A Free Vehicle Law Class for Bicyclists

A Free Vehicle Law Class for Bicyclists

What: Class on Oregon’s vehicle laws from a bicyclist’s perspective.

Where: Bicycle Transportation Alliance office at 618 NW Glisan Street, Suite 401, 4th Floor, Portland, Oregon (Use Buzzer #41)

Cost: Free

Contact: BTA at (503) 226-0676 to pre-register.

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Our law office is based in downtown Portland. We specialize in bicycle and pedestrian law. Around 8 to 10 times a year, we hold free legal clinics for the community that inform cyclists and pedestrians about their legal rights. Below are the dates and information for these clinics. We’re hoping that you could post the information about these clinics on your blog to better inform the bike community.

Upcoming Dates:

• 2/20/13 at 6:00 p.m. (Pedestrian & Bicycle Clinic)

• 4/17/13 at 6:00 p.m.

• 5/22/13 at 6:00 p.m.

• 6/19/13 at 6:00 p.m. (PedalPalooza Event: www.shift2bikes.org)

• 8/28/13 at 6:00 p.m. (Bike Commute Challenge Kick-Off: www.bikecommutechallenge.com)

• 9/18/13 at 6:00 p.m.

• 11/6/13 at 6:00 p.m.

We greatly, appreciate your participation in making the bike community a safer place. If you have any questions about Oregon laws, please go to our website, www.stc-law.com, which contains numerous articles about bicycle legal issues.

Best Regards,

SWANSON, THOMAS, COON & NEWTON

News at Citybikes

Regarding our statement: If any individuals or organizations have questions or concerns regarding Citybikes’ response to allegations of conduct, please email us at adsoc@citybikes.coop (this email will be directed to the whole staff). We are available for open dialogue.

Citybikes continues to promote and maintain a safe and accepting space for workers free from prejudice and/or discrimination of a person’s race, color, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, religion, martial status, family status, physical disability including HIV and AIDS, mental disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or age, or otherwise.

Citybikes as an entity, and with the support of its workers, condemns intolerance, hatred, bigotry, and oppression.

The Citybikes Apprenticeship Program:

Citybikes has hired 5 individuals into the Apprenticeship Program!!! We’re very excited to have Carly, Melissa, Claire, Bryce, and Chris on the team. They’re two weeks into classes with one more before a break until after New Year’s. One of our favorite parts of being a coop is creating access to professional knowledge of bicycle mechanics to those who couldn’t otherwise. These 5 individuals met our criteria and blew away the competition! Congrats!

Winter sales: 20% off all accessories when you take home a Surly for the holidays. This is in addition to the usual perks of a free tune up, 1 year warranty, and an excellent price point.

Statement to the public

Citybikes has always striven to maintain A) an environment in which any cooperator can work in a safe and accepting environment, free from prejudice and/or discrimination of a person’s race, color, ancestry, place of origin, political beliefs, religion, martial status, family status, physical disability including HIV and AIDS, mental disability, sex, gender, sexual orientation, or age, or otherwise.

B) We also have an additional Respecting Co-Workers and Customers policy:
“Co-workers are equals to be treated as such. Customers and their bikes should not be disparaged, even when gone.
It is hugely important that all workers feel safe and comfortable at Citybikes. Workers should be sympathetic to people’s concerns and avoid behaviors that make others ill at ease. If another worker behaves in a way that makes you feel disrespected, condescended to, or otherwise uncomfortable, bring it to their attention. If you feel it’s necessary, or if the behavior continues, the steps outline in the grievance policy should be followed.”

C) And Prohibition Against Harassment Policy:
“Citybikes will not tolerate any type of harassment, be it sexual harassment, related to class, ethnicity, gender, age, religion, physical ability, appearance, or otherwise. If you feel like you have been harassed, the recommended first step is to communicate directly with the person and let them know which behaviors have crossed your boundaries. In the case you feel unable to communicate directly with the person, or if the behavior does not stop after one direct request for it to stop, it is recommended that you report the incident(s) to the personnel coordinator, or an individual on the sexual harassment response team. Any of these people would then be responsible for following up on the complaint in a timely, confidential and fair manner. See [appendix III] for the full Sexual Harassment policy and process for responding to complaints.”

We do not feel that disclosing personal details concerning staff members respects an organization’s right to confidential process of these policies. We feel that concerning allegations brought against an individual person regarding legal, free speech activities outside of the workplace should be brought to that person directly, through processes which do not violate their 1st, 5th, 6th, or 7th amendment rights of the constitution.

If any persons or organizations feel concerned about conduct at Citybikes, we invite you to request, and are always open to have, meetings of open dialogue. 

With regard,

Citybikes Worker Owned Cooperative
Approved by board members present 4 of 6, with input from owning and non-owning members
October 2012

How to Purchase a Used Bicycle…

Tips for Purchasing a Used Bike
Buying a used bike can be daunting – but it should be fun!

1) Size

Knowing your bike size narrows down the sea of options. Get fitted at a bike shop, or check a sizing chart. (Road, Hybrid, or Mountain) Your body will thank you later for not over or under extending its range.

2) As-is vs. Used Bikes with a warranty

If you purchase a used bike from a shop it may be sold ‘as-is’ with no warranty, or serviced by the shop with a warranty (length varies). The advantage of purchasing a used bike under warranty is that it’s been serviced and checked for any major & minor mechanical complications. These bikes are more expensive in the short term, but save you money over the course of its life.

3) Buying a Used Bike through Private Sale

This can save you money on the front end, but could turn out to be a bad deal, or a bad bike. Some tips…

Research the bike online, find out what it cost originally.
Bikes with shiny metal wheels are made of steel, are heavy, and can need replacing. If you’re not sure use a magnet; attraction = steel. Make sure they spin straight, not wavy.
Check for frame damage. (see image)

Every joint on a frame could be hiding a crack, so feel for a rippled surface and look for chipped paint in all joint areas. Viewing from the side, does the fork look bent back? Don’t buy it.
Can you ride the bike. Take it for a test ride and use the brakes and shifters.
Bring a knowledgable friend, or bring the bike to our shop.
Bounce the bike a couple inches from the ground, does it rattle? If so, it could spell major trouble in the wheels, pedal-crank area, or fork joint.