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Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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Bring your ideas to the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan Open House

Would you walk in your neighborhood if there was a safe and accessible route?

Street with Roadway Not Improved sign

(January 23, 2015)  If you live, work, go to school or play in the neighborhoods near Barbur Boulevard situated between Capitol Highway and Taylors Ferry Road then you are invited to attend the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan Open House. Tell us where better local streets and pathways are needed and why. We want to hear what you would like to see improved and what should be preserved.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) are working together on the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan. The objective of the street plan is to establish a more connected local street and pathway network and to improve stormwater management systems within the area.

This area has steep slopes, soil that does a poor job of absorbing rain and sensitive natural resources.  All these factors require an integrated approach to street and stormwater improvements. In addition to coordinating PBOT and BES investments in the project area and aligning transportation and stormwater system needs with community priorities, the Tryon-Stephens Headwater Neighborhood Street Plan will:

  • Create a strategy to improve local street connectivity and access to important neighborhood destinations, and
  • Define the primary walking and bicycle networks in the area

 Read more on the project website here

Map of study area for Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Open House Invitation

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drop by anytime from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Overview presentation at 6:00 PM

Stephens Creek Crossing Community Center

(Community Room) 6715 SW 26th Avenue

Use TriMet lines 1, 44, 45, and 64

(Transit stop IDs 965 and 966)

Parking available at Hillsdale Community Church,

6948 SW Capitol Hwy

Fix-It Fair season continues

Portland's signature events help you improve your home, your bike, your finances and more!

(January 16, 2015)  It’s not too late to attend a Fix-It Fair! Two more fairs will take place from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Saturday, January 24 at Rosa Parks Elementary School and Saturday, February 21 at David Douglas High School. You can view the brochure for the January 2015 Fix-It Fair here.

Volunteers fix bikes at Fix It FairFix-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 to the experts on topics such as water and energy, health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and even active transportation! You can also take advantage of more than 25 workshops offered hourly and free on-site childcare and lunch are provided at each fair.

At the January event Bikes for Humanity will host a workshop on Bike Flat Tire Repair and Chain Maintenance at 1:00pm and Portland By Cycle will be offering our All-Season Cycling class at 2:00pm.

The Safe Routes to School program will offer free minor bike repairs 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 before 2:00pm to ensure it is completed before the Fair ends at 3:00pm.

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 21, 2015

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.

Winter biking help from around the internet

Check these resources when winter tests your resolve

bicycle in the rain_photo credit: Will Vanlue(January 13, 2015) It’s a couple of weeks into the New Year - are you having a hard time remembering your resolutions?  Maybe you resolved to ride more, in order to stay fit or be more active throughout the year. But good habits can take some getting used to. Luckily there are lots of resources to help you to get out and about in the rain and cold weather. For example:

Our website has lots of helpful tips on riding in the dark and rain.

If you’re on a budget and need ideas for economical winter gear, check out this classic article from

If money is no object, take a look at the stylish offerings highlighted by Momentum Magazine.

And if a little extra motivation would help, read ORbike’s 5 Tips to help you stay on the bike.

Even if you didn’t make it a New Year’s resolution, riding your bike is a great way to stay fit, save money and enjoy the outdoors year ‘round.

(photo credit: Will Vanlue/ Flickr  [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0])

7 Tips for preventing bike theft

Keep your bike and components safe with these essential steps

(January 7, 2015) Bike theft is getting a lot of attention recently - and with good reason. Bike theft is a deterrent for people riding bicycles and we want to keep people on their bikes and protecting their investments. Below are seven essential tips for keeping your bike safe. There is also a handy card you can download that shows the best way to lock your bike and a place to write down your serial number for recovering a stolen bike.  

bike theft card1. Always use a U-lock. Never use only a cable lock.

2. Lock your wheel and frame together (see card for example). 

3. Use a bike rack (sign poles are not as secure).

4. When possible, do not park your bike on the sidewalk or street overnight.

5. Lock your bike in a well-lit and well-traveled area.

6. Take lights and other easily removed items with you.

7. Write down your serial number. It's the best piece of information you can have to recover your stolen bike. (Download the card for more information).

While our 7 tips are short and sweet, we do want to expand on a few of them. For example, we understand that not everyone has bike storage in their homes and that parking in public (Tip #4) or open places may be the only option. City bike racks are designed for short-term uses, such as going out to eat or visiting a friend. If you do not have more secure bike parking available, we suggest talking with your neighbors and property manager about creating a secure parking area. City building codes require all new multi-family (apartment) and commercial buildings (e.g. office) to have long-term bike parking facilities that are more secure than public racks and are weather protected. However, many buildings were constructed before building codes required bike parking. This leaves a gap in bike parking for many people. However, property managers may be responsive to tenants requesting essential services as part of their leases. 

Our last tip (#7) does not actually help prevent bike theft, but does allow you to claim a bike that the police have recovered. Proof of ownership is essential for getting your stolen bike back. Your serial number and a picture of your bike are your two best preventative measures. An original receipt, if you bought the bike new, is also very useful.

Visit for more information on preventing bike theft.

For even more detail about securing your bike, check out this article from the Office of Neighborhood Involvement's pages.

Consider a last minute tax deductible gift to Sunday Parkways

It's the gift that keeps on giving in 2015

Three volunteers with donation bucket(December 29, 2014)  It’s not too late to make your tax deductible donation to Sunday Parkways this year. We are busy laying the foundation to bring you five more fun-filled Sunday Parkways in 2015 with a possible new route! Stay tuned.

Sunday Parkways is all about Portlanders, families, friends and visitors alike taking to our streets and parks. Anyone can walk, bike, roll or skate and partake in fun and healthy activities in gorgeous Portland parks. Scrumptious Portland food carts keep everyone fueled and lively local vendors offer an array of goods and information. With your donation, we can keep this good thing going.

Two intersection superheroes

Donate $40 or more and receive one of the popular 2015 Sunday Parkways bandanas. Give more and Sunday Parkways can do more, but any amount you can give helps.

If you think your business, workplace, church or community group would like to donate, sponsor, or support Sunday Parkways in any way, let us know. We’d love to have you join the Sunday Parkways family and help us continue bringing these uniquely Portland events to our communities.

Woman and child in the park