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‘Hill killerz’ trend has managed to make climbing hills fun

Maria Schur is adding something new to climbing: smiles.(Photo: Madi Carlson) “Historically, I’ve hated hills. But what are you going to do? Ride around every single hill?”— Maria Schur When it comes to bicycling, Portlander Maria Schur has morphed from hill hater to hill lover. And now, her personal journey has led her to spread that love to others. Maria is Portland’s hill-climbing ambassador. A sloped street sommelier whose infectious love of riding bikes and building community has...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Google Maps, Maria, Flint, Don, Harney, Forest Grove, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Madi Carlson


No Peacock Lane. No Bike the Lights. Check out Starkwood instead!

(Houses with holiday lights in the Starkwood neighborhood. Photos by Tom Howe) With both Peacock Lane and Bike the Lights cancelled this year, Tom Howe from Puddlecycle shares his route and tips for a new destination full of bright lights and holiday cheer. You’re on the right track when you see this sign. A neighborhood along Southeast 111th Street known as Starkwood is a great alternative to Peacock Lane for a holiday bike ride. Nearly all of the houses on several cul-de-sacs off...
Tags: Holidays, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Gladstone, Washington Street, Ridgewood, Rides/Events, Madi Carlson, Puddlecycle, Tom Howe, Peacock Lane, Park Ride, Floyd Light Middle School, Starkwood, Stark Street Island


Cycling entrepreneurs add delivery by bike as demand soars

Sarah Gilbert and Edwin Skaug of A Convenient Cycle. When coronavirus ended their burgeoning bicycle tour business, southeast Portland based Around Portland Tours turned to a different kind service. A company that used to take people to things, is now taking things to people. “The principle is to provide what my community needs, on a bicycle.”— Edwin Skaug, Convenient Cycle Tour company co-founder Sarah Gilbert (of bike-thru fame) says she’s shuddered the tours for now and has turned at...
Tags: Business, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Steve Smith, Steven Smith, Sarah Gilbert, Gilbert, Jonathan Maus, Madi Carlson, Water Avenue, Coronavirus 2020, Convenient Cycle, Edwin Skaug, Around Portland Tours


The Monday Roundup: Aminé’s world, wheel-sucker etiquette, Bend’s bad cops, and more

This week’s roundup is sponsored by Willamette Valley Cyclists, a nonprofit that needs our help to build a pump track in McMinnville! Here are the most noteworthy items we came across in the past seven days… A bad example: Bend police issued speeding citations to two of their own in separate crashes. Both offending officers were responding to emergencies while going too fast and struck and injured innocent road users. Who’s biking in SF?: U.S. Census numbers paint a picture of cycling in San...
Tags: Oregon, San Francisco, Sport, Features, Front Page, Amine, Cycling, Paris, Portland, Seattle, Heathrow Airport, Don, McMinnville, Jonathan Maus, The Monday Roundup, Carfree


Family Biking: Madi Carlson, signing off

Bye!(Photo: Rijder Carlson) Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. Farewell readers! After 100 posts I’ve used up all my words and it’s time to pass this column onto someone else. Family Biking is such an important topic and I’ve loved being able to share this space with you for nearly two years now. I look forward to reading future posts on the topic from Jonathan and other contributors. This is just goodbye from inside the BikePortland ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Jonathan, Madi, Madi Carlson, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Rijder Carlson


Family Biking: Gladys Bikes’ Saddle Library is the place to go for mom butts

The Gladys Bikes Saddle Library.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. I’m not going to beat around the bush: The Gladys Bikes Saddle Library will change your life! Last fall my saddle went out of adjustment. Then it broke. I’m indecisive and don’t like change. I tweaked my saddle alignment for months, so I was grumpy when it died. But I was ecstatic to finally have an excuse to use the Gladys Bikes Saddle Library, a...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Brooks, Eugene, Leah, Gladys, Koda, Ergon, Madi Carlson, Gladys Bikes, Leah Benson, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Gladys Bikes Saddle Library, Saddle Library


Family Biking: How to fit two tweens on a family bike (the end)

The Urban Arrow was comfy for a 30-mile day.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. It’s time for the final installment in my series of posts about carrying two bigger kids on a family bike (don’t miss part one, part two, and part three). I’ve come to the conclusion that there’s no simple, off-the-shelf solution to fitting a 10 and a 12-year old weighing 170 pounds onto a bike, but there are solutions out there and som...
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Family Biking: Thoughts on carrying tweens and biking less

Our big, once-a-year trip to the pumpkin farm. And yes those are tweens. Deal with it.(Photos: Madi Carlson) It’s been eye-opening and fun playing at being an electric cargo biking mom these last few weeks. Except for the “aren’t they old enough to be on their own bikes?” comments (here, not in person). And yes, they (my two boys) often ride their own bikes, but I’m borrowing an electric cargo bike so I’m putting them in the front box. We all think it’s fun. Our Family Biking column is ...
Tags: America, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Holland, Berkeley, Albany California, El Cerrito, El Cerrito Plaza, Telegraph Avenue, Michael Andersen, Madi Carlson, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Netherlands Bureau for Tourism


Family Biking: Two tweens on a family bike (part two)

They fit! I’m borrowing a two-tween family bike.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. Welcome to my follow-up of last month’s post about my two tweens on our family bike. I was beginning to think there wasn’t an “off-the-shelf” solution to carrying two bigger kids (ages 12 and 10, weighing a combined 171 pounds in my case) by bike. I’m happy to say I stand corrected! The Urban Arrow I’m currently borrowing isn’t the ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Seattle, Jonathan, Holgate, Maxi Cosi, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Bosch Performance Line, Bakfietsen


Family Biking: Intersections are scary, until you wiggle around them

If my kids (sharrow, bike lane, bike box) still let me make them bike infrastructure costumes, they’d be intersections for Halloween.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Not scary: A protected intersection in Vancouver, BC. It’s definitely October. There’s a chill in the air, leaves are turning, there’s extra candy in grocery stores, and Halloween decorations are going up in our neighbors’ yards. So it seems like a good time to talk about a scary topic: intersections. Granted not all intersections are...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Vancouver, Clinton, Jonathan, Powell, Woodward, Clinton Street, Madi Carlson, Franklin High, Tibbetts, Se Powell Blvd, BP Headlines, Family Biking


Family Biking: Intersections are spooky, until you wiggle around them

If my kids (sharrow, bike lane, bike box) still let me make them bike infrastructure costumes, they’d be intersections for Halloween.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Not spooky: A protected intersection in Vancouver, BC. It’s definitely October. There’s a chill in the air, leaves are turning, there’s extra candy in grocery stores, and Halloween decorations are going up in our neighbors’ yards. So it seems like a good time to talk about a spooky topic: intersections. Granted not all intersections a...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Vancouver, Clinton, Powell, Woodward, Clinton Street, Madi Carlson, Franklin High, Tibbetts, Se Powell Blvd, BP Headlines, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson


Family Biking: Join us for the Kidical Mass Pumpkin Farm Ride

Pumpkin farms are a fall tradition ’round these parts. Join us! (Photos: Madi Carlson) Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. Want to ride to a pumpkin farm with a fun group? Kidical Mass PDX, our local chapter of the grassroots family-friendly group bike ride, is pedaling to the Fall Festival at Liepold Farms in Boring, Oregon on Saturday, October 19th. It’s a big ride so we’ll collect people both at Cartlandia in Portland and at Main City ...
Tags: Facebook, Oregon, Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Kruger, Sauvie Island, Cartlandia, Madi Carlson, Cartlandia Springwater, BP Headlines, Liepold Farms, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson


In front, in back, or at your side? Where should kids ride?

Other than getting confused by Fortnite references, I love riding side by side.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Front, back, side by side — these are all good ways to ride with kids! Different circumstances might call for different positioning during each ride, but I’m curious which configuration is your favorite and why. Non-family bikers, you can play, too, and share your preference(s) for riding with another adult. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries h...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Clinton, Woodward, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Biking With Kids, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson


Family Biking: We all fall down

Staged photo of a bike crash.(Photos: Madi Carlson) Last week I took the corner into my backyard too slowly, caught my front wheel on a flagstone, and slowly tipped sideways against the side of my house. As time slowed down and/or my brain sped up in the heat of the moment, I thought about my crashes of years past. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. I’ve read that the most common type of bicycle crash is a solo crash. I find this hard to...
Tags: Facebook, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Seattle, UC Santa Barbara, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Seattle Fiets of Parenthood


Feeling the strength of moms on Mother’s Day

We were all smiles for Mother’s Day.(Photos: Madi Carlson) After re-reading my last year’s post On the exhaustion of motherhood and why I want to bike with other families on Mother’s Day I realize this is a tiring time of year for me. Despite the too little sleep and too much stress, thanks to my bike I still feel now as I did back when my kids were little: capable, strong, and free. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. This year, like the ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Outdoor Afro Portland Meetup


Grab the kiddos and get ready for the Gorge Pedal

Biking with kids in the Columbia River Gorge.(Photos: Madi Carlson) As much as I love Portland proper and could happily spend all my days right here, I adore visiting the Columbia River Gorge — the waterfalls, the mighty Columbia, the trees, the flowers, the expansive views! Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. My next visit to this gorgeous region will be on July 20th for the Gorge Pedal 11-mile Family Ride. On that note, I want to give y...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Gorge, Columbia, Herman, Columbia River Gorge, Cascade Locks, Bonneville Dam, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Zelada, Columbia River Gorge Photos, Gorge Gorge Pedal


No school on Bike to School Day, let’s rally with ‘Red for Ed’ instead

Celebrating Walk to School Day earlier this school year.(Photo: Madi Carlson) National Bike to School Day is Wednesday, May 8th. Here in Oregon that falls on the May 8th Day of Action, a teacher walkout that has led to a decision to close Portland Public Schools. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. I was initially dismayed there’d be no party and parade at school; but I’m going to channel that energy into a much longer parade to a much big...
Tags: Facebook, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Clackamas County, Madi Carlson, Eudaly, Tom McCall Waterfront Park, BP Headlines, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Portland Public Schools Our Family Biking, Clinton City Park


300 people turned out for the annual Kidical Mass Easter Ride!

Kidical Mass PDX Co-director Sara Cowling Davidson prepares to lead the ride.Photos: Madi Carlson Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. With the Easter bunny hopping onto the scene so has arrived biking season! Like myself, you may feel that biking season never closed to begin with, but I still like celebrating the first big Kidical Mass PDX kids-of-all-ages family bike ride of the year on Easter. Also, with Pedalpalooza rides appearing hourly...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Rando, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Kidical Mass, Sewallcrest Park, Zelada, Kidical Mass PDX, Kidical Mass PDX Co, Sara Cowling Davidson


Family Biking: Join us for the annual Kidical Mass Easter Ride

We had such a great time last year! Let’s do it again. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Flowers are blooming, the rain feels a bit warmer, and bike shops are off their winter schedules. That means Kidical Mass PDX is back, too! Our “season” typically starts on Easter Sunday with our annual Kidical Mass PDX Easter Ride and Egg Hunt: Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. Sunday, April 21, 2019 11:00 a.m. Start: Overlook Park (1599 N Fremont St,...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Madi Carlson, Overlook Park, BP Headlines, Kidical Massive, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Kidical Mass, MAX Light Rail Yellow Line


Family Biking: When Easter falls near Earth Day

We had such a great time last year! Let’s do it again. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Flowers are blooming, the rain feels a bit warmer, and bike shops are off their winter schedules. That means Kidical Mass PDX is back, too! Our “season” typically starts on Easter Sunday with our annual Kidical Mass PDX Easter Ride and Egg Hunt: Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. Sunday, April 21, 2019 11:00 a.m. Start: Overlook Park (1599 N Fremont St, Po...
Tags: Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Niagara Falls, Madi Carlson, Overlook Park, BP Headlines, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, MAX Light Rail Yellow Line


Family Biking: Here’s how to bike to the cherry trees in Waterfront Park

Visiting the cherry blossoms by bike on Sunday.(Photos: Madi Carlson) On Sunday, my boys and I had the same idea as a lot of other Portlanders: visit the cherry blossoms in the Japanese American Historical Plaza. Then while biking home I realized Waterfront Park is incredibly family-friendly to reach by bike from the deepish southeast these days. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. Continue reading Family Biking: Here’s how to bike to the cherry trees in Waterfront Park at ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Cherry Blossoms, Waterfront Park, Madi Carlson, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Japanese American Historical Plaza, Clever Cycles Continue


Review: Surly’s ‘Big Easy’ smooths out family biking and cargo-hauling

I usually dread posing for professional photos, but Jonathan insisted… and it was actually fun!(Photos: Peter Newlands/PHN Photography) After sharing my initial impressions two weeks ago, I’m ready to share a full review of Surly’s new Big Easy electric cargo bike (retail price $5,000). I rode the bike for two and a half weeks and found myself enamored with it. Read on as I delve into the wonders of the e-assist, the useful accessories, what I’d add to make it perfect, and what I like to chang...
Tags: Facebook, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Amsterdam, Seattle, Products, Bosch, Jonathan, Big Easy, Madi Carlson, Bill Trailer, Surly, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Xtracycle Hooptie


Family Biking: A primer on tire pumping

Bike maintenance with kids is fun! (And takes twice as long.)(Photos: Madi Carlson) Shout out to all the fair-weather family bikers! Rumor has it the gorgeous weather won’t last, but it’s lovely out right now and my kids’ bikes have lots of new company at the school bike racks. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. Have you ever excitedly greeted your dusty, neglected bike in the garage on the first nice day of the year only to find it has two...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Seattle, Riding Tips, Schrader, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Presta, Schrader Presta, Retighten Presta


Family Biking: First impressions of the Surly Big Easy electric cargo bike

Pretty sure this is the first time I’ve smiled at the thought of carrying two kids and an extra bike up a hill.(Photos: Madi Carlson) I’m borrowing a Surly Big Easy, the brand new e-assist version of my beloved Surly Big Dummy longtail cargo bike. It’s been with me for a week now and we’ve been having a lot of fun with it. I’ll keep it another week or two before giving it back to Surly and writing a full review. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Brooks, Jonathan, Big Easy, BikePortland, Ladd Circle, Powell Butte, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Kid Corral


Weekend Event Guide: Dead Freeways, Broken & Coastal launch, a time trial, and more

Shawn Granton of Urban Adventure League shares tales of freeways past at his Dead Freeways Ride in 2010.(Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) It’s almost time to solidify your plans for the weekend. And, while Friday might be a doozy weather-wise, we might get into the 50s over the weekend. Here’s our list of recommendations… Sales! We interrupt this guide to tell you about two big sales at two great local bike shops: — West End Bikes Anniversary Sale: Get 10-50% off everything at this amaz...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Irving Park, Jonathan Maus, Portland Wheelmen, Ann Morrow, Madi Carlson, NW Trail Alliance, Weekend Event Guide, Shawn Granton, Urban Adventure League, Tom Howe, OBRA


Family Biking: Author and illustrator Alison Farrell comes to Storytime March 10th

Portland author and illustrator Alison Farrell will join us at Bike Shop Storytime this coming Sunday, March 10th. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. And please note: We’ve moved the remaining Storytime events from Mondays to Sundays to attract more little listeners. We’re also shifting from 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. We’ll probably keep it going beyond March, but check the BikePortland.org calendar or Kidical Mass PDX website for the latest e...
Tags: Books, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ellen, Alison, Etta, Rides/Events, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Alison Farrell, Liz Holladay, Leslie Hickey, Hoarfrost Press


Family Biking Column: My recap of the Worst Day of the Year Ride

Cargo trailers make for easy decorating, and easy carrying of three kids and three bikes (one had a flat tire, two were tired).(Photo: Jen Regan) After having such a great time last year celebrating a friend’s 8th birthday on the Worst Day of the Year Ride, we had to do it again! In fact, it was so fun that our friend rescheduled his birthday by two weeks to work around the rescheduling of the event — that’s dedication! Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read pa...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Greg, Smokey, Pixie, Rides/Events, Worst Day Of The Year Ride, Lucky Lab Brew Pub, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Jen Regan, Greg Things, Family Route, Urban Route


Carfree travel with kids: Taking the family around L.A. by transit

Taking light rail to the beach was a blast.(Photos: Madi Carlson) It’s easy to survive winter in the Pacific Northwest. Just escape to somewhere warm and sunny for one week in November and one week in February — or so I was instructed by a wise friend upon moving here. It sounds like a lovely method, but until this winter I was never able to put it off. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. My father and brother both live in Los Angeles. I’...
Tags: Google, La, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, New York Times, Portland, Long Beach, Tokyo, Venice, Pasadena, Max, Metro, Venice Beach


Biking through Vancouver BC’s protected intersection

Separated bike lanes, curb bulbs, so much green paint!(Photos: Madi Carlson) — Madi Carlson is our Family Biking columnist. It’s been three years since I visited Vancouver, Canada (with my cargo bike via BoltBus) and while I was very impressed with the bike infrastructure back then — it’s even better now. The most notable new thing was a protected intersection. Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. I biked through the one at Quebec Street a...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Netherlands, Portland, Vancouver, Seattle, Vancouver Bc, Lisa, Vancouver Canada, West Burnside, Michael Andersen, BikePortland, PBOT, Nick Falbo


How to throw a winter bike-to-school party

Pretty great turnout for a near-freezing morning in February! (Photos: Madi Carlson) It may not feel like it right now, but spring is right around the corner, and not long after that comes Bike to School Day (May 8th). Why not throw an “off-season” bike-to-school party to celebrate the winter bikers, walkers, and rollers, and build excitement for those better days on the horizon? Our Family Biking column is sponsored by Clever Cycles. ➤ Read past entries here. At Woodstock Elementary, w...
Tags: Facebook, Oregon, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Metro, Recruit, PPS, Carolyn, PTA, BikePortland, Madi Carlson, BP Headlines, Woodstock Park, Family Biking with Madi Carlson, Woodstock Elementary