The first signs of spring around downtown Portland remind me of this photo I took a year ago. Walk Score licensed it for their home page a few months ago. I had just stopped during a bike ride and took some photos of the cherry blossoms with my point-and-shoot, and now this biker photo is being used to represent beautiful, walkable, bikeable Portland. (BTW, my current Walk Score is 98, up from 92 in Los Angeles.)
NW Portland is a bit of a ghost town today. Instead of tumbleweeds, though, we have cyclists.
Yes! The shortlist of names for the new car-free bridge in Portland has been released, being whittled down to four. The proposed names leave a little to be desired, but the Mercury has some better options, and you can vote (for me) (and Karens everywhere).
January 11, 2014 at 11:52am
All I’d wanted from the experience was relief from pain. What I got was friendship, community and a whole new experience of my city. Out of the car, on my feet and moving at pedestrian pace, I fell in love with Los Angeles for the first time.
Charles Fleming’s story reminds me of my own “hey, I finally really like it here” moment, when I joined group bike rides around the city. I had no idea the secret stairs attracted a similar community.
During an investigation into the rising trend of bicycle theft in Southern California, NBC4’s I-Team placed a bike with a cable lock at the bike rack at the North Hollywood Metro station.
This changes my longstanding opinion — further ingrained when I chose a career in print journalism — that local news is incapable of producing anything worthwhile. The investigative piece by the L.A.-area NBC4 team is an amazing collaborative effort to track down stolen bicycles in a city where biking is becoming more popular by the year. Great work, really.
April 10, 2013 at 7:05pm
Money quote from the intro (which ludicrously wonders why anyone drives in Portland, though that’s probably just comment bait): This is one of the few American cities where you can properly enjoy this perfect human-powered machine, and enjoy it you should.
Bike ride raising money for Katrina, Joplin, Sandy victims
So far, 40 cyclists plan to bike 800 miles from Joplin, Mo., to New Orleans to raise money for people who lost their homes in recent natural disasters. There’s still time to join the ride, and plenty of time to donate to the cause, which will aim to support people hit hard by Hurricane Katrina, the Joplin tornado and Hurricane Sandy.
Here are the event’s goals:
- Raise a net of $150,000 for the charities (St. Bernard Project, Rebuild Joplin, We Build New York, Friends of Rockaway and Tunnel to Towers Foundation)
- Help to bring at least one family home from each of these impacted areas
- Spread the word about the work that still needs to be done
- Educate about the work that St. Bernard Project is doing to create a Disaster Recovery Lab model
- If successful, have another ride next year!
April 2, 2013 at 8:17pm
Saudi Arabia lifts bicycle ban for women
Saudi women can now ride bikes and motorcycles in public — but only for fun, not for transportation. It’ll be just like Audrey Hepburn’s wacky adventures in "Roman Holiday," but with a little more fabric. According to Al Jazeera, “women must wear a full-body abaya, be accompanied by a male relative, and stay within certain areas.” (It is recommended that they not travel where young men gather, “to avoid harassment.”) Let the adventures begin …
[This excellent image is apparently by Mohammad Sharaf, posted on the Uprising of Women in the Arab World’s Facebook page.]
A Waterfront Park biker catches some cherry blossom action.
bus benches are portals to floral dimensions