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Is Biking Getting More Dangerous in Portland?

Monday, June 01, 2015

 

In 2013, Portland had zero deaths among bikers, but in 2015 there have been a recent series of bike-car accidents that have resulted in a number of serious injuries and one biker’s death.

Since mid-May there has been five serious accidents and just last Friday 37-year-old Peter Anderson was injured and was treated at a Portland hospital for non-life-threatening injuries. Later on Friday, Traffic Division officers  cited the driver, 25-year-old Noah Gilbertson, for Careless Driving with Serious Injury to a Vulnerable Person. 

Based on the police  investigation, officers determined that the bicycle rider,  Anderson, had the right of way and the green light. 

In late May, the Dean of Students at Reed College had to alert the Reed community about the death of Mark Angeles’ death.

It is with great sorrow that I report the tragic loss of a 2015 Reed alumnus, Mark Angeles. While riding his bike near SE Gladstone and Cesar Chavez Boulevard, Mark suffered fatal injuries in an accident involving a tow truck on Wednesday, May 27. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Causes - What is Behind the Increases

The recent number of accidents may be tied to more bikers biking as the weather getting better and drivers not adjusting to the increased biking traffic or it may have deeper roots. The ever increasing growth of Portland means more auto drivers and more bikers. More specifically, more auto drivers who are less experienced driving in a city with such a high volume of bikers.

Portland #1 in Biking

As GoLocalPDX recently reported, Portland is the number one most bike-friendly city in the U.S., according to a study by BetterDoctor.com. The study ranked 52 American cities based on the percentage of commuters that bike to work, the number of bicycle-related fatalities in each city, and the amount of state funding allocated to biking infrastructure. 

Portland is the leading bike commuting city - 6.14% of commuters travel by bike and the death rate per biker is just 1.1 per 10,000 riders. This pales in comparison to 41.9 per 10,000 in Fort Worth, Texas - which ranks as the worse of the 52 cities analyzed.

 

Cover Photo by Grey World via Flckr

 

Related Slideshow: 17 Ways to Experience Portland on Bike

Check out these 17 businesses for bike rentals and tours, that allow you to enjoy the Portland bike scene without owning a bike:  

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Pedal Bike Tours

Bike rentals and guided tours, including a pub and Columbia River Gorge ride

Bike Rentals: $35-$60 a day

Tours: $89-$109

133 SW 2nd Ave 
503-243-2453

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Spinlister

Peer-to-peer bike sharing 

Search online or with an app for avaiable bikes of all sizes and prices to loan from local bike owners 

Bike owners list their own rental prices, anything above $1

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Go By Bike Shop

Bike rentals  and valet partner with OHSU at the Portland Aerial Tram

$40 a day, $20 a day for OSHU employees

SW Moody and Gibbs  
971-271-9270

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Waterfront Bikes  

A wide range of city, cruiser, road, mountain, tandem, child, and hybrid bike rentals

10 SW Ash Street #100 
503-227-1719

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Clever Cycles

Brompton folding bike rentals, with optional child seats and mandatory bells

$30-$45 a day

900 SE Hawthorne Boulevard
(503) 334-1560

Photo credit: Number 10 on Flickr

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Portland State University Bike Hub

Bike rental for PSU students and visitors, and a bike sharing program

$35 a day

1818 SW 6th Ave
(503) 725-9006

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Splendid Cycles

Bullitt cargo bike rentals

$24 a day

407 SE Ivon St  
503-954-2620

Photo credit: wittco.gmbh on Flickr

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Wheel Fun Rentals

Specialty bike rentals, including tandems, quad sports, choppers, slingshots, and surreys. 

$20-$45 a day

1020 SW Naito Parkway  
503-808-9955

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Mountain Shop

Off-road bike rentals

$60-$75 a day

1510 NE 37th Avenue
503-288-6768

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Bike Commuter

8-speed, 1-speed, and racing bike rentals.

$35-$50 a day

8524 SE 17th Ave
503-505-9200

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The Bike Gallery

Bike rentals with locations in Downtown, Hollywood, Woodstock, Lack Oswego, Beaverton, and Clackamas

$75-$85 a day

Downtown Location:
1001 SW Salmon 
503-222-3821

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Everybody’s Bike Rentals

Vintage, road commuter and touring bike rentals

$25-$30 a day

305 NE Wygant 
503-358-0152

 

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Fat Tire Farm

Road and mountain bike rentals

2714 NW Thurman 
503-222-3276

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Sellwood Cycle Repair

Road and cruiser bike rentals

$40-$50 a day

7639 SE Milwaukie 
503-233-9392

 

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Cycle Portland Bicycle Tours

Single speed, road, and electric bike rentals, was well as number of city tours

Bike Rentals: $30-$70 a day

Tours: Start at $40

117 NW 2nd Ave
844-739-2453

 

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Athletes Lounge

Road bike rentals

$60 a day

2671 NW Vaughn
503-477-5906

 

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Veloce Bicycles

High-end road bike rentals

$40-$60 a day

3202 SE Hawthorne  
503-234-8400 

 
 

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