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News Blog: Portland students learn bike safety and leadership at Bike Camp

James John Bike Campers

James John SUN School Bike Campers having a blast at a bike camp. Photo by Janis McDonald, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Lale Santelices, Safe Routes to School Coordinator

Last week our Safe Routes to School team set out to spend a week on two wheels with kids from James John SUN School during our Bike Camp, and it was a total success! We taught 3-5 graders bike safety, developed leadership skills, kept kids active, and made connections with nature and their neighborhood.

Bike Camp 2016Bike Camp is offered to specific schools in the Portland area every summer through PBOT’s Safe Routes to Schools Program. The goal of the program is to teach students bike safety and build confidence navigating their neighborhood streets.

At the beginning of the week, campers set an ambitious goal to ride 50 miles which they exceeded – totaling 55 miles. They looped around most parks in North Portland, and rode over as many pedestrian bridges as they could find. Every morning campers would choose their destination using bike maps. It was easy to find safe routes that accommodated all skill levels thanks to the Neighborhood Greenway system.

As an instructor, it was fun to see how the campers grew daily in their confidence. Parker, a 5th grader, got in the habit of verbalizing all of the steps he would take at intersections, that way he could prove to his instructors he did not need any help.

New Columbia Bike Repair Hub

Practicing at the New Columbia Bike Repair Hub Skills Park. Photo by Janis McDonald, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

With increased confidence came their ability to ride further distances. They created more complex routes taking us as far south as Dawson Park! But all routes had something in common - kids always wanted to stop by the Bike Repair Hub in New Columbia to practice on the skills park to master a new section of the course.

Kelly Point ParkThe longest day in miles was our adventure to Kelly Point Park. “This is the most perfect day ever,” said 5th grader Cristina as she sat on a log watching the Columbia and the Willamette Rivers meet. “I agree,” said Isaías, 3rd grader, as he collected clam shells. Though we had a really strong group of riders who tried to spend as much time on their bikes as possible; being at the park and taking in nature was exactly what we all needed to recharge batteries and keep on riding.

Thanks so much for making our Bike Camp a super success: James John SUN School, Portland Public Schools, New Columbia, Village Market, Community Cycling Center’s Bike Hub Repair and Skills Park, Portland Parks and Recreation, and PBOT.  

News Blog: Join a PBOT Advisory Committee

We have received over 40 total applications for the Fixing our Streets Oversight Committee and the PBOT Bureau Advisory Committee. Given the important role both committees will play, it is critical that they reflect Portland's diversity. We are extending the deadline for committee applications until Wednesday, July 27th at 5 PM.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to consider two important PBOT advisory committee opportunities:

Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee | Application due July 27th

PBOT convenes a Bureau/Budget Advisory Committee (BAC) to inform the annual transportation budget and think critically and strategically about Portland’s complete transportation system. The BAC will also review program priorities and infrastructure project lists and provide input on Bureau strategy and direction for incorporating equity and the inclusion of communities that are traditionally under-served by the Bureau. The BAC meets monthly and is year round. Learn more.

Fixing Our Streets Oversight Committee | Application due July 27th

On May 17, 2016, Portland voters approved Measure 26-173, creating Portland’s first local funding source for transportation maintenance and safety via a 10 cent per gallon fuel tax. The Fixing Our Streets Program will implement Measure 26-173. The Oversight Committee will monitor overall program implementation, with special attention on construction impacts on businesses and neighborhoods and the utilization of minority-owned, women-owned, and emerging small businesses. The Oversight Committee will meet quarterly. Learn more.

Both of these advisory groups will play an important role in shaping the future of our work at PBOT and we will be working diligently to ensure that these spaces are both informative and meaningful for committee members. For each group we are seeking a diversity of perspectives and experience. Onboarding and supplemental information sessions will be offered to assist with facilitating full participation of committee members regardless of experience with PBOT or budget/policy process. Individuals can apply for both if there is interest. We do hope that you will consider applying and share these opportunities with your networks.

For more information please contact Irene Schwoeffermann, Portland Bureau of Transportation, (503) 823-4239 / irene.schwoeffermann@portlandoregon.gov

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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Grand Avenue from SE Salmon Street to E Burnside, July 25-August 13

(July 20, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Grand Avenue from SE Salmon Street to E Burnside on Monday, July 25, through Thursday, August 11, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave over 2 lane miles of pavement.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

PBOT releases BIKETOWN drone video, video and photos from today's launch

News media contact:

Dylan Rivera
503-577-7534
dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov
Portland Bureau of Transportation
Twitter @PBOTinfo 

Portland, OR, July 19, 2016 – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and BIKETOWN have published video and photography from today’s BIKETOWN opening for news media and public use. See links below.

VIDEO of Grant High School cheerleaders celebrating the BIKETOWN opening today:
https://youtu.be/1LM6Ftj3PyQ
Credit: Portland Bureau of Transportation/YouTube.

 

DRONE VIDEO of BIKETOWN Launch Ride, video 1: Portland's bike share system inaugural ride July 19th 2016
(19 seconds)
https://youtu.be/oetuMcSn9Z4
Credit: BIKETOWN.

 

DRONE VIDEO of BIKETOWN Launch Ride, video 2: Portland's bike share system inaugural ride July 19th 2016

(24 seconds)
https://youtu.be/vZ44ZXAjev8 
Credit: BIKETOWN.

 

PHOTOS of BIKETOWN opening celebration
https://flic.kr/s/aHskD3Sh63
Credit: Photos by Felicity J. Mackay/Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Today is opening day of Portland’s newest transportation option: BIKETOWN, the city’s bike share system. With 1,000 bikes, BIKETOWN is the nation’s largest smart bike program, and will be the most sustainable bike share program in the U.S.

Nike designed the innovative visual identity for BIKETOWN's standard bike, which is modeled after the Nike orange shoe box. On opening day, NIKE also introduced three unique, limited-edition bike wrap designs – inspired by iconic Nike sneakers – across 100 of the system’s 1,000 bikes.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation  

News Release: BIKETOWN, Portland’s Bike Share System, is Ready to Ride

News Release: BIKETOWN, Portland’s Bike Share System, is Ready to Ride

U.S. Rep. Blumenauer, Commissioner Novick, PBOT Director Leah Treat and NIKE, Inc. Vice President of Global Community Impact Jorge Casimiro join BIKETOWN founding members and other Portlanders to celebrate the official opening of BIKETOWN

Event featured a ceremonial unlocking of the first BIKETOWN bike and an inaugural ride across Tilikum Crossing

Portland, OR, July 19, 2016 – Today is opening day of Portland’s newest transportation option: BIKETOWN, the city’s bike share system. With 1,000 bikes, BIKETOWN is the nation’s largest smart bike program and will be the most sustainable bike share program in the U.S.

U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer, Commissioner Steve Novick, NIKE, Inc. Vice President of Global Community Impact Jorge Casimiro and PBOT Director Leah Treat joined BIKETOWN supporters from across the city to celebrate opening day. After a ceremonial unlocking of the first BIKETOWN bike, event participants took an inaugural ride over the Tilikum Crossing.

“Portland is BIKETOWN,” Blumenauer said. “The bike share revolution that is transforming communities and urban mobility around the world is coming home to Portland, with the opening of the most sustainable and largest smart-technology bike share system in North America. BIKETOWN demonstrates the value of innovative partnerships and the great things that can happen when we work together as a city.”

“I am so excited that we are launching this program with Nike,” Novick said. “Bike share is a great addition to our arsenal in our fight against climate disruption and gives Portlanders and tourists another transportation option through the city. Not to mention that when people ride bicycles, instead of sitting in cars, it makes people healthier and lowers our health care costs.”

“Nike believes in the power of sport to move the world, and that commitment starts here—in our home state and in Portland. Those who live and visit will now be able to move through the city with BIKETOWN,” said Casimiro. “We’re incredibly proud of our long-time partnership with the City of Portland and excited by this latest collaboration with the Portland Bureau of Transportation to create an innovative, best-in-class bike share program that will inspire Portlanders and visitors to get active and have fun as they cycle around the beautiful city of Portland."

“BIKETOWN demonstrates the amazing power of collaboration,” Treat said. “I want to thank my fellow Portlanders and all of our partners from government, business and the community. When we work together, we accomplish great things for our city.”

Annual memberships for BIKETOWN cost $12 per month, giving members 90 minutes a day of riding time. Single-ride passes and 24-hour passes are also available for those who want to use the program more occasionally, including tourists. More than 1000 people had already signed up for annual membership as of Tuesday morning.

With the opening of BIKETOWN, customers can rent one of 1,000 bikes to ride around the city. The bikes will be available at 100 stations located in downtown Portland, Northwest Portland, the Central Eastside and in parts of North and Northeast Portland. Customers will be able to check out a bike using a smartphone, a computer, a member card, or by typing in their member number and PIN into the keypad on the bike. Bikes can also be parked at thousands of public bike racks in the service area, for an additional fee. Users who park a bike outside of a station will be charged an additional fee, and users who return such bikes to the stations will receive a credit. Every bike’s exact location can be viewed in real-time from the system’s website or the BIKETOWN smartphone app.

The BIKETOWN app can also be used to purchase memberships, reserve bikes for up to 10 minutes in advance of a ride, and view account history and trip maps. The app is now available for download at BIKETOWNPDX.com/app or directly through the App Store or Google Play.

Nike designed the innovative visual identity for BIKETOWN's standard bike, which is modeled after the Nike orange shoe box. On opening day, Nike also introduced three unique, limited-edition bike wrap designs – inspired by iconic Nike sneakers – across 100 of the system’s 1,000 bikes. 

About BIKETOWN
BIKETOWN
is Portland’s bike share system, launching on July 19, 2016 with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate, the world’s leading bike share operator. It will use innovative new “smart bikes” which will make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems. biketownpdx.com

About PBOT
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

About Nike
Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.

About Motivate
Motivate is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities. Motivate operates over 75% of the bike share fleet in North America, including the four largest systems in the US: Citi Bike in New York, Divvy in Chicago, Capital Bikeshare in the D.C. area, Bay Area Bike Share (San Francisco Bay Area) and Hubway in the Boston area. International Motivate bike share systems include Bike Share Toronto and Melbourne Bike Share (Australia). www.motivateco.com

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