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Ride a bike for easy, stress free commuting

STAFF PHOTOS: VERN UYETAKE - Tom Fahey of Lakeside Bicycles encourages citizens to rediscover the fun and ease of riding bikes. Citizens can take a test ride on Brompton foldable bikes Aug. 14 and 15 from the store.

Longtime Lake Oswego resident Tom Fahey walks the talk — or rather pedals the propaganda — when it comes to transportation alternatives.

As an employee of Lakeside Bicycles, cycling is a part of Fahey’s everyday life. He has taken his commitment to the next level by serving multiple terms on Lake Oswego’s Transportation Advisory Board. Lake Oswego’s Transportation Advisory Board, retiring as chairman. He also worked for two-and-a-half years on the City’s Comprehensive Plan, dealing with the need for future redevelopment within the City’s urban growth boundary. He said there were concerns about the density of mixed-use development, which needed to be addressed for the City’s sustainability.

“Most of the concern is focused on the Wizer Block and the potential of 200-220 units with retail on the floor level,” Fahey said. “I’ve heard that it’s not just 200-plus cars, but, likely, a one-and-a-half cars per unit. This is what we have on the current horizon, but we also have to look to the future North Anchor project with the likelihood of a boutique hotel on First and B. Both developments are close and increase density in a small area. People have anxieties about this upcoming density.”

He added that, “So, how do we offer some alternatives other than trips in cars? We should look at our sometimes forgotten friends of mobility — biking and walking.”

Fahey says redevelopment is inevitable, and all cities must address it.

“We all struggle with change,” he said. “But we can’t stop it from coming.”

That increased density will impact traffic is a given, Fahey said, but he suggests there are alternatives that will reduce the anxiety and traffic at the same time.

Walking is a great alternative to driving; it costs nothing, improves fitness and reduces the stress of having to find parking and other irritants.

The folded Brompton bike fits easily in closets and even overhead luggage compartments on airplanes. The small size makes it less likely to be stolen.

Biking is another great alternative.

“Just hop on that old friend, the reliable bike,” he said. “Folding bikes with their compact storage capability would work for places such as condos or apartments. People can take them out of the closet, quickly unfold (them), ride to their destination and back, without having to drive.”

Folding bikes like Brompton-brand bicycles from Great Britain are considered a perfect bicycle for the city. It folds down to a portable, practical size, so it can be taken on buses or cars and stored in offices, homes, making it is less likely to be stolen. Its ride position and agility match those of conventional bikes; small wheels mean faster acceleration from red lights and increased maneuverability through busy streets. Brompton bicycles have a steel frame and efficient and puncture-resistant tires.

Want to test drive a Brompton? Brompton is going #OnTheRoad all summer long, and company reps will be in Lake Oswego Aug. 14 and 15. They encourage riders to borrow a Brompton for a day, so you can see how well it fits into your daily routine. Ride it to work; stow it in your trunk; bring it on mass transit; take it on a lunch ride to run errands. See how easily it folds up and how well it fits in your office, home, a coffee shop or a pub.

To test drive or borrow a Brompton, visit Eventbrite.com/e/brompton-ontheroad-lake-oswego-tickets-26377072534. It is absolutely free.

“We are lucky to have two great bike shops in Lake Oswego,” Fahey said. “I hope people will come out and ride a Brompton, and be reminded what a fun and easy way biking is to get around.”

Reserved Brompton bicycles can be picked up between 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. Aug. 14 and 15 at Lakeside Bicycles, 428 N. State St. in downtown Lake Oswego. Call the shop at 503-699-8665 for more information.

Contact Barb Randall at 503-636-1281 ext. 100 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Sign up online at Eventbrite.com/e/brompton-ontheroad-lake-oswego-tickets-26377072534 to reserve a bike Aug. 14 and 15. The test rides are free.