Join us Monday to learn about the history of Portland bicycling


Bike transportation is essential to the future of Portland. But every year it also becomes more and more a part of Portland’s history.

At a free event next week, a local biking writer and three Oregon biking advocates will meet up at a brewpub to talk about the history of biking in Portland — both its early heyday in the 1890s and the modern renaissance that began around 1970.

First, Portland author April Streeter (of Women on Wheels and Treehugger) will talk about seven “unforgettable characters who have shaped Portland’s bike culture,” going back to the 1800s.

Then Mychal Tetteh of the Community Cycling Center, Rob Sadowsky of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Steve Schulz of Cycle Oregon will join a panel about the movement’s modern history. I’ll be moderating.

The event is part of the History Pub series sponsored by the Holy Names Heritage Center, Oregon Historical Society and McMenamins. It’ll be held at the McMenamins Kennedy School, 5736 N.E. 33rd Ave., from 7-9 p.m. on Monday, April 25. Doors open at 6 p.m.

— Michael Andersen, (503) 333-7824 – michael@bikeportland.org

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