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Portland’s first 24-hour volunteer bike count on May 14-15

Every Bike Counts

photo of bicycle count

Every Bike Counts!

(May 8, 2015) As part of May’s Bike Month festivities, PBOT’s Active Transportation Division will host Portland’s first-ever 24-hour volunteer bike count, Every Bike Counts, May 14-15 at SE Ankeny & 28th Ave. Starting at noon on Thursday and wrapping up at noon on Friday, a cadre of bike count volunteers will take turns tallying all the bikes that travel through the intersection. A nearby Celebration Station will provide bike riders with a pit stop of refreshments and chances to win prizes from local businesses.

Every Bike Counts will use the methodology of PBOT’s annual summer bike counts by tracking turning movements, helmet use, and gender of each rider. The event also aims to recruit new volunteers for the annual bike counts, which constitute the bulk of Portland’s bike ridership data. Dozens of volunteers count at more than 200 intersections across the city every summer to log bike traffic, forming an impressive database that is one of the biggest in the country.

But as extensive as Portland’s annual bike count is, it is still limited to just one two-hour count per intersection taken during peak car commute hours (typically 4-6pm, though some are completed 7-9am). This two-hour count is then used to estimate how many bikes travel through the intersection on a daily basis. We know that lots of people are riding bikes beyond typical commute hours, and that they are using bikes for trips other than the commute to work. Every Bike Counts provides an opportunity to say thanks to all those riders, no matter what time of day or where their destination.

Monitoring one intersection for 24 hour will also provide some interesting qualitative data by asking riders where they are going. How many people are using their bike to get to the grocery store? To school? To a restaurant? There will also be hourly reports on ridership – is anyone actually riding their bike at 4am?

Of course, more sophisticated methods for gathering 24-hour ridership data exist – such as the automated hose counts on Portland’s five bike-friendly bridges (Broadway, Burnside, Hawthorne, Morrison and Steel). However, it is cost-prohibitive to have these at more than just a few locations. Obtaining quality data across the city is a necessary goal to move toward.

Better data informs better decisions for keeping Portland streets safe and traffic moving in all neighborhoods. Imagine a small, unobtrusive sensor that can track bike movements to show real-time trip data. PBOT is partnering with local startup Knock to pilot an innovative low cost bike counter. PBOT and Knock staff to conduct the first road test of the counter prototype at Every Bike Counts.

The future is almost here! But in the meantime, Portland will continue to use clipboards and pens to record history’s bike riders. Every Bike Counts provides an opportunity to celebrate today’s riders and plan for those of tomorrow.

Sign up to volunteer and help record the ride! 

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


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 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

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