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Relive the Red R Criterium with racer interviews, video and photos

(Photos from Saturday’s race. Top two by Greg Schmitt, bottom two by J. Maus/BikePortland) Saturday’s Red R Crit was another sign that bike racing is alive and well in Portland after the Lost Pandemic Year of 2020. With well over 200 entries, organizers with the Rainier Beer Cycling Team were able to enjoy the day of racing as volunteers and participants without having to worry about breaking even. Hannah Moraes, intrepid race reporter. The Red R took place in an industrial area of ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Sean, Emily, HANNAH, Snodgrass, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Swan Island, J Maus BikePortland, Christy Hawkins, Red R Crit, Red R Criterium


Portland Police will de-emphasize minor traffic violations in move toward racial justice

Mayor Wheeler and Chief Lovell at today’s press conference. “It’s not a directive change. Officers will still have the ability to do a lower-level stop if they need to… we’re just re-emphasizing our focus to the moving violations that are more safety related.”— Chuck Lovell, Portland police chief Portland Mayor Ted Wheeler and Police Chief Chuck Lovell addressed media in an online press conference today to explain a new approach to traffic enforcement. “Officers will soon be working un...
Tags: Oregon, Police, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Road, Portland Police Bureau, Lovell, Ted Wheeler, Portland Police, Jonathan Maus, Police Bureau, Enforcement, PPB Traffic Division


Reasons for optimism around major 82nd Avenue funding request

A lot is at stake for 82nd Avenue.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) With less than one week left in the 2021 Oregon legislative session there’s one big question Portlanders still don’t have an answer: Will lawmakers choose to spend $80 million to kickstart a long-awaited process that will transfer jurisdiction of 82nd Avenue from the State of Oregon to the City of Portland? According to Representative Khanh Pham’s Chief of Staff Robin Ye, it could actually happen. Rep Pham was an advocate for 82nd...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, Portland, Salem, Biden, Pham, Ye, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, 82nd Avenue, Joint Ways and Means Committee, Khanh Pham


Hundreds roll to honks of approval on Portland’s ‘loud and proud’ Rainbow Ride

(Photos by Amy Danger) With both Pride Month and Pedalpalooza vibes very strong in Portland right now, we expected Saturday’s Rainbow Ride to draw a big crowd — and we were not disappointed! We heard from ride co-organizer Sumi Malik (above, lower left) and attendee/photographer Amy Danger (@adangerpdx) that it was indeed a very special evening. In the words of Amy, it was a, “Hair-raisingly beautiful show of positivity, solidarity and the importance of continued engagement as we push...
Tags: Senate, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Black, Amy, Portland State University, Sumi, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Pedalpalooza, Marsha P Johnson, Sumi Malik, Pedalpalooza 2021, Terry D


No ‘Short Track’ series at Portland International Raceway this year

Racers and fans at a PIR Short Track event in 2011.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) Thanks to the Covid-19 pandemic the 2020 bike racing season was nearly wiped out completely. This season has gotten off to a very promising start with huge field sizes and lots of enthusiasm; but this morning we got some bad news. The Oregon Bicycle Racing Association has announced that the Portland Short Track Series will not happen. 2021 would have been the 17th season for the beloved, weekday, off-road races tha...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, KIC, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, Portland International Raceway, Off-road Cycling, Portland Parks, OBRA, Portland International Raceway PIR, MTB short track race series, Kenton Short Track


Pedalpalooza Photo Gallery: Rocky Butte Sunset Picnic Dance Party Ride

Riders hang out atop Rocky Butte during last week’s dance party picnic ride.(Photos: Eric Thornburg/No Lens Cap) All photos by Eric Thornburg By all accounts, Wednesday night’s Rocky Butte Sunset Picnic Dance Party Ride was a banger. In what has become one of many cherished annual Pedalpalooza traditions, riders gathered at Irving Park and rode together to the top of Rocky Butte in northeast Portland. The panoramic views from Joseph Wood Hill Park (you do read historical plaques, don’t you?...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Eric, Irving Park, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Pedalpalooza, Eric Thornburg, Pedalpalooza 2021, Rocky Butte, Joseph Wood Hill Park


Guest Opinion: Stop the freeway-widening slush fund

“For me, true independence will come not from a driver’s license, but from Oregon building a transportation system that allows every Oregonian the chance to get around without an automobile.”— Cassie Wilson Cassie Wilson.(Photo courtesy Cassie Wilson) By Cassie Wilson, a 22-year-old resident of Clackamas County. This spring, I celebrated getting my driver’s license, knowing it meant I could independently leave my neighborhood for the first time in my life. I can’t help but wish navi...
Tags: Opinion, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Clackamas County, Joint Ways and Means Committee, Guest Opinion, 2021 Legislative Session, Hb 3055, Cassie Wilson Cassie Wilson, Cassie Wilson, Clackamas County Youth Advisory Task Force


The Monday Roundup: Cherokee riders, vehicular violence, Honsinger’s big day, and more

Welcome to the week. Here are the most notable items BikePortland readers and editors came across in the past seven days: ‘Remember the Removal’: Six riders from the Cherokee Nation and three members of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians completed a 950 bike tour that followed the infamous Trail of Tears to remember their ancestors who were forcefully removed from their homelands more than 180 years ago. Vehicular violence, part 1: A mother of two who was attending a vigil against police v...
Tags: Minneapolis, America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Ford, Arizona, Knoxville Tennessee, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, Honsinger, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians


Meet BikePortland supporter Shannon Johnson

Shannon Johnson and her crew.(Photo: Johnson Family) Hi everyone. It’s the end of another wild week here at BikePortland. Before we sign off for a bit, I wanted to share a profile from one of our supporters. If you’re not one of our hundreds of financial supporters, subscribers, or Patreons (become one here!), you don’t get the weekly Insider Newsletter that goes out (mostly) every Friday. That’s where I share a personal note with readers, housekeeping stuff about the business, a recap of all ...
Tags: Craigslist, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Amsterdam, Johnson, Housekeeping, Hillsboro, Shannon, Shannon Johnson, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland, Banks Vernonia, Emily Finch, BikePortland Before, Downtown Hillsboro


Opinion: It’s time to rally support for a carfree South Park Blocks

A plan to prohibit driving to create carfree spaces on several blocks of the South Park Blocks, as drawn by Portland Bureau of Transportation in Appendix B of the South Park Blocks Master Plan. This is an opinion from BikePortland founder, editor, and publisher Jonathan Maus. It’s unfortunate that the discussion about the future of the South Park Blocks has been poisoned by a misleading opposition campaign. What we should be laser-focused on is something city planners call the Connected Cu...
Tags: South Park, Opinion, Sport, Front Page, Salmon, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Parks, Rubio, Portland State University, Jefferson, Falbo, Portland Art Museum, Pioneer Square, Portland Bureau of Transportation


Weekend Event Guide: Red R Crit, Asian snacks, Pride ride, roses, and more!

No matter how you roll, there’s an event for you.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) With so many bike events bursting onto the calendar in the past few weeks, it can be overwhelming to find the right one(s). Our job is to filter through all the calendars and present you with a well-rounded, hand-picked selection to make your life easier. On that note, I present to you our carefully chosen ride and event menu for the next three days (and by the way we’re back to custom descriptions inste...
Tags: America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, PBC, Sally Ride, OG, Lew Frederick, Earl Blumenauer, Jonathan Maus, Pedalpalooza, Swan Island, Albina, Weekend Event Guide


Oregon congressmen to ODOT: Build robust I-5 caps, we’ll give you money for Rose Quarter project

Blumenauer, Wyden, Merkley. (Photos: BikePortland) In a letter (below) sent to Governor Kate Brown today, three members of Oregon’s congressional delegation gave the Oregon Department of Transportation an ultimatum: Create buildable caps over Interstate 5 through the Rose Quarter, and they’ll bring home federal funding for the state’s highest transportation priority. For months, ODOT has been wrangling with consultants, neighborhood advocates, local electeds, and backers of Albina Vision Tr...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ron Wyden, Kate Brown, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Earl Blumenauer, Jeff Merkley, Jonathan Maus, Albina, I-5 Rose Quarter Project, Albina Vision Trust, Blumenauer Wyden Merkley Photos


Huge crowds welcome back Mount Tabor Circuit Race

Picnickers enjoy the show as racers stream by atop Mount Tabor last night. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Back for its 69th season after being dormant in 2020, the River City Bicycles Mount Tabor Series is stronger than ever. The only weekday bike race in America that happens on an extinct volcano, the 1.3 mile loop is as challenging for riders as it is enjoyable for spectators. It was perfect weather last night and hundreds of people crowded the start-finish area for a chance to see ...
Tags: America, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Jonathan Maus, Portland Check, Rides/Events, Mt Tabor Park, Mount Tabor, River City Bicycles, Mt Tabor, Luciano Bailey, Mt Tabor Race Series, Mount Tabor Circuit Race, River City Bicycles Mount Tabor Series


Q & A with Black Liberation Ride organizer Stephen Marea

Stephen Marea in June 2020.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Stephen Marea is working to create welcoming rides and spaces for Black Portlanders. He co-organized the Black Liberation Ride (with Jené Etheridge) last year and will be the leader of Saturday’s ride as well. He’s also just launched a new weekly series of rides for beginners. I caught up with Stephen to learn more about his work. (Edited for clarity and brevity.) How does this year feel different to you than last year? Or does...
Tags: Facebook, Interviews, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Black Lives Matter, BLM, Alberta, Stephen, Black, Clinton, Rsvp, Dang, Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard, Jonathan Maus


Good news: ODOT will stripe bike lane at dangerous Lombard/42nd Avenue gap

View westbound on Lombard under 42nd Avenue overpass. The white line in the foreground is end of bike lane. On December 12th, 2015, new Portland resident Martin Greenough was riding home from work on Northeast Lombard. As he pedaled eastbound at the 42nd Avenue overpass he was hit from behind and killed by a drunk driver. Greenough was struck in a section of Lombard where there was a gap in the bike lane and the shoulder narrowed significantly. The City of Portland (who owns 42nd Avenue) an...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Lombard, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Martin Greenough, 42nd Avenue, Scott Kocher, Greenough, Jessica Horning


Celebrate Juneteenth by bike in Portland

Photos from 2020 Black Liberation Ride by Ebony Hall for BikePortland. Poster art by Jarren Smith/FINE. This Saturday is Juneteenth, a newly-named official state holiday to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States, and there are a lot of ways to celebrate by bike. The headline event is the annual Black Liberation Ride, back after its huge success last year. “So much has happened since the 2020 ride, and this ride will be centered around community, BIPOC allyship, and taking up sp...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, United States, Cycling, Portland, Black Lives Matter, Black, North Park Blocks, Marea, Jonathan Maus, North Williams Avenue, Rides/Events, Juneteenth, Albina, Vanport, Albina Vision Trust


Budget cuts to Burnside Bridge project could mean smaller bike lanes, no Esplanade ramp

Multnomah County is looking to shave about $180 million off the cost of the new Burnside Bridge. A smaller budget for the Earthquake Ready Burnside Bridge project could lead to a narrower cross-section that has less space for walk and biking. Another potential cut could be the cycling ramp from the Eastbank Esplanade up to the new bridge deck. The County announced at a project task force meeting on Monday night that they’ve begun a series of cost-saving studies to determine which course of a...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Projects, Ada, County, Max, Metro, Multnomah County, The County, TriMet, SEIS, Burnside Bridge, Eastbank Esplanade, Jonathan Maus


ODOT ‘envisions’ zero traffic deaths, but their safety plan needs your help to get there

As long as ODOT thinks roads like this (SW Barbur Blvd) are OK, we will never reach that vision (taken from ODOT Transportation Safety Action Plan).(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The 502 people who died while using Oregon roads in 2018 was a 15-year high. So far this year, fatal traffic crashes are up over 24% from 2020 levels. Oregon has a lot of work to do if we want to reach our goal of zero deaths or life-changing injuries by 2035. The roadmap to get us there is the Transportation S...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, DMV, Department of Motor Vehicles, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Travis Brouwer, Odot Traffic Safety Division, Traffic Safety Action Plan, Transportation Safety Office, Amy Joyce, Highway Safety Section, Joyce Has


Misleading opposition campaign claims South Park Blocks Plan will lead to mass tree deaths

Riders in the South Park Blocks.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Does the City of Portland want to swap dozens of historic trees for cycling access in the South Park Blocks? According to a campaign launched by critics of South Park Blocks Master Plan, that’s exactly what Portland Parks bureau has in mind. But is their opposition really about protecting trees? Or is it rooted in anti-cycling bias and a desire to maintain a status quo that includes ample space for cars? A Change.org peti...
Tags: South Park, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Broadway, White, Parks, Jonathan, MacKenzie, Pearl District, Iain Mackenzie, Jonathan Maus, Green Loop, Leeson, Portland Parks


Critics of South Park Blocks plan say ‘Green Loop’ will lead to mass tree deaths

Riders in the South Park Blocks.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Does the City of Portland want to swap dozens of historic trees for cycling access in the South Park Blocks? According to a campaign launched by critics of South Park Blocks Master Plan, that’s exactly what Portland Parks bureau has in mind. But is their opposition really about protecting trees? Or is it rooted in anti-cycling bias and a desire to maintain a status quo that includes ample space for cars? A Change.org peti...
Tags: South Park, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Broadway, White, MacKenzie, Pearl District, Iain Mackenzie, Portland City Council, Jonathan Maus, Green Loop, Leeson, Portland Parks, South Park Blocks


Long advocacy slog ends with smiles as SW Capitol Highway project breaks ground

SW Capitol Highway looking north early Sunday morning after a rain.(Photos: Lisa Caballero/BikePortland) Construction on the $27.5 M SW Capitol Highway: Multnomah Village – West Portland Project begins today. The project will bring protected bike lanes, sidewalks, new crossings, upgraded stormwater management and water pipes to this key north-south corridor through southwest Portland. The project was conceived in 1993 when neighborhood advocate Marianne Fitzgerald mailed a type-written lette...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Projects, Environmental Protection Agency, Bes, Lyons, Fitzgerald, Southwest Portland, TriMet, Steve Novick, Earl Blumenauer, Hillsdale, Red Electric, Mike Jordan


The Monday Roundup: Love and hate cycling, no more ‘peak hour’, helmet vid, and more

Good morning! Welcome to Monday. Here are the most noteworthy items BikePortland readers and editors came across in the past seven days… A Bilenky for Boris: The bike President Biden gifted to UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson was built in Philadelphia — and the handlebar came from the Ahearne Cycles shop in north Portland! How green? A handy chart of carbon emissions by mode of travel (gleaned from existing research and news articles) puts bikes — even e-bikes — in two of the top four spots. ...
Tags: UK, America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Chicago, Cycling, Psa, Philadelphia, Boris Johnson, Edinburgh, Biden, Ny Times, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, Bilenky


Video: Come along on the Pedalpalooza City Shenanigans Ride

Friday’s rain kept some but not nearly all from enjoying another awesome night of Pedalpalooza. The three-month festival of free bike fun has already hosted dozens of rides, hundreds of smiles, and many hours of joy. On Friday night, local bike fun legend Scott Batcheler hosted his Light Brigade – Inner City Shenanigans ride. After meeting at Salmon Street Springs, we rolled in loops through the central city. The route included little-ridden backways, cool lookouts, PBOT’s new Pride Plaza on ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Scott, Memorial Coliseum, Jonathan Maus, Salmon Street Springs, Jonathan Maus BikePortland, Shawne Martinez, Scott Batcheler


Opinion: Post-pandemic traffic is weighing on me

North Rosa Parks Way near Albina this morning.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) There was a Pedalpalooza ride this week called World Without Cars that started at 4:00 am with one goal in mind: to ride Portland streets when there are very few cars on them. Other Portland traditions to ride on New Year’s Day and during the Super Bowl are done for the same, low-traffic-loving reason. As mask requirements have loosened and vaccinations have surged, it feels like more Portlanders than ever...
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Editorial, City Hall, Piedmont, Don, TriMet, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Pedalpalooza, North Rosa Parks Way, Rose Lane, Albina


Here’s what Hawthorne will look like after PBOT’s ‘Pave and Paint’

Before/after with PBOT rendering of new striping. Anyone who hoped the City of Portland would reconsider plans to re-stripe Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard with a bike lane might want to call them before the end of business hours today. That’s because crews are set to start paving and painting on Monday. Advertisement The Portland Bureau of Transportation send out a statement Friday that the highly contentious Hawthorne Pave and Paint project is all set to begin. They also shared a ne...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Projects, Ada, Hawthorne, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Southeast Hawthorne Boulevard, Hawthorne Pave And Paint


Weekend Event Guide: Underground Rave, Get Lost, Light Brigade, Amazing History Race, and more

At Sunday’s Get Lost ride, dice will be rolled to determine the route. Where it goes, nobody knows.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Hi everyone! Pedalpalooza is really hitting its stride and there’s a lot on tap for this weekend (and no, the rain will not stop the fun). By the way, I highly recommend following @PedalpaloozaPDX on Instagram. They are doing an amazing job sharing all the smiling faces and fun crowds that are showing up to all the rides. Here are our ride selections for th...
Tags: Senate, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Cesar Chavez, Clark County, Sparky, Jonathan Maus, Pedalpalooza, Salmon Street Springs, Weekend Event Guide, Lone Fir Cemetery, Sewallcrest Park, Skidmore Bluffs


Jobs of the Week: Cyclepath, Bike Clark County, Castelli Sportful USA

Looking for a new place to spread you cycling wings? We’ve got six great job opportunities that just went up this week. Learn more about each one via the links below… – Retail Sales and Front-End Operations – Cyclepath PDX – Sales Associate – Bike Clark County – Warehouse Worker – Castelli Sportful USA – Staff Accountant – Castelli Sportful USA – Customer Service Representative – Castelli Sportful USA – Apparel Technical Designer/Product Developer – Castelli Sportful USA Advertisement ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Jonathan Maus, Jobs Of The Week, Clark County Castelli Sportful USA, Retail Sales and Front End Operations, Castelli Sportful USA Staff Accountant, Castelli Sportful USA Customer Service, Castelli Sportful USA Advertisement


“We have to fight!” Youth anti-freeway activists protest outside ODOT headquarters

Aurelia Nelson-Reske leads a chant during a rally at ODOT headquarters in downtown Portland Wednesday.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) A growing contingent of young climate activists have brought their dissatisfaction with the Oregon Department of Transportation right to the agency’s doorstep. “We’re striking because we are in the middle of a climate crisis, freeway expansion is only going to make that worse and we need ODOT to wake up and see that.”— Adah Crandall, Sunrise Movement ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Hamilton, Chris Smith, Kate Brown, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Tubman, Jonathan Maus, Norberg, Crandall, Don Hamilton, Jonathan Maus BikePortland


Cycle Oregon rallies in return with back-to-back weekend events

Along the Deschutes in Maupin and Mt. Hood views from the foothills. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The open roads are calling and Cycle Oregon has answered. The Portland-based nonprofit known for its fully-supported, week-long “Classic” ride first held in 1988, was forced to cancel its slate of events in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This year they hosted a virtual challenge. But today, Cycle Oregon announced they’re ready to ride together again: They’ll host two weekend even...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Deschutes, Cycle Oregon, Maupin, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Tygh Valley, Wasco County Fairgrounds, Tygh Valley Each Tygh Valley, Gravel Forward, Deschutes Rivers


More traffic cameras, more money: A big day for safer streets in Portland

A man tries to cross 82nd Avenue at Alberta, the intersection where two people were killed by drivers in April.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Wednesday was a very consequential day for traffic safety in Portland. “I have moved from hating cameras, to really understanding how, in relationship with other safety improvements, they could help keep people in our communities safe.”— Jo Ann Hardesty, city commissioner At their morning session Portland City Council finally authorized the Port...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, House, Portland, City Council, Council, Alberta, Rivera, Portland Police Bureau, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Portland City Council, Oregon Senate, Dickman, Jonathan Maus, BikePortland