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Winter riding promotion shows big increase in cyclists

Hawthorne Bridge counter shows 19% more cyclists in January 2014 compared to 2013.

To celebrate the joys of winter cycling, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) promoted Winter Cruise month from mid-December through January.  We wanted to remind Portlanders that winter is a great time to bike and the benefits are right outside our doors.  On Twitter and other social media outlets many of you joined in the conversation by including the #WinterCruise and #Resolve2Ride hashtags.

Santa Lucia We teamed up with our friends at to kick off the month with breakfast for plucky winter cyclists (and pedestrians!) crossing the Hawthorne Bridge and wrapped it up by asking for your favorite winter riding vistas via Instagram (@PBOTactive).   In between many of you also resolved to ride your bike this winter and we even got on the news!

So, did Portlanders take up our cycling challenge and take advantage of January’s cool, crisp weather?

You did!  Compared to January 2013 there were more than 18,000 additional bike trips across the Hawthorne Bridge this past month (that’s a 19% increase!).  And while January 2014 had a lot of dry days, even on days with rain there were 9% more cyclists crossing the Hawthorne Bridge compared to 2013.

To view all of our photos from the month, check out our Instagram account.

Here are the final stats:

Comparing Bicycling by the Numbers in January 2013 and 2014




Total cyclists across the Hawthorne Bridge



Daily average



Daily weekday average (non-holiday)



Number of days with precipitation



Total precipitation in inches



Daily weekday average on days with precipitation 





Dozens of Portlanders bike away safely thanks to community partnerships

PBOT joins New Columbia’s We All Can Ride, Bike Farm, Bikes for Humanity PDX and the Community Cycling Center to provide bike services to children and families.

Volunteers fixing bikes at the Fix-It FairPBOT’s Active Transportation Division relies on partnerships with community organizations and volunteers to meet its goals of providing transportation choices to all Portlanders.  Saturday’s Fix-it Fair at Rosa Parks Elementary underscored the value of working together to make bicycling accessible to everyone.

Since 2010 PBOT’s Safe Routes to School program has recruited volunteer mechanics from Portland bike shops and organizations, as well as folks who just like to wrench on bikes to provide free minor bicycle repair to children and families at the Fix-it Fairs. Safe Routes staff promotes the event with an eye toward low income families that may have difficulty affording bike repair otherwise.

At the January 25th event, nine volunteer mechanics from Bike Farm and Bikes for Humanity PDX spent most of their Saturday repairing 37 bicycles. “The Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm volunteers were champions,” said PBOT staff person Abra McNair. “They had six mechanic stands going the entire day.” With the help of longtime and bilingual Transportation Ambassador Sonia Connolly, the volunteers and PBOT were able to provide services to people in both English and Spanish.

Volunteers fitting bike helmets for kidsPBOT worked with the We All Can Ride club at New Columbia and the Community Cycling Center to provide helmets to 25 local children. Volunteers from We All Can Ride fitted the youth with helmets which the Community Cycling Center donated. This partnership grew out of PBOT’s community outreach and equity work with New Columbia through our Sunday Parkways and Safe Routes to School programs.

The Fix-it Fairs are produced by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. They are free community events that feature more than 50 exhibitors and workshops, with lunch and childcare provided. Fairgoers can expect to find resources for weatherization and energy conservation, garden and habitat maintenance, healthy eating, sound finances and more. Workshops in Spanish and English will be featured at the last Fix-it Fair of the 2013-14 season, Saturday, February 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David Douglas High School.  

Fix-It Fair season continues this weekend & February

City of Portland offers free fairs to learn how to improve your health, your home, your yard and your community - lunch and childcare included!

The Fix-It Fair season is not over. The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will host two more Fix-It Fairs, on Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 22.

These FREE fairs connect participants with resources to help them save money and stay healthy through the winter and beyond. Experts will be on hand to talk to you about water and energy savings, health and healthcare, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!  PBOT's Active Transportation Division will offer an All-Season Cycling class at 10 am at the Rosa Parks fair in January.

Special workshops taught in Spanish will be offered at the David Douglas fair in February. Childcare and lunch are provided at each fair.

Learning healthy cooking at a Fix-It Fair class

PBOT’s Safe Routes to School program will again offer free minor repair for students and families. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm will volunteer their time to fix as many bikes as possible at the fair. Please deliver your bike for repair by 2pm to ensure it is completed by the time the event ends at 3pm.

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 22, 2014 ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave

For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out BPS’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for the upcoming event.

Come to the Walk + Bike Networking Night

Meet with parents, educators and advocates promoting safer walking and biking.

Kids walking to schoolIf you are a parent wanting to help promote walking and biking at your child’s school or a neighborhood resident wanting to promote walk and bike safety, you are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual Walk+Bike Networking Night on Thursday, January 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Community Cycling Center (1700 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211). Snacks will be done “pot-luck style” so bring something to share.

The goal for the evening is to connect participants with new ideas, resources and energy to promote safe walking and biking and to expand Walk+Bike and Safe Routes to School programs in the Portland Metro area.

Experts from a wide range of groups will be there to introduce attendees to new resources in one or more of the 5 E’s of a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation.

Please RSVP by clicking here and pass this invitiation on! Bring yourself, a snack to share, and information about useful resources you have found!  


Join the Winter Cruise fun with our All-Season Cycling and Bike Maintenance Basics brown bags

Lunch-time sessions to help you enjoy a #WinterCruise

Families bike riding on a foggy winter morningAs part of the Winter Cruise campaign to encourage bike riding in any season, PBOT's Active Transportation Division is offering two workshops.

Don’t let your fun and fitness deteriorate in 2014, just because of a few raindrops! Join us for our All-Season Cycling brown bag on January 9th as some experienced riders share strategies for staying dry, warm and safe throughout thePortland winter.

If you’re already in the fine habit of riding year ‘round, but want to give your trusty mule some extra care through the winter, join us for Bike Maintenance Basics on January 13th. Local professional cycling trainer, Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench will demonstrate bike maintenance tips and techniques to keep your bike running smooth and safe all year.

Thursday, January 9

All-Season Cycling

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Ave

2nd Floor, Room B


Monday, January 13

Bike Maintenance Basics

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Ave

2nd Floor, Room B

Questions? Jeff Smith at or 503-823-7083.

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