Bikes Misc News

So Much Bike Stuff Going On In and Around The Valley!

Photo from the last Kidical Mass ride in Salem. Courtesy of

Once again, our good friend Eric Lundgren has opened the floodgates of bike related information for the area. Check out all the great information listed here! Thanks Eric!


You know spring is here when we start getting multiple bike events on the same day!  Choice and even some crowding on the weekend schedule is welcome news indeed.

And even more welcome was US Secretary of Transportation Ray Lahood’s important national policy change, which you may have seen already:  “Today, I want to announce a sea change. People across America who value bicycling should have a voice…This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”

Friday, March 26th – B on B
West Salem commuters, we’ll be on Water Street across from the A.C. Gilbert House, right where the bike path off-ramp from the Center Street Bridge merges with Water Street and Riverfront Park.  For complete info see the Breakfast Blog!
Thanks to our sponsors for their continued support.  We couldn’t do it without them!
Cascade Baking Company
Coffee House Cafe
LifeSource Natural Foods
Salem Bicycle Club
Willamette University Sustainability Council

Mechanics from Santiam Bicycle will also be providing free quick checks – derailleur adjustment, chain lube, and tire inflation.

Sunday, March 28th – Kidical Mass
The second Kidical Mass ride starts at Faye Wright School at 1pm.  Bring your noise makers!  Kazoos, maracas, bells, tambourines, homemade & otherwise.  For complete details see Kidical Mass Salem.

Monday, March 29th (Meetings also on April 5 & 6) –
Neighborhood Center Mixed Use Zoning Meetings
Learn about a new zoning concept for walkable neighborhoods.  Make sure bikes are accommodated!

Thursday, April 1st – Vision 2020 Open House

You’re invited to a Vision 2020 Open House.  Learn more about sharrows, new bicycle signage along Chemeketa street and the Union St. Railroad Bridge, and the other projects that are part of the Vision 2020 project.

Saturday, April 3rd – Capital Cup Criterium
Willamette University brings bike racing back to the Capitol!

Saturday, April 3rd – Beginning Mountain Bike Ride

Santiam Bicycle leads an introduction to mountain biking at Silver Falls.

Wednesday, April 7th – Vision 2020 Bike/Ped Group
The Vision 2020 Bicycle and Pedestrian Workgroup meets the first Wednesday of the month.

Monday, April 12 – City Council
Council meets and on the agenda is scheduled to be the first round of crossing improvements funded by Keep Salem Moving Bond.  These are mainly pedestrian crossings, but some of them are on significant bikeways and all of them promote traffic calming generally.

Tuesday, April 20th – MWVBTA Meeting
The Mid-Willamette Valley chapter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance meets the third Tuesday of the month.  Check the Breakfast Blog for agenda, location, and time.

Sunday, April 25th – Monster Cookie

It’s time to start thinking about the first major ride of the season!  The course is flat with a few rolling hills takes riders from the Capitol over back roads to Champoeg State Park and back to Salem.  You can register here!

Sunday, April 25th – Kidical Mass
The third Kidical Mass ride!

Friday, April 30th – Breakfast on Bikes
B on B moves to Mission & Winter.

All May – Walk+Bike Challenge Month
Register your school for Walk+Bike Challenge month!  This statewide event is a friendly competition that encourages students to walk and bike to school for the whole month of May. In 2009, 60 schools and over 4,000 individuals participated in the event.

Saturday, May 15 – Union St. RR Bridge
scheduled to reopen!


All You Need To Know About Bike Happenings in Salem and The Willamette Valley

Once again, local Bike-ologist, Eric Lundren has sent out the good on what’s going on in Salem, and the surrounding areas in the upcoming days and weeks. The gang will be kicking off some racing at the first Willamette Valley Cyclocross race in Dayton at Heiser Farms next Saturday, and will also be at many of the events listed below….Eric, take it away:

Is this the last hurrah for sun and heat? I hope you’re able to get
out and enjoy it! With the Bike Commute Challenge wrapping up and the
Peach of a Century, the good bike times of summer are almost at an

Breakfast on Bikes – Sept 25
Peach – Sept 27th
City Council and Riverfront/Boise – Sept 28th
BTA Bicycle Safety Education – starting in October
BCC Afterparty – Early October
Commercial Street Striping Plan – October
Battlecreek Cross – Oct 24th
Halloween BonB – Oct 30th
Union Bridge Closure – Nov 2009 – May 2010
Cyclocross Championship – Nov 7
BCC updates at Pacific Pedaling
SBC Sunday Rides

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, Sept 25th
We’ll be at the North Office Mall Building on Winter street NE from
7am to 9am with coffee, pastries, and fruit for you!

For complete details, see –

Thanks also to our sponsors – please support them with your business!
Cascade Baking Company
Coffee House Cafe
LifeSource Natural Foods
Salem Bicycle Club
Willamette University Sustainability Council

Peach of a Century – Sunday, Sept 27
The ride includes a full Century Route (100 miles), a Metric Century
Route (62 miles), and new this year–a 75-mile route. Each route
starts and ends at Chemeketa Community College. The full century route
is challenging with some steep hills. The Metric Century and 75-mile
routes offer flat to rolling terrain with some moderate hills. The
routes follow low-volume roads past the farm fields of the Willamette
Valley, through forested foothills and rural communities east of
Salem. Day of ride registration is $23.

City Council to Hold Hearing on Riverfront Park – Monday, Sept 28
As part of the Boise redevelopment project, there’s a proposal to
close the entry to Riverfront Park at State Street and to create a new
one a little south of it off of Front street. Look for more
information on Friday on the Breakfast Blog once the City Staff Report
is posted. Without additional improvements for bikes and peds, the
proposal will make access to the park and bridges more rather than
less difficult.

BTA Bicycle Safety Education – October 5-9 and thereafter
Robert Fox and the BSE team start up again! The first school will be
the Jane Goodall Environmental Magnet program at Waldo. Look for news
and call for volunteers from Robert.

Bike Commute Challenge Afterparty – look for a date in the first
couple of weeks of October!

Commercial Street Striping Plan – deferred to October, date TBD
The proposal to put a bike lane on Commercial street downtown
continues to be discussed and negotiated. Look for more in October.

Battlecreek Cross – Saturday, October 24
Part of the Willamette Valley Cyclocross series. Check out racing at
the old golf course! Full information here –

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, October 30th
Last hurrah at the Union Street RR Bridge! (see next item…)

Union Street Railroad Bridge Closure – November 2009 – May 2010
As part of the lead abatement project, the Union Street RR Bridge will
be closing the first of November. So enjoy it in October before you
have to go back to the Center Street Bridge!

Oregon State Cyclocross Championships – Saturday, Nov 7th
At the Fairgrounds. For complete details see the release –

Over at Pacific Pedaling, Paul’s got a sweet series on the BCC – his
team, friends, and his experiences. Check it out!

Don’t forget about the Salem Bicycle Club daily rides, especially the
Sunday afternoon High Wheeler rides at 1:30pm! They’re a great
introduction to club riding. For more information see the weekly
rides schedule –

Finally, if you’ve made it this far down, here’s a couple of inspiring
multimedia bits for you.
Here’s the Community Cycling Center’s “I Ride” Campaign along with an
amazing bike.
The Widmer Bros also talk about bike parking and what bicycling means
to their business.

commuting News

Breakfast On Bikes This Friday, September 25

Several bike commuters stopped in at last months Breakfast on Bikes.
Several bike commuters stopped in at last month's Breakfast on Bikes.

This Friday, September 25th, Breakfast On Bikes be at the North Office Mall Building on Winter street NE from 7am to 9am with coffee, pastries, and fruit for you. Anyone riding their bikes to work is welcome to stop in for some fuel for the morning. Last month was a great time, with a few folks giving the ol’ Bike Friday a spin. I’ll be sure to bring it down again in case anyone else wants to take a turn on a folding bike.

This will be a great way to celebrate all the efforts this month on the Bike Commute Challenge (4 flats for me on the Bike Friday this month!) Hope to see you then!


Scenes From Today’s Breakfast on Bikes

Tessa, leaving the Breakfast on Bikes with LUNCH for later!
Tessa, leaving the Breakfast on Bikes with LUNCH for later!

You never know what you’ll get at the local Breakfast on Bikes, as made evident by the photo above! Not only did the BTA folks provide another great morning of food and coffee, but for some, they even provided some lunch for later in the day with leftover pizza from the Commute Challenge kick off party! I told Tessa she needed a couple of zip ties to affix the slice to her bike somewhere and she pondered balancing it on her helmet to get it to work.

Eric and Robert chat with some of the great folks who stopped in to Breakfast on Bikes
Eric and Robert chat with some of the great folks who stopped in to Breakfast on Bikes down at 12th and Chemeketa.

This month’s breakfast was particularly fun. I met several new folks, and even sent a few people out on test rides on the Bike Friday. I think everyone was impressed with how solid the bike feels, and how well it rides.

Local bike commuters chat, help each other with bikes, eat pastries, pizza, fruit and drink coffee at today's Breakfast on Bikes in downtown Salem.
Local bike commuters chat, help each other with bikes, eat pastries, pizza, fruit and drink coffee at today's Breakfast on Bikes in downtown Salem.

The event was buzzing with people checking out each other’s bikes, helping tweak parts on bikes, and chatting about all the cycling events happening in the area these days. If you haven’t made it out before, you really need to stop in at the next Breakfast on Bikes!


Bike Commute Challenge and So Much More Coming Up!


Local bike information guru Eric Lundgren has once again deployed his wisdom and knowledge upon us with everything going on you would ever want to know about in the bike and cycling world. Enough of my rambling….I’ll let Eric take over:

Happily the sun has driven away the misty rains! I’m not ready for fall!

This weekend offers a crazy amount of bikey goodness! Don’t forget
the Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off Party tomorrow night and Breakfast
on Bikes.

BCC Kick-Off Party – Thursday, August 27th
Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, August 28th
State Fair Bike Parade – Friday, August 28th
Bike Racing at the Fair – Saturday, August 29th
Ginger Ninjas – Monday, August 31st
City Council – Monday, September 14th
Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, September 25th
Peach of a Century – Sunday, September 27th
Thursdays, ongoing – Keizer Family Rides
Sundays, ongoing – High Wheeler Rides

Bike Commute Challenge Kick-Off Party – Thursday, August 27th
Come on out to Indigo Wellness and meet some of your fellow commuters
over Widmer and Straight from New York pizza. We’ll have
opportunities to sign up for commute workshops and exchange tips and
hints. Folks will also be available to help with route planning. The
evening’s informal – so drop on in between 5pm and 7pm, 3276
Commercial Street SE. No bike, no beer! Thanks to Indigo Wellness,
Widmer Bros., and Straight from New York Pizza!
For more information see:

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, August 28th
We’ll be at 12th and Chemeketa between 7 and 9am. Thanks to Cascade
Baking, Coffee House Cafe, LifeSource Natural Foods, Willamette
University, and Salem Bicycle Club. For map and additional details

State Fair Bike Parade – Friday, August 28th
Kick-off the Sesquicentennial edition of the Oregon State Fair!
Parade meets at 5:30pm at Pavilion off Sunnyview. For complete
details see:

Short Track Bike Racing at Fair – Saturday, August 29th
The LifeSource Natural Foods Salem Mountain Bike Short Track Series
completes its final night of racing during the fair! Come out to the
races! There will also be BMX, Black Rock Mountain Biking Association
demonstrations, and other bike events. For information on the races
For other bike events at the fair see:

Ginger Ninjas – Monday, August 31st
Look for the Ginger Ninjas Pedaling Revolution Bicycle Music Tour on
Monday evening. We’re talking xtracycle-powered music! They’ll start
at the State Fair about 6pm and then move downtown for some
semi-secret shows. (Hints: Venti’s, Coffee House Cafe, The Space, the
f-stop, and possibly Riverfront Park.) They played Sunday Parkways in
Portland a couple of weeks ago.

City Council considers Commercial Street Striping – Monday, Sept 14th, 28th
Be sure to put September City Council meetings on your calendar!
Public Works will be introducing the plan to restripe Commercial
street downtown to accommodate bicycles, and there will be debate.
It’s important for bicyclists to attend Council and show that bikes
matter! More details will be forthcoming.

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, September 25th
B on B will be on Winter street in front of the North Mall Office Building.

Peach of a Century – Sunday, September 27th
The final event ride of the Summer for the Salem Bicycle Club! It
offers 62, 75, and 100 mile routes in the rolling hills and farmland
around Salem. Registration’s open now! For complete details see:

Thursdays ongoing – SBC Keizer Family Rides
September’s the last month for the Salem Bicycle Club Keizer Family
rides on Thursday evenings. Meet at Cummings Elementary School at
For calendar and details see:

Sundays ongoing – SBC Introductory High Wheeler Rides
Every Sunday at 1:30pm meet at the red lot for a short introductory
club ride of 25 to 30 miles. No rider left behind.
For details see:

Bikes commuting News Racing Tips

July Breakfast on Bikes and Much More In and Around Salem

It is HOT out this week. Could be 109 today, make sure you're drinking plenty of water if you are out and about!
It is HOT out this week. Could be 109 today, make sure you're drinking plenty of water if you are out and about!

I love getting my monthly update from the Man Who Know Everything About Bikes in Salem, Eric Lundgren. Not only does it inform and remind me of what’s going on, but it allows me to pass along his nuggets of knowledge to everyone out there visiting From Eric’s latest email:

The big story in July is the Commercial Street Restriping Plan. The
plan offers the prospect of substantial progress on making downtown
more bike-friendly.   It’s scheduled to go to City Council in August.
Make sure August 10th is on your calendar!

(It’s hot, too – so stay hydrated & cool!)

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays
Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Road Work
Bike Counts
Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market
Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
We’ll be at Mission & Winter, just north of Bush Park, between 7am and
9am.  Thanks to Cascade Baking, Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource
Natural Foods!
For map and full details, see –

City Council considers Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
At 6:30 City Council will meet and consider endorsing the staff plan
to restripe Commercial Street downtown.  Part of the plan is a bike
lane and sharrows to accomodate bicycle traffic.  See a summary of
progress, road blocks, and debate here –

Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays, August 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Buy Local Racing is organizing the Salem Short Track Series at the
Fairgrounds.  Check out the note at Pacific Pedaling –

Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Save the Date!  Don’t have all the details confirmed yet, but we plan
on having beer and pizza for bicyclists.  Get the BCC posters, other
workplace materials, and meet your fellow commuters!  Look for
information on the Breakfast blog and for a special email later in

Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Free parade!  Costumes and decoration encouraged.  Meet at the State
Fairgrounds in front of the Pavilion off of Sunnyview Rd. at 5:30,
parade starts at 6.  The bike drill team will be participating.
Additional practices to be announced.  Here’s a brief bit about their
first outing, the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July Parade –

Road Work – on-going
Between the ARRA/Stimulus package, the “Keep Salem Moving” road bond,
and other improvement projects, there’s lots of construction that
impacts bikes.  Here’s some of the stories.
Windsor Island Road –
Keizer Rapids Park –
Commercial bike lanes –
In August, look for bike lane delays on Lancaster.

The summer bike counts are going strong, and some counts are already
If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know!  There
are still some sites available, and in doing counts we’ve identified
some needs for additional counts.  Here’s a story on one count at
Liberty S and Commercial SE, where we learned the intersection was
even more difficult than we thought.  If you have a work-around you
particularly like, drop it in the comments!

Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market – Every Saturday
Don’t forget about biking to the market!  Friends of Salem Saturday
Market offer free, secure, and monitored bike parking.  Consider
biking instead of driving!

Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides – Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
The Keizer Family Ride leaves Cummings Elementary School at 6:30 pm on
Thursday evenings, and the Sunday afternoon High Wheeler ride leaves
the red lot at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons.  For more information see

Misc Riding

Summer Schedule for Breakfast on Bikes


Soon and very soon, I will be on the road, and most of my updates will be about where I’m riding my Bike Friday, and/or what we are eating in that same location. So before I take off on Saturday, let me take this opportunity to update you on the Salem Breakfast on Bikes schedule for the summer, according to the blog of the same name.

“A week from this Friday, on June 26th Breakfast on Bikes will be on the Union Street Railroad Bridge. We’ll be at the east end between 7am and 9am. We’ll have free coffee, pastries, and fruit for bicycle commuters.

On Friday, July 31st, we’ll be at Winter & Mission.

On August 28th, we’ll be at 12th & Chemeketa.

And in September, we hope to offer breakfast every Friday as part of the Bike Commute Challenge!”

I’m sad that I’ll be missing the June breakfast, but will be back for July. I hope to see you all there!

Bikes Misc Riding

May 2009 Breakfast On Bikes And Tons More!

I’m so glad to see more bike and cycling activity kicking up in Salem. First off, a reminder that this Friday, May 29th, Breakfast on Bikes be at the North Office Mall Building on Winter street NE from 7am to 9am with coffee, pastries, and fruit for anyone riding their bikes into work. As the weather turns nicer, the crowds are growing larger….hope to see you there.

Also, local cycling guru, Eric Lundgren sent over a current ‘What’s Happening’ list pertaining to tons of bicycling items and events in the area. Who knew we had so much going on? Be sure to check them out below!

Friday, May 29th
Breakfast on Bikes – North Mall Office Building
Between 7am and 9am enjoy free coffee, fruit, and pastries on your bike commute!
Thanks to Cascade Baking, the Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource Natural Foods

Wednesday, June 3
The Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Ped Workgroup meets between noon at
1:30pm in the Pringle Community Hall.

Saturday, June 6th – ongoing
Salem Saturday Market Valet Bike Parking
Ride your bike to the market and leave it with the bike valets while
you shop!  Friends of Salem Saturday Market kicks off this great
service the first Saturday in June.

Wednesday, June 10th

Free Bicycle Legal Clinic
Learn about when it’s safe to “take the lane,” about “citizen
initiated traffice citations” and all about the law and bikes.

Saturday, June 13th
Bicycle Education:  Traffic 101
League Cycling Instructors Robert Fox and Gary Obery teach a day-long
course on how to be a better and safer bicyclist in traffic.

June 11th – 27th
Portland Pedalpalooza
If you’re going out of town, catch some of the amazing rides and bike
culture up north.

Sunday, June 28th
Fairview Circuit Races
Bike racing right here in Salem!  There are rumors about extra
entertainment options, so be sure to look out for more news later in

Quarry on Skyline Road
Marion County is holding a hearing this afternoon on conditional use
permits for a proposed rock quarry to go in just off Skyline Road.
Truck traffic may impact bicyclists on Skyline.

Continuing Saga of Jobs and Transportation Act – HB 2001
Track the week-by-week story of the big transportation package.

Commercial Street Restriping Plan
One of the first fruits of the Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Ped group
is a proposal spearheaded by Kevin Hottman and Gary Obery to restripe
Commercial through downtown to make it more bike friendly.  As it
moves to the wider community, it will need your support in June and
July.  Watch for more!

Bicycle Parking Regulations at the State
DAS proposed new parking regulations this and at a hearing this month,
bicycle advocates argued that one of the best ways the State can
effectively support its goal to reduce single-occupancy motor vehicle
commuting is to supply a plentiful mix of highly visible short- and
long-term bike parking.  The deadline for public comment was extended
and hopefully this will result in improved bike parking options for
employees and visitors to State facilities.

Every Sunday at 1:30pm
Salem Bicycle Club Introductory High Wheeler Rides
Check out Club riding!  Every Sunday at 1:30 the Salem Bicycle Club
offers “high wheeler” rides of approximately 25 miles and few hills.
No rider left behind!

Every Thursday at 6:30pm
Salem Bicycle Club Family Rides
Every Thursday the Salem Bicycle Club offers a short ride of 10-12
miles for families.  Bring the kids, the tandem, the tag-along!

End of June
Bicycle Count Project Training and Kick-off
It’s almost time for the second annual bicycle count!  More riders are
everywhere, and let’s document the increase!  Look for more
information mid-June.