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2016 Sunday Parkways dates announced

5 opportunities to take to the streets in fine Portland fashion

(February 17, 2016) Portland Sunday Parkways and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente have announced the 2016 dates for these signature family-friendly events. Portland Sunday Parkways are all about opening streets and connecting neighborhoods for Portlanders of all ages to bike, walk, run, roll, and enjoy healthy activities right in their own communities.  

Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called ‘neighborhood greenways’ that people can enjoy all year long for their own bicycling and walking trips. Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick said Sunday Parkways “connects our neighborhoods and inspires people to try biking and walking for fun, health and transportation. After trying Sunday Parkways, Portlanders often add biking and walking to their daily lives.”

This year, a new route includes a foray into the growing City of Milwaukie and introduces participants to the biking and walking paths on the new Sellwood Bridge. “Sunday Parkways is a unique event for folks to discover and explore a neighborhood in the more intimate way that walking and biking allows,” said Milwaukie Mayor Mark Gamba. “Milwaukie is excited to welcome people from across the metro region to come explore our cool little city and some of what it has to offer.”

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2016:

East Portland - May 15, 11am to 4pm (7 miles)

North Portland - June 26, 11am to 4pm (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland - July 24, 11am to 4pm (8 miles)

Southeast Portland – August 21, 11am to 4pm (7 miles)

Sellwood/Milwaukie – October 2, 11am to 4pm (8 miles)

Be sure to get all these dates on your calendar and go to www.portlandsundayparkways.org for all the details. You can also "like" Sunday Parkways on Facebook and follow Sunday Parkways on Twitter.

Bienvenidos a Portland Sunday Parkways -http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/66956.

Education and enforcement action planned on SE 82nd ahead of safety improvements

A new crossing is on the way but people on foot and in vehicles are reminded to use care now.

(February 12, 2016)  The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau have scheduled a safety education and enforcement action for SE 82nd Avenue near the Portland Community College (PCC) Southeast Campus. This action will take place on Wednesday, February 17, from 11:30 am to 1:00 pm at the Division Street intersection crosswalk and at the midblock crossing on 82nd Avenue.

Person waiting at busy intersectionMany people on foot and in vehicles cross this section of SE 82nd Avenue every day, going to and from bus stops, restaurants and coffee shops, PCC Southeast Campus, businesses, and other retail outlets. While most people walking use the marked crosswalk at SE 82nd Avenue and SE Division Street, some people choose to cross at midblock locations between SE Division and SE Harrison Streets.

The purpose of these actions is to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. They are also a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide Vision Zero efforts and goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

During the education and enforcement action, police officers will remind drivers to stop appropriately for pedestrians in the crossing, encourage people walking to cross at the corner, and enforce Oregon traffic laws. Students from PCC Southeast Campus will assist PBOT staff by handing out brochures and encourage people attempting to cross midblock to instead cross at the intersection.

The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) will be installing a midblock crossing with a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RFFB) on SE 82nd Avenue near PCC. ODOT plans to start work on the new marked crossing and RRFB during the last week in February and expect the work to be finished by October. 

Learn more about the safety education and enforcement action here.

Read about crosswalk laws and drivers' responsibilities here.

Teaching safety to kids most at risk

Safe Routes to School Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education - Our work with Title IA schools

 Thanks to William Francis, BTA Bike and Pedestrian Safety Educator, for this guest article.

student on bike practicing turn signal(February 5, 2016) The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) teaches Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education to roughly 5,000 Portland school children each year though a contract with the Portland Bureau of Transportation Safe Routes to School program. These students learn the keys to safe walking and biking as a fundamental part of their academic curriculum.

Many of these children are from Title IA schools. Title IA schools receive additional federal funding for serving a significant number of students facing risk factors such as poverty and unstable housing. The BTA teaches Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education in 21 out of the 24 Portland Public Schools that fit this classification.

A high number of students at these schools do not have access to bicycles, and live in neighborhoods where there are limited sidewalks and signage. Bike and Pedestrian Safety Education is an essential component of keeping these students and their families' safe as they travel to and from their local schools.

students on community bike rideTeachers and administrators agree these programs are important. Fifth grade teacher from Marysville School, Kelly Joy says "[Bike safety] is a skill they will take with them for a lifetime. I saw such a sense of confidence develop once they learned the rules of the road." Fifth grade Spanish immersion teacher at Rigler School, Risa Nabielski adds, "Bike safety is such a fun and meaningful activity for our students. For some, it is their first time on a bike; they are the ones that really benefit!"

Safe Routes to School and the BTA are always looking for volunteers to assist on school community rides and other efforts. It can be difficult to find enough parent volunteers, at these schools in particular, who are available during school hours due to a variety of challenges. If you are interested in volunteering with these programs, or know of a Title IA school that would like to participate, please contact William Francis at William@btaoregon.org.

Start your New Year at the Fix-It Fair on 1/23

Get a healthy and economical start to the New Year with the Fix-It Fair this weekend!

Bikes for Humanity volunteers at a Fix-It Fair(January 21, 2016)  Fix-It Fairs are FREE City of Portland events where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with local resources. Join your neighbors and talk with experts on topics such as health, food and nutrition, water and energy conservation, gardening and yard care, recycling and even active transportation. Take advantage of one or more of the many workshops offered every hour, free professional on-site childcare and free lunch provided at each fair.

Bikes for Humanity will host a workshop on Bike Flat Tire and Chain Repairs at 10:00 am and will also be on hand to provide free bike repair during the fair.

Saturday, January 23 from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm

Ron Russell Middle School

3955 SE 112th Ave, Portland OR 97266

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

Resources for women on bikes

Women on bikes at Sunday Parkways(January 5, 2016)  By current bike count estimates, women make up about a third of Portland peak hour bike commuters. In 2014, women accounted for 32.2% of riders tallied, a record high in Portland.

Portland has a strong community for women who ride or want to begin riding. Whether you’re searching for your first bike, gear to keep you riding through the winter, support for riding with kids, or even if you want to get into racing, there are resources and communities to inspire you. Here are just a few examples:

  • Gladys Bikes is a women-focused bike shop in NE Portland specializing in commuting, touring and recreational bike sales for women. They aim to make everyone feel welcome and comfortable in their bike shop experience.
  • Women on Wheels is a meet up group with a mission to empower women to travel by bicycle and other active transportation. They offer rides, workshops and social events on bicycling.
  • Kidical Mass offers family-friendly bike rides through a community that supports parents riding with kids.

Other groups you might want to check out include: Let’s Race Bikes!, Ride Like A Girl and Portland Society, which is a group of professional women who are passionate about bicycling in Portland. You can find more information and links to resources here