Category Archives: Commuting

Porltand Bike Rush Hour on Hawthorne!

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PORTLAND, Ore. – I love collaborating with Clarence Eckerson, Jr. You may remember our Sasquatch video. We have a ton of fun talking shop and rollin’ tape. In this video are cool bike wheels, Clarence, Greg Raisman, Elly Blue, and bikey SE people (plus a brief shot of the Disco Trike rollin’ slow).
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The first time you visit Portland, Oregon, the gaggles of cyclists streaming over the Hawthorne Bridge during rush hour is a sight you will never forget. It’s something other cities need to see and be inspired by.

On a recent vacation there, I couldn’t resist cranking out a Streetfilms shortie, so I naturally hooked up with Crank My Chain’s Dan Kaufman to capture the essence of the PM rush and talk to cyclists about what it feels like to be a part of the mass of cyclist humanity in Southeast Portland, Hawthorne corridor. As Greg Raisman from Portland’s Bureau of Transportation pointed out: 20% of all traffic on the Hawthorne Bridge is bikes. And, Portland’s number of cyclists has risen 600% in the last fifteen years and shows no sign of letting up.

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Idaho ‘Rolling’ Stops for Bicycles in Oregon

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Animation by Spencer Boomhower.

The Oregon Legislature is considering passage of a law that would allow bicycle riders to treat stop signs as yield signs. These “rolling stops” would allow bike riders to preserve some of the momentum they depend upon for efficient travel, just so long as they don’t infringe on the safety and rights of others.

The law is based on one that’s been successful in Idaho for the last 27 years, so it’s come to be known as the “Idaho Stop” law.

There’s some controversy – and whole lot of misunderstanding – surrounding the proposed Idaho Stop law. Spencer Boomhower does a great job helping clear thing up with the magic of animation.

Music: “Celebrated Shoo Fly Galop” by W.L. Hayden, performed by Lucas Gonze ( and Used under Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license.

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Transportation Liberation Roadshow

38 Minutes

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This post is quite a bit longer than typical but I hope you will take the time hook this up to your TV, get comfortable, and watch the whole thing – especially if you have been thinking about going car free or are an advocate for driving less.

Car-free living is a lifestyle choice that yields abundant rewards: freedom from the economic burdens of personal motorized transportation, improved physical and emotional well-being, reduced noise and pollution, and traffic structures that are gentler on the land and its citizens. Communities are brought closer together as people increasingly interact face-to-face, rather than from within steel shells. Liberation from private motorized transportation makes us a richer, healthier, happier people living in cleaner, quieter, friendlier neighborhoods.

In this multimedia workshop, Obbie and RoZ describe the steps on their trail toward Transportation Liberation, and discuss a multitude of pragmatic ideas on how to make driving optional. The program is punctuated by personal narratives (including sights and sounds) of good and bad transportation methods witnessed during extensive research in North America and Europe.

During ten years as a traveling campaigner for sustainable lifestyles, Obbie learned about transportation by experiencing nearly every major American city as a driver, bicyclist, and transit rider. Since RoZ joined him in 1993, they’ve sworn off car-dependence and have been car-free since 2003. They are based in La Crosse, Wisconsin, where they are outspoken advocates for the rights of bicyclists and pedestrians, and for the types of community design that make car-free living both possible and pleasant.

This is the synopsis of the presentation from the the Zs website I recorded this audio at their presentation the CarFree Conference at Portland State University last June.

If you would like to book the live presentation please contact purplearth.
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