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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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

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Show your appreciation for your transit driver

Wednesday, March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day

How do you show your appreciation for your transit driver? For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle though unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job; they just make it look that way.

Appreciating a transit driverTriMet has designated March 18 as Transit Driver Appreciation Day and wants you to join them in celebrating the contributions of hard-working bus drivers and rail operators. A simple smile and wave when you board, or a thank you when you leave goes a long way, but you can also print out and personalize pre-made thank you cards available on TriMet’s webpage and give your driver a more tangible token of your appreciation. You can also submit an official commendation for your favorite driver, one who performs their duties well or even goes above and beyond any time of year!

All of our transportation options connect people with their community, ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution. Over 300,000 transit trips per day – more than 100,000,000 per year – are taken by Portland area residents just like you. Transit is an extremely important piece of our multi-modal transportation system and transit drivers really do help keep Portland moving.


Active family fun on Shamrock Run Sunday at the Tram

The Tram will run from 7 am to 5 pm and there will be special activities for children from 11 am to 2 pm.

(March 12, 2015)  Is this the weekend you'll engage in "especially Active Transportation" - will you be in this Sunday's Shamrock Run?

Tram in a field of shamrocksWhether you're putting on the sneakers or doing the cheering make sure to come by the Portland Aerial Tram for some post-event relaxation and family time. The Tram will be running on Sunday from 7:00am to 5:00pm to help relieve traffic congestion for Marquam Hill and  OHSU-bound travelers, but anyone can ride! You'll have great views of the city, the river, and the runners along the 15k and Half Marathon routes - and children 6 & under ride for free.

After the event come to the Shamrock Family Fun Day at the lower Tram station. From 11:00am to 2:00pm we'll have free arts and crafts for the kids. Bring home a Leprechaun Trap to make your St. Patty's Day festive, and plant some shamrock seeds for extra luck. Pick up a copy of the Portland Tram Activity Book, great for entertaining youngsters while the adults discuss their favorite running shoes. There will even be a quiet space with books for kids and parents to read up on leprechaun lore.

For a stress-free trip to the Tram take the Portland Streetcar NS line, or try walking or biking. You can also park free in the Whitaker Street lot. See you Sunday at the Portland Tram!

Sunday, March 15th
Portland Aerial Tram, 3303 SW Bond Ave
Family activities and crafts from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Portland Tram runs 7:00 am to 5:00 pm

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 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.