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Safe Routes kicks-off spring with Walk + Roll Fair

Portland Safe Routes to School and community partners enjoyed a successful day at the Walk + Roll Fair on Saturday.

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(April 28, 2016) At least 125 children and adults had great fun at the annual Safe Routes to School Walk + Roll Fair (formerly the Spring Kick-Off). Families gathered at Kelly Elementary School in east Portland last Saturday to celebrate the return of spring, and healthy living through active transportation. Students learned about the importance of wearing helmets correctly (thanks Trauma Nurses Talk Tough), how to sign up for the Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month and Fire Up Your Feet Spring Challenge, and how to plan a bike route in their neighborhood. Multnomah County Library brought loads of books to give out to all participants.

family bike rideFamilies were also able to get free basic bike repairs from Bike Gallery and Bike Farm. Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) taught students safe riding skills and how to fix a flat tire. And thanks to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a few students even learned how to ride a bike for the first time. A free lunch was served, and at the end of the day, families went on a neighborhood bike ride.

A big thank you to Kelly School and PTA plus Playworks for helping us organize this event.

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$6 bike helmets

Crosswalk education and enforcement action aimed at making Portland streets safer

Crosswalk action planned for SE 82nd Ave at SE Cooper St on Tuesday, April 26, from 10:00am to 2:00pm.

(April 25, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Tuesday, April 26 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at the unmarked crossing on SE 82nd Ave at SE Cooper St to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Education and enforcement actions are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.people crossing street

The SE 82nd Ave and SE Cooper St crossing has no painted lines at the crosswalk. It does have a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of people walking in the crossing.

Southeast 82nd Ave is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a designated person crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. People driving or bicycling who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and people walking who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation. A Portland police officer will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Tuesday’s action.

Portland Safe Routes to School gears up for May

Not only is May National Bike Month and the new home for the Bike More Challenge, it is also Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month! See what Safe Routes has planned.

(April 21, 2016) walk and bike posterNationwide the rate of kids biking or walking to school has been on the decline since the 1970's while the risk of kids' physical health and well-being associated with inactivity have risen. In Portland, we've begun to reverse the trends by increasing the percentage of kids biking or walking to school by 35 percent since 2006.

Portland's Safe Routes to School program has grown from just 8 partner schools in 2005 to over 100 partner schools across five school districts today. Safe Routes strives to make walking, biking and rolling around neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe, and healthy for all students and families while reducing congestion around schools. Encouragement through a variety of activities and campaigns is just one of the ways they do this.

In gearing up for the nice weather, Safe Routes will host a Spring Walk + Bike + Roll Fair on Saturday, April 23 from 10:00am to 2:00pm at Kelly Elementary School, 9030 SE Cooper. This is a family-fun event to encourage families to dust off those walking shoes and get that old bike out of the garage. Safe Routes and community partners come together to offer a bike rodeo, free minor bike repair and fix-a-flat tutorials, $6 helmet sales, map reading and route planning help, free lunch, a raffle, and a family bike ride at 1:00pm.

This event also offers support for families who want to participate in Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month in May. The Walk + Bike Challenge is hosted by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging more kids and families to walk and bike to and from school during the month of May. During the Challenge, school coordinators track the number of students participating with prizes going to the schools achieving the best performance in several categories.walk and bike poster

Wednesday, May 4 is National Bike to School Day, and during that week Bike Fairies will make visits to partnering schools to reward students who bike or scoot to school by placing special prize packets on bikes and scooters parked at the school. Safe Routes coordinators and parent volunteers can find additional ideas and Bike + Walk resources here to help make the month of May fun and successful for Portland students.

Portland SmartTrips reaches new movers

Portland SmartTrips welcomes new movers with offer to order customized travel tools and information they need to get around Portland actively.

(April 19, 2016) According to the most recent U.S. Census data, Portland commuters choose to pedal slightly more than 7 percent of the time, using bikes at the highest rate of any major U.S. city. Portland also leads the nation in active trips to school, with local K-8 school children anwomen on a biked their families embracing walking, biking and rolling to school 42 percent of the time. Despite these positive trends, the majority of Portland residents still choose single occupancy car trips as their primary mode of transportation.

Besides the diminished community health and safety concerns of a car-dependent society, Portland's growing population and increased road congestion threaten the region's economic vitality and livability if nothing is done to get more cars off roads. Most personal everyday trips are three miles or less and easily can be done by walking, bicycling and transit. This is where SmartTrips comes in.

SmartTrips, or some form of individualized marketing program for active trips, has been delivered to Portlanders since 2003. For the last three years, SmartTrips has been reaching out to new movers, including people new to Portland and those who have changed neighborhoods. Moving is a great time to consider new ways to get around because with new environs, you are already forced to create new travel patterns.

Since 2014, SmartTrips has provided information to over 73,000 new mover households, and our bicycle delivery staff has delivered more than 8,000 personalized transportation packets to people's doorsteps. As a result, participants in our program report they are walking, biking and taking transit more than before. In fact, they are driving almost 12 percent less than prior to moving for both neighborhood trips and for getting to work. The primary goal of SmartTrips is to reduce drive alone trips while increasing active trips.

smarttrips logoThe first SmartTrips order forms went out to new movers in March and we have already received over 1,000 orders for customized transportation packets filled with maps and information to help people make healthy new travel habits for getting around Portland. Beginning in May, SmartTrips will offer our great menu of Ten Toe Express walks, and bike rides and classes offered through Portland By Cycle.


Bike Month returns - with some exciting changes

A books and bikes promotion, the new Bike More Challenge, and a party to kick it all off!

(April 11, 2016) May is National Bike Month, sponsored by the League of American Bicyclists and celebrated in communities from coast to coast. Established in 1956, National Bike Month is a chance to showcase the many benefits of bicycling – and encourage more folks to give biking a try.

bike month signThe City of Portland has a long history of celebrating Bike Month and supporting efforts to make bicycling an attractive choice for everyday trips. Whether you bike to work or school; ride to save money or time; pump those pedals to preserve your health or the environment; or simply explore your community and experience the joy of riding, Bike Month is an opportunity to celebrate the unique power of the bicycle and the many reasons we ride.

To roll out the month’s festivities, we are partnering with Pedal Bike Tours and Portland Pedal Power on a Bike Month Kick-Off Party. Join us for this fun event on Friday, April 29, 4:30 to 7:00pm at Pedal Bike Tours, 133 SW 2nd Ave. There will be a free raffle for prizes, light refreshments and ample bike parking provided. Raffle drawings will be held every half hour and you must be present to win.

New in 2016, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) has moved their annual bike challenge from September to May, and they’ve branded it the Bike More Challenge. The BTA challenges everyone to get out of their cars and get on their bikes and see who can #bikemore during the Month of May. Every ride counts this year. Ride your bike to work, the library, the grocery store, or for fun and log all of your trips at thanks for biking tag

Also new this year, Multnomah County Libraries, Metro and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation are partnering to give a free bike light to patrons and families who ride their bikes to any of the nineteen Multnomah County Library branches during the month of May. Biking to the library after school or on the weekend is a great way to get the whole family active together and biking more. Patrons who participate in this books and bikes promotion can request one free light per person while supplies last. And don’t forget to log your trips to the library at

Of course we are offering all of our standard guided bike rides, classes and bike breakfasts on neighborhood greenways and more. You can see a full listing of events at