Portland Newscast Offers Biking Conditions With the Weather Report

Here’s a local newscast that’s getting something right. FOX 12 in Portland, Oregon, has taken to reporting the conditions for cycling along with the weather report.

“They’ve been doing it for a while now,” says Jonathan Maus at Bike Portland. “Just responding to market demand.”

The station reported on June 24th: “Not a bad day to take the bike out for a spin. Roads should be dry most of the day.”

On June 19th: “Looking to get out on the bike? Ideal riding conditions Thursday.”

Is this the future of the local nightly news?

Steven Vance at Streetsblog Chicago reports that local cyclists have been lobbying the local NPR affiliate to broadcast conditions — including construction updates, wind speed, and wave conditions — on the Lakefront Trail, the busiest biking and walking path in the country.

ALSO ON STREETSBLOG

Portland Gets a Cycle Track, and All That Comes With It

|
In Portland, Oregon, already one of America’s best cycling cities, a new amenity was unveiled this past weekend: a cycle track, or physically separated bike lane, near Portland State University. For several blocks, it provides a protected place for bikers to ride — by taking a lane from motor vehicle traffic and changing the place […]

Vision Zero Momentum Builds From Philly to Portland

|
This Friday, more than 200 movement leaders for safe transportation will gather in New York City for a symposium on Vision Zero — how New York and Sweden did it, and how their city can too. New York’s leadership on the issue has been inspiring: If you can make it (to zero) there, you’ll make […]

Portland School Casts Off Bike Ban, Embraces Cycling

|
The Beach School in north Portland, Oregon is showing how safe routes to school programs can pay off by encouraging healthier habits for children. Many students here travel to school by bike train — a cluster of cyclists, supervised by adult riders. Cycling and walking to school is promoted by a special program, supported by […]

How Far Should Bike and Transit Advocates Take Their Alliance?

|
In Portland, a political marriage has been brokered between biking and transit advocates. The two forces, once separate, have united under the heading “active transportation.” This year the Oregon Bike Summit changed its name to the “Active Transportation Summit,” and many of the workshops focused on the collaborative power of these complementary modes. Michael Anderson […]