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Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-off a total success!

Families learned the joys of biking and walking to school and discovered a new park.

Potato sack race at Safe Routes Spring Kickoff(April 29, 2015)  The weather cooperated, providing a beautiful sunny day for the Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-off on Saturday, April 25th. Harvey Scott K-8 School in the Cully neighborhood of northeast Portland hosted the 2015 Spring Kick-off, which attracted close to 150 participants.

The main purpose of the Spring Kick-off Bike and Walk Fair is to engage low-income families and introduce them to the Safe Routes to School program. These events are targeted toward schools with a high percentage of students who qualify for free and reduced-rate lunch.

The Safe Routes to School program partnered with Verde, the ABC Club and NAYA to visualize and plan out the event. In addition to the Fair activities, 35 people went on a community ride to the new Kʰunamokwst Park (pronounced Khan-a-mockst).

Bike ride to Khunamockwst ParkHere’s what one parent had to say about the success of the event: “My daughter loved the Safe Routes event at Harvey Scott. She's 6 ½ and has been lukewarm about riding a bike, but the scoot bikes and the volunteer encouragement got her excited in riding.” 

PDX Bike Month returns in May

And we’re kicking it off on April 24th!

Calendar of PDX Bike Month events(April 23, 2015)  In celebration of National Bike Month, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and other community partners are hosting a variety of events designed to help people get out, get active and have fun by bicycle.

While most of these events happen during the month of May, PBOT and the East Portland Action Plan (EPAP) Bike Subcommittee will kick off the month of celebration in East Portland with our first Quick Fix Bike Breakfast of the season on Friday, April 24 at East Burnside and the I-205 Bike Path from 6:30-8:30am.

Over 20 events are planned including Quick Fix Bike Breakfast stations around the city, the 4th Annual Regence Portland Employer Bike Summit, the first ever 24-hour Bike Count, and bike classes and rides including a special Family Ride to the Tram on Sunday, May 17.

Be sure to stop by one of our 6 Quick Fix stations on your way to work or school for some delicious fuel for you and air and lube for your bike – and bring a friend! Check out the full list of events at www.pdxbikemonth.com.

 

Calling all future Active Transportation Ambassadors!

Volunteer with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, meet interesting people, and share your love of the city.

Greeting the public with bike-walk maps(April 20, 2015)   Do you like to engage with the public? Are you moved by transportation? (Yes, pun intended…) Then consider becoming an Active Transportation Ambassador. Ambassadors are volunteers who represent the Bureau of Transportation and share information and resources about how to get around Portland. Pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit riders alike share our roadways every day. Ambassadors advocate for all road users to travel together safely and courteously.

There are numerous kinds of volunteer opportunities for Ambassadors, from tabling at public events like farmers markets and neighborhood street fairs, to assisting with guided walks and bike rides. Ambassadors also help out at active transportation classes and workshops, during Sunday Parkways, and for bike and pedestrian counts. Ambassadors are expected to commit to volunteering at a minimum of 2 events during the 2015 season.

If becoming an Ambassador sounds like just your thing, fill out this application by Monday, April 27th. Selected applicants will be invited to a two hour training on Thursday, May 7th from 6-8pm. Want more information? Contact Sarah.Goforth@portlandoregon.gov or at 503-823-9863. 

Join Safe Routes to School at the annual Spring Kick-off

(April 16, 2015)  Safe Routes to School is hosting their annual Spring Kick-off and you’re invited. This free, family-friendly event celebrates walking, biking and healthy neighborhoods. There will be lots of great activities for families including a bike fair and games, free basic bike repair and a special kick-off for Walk+Bike Challenge Month in May. A free healthy lunch will be served at noon with a community bike ride to take place shortly after, heading to the new Khunamokwst Park.

For more information please email saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov.

kids on Safe Routes Community Bike Ride

Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-off

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:00am to 1:30pm

Harvey Scott School

6700 NE Prescott St

Neighborhood Greenway sign identification project

New signs help road users identify they are on a Neighborhood Greenway.

(April 14, 2015) PBOT crews have begun installing signs on four of Portland's Neighborhood Greenways to help people better understand the type of road they are using. Neighborhood Greenways are low-speed, low-traffic streets where people walking and bicycling are prioritized over cut-through automotive traffic. 

PBOT has nearly 80 miles of Neighborhood Greenways in all parts of the city. While the program has changed since it first emerged as a citizen-led effort to identify SE Salmon and SE Taylor as a designated bicycle route, Neighborhood Greenways share several characteristics:

        • Automotive speeds are low. In many cases the signed speed limit is 20 MPH
        • Automotive volumes are low. PBOT strives for less than an average of 1,500 cars per day and many Neighborhood Greenways have less 1,000.
        • Crossings of major streets are improved for people walking and bicycling across.

The new signs help provide context for the 20 MPH speed limit signs, reinforcing Neighborhood Greenway routes as places for walking and bicycling and encouraging those uses. Keep an eye out for the new signs on the following Greenways:

• N Michigan,
• N/NE Blandena /Going /Alberta,
• SE Salmon /Taylor, &
• SE Bush /100th/101st

A total of 95 signs will be installed. As funding permits, the signs will be added to other Neighborhood Greenways, phased in gradually over time.  These signs can also be included in the design of new Neighborhood Greenways.

neighborhood greenway id signs

Learn more about Portland's Neighborhood Greenways by visiting - http://www.neighborhoodgreenways.org