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The Monday Roundup: Holy spokes, scofflaw study, N-why-PD?, and more

The Monday Roundup: Holy spokes, scofflaw study, N-why-PD?, and more

This week’s Monday Roundup is sponsored by The eBike Store, Portland’s exclusive dealer of the BuddyRider dog carrier.

Here are the most noteworthy stories we came across last week…

The NYPD strikes again: Seems like every time I check my news feed there’s another example of how police in New York City just don’t get it. This time they’ve confiscated hundreds of “illegal” e-bikes used by the city’s droves of food delivery workers. WTH?

Holier-than-thou: A religious leader in Boston has found what many biking veterans have — a deeper spirituality and stronger connection to place — since she started biking to church. She’s even written a book about it.

Portland loves auto parking: The DJC has a good roundup of all the auto parking projects the City of Portland and Portland Development Commission are poised to spend millions on this year.

Bike share revolution in China: Beijing, once a bicycle capital of the world, was overrun with cars in recent decades. Now bikes are coming back thanks to high-tech bike share systems.

Ofo leading the charge: Ever hear of Ofo? It’s a Chinese bike-sharing company that’s valued at over a billion dollars and just got a visit from Apple CEO Tim Cook.

Studying scofflaws: A major study found that people generally break traffic laws while cycling just to stay alive — not to be jerks.

Trump’s budget and bikes: The League of American Bicyclists breaks it down. It’s not all bad, but it’s pretty bad. Let’s hope this thing goes the way of his health care plan.








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Silicon Valley’s bike vision: Some heavy-hitters in the tech world are behind a new vision for better bicycling in the Silicon Valley.

It’ll take more than a vision: A report by the Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition found that people won’t try cycling because they feel auto users drive too dangerously.

World-class fast: USA Cycling (America’s governing body of racing) wants to be the best in the world — with a focus on their women’s teams and BMX.

Not that AAA: Vancouver, Canada has just released an inspiring new set of bicycle facility design guidelines that put the focus squarely on “All ages and abilities” or AAA.

Bikeway debate in NZ: Small market owners in New Zealand blame a bikeway for the demise of their business because it took away auto parking.

Take risks: Los Angeles DOT leader Seleta Reynolds is a breath of fresh air in the transportation reform world.

They’re loud too: Cars: They pollute our air, they are used as weapons by terrorists, they turn people into assholes, they kill 40,000+ people every year, they take up way too much space in our cities and towns — and they also make too much damn noise.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Weekend Event Guide: SuperSwap, architecture, trail work party, and more

Weekend Event Guide: SuperSwap, architecture, trail work party, and more

Welcome to the weekend! We’ve got a great slate of events and rides for your consideration…

Looking to score a great deal on bike stuff? The big SuperSwap starts tonight and PAZ is hosting a garage sale on Saturday. And on Sunday, cycling legend Victor Vincente of America (his actual name) will be in town signing his new book at Velo Cult.

Get all the details below…

Friday, March 24th

SuperSwap – 4:00 to 9:00 pm at Imago Dei Central City Gym (1400 SE Ankeny St)
Score great deals on bike gear and apparel from loads of excellent vendors. Hosted by The Athletic, expect vendors with hard-to-find used items and new products from companies (including Rapha!) looking to off-load samples and overstocks. Vendor booths available at reasonable prices and there are earlybird tickets available to avoid the huge crowds. More info here.

Saturday, March 25th

Trail Work Party (NW Trail Alliance) – All day at Stub Stewart State Park
Come out and help the NWTA complete an project to repair bridges on the super-fun Stub Stewart singletrack out in Vernonia. More info here.

Biking About Architecture – Portsmouth edition – 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at Darcy’s (4804 N Lombard)
Join residential architecture lover Jenny Fosmire for this educational and fun cruise through north Portland and discover cool new places. More info here.

PAZ Garage Sale – 11:00 am to 4:00 pm at PAZ HQ (SE 16th and Woodward)
PAZ is a DIY hub that provides affordable workspaces for creators, builders, and lovers of bike fun. They’re selling lots of used bike parts and frames to help raise money to keep their space open. Come for the sale, stay to learn more about this awesome community resource. More info here.

Caddyshack, the sequel – 12:00 pm at I-205 path just south of Marine Drive
Looking for a fun social ride that will introduce you to new places and people? Head over to the I-205 bike path just south of Marine Drive and meet up with the always-enthused and welcoming Maria Schur. She’ll lead the 25-mile ride that will end at Velo Cult in northeast. More info here.









Sunday, March 26th

Bike Loud PDX Monthly General Meeting – 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm at Lucky Lab Brew Pub (915 SE Hawthorne)
Get plugged into important and exciting bike activism efforts at the monthly meeting of Portland’s all-volunteer Bike Loud PDX group. They’ve got a full agenda and new ideas and volunteers are always welcome. More info here.

Victor Vincente of America Book Signing – 3:00 pm to 7:00 pm at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Grab this chance to meet and hang out with a legend of cycling. 74-year-old Victor Vincente of America (born Michael Hiltner) has written a book about his interesting life that included professional road racing and pioneering accomplishments in BMX and mountain biking. He was profiled last year in Dirt Rag Magazine. More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

— Jonathan Maus: (503) 706-8804, @jonathan_maus on Twitter and jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Weekend Event Guide: Blazers, a bike show, ride for pickles, cyclocross, and more!

Weekend Event Guide: Blazers, a bike show, ride for pickles, cyclocross, and more!

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Let’s fill the bike parking at the Moda Center again! Join us for the game on Sunday!
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Hi Portland. Has this been a completely fucked-up week or what?!

Hang out with nice people and talk about bikes at Velo Cult's "Velo Cirque".

Hang out with nice people and talk about bikes at Velo Cult’s “Velo Cirque”.

Sorry for the strong language; but America is freaking out right now and I am too. As President-elect Trump and President Obama trade handshakes and shit-eating grins in the Oval Office, there are huge anti-Trump protests happening all over the country, widespread fear and anxiety, and some people feel so emboldened by their leader’s victory they’re assaulting innocent people because of how they look.

Damn.

A nice bike ride might be a great thing to do this weekend if you can manage it.

Here at BikePortland we’ll continue to do what we’ve done since 2005: document bike culture, give you information and inspiration you need to ride, offer a space to have your voice heard, help you plug into the cycling scene, hold powerful people and agencies accountable, and so on. Keep in mind you might notice a sharper and more aggressive tone from me because I’m sick of what’s been going on — on many different levels. A lot of things are broken and need to be fixed and I’m going to do what I can to help with that.

For now, we present to you a list of fun, bike-related things to do. As you know, the simple act of riding a bike can do wonders for your mind and body, so hopefully you have the time to grab some friends and turn pedals together this weekend.

Saturday, November 12th

Velo Cirque: A Modern and Vintage Custom Bike Show – 10:00 am ride, then show is 3:00 to 8:00 at Velo Cult (1969 NE 42nd)
Velo Cult is hosting a new event that will bring together bike builders, collectors, and the people who love them. Saturday will be a classic and vintage theme and will begin with a ride at 10:00 am followed by coffee and beer (and maybe a sandwich). The show will start at 3:00 and go until 8:00. It’s $5 to get in unless you bring an “old school & cool” classic or vintage bike. All genres welcome! More info here.

Sunday, November 13th

Cross Crusade #8 (Finale) – All day at Barton County Park (19298 SE Barton Park Rd)
The Crusade will end on Sunday, but the memories of a great season will last forever. Barton is a classic course that features a big run-up, lots of gravel, and some challenging descents. Fight for those final points and rankings and come bask in the glory as a racer or spectator. More info here.

National Pickle Day Ride – 10:00 am at Woodstock Park (SE 47th and Steele)
Portland Wheelmen Touring Club ride leader Benn will show you the gorgeous rural roads of East Multnomah county — maybe even a pickle farm! — on this 32-mile ride. Expect a social pace, a stop at a bagel joint in Gresham, and other fun times. More info here







Sunrise Corridor Bike & Walk – 1:00 – 3:00 pm at The Missing Link Bicycle Shop (10999 Southeast Main St in Milwaukie)
Join Puddlecycle for a ride to Mt. Talbert Nature Park via the newly constructed Sunrise Corridor biking and walking paths. Ride will be about 10 miles long. More info here.

Velo Cirque: A Modern and Vintage Custom Bike Show – 3:00 to 8:00 pm (1969 NE 42nd)
Velo Cult is hosting a new event that will bring together bike builders, collectors, and the people who love them. Sunday is the Modern Custom Frame Show. Organizers say you can show any type of bike to, as long as it was made by a fully-custom builder who’s currently taking orders. More info here.

Blazer Bike Night/Transportation Night – 6:00 pm at the Moda Center
It’s Transportation Night at the Moda Center and we’re going to make sure that walking and rolling are front-and-center. Join us and our friends from the Community Cycling Center for a very special night. Get your special discounted tickets here. You can also choose to meet up with Oregon Walks for the Rip City Walk which leaves from a few blocks away. Go Blazers! More info here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a primo opportunity. Get in touch!

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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The Monday Roundup: Freeway removals, car abuse costs, bike use savings, transit haters, and more

The Monday Roundup: Freeway removals, car abuse costs, bike use savings, transit haters, and more

Copenhagen Day 2

Bikes now outnumber cars in Copenhagen.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland))

I know all you can think about is the election. But you should probably take a break and get caught up on the best bike-related stories we came across last week…

Hales sees the light: Remember that no good, horrible, very bad decision Mayor Charlie Hales made in 2013 to enact parking minimums on new residential development? Now he wants to remove them.

Seattleites are over I-5: This article about removing I-5 through Seattle could be — should be! — written about Portland. That freeway sucks and has no business bisecting our central city.

More freeway removal: The city of Rochester in upstate New York filled in a central city freeway with dirt, “to focus on pedestrians and establish vital neighborhoods for housing, expanding businesses and producing jobs.”

As goes Los Angeles, so goes…: A ballot measure in Los Angeles would raise big money ($42 Billion) for light rail. The LA Times has a great rundown on that and a general overview of the non-driving transportation mix in the driving capital of America.

SoCal transit haters: To give you an idea of what L.A.’s transportation reformers are up against, check out these bus-hating Venice residents fought against a new bus route through their neighborhood and then celebrating victory with a tasteless piñata.

“Safe mobility” not “Vision Zero”: The California city of Santa Ana is not just boldly breaking from their County’s auto-centric policies, their new plan to eliminate traffic collisions is called “Safe Mobility” instead of the more popular and well-known “Vision Zero”.







Biking on main street: It’s simple: Backstreet and “neighborhood greenways” aren’t enough. If we want to be a real cycling city, we must make it safe and easy to bike on main commercial streets. But don’t take my word for it, check out the analysis by Michael Andersen.

The cost of car abuse: A new report has found that a whopping half of all injuries treated at a major hospital in San Francisco were from traffic collisions — and the cost to treat them was $105.5 million over two years.

An eye for an eye: China’s traffic enforcement is not messing around when it comes to cracking down on people whose bright lights blind other road users.

Cool bikes in Detroit: The Guardian has a fun photo essay of the creatively customized bikes that roll on the streets of Detroit.

Put that money into bike lanes: A study published in the journal Injury Prevention found that New York City’s bike lane investments have led to “exceptionally good value because they simultaneously address multiple public health problems.” The study went so far as to say that spending money on bike lanes to improve health is, “more cost-effective than the majority of preventive approaches used today.” Bloomberg News also covered the study.

Copenhagen tipping poing: This line from Copenhagenize says it all: “For the first time since the City starting counting traffic entering the city centre, there are more bikes than cars.”

Is it really that complicated?: Not sure to smile or cry at the news that the state DOT in Colorado is having such a hard time preventing vulnerable users from being hit and killed on their roads they’re willing to pay the public for new ideas.

Drop us a line if you come across a great article and want us to consider sharing it in next week’s roundup.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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The Monday Roundup: Planning while black, housing for cars, free bikes, sexism, and more

The Monday Roundup: Planning while black, housing for cars, free bikes, sexism, and more

We've reached peak car abuse epidemic.

We’ve reached peak car abuse epidemic.

LPI to LBI ASAP: New York City is eyeing a very sensible new law — it would allow bicycle riders to join walkers and other rollers to get a head-start at intersections via the “leading pedestrian interval” (LPI).

Fair? I’ll tell what’s fair!: We’ve all heard, “You damn bicyclists need to pay your fair share!” But how much is that exactly? Well, Streets.mn tried to find out.

Insights from a fellow roller: Remember Ian Mackay? He stopped in Portland on a 300+ mile ride on his wheelchair to raise awareness for good paths. Here are his final thoughts on the journey.

Transportation access and Black Lives Matter: An interview with two activists in Chicago illuminates how transportation activism intersects with our modern civil rights struggle.

Planning while black: Los Angeles bike advocate Tamika Butler challenged the planning profession to do a gut-check when it comes to race and privilege in her keynote speech at the recent NACTO conference in Seattle.

Biking up in Big Apple: A report from the New York City health authority says bike use is up throughout the city.







Straight dope on “infrastructure” spending: This very timely Bloomberg piece debunks some of the conventional political “wisdom” about “infrastructure spending.” It’s a must-read as Oregon leaders debate a transportation funding package.

A roof over your car’s roof: We’ve been covering the housing-for-cars phenomenon for months now and it looks to finally be going national. Bloomberg reports that the U.S. is building more three-car garages than one-room apartments.

San Diego, just like Portland: The California city of San Diego is at the opposite end of the west coast, but when it comes to the struggle of growth, land-use policy and transportation reform, we seem to have a lot in common.

Laws against “distracted walking”: Why don’t we have a general ban on unsafe use of the roads instead of continuing to debate and pass specific laws about distraction? I don’t care what you’re doing, if it’s unsafe, I want a cop to be able to cite (or arrest) for it.

Free bikes!: A teacher in a low-income area of South Carolina wants to buy all 650 students in her class a new bike. She’s already raised over $40,000 of her $65,000 goal.

Car abuse impacts: This is what we talk about when we talk about the negative impact car abuse has on our lives.

Out of control: Did you catch this KATU article about a place in southeast Portland where cars “careening” off the road is relatively common? Sheesh.

Cycling sexism: The former technical director of British Cycling seems to have told a female athlete to “go and have a baby” after he declined to renew her contract.

That’ll do it for last week. Make sure to send us your suggestions if you want us to consider them for next Monday.

— Jonathan Maus, (503) 706-8804 – jonathan@bikeportland.org

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Weekend Event Guide: Crosstoberfest, spooky places, public art, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Crosstoberfest, spooky places, public art, and more

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There’s no telling what you’ll see out there this weekend.
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

We hope you’re enjoying the fall weather and still riding your bike through this spell of rain. Don’t you think the beauty of fall colors more than makes up for the dip in temperatures and the wet muck that seems to be everywhere these days?

Whether you’ve been riding or not, perhaps our menu of tasty rides below will tempt you to get outside on a bike this weekend. We’ve got cyclocross options near and far, as well as some traditionally spooky cycling options. And a dance performance!

Whatever you do, have fun out there…

Friday, October 28th

Breakfast on the Bridges – 7:15am Steel, Hawthorne, Tilikum Bridges
It’s the last Friday of the month so that means BonB on the east end of the lower Steel, west end of Hawthorne, and west side of the Tilikum Bridge, under the 99 Red Balloons sculpture. Grab a coffee and a bite on your way across the river. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 29th

Lake Oswego Crosstoberfest – All day at Luscher Farms (125 Rosemont Rd, Lake Oswego)
Sponsored by the City of Lake Oswego, the inaugural Crosstoberfest event and it looks like a keeper. There will be a vendor village on the farm with food and drinks and lots of Halloween festiveness that the whole family will enjoy. Learn more here.

Cross Crusade Race #5 – All day at Deschutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
This is the start of the big weekend in Bend. With a new course this year and a huge after-party in the works, this is going to be yuuuge! Remember racers, this race will count for double points in the overal series standings. Learn more here.

BloodyVox Dance Performance 2:00pm at BodyVox Dance Center (1201 NW 17th Ave)

Not directly bike-related, but this looks like a performance worth seeing. They also sent us this fun zombie bike ride promo video. More info here.

Puddlecycles Doll Asylum, Haunted House, Cemetery Tour – 5:00pm Doll Asylum (6315 N Michigan Ave)
Two of Portland’s best Halloween destinations in one ride! If you haven’t been to the Doll Asylum (free admission) in north Portland you are missing out. Be prepared to never see dolls the same way again. The ride will then traverse by scary yard displays en route to the spooky Tour of Untimely Departures at Lone Fir Cemetery in southeast (tickets are $5 – $15). Learn more here.







Sunday, October 30th

Portland Wheelman Public Art Ride – 10:00am Wilshire Park (NE 35th & Skidmore)
This group ride will venture about 20 miles while viewing some of Portland’s most interesting murals and sculptures. Learn more here.

Cross Crusade Race #6 – All day at Descutes Brewery (Bend, OR)
Costume day! It’s going to be wild and crazy as racers adorn themselves in all sorts of fun ways while doing their best to ride a challenging course in cold and possibly wet conditions. Bring it! More info here.

What else is going on this weekend? Share your event tips and plans in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization and support our this community resource? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. Call or text Jonathan Maus at (503) 706-8804 to learn more.

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

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Weekend Event Guide: Freak bikes, singlespeeding, the ‘Ovas’, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Freak bikes, singlespeeding, the ‘Ovas’, and more

A "singlespeed adventure rally"? Yes please.

A “singlespeed adventure rally”? Yes please.

Yikes. This weekend is packed and Saturday should be mostly sunny, so finish up your Halloween costumes early and get outside. In fact, why not take your costume for a test ride? Whether you’re looking for eccentric or educational, there’s plenty to choose from.

Check out our weekend picks below and have fun out there!

Friday, October 21st

Art Exhibit: Annexation & Assimilation Along 82nd Ave – 6:00pm APANO/JADE Multicultural Space (8114 SE Division St)
This one-day only exhibition uses 20ft large-scale video projections, poster installations, oral histories and a theater performance to explore the fraught process of annexation and growth as experienced by disparate communities east of 82nd Ave. The result is an accelerating and visceral mash-up of Portland’s past and present along this boundary, which is at once both real and imagined. Free. Learn more here.

Dropout Club Monthly Ride – 9:30pm Col. Summers Park (SE 20th & Belmont)
Ten years strong, the Dropout Bicycle Club is the place to show off your bicycle oddities. This monthly ride is just one part of Freak Bike Fall, a full weekend of tall and small bike events. Come prepared for music, bikes, and fun. Costumes strongly encouraged all weekend. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 22nd

French Toast Ride – 10:00am 5734 SE Flavel Street
The name says it all. Eat french toast, ride bikes with smiling people. Everything that’s great about Portland’s bike culture in one morning. (Somebody eat a slice for me, I’ll be at the airport picking up my parents.) Please note, RSVP’s are appreciated and early arrival is not. Learn more here.

N.O.I.S.E. Ride – 12:00pm Fresh Pot (4001 N Mississippi)
What to bring: Costumes, dice, a single speed bike, your shred face and an appetite for lots of gnar. The 12th annual North Oregon International Single Speed Exhibition Ride will feature single track, jumps, a skills test, ally blasting, gravel grinding, feats of strength, and even some mystery. For an idea of what’s in store, check out Dylan VanWeelden’s gallery from last year’s competition, here. Learn more here.

EcoFilm Fest: Contromano – 9:15pm Hollywood Theatre (4122 NE Sandy Blvd)
This documentary dives into two very different bike shops in Turin, Italy, also home of Fiat Automobiles, as auto dominance declines. Profound, funny and real, Contromano is a testimony to the power of the bike as a tool of transformation: for the climate, for cities, and for the lives of individuals. Presented as part of The Portland EcoFilm Fest (Oct. 20-23). Take a peek at the trailer, here. In Italian with English subtitles. Learn more here.







Sunday, October 23rd

Film: Ovarian Psycos – 7:00pm Clinton Street Theater (2522 SE Clinton St)
Since forming in 2010 the “Ovas” cycle for the purpose of healing, to reclaim their East L.A. neighborhoods, and to create safer streets for women. “Whose streets? Our streets!” This documentary rides along to explore the group’s impact on their communities. Take a peek at the trailer, here. Also showing Saturday at 7:00pm. Learn more here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a primo opportunity. Get in touch!

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

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Weekend Event Guide: Dirt Lab fundraiser, swap meet, scavenger hunt, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Dirt Lab fundraiser, swap meet, scavenger hunt, and more

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More of this please! Swing by The Lumberyard Friday night to help raise money for great new trails to ride at Gateway Green!
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

In light of what appears to be the certainty of wind and rain we’ve lined up several great indoor events and great mud events. Take your pick and dress accordingly. I’ll be using the deluge as the catalyst to buy some new rain pants. It’s been past time for way too long.

Scroll down for your weekly menu of tasty local rides and events…

Friday, October 14th

Friends of Gateway Green Dirt Lab Fundraiser – 5:00pm The Lumberyard (2700 NE 82nd)
Gateway Green is a 25 acre park development in East Portland. The incorporated Dirt Lab will add singletrack trails, a pump track, and the potential for lots more. The Lab’s crowdfunding campaign is 2 days from closing and 90% funded. If you want to help, stop by the Lumberyard where a percentage of admission and food sales will be donated. Learn more here.

BTA Monthly Women’s Happy Hour – 5:00pm Ankeny Tap & Table (2724 SE Ankeny)
Head to Ankeny Tap & Table for the BTA’s monthly meetup for women, female-identifying, trans, and gender-nonconforming people interested in cycling. Get there before 6pm for happy hour pricing. Learn more here.

Saturday, October 15th

Norther Cycles/PCC Bike Shed Swap Meet – 11:00am PCC Cascade Campus (705 N. Killingsworth St.)
Indulge your n+1 impulses, or find the perfect gem for that in progress rebuild. Rain or shine. Free to attend, $15 to sell. Learn more here.

Explore Lloyd Scavenger Hunt – 3:00pm at Hassalo on Eighth (just north of 7th Avenue MAX station)
Part of the Walktober festival, this scavenger hunt will introduce you to cool spots in the Lloyd District and give you the chance to win great prizes while you’re at it. Happy hour afterwards is optional but recommended! Learn more here.

Cross Crusade Race #3 – All day in Cascade Locks
All this rain should make for an epic competition. This is the third stop in the Crusade series and if last year is any indication you can expect a course full of surprises. Learn more here.

Cross Crusade XC – 4:30pm Cascade Locks
Cross Crusade’s newest event is a cross-country style foot race on the bike course. Winners get prize gear from adidas and Cyclocross Crusade call up points. Learn more here.







Sunday, October 16th

Cross Crusade Race #4 – All day in Cascade Locks
If you made it out for the Cross Crusade XC (Saturday above) hopefully you banked some call up points for Sunday’s race #4. Learn more here.

“Bus 75: Hidden Portland” Opening Photo Reception – 2:00pm Concordia University (2800 NE Liberty Street)
The #75 bus travels 18 miles and makes 128 stops. Award-winning photographer Geoffrey Hiller uses the route to explore the surrounding human, natural, and built environment. Join him Sunday at Concordia University, or online anytime, here. Learn more here.

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

Looking for a great way to promote your company or organization? We’re looking for a partner who wants to sponsor our calendar and event coverage. This is a primo opportunity. Get in touch!

– Kai McMurtry, Events Manager (@kainotkyle)

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Weekend Event Guide: Custom bikes, beer, ‘cross and more

Weekend Event Guide: Custom bikes, beer, ‘cross and more

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Who’s ready to enter?
(Photo: J Maus/BikePortland)

Saturday kicks off several days of warm and dry weather, just in time for the weekend. The Handmade Bike & Beer Festival returns Friday and Saturday, cyclocross takes over Alpenrose Dairy all weekend, and a cool collaboration between neighborhood businesses in the Gateway District will benefit the Dirt Lab at Gateway Green on Saturday. And that’s not all, see the full menu below…

Friday, October 7th

Handmade Bike & Beer Festival – 5:00pm North Warehouse (723 N. Tillamook)
The two-day Handmade Bike and Beer Festival returns for its ninth year. This collaboration between the Oregon Bicycle Constructors Association and the Oregon Brewers Guild brings together dozens of builders and brewers for a family friendly celebration of homegrown bikes, parts, and beer. Including DiNucci and Breadwinner Cycles, and Baerlic and Base Camp Brewing, and more. Come out Friday night and hang with our publisher and editor Jonathan Maus (introduce yourself for a free pint!). Learn more here.

Saturday, October 8th

River City Bicycles Cross Crusade #1 – All day at Alpenrose Dairy
It’s the first race of the much-anticipated River City Bicycles Cross Crusade series out at Alpenrose. Camping and a hotel block have been setup for those driving in, or just too excited to go home in between. Full logistics and event info, including series info here.

Handmade Bike & Beer Festival – 10:00am North Warehouse (723 N. Tillamook)
Day 2 of the Bike & Beer Fest. See Friday’s listing for more. Learn more here.

Bikes and Beer in Gateway – 12:00pm Gateway Brewing / Outer Rim Bicycle Shop (10625 NE Halsey St.)
The 205 bike path will drop you off at this collaborative beer garden. Your pints will go to support the Dirt Lab crowdfunding effort at Gateway Green. Learn more here.

Fundraiser Party for Dan America – 8:00 pm at Eagle Eye Tavern (5836 SE 92nd Ave)
One of Portland’s more colorful bike scene characters has fallen on hard times and needs the community’s help! Friends of Dan America are throwing him a big party to help raise money for cancer treatment expenses. The shindig is shaping up to be a huge bucket of fun and lots of great auction prizes have been lined up — including a famous tall bike Dan built and other rare Portland bike-cultural items. Learn more here.









Sunday, October 9th

River City Bicycles Cross Crusade #2 – All day at Alpenrose Dairy
Day 2 of the Crusade. Racing continues from 8:40 – 4pm. See Saturday’s listing for more. Learn more here.

Bike the Levees – 10:00 am at Multnomah County Drainage District (1880 NE Elrod Drive)
Take a relaxing spin on Portland’s levee system on this ride led by the Multnomah County Drainage District and the Columbia Slough Watershed Council. The ride is currently full but you can still get on the waiting list in case someone backs out. Learn more here.

Oh, and don’t forget to hug a bike messenger on Sunday, it’s Messenger Appreciation Day!

Did we miss anything? If so, give it a shout out in the comments.

For more fun events, including great stuff next week and beyond, visit our full events calendar.

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Weekly Video Roundup: ending oppression, mathematical theories of driving, and more

Weekly Video Roundup: ending oppression, mathematical theories of driving, and more


Welcome to the weekly video roundup!

Cycle Oregon was great, and I’m still trying to catch up from that and other chaos. Thankfully I’ve had time to review a big batch of videos. I actually have more in the queue but don’t want to make this post too long, so I’ll continue catching up over the coming weeks. When I saw the above video I knew it was the right one to feature- what says overthrowing oppression and defying a fatwa better than a bicycle? It’s been happening for 135+ years, leading to women’s suffarage and women wearing pants, and perhaps even the entire feminist movement.

The brilliant mathematician Vi Hart (of hexaflexagon fame?) philosophizes about the properties of math seen in traffic, such as Zeno’s paradox. (there’s very little commentary about “bad driving”, unfortunately; derivatives really come into play when Vi talks about hovercars)

“Iceland Adventure camp”. If those words don’t get you interested, see if the first 20 seconds of the video do. Wow. This is just a 2 minute preview, there’s a short article too.

Dave of River City Bikes talks about a beautiful 1972 Colnago, which came in through Citybikes. By discussing it here, I like how this is a Portland-on-Portland-on-Portland story.

I’ve discovered the joy of seeing a city by bike. It’s a great speed to see buildings, parks, monuments, and so on. Here’s a great mode comparison in London. It’s a much better challenge than simply seeing who can get from A to B the quickest.

Related, this is a nice primer to cycling in the city from GCN. Some of the basics: it doesn’t matter what bike you use, it doesn’t matter what you wear, think about what route you take, bikes let you see pretty places and make stops… but it’s GCN, so they always wear helmets.

Staying on the “funny accent” theme, Islabikes is launching what they call the Imagine Project, sustainable bikes that are rented to families, rather than getting stowed in a corner of a garage when it is outgrown. I know there are some commenters who are very vocal about avoiding the throw-away economy. I like this. Their UK website bounces me to the US version which doesn’t have info on this, here’s a way to see the page about it. (h/t Maria Schur, aka BicycleKitty)

This is a fun compilation of MTB crashes (obviously, warning for people who don’t like that). They are submitted by the riders, which is why it’s funny and not mean to me.

I’m shocked that this series popped up- it’s a four-part series reminding Uber drivers about laws and etiquette surrounding cyclists in San Francisco. It feels about 90% correct and well-stated to me; two things I noticed was that while it says “it is illegal and dangerous to drive or park in the bike lane” and discusses right hooks, it avoids using that term and never explains that the bike lane has legal right of way. (ht @GeraldFitt)

PathLessPedaled had yet another fun adventure. This one is on Steens Mountain:

Winter is coming. Specialized is proud of their innovative new fenders, which seem to just be fenders with moveable extensions. Still, how they demonstrate it is interesting. (I found the head wobble interesting)







This Red Bull downhill MTB course is crazy. The upper section through the trees isn’t something I’d want to do except maybe at walking speed.

As always, Streetfilms has great videos for the BikePortland audience. This one shows Vancouver’s network of cycleways and interviews a few locals. The protected bike lanes look much safer than simply using paint. I wonder how much those plastic self-watering planters cost.

KymNonStop put up a (paid) PSA on the dangers of texting while driving. I think it’s aimed at ‘millenials’/the younger generations.

While we’re talking MTB, maybe the kids that went to MTB Day will like this video showing some skills you can learn- especially in a parking lot or on a street.

I held back on most of the racing vids this year because they were either in spoiler territory or it was late enough that those who wanted to know already knew. This is a great recap of the new Women’s WorldTour with commentary by USA’s own racer Megan Guarnier:

This MTB adventure is titled ‘Wandering’ and doesn’t have much product placement, despite being put out by Shimano. They are certainly riding through beautiful terrain.

This “how to stand with your bike” etiquette video is hilarious.. to me, at least.

Local WTF moments

Local Joe Rowe, an activist and one of Fallon Smart‘s teachers, has taken video showing one of the dangerous pinch points along a repaved section of (lower) Interstate. Both PBOTrans and pdxvisionzero commented on it, and it echoes the work done here in February for Gap Week. It’s unfortunate to see bike lanes on roads that (nearly) disappear when they are needed most.

Elsewhere: taxi driver texting.

Honorable Mentions

This week’s honorable mentions: behind the scenes with a photographer at a UCI downhill race, b-roll of cargo bikes in Vancouver BC from Streetfilms, three hours of amateur cross cup racing, three hours of pro cross cup racing (six hours of rare tl;dw for me), 5 new road bikes for 2017, innovations in MTB tech at Interbike, and gravelbike roundup.

Inclusion criteria: If I’ve missed something, post it in the comments! I prefer videos published in the last week or so. Note if there’s a specific point in a long video that is worth highlighting. Also note if there is colorful language. I will delay videos containing pro racing spoilers by 7 days.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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