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TriMet sucks: The end of fareless square

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1/3/2010, 11:52 a.m. PST The Associated Press

(AP) — PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting Sunday, there are no more free bus rides in downtown Portland.

The TriMet board voted last August to halt free bus service in downtown, Old Town and near the convention center and Lloyd Center. Rides in “Fareless Square” had been free for more than three decades, but the transit agency found it encouraged crime and annoyances on buses and trains.

The MAX light rail and the streetcar are still free in the downtown area.

Read the article here on OregonLive.

TriMet is digging their own grave. Not only have they been steadily raising the cost of public transportation (all the while reducing arrival times for buses and trains) but now fareless square is no more.  Thanks!


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January 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm


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My first post in a few weeks. And the first day of the new year, too! May this year be productive in all its forms (academic/social/romantic/bicycling).

My girlfriend has purchased a Raleigh Rush Hour 2010 model. It’s a gorgeous bicycle and will be perfect for inner-city riding as it’s both a singlespeed and capable of fixed gear riding as well. I like how Raleigh designed a bicycle that isn’t a walking billboard (such as those from Cannondale, Cinelli, and Bianchi).

So I’m still saving money. Not sure what new bike I’m going to get yet —– I am enjoying the idea of a Kona Paddy Wagon or a Surly Streamroller. And of course, the Cinelli Vigorelli.

The new term starts in just three days. I’m not very excited about it. Yet, I must do better than I did last term.

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January 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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Change of plans…

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So I’ve been thinking about the possibility of getting a different bike entirely instead of the Cinelli Vigorelli. I still absolutely want this Cinelli but I am having some problems with committing to it. I need a geared bike. I need a bike I can tour with (Portland to San Francisco). I need a bike that doesn’t cost as much as the Cinelli because I want to have a good standard of living in the meantime I save. This leaves me with these possibilities: The Surly Cross-Check or Long Haul Trucker.

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December 11, 2009 at 10:07 pm

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Cold outside

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Lately it’s been in the low 20’s throughout the night and not much higher during the day. This isn’t great riding weather…& tonight I slipped on some ice. Thankfully wasn’t going too fast or it would have been worse. I believe I strained my wrist, I can rotate it pretty well without an increase in pain, so I lucked out hopefully by not breaking it.

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December 8, 2009 at 10:34 pm

Cycling specific clothing

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I LOVE Cyclelogical t-shirts. Looks like their prices have gone down a bit which means I’m going to save some money and get some new clothes.

And Outlier makes a great looking merino wool hoodie but I would be insane to spend $225 on it.  Maybe if I win some money on a scratch ticket ;-)

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November 26, 2009 at 11:06 pm

World News: Cyclist shot, bikes for Africa, and PETA

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If you shoot a cyclist in the head, how many days in jail are you looking at in North Carolina? 120 days. This is outrageous!

In Africa, a bicycle is not just a bicycle. It can be used as a school bus, a water van, and even an ambulance.  Cadbury (a chocolate company apparently) is donating 5000 bicycles to Ghana, Africa. Really cool 1 minute Youtube video.

And count on PETA to make a fuss about Thanksgiving.

In personal news: On the 30th of this month I get my first paycheck. It won’t be anything grand, but, it is a start for my savings (and better eating — hopefully).

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November 26, 2009 at 12:15 am

One of the coolest blogs ever

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Ever wanted to know exactly what a sandwich looks like? Scanwiches actually takes high-resolution scans of various sandwiches in all their delicious glory! This site makes me hungry.

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November 24, 2009 at 12:46 pm

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