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Why I bailed on Portland

After only 18 months, I bailed on Portland – why? I had my reasons, but may I start with why I moved to Portland in the first place? I had family there and I would move into the same high-rise apartment building downtown. That was a big plus. The MAX line, Portland's light rail service, could take me wherever I needed to go. I could bring my bike onboard, for a meeting across the river or to a bike-overnight. Portland is a Platinum-level Bicycle Friendly Community, as rated by the ... Continue Reading

Little Boy Bennett

I must have looked lost, too. "Can you find my dad?" A little boy was standing there, calmly asking me. I felt like I was 10 feet tall, he was that small. His urgent appeal snapped me out of my own search. I was standing just off the busy path at the farmers market at PSU – I was looking for my wife. He must have sensed that. Just the moment before I'm observing the crowd – some sitting eating, others hustling by, while others stop, exclaim hellos and embrace friends. This sight ... Continue Reading

Learning Bikeshare one-way at a time

Google Maps showed it was only 3.9 miles away – not far for a bike ride to coffee in Hollywood. The route, the blue line, appears so effortlessly, but I had qualms – there are busy roads along the appointed way. I decided to take the MAX and I was glad I did – at 7:30am I was opting for the easy way to get there. Next time I'll budget a few more minutes – I got there right on time. When the meeting was over I assumed I could hop on a Bikeshare and pedal myself home. It's ... Continue Reading

Bike Friday’s Alan Scholz

I've been making monthly trips to Eugene – the people, the manufacturing facility and the bicycle have left a lasting impression. My first visit included a tour of the factory. Where else can you go in this country and see a bicycle being built? Not very many places. These bicycles are made one at a time. Continue Reading

Angel Investor Dave Berkus

from the Angel investing archives (Here's a podcast from the archives of theFrankPetersShow – Dave Berkus was a frequent guest on the show, his extensive knowledge of angel investing generated speaking opportunities around the world. At the time of this interview he and I were just days away from a trip to Warsaw. I remember: David was in the program, I was not, but I had a big role in the year prior as Master of Ceremonies for EBAN's Gala Awards Banquet in Istanbul. In Warsaw, I was asked ... Continue Reading

Back from Orcas Island

Lots of logistics, but no car travel – that's how I planned our recent return to the San Juan Islands. It's a long-distance trip from Portland; AMTRAK to Seattle is how it all starts. I used points to stay for free at the Kimpton Monaco downtown. Not this first night, but every other I'll be doing laundry in the bathroom sink – it's my secret to traveling light. As I think back, I could've traveled even lighter, but that's true for every outing. This trip's splurge was a new pair of ... Continue Reading

Portland River Ride

Download the pdf – download the kmz file for Google Maps. Continue Reading

Packing for the Islands

I'm packing for a no-car trip to the San Juan Islands. I did it 4 years ago, for my 60th. That trip started from Orange County, CA. This trip is more compact, but hopefully just as much fun, this week-long, no-car, bike getaway. What makes it more compact, besides starting from Portland this time, is a new ferry option out of Seattle. In 2012 we ferried from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. then the four of us rented bikes for an 8-day island-hopping junket. This ferry takes us direct – party of ... Continue Reading

Big Ideas: Communicating with Carolyn Szczepanski

Elecric bikes have to be one of the big ideas in bicycling trends. Ford Motor has come out with their own eBike and closer to home, Newport Beach Police have an eBike patrol. Carolyn makes her second appearance on the show — she's the Director of Communications for the League of American Bicyclists in Washington, D.C. She pinged me last month to ask if she could interview me – yes, turning the tables on me – it motivated me to dust off my headphones and record this ... Continue Reading