A new bicycling brigade calling itself Bike Loud PDX has launched, and their inaugural ride has proven very much in line with the tactics and goals of protest rides from years past. Having come together out valid frustration with a bureaucratic status quo that puts cars first and people last, Bike Loud PDX first convened recently… Continue reading Bike Loud PDX Launches, Reclaims SE Clinton St.
How anyone can blog about bikes these days astounds me. Obviously, bikes consume my life, as they should yours. If you live in the city, this city, then you know why. All bikes, all funs, at all times. The multiple cultures and avenues of the urban cycling multiverse know almost no bounds. While this blog has… Continue reading How Can You Blog About Bikes at a Time Like This?
Last week, Rebel Metropolis took a look at the haters trolling online coverage of Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride. Every year, these self-righteous naysayers infest the interwebs with their condemnation of bikes, nudity, and the people who cherish both. Try as they might, however, this verbally-challenged minority cannot stop thousands of riders from stripping bare and mounting their… Continue reading Love and Cherishing the World Naked Bike Ride
This has been a lousy year so far for America’s Cycling Capital. Last month, a bunch of businesses along a major bike corridor co-signed a letter whining that if the city replaces spaces for free car parking with better, safer, sexier bike lanes, they might lose business to drivers, and so fire off their NIMBY… Continue reading Portland: Welcome to America’s Parking Capital?
The first time I heard the term ‘Snowy Neckdown’ was some four years ago from my girlfriend at the time who’d just graduated with a masters in urban planning from Portland State University. Years later, the term has come to be abbreviated as ‘Sneckdown’ – and with a recent boost from Streetfilms, social media savants,… Continue reading Sneckdown City
Kevin Keating walked the streets of San Francisco wheat-pasting posters urging vandalism against ‘yuppie’ infrastructure infesting the Mission district some 15 years ago. Alise Munson floated balloons 85 feet in the air to illustrate the height of a proposed 8-story condominium on N. Williams Ave. in Portland earlier this summer. While their tactics obviously differ, their target… Continue reading Rebels, Resisters, and the Condominium Revolt
Note: this article was originally published on February 19, 2013 for Mismanaging Perception. The list of bias and hostility that many motorists project towards the cycling community seems to never end. If it weren’t bad enough that those who choose to commute via bicycle have to contend with risking our lives amid a sea of… Continue reading I’m a Cyclist, Now Where’s My Damn Tax Break?