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Photos and memories of the 2016 N.O.I.S.E. Ride – an urban singlespeed rally

Photos and memories of the 2016 N.O.I.S.E. Ride – an urban singlespeed rally

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One of the stops in the competition involved racing around a mini-velodrome that was constructed by visitors from Seattle and installed at a picnic area in Peninsula Park.
(Photos by Christopher San Agustin)

One of the many strange skills I’ve accumulated in 11 years of running this blog is an ability to judge whether or not something that happens in our community — an event, a ride, a news story, an issue, a project — is a big deal or not. Since a large part of my job is to monitor buzz and feedback, I can usually get a sense whether or not people care about something based on how much chatter comes my way via emails, phone calls, what I hear on the street, texts, and so on. With the advent of social media in recent years, I have even more tools to monitor the various frequencies where these bits of buzz happen.

Case in point: The N.O.I.S.E Ride — which could be short for the N.orth O.regon I.nternational S.ingle speed E.xhibition Ride, although that’s unconfirmed — happened nearly two weeks ago but I’m still noticing people post glowing reviews and heartfelt memories about it. I missed it this year, so when participant and photographer Christopher San Agustin dropped me an email about it yesterday, I was more than happy to be able to share some of his images and thoughts.

For the unitiated, the N.O.I.S.E. Ride has been going on for 12 years now. Rumor has it the event started after the inaugural SSCXWC event in Portland filled up and turned competitors away so they decided to do their own thing. It meets at Fresh Pot in north Portland where the urban singlespeed rally begins. There are requisite stops at popular hangouts and various skill competitions that can change depending on who’s leading the ride.

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Here’s the recap from Scott Wanhala, who also happened to be crowned champion of this year’s event:

Rules are meant to be broken and the only existing one is comrades who partake have to be upon a single speed rig. This event was put on for folks that couldn’t make it to SSWC years and years ago. So the urban adventure rally churns through the streets like you are kid on your Hutch Pro Star BMX or a 30 year old looking for the best curb islands to launch…

JLO the winner of the 2015 event organized quite the feats of strength for this years event. No bones were broken this year but many bags of Cinnamon Bun Oreos and Olympia beer were crushed. Bike-Buzkashi was had at the first stop with the black dice team taking the win after the bike polo folks decided that their smash abilities were working. Many other events occurred throughout stops in our fair haven of NOPO, and you will just have to come out for the 2017 event to experience the majesty of launching your hefty soul across the single track of the Willamette.

Last but not least. The Seattle crew came South and set up the mini battle drome at Peninsula Park where the battle of the belt took place for the 2016 winner. If anyone knows how to throw a party it’s when Portland and Seattle get together aboard a wooden track of shred.

For more photos and memories of N.O.I.S.E 2016, check out San Agustin’s blog post or the event’s Facebook page.

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

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Photos and memories of the 2016 N.O.I.S.E. Ride – an urban singlespeed rally

Photos and memories of the 2016 N.O.I.S.E. Ride – an urban singlespeed rally

noise_ride_8

One of the stops in the competition involved racing around a mini-velodrome that was constructed by visitors from Seattle and installed at a picnic area in Peninsula Park.
(Photos by Christopher San Agustin)

One of the many strange skills I’ve accumulated in 11 years of running this blog is an ability to judge whether or not something that happens in our community — an event, a ride, a news story, an issue, a project — is a big deal or not. Since a large part of my job is to monitor buzz and feedback, I can usually get a sense whether or not people care about something based on how much chatter comes my way via emails, phone calls, what I hear on the street, texts, and so on. With the advent of social media in recent years, I have even more tools to monitor the various frequencies where these bits of buzz happen.

Case in point: The N.O.I.S.E Ride — which could be short for the N.orth O.regon I.nternational S.ingle speed E.xhibition Ride, although that’s unconfirmed — happened nearly two weeks ago but I’m still noticing people post glowing reviews and heartfelt memories about it. I missed it this year, so when participant and photographer Christopher San Agustin dropped me an email about it yesterday, I was more than happy to be able to share some of his images and thoughts.

For the unitiated, the N.O.I.S.E. Ride has been going on for 12 years now. Rumor has it the event started after the inaugural SSCXWC event in Portland filled up and turned competitors away so they decided to do their own thing. It meets at Fresh Pot in north Portland where the urban singlespeed rally begins. There are requisite stops at popular hangouts and various skill competitions that can change depending on who’s leading the ride.

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Here’s the recap from Scott Wanhala, who also happened to be crowned champion of this year’s event:

Rules are meant to be broken and the only existing one is comrades who partake have to be upon a single speed rig. This event was put on for folks that couldn’t make it to SSWC years and years ago. So the urban adventure rally churns through the streets like you are kid on your Hutch Pro Star BMX or a 30 year old looking for the best curb islands to launch…

JLO the winner of the 2015 event organized quite the feats of strength for this years event. No bones were broken this year but many bags of Cinnamon Bun Oreos and Olympia beer were crushed. Bike-Buzkashi was had at the first stop with the black dice team taking the win after the bike polo folks decided that their smash abilities were working. Many other events occurred throughout stops in our fair haven of NOPO, and you will just have to come out for the 2017 event to experience the majesty of launching your hefty soul across the single track of the Willamette.

Last but not least. The Seattle crew came South and set up the mini battle drome at Peninsula Park where the battle of the belt took place for the 2016 winner. If anyone knows how to throw a party it’s when Portland and Seattle get together aboard a wooden track of shred.

For more photos and memories of N.O.I.S.E 2016, check out San Agustin’s blog post or the event’s Facebook page.

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

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Weekend Event Guide: Cross, book release party, shoe drive, rain gear sale, and more

Weekend Event Guide: Cross, book release party, shoe drive, rain gear sale, and more

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Blumenauer will lead a ride to the ballot box Sunday.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

As the days get shorter and cooler, it’s a great time to snuggle up with a book and get inspired for spring and summer adventures. If you have discovered it yet, check out the Boneshaker Almanac, a series of 10 pocket-sized periodicals that read like a cross between Mark Twain and an old army manual. There’s a reading to celebrate the tenth issue tonight.

We’ve also got another cyclocross doubleheader in store. Whether your choose to partake Saturday or Sunday (or both!), you’ll be guaranteed top-notch venues for both watching and racing.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, November 4th

Boneshaker #10 Release Party – 6:00 pm at Boy’s Fort (902 SW Morrison)
Boneshaker: A Bicycling Almanac is one of the most enjoyable “pocket-sized periodicals” (according to Esquire) I’ve ever owned. It’s tales of adventure transport me to magical places and its presentation and tone takes me a bygone era of literary journalism. Let’s help them celebrate the 10th issue as part of the Lit Crawl Portland event. Author readings will be moderated by Boneshaker’s founder and former Portlander Evan P. Schneider. Learn more here.

Saturday, November 5th

Showers Pass Warehouse Sale – 9:00 am to 12 noon at Showers Pass HQ (2101 SE 6th)
This is it folks. Your once-a-year chance to get great deals on great rain gear. TIP: Get their early if you want to find the good stuff. It’s a feeding frenzy that only lasts a few hours… But the crowds are worth mixing with if you need the gear (or gifts for the holidays!). More info here.

Ultra-cycling and Rando Roundtable – 9:00 am at Pedal PT (2622 SE 25th Ave)
Curious what it takes to ride all day and complete long-distance events? Come out and meet veterans of endurance and randoneurring events at a discussion held at a physical therapy studio. More info here.







Shoe Drive for World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims – 11:00 am at Oregon Walks HQ (1805 NE 2nd Ave)
A group of activists comprised of families of traffic violence survivors need over 400 pairs of shoes for an art installation that will commemorate the lives lost in 2016 on Oregon roads. Bring your used pairs of shoes and see them be put to use in a powerful public art installation that will go live on November 20th on World Day of Remembrance. More info here.

Pedalers at the Poor Farm – All Day at McMenamins Edgefield in Troutdale
Come enjoy a challenging race course at the perfect venue — a historic state hospital that’s now home to a brewery, winery, amateur golf course, and more. Racing for all categories, and there’s even a kiddie cross event for the little ones. More info here.

Sunday, November 6th

River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade #7 – All day at Portland International Raceway/Heron Lakes Golf Course
After a few weeks of traveling outside Portland, the Crusade comes roaring back at one of the most anticipated venues of the year: PIR Heron Lakes. This course is very spectator friendly — especially around the big concrete step-up that some people will ride, others will run, and others will completely flail on. It’s also the penultimate race in the Crusade series so the leaders will be gunning for top spots. More info here.

Bike the Ballot with Blumenauer – 12:00 pm at Democratic Party of Oregon Campaign Office (1735 NE 7th Ave)
Portland’s very own Congressman Earl Blumenauer – founder and co-chair of the Congressional Bike Caucus – will lead a ride to deliver ballots. Join the fun and get a chance to see how your representative in Congress rolls.

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.

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

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Crazy around every corner: Photos from the Cross Crusade Halloween weekend in Bend

Crazy around every corner: Photos from the Cross Crusade Halloween weekend in Bend

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This running-of-the-bulls inspired costume was one of the most creative of the day.
(Photo: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The River City Bicycle Cyclocross Crusade was at an entirely different level over the weekend. With its annual stop in Bend for races number five and six in the eight-race series, it was Oregon cyclocross at its peak. There was creativity, debauchery, inspiration, and fun around every corner.

As a competitor and as a spectator it was truly something to behold: There were brilliant costumes, enthusiastic crowds, and some serious (and not so serious) racing on yet another slippery and challenging course.

From the woman dressed in bondage gear spanking everyone who passed with a leather whip (we got it in slo-mo), to the cheeto and Oreo cookie handups, to the couple dressed like KISS rocking out as riders passed — I’m still reliving all the unforgettable moments in my head.

Speaking of which, there were guys in my race (category 2/3) dressed like tacos and handing out actual, real Taco Bell tacos for anyone who would take them. And another guy in my race dressed like a banana and had a bunch of peels in his pouch that he dropped like booby-traps on the course as he raced! Who does that?!

Before it gets too late on this Halloween night, I wanted to send you out with a sampling of the craziness from the weekend…

Whip me please!

Slo-mo vid of the bondage whipping woman. (Pics below if the video doesn’t work)
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Our friend Maria Schur!
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Even the elite racers got into the fun.
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The peak of a steep grassy climb was one of the loudest spots on the course.
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There was something crazy around every corner — including this KISS duo complete with guitars and a sound system.
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Jellyfish.
There were quite a few costumes based on current events and politics.

There were quite a few costumes based on current events and politics.

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Sure, why not stop for a beer mid-race?
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I heard this guy get brilliantly heckled by a fan: “Four score and seven years ago is how long you’re taking to ride this course!”
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I’m glad she wasn’t in my race. Scary!
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Even the kids got into the act.
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This young bull-fighter raced with the rose in his mouth — and he posed for me!

And yes, I dressed up too…

Thanks to Chris DiStefano for the photo and Giant Bicycles for the scary fast and fun bike.

Thanks to Chris DiStefano for the photo and River City Bicycles/Giant Bicycles for the scary fast and fun bike.

Have fun out there tonight! There’s a Halloween Ride leaving from north Portland at 5:30 pm if you can make it.

And if you want to take part in this cycling spectacle, you are in luck. This Sunday the Crusade returns home for a big event out at Portland International Raceway (just north of Kenton).

I’ve got more photos from Bend over on the BikePortland Flickr page.

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

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Cross Crusade gets wet and wild in the Gorge at race #3

Cross Crusade gets wet and wild in the Gorge at race #3

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Quite a backdrop for bike racing.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

The River City Bicycles Cyclocross Crusade headed to the Columbia River Gorge for race #3 in the series with the scenic town of Cascade Locks playing host. With the steep gorge cliffs on one side and the mighty Columbia on the other, hundreds of racers enjoyed an excellent day of racing despite dire storm warnings all over the news.

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The course was extremely wet and full of big puddles; but it was very rideable except for a big run-up through the forest.

By the time of my race around 1:00 there were massive lakes on the course. Racers had a choice to make: Roll through deep puddles or the thick mud. Puddles were faster but they also had hidden rocks and other surprises lurking beneath. Unsurprisingly, most people chose the path of least resistance and plowed right through the puddles.

And as always, the atmosphere around the race was as spirited and festive as ever: Beer was flowing, vendors were cooking up tasty bites, the heckling from the crowd was strong (and more supportive than insulting). Portland’s legendary ‘cross season is in full swing!

If you missed the fun today there’s another race tomorrow in the same place! Come out to Cascade Locks and be a part of the fun.

Check out more photos below:

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A huge puddle near the finish line served as the bike wash.
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Our cyclocross and adventure riding coverage is possible because of support from River City Bicycles and Giant Bicycles.

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

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Escape the City: In search of Hobo Joe

Escape the City: In search of Hobo Joe

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Just a few miles north of Hillsboro and Highway 26 are miles of unpaved roads waiting to be ridden.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Before we get to know Hobo Joe, I want to share a brief programming note…

When I started mountain biking back in the 1990s one of the things that really drew me into it was the solitude. In just a few minutes of pedaling (I was lucky to live close to mountains), I could get away from busy roads full of smelly and loud cars.

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This new Giant TCX-SX is nimble and fun whether
on the racecourse or on backroads.

These days I’m motivated to ride and stay in shape for that same reason. As our roads get more crowded and more dangerous, my urge to escape has never been stronger. And I don’t think I’m the only one. My hunch is that the huge surge of interest in “gravel grinding” and “gravel bikes” is coming from a desire to escape urban areas. It’s an urge that’s driven by a fear of traffic, a need to unplug from the insanity of modern American culture, and partly by a good, old-fashioned thirst for adventure and new experiences.

Many of us are drawn to roads less traveled (a.k.a. #roadslikethese) and they’re often unpaved.

Thankfully, advances in technology make escaping by bike easier than ever. Drop-bar “road” bikes now come with bigger tires and more comfortable frames and there are many digital tools and devices to help plan and discover new routes — and to keep us from getting lost once we’re out there.

Over the coming weeks and months I’ll be sharing some of my favorite escape routes. I’ll also introduce you to some great characters who I’ve come to think of as Portland’s escape artists — people with vast knowledge of unpaved routes that are off the beaten path. In addition to getting away from it all, we’ll also be getting into it on the race course.

This coverage is being made possible thanks to a partnership with River City Bicycles and Giant Bicycles. They’ve provided me with an excellent bike for exploring and racing, the new Giant TCX-SX (above). With just a month or so in the saddle, I can already report that my TCX has exceeded expectations on the racecourse and on some of the most remote backroads in the region.

Hope you enjoy the coverage.

Now, onto this Hobo Joe character…

Washington County recognizes 220 miles of unpaved roads on their official map and Beaverton resident Dan Morgan has ridden nearly every inch of them. (“Dyno Dan” is one of the escape artists I plan to tell you more about in an upcoming post.) When I asked him to share a favorite Washington County escape route last month, he emailed back a route named Hobo Joe. Hoping to find out why he named it that, I met up with him at Jessie Mays Community Center in North Plains (which is a great spot to know about if you ride in this area because it has a porta-pottie and a drinking fountain.)

To get there, I rode up and over the west hills via Springville Road and then skirted over to my favorite west-side-traffic-avoidance-alternate-route: Rock Creek Trail. By taking advantage of the ribbon of nine greenspace parks between housing developments it’s possible to avoid five miles of busy and stressful roads. Whenever going east-west north of Highway 26 I take the Rock Creek path between Kaiser Woods Park and the Rock Creek Powerline Park soccer fields.

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Rock Creek Trail near Bethany Lake. Sure beats riding on West Union.

Once I got to North Plains and hooked up with Dan, we rolled north onto Old Pumpkin Ridge Road. It didn’t take long before we hit gravel on Corey Road. A few turns later a big view of a valley opened up with farms and trees and mountains as far we could see. “In the winter there are so many white geese in these fields it looks like snow,” Dan said.

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Looking west toward Gumm Creek and Dairy Creek.







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Dan gritting out a short but steep climb on Corey Road.
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Hard to believe this is just a few minutes from Highway 26.

By riding on Corey Road and Keller Road (both of which are unpaved) we were able to avoid about five miles of riding on Pumpkin Ridge Road, which is paved, has poor sight lines and very little shoulder room to ride in. By the time we re-connected with Pumpkin Ridge we were so far out of town that we didn’t have to worry about other traffic at all.

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Pumpkin Ridge Road near Horning’s Hideout.

After four or so miles climbing up Pumpkin Ridge we headed east on Smoke Ranch Road at a locked yellow gate (it’s open for biking). On one of the gate posts someone had tagged “Hobo Joe” with a bicycle clearly drawn on both of the “Os” in Hobo. Who was this person? Dan has no idea and neither do I. Whoever it is, Smoke Ranch Road seems like the perfect place where a bicycle hobo would want to be. Overgrown with weeds and brush, it winds through thick groves of trees and crosses seven creeks on its way to Dixie Mountain Road and the highest point of our loop — 1,500 feet.

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Once atop Dixie Mountain Road we were treated to a stroke-inducing, 13-mile descent back to Shadybook Drive and eventually North Plains.

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Classic Washington County backroad.

The Hobo Joe loop is about 33 miles and 3,500 feet of elevation gain. If you’re looking for an escape from Hillsboro, Forest Grove, or Beaverton, I highly recommend checking this out. And if you ever find Hobo Joe, tell him I’d like to meet him.

Stay tuned next week for an escape to Gunners Lake, a hidden gem of Columbia County.

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

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Join us, the CCC and Oregon Walks for Blazers Bike Night on November 13th!

Join us, the CCC and Oregon Walks for Blazers Bike Night on November 13th!

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The Moda Center bike parking area is always full and fun on Bike Night!

If you’re excited as we are for the start of the NBA season, you’ll love this news: Blazers Bike Night is back for 2016 and operators are standing by to take your ticket order .

This year’s game is the Sunday, November 13th contest against the Denver Nuggets, an exciting young team that features former Trail Blazer Will “The Thrill” Barton.

As in years past, Bike Night at the Moda Center coincides with the team’s Green Night Transportation Game which is sponsored by Uber. New this year is that a portion of each ticket purchased through our special Bike Night website will be donated to the Community Cycling Center. Come to the game and see leaders from the CCC on the JumboTron as they accept a check at halftime at mid-court!

Another new element of the event this year is that our friends from Oregon Walks will also be at the game. They’ll be offering a special ticket package for $45 that will support their important work and include a one-year Oregon Walks membership. Stay tuned for more details in the coming days.







Ticket prices are $45 for 200 level or $15 for 300 level (plus a $5 online processing fee).

Yours with each ticket purchase.

Yours with each ticket purchase.

In addition to supporting the CCC, you’ll get a custom reflective pinwheel logo sticker and be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an Adidas Dame Roller Tee signed by the man himself, Damian Lillard. I’ve worn this shirt on several bike tours and it’s awesome!

For the best seats and to lock in these prices please get your orders in by this Friday, October 14th!

Mark your calendar and make your plans to join us and all your transportation advocacy friends at the Moda Center on November 13th! Go to this page and enter “BIKE” to receive special Bike Night group pricing.

Here’s the event flyer:

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We’ve been hosting Blazers Bike Night (formerly known as Bike to Blazers) since 2006. To see photos and recaps of years past, browse our archives.

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

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Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

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Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh speaking at the ride.
(Photos: Ted Timmons)

The Cycling Against Hate ride, planned in response to an ugly pepper-spraying incident in northeast Portland last week, happened on Sunday. BikePortland correspondent Ted Timmons was there and shares the following recap…







About 90 riders showed up; including familiar faces like former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh and author, publisher, and activist Elly Blue. Organizer Taz Loomans had a family emergency to attend to so Elly stepped in to lead it.

We started with a moment of silence, then community members and leaders spoke.

"Share some of the reasons that you showed up today with someone that you don't know." #cyclingagainsthate

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And we are off! #cyclingagainsthate

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"It means a lot to have this many people come out and care." #cyclingagainsthate

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After being introduced by Mychal Tetteh of Community Cycling Center, Sarah Iannarone spoke, challenging us to become a more inclusive city and especially a more includive bike community. “Get educated, further educated. Please, read a book, talk to your colleagues”. Here’s video of her speech:

Longtime friend of the family Wendy Williams also spoke about how this hate crime has impacted the children, then thanked the bike community for showing up to support the family.

A few local news crews, who kept a low profile, were there: KATU, KGW, KPTV.

It was nice that they didn’t overwhelm the event, but tried to quietly report on it.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Ride report: ‘Cycling Against Hate’ rallies the community

Mychal Tetteh.

Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh speaking at the ride.
(Photos: Ted Timmons)

The Cycling Against Hate ride, planned in response to an ugly pepper-spraying incident in northeast Portland last week, happened on Sunday. BikePortland correspondent Ted Timmons was there and shares the following recap…







About 90 riders showed up; including familiar faces like former mayoral candidate Sarah Iannarone, Community Cycling Center CEO Mychal Tetteh and author, publisher, and activist Elly Blue. Organizer Taz Loomans had a family emergency to attend to so Elly stepped in to lead it.

We started with a moment of silence, then community members and leaders spoke.

"Share some of the reasons that you showed up today with someone that you don't know." #cyclingagainsthate

A photo posted by Microcosm Publishing (@microcosm_pub) on

And we are off! #cyclingagainsthate

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"It means a lot to have this many people come out and care." #cyclingagainsthate

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After being introduced by Mychal Tetteh of Community Cycling Center, Sarah Iannarone spoke, challenging us to become a more inclusive city and especially a more includive bike community. “Get educated, further educated. Please, read a book, talk to your colleagues”. Here’s video of her speech:

Longtime friend of the family Wendy Williams also spoke about how this hate crime has impacted the children, then thanked the bike community for showing up to support the family.

A few local news crews, who kept a low profile, were there: KATU, KGW, KPTV.

It was nice that they didn’t overwhelm the event, but tried to quietly report on it.

– Ted Timmons, @tedder42

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2016 Disaster Relief Trials set for October 22nd

2016 Disaster Relief Trials set for October 22nd

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The annual event tests the limits of bicycles as an emergency response tool.
(Photos: J. Maus/BikePortland)

Bicycles — especially durable ones that can carry lots of stuff — will be one of the most important tools we have when a disaster strikes. They don’t need fuel, they can be carried over obstacles, they can haul lots of medical supplies and food, and they can even be used to generate electricity if necessary.

It’s been over five years since we first reported on how bikes can help us in our time of need. And now for the fifth year in a row a group of Portlanders has come together to organize the Disaster Relief Trials, an event that acts as an inspirational innovation catalyst and educational platform for our bicycle-oriented community.

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A competitor rolled through a water obstacle at the 2015 event.







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How much supplies could you load on your bike in an emergency?

This year’s event will be held on October 22nd in conjuction with the City of Portland’s Emergency Preparedness Fair at the University Place Hotel (which also serve as DRT basecamp).

Here’s the event description:

Portland cyclists are called to test their navigation, problem solving and load-hauling mettle on October 22th, 2016 in a disaster drill designed to showcase the relevance of cargo bikes to disaster relief. This year’s competition will again feature a “hub-and-spoke” checkpoint arrangement, centered in downtown Portland at the at the University Place Hotel. Riders will begin at the “hub” and return periodically to complete disaster relief challenges, making this year’s event especially spectator friendly. The LeMans start, barrier crossing, awkward load lashing, and harried relief cargo delivery will all be located at the campus hub. Between moments of DRT action, spectators can visit a Preparedness Fair sponsored by the Downtown Neighborhood Association inside the hotel. The fair will offer information and activities to get you prepared for any disaster.

All types of riders are encouraged to sign-up and get involved. There are separate classes for families, teams, electric-assist, beginners, and seasonsed disaster riders. Registration (which starts at $35) discounts are available for professional bike messengers and students. Scholarships are also available.

For inspiration and background, check out our coverage from past events. Learn more and register at the event’s Facebook and sign-up page.

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

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