A couple weeks ago I met up with Jessica to help her utilize a bike of hers that had been sitting around. She moved to Portland a few years back from the midwest, and has realized that riding a bike around here could be a pretty handy way to commute to and from school.
After getting Jessica and her bike equipped with all the necessary items from the local bike shop, it was time to ride. The main problem is that she lives in the middle of the hustle and bustle of downtown. However, by taking things slowly and informing her of what to expect down the road, both of us made our way down the street with ease.
Before we attempted the route to her school, we took a detour towards the beautiful waterfront. Not only is it wonderful to see people enjoying the park at all hours, but it provides a casual atmosphere to work out the kinks on a first ride! It is amazing how much less stress we encounter when cars are not zipping by.We took a breather at water level along the Eastbank Esplanade. It is always a beautiful view. After mastering the off-street paths, we decided it was time to master her commute. by Kirk with no comments yet
The other day happened to be Bridge Pedal 2011! What a wonderful way to get the bike out, and explore the roads that we cannot typically explore during our normal daily rides. The ride had several different routes, I chose the 10 bridge route. Below are a few pictures capturing the amazing morning. If you missed it this year, be sure to mark it on the calendar for next year: August 12th, 2012.by Kirk with no comments yet
Alright, let’s get down to business and analyze West Burnside in downtown Portland, focusing on the intersections of 10th Avenue through 12th Avenue – and the related network.
To check out the report, just download this PDF, and be amazed!
It’s about time for a few more pictures……….by Kirk with no comments yet
(This post is a ‘chapter’ of a larger project – Bicycling Facilities in Holland)
A ‘bike boulevard’, also known as a ‘neighborhood greenway’ is a designated route on a residential street that serves the needs of cyclists but also improves neighborhood streets. For bikes, the neighborhood greenway is a designated route on a street with features that make bike travel more pleasant and direct. For local residents, neighborhood greenways limit through traffic and at the same time they are direct paths to arterial streets.
In the Netherlands, neighborhood greenways are referred to as cycle streets. These definitions are not rigid. Some neighborhood greenways in the Netherlands use more than one type of street configuration to complete a route. Part of a neighborhood greenway may incorporate roads with bike lanes or a solitary bike path. An important feature of a cycle street is the transition from one type of street configuration to another. To get a sense of the variety of different types of cycle streets in a given town or city in the Netherlands see Topic 1 about the frequency of different bike facilities.
With the purpose to improve and expand effective neighborhood greenways in the United States, we evaluated existing configurations and transition points of cycle streets found in the Den Haag region of the Netherlands. Our goal is to provide ideas for how to implement neighborhood greenways and greater connectivity between them in the United States.by Kirk with 2 comments
Having previously read Mia Birk’s book Joyride, I anticipated that I would enjoy her TEDx presentation. Her book provided a feeling that anyone could get involved at the local level and help their city become a bike friendly city in just years – which is a pretty short amount of time. It told the story directly through her eyes – all the way from being a young chubby kid, to today as a healthy adult excited to provide the ability for many other people to experience the joy of bicycling through the improvement of our infrastructure and our underlying bike culture.by Kirk with no comments yet
Compare the following two challenges:
Bikes vs. Cars
Bike Portland vs. The NY Times
What is common about both of these sentences? Both are false statements.by Kirk with no comments yet
Sitting in the Portland airport, waiting for the plane to depart to Amsterdam, I am beginning my 2 week adventure to study the transportation network of the Netherlands.
Biking is a major player in their transportation, and I am thrilled to be able to study from the country that does it best in the entire world. I know they are fond of their red bike paths – and I am sure it will feel like being on the ‘red carpet’ for bicycling. Beyond that, I do not know exactly what they have to offer in terms of all their other transportation choices. I plan on taking ALL of this in, as I know it is going to be a special time.
Part of my assignment will be to blog about my daily experiences. So, come back here for more about the transportation of the Netherlands in the next couple weeks!by Kirk with no comments yet
Statistics compiled from AAA show that we spend, on average, more than $8,000 on each of our vehicles – PER YEAR! What if we drove a little less, and rode our bikes more? We would keep much more of our money local within the Portland area, and with that – everybody wins!by Kirk with no comments yet
Hello Portland, and hello world wide web!
We’ll make this short and sweet. In addition to helping people become accustomed to bicycling within the greater Portland, Oregon metropolitan area (www.PedalPortland.org), we will be using this blog to post about bike news, transportation news, fun videos, sustainable topics, etc….but most importantly, we will also include stories about the lives that we have helped change throughout this endeavor. This should be fun!
For the first post on this blog, we HAVE to share a recent video that came from New York – it displays what they are experiencing in their bike lanes. I haven’t laughed this hard in a while, and it is a great way to show what bicyclists around the world have to deal with. We are pretty lucky to be living in Portland with its wonderful bicycle infrastructure, however, there are still times we experience similar feelings as shown in this video. Check it out!by Kirk with no comments yet