This past weekend Portland, OR played host to the first "freecycle" or "swap-o-rama-rama" of bike parts dubbed the VeloSwap. Veteran and novice bikers alike were allowed to hang out, get good deals, sample some good
Whenever we write about bicycles in cities we get a letters from drivers complaining about how rude cyclists are. As biking becomes more popular the complaints become louder. Congressman Earl Blumenauer, a big proponent of cycling in Washington, brushes
The persistent snow and other bad weather that has blanketed the northern U.S. and much of Canada has ground several cities to a halt and made many everyday activities all but impossible for folks from
TreeHugger Alan bravely struggles to his computer to let us know that Portland, Oregon is absolutely buried under five inches of snow. Electrical power is intermittent, so the new survivalists are stocking up with supplies. Overheard at the 7-11- a
These cottages in Portland, Oregon are cute and sized right at about 364 square feet, but builders Jeffrey Gantert and Brad Bloom also demonstrate how a little ingenuity and humor make cheap and found materials a lot more interesting than buying new.
Road Rage Against Cyclist
digg_url = 'http://digg.com/odd_stuff/45_Days_in_Jail_for_Driver_who_Rode_with_Cyclist_on_Hood'; digg_skin = '';Last summer, the Oregonian reported an incident between a cyclist and a deranged driver in Portland: Jason Scott
Dangerously Disconnected From our Food
"It's easy if you stick to a few basic principles — no real food and nothing from living things [ ] You can't genetically engineer something that doesn't have genes."
Tom Bardwell in Hard to
With bicycling still on the rise in Portland, a city recognized for its bike friendliness, the folks at BikeSmart sagely (and potentially profitably) recognized a need for instructional classes for enthusiastic beginners.
The Dutch are the original designers of the "bakfiets" cargo bikes - though the Danish have a long legacy of their own with the "Long John" variety of cargo bikes. When you cruise the streets of either Copenhagen or
Can your footwear be socially conscious and fashionable? Yes, according to Pie Footwear (the shoes are not edible), which just opened their doors in Portland, Oregon. JC and Stacey Matney own the store and began with the
What started with just an idea to get women back in to bicycle racing with monthly bicycle racing clinics for women has turned into a dozen women screaming at top speeds at the Portland International Raceway in 2009 - a
Terrence Mann said "If you build it, they will come"; I once said at a public meeting about a Toronto streetcar line that "investment follows infrastructure." Portland proved it; 10,000 residential units have been built and
Thinking of the multiple home projects our family has undertaken under the last month of intensive homeowner repairs - repainting, refinishing of a damaged countertop, clean-out and setting up of a clothesline station in the laundry room - they nearly
Portland is a cyclist's city with expanding bike paths (200 miles installed since 2000) and increasing numbers of riders, but also some pain and problems as more cyclists and motorists try to co-exist. On inner-city rides it is easy to feel that a
After eight months of reviewing potential contracts "aimed at finding a company to provide the service and maintain a fleet of rental bicycles," Portland, Oregon has put its bike-share plans on hold due to nagging logistical and
Strong Support for Portland's Pro-Bike Road Markings
We’re not the only ones to get excited about Portland’s bike boxes. But who else would get all animated about a simple road marking that gives priority to cyclists at stop lights? Why StreetFilms of