Bicycle Commuter Profile: Dolan Halbrook

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Name: Dolan Halbrook
Location: Portland, OR
Started bike commuting: About 4 years ago when we moved to Portland
Commute distance (one way): 4 1/2 miles

Describe your commute: I’m lucky to live next to one of Portland’s “bike boulevards” (Lincoln) so it’s smooth sailing through residential streets until I get close to the river. At that point I ride over the Hawthorne bridge, parallel the waterfront going north, then turn onto a shared street for a few blocks until I’m at the office. My favorite part is circling the rose gardens through Ladd’s Addition on a (rare) sunny day.

Describe your bike and accessories: It’s pretty much the same as shown here, with a few minor changes over time. In other words, it’s a Rawland with a Rohloff.

What bit of advice would you like to share with new bike commuters?: Make lots of eye contact with drivers, and expect them not to see you. Also, headlights are amazingly good at avoiding people turning left in front of you at the last moment. On a happier, less paranoid note, it’s a wonderful moment when passing by all the cars stuck on traffic, realizing you’re free to enjoy a beautiful day.

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4 Responses to “Bicycle Commuter Profile: Dolan Halbrook”

  • Ken says:

    Nice commute! It’s mine as well (live on Lincoln, circle Ladd’s, but head up east bank esplanade to the Steel bridge to cross the river). Love the commute. I’ve been doing the commute for about 4 years as well. There is so much bike traffic on our ride these days that I actually like the rain as cuts down on (bike) traffic.

  • Dolan Halbrook says:

    I hear you with the increased traffic Ken! Lately it’s been a crazy busy route, so like you, I don’t mind the rain.

    Where on Lincoln do you start? I start at 55th, so it gives me a nice little hill-boost at the start, but it means a bit of a climb at the end.

  • Ken says:

    My house is close to 32nd. You can see my black subaru parked on the curb and gathering moss at about 16 seconds into your video.

    Did you get get stopped at Ladd’s yesterday for the film shoot? Apparently the movie is “Gone” (http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1838544/). It was cool in that when they let traffic go through, there were probably 30-40 bikes going around the circle at the same time.

  • Christopher Cove says:

    Love the video! Great ride, thanks for sharing!

 
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