Alder Bike Chop Shop Reopens

On May 11, this blog reported that the longtime workshop and bike camp that occupied a full block of SE and 30 alders had been cleared. I was walking around the neighborhood yesterday afternoon and saw signs that bike parts were being piled up at a camp again. It looks like the camp was simply moved two blocks east to the corner of 32nd.

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I just joined the forum to get more involved in the cycling community and learn more about cycling in Portland.

Is that the kind of thing that flies around here? Are baseless accusations of criminality against the most vulnerable members of our community just plain cool and normal?

If so, I’d be happy to dive in, let you do whatever it is, and tell people to stay away from BikePortland, but wow, that’s disgusting.

Unfounded? What did I write that is baseless? I said it looks like there is a bike chop shop at SE 32 and alder. This claim is based on the fact that there are piles of bike parts that are partially concealed by tarps (clearly visible in the photos I uploaded). This was exactly what the camp that used to be a few blocks away looked like before the camp was swept away a few weeks ago. The only difference was that the previous camp was allowed to persist for more than a year, and the pile of bike parts was allowed to grow much larger. I make no claims about the origins of the bike parts. I have no idea where they came from, and I make no accusation. The only mention of criminality came in your reply to my message. But it is undeniable that there are a number of bikes in various states of disassembly.

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You will find that a number of us here are fed up with the drug addicted criminals destroying our communities and the naive people who allow them.

A chop shop is a place where stolen vehicles are dismantled for scrap or to avoid law enforcement. There is no other commonly used definition. You took a photo of a place where people live and you implied that there was criminal activity there. It’s really hard for me to believe you’re acting in good faith that I’m the one bringing the crime into the conversation.

Looking around a bit, many users on this forum seem very confused about the challenges we face as cyclists in Portland. If you think you and your homeless neighbors are against each other in the fight for safer, more bikeable streets, you won’t get much.

Harry L. Blanchard