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Portland Bureau of Transportation

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Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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It’s a wrap on the 2014-15 Fix-It Fair season

3 fairs, 100 bikes, and many great community connections

(March 2, 2015)  During the 2014-15 Fix-It Fair season Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School engaged in over 300 conversations with neighbors, students and families about their transportation options and biking and walking to school, including several in Spanish.  We also prepared 60 riders for biking year-round at our All-Season Cycling classes and helped provide adjustments and tune ups for 100 bikes.

volunteer mechanics from Bikes 4 Humanity & Bike Farm

Common bike repairs included fixing flat tires, shifting and braking adjustments, brake pad replacement, drivetrain maintenance, and other miscellaneous adjustments like raising seats, tightening training wheels or adjusting headsets. All repairs were provided to help low-income families and students get back on the road for trips to school, to work and for errands.

Bike mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm and other volunteers donated over 100 hours to help bring this free service to Fix-It Fair attendees. “It’s definitely a group effort and we couldn’t do it without everyone pitching in – especially our amazing mechanics! We are so lucky to have them donating their time and resources to these events,” said Abra McNair, Active Transportation and Safe Routes to School staffer.

We hope to continue bringing these great services to the Fix-It Fair community when the events start up again in November. Until then, the Community Resource Guide is available online year-round with the type of information you’ll find at a Fix-It Fair. And if your bike needs work, check out this list of classes, shops and organizations that can help you learn to fix it yourself.

Bring your energy and passion for change to the Oregon Active Transportation Summit

Early bird registration for the Summit ends Friday, Feb. 27

Oregon Active Transportation Summit logo(February 23, 2015) Join professionals and citizen advocates from around the state in discussions on how to create healthy, vibrant communities across Oregon. The Active Transportation Summit is Oregon’s premier annual conference on biking, walking and transit. Two days of inspiring mobile workshops, plenaries, professional training and networking will take place March 30-31 at the Sentinel Hotel in downtown Portland.

You can take advantage of early bird registration until Friday, February 27. Choose to attend one or both days; registration includes light breakfast, lunch and a networking reception on Day 1 and lunch on Day 2.  A limited number of scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, you’ll need to fill out a brief scholarship application by noon on Monday, March 2. Scholarships will be announced by Monday, March 9.

Read all about the Summit here.  Contact Stephanie Noll at stephanie@btaoregon.org or 503-226-0676 for more information.

3 great reasons to attend the February Fix-It Fair

Workshops, classes, minor bike fixes - even free lunch!

Safe Routes staff at a FixIt Fair(February 19, 2015) The final Fix-It Fair of the season takes place this Saturday, February 21st from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at David Douglas High School (101 SE 135th Ave) and there are a number of great reasons why you should be there. Fix-It Fairs are free and offer Portlanders the opportunity to connect with your neighbors and talk to the experts on a range of topics including health, food and nutrition, water and energy savings, gardening and even active transportation. See the brochure for the February 2015 Fix-It Fair here.

Reason no. 1: Our own Safe Routes to School program will again offer free minor bike repairs for students and families. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm volunteer their time to fix as many bikes as possible at the fair. Please deliver your bike for repair before 2:00pm to give our volunteer mechanics plenty of time to complete their work before the fair ends at 3:00pm.

Reason no. 2: Portland By Cycle will offer an All-Season Cycling class at 12:00 Noon. Experienced riders will share their tips and techniques for staying warm, dry, comfortable and safe while riding year round.

Reason no. 3: This fair will offer a series of workshops in Spanish and as always, free on-site childcare and lunch will be provided.

For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out the Bureau of Planning and Sustainability’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for Saturday’s event. 

2015 Sunday Parkways dates have been announced!

5 more fabulous reasons to get out and get active this year

People on bikes enjoying Sunday Parkways(February 18, 2015) Portland Sunday Parkways and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente are pleased to announce five more fun community connecting events for 2015.

All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called ‘neighborhood greenways’ as well as City parks that  people can enjoy all year long for their own bicycling and walking trips. “The idea that every day can be Sunday Parkways supports what we tell our patients – incorporate activity into your daily life” says Kaiser Permanente cardiologist Dr. Timothy Jacobson. And Commissioner Steve Novick believes “every day can be Sunday Parkways for thousands of Portlanders when we provide safe routes for people to bike and walk.”

The newest route addition this year includes the Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People and the Sellwood area. Be sure to get all these dates on your calendar and go to www.portlandsundayparkways.org for all the details.  You can also "like" Sunday Parkways on Facebook and follow Sunday Parkways on Twitter

May 10

East Portland Sunday Parkways, 11am-4pm (7 miles)

Celebrate Mother’s Day in East Portland

June 21

North Portland Sunday Parkways, 11am-4pm (9.5 miles)

More family fun on Father’s Day in North Portland

July 26

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways, 11am-4pm (8 miles)

Explore Northeast Neighborhood Greenways

August 23

Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways, 1am-4pm (7 miles)

Spend a warm summer day exploring Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers, Sewallcrest and Ivon Parks

September 27

Tilikum Crossing / Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways (7 miles)

Be the first on your block to cross the new Tilikum Crossing Bridge of the People by foot or bike

ODOT takes stock of its Active Transportation assets

Bike Lunch & Learn will feature discussion of how to create a framework for identifying projects to advance as future funding opportunities become available.

"End of Walk" sign appears abruptly(February 17, 2015)  Everyone knows it - funding for transportation is tight. Yet there's plenty of need for improvement, especially to help people to get around on foot, by bike and by other healthy travel modes.

Less than half of ODOT's highways in urban areas currently have sidewalks and bike lanes.  The Oregon Transportation Plan sets a goal of completing the state biking and walking network by 2030, but adequate funding is not available to meet this target.  ODOT Region 1 is developing an Active Transportation Needs Inventory to assess gaps in the existing system and strategically identify future projects that provide the greatest benefits for all users.  You can find out more about this project at the webpage.  Or -

Come learn about this effort at the PBOT Bicycle Lunch and Learn on Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon.  Jessica Horning, ODOT’s Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison,  and Karla Kingsley of Kittelson & Associates will be there to describe the project and to hear your ideas. 

And don’t forget to bring your lunch!

 

ODOT Region 1 Active Transportation Needs Inventory presentation at the Bicycle Lunch and Learn

presented by Jessica Horning, ODOT Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison, and Karla Kingsley, Kittelson & Associates

Thursday, February 19th

Noon to 1 p.m.

Portland City Hall, Lovejoy Room (second floor)

1221 SW 4th Ave

Visit the Bicycle Lunch and Learn webpage by clicking here.

For ADA Title II or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, complaints, or for additional information, call 503-823-7699, TTY:  503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.