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Schools welcome Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the Saris Hub trip-tracker

Daily trips to school could add up to walking across Oregon

A student logging her bike/walk tripHundreds of schools across Oregon are celebrating Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the help of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland’s Safe Routes to School program.

All month long, students will keep track of their active transportation trips as they walk, bike, scoot, skate, and roll to school. Four local schools will also be implementing a new Safe Routes program – the Saris Hub – to help students track those active trips with a new online system.

Hub schools Beach, Hayhurst, Lent, and Sunnyside will each display a tracking box in a central hallway location. Students will swipe their personal trip card every time they make an active commute, which will automatically be recorded on the Hub website.

Students can see how many miles they have travelled as well as other fun facts like calories burned and dollars saved on gas on the Hub website. Coordinators can see group statistics, like how many miles a class has walked and biked in total.

Map of Oregon for Walk across Oregon challengeWhile healthy competition is a fun aspect of the Walk + Bike Challenge Month, two Hub schools will also be adding their students’ cumulative miles to see how far they can “Walk across Oregon” together. Students will follow a Golden Sneaker as it makes its way across the map to Bend, Crater Lake, Pendleton, and beyond!

Next year the Hub will be available for schools to borrow all year long. For now, let the challenge begin!

For more information contact Gabe Graff, Safe Routes to School Manager.

Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide

PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike and enjoy spring

PDX Bike Month logo

UPDATE:  Watch this short video of our first Quick Fix event.  Thanks to JoeBike for the bike lube and air; thanks to KATU-TV for coming to visit!

In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out and bike. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

“Biking has become a hallmark of the Rose City,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Biking and other forms of active transportation contribute to Portland’s renowned livability by reducing traffic, easing the wear on our transportation system, and by improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.”

“My family and I ride practically every day,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Portland has a large network of bike routes plus a community spirit of sharing the road, and I invite you to dust off your bike and join us during National Bike Month and beyond.”


 

PBOT kicks off National Bike Month with a free “Quick Fix” event at SE Lincoln Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue on Tuesday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. One of four Quick Fixes happening throughout May, visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free.

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.  A full calendar of PBOT and community events can be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com and the excitement will be shared on social media using the hashtag #pdxbikemonth .

A PDX Bike Month Quick Fix station in actionBike Month also brings the return of two Portland bicycling traditions:

  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland. Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • City Commissioner Steve Novick will be the keynote speaker of the 3rd annual Portland Employer Bike Summit on Friday, May 16th, organized and hosted by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.  Speakers and workshops will provide participants with case studies and tools on creating a bike-friendly workplace.

 

All of these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day.  People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.

Safe Routes to School kicks off Spring

Families flock to East Portland school for a morning of Active Transportation fun

Heading out on bikes at Safe Routes kickoffOn Saturday, April 12, Safe Routes to School held its 4th Annual Spring Kick-off at Earl Boyles Elementary School. Over 100 people joined us to celebrate walking and biking to school. Families enjoyed lots of activities, including a helmet egg drop, a flat tire workshop, free basic bike repair, a walking school bus table and lots more. A healthy lunch was served and the event culminated with a community bike ride through the neighborhood. Our 2014 Spring Kick-off was a great success and we hope that you will join us next year!Helmet fitting at the Safe Routes kickoff Learning to patch a bike tube

4th Annual Safe Routes Spring Kick-off – You’re Invited!

Fun, free activities for families to help you enjoy the Spring weather

A happy family at the 2013 Safe Routes kickoffSafe Routes to School is hosting their 4th Annual Spring Kick-off on Saturday, April 12th.  This is a family-fun event that celebrates health, safety, and physical fitness.  Learn about Walking School Buses and Bike Trains!

There will be activities for parents, students, and younger children including a bike rodeo, map reading and route planning, learn to ride a bike class, free minor bike repair, bike decorations, and helmet sales for $6.  There will be a community bike ride at 1pm (with bikes and helmets available to borrow).  A free healthy lunch will be served at noon for the first 100 people.

For more information, email saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-5358.

 

Saturday, April 12th, 10am-2pm

Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 SE Bush St, Portland  97266

Plan your trip there by bike or transit using TriMet's trip planner!

National Walking Day encourages a healthy lifestyle

American Heart Association designates April 2nd as a day to step up for your ticker.

It’s April, it’s still wet outside, and maybe your New Year’s Resolutions are needing a boost. We’ve got just the thing help keep you motivated and on track. National Walking Day is a nationwide call-to-action for all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association wants you to join your friends, family, school or other community group to in taking the first step to becoming more active and pledge to take a walk toward better health on Wednesday, April 2.

Walking in a Portland neighborhoodThese days, more of us spend more time sitting at work than ever before (standing work station anyone?!), and as a nation we’ve become much less active. Statistics show that 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women are at greater risk for heart disease and research shows that an inactive lifestyle is a major contributer. But take heart, walking is one of the easiest, most effective activities you can do to improve your health. Even a small amount can make a difference.

Since we’re all about transportation and fostering a livable city, we encourage you to find ways to replace just a few driving trips per week with a walking trip. 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 friends 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, water fountains, and even all the bus stops (in case the rain returns).  And starting in May, hop aboard the Ten Toe Express, guided walks that show off great Portland neighborhoods at a comfortable pace.