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April's walking holidays encourage healthy habits

The sun is out, April is just around the corner, and with it comes plenty of excuses to get out and walk!

(March 31, 2016) Lace up your walking shoes and celebrate National Walk to Work Day on Friday, April 1. Walk to Work Day is an unofficial holiday observed on the first Friday of April. Years of medical research has shown that walking is one of the best ways to stay healthy and keep your body in shape. If you are unable to walk the whole way to work, take public transportation instead and then walk from the bus or train stop to your workplace.walkers at union station

April 6 brings National Walking Day! National Walking Day is observed on the first Wednesday of the month and is a call-to-action for everyone to adopt healthy habits for an active lifestyle. Join coworkers, classmates, family, and friends – even the four legged kind – in taking the first step to becoming more active and pledge to take a walk toward better health.

And finally, National Walk@Lunch Day happens on Wednesday, April 27. Invite your coworkers or classmates to join you for a walk at lunch and help encourage a new daily walking routine that will improve your health step by step.

We encourage you to find ways to replace just a few driving trips per week with a walking trip. Walking is one of the easiest, most effective activities you can do to improve your health. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of walking a day – and it doesn’t all have to be at once. By walking to your neighborhood grocery store, coffee shop, school, park, bus stop, or even a friend’s house, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle, a healthier community and a healthier you!

If you’d like some inspiration for your next walk, check out PBOT’s series of Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. You’ll find public art, local parks, heritage trees and other attractions listed – plus every school and library in your area, grocery stores and water fountains, and even all the bus stops. And beginning in May, hop aboard the Ten Toe Express, which are our series of guided walks that show off great Portland neighborhoods at a comfortable pace.

City and partners offer driver safety class for New Portlander community

Driver education for new immigrants, refugees and English language learners

(March 11, 2016) A new program in Portland is providing driver safety education training to new immigrants, refugees and English language learners over the age of 18. The training includes two days of in class instruction and one day of behind-the-wheel practice. Offered in April or May, each course is limited to 50 students.

This program is a partnership of the Portland Police Bureau, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, the Oregon Driver Education Center (ODEC), Oregon Impact and ODOT. It is supported by the Portland Police Bureau, with funding provided through grants from the East Portland Action Plan 2015 Municipal Partnership Project, a City of Portland Municipal Grant, and State Farm Insurance.

On completion of the course, there may be opportunities for lower auto insurance rates from participating carriers, and driver license behind-the-wheel testing through ODEC rather than the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV). A limited number of vouchers for driver license test fees are available.

The trainings take place at the Portland Police Training Facility at 14912 NE Airport Way and are offered on the following dates:

  • Saturday, April 9, 23 & 30 from 9:00am to 3:00pm
  • Saturday, May 14, 21 & 28 from 9:00am to 3:00pm

Call 503-297-4813 or go online to register.

You can view a video about the program here and help us spread the word to New Portlander communities.

Help PBOT locate bike share stations

Help us whittle 300 possible station locations down to 100 - comment online or at an open house

(March 9, 2016) BIKETOWN is coming to Portland in July! In January, Nike signed on as the title sponsor for Portland Bike Share, allowing us to increase the number of stations we are able to offer in the initial system roll-out. And now, we want your feedback on where to locate these stations.BIKETOWN bike share bike image

An interactive online map went live today. The map offers approximately 300 options for bike share station locations. Visitors to the map can view all the proposed station locations within the initial service area and provide comments. 

We are also hosting a series of five public open houses. All members of the community are invited to comment online or participate in the following open houses.

Open House Dates and Locations:

  • March 15 (Tuesday) - 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Hosford Middle School Cafeteria, 2303 SE 28th Place
  • March 17 (Thursday) - Noon to 2:00 pm, City Hall, Lovejoy Room, 1221 SW 4th Avenue
  • March 30 (Wednesday) - 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Portland Building, 2nd Floor Rm C, 1120 SW 5th Avenue
  • April 5 (Tuesday) - 6:00 to 8:00 pm, Metropolitan Learning Center, 233 NW Glisan Street
  • April 7 (Thursday) - 5:30 to 7:30 pm, Immaculate Heart Church, 2926 N Williams Avenue

Learn more about BIKETOWN - Portland Bike Share here:

View the interactive online map and comment here:


Portland to host International Open Streets Summit in August - Save the date!

Summit organizers are actively seeking presentation proposals for the three day event.

(March 3, 2016) If you want to learn the latest on Open Streets, be sure to mark your calendar for the 2016 International Open Streets Summit to be held August 18-21 at Portland State University (PSU). In the past five years, Open Streets have gone from a novel idea to accepted practice in communities looking to improve walking and biking and activate public space.

Open Streets are prograOpen Streets Summit save the date postcardms where the streets are opened to people and closed to cars. People traffic replaces car traffic, and the streets become “paved parks” where people of all ages, abilities, and social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds can come out and improve their health. Open Streets events are helping us reimagine the way we use our streets.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Sunday Parkways are teaming up with The Street Plans Collaborative, the Open Streets Project, 8-80 Cities, PSU’s Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC) and the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation to host this three day summit. Along with the presentations, hands-on sessions and networking opportunities for participants from a variety of backgrounds, everyone will have a chance to wrap up the weekend by taking part in the Portland Sunday Parkways event on August 21.

Summit organizers are now seeking proposals for presentations for case studies, workshops, panel discussions, and hands-on sessions for thSunday Parkways Open Streets projecte 2016 International Open Streets Summit in a variety of themes including; Inspiring Community Resilience – Health/Physical Activity, Building a Movement – Practitioners/Technicians, Making the Case – Policymakers/Researchers, and Open Streets and Tactical Urbanism: Complementary approaches to reimagining our streets.

The Call for Presentations will remain open until Friday, April 15 at 6:00 pm, Pacific Time. Click here to download a pdf version of the Call for Presentations which includes information about the various tracks as well as guidelines. Click here to submit your online application.

Top three reasons you should attend the February Fix-It Fair

Free lunch and childcare, basic bike repair, classes offered in Spanish!

(February 18, 2016) The final Fix-It Fair of the season happens Saturday, February 20 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm at George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave. These free events, brought to you by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability (BPS), offer you the opportunity to connect with your neighbors and talk to the experts on a range of topics including health and nutrition, water and energy savings, emergency preparedness, gardening and composting, and even active transportation and safety.

volunteer repairing bikeThere are many great reasons to attend a Fix-It Fair, but these are our top three:

Reason no. 1: Fix-It Fairs always offer a free healthy lunch for participants, and free on-site professional childcare is provided.

Reason no. 2: Bikes for Humanity will volunteer their time to provide as many minor bike fixes as possible during the day. Please deliver your bike for repair before 2:00 pm so volunteer mechanics have plenty of time to complete their work before the fair ends at 3:00 pm. Bikes for Humanity will also offer a Flat Tire and Chain Repair workshop at 10:00 am.

Reason no. 3: This fair will also offer a series of workshops in Spanish. Please help spread the word to your Spanish speaking family, friends and neighbors.

volunteers repairing bikeAdditionally, this event will host the popular Repair Café, and PBOT Active Transportation and Safety staff and volunteers will be on hand to provide maps, resources and tips on getting around Portland safely and actively. For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out BPS’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for the upcoming event.