Designated Cyclist Gets Friends Home Safely

Posted January 18, 2013 by Johnny Tenspeed

Being straight-edge means Jordan Davenport doesn't use drugs or drink alcohol, but it doesn't mean he doesn't enjoy going to parties and listening to live music with his friends, even if they do drink.

After a night of show hopping last week, Jordan realized that his friends were in no condition to drive themselves back to their parents' houses in the west hills. But, like any self-respecting Portlander with facial piercings and a spotty work history, Jordan doesn't have a car and he didn't have money for cab fare. What he did have was a Kona Ute longtail cargo bike.

"I bungeed them to the back of my Ute," Jordan told me when I sat down to talk to him in the one-room apartment he shares with seven other people. "That 26/32 gear made getting up the hills a breeze and the bike is incredibly stable, even with such an uneven load. You know, I was kind of hoping that when my story got out there'd be a write-up on Bike Portland, like that lady with all those kids. I guess a pile of drunk guys isn't as heart-warming."

Jordan's story may not shed the same kind of light on the city as the feel-good media, but that doesn't make him any less of a hero. Thanks for keeping the streets safe for the rest of us, Mr. Davenport.