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Complete Streets a Century Away

Posted by Peter W on February 15, 2008

According to my calculations, it will take over 100 years to complete the bicycle and pedestrian network in Washington County. Read below for more info…

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Bike Stunts Movie

Posted by Peter W on February 4, 2008

I need to figure out how they do this stuff…

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Bicycle Naming Scheme

Posted by Peter W on October 21, 2007

Like most cyclists, I love my bikes and have a great deal of affinity with them. I have five bikes currently, and have had others in the past so it should come as no surprise that I name my bikes, partly out of affection and partly so I can refer to them more personally than, say, “my Cannondale R800”.

Here’s a list of the names I’ve used for my bikes and the ones I’m reserving for future use.

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Bike Camping!

Posted by Peter W on August 19, 2007

The deer at Oxbow are probably too tame!

If you haven’t been bike camping yet, you need to go! I’d recommend Metro‘s Oxbow Regional Park — it’s close, it’s huge, and it’s super cool.

A couple weeks ago I took off with friends from the Rock Creek Bicycle Alliance and a few others, and we biked to Oxbow. Jenny and I actually took off early and got there Friday afternoon, which turned out to be a good idea – there were only 5 spaces left when we got there. Saturday we went back into town and met the rest of the group at the last MAX stop in Gresham. Mat and Erin couldn’t make it, so the group was Jenny, Thomas, Stephanie, Janel, Chris, Tyler, Andrea, and myself.

We took off from there and promptly learned why I do not lead rides… Read the rest of this entry »

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Ice Cream Trike Spotted in Beaverton

Posted by Peter W on August 16, 2007

Ice Cream Trike(?)

Originally uploaded by techieshark

I saw this guy in Beaverton on Tuesday night. Looks like he was selling ice cream from a special trike. Actually thats just my guess – for all I know he could be selling AK-47s or Matryoshka dolls from that thing. In any case, its good to see it happening on a pedal powered vehicle!

I would have stopped to check it out in more detail, and to get some ice cream if thats what it was, but, alas, I was stuck in a car! (Thats why the picture looks like crap – I was taking it on an older digital camera as we drove by. I had actually clicked the “take” button right as we passed at 10mph, but the camera has about a 1.5 second delay.

I wonder what other cool human powered vehicles are in waiting to be discovered in Beaverton?

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Sustainability at PCC

Posted by Peter W on August 14, 2007

Sustainability Report Carbon Emissions

The Rock Creek Cycling Club (also known as the Rock Creek Bicycle Alliance) was recently featured in PCC’s 2007 Sustainability Report [PDF]. The image to the right shows that commuting makes up 49% of carbon emissions from campus, so its fair to say that the potential of bicycle commuting to help make PCC more earth friendly is huge! Below is an excerpt from the report:

The Rock Creek Cycling Club supports pedal-powered transit, organizes Sunday bike
rides, has established a campus bike system so employees located out at the farm can
ride to campus petrol-free; they are also setting up a bike maintenance program.

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Hillsboro Bike Update

Posted by Peter W on August 14, 2007

Last Wednesday, August 8th, I had a great meeting with Don Odermott, the City of Hillsboro’s Transportation Planning Engineer. He discussed the history of Hillsboro’s Pedestrian and Bicycle Program, and told me that the city is interested in starting it up again. Even though I’ll be living in Portland soon, I said I’d be glad to help out … perhaps I can help import good ideas from over the hill.

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Shimano promoting cycling with video contest

Posted by Peter W on August 10, 2007

The bike component manufacturer, Shimano is now sponsoring a video competition on YouTube.

According to the site promoting the competition, the ads are geared to average members of the public:

Think of the videos as TV adverts extoling the virtues of bicycling to a mainstream audience. So, go light on Lycra. No techie stuff. No Critical Mass protest vids. No art installations. Just great images of cycling that could make Joe and Joanna Public get out there and rideā€¦for the sheer fun of cycling.

Films should be put up on the YouTube competition site by August 30, 2007 and a winner and two runners up will be announced at the Interbike trade show on September 27.

Here are a few of the cool videos available now:

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Ideas Needed for Bike / Pedestrian Meeting in Hillsboro

Posted by Peter W on August 6, 2007

Do you have ideas for what Hillsboro needs in order to be more bike friendly? I’d like to hear them! Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by Peter W on August 2, 2007

I just got word of this fun bike trip in Hillsboro from the SHIFT email list. Sounds fun and I would definitely do it if I weren’t going bike camping at Oxbow Park. The details of this bikey museum trip are below: Read the rest of this entry »

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