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Coming to a bike lane near you: A strawberry, a fish, and a chicken on a bike

Two of the 2nd place winners. The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Bike to Books Design Contest winners have been announced! What started in 2017 as a way to get kids into reading, riding, and their local library, has now become a fun tradition. Even with library branches closed this year, PBOT says they received over 100 designs from schoolchildren across the city. More than just an art contest, PBOT takes the winning designs and translates them into official bike lane pavement marking...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Bike Lane Characters, Bike To Books Design Contest


The Marine Drive Path is 75% complete. Here are the gaps that remain

It’s easy to smile while riding on completed sections of the Marine Drive Path. Solid progress has been made recently and just six of its 23 miles remain. The pandemic has reminded all of us how important it is to have safe network of off-street bike paths. After all, where would Portland’s collective mental health be today without being able to ride bikes free from the stress that some car users cause? Original map of 40-Mile Loop taken from 1983 master plan. Red line is Marine Drive Pa...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Metro, Bridgeton, Gresham, Marine Drive, Columbia River, Troutdale, Columbia River Gorge, Huie, Columbia Slough, Parkrose, Jonathan Maus, Metro Metro


Portland’s fantastic fall colors are a respite in anxious times

Riding through Ladds Addition is other-worldly at certain times of the day.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) You might be full of anxiety right now. And that’s OK! I am too. And I know many other BikePortlanders feel the same way. But have you been outside lately? Have you felt the crisp air? Heard the comforting crunch of the leaves? Ridden through the branches of browns and oranges and reds and yellows that so many of our street trees are sharing with us right now? I finally got out...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Jonathan Maus


ODOT won’t commit to healthy air quality for Harriet Tubman Middle School students

“‘Improve’ [air quality] is not the standard we want… You could have technically an improvement, but it could be immaterial and the air is still not safe for and healthy for children.” — Julia Brim-Edwards, Portland Public Schools Board member Why an expansion of I-5 matters to Portland Public Schools (Harriet Tubman Middle School outlined in red). (Graphic: Portland State University) Even though drivers on Interstate 5 through north Portland already emit unhealthy levels of toxic ga...
Tags: Nike, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Poor, Finn, Portland State University, Brendan, Edwards, ODOT, Harriet Tubman, Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, Portland Public Schools, ESC


Mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone addresses off-street path safety concerns

A rider on the Springwater Corridor path. (Photo: Michael Andersen/BikePortland) During a live, online conversation with a supporter Monday evening, mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone was asked how she’d address safety concerns and homeless camping on the Springwater Corridor path — an issue that has challenged Portland leaders for nearly a decade. The interview was with Portland-based attorney Alan Kessler. Kessler asked Iannarone to repeat an answer about the issue he overheard her share at a ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Homelessness, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Council, Kessler, Election 2020, Charlie Hales, Ted Wheeler, Screengrab, Jonathan Maus, Alan Kessler, Springwater Corridor, Sarah Iannarone


The Monday Roundup: SUV tax in France, scary streets in Bogotá, too many bikes in Amsterdam

Welcome to the week. Here are the most notable items we came across in the past seven days… Tax on heavy cars: The French government has responded to pressure from climate change groups and the World Wildlife Fund to pass a new tax on heavy SUVs that weigh over 1,800 kg (3,900 lbs). How bad is the big SUV problem? Check out this review of the new obscenely and dangerously large Cadillac Escalade by an automotive writer who called it “The most stressful experience I’ve ever had.” Grids are ...
Tags: France, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Amsterdam, Portland, University Of Chicago, Bogota, Cadillac Escalade, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, Bloomberg CityLab


First ‘Bike the Vote’ ride set for Tuesday

Lulu Johnson knows how important it is to vote. (Photo: Kiel Johnson) This election has many of us on edge. And what better activity to help our moods than a bike ride? Especially one that combines our election enthusiasm with cycling. Portlander and creative bike activist extraordinaire Kiel Johnson is organizing a ‘Bike the Vote’ ride that will be a combination get-out-the-vote and political advertising campaign. Riders will slow-roll through neighborhoods to remind folks to vote while their...
Tags: Facebook, Politics, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Johnson, Election 2020, Kiel, Irving Park, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Kiel Johnson, Lulu Johnson, Irving Park Expect


Leader of ODOT Climate Office: ‘We’re moving in the complete wrong direction’

Uh oh. (Source: ODOT Climate Office) “We have a significant gap between where we are likely to go and where we need to go.”— Amanda Pietz, ODOT Climate Office The Oregon Department of Transportation isn’t moving fast enough to meet greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals. That’s according to ODOT Climate Office Director Amanda Pietz, who served up the bad news at a meeting of the Oregon Transportation Commission yesterday. Earlier this summer Governor Kate Brown issued an executive order t...
Tags: Climate Change, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Kate Brown, Connolly, Pietz, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, Amanda Pietz, Maurice Henderson, Strickler, Climate Solutions


TriMet details $558 million in bus rapid transit projects included in Measure 26-218

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Less than two weeks before voters get final say on Metro’s transportation funding measure 26-218, TriMet has released a statement outlining the four major bus rapid transit projects it would fund. TriMet defines bus rapid transit as, “A different type of bus service that uses treatments such as specially timed signals and dedicated transit travel lanes to move buses around traffic and get riders to their destination efficiently.” “If the measure does ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Buses, Metro, Happy Valley, Washington County, Powell, Sandy, McLoughlin, Beaverton, Farmington, Burnside, Columbia River, TriMet


SW Portland’s top priority, $26 million project clears final hurdle

(Existing conditions on the left, future conditions on the right.) It’s not every day a project that’s a top priority for an entire quadrant gets authorized for construction — much less one that local activists have been pushing on for 30 years. That’s why Portland City Council’s support of the Southwest Capitol Highway project yesterday was such a big deal. You might recall how we took a closer look at this project in 2015. SW Neighborhoods Inc (SWNI, the local neighborhood coalition) ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Council, City Hall, Brown, Kate Brown, Lyons, Oregon Lottery, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Southwest Portland, Portland City Council, Multnomah, Jonathan Maus


Portland is rebuilding a neighborhood destroyed by highways and racist land-use policies

How it started. How it’s going (note the bikeways in green).(Source: Portland Bureau of Planning & Sustainability) “When you drive by today you might not even realize there’s a neighborhood there.” — Kevin Bond, City of Portland BPS The City of Portland is working to restore a neighborhood that was systematically destroyed by car-centric highway projects, misguided urban renewal plans, and racism-fueled redlining. And I’m not talking about the Albina district in north Portland. I’m talk...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Bond, Metro, Sweeney, Corbett, South Portland, TriMet, Portland City Council, Central City, Ross Island, Kevin Bond, Naito, Patrick Sweeney


Traffic signal finally coming to Going Street greenway at Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd

A rider on Going Street looks for oncoming traffic on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) A notorious crossing on Portland’s marquee neighborhood greenway is finally getting a traffic signal. At their meeting Wednesday Portland City Council will pass an ordinance (PDF) that authorizes the transportation bureau to move forward on several crossing projects including a new traffic signal at Northeast Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd and Going Street. This intersecti...
Tags: Washington, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Martin Luther King, Ada, Alberta, Thomas, Burnside, Portland City Council, Ray Thomas, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Jonathan Maus, Glisan


Frog Ferry takes step forward with release of feasibility report

Conceptual plan for ferry terminal at Cathedral Park in St. Johns. “That first and final mile is just huge. And I can really see Biketown being a key part of this, especially with e-bikes.”— Susan Bladholm, Frog Ferry A public passenger ferry system that would serve 9 stops between Vancouver and Oregon City on the Willamette River would cost about $40 million to launch and would need about $7 million a year to operate. Those are just two takeaways from the Operational Feasibility Study ...
Tags: Labor, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Iowa, Portland, Vancouver, St Johns, Oregon City, South Waterfront, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Oregon Department of Transportation, OHSU, Willamette River, Biketown


Serious injury right-hook at Vancouver and Columbia underscores known hazards

Police respond to hit-and-run at N Vancouver and Columbia Monday night. (Photo: Jason P.) Monday night around 6:00 pm BikePortland reader Jason P. rolled up on the aftermath of a hit-and-run at North Vancouver and Columbia. A bicycle rider was taken away in serious condition after what a witness described as a right-hook while using bike lanes that have already been identified for safety improvements by the City of Portland. Many of you are familiar with this intersection because it’s just ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Vancouver, Jason, Columbia, North Vancouver, Prescott, Portland Police Bureau, Lombard, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Hit And Run, Columbia Slough, Jonathan Maus, Rose Quarter


Fate of old Biketown bikes now in state hands

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) These are dark times for the old Biketown bikes. Once celebrated, they’ve been relegated to a cold corner of a city-owned storage area. While the new electric-assist bikes gather attention and adoring fans, the 1,000 or so old bikes just gather dust. While they weren’t integrated into the new system, the old bikes have lots of mileage left in them and it would be a shame (and a PR debacle) if they ended up in a scrap heap. If the City of Portland has their wa...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Bike Share, ODOT, Biketown, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Steve Hoyt McBeth, Hoyt McBeth, Dylan Rivera, Oregon Department of Transportation ODOT


Multnomah County offering ‘Black Transportation Academy’

(Graphic: Multnomah County) A federally funded program within Multnomah County’s health department is laser-focused on reducing health disparities between Black and white Portlanders. Among their offerings is a ‘Black Transportation Academy,’ a workshop that aims to get more of the county’s African-American and African immigrant/refugee populations involved in local and regional planning. Instead of asking for feedback once transportation policies and projects are half-baked, the county wants m...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Racism, Cycling, Portland, Multnomah County, ODOT, Greater Portland, Jonathan Maus, TREC, U S Center for Disease Control, Black Transportation Academy, Charlene McGee, The Black Transportation Academy


The Monday Roundup: Free cars, e-bikes in the forest, indoor cycling outbreak, and more

Welcome to the week. Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days. Give them good cars: This article from Fast Company might give enlistees of the War on Cars pause. It speaks to an issue I think about a lot: How do we make good decisions in the transition between where we are and where we want to be. Whose streets?: The pandemic and an entrenched bias against bicycles by police in a major city in India have forced a major debate about how to best utilize road spa...
Tags: India, New York City, America, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Fast Company, U S Forest Service, Department of Interior, Washington Supreme Court, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, Angie Schmitt, Charles T Brown


Watch ODOT’s new video on Oregon’s ‘stop as yield’ law

For the past 10 months we’ve lived in a state where it’s legal to roll through stop signs and flashing red signals if you’re on a bicycle. It took us 13 years, but due to the always unstoppable combination of dedicated activists and willing politicians, we were finally able to get it done. And of course, despite all the fear-mongering and rhetoric, the sky has not fallen and we haven’t heard anything bad about the new law since it went into effect. Advertisement --> Advertisement ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Idaho Stop Law, Portlander Spencer Boomhower


Portland files suit against U.S. government, crews move fence out of downtown bike lane

Crews moving the fence Friday morning. (Photo: Iain Mackenzie) Crews working at the Federal Courthouse in downtown Portland have moved a concrete wall and fence that has illegally blocked two downtown streets for three months. The move comes as a lawsuit filed Wednesday by the City of Portland and City of Oakland against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security calls out the fence as an illegal incursion of our public right-of-way. A bicycle rider was forced to merge due to the blocked bi...
Tags: Sport, Dhs, Front Page, United States, Cycling, Wheeler, Portland, Warner, Oakland, Trump, Bloomberg News, City of Oakland, U S Department of Homeland Security, Iain Mackenzie, Billy Williams, Ted Wheeler


Election open thread: Sarah Iannarone or Ted Wheeler for Portland Mayor?

(Source: Multnomah County Voter Pamplet) Thanks to everyone sharing thoughts both on here and our Facebook page on these open threads. It’s been heartening to see such a robust and respectful debate on the Mapps vs. Eudaly and Nolan vs. Smith races. For the final post in this series, let’s focus on the mayoral race. A shows almost a dead heat and almost 28% of voters still undecided. Who do you plan to vote for (or have already voted for!) in the race for Portland City Council Position ...
Tags: Politics, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Nolan, Smith, Election 2020, Ted Wheeler, Jonathan Maus, Sarah Iannarone, Portland City Council Position, Multnomah County Voter Pamplet


Guest opinion: It’s time to coalesce around Metro’s transportation measure

(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) For nearly two decades, transportation advocates and forward-thinking politicians around the region have talked wistfully about “The Big One,” the opportunity to ask voters to approve funding for a massive litany of transit, bicycle, and pedestrian projects all over the region. For the last eighteen months, a massive coalition of transportation wonks, social and racial justice advocates and climate hawks shot numerous spitballs at Metro and drew hard line...
Tags: Politics, Nike, Sport, Joe Biden, Intel, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Bernie Sanders, Joe, Metro, Election 2020, Hillsboro, Aaron, Powell, Gresham


Portland makes ‘unprecedented’ withdrawal from ODOT’s I-5 Rose Quarter project

“Bringing these issues to you in our role as a partner agency is unprecedented in our region’s history… we hope that agency leadership will take them seriously.”— Chloe Eudaly, Portland City Commissioner For the first time in history, the City of Portland has officially withdrawn its status as a “partner agency” on a project with the Oregon Department of Transportation. It’s a major step beyond the “stop work directive” Portland issued on the I-5 Rose Quarter project back in July. In a ...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Portland Bureau of Transportation, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Portland City, FHWA, Jonathan Maus, Albina, Chloe Eudaly, Eudaly, Harriet Tubman Middle School, I-5 Rose Quarter Project


Election open thread: Chloe Eudaly or Mingus Mapps for City Council?

(Source: Multnomah County Voter’s Guide) Thanks to all of you who shared your opinions about the Metro District 5 race. We received enough productive input both on here and on our Facebook page that I think it makes sense to do a few more of these. So here we go… Who do you plan to vote for (or have already voted for!) in the race for Portland City Council Position 4? Chloe Eudaly (VoteChloe.com) or Mingus Mapps (MingusMapps.com)? And why? Please share your decision in the comments. Keep i...
Tags: Politics, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Election 2020, Jonathan Maus, Chloe Eudaly, Portland City Council Position, Mingus Mapps, Metro District, Multnomah County Voter, Chloe Eudaly VoteChloe


The fight over Metro’s moderate transportation measure

Metro’s funding task force met 22 times between February 2019 and April 2020 to craft the package.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) In my memory there has never been a more divisive issue inside Portland transportation reform activist circles than Metro’s transportation investment measure. Where the money would go. The package of proposed investments has been hailed by some as an exciting opportunity and panned by others as a missed opportunity. 26-218 would raise $5 billion (and leve...
Tags: Politics, Congress, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Smith, Metro, Chris Smith, Election 2020, Gamba, City Club, Oregon Department of Transportation, TriMet, Willamette Week, Milwaukie


A signalized crossing for bike traffic on the new Burnside Bridge?

Ramp proposed for new Burnside Bridge. (Graphics: Multnomah County) There’s an issue with the forthcoming Burnside Bridge that is vexing county and city planners: How to connect bicycle riders on the east side of the Willamette River up to the new protected bike lanes on the bridge deck – and vice versa. This monstrosity is barely used by bicycle riders and is far from ADA compliant. The Eastbank Esplanade is a crucial north-south cycling route that’s currently all but cut off from the B...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Ada, Multnomah County, Geller, Ankeny, Willamette River, Burnside Bridge, Eastbank Esplanade, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Steel Bridge, Jonathan Maus, Roger Geller, HDR Inc


Here’s the amazing new pump track coming to Gateway Green

Coming to Gateway Green. The asphalt means it will be rideable in winter. Earlier this month we shared that a new pump track is coming to the Gateway Green bike park. Yesterday Portland Parks & Recreation made it official. And today we received a sneak peek at the plan drawings. As you can see in the image above, we are in for quite a treat. According to a source the new track will be about 600 feet long and 15,000 square feet in size. In a statement posted to Facebook yesterday, PP&R said...
Tags: Facebook, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Parks, Jonathan Maus, Portland Parks Recreation, Glisan, Pump Track, Northwest Trail Alliance NWTA, Gateway Green, American Ramp Company


Metro candidate Mary Nolan’s record on freeway expansion projects

“I trust ODOT to deliver the plan… They’ve made compromises. And I think we should move on.”— Mary Nolan on I-5 Rose Quarter project (5/5/20) Mary Nolan There’s a heated race going on for the seat on Metro Council that represents District 5 — a district that encompasses a vast swath of Portland between our northwest border with Washington County, south to Highway 26 and I-84, and east to our border with Gresham near I-205. “This was never a good project.”— Chris Smith (9/9/20) ...
Tags: Politics, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Nolan, Smith, Metro, Chris Smith, Election 2020, Washington County, Gresham, ODOT, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Columbia River Crossing


Blumenauer and Ocasio-Cortez to host climate and housing town hall

Portland Congressman Earl Blumenauer (OR-3) will link up with a notable fellow member of the U.S. House of Representatives this Thursday (10/15) when he’s joined by Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14) for a virtual town hall. Here’s more from Rep. Blumenauer: Two of the issues I have been most focused on this Congress are addressing the housing crisis and our climate emergency. These priorities are inextricably linked and both disproportionally impact Black, Indigenous and other c...
Tags: Politics, New York, Congress, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Zoom, U S House of Representatives, Earl Blumenauer, Blumenauer, Jonathan Maus, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ocasio Cortez, Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio Cortez


ODOT will award $28 million in safe routes to school grants statewide

Morning rush (remember that?) outside Harriet Tubman middle school in north Portland.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) All across Oregon, cities and counties (and one tribe) want more money to make it safer for people to walk and roll to school (remember going to school?). According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, 99 agencies from every region have applied for funding from the state’s Safe Routes to School program. 203 total projects have been submitted at a total cost of $73 mill...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Powell, Oregon Legislature, ODOT, Harriet Tubman, Oregon Department of Transportation, Oregon Transportation Commission, Jonathan Maus, Safe Routes To School, Leeanne Fergason, Fergason


Opinion: Better Naito success shows change is still possible

People literally sacrificed themselves to make Better Naito a reality.(Photo: Kiel Johnson) By Kiel Johnson, owner and founder of Go By Bike, a bike shop and bike valet service located under the Portland Aerial Tram. “Council continues the legacy of Governor McCall by taking another tiny sliver of our car dominated urban landscape and giving it back to the people.” On October 7th Portland City Council approved a radical transformation of Naito Parkway, one of our most important streets....
Tags: Opinion, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Waterfront Park, McCall, Portland City Council, Cinco de Mayo, Tom McCall, Naito, Better Naito, Naito Parkway, Kiel Johnson, Harbor Drive