, Jonathan Maus, Columbia River Highway, Historic Columbia River Highway, Don Hamilton, Sandy River Photos, BikePortland Forum, Sandy River Earlier


Video shares voices of Black Liberation Ride organizers

Stills from the video. Watch it below. The latest episode of the Portland Water Bureau’s “Water Stories” series shines a light on the recent Black Liberation ride. The fifth annual edition of the ride took place on June 19th as a celebration of “Black joy” on Juneteenth and a huge number of people turned out. The short film features the voices of ride organizers Jené Etheridge and Stephen Marea, both of whom said one of the things they appreciate most about it was the feeling of riding wit...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Brown, Etheridge, Marea, Jonathan Maus, Portland Water Bureau, Black Liberation, Black Liberation Ride, Jené Etheridge, Stephen Marea, Portland Water Bureau s YouTube


Last day to comment on the South Park Blocks Master Plan

Graphic from Portland Parks online open house shows proposed cross-section in front of Portland Art Museum. The Portland Parks and Recreation bureau is nearing completion of a master plan that will dictate a new design for the South Park Blocks. (Source: Portland Parks) The planning area is 12-block stretch of downtown between Southeast Salmon and Jackson. The goal is to create a “safe, accessible and welcoming” space for all users — including bicycle riders. Existing conditions on thes...
Tags: South Park, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Broadway, Parks, Park Avenue West, Jonathan Maus, Green Loop, Portland Parks, South Park Blocks, Downtown Neighborhood Association, South Park Blocks Master Plan, Portland Art Museum The Portland, Parks and Recreation bureau, Southeast Salmon


The Monday Roundup: SUVs for crowd control, oppressive interstates, Paris election, and more

Here are the most noteworthy stories we came across in the past seven days… SUV as crowd control weapon: This time it was in Detroit where a police SUV was surrounded by protestors and then the officer at the wheel decided to floor it and ram through them. Several people were seriously injured. Nothing to see here: The NYPD looked into a case of officers driving into protestors last week and found that they did not violate use of force policies. Traffic is back: Our wonderful flirtation with...
Tags: Transportation, Politico, America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Paris, Portland, Capitol Hill, Detroit, Donald, LA Times, Anne Hidalgo, ODOT, Shoup


The ‘Rainbow Road’ on SE Ankeny is Portland’s best distanced-dining street plaza

A block of Southeast Ankeny at 28th has been transformed into a carfree oasis.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) When the Portland Bureau of Transportation launched their “Healthy Business” permit program, they encouraged multiple businesses to apply together. The thinking was that if there were several pubs and restaurants adjacent to each other, a combined application could lead to a larger, more successful street plaza. Travis Preece took them up on the offer. As owner of two establish...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Miller, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Ankeny, Preece, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Southeast Ankeny, Rainbow Road, Healthy Business Program, Travis Preece, Gorges Beer Co


Gresham city employee under investigation for ‘All Lives Splatter’ sticker

From The Gresham Outlook. The latest chapter in our chronicle of vehicular violence and the threat of people intentionally driving their cars into vulnerable road users comes from just across Portland city limits in Gresham. And what’s even more cause for concern this time around is that it involves an employee of the City of Gresham Transportation Division. According to a story published yesterday in The Gresham Outlook, Gresham TD Field Operations Supervisor Doug Holley is under investigation...
Tags: Minneapolis, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Donald Trump, Gresham, HOLLEY, Portland Police, Jonathan Maus, Patrick Kimmons, Larnell Bruce, George Floyd, Traffic Violence, Black Liberation Ride, Vehicular Violence


New Central Eastside mural of bike riders goes deeper than you think

A bike rider rolls past a new mural by Cloe Ashton on Water Avenue. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) At first glance, the just-finished mural in a prominent location in the Central Eastside evokes the carefree spirit of Portland’s fun cycling culture. But the artist who created it hopes viewers take away something deeper. Portland-based illustrator Cloe Ashton (who you might recall created art for a BikePortland story last year) completed the project on Tuesday with support from Portlan...
Tags: Minneapolis, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ashton, Virgil, Murals, Hawthorne Boulevard, Jonathan Maus, Pedalpalooza, Southeast Water Avenue, Cloe Ashton, George Floyd, Portland Street Art Alliance


Weekend Event Guide: Black Lives Matter solidarity, superheroes, nakedness, and more

Whatever you do, practice safe cycling like this little superstar.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) Can you believe it? It’s been 15 weeks since we last published a Weekend Event Guide. This nasty little Covid-19 monster shut down all the fun events we like to share. This week however, we noticed a trickle of new events on the calendar and figured there were enough good things to warrant sharing them here. Please remember to stay safe out there, especially when you are near other people. The n...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Johnson Creek, Jonathan Maus, Weekend Event Guide, TBD SE Portland Parks Rec, Black Lives Matter Kids Solidarity, Khunamokswst Park, Rigler Elementary School, Boise Eliot Elementary Join


PBOT Deputy Director Millicent Williams speaks out on race and transportation

Millicent Williams.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) “At this juncture, either we will all be comfortable, or we’ll all be uncomfortable.”— Millicent Williams, Deputy Director of PBOT On June 17th, the Portland City Council made Juneteenth (June 19th) an annual “Day of Remembrance” and paid holiday. Portland Bureau of Transportation Deputy Director Millicent Williams was one of a slate of people invited to speak about what the holiday means. Here’s what she said: “Good afternoon...
Tags: Washington, America, Sport, Front Page, Racism, Cycling, Williams, Portland, North Carolina, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Harriet Tubman, Portland City Council, Benjamin Banneker, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Chris Warner


PBOT has funding and plan to vastly improve biking in northwest

Nine of the 10 projects with solid lines on this map could be built with just $5 million.(Map from NW in Motion Plan, PBOT) The Northwest in Motion Plan is done. After a two-year process to identify and prioritize shovel-ready projects that could give a major boost to biking, walking and transit use, PBOT is ready to take the plan to City Council and start breaking ground. Plan area is between I-405, Highway 30, Burnside and the West Hills. And unlike other plans, PBOT believes this list of ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Northwest, Marshall, Burnside, Westover, Vaughn, West Hills, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Everett Glisan, Northwest In Motion


41st annual Seattle-to-Portland ride will be a ‘virtual challenge’ this year

The finish line, usually at Holladay Park in northeast Portland, will be wherever you want it to be this year. (Photo: Cascade Bicycle Club) One of the largest and most well-known group bike rides in the Pacific Northwest won’t let Covid-19 get in the way of its 41st year. Cascade Bicycle Club announced today that the 200-mile Seattle-to-Portland (STP) ride will be a “virtual challenge” this year. 2020 will be only the second year the ride has been cancelled, with the other time being the erupt...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Seattle, Pacific Northwest, St Helens, Lloyd, Cascade, STP, Cascade Bicycle Club, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Holladay Park, Seattle To Portland Ride


It’s cafes instead of cars as Portland restaurants expand into streets

Diners at Stormbreaker Brewing on North Lombard in St. Johns.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) For years local transportation reform activists have pushed City of Portland to go beyond car storage and driving and think more creatively about what we can do with our streets. And when calls for new uses of street space were made, it was often restaurant owners who lined up to say their business would perish without maximum access for car users. Then a pandemic hit and relatively overnight we’ve ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Tribune, St Johns, TriMet, Willamette Week, Jonathan Maus, North Lombard, Ankeny Alley, Ziwe Fumudoh, COVID, Healthy Business, Healthy Business Program, Stark Street


Bicycle rider dies after being hit by car driver at NE 16th and Multnomah – Updated

Looking west on NE Multnomah at 16th. (Photo sent in by a reader) *Note: Please see major update at end of story Around 3:00 pm on Monday (6/22) someone riding a bike was involved in a collision with the driver of a car in the Lloyd area. It happened in the intersection of Northeast 16th and Multnomah. We don’t have many details at this time, but according to the Portland Police Bureau the bicycle rider suffered trauma-level injuries and was transported to a hospital. “The vehicle operato...
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Bicycle rider dies after collision at NE 16th and Multnomah – Updated

Looking west on NE Multnomah at 16th. (Photo sent in by a reader) *Note: Please see major update at end of story Around 3:00 pm on Monday (6/22) someone riding a bike was involved in a collision with the driver of a car in the Lloyd area. It happened in the intersection of Northeast 16th and Multnomah. We don’t have many details at this time, but according to the Portland Police Bureau the bicycle rider suffered trauma-level injuries and was transported to a hospital. “The vehicle operato...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Lloyd, Portland Police Bureau, Multnomah, Jonathan Maus, NE Multnomah, Lloyd District, Collisions, Garrett Dow, Northeast Multnomah Street, Troy Demont Calvin Anyone