Podcast: In the Shed with Eva & Jonathan – Ep 19
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
8h ago
Happy Friday and Welcome back to The Shed. Retired bike shop co-owner and BikeLoud PDX Board Member Eva Frazier and I (BikePortland Publisher & Editor Jonathan Maus) had a wonderful chat and I can’t wait to share it with you. Here’s what we talked about: That awful bumpy section on NE Tillamook between Rodney and MLK. How I keep track of so many meetings. Why Mayor Wheeler is a PCEF superfan (related BikePortland story) Eva’s report back from Future Sandy open house (related BikePortland story) Who’s lying, Commissioner Mapps or business leader Andrew Hoan? Why I’m so mad about Rose Cit ..read more
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Portland’s ‘Clean Energy Fund’ has saved PBOT and the city’s budget
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
8h ago
Thanks PCEF!!! (City of Portland) The Portland Clean Energy Fund (PCEF) was created to save low-income and Portlanders of color from the ravages of climate change, but with approval of the $8.2 billion City of Portland budget this week, the fund has also managed to save all Portlanders from fiscal doom. And it might have saved part of Mayor Ted Wheeler’s legacy, allowing him to avoid severe cuts in his final budget as leader of our city. Those cuts might have hit the Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) hardest. Back in September, PBOT Commissioner-in-charge Mingus Mapps and agency staff painted a ..read more
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Despite Chamber’s claims, SW 4th Avenue project will go on
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
15h ago
Left: Andrew Hoan (Photo: Portland Metro Chamber) Right: Mingus Mapps (Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) City Commissioner Mingus Mapps is once again making headlines alongside business interests who don’t like a major bike project and seek to leverage their influence with his office. And once again the public is left wondering who’s telling the truth. Last week BikePortland broke the news about a letter to Mapps from president of Portland Metro Chamber (formerly Portland Business Alliance) Andrew Hoan. Hoan said the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s SW 4th Avenue Improvements project should be ca ..read more
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Jobs of the Week: ODOT, Castelli, River City, Velotech
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
15h ago
Need a job? Want a better job? Just looking for a change? You are in the right place. Don’t miss these recent job announcements. (Remember, you can always stay abreast of jobs as soon as they get listed by signing up for our Job Listings email.) Climate Adaptation Program Manager – Oregon Department of Transportation Inside Sales & Customer Service – Castelli Sportful USA Sales Associate – River City Bicycles Bike Shop Mechanic – River City Bicycles Shipping Specialist – Velotech, Inc. For a complete list of available jobs, click here. Be the first to know about new job opportunities by ..read more
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Open streets season begins Sunday in east Portland!
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
1d ago
Skate, scoot, or cycle — the streets are ours! (Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) This Sunday, the City of Portland will launch its annual open streets season. East Portland Sunday Parkways is a 3.3-mile out-and-back route between Gateway Park on NE Halsey to Lincoln Park on SE Mill. If you’ve never attended one of these events, you can rest assured conditions are safe enough for all riders and ages. You can expect mostly carfree streets and whenever the route crosses a major street there is a human crossing guard that makes sure everyone gets across safely. But safe riding is just one thing to get ..read more
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Man convicted of killing Mitch York with his truck, boasts about high-speed car chase
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
2d ago
Screenshot of Schrantz’s Facebook post. One major reason our roads are so dangerous is because our system does not keep dangerous people from using them. The man who was convicted for killing Mitch York while he straddled his bicycle on the St. Johns Bridge in October 2016 was arrested again in January. He then boasted about his driving skills on his Facebook page about being in a high-speed car chase with the Portland Police Bureau. “So yeah any way, got into a high-speed chase 140mph [sic] with Multnomah county’s finest down division the other morning,” reads a post from Joel Schrantz posted ..read more
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New lawsuit says I-5 Rose Quarter freeway expansion runs afoul of city, regional plans
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
3d ago
I-5 running under NE Broadway and Weidler through the Rose Quarter. (Google Earth) If you’re new to the I-5 Rose Quarter project and never looked too far beyond recent headlines or press releases, you’d think it was a community redevelopment project that will build a highway cover, restore a vibrant community, and add a bunch of new bike facilities to surface streets. But the thrust of the $1.9 billion project from the get-go, and still it’s most expensive element, is something Oregon Department of Transportation officials and other project partners hardly ever mention these days: A significan ..read more
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Beaverton is updating their TSP for the first time in 14 years
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by Tina Ricks (Contributor)
3d ago
Crossing SW Farmington Road is often a leap of faith. (Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Riding a bike in Beaverton can be a treasure hunt. I typically use Google Maps, Strava, and local friends’ knowledge to sleuth out safe routes on park paths, cut-throughs, and neighborhood streets to avoid major roads like Tualatin-Valley Highway or Murray Road. Cut left behind the mailbox between two houses, cross a footbridge, and you’re there! Riding a bike in Beaverton can also be a terrifying game of Frogger, where I leap across five- and six-lane roads like Farmington or Canyon, and hope I’m not flattened ..read more
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ODOT wants to fund your lifesaving idea
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
3d ago
Got an idea to encourage folks to put their damn phones down? ODOT might fund it! (Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) If you have an idea for a road safety project or program, the State of Oregon wants to help make it a reality. The other day a source at a local government agency forwarded me an email from the Oregon Department of Transportation about a grant solicitation. There was no link to a website and a few key details were missing, but the email piqued my interest because it appeared to be an open-ended request for road safety project ideas — and most importantly — a promise to fund the best o ..read more
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Checking in on Bike Happy Hour
BikePortland
by Jonathan Maus (Publisher/Editor)
4d ago
Scenes from our anniversary celebration on 4/17: Dan Kaufman on the Boom Bike, me trying a lowrider from PDX Vintage Bikes, and Free Fries at Four fans on the patio. (Jonathan Maus/BikePortland) Just a quick check-in about Bike Happy Hour. In case you’ve missed a few weeks, we are now back on the Gorges Beer Co patio after a long, dark, and cold winter across the street in the plaza in front of Ankeny Tap & Table. Don’t get me wrong, I loved gathering in the plaza under dim lights, huddled together with bike-minded friends old and new. And I’m so grateful for all you regulars who sustained ..read more
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