Missing Ingredients In Portland Bike Rental Plan: Money, Sex

Here's the question that must be answered if Portland's stalled plans for a bike rental system, like the set-ups in Paris or Washington, D.C., are to be more than talk: Who's got the money? So far, money talk has been conspicuously absent from the bike-rental discussion in Portland. Today's news from the north suggests why: If memories of Portland's theft-plagued yellow bike project didn't turn people ...   More
Tuesday, September 9, 2008 COREY PEIN

Bike Commute Challenge Reveals Who Talks a Good Game, But...

The Portland-based Bicycle Transportation Alliance just released the results of this year's bike commute challenge . The challenge included 1073 workplaces and 10,689 people. We pulled out some of the more interesting categories from the list of winners, which is too long and dull to reproduce here. BTA spokesman Karl Rohde wrote, in his press release, "There are some pretty startling numbers ...   More
Wednesday, October 8, 2008 COREY PEIN

A Slow Kid on a Bike, Coming Your Way

Indie kids on bikes is nothing new in our neck of the woods, but cross-country? That's a different story. Neo-folk singer Malcolm Rollick, who has shared the stage with such superstars as Kimya Dawson and CocoRosie, will be taking her show on the road, literally. Her eight-month Portland to Portland bike tour will take her first to San Francisco and then pass through Colorado, Missouri and New ...   More
Tuesday, February 17, 2009 Adrienne So

Work Off Your Valentine's Day Hangover With...Beer & Bikes

Do you mean to tell us that after your dinner, movie, flowers, candles and chocolates, you have even MORE plans? Yeah, we didn't think so. So drag yourself out of bed, throw on whatever leopard-skin furs you have lying around the house (waterproof ones, preferably) and head down to the Lucky Labrador Brew Pub (915 SE Hawthorne Blvd.) on Sunday, Feb. 15th for the Worst Day of the Year Ride. 3,000 ...   More
Wednesday, February 11, 2009 Adrienne So

French Find a Wrench in their Spokes

Remember when then-Commissioner Sam Adams and Portlanders were kicking around a rental bike idea. Well, before re-starting the discussion they might want to read this BBC story. Apparently, excelling at cynicism, cigarettes, and lovemaking wasn't enough for the French to keep public bicycles in Paris from the grasp of vandalism, theft, and general tomfoolery. More than half — 7,800 ...   More
Tuesday, February 10, 2009 Sarah Jennings

Registration Open for New Belgium Urban Assault Ride

Beer. Bikes. There. I'm pretty sure I got every red-blooded Portlander's attention. Registration is now open for this year's Urban Assault Ride on May 31, the biggest bike scavenger race in the world. Teams will have to plot their own courses around the city and tackle challenges like bike jousting (ouch) and inflatable slides (yay!). And while we know you're in it for the adventure and not ...   More
Wednesday, February 18, 2009 Adrienne So

Flat Tires: Bike Lobby Discovers Sam Adams Ain't Santa

Mayor Sam Adams cultivated a strong relationship with Portland's burgeoning bicycle lobby as city commissioner over the past four years. That honeymoon may now be over. It's budget season and with city bureaus looking at cuts of five percent or more, some of the aspirations Adams listed in his 100 day plan—including those involving bikes—are falling by the wayside. Jonathan Maus at ...   More
Tuesday, February 24, 2009 NIGEL JAQUISS

Portland's Pedal Powered Prizes

The sun rises in the east…and in other obvious news; Portland is a haven for cyclists and their ilk. Still doubt us? Well, the League of American Bicyclists announced today that two Portland businesses have won top awards for being “Bike Friendly Businesses” defined as"corporations, organizations, nonprofits and associations that weave bicycling into their business culture ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2009 Dan Green

Oregon Bike Polo Championships This Weekend!

Have you always pictured polo as the sole provenance of upper-crust New England types, who send their children to boarding schools with names like "Andover" and "Exeter"—the only people who can afford a sport that requires them to own SEVERAL DOZEN HORSES? Maybe they floated the horses here from Germany. On their gold-encrusted BOAT. Paddled by SLAVES. The slavish entitlement of these ...   More
Friday, March 6, 2009 Adrienne So

Your Federal Stimulus Money At Work: TriMet Will Keep Your Bike Safe...Partially

Here's a move that should make TriMet-riding bicyclists happy at a time when many TriMet users are unhappy over proposed service cuts. TriMet announced today it will build new bike lockers and renovate some older ones with $1 million in federal stimulus money. On the to-do list: -Building 250 new lockers at the Beaverton and Sunset transit centers. -Replacing 100 lockers in the Central ...   More
Monday, March 9, 2009 Dan Green


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