2008-09-30

bike commute challenge

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (an Oregon bicycle advocacy group) has been hosting a kind of informal challenge during the month of September. Basically the deal is that you sign up as a team with others from your workplace, and log what days you work, and whether you cycled to work each day - and if so, how far you rode. Today was the last day, and I'm happy to report that as of today, despite not having my bike available the first week of September, I've logged 100 miles and a 62% commute rate. The Oregon Health and Science University team has logged almost 32,000 miles for the month, and all participants in the commute challenge together have logged 1,113,486 miles for the month. Supposedly that's about 1,100,000 pounds of carbon emissions those people saved by biking rather than driving, and collectively somewhere around 54,561,000 calories burned :) Not to mention, it's thousands of cars not on the road everyday, which means better traffic, easier parking, and hopefully less stress for those who are driving.

Now I'm looking ahead to the weather getting cooler, and then rain, and what I'm going to need to continue commuting when it's wet out. We shall see. Cheers!

2008-09-25

a name has been chosen...

...and the name is... Søren!

do you think he looks like a Søren?

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...also, props to his namesake, Søren Kierkegaard, for being my favorite Scandinavian philosopher.

more pretty pictures :)

The other morning I ended up being out really early, so I decided to really take my time on the way to work and take pictures and relax.

The city was looking beautiful as it was getting started for the day

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The east bank and Lloyd District yawning and getting out of bed

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Ross Island lazily watching the river flow past

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Straight ahead to downtown

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But I'm going to the right

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Here we go!

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Going around and under the bridge I just went over

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Here comes the south waterfront and the tram

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There is a shipyard next to the tram and south waterfront buildings

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I still had about a half hour until I had to be at work, so I got a cup of coffee and sat on a bench by my bike and sipped away

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Finally I got up and headed onto the tram - as usual, there were at least 4-5 other bikers on the tram, and it was quite full with other people as well

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I got off at the top of the tram, and decided to take a few pictures

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The east bank and Lloyd District again from a different angle

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Downtown...

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My whole morning commute in one panorama - the bridge, the south waterfront, the tram...

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And there goes the tram back down the hill...

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On the way home, there were some birds migrating lazily (above the mountain)

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I definitely missed the majority of traffic going over the bridge

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The tram making its rounds

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The Portland Spirit boat taking someone up and down the river

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At 12th and Clinton, I got stuck behind a freight train that was coming through

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But otherwise made it home quite uneventfully. Cheers!

2008-09-23

more about my commute to work...

The weather in Portland is starting to become increasingly wonderful - today on my commute to work I had to wear a sweater and a blazer, and my hands were nice and cold by the time I got to the tram on the south waterfront. I decided to take a couple short videos of different parts of my commute, so you all could see what the streets and such look like around where I'm riding the most. There are some busier sections than what you'll see here, but I didn't feel comfortable taking video, as I wanted both hands to ride with.



Down Clinton Street to 26th:



More of Clinton, down to 21st:



Going over the Ross Island Bridge:



Some photos:

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Down by the tram station on the south waterfront, there are always a lot of bikes parked:

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Sometimes you have to get creative in order to get your coffee from the coffee shop up the tram without spilling it :)

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2008-09-17

the perfect bike commute

this morning was the perfect bike commute. partly cloudy, cool morning. panniers packed and ready for the trip to work. Trina on her bike next to me. leaving a bit early to make sure we get her to work on time. we pull out of the parking lot, head over to Clinton. there was an unusually high amount of car traffic on Clinton, usually there is hardly any. this was ok though, as it encouraged us to stay to the side and ride slowly. we cruised easily down to about 18th and Clinton, and as we had plenty of time, we decided to stop at a small coffee shop there and have a macchiato (the real kind). we left the coffee shop and cruised the rest of the way down Clinton, across the railroad tracks, across 12th, and then over to Powell, and up the last couple of blocks to Sock Dreams. Trina pulled her bike up to the door, came back to get her lunch out of my bags, and we kissed goodbye. I headed over the bridge, down to the tram.

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On the way up the tram, another lady with a bike commented on my bike, so I was telling her about it, that it's super comfortable to ride, really practical for everyday errands and such, not to mention, as she noted, nice to look at :)

After work, I rode down the hill, over the bridge, and met Trina at Sock Dreams. Dara and Brigid were there as well, just closing up for the day.

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Dara was taking their dog, Pumpkin, home on her bike :)

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Trina and I decided to head off and go get some dinner at Savoy on Clinton, and then we casually rode home to pick some veggies from the garden and enjoy the wonderful cool evening.

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All in all, it was a perfect day of commuting by bike, relaxed, fun, with someone I love... and the weather was perfectly accommodating. Hope you all had a great Wednesday!

*edit* Trina has decided to name her bike Matilda, or Tilly for short. I'm still working on a name for mine - more on that soon :)