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Get excited about the North Greeley bikeway project as it nears completion

Looking north on North Greeley from the Adidas pedestrian bridge.(Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) There’s been significant progress on the North Greeley Avenue bikeway project since the last time we checked in. Much of the bikeway between Willamette and Going is completed. All that remains is to turn on the new bike traffic signals, finish important crossing treatments, and a few other details. I rolled over last weekend for a closer look and I’m convinced: When complete, this bikeway w...
Tags: Europe, Adidas, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Willamette, Greeley, Portland Bureau of Transportation, N Greeley Ave, North Greeley, Jonathan Maus, Swan Island, Portland Click, North Greeley Avenue, Willamette Blvd


A lovely discovery in my own backyard

My son stops to check out a new mural on the Going Street path between N Haight and Gantenbein. (Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) I’ve been walking a lot more lately and the other day I came across something in my neighborhood that shocked me. In a good way. In a wow-this-is-amazing-how-did-I-not-know-this-was-here kind of way. With a nagging knee injury that’s kept me from biking since October and a new dog who loves heading out with me, I’ve been walking through my part of north Portland ...
Tags: Congress, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Willamette, Piedmont, Haight, Gantenbein, Jefferson High, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Jonathan Maus, Swan Island, Going Street, Humboldt Boise, Blandena


Evening

If it isn’t raining I usually try and get outside during this confinement. The other evening there were no clouds and no wind so I set out along the Seine again on Swan Island. A lot of other people had the same idea. It was like this the day before-very dense fog. Here’s the walkway that runs along the middle of the island with the Seine on either side. Lights were coming on in the boats moored along the river. This Viking river boat is lighting up too. It’s the first ...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Europe, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Seine, Viking River, Swan Island, River Cruise Boats


But wait, there’s more: Greeley protected path will continue to Willamette Blvd

Bike lanes adjacent to Adidas North America headquarters on N Greeley Ave will be shifted to the west (left). (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) If you appreciate the new protected bike path on North Greeley Avenue between Interstate and North Going, you’ll be interested to know that by the end of this summer it could extend all the way to North Willamette Blvd. In September 2019 we reported that apparel brand Adidas — whose North American headquarters are located on Greeley — would help ...
Tags: Adidas, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Willamette, Greeley, Portland Bureau of Transportation, TriMet, N Greeley Ave, Jonathan Maus, Interstate Avenue, PBOT, Swan Island, North Greeley Avenue


Swan Island’s riverfront is a fun place to explore, just be careful getting there

Great views of Northwest Portland and Forest Park from the beach on Swan Island.(Photos by Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) With so many people hopping on bikes these days, there’s a growing demand for fun and safe places to ride them. This is the first of a series of mini-guides that will introduce (or re-introduce) you to some of Portland’s best cycling destinations. Swan Island. Sounds dreamy doesn’t it? Almost tropical. This little patch of land just two miles (as a crow flies) from the tre...
Tags: Google, Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Alberta, Daimler, Charles Lindbergh, Concord, McDonald, Lloyd, Washington County, St Johns, Cully, Lindbergh, Willamette River


PBOT: North Greeley bike path to be completed mid-summer

Status of the forthcoming path as of this past April. This man is biking in what will soon be the southbound bike lane separated by a concrete barrier. (Photos: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced that they’ll fully close North Greeley Avenue for five days next week in order to complete a project that will repave the street and add a new protected bike path. Outdated sign. (Photo taken in April) This $1.8 million project was first planned over thre...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Greeley, Portland Bureau of Transportation, N Greeley Ave, Jonathan Maus, Interstate Avenue, PBOT, Swan Island, North Greeley Avenue, Mississippi Hill, Michigan Ave Greenway Learn


Photos and recap of the OMTM – Golden Pliers Winter Social Ride

Sharp rocks, rough right-of-way, and gargantuan puddles made up one of the best parts of the route.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) If you were one of the few people outside in north Portland during yesterday’s wet and cold weather you might have seen a massive band of misfits pedaling along with big smiles on their faces. Those folks were taking part in the annual OMTM Winter Social Ride. Despite pouring rain and temps in the 40s, well over 100 people turned up at Golden Pliers Bike Shop 14...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ron Lewis, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Swan Island, OMTM, Kelley Point Park, Pier Park, Willamette Blvd, Our Mother The Mountain, Lucky Lab Pub, Mariana Mo, Smith Bybee Lakes Advertisement


Photos and recap of the OMTM Winter Social Ride

Sharp rocks, rough right-of-way, and gargantuan puddles made up one of the best parts of the route.(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland) If you were one of the few people outside in north Portland during yesterday’s wet and cold weather you might have seen a massive band of misfits pedaling along with big smiles on their faces. Those folks were taking part in the annual OMTM Winter Social Ride. Despite pouring rain and temps in the 40s, well over 100 people turned up at Golden Pliers Bike Shop 14...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Ron Lewis, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Swan Island, OMTM, Kelley Point Park, Pier Park, Willamette Blvd, Our Mother The Mountain, Lucky Lab Pub, Mariana Mo, Smith Bybee Lakes Advertisement


Comment of the Week: A powerful critique of the Portland Freight Committee

“Time [the Portland Freight Committee] was sent packing or at least reconfigured”— Lenny Anderson Lenny Anderson at opening of a bike parking shelter on Swan Island in 2013.(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland) My visit to the Portland Freight Committee (PFC) earlier this month led to an interesting revelation: Turns out, members of this influential committee think the use of large freight trucks on North Lombard should be prioritized above everything else. To say the committee is skeptical of t...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Lenny, Oregon Department of Transportation, UPS FedEx, Linnton, Jonathan Maus, Comment of the Week, Swan Island, Joe Cortright, Freight, Eudaly, Fed Ex UPS, Portland freight committee


Construction of N Greeley bike path has finally started

Drawing of north end of project at Greeley and Going where southbound bicycle riders will cross into the new protected path. Construction detour map. Click to enlarge. (PBOT) The City of Portland is finally building a new path on North Greeley Avenue that’s been nearly three years in the making. We first reported news of PBOT’s plans for a protected path on Greeley in February 2017. After several delays, PBOT now says construction has begun and the $1.8 million project will be complete ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Greeley, N Greeley Ave, Jonathan Maus, PBOT, Swan Island, North Greeley Avenue, Willamette Blvd


France Reborn

I’ve been a bit obsessed with a statue that is on the end of Swan Island (Île aux Cygnes), the other end from the Statue of Liberty. It’s very modern looking to me, created by a Danish artist in 1930 although it wasn’t put into place until the 40’s. He originally said it was Joan of Arc but I guess the Paris government found it a bit over the top for a religious icon so the name was changed to Paris Reborn or la France Renaissante. Here it is from a distance. The Statue of Liberty fr...
Tags: Travel, Photos, France, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Joan, Statue, Statue of Liberty, Swan Island, Paris Reborn


Exploring

We officially moved into our new apartment on September 7th. We had our first dinner looking out at our great view with just a salad so there was no microwaving. Maybe we can sort of eat a cleansing diet for the two weeks or so before our kitchen arrives. I even found our silverware but I plan to use paper plates to lesson the washing up. Even though there are boxes everywhere I love our new place. Lots of light and space With my jet lag I have been up early each morning and have started ex...
Tags: Travel, Photos, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Seine, Seine River, Statue of Liberty, Swan Island, Pont Bir-Hakeim


On the Smugglers’ Radar

“On The Smugglers’ Radar” is a feature for books that have caught our eye: books we have heard of via other bloggers, directly from publishers, and/or from our regular incursions into the Amazon jungle. Thus, the Smugglers’ Radar was born. Because we want far more books than we can possibly buy or review (what else is new?), we thought we would make the Smugglers’ Radar into a weekly feature – so YOU can tell us which books you have on your radar as well! On Ana’s Radar: Fans of Sarah Ga...
Tags: Amazon, Books, London, Spain, New York Times, Strasbourg, Jack, Vermont, Ana, James, Hermione, Zoey, Helen, Dee, North Wales, Booklist


Chelsey Johnson's Playlist for Her Novel "Stray City"

In the Book Notes series, authors create and discuss a music playlist that relates in some way to their recently published book. Previous contributors include Jesmyn Ward, Lauren Groff, Bret Easton Ellis, Celeste Ng, T.C. Boyle, Dana Spiotta, Amy Bloom, Aimee Bender, Heidi Julavits, Hari Kunzru, and many others. Chelsey Johnson's novel Stray City is a propulsive and engaging debut. The New York Times wrote of the book: "Diverse and colorful . . . a vibrant portrait of a woman coming into ...
Tags: Music, Oregon, David, House, New York Times, Portland, Los Angeles Times, Anderson, Sao Paulo, Linda Ronstadt, Josh, Andrea, Elliott Smith, Kirkus, Paul Westerberg, Publishers Weekly


Weekend Event Guide: Bridge Pedal, Velo Cult bike sale, Street Trust bike raffle party, and more

Bridge Pedalers taking over I-405 back in 2010. (Photo: Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus! The weekend is almost here. And thankfully, the weather gods have planned a reprieve from the heat. The annual Bridge Pedal happens on Sunday. The event has lost a bit of its epicness as organizers continue to wrangle with a new approach by the City of Portland to limit the scope of large-scale events in the public right-of-way. The full ro...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Alberta, FREMONT, Cannondale, Jonathan Maus, Pedalpalooza, Swan Island, Western Bikeworks, Weekend Event Guide, Alpenrose Velodrome, Elaine Bothe, Bike Fun Library


Weekend Event Guide: Bone Machine Crit, Welcome to (Bike) Portland, and more

Discover new paths and natural gems of north Portland on Saturday’s Welcome to (Bike) Portland ride.(Photo: Jonathan Maus) Here are our recommendations for the weekend… The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus! Saturday, July 7th Slow Poke Ride – 9:30 am at Wilshire Park (NE) Join the Portland Wheelmen for this chill ride from northeast to Kelley Point Park. More info here. Welcome to (Bike) Portland – 10:00 am at Fresh Pot (N) It’s the first ride for the We...
Tags: Sport, Features, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Cannondale, Jonathan Maus, Swan Island, Portland Wheelmen, Ayleen Crotty, Western Bikeworks, Weekend Event Guide, Wilshire Park, Peninsula Park, Abus Bike Locks, Western Bikeworks NW


Weekend Event Guide: Pedalpalooza picks, Naked Ride, Sunday Parkways, Petal Pedal, and more

Time to cruise carfree streets in north Portland!(Photo: Jonathan Maus) The Weekend Event Guide is sponsored by Abus Bike Locks. Thanks Abus! It’s definitely a clothing-optional weekend. Whether you want to soak in the Portland spirit at Sunday Parkways and the World Naked Bike Ride; or escape the craziness for a race on Mt. Hood or a ride through the Willamette Valley, we’ve got something for you in this week’s guide. Don’t forget to peruse the official Pedalpalooza Calendar for all the goo...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, Don, Jonathan, Willamette Valley, Gresham, Crema, Mt Hood, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Cathedral Park, Dawson Park, Swan Island, Weekend Event Guide


Council candidates talk transportation at packed forum

(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Last night proved that while transportation might not be the top issue in Portland politics in 2018, it still brings out the biggest crowds. There was barely even standing room at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall in northwest last night for the City Council Candidate Forum on Transportation — an event co-hosted by the Young Professionals in Transportation, Community Cycling Center, The Street Trust, and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. The crowd impressed Commissioner Ni...
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City Council candidates talk transportation at packed forum

(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Last night proved that while transportation might not be a top issue in Portland politics these days, it still brings out the largest crowds. There was barely even standing room at the Lucky Lab Beer Hall last night for the City Council Candidate Forum on Transportation — an event co-hosted by Young Professionals in Transportation, Community Cycling Center, The Street Trust, Oregon Walks, and OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. The crowd impressed Commissioner Nick...
Tags: Uber, Politics, California, Washington, Oregon, Boston, Sport, Front Page, Brooklyn, Cycling, Williams, Portland, Vancouver, City Council, Copenhagen, Smith


Editorial: Portland’s irrational fear of off-road cycling

How could more of this be a bad thing for our local parks?(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) As Portland’s Off-road Cycling Master Plan (ORCMP) rolls ever closer to its big date at City Council, interest groups throughout the city are taking notice. The usual opposition to better bike access on dirt trails in Portland is very well-known. But I’ve noticed something new in the past few weeks: Advocates for local parks who oppose parts of it based on fears that anything that attracts more off-road bike...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Cycling, Portland, City Council, Editorial, St Johns, Forest Park, Jonathan Maus, Off Road Cycling Master Plan, Swan Island, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, Off-road Cycling, Pier Park, BP Headlines, Willamette Blvd


Neighbors see Willamette Blvd paving project as golden opportunity for better bikeway

Current cross-section of Willamette. Lane on the left is used by residents to park cars.(Image: Friends of Willamette Blvd) Volunteers from several north Portland neighborhoods are seizing on a paving project as an opportunity for the City of Portland to make long-awaited changes to Willamette Blvd that would improve bicycle access on a key link in the network. The Friends of Willamette Blvd have set up a website and are urging people to call Mayor Ted Wheeler, City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, ...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Willamette, Bryant, Rosa Parks, Leah, St Johns, Ping, Portland Bureau of Transportation, Woolsey, John Brady, Ted Wheeler, Saltzman


Alberta, Swan Island and more: City preps Biketown expansion plans

It’s growing. Coming up on the one-year anniversary of its launch, the City of Portland is set to announce a proposal to expand the Biketown bike share system. The changes, which will be officially announced later today, would expand the Biketown service area map by about 20 percent (two square miles) and remove fees for parking outside designated stations in large swaths of downtown (around Portland State University) and the Central Eastside. In addition, PBOT wants to add nine new station l...
Tags: China, Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Brooklyn, Cycling, Williams, Portland, Willamette, North, PSU, Taylor, Alberta, Daimler, Belmont, Prescott


PBOT planning jersey-barrier protected bikeway on North Greeley Ave

This is what northbound North Greeley Avenue looks like today (can you spot the bicycle rider in this picture?). The future could look very different.(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) One of Portland’s scariest places to ride a bicycle is about to be erased from the map and replaced with a new bikeway that is physically protected from motorized vehicle traffic. Purple section would be protected bikeway on east side of Greeley, blue section will have buffered bike lanes. At last night’s m...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Bac, Geller, St Johns, Greeley, Hawthorne Bridge, N Greeley Ave, Bicycle Advisory Committee, Jonathan Maus, Killingsworth, PBOT, Roger Geller


Digging and Dividing Dahlias

This is dahlia digging and dividing season. If you've ever wanted to know how to divide them like the experts, here is a rather long post on how some growers approach this challenge. Digging, dividing and storing dahlias is a topic which comes up often not only at dahlia society meetings, but I get asked this question all the time - when  I am out and about, speaking on-the-road and in my inbox. I should preface this post with the disclaimer that there are far more qualified people out th...
Tags: Amazon, Mexico, Oregon, Lifestyle, America, Connecticut, Sharp, Washington State, New England, Don, Ben, Aztecs, Matt Mattus, New England Dahlia Society, Swan Island


An Extraordinary Dahlia Show Kicks off a New Dahlia Society

It's official, the dahlia is back, and it's pretty safe to say, "in a giant way". If you haven't noticed, the dahlia is quickly becoming falls most sought after flower for weddings, garden displays and in containers. The color palettes are incredible, the forms - so diverse that there are dahlias for every style, from the tiniest 1 inch blooms of ponpoms and ball forms, to the giant 'dinner plate' types. Not to mention all of the tempting ones in-between - pointy cactus flowered forms, goofy...
Tags: Facebook, Lifestyle, New Hampshire, Connecticut, Holland, Bill, East Coast, Worcester, Newton, Cape Cod, New England, Cheryl, Don, East, Ben, Tower Hill Botanic Garden


Track bikes to invade Portland for ‘Bone Machine Criterium’ and bike show

Get ready for some exciting racing.(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland) If you’re a fan of fixed-gear and track bikes, you’re going to love this news: Next weekend (September 9-11) the Bone Machine Criterium is coming to Portland. Organizers have put together three days of track bike goodness that begins with an event at the Alpenrose Velodrome on Friday. Ernesto Gonzalez is the man behind the crit. He says the race, which will take place on Sunday in Swan Island (and industrial zone in north ...
Tags: Mexico, Oregon, San Francisco, Sport, Front Page, Racing, Cycling, Portland, Amy, Gonzalez, Ernesto Gonzalez, Cannondale, Jonathan Maus, Rides/Events, Swan Island, Western Bikeworks


Tens of millions in unused parks fees could boost bike-path projects

Swan Island, north of the Fremont Bridge on the east bank of the Willamette, is home to a lonely segment of what could be a future North Portland Greenway.(Photos: J.Maus/BikePortland) The Portland Bureau of Parks and Recreation is rarely discussed as part of the answer to Portland’s transportation problems. Instead of relying mostly on relatively costly off-street paths, which are the main channels for low-stress bike transportation in most of the United States, Portland generally prides...
Tags: Sport, Front Page, Infrastructure, Cycling, Portland, Willamette, Council, Parks, the City, Sullivan, CBO, Park Rangers, Michael Andersen, Police Bureau, Swan Island, Portland Parks And Recreation


Merger puts the HQ for a leading low-car transportation startup in Portland

Screenshot of moovel.com. Whether or not the City of Portland succeeds in its bid for a $40 million “Smart City” grant to advance a collection of ideas about digitally connected transportation, the private sector is already leaping forward on similar lines. Moovel North America CTO Michael Gray and CEONat Parker in 2013.(Photo: M.Andersen) Last week, two startups that have been near the front of digital transportation innovation in the United States merged under a single mission, br...
Tags: Business, Front Page, Austin, United States, Portland, Daimler, Portland State University, Parker, Brown, Michael Andersen, Car2go, Swan Island, Moovel North America, Moovel, Daimler Trucks North America, Globesherpa


Exploring biking’s potential in the Northwest Industrial District

Can you see the potential in this decommissioned railroad right-of-way on NW Front?(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland) Part of NW Portland Week. I’m not going to sugarcoat it: riding a bike in the Northwest Industrial District is not for the faint of heart. I enjoy it only in an Escape-from-New-York-get-my-adrenaline-pumping-urban-assault kind of way. But if you stop and look and allow yourself to dream you can see vast potential. The wide streets — some of which are 80-90 feet across — could...
Tags: New York, Front Page, Portland, PSU, Union Station, Broadway Bridge, Northwest Portland, NICOLAI, Bureau of Transportation, Jonathan Maus, Swan Island, NW Portland Week, Northwest Industrial District, NW Front, Northwest Industrial District This, City of Portland Bureau of Planning


DARPA robotic sub hunting ship debuts

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency’s initiative to build a long-endurance unmanned ship that will hunt and track the quietest submarines on Earth has come to fruition. The image below is the first glimpse ever of the potentially revolutionary Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel or ACTUV, also known as Sea Hunter.The robot ship is set to be christened in April, but she is already in the water at Portland’s Swan Island ship building and maintenance facilityThe ship h...
Tags: Technology, Navy, Military, Darpa, Portland, Ships, Robotics, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Swan Island