BikePortland coverage feedback?

I’m always interested in your feedback on our stories and other content — but especially now amid the pandemic. I’m trying to not do only virus-related stories because I know some of you are probably fatigued with that topic at this point… But it’s so important and always evolving.

What type of stories would you like to see us focus on right now?

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I’d like to see a write up on bike packing for the post virus moments we get. Maybe ideas on gear/ setup/ and places. Maybe a list of bike friendly mountain towns or must see places and such.

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I always love the “ask Bike Portland” series and any guest columns by local bike lawyers. Neither of those relate directly to the virus situation at hand.

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Got a question? I love doing these too and am always looking for interesting queries.

I still haven’t thought of anything. But when I do …

My favorite recent blogs were BikePortland’s 15 year anniversary, and checking in with Alan Koch. It’s also been nice to see a few usernames from years past stopping by. I don’t have specifics (sorry!) but any other retrospectives seem like possibilities. Good time to catch up!

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I personally like hearing about the meetings you go to about projects relating to transportation planning and infrastructure under consideration or in the pipeline. Your blog is the single best source for information on those topics as well as insights on the players and dynamics.

Regarding pandemic tie in, how funding models based on car use affect all these things.

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that’s good feedback @Alan_1.0. Did you like learning about this bike/art show we put on way back in '06? TBT: In 2006 we organized a bike and art show in the atrium of Portland City Hall - BikePortland.org

Yeah!! Read that first thing this morning. Totally enjoyed it! :blush: I was just getting into Portland’s bike scene at that time and did not attend that event. First Thursday reminds me of my time in the early '90s in the Pearl. I might comment later.

One commenter who catches my mind quite often is Roberta Robles. I’m not sure what roles she plays but she seems well connected to Portland’s urban scene. I wonder if she would like to write a guest article or two?

How about asking the lawyers? Do they have topics they’re seeing in their work that they think might be interesting to readers?

This is not particularly appropriate right now, with the 2021 session eight months out, but I always like to know what’s going on legislatively. It’s hard to figure out what’s going on at the capital in Salem without being there and knowing/talking to the right people. By the time something catches the public eye, it’s often too late to meaningfully steer the course of events. What kinds of transportation bills and/or funding will happen in the next session? Obviously it’s not yet well-defined yet, but getting a sense of what ideas may have currency or momentum next session, well before it happens, is maybe the best chance to exert some influence. This early, maybe that means talking to some legislatively-active organizations (both community and govt, e.g. ODOT) and asking them about their upcoming priorities.

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Good suggestion. You’ll be happy to know that there are several local lawyers who are regularly in touch with BikePortland on a variety of topics so I feel pretty good about this already. :wink: That being said, this is a good reminder to drop them a line every so often just to see if there are any interesting cases or trends they’re noticing. Thanks.

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So true! BikePortland can do a much better job at covering the legislature. Point well taken to get an early start. And often simply by having a “BikePortland” poke around and talk to sources, it can lead to conversations that then lead to more bike/bike-friendly bills being considered.

In a perfect world I’d have a Salem-specific reporter. Can you imagine a BikePortland reporter based in Salem who understands transportation issues and spends a lot of time in the capitol building?! As publisher, that’s a major dream.

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That’s great. I also love the articles with the lawyers’ perspectives. Just be sure when you contact them to not put anything in the form of a direct question, so you don’t get charged.