Friday, May 04, 2007

Sprockettes Foil Bike Thief

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PORTLAND, OR - Agent Chaos and Agent Trouble of The Sprockettes reenact their amazing recovery of a stolen bicycle. FIGHT EVIL CRIME!

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Wednesday, May 02, 2007

Portland Cyclists Rally for Bike Master Plan

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PORTLAND, OR - Nearly 200 cyclists, well over twice the usual amount, joined city bike coordinator Roger Geller on his Bike Master Plan Ride last night. Riders of all stripes came out to show support for the embattled Master Plan, which Mayor Potter recently decided to cut from his proposed budget.
As expected, Transportation Commissioner Sam Adams, flanked by his policy analyst Roland Chlapowski and his Chief of Staff Tom Miller, made an appearance. During interviews with the various media outlets he said,

“I just think that this (the Bike Master Plan) is more important than some of the other items proposed in the Mayor’s proposed budget…It’s absolutely critical that we continue to be a leader in bike mobility and that comes by having a good plan…Bikes have never been more important to the mobility of this city. It’s an affordable way to get around; in some cases, it’s the most reliable way to get between two places; it’s good for your health; you burn fat instead of oil; and it’s good for the environment.

The Bike Master Plan allows us to develop a bike system, not just do it piecemeal, but develop a system…As transportation commissioner I have a responsibility to get people around the city safely and bikes are a key part of my strategy. I think you can argue that we don’t spend enough money on bikes, not that we need to cut back on our spending.”

After Adams’ remarks and brief words from Roger Geller, the ride began amid the chaotic cacophony of May Day Parade revelers, which passed by Terry Schrunk Plaza right as we rolled out. After a quick loop around the South Park Blocks, we made our way over the Willamette River (via the Hawthorne Bridge), up the Eastbank Esplanade, and onward through North Portland.

As we made our way to our destination (Kenton Park), we experienced a diverse array of bikeways and environments;
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* We rode through the innovative, bike-only “scramble” signal near the Rose Garden Arena,
* worked the sometimes tricky connection from Weidler to N. Williams,
* enjoyed the serenity of residential streets near N. Ainsworth,
* got a first-hand look at the new bike/ped refuge medias at N. Portland and Willamette Blvd.,
* shared a narrow bike lane with fast-moving motorists on N. Willamette near the University of Portland,
* basked in the bucolic splendor and spring time aromas of the Peninsula Crossing Trail,
* pedaled over the bike/ped bridge over the Columbia Slough,
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* rode next to nature along the Columbia Slough Trail while huge packs of lycra-clad racers careened through corners at Portland International Raceway,
* and finally, we passed by Paul Bunyan at the entrance to up-and-coming Kenton.

I talked to several people on the ride (unfortunately I can’t use the audio due to excessive wind noise), and they all expressed a deep concern about the Mayor’s decision to cut funding for the plan.

Dave Sohigian was there with his wife and two kids. They live in Lair Hill, just south of Portland and as a carfree family, the continued improvement of Portland’s bikeway network is very important to them. Another women I spoke to said she moved to Portland (from Ohio) in large part because of it’s bike-friendly reputation and she wants to see that continue.

Shamus Lynskey of St. Johns towed his young daughter along and said he has a vested interest in improving bikeway connections from that area to downtown. BTA volunteer Lee Hoffman lives in Tanasbourne and came out to show his support for the Master Plan.

Once at Kenton Park, we re-assembled, filled out comment forms had a Q and A session with Roger Geller. It was a constructive, informative discussion that brought up a wide range of topics; from the potential of a bike-only lane on the Hawthorne Bridge (Geller said bikes were 16% of the total trips last summer), to problems with the new bike/ped refuge island at N. Willamette and Portland.

It was inspiring to see both the large showing of support for the Bike Master Plan, and the high level of concern and engagement for improving the bikeway network.

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Monday, April 30, 2007

Hal Grades Your Bike Locking

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New York City - In honor of Bike Month, Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of SteetFilms resurrects this 2003 bikeTV classic. It was his first work to gain worldwide noterity in the alternative transportation world.

They hit the streets of Soho with the help of Bicycle Habitat’s most famous mechanic Hal Ruzal - who humorously grades the bike locking ability of New Yorkers. Sure he’s harsh, but also damn funny while dispensing useful anecdotes from his many decades in the biz. Hopefully you’ll learn how to keep your bike safe and avoid a failing grade.

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Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Who Wants to Visit a Sprawl Guru Tonight?

RECAP:I had an facinating time at the executive club meeting tonight. I rode out with Reverend Phil and met up with fellow cyclist, Toby. We shot some video, saw Mr. Cox's slide show presentation (we may digest that later). For now let's just say he made some points that are worth looking into. We also had some interesting and sometimes lively converstaion with the executive club folks.
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Anyone wish to accompany me to the lion's den tonight (see below)? I'll probably ride out along the I-205 path or I could meet folks a Lloyd center for a max ride.

Shoot me an email or call me if you wanna come along.

Dan Kaufman
dan (at) pdxk (dot) com
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From Portland Tribune Story by Jim Redden.

...the Executive Club, a social organization founded by conservative tax-limitation advocate Don McIntire, is bringing a nationally known [public transit and urban planning] skeptic to town.

Wendell Cox will speak to the group at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the Shilo Inn Suites Hotel, 11707 N.E. Airport Way. It is free and open to the public, although there is a charge for those who order dinner.

Cox is the principal of Wendell Cox Consultancy, an international public policy firm based in St. Louis and the editor of three Web sites, Demographia, The Public Purpose and Rental Car Tours, which urges travelers to rent cars and avoid traditional tourist tours.

He also serves as a senior fellow at the Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based think tank that describes itself as a free-market advocate.

“Planning is a religion in Portland. Metro sends missionaries around the world spreading the message, which is false,” Cox told the Portland Tribune.

Cox grew up in Hillsboro before moving to Los Angeles, where he originally championed light rail as a member of the Los Angeles County Transportation Commission. Cox said he changed his mind after realizing that light rail in Portland and other cities does not carry enough people to make a difference.

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Tuesday, April 03, 2007

Bicycles Give Room To Breathe: NYC

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New York, NY - Transportation Alternatives (T.A.) gathered a gaggle of cyclists on 42nd Street in Manhattan to stage a dramatic visual that shows how much street space is gained if more people rode bicycles or took mass transit instead of driving personal cars.

"Room to Breathe" is borrowed from a poster featuring a dramatic series of photos taken by Portland's Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) in the mid-1990s. There have been numerous permuatations over the years in myriad cities, but this is the first we have documented in NYC.

In this StreetFilm, you'll get a little sneak peak into how this event was staged and hear from volunteers and T.A. staff on why spatial efficency is so important to the livable streets movement. T.A. aims to have the poster available by Summer 2007.

Video hosted and produced by Clarence Eckerson.

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Monday, April 02, 2007

Trek Boss "Sees The Light" of Cycle Advocacy

Taipei, Taiwan - Video provided by QuickRelease.TV.
This may seem like a typically dry trade show presentation. To cycle advocates though, Trek President, John Burke's, 23-minute video-taped speech is industry shaking.

Burke's inspiring slide show (seen here at the Taipei International Cycle Show) earned him the title of the "Al Gore of the bike trade" from Jonathan Maus at He implores the bicycle industry to divert cash from marketing and R&D to help advocates and politicians create a 'bicycle friendly world' as a way to combat obesity, congestion, pollution and, of course, earn profits. Burke clearly shows how increased bicycle commuting has a direct impact on these issues and the bottom line of the cycling industry.

Many thanks go to Carlton Reid of for editing this video and adding graphs, photos and videos to the presentation.

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Thursday, March 15, 2007

BTA Honors Jonathan Maus of

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Last Saturday The Bicycle Transportation Alliance presemted local cycling advocates with the Alice B. Toeclips award. Noted blogger Jonathan Maus of claimed one of these trophies. Here is his acceptance speech.

Video Provided by Portland Bike Documentarians. More on them soon.

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Monday, March 05, 2007

Teenage Bike Gang Overtakes Neighborhood

Portland, Ore.- The Oregonian ran a great front page story this morning about teenagers from my neighborhood high school who have banded together for their morning commute by bicycle. Best of all they are doing it for all the right reasons. Go Grover Cleveland High School "bike" Warriors!

Video by Rob Finch and Noelle Crombie

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Monday, January 22, 2007


CORUÑA, SPAIN - Enjoy this musical slide show of a Spanish Critical Mass. Music is "Revolucion" by AMARAL,the song speaks of an anonymous revolution and secret books ("calmar el tráfico"). Words that go well with the photos.

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is a galician city in the northwest of Iberian peninsula. There has been an active and growing critical mass since October 2005. This video summarizes one year of their activities.

Critical Mass is has become a world wide phenomenon. Just follow this search at YouTube to see the variety of places, tactics, and issues behind the event.

CM has an anarchist heart and it's flavor can't be generalized from place to place. However, I think one can safely say that CM is a demand made by cyclists to take back their share of the streets. This "presumptuous" and disruptive demand... the arrests, altercations, and inconvenience to motorists is what creates the controversy behind critical mass.

Is it a good tactic? I believe it's an important tool for cycling advocates especially in the initial stages of bringing community awareness to bicycle issues. Controversy gets media coverage and can start enlightening conversation. On the other hand it can be divisive. For example, I know of two motorists who had their cars damaged during critical mass (one car was kicked and the other keyed). I don't see how this this type of destructive action helps the cause.

My view is passive resistance is the best response. Attacking automobiles is not going win sympathies and it may even put more cyclists at risk. When you carry out an act of civil disobedience you must be prepared to be injured or arrested for your cause. Even though self defense or violent reaction may be justified you can't control the spin that action unleashes. It's better to take your lumps and win sympathies.

One day we will reach a true critical mass where motor vehicles are no longer the suffocating rulers of our transportation system and pedestrians and cyclists will safely travel anywhere. The sooner we get there the better.

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Thursday, January 04, 2007

The Case for Physically Separated Bike Lanes

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In this outstanding Streetfilm from the NYC Streets Renaissance, New York City cyclists and planning experts make the case that the transportation designers need to do more than just paint lines on asphalt to promote cycling.

Like all of the world's best bike commuting cities, they argue that New York needs to design and build more and better physically-separated bike lanes.

If you are looking for an important livable streets issue to work on in 2007, this short video by Clarence Eckerson, Jr. of BikeTV is worth watching.


Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Trials of the Trails

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VANCOUVER, B.C. - The North Shore Mountainbike community work together to keep the mountains safe and environment stable for riders from all around the world. There is growing concearn that the Mountain biking is creating environmental degredation of the mountains.

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Directed by Kevin Michael Martin
Produced by R Huston Tronnes

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Tuesday, December 19, 2006

OHSU Tram Makes Room for Bikes

PORTLAND, Ore. - Posted by Jonathan Maus at

Yesterday I got a sneak peak at how bikes mix with the gleaming and futuristic new Portland Aerial Tram. Built by a cooperative effort between PDOT and OHSU, the new tram carries people from a new OHSU health center on the South Waterfront up to OHSU’s Kohler Pavillion.

I was joined by PDOT tram project manager Art Pearce, a rep from ODOT, PDOT bike coordinator Roger Geller, and volunteers from OHSU’s Bike Commuters Group.

Read the rest of the story at this Bike Portland link.


Wednesday, December 13, 2006

Reverend Phil Trial Postponed

PORTLAND, Ore.- Reverend Phil's misdemeanor trial was pushed back today because another case preceded him on the docket. Jonathan Maus from Bike does a short interview of Rev Phil and his attorney, Stu Sugarman, to learn what lies ahead in this case.

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Transportation Diversity in Portland and Beyond

PORTLAND, Ore. - Transportation Diversity, is short news colaboration of CrankMyChain! Cycle TV and


Friday, October 20, 2006

Cycle Denmark- Johnny Stardust *Exclusive*

How do you make a world class cycling city? Join CrankMyChain! video correspondent, Johnny Stardust, as he takes you on a tour of bicycle friendly Copenhagen. We'll find out that it doesn't happen by accident and some of the solutions may make some American's uncomfortable, e.g. hefty taxes on gasoline and automobiles.

Enjoy an original score by Danish Composer, Chris Juris.

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