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The Stumptown Joustdown is one of those events in Portland that make this such an amazing city. Today I made my way over to Col. Summers Park in SE Portland with my brother Andrew to take in the action.
"Twelve Lanes? That's Insane!" chanted 70 Portlanders as they rallied at Mississippi Avenue, just south of Mason Avenue Sunday evening. The rally was accompanied by a mobile bike-carted sound system, live musicians, and a huge banner unfurled from the roof of a nearby construction site reading "More Lanes=More Cars=More Climate Change. No CRC!" The protest followed a "Pedalpalooza" bike ride earlier in the afternoon - organized by Portland Rising Tide which toured areas of North Portland impacted by the current Columbia River Crossing (CRC) proposal, talking to neighborhood activists opposed to the project.
Pedalpalooza, 17 Days of Bike Fun, June 11th-27th
Pedalpalooza has traditionally been a place for people to celebrate Portland's thriving bike culture. Portland Rising Tide decided to celebrate this culture by hosting a ride to inform and empower folks to resist our region's biggest threat to bicycles and the people that love them.
WHEN: Sunday June 14th
WHERE: meet at the South end of Peninsula Park (650 N. Ainsworth)
WHEN: 3pm, ride leave promptly at 3:30 pm
"It is with sad irony that the company which invented "planned obsolescence" -- the decision to build cars that would fall apart after a few years so that the customer would then have to buy a new one -- has now made itself obsolete. It refused to build automobiles that the public wanted.."
Highway and bridge lobbyists trumped mass transit riders in the final stimulus bill. Our MTA and other transit authorities around the country seem to be in line for token stimulus funds, but only to fund new building projects; no immediate operating support to stave off fare hikes, service cuts, and lay-offs.
"Cyclists hitting the road for Bike to Work Week will find their commutes safer, faster and more relaxing. So says the City of Vancouver, which has spent around $20 million on improvements to its 400 kilometres of bike routes over the past three years.Improvements include two new greenways designated for cyclists and pedestrians and five new bikeways.."
I was hit by a car on 4/3/09 downtown during rush hour at around 5 pm. I was knocked unconscious due to hitting my head, so I have no memory of it. The hospital claimed to know nothing about the wreck. I am not from Portland and because I am new here, I need help.
1st week of November as loads of tourist came to travel Manila, the morning is waft of it's character so of the awareness of being not a third world. People passed at the vertical and horizon and the day is a bizarre apparition, and idiotic technique to slip the whole day down for another tomorrow, when three tourists from New Zealand came along to visit Manila Bay.
There is a cop on the motorcycle sitting at the corner of SE 21st and SE Clinton right now giving out tickets to bicyclists running the stop sign.
Join friends from across Oregon this Saturday, April 11th on a leisurely 20 mile bike ride through the beautiful, ag-based towns of Forest Grove and Gales Creek. The day-long trip will be focused on education about the proposed pipelines for Liquefied Natural Gas, which threaten to cut through those neighborhoods and businesses. We will meet with farmers, homeowners and other community members to listen to their stories and see the land threatened by the fossil fuel project. This ride comes at a critical time in the legislative session, when drawing attention to the impacts of LNG is necessary to garner support for the anti-LNG bill and show that this is an issue Oregonians care about!
Take easy action against the Columbia River Crossing, a $4billion project to demolish the I-5 bridge to Washingon and build a nasty 12-lane concrete megabridge in its place.
Bike the Pipe event This Saturday will tour parts of the proposed LNG pipeline in the Willamette Valley from the seat post. Ride will be easy-going, informative, and help to forge connections with immediately affected communities and local climate & anti-pipe activists. Pdx ride will gather @ the PGE Park MAX (7:15) & then bike from Hillsboro to the Main Meetup @ Pacific U (9:00). Ride set to end at 4:00.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance will be holding a rally on April 5th regarding the proposed new I-5 over the Columbia River. I am very concerned about the misinformation going around about this new bridge.
Powerfully stupid people put our children's children into debt and make Portland suck.
Global Exchange, members of Cascadia Rising Tide, and activists from many No-LNG groups of Oregon and the Willamette Valley are putting on a communal bike ride/tour of the proposed Palomar LNG pipeline through the Willamette Valley. The ride will easy-moderate, fun, and informative--and last from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Though the ride will begin from Pacific University, a Portland contingent will meet @ 7:15 AM @ the PGE park Max station for a train ride to Hillsboro, before biking to join the main ride
People have been talking about a $54 annual bike tax, which would come along with bike registration and everything. I am having a hard time finding specifics. Anyone want to shed some light on this?
ODOT, Sam Adams and the Portland City Council, Metro, Tri-Met, and the Road Construction Industry have mated with some Vancouver pond-scum and spawned a hideous beast: a 12-LANE CONCRETE MEGA-BRIDGE over the Columbia!
On April 5, Portland will respond: ABSOLUTELY NOT!
TriMet's commissioned report on Fareless Square modification options has been released, and times have been set for Open House events seeking public comments.
bike guerilla gardening: emitting wholistic remediation through the rapid dispersal of seeds
Depave, Shift, The World Carfree Network, BTA, and bike building are featured on "Perils For Pedestrians" on February 10.
While most drivers seem aware that they are prohibited from denying service to non-paying riders (apparently someone was short 20 cents, ended up in emergency psychiatric care, and then was killed by police two days later), other drivers have abused their position at the wheel of the bus by denying services and even calling in police to deal with non-paying riders.
Portland City Council Public Hearing: January 29, 2pm with public testimony
Portland City Hall, 1221 S.W. Fourth Ave
The CRC is heating back up. And it's not just the proposed http://www.oregonlive.com/environment/index.ssf/2009/01/i5_wind_turbines.html> wind turbines on the bridge that are fanning the
Portland City Council and Metro are set to vote on just how big and wide the proposed $3.6 Billion new bridge should be.
Eight - ten - twelve lanes? It's a false choice. Why?
Three links to ODOT
((( surveillance )))
Indictment moving forward.
does anyone know about a bicyclist who was killed this weekend
Tri-met makes me angry. They pour federal $ into tearing up downtown destroying the bus-mall. Then they want to raise fares..
Black Friday Activists and Bikers Join us at 6 am on Friday, November 28th We will be locking our bikes together and to the meters to take over the parking places around the Pioneer Place Blocks and having a morning picnic.
Things to make and do while waiting for your food to grow
5:30pm - Meet up underneath the Burnside bridge.
6:00pm - Get your ride on!
The automotive giant General Motors wants your tax dollars. Are you feeling this generous? Especially for a company that created this crisis for over-investing in creating SUV's, while the more fuel efficient cars were being chosen instead. Feeling generous towards a company that knew they were ruining the planet with their products and kept making them. FYI, this is the company that created the first mega-sized SUV's and pushed them on the public, when questions about the dangers of global warming were being asked. This article is a repost. What the corporate/wallstreet facists are doing is the equivalent of a rapist expecting to get paid for the sex. Since when now do you get paid for not doing business right in the first place? I thought capitalism was about "tough luck if you screw up; only the best succeed." Now they want to socialize their losses and stupidity? Jobs my ass.
This is a repost. I have no comments in this article.
The SUV "drifted over the curb"
This Friday saw one of the largest Critical Mass bike rides Olympia has seen all year. With over 80 people celebrating anti-car culture the mass blocked all lanes of traffic, chanted things like, "Car bombs, not cars!", sang songs, harassed motorists, and spit on pro-war sign holders and anti-choice sign holders. One person, towards the end of the ride, was arrested for allegedly writing an anti pro-life message on a truck belonging to the anti-choicers.
I give you the efforts of Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization [ link to portal.ocwtech.net ] agencies' joint effort to solve the "last mile" mass transportation problem generated by the unexamined edicts of city and county land use planning and zoning:
While many people speak about global warming, gasoline burning vehicles, leaf-blowers et cetera are still prevalent. I believe there are even more crucial reasons to end gasoline use and this is a short work about one of them.
A massive, popular event . . . but does it do the Portland bicycling community a disservice?
PORTLAND ACTION: Rally Against the proposed I-5 Bridge Expansion
When: Monday August 4th , 1pm SHARP!
Where: Downtown @ Waterfront Park (just North of the Hawthorne bridge)
This rally is Part of the post Climate Convergence Actions and will leave right at 1pm to other "events" around town.
If you live in North or North east, there is a shuttle bus bringing folks straight to the Rally.
Meet at 11:30 am at the Safeway parking lot on Ainsworth & MLK and look for the Big Blue bus named COOL.
Describes an insidious new computer game being promoted by Chevron.
On Monday, July 14th 2008 Karl Hugo was in a serious bicycle collision with a truck in the intersection of SE 50th and Lincoln, a well traveled bike route for SE Portland cyclists. Karl was taken to the Intensive Care Unit at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU) in SW Portland where he arrived in a coma, with one collapsed lung, and severe trauma to the Thalamus region of his brain.
News Raido 860 KPAM dangerously and illegally parks car so that reporter can take pictures and count vehicles running a stop sign.
Before the Portland city council gathered to vote on the new I-5 river crossing, religious fanatics gathered outside city hall.
When is a hatchet a blunt instrument? Imagine this, if you can: Andre the Giant, Lou Ferrigno, Arnold Schwarzenegger, or more probably one of their incredible fantasy movie characters lifting a 20lb bike over their head and clubbing a poor schmuck repeatedly. Hard to believe... .. but, at least possible with the strength of 3 men in one. Incredible perhaps? Well credibility is definitely the issue here. The latest whOregonian full front-page photo and headline reads: "Cyclist clubs driver with his bike"; a very blunt hatchet job. Does anyone remember the full page photos and headlines that they ran every time a biker was killed by a car in Portland: "Driver kills biker with his car" ? No? Well, that's because they never ran such a headline.
The controversy over the I-5 expansion project known as the Columbia River Crossing took a theatrical turn on Wednesday, as politically charged street performance took center stage outside a packed city hall. Meeting attendees were greeted with a fake check point just past an area marked off by "Global Warming Crime Scene" tape.
Decked out in a Men-in-Black style uniform marked with the insignia of the "Oil Enforcement Agency", an actress known as Agent Burns was busily preparing a ticket for a bemused member of the Portland Business Alliance on his way to the meeting. "This is your final warning sir, if you’re intent on testifying in favor of the bridge, we’re going to have to write you up for abuse of a foreign fossil fuel," chided the agent.
In a comic act of political street theatre, the fictitious "Oil Enforcement Agency” (OEA) will be operating a check point outside Wednesday’s Portland City Council meeting. The OEA will attempt to ticket supporters of the Columbia River Crossing (CRC) for their advocacy of oil abuse. Also in attendance will be a “cult” of pro-bridge oil-worshippers, complete with a 12 foot tall mock oil derrick.
These articles are from Carbusters 2006. More articles are available at www.carbusters.org.
Last Thursday, in a resplendent display of humanity, a group of unknown people carried out a "guerrilla" street closure for the Last Thursday Art Walk event on Alberta. Attendees to the event have long complained of the problems caused by motor vehicle traffic during this event and called for an official street closure, but the political system has thus far been unresponsive.
This has got to be a political move by tri-met. They simply dont care about all the folks that depend on the bus to get to work.
Community driven commercial property to open soon in Rose Quarter
THe Automakers have spun the myth that the world needs to wait for advances in Lithium batteries before electric cars can be practical. That notion is completely false.
Santa to Touchdown on PDX Friday 13th.
Biker tackled and tased by cops
May 17th - 11pm-6pm
@ Bike Farm Headquarters (1303 NE Roselawn)
Contact Jennifer Collins - community[at]bikefarm[dot]org
An urban bike ride and social at the Lucky Lab. May 21st, 3 - 7pm. Organized along with the WebVisions crew.
A certain friendly bus driver in Portland has long brought up giggles and people together with his jokes over the speakers. He would randomly recite jokes and paragraphs to the passengers, who would start talking about it and certainly have something to remember and lighten up their day. Now, unfortunately, this is no longer allowed.
Yep, I am watching a dying civilization over-affecting its last desperate gasps and grasps at the John Wayne days of wild west, one-man-one-horse-freedom. You notice in those westerns, they never show all the horse dung piled up in the streets of Dodge City. And who cleans up that shit?