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Walk and Bike Networking Night fosters new energy and connections

Approximately thirty people from Portland and as far away as Eugene gathered on January 30th for the 3rd Annual Walk and Bike Networking Night, hosted by the Community Cycling Center.

Parents and children walking togetherSponsored by the CCC, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and PBOT Safe Routes to School, the event’s main goal was 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.

People attending came from with a variety of interests and concerns. Participants included Portland Police’s Officer Jason Mills, School Resource Officer for the Parkrose school district, Kristi Finney-Dunn, a safety activist whose son was killed on a bicycle near SE Division Street in 2012, the City of Eugene’s Zane Wheeler, who was interested in mountain bike camps and promoting skateboarding, Hosford Middle School staff member and walk/bike promoter Luke Wisher, volunteers from Bikes for Humanity, and Oliver Smith, a current Hatfield Resident Fellow at Washington County Land Use and Transportation, among others.

BTA staff facilitated the event. Nibbling on potluck items, participants broke into small groups for conversations on funding, equity, organizing bike co-ops, and incorporating health into transportation.

“The event brought together people interested in creating safer places for kids and adults to walk and bike,” said Abra McNair of PBOT’s Safe Routes to School. “We made valuable new connections to help us move forward with our goals, such as with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.”

For more information, contact Abra McNair.

 

Finding a Safe Route to school is now easier

Bike and walk maps for each of 93 Portland schools help parents and students pick a low stress route.

The Portland Safe Routes program is pleased to announce updated walking and biking maps for Portland’s elementary and K-8 schools.

These updated maps are a simplified version of the Transportation Bureau’s popular Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. The new maps are easier to read and better highlight the best routes for walking and biking. All the maps feature the latest information on Portland’s Neighborhood Greenway network, as well as pedestrian paths, bike lanes, and bus routes. For SW Portland schools, the new maps now show whether the recommended routes have sidewalk or not.

The new maps are available for free at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/49335.

 

BEFORE AFTER
Old format of Safe Routes map New format of Safe Routes map

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has produced a variety maps over the years designed to show parents and students the best routes for walking or biking to school. We welcome your feedback on this latest version. Please send comments to saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov.

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 Shift2Bikes.org 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

 

2013

2014

Total cyclists across the Hawthorne Bridge

95,602

113,650

Daily average

3,084

3,666

Daily weekday average (non-holiday)

3,923

4,596

Number of days with precipitation

21

15

Total precipitation in inches

3.15

3.21

Daily weekday average on days with precipitation 

3,921

4,288 

  

 

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.