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Thurs, July 21:
Opening Portland's Streets - Local Innovation and International Connections
Linda Ginenthal, Programs Manager, PBOT Active Transportation and Safety Division;
Noel Mickelberry, Executive Director, Oregon Walks; and
Gwen Shaw, Volunteeer with Better Block PDX and Transportation Analyst, Lancaster Engineering
Portland's street network is the largest publically-owned open space in the city. Since the founding of the city people used this space for movement, commerce, recreation and community connection. Sometime in the first half of the 20th century, however, policy and perceptions shifted to prioritize the space almost exclusively for movement and storage of motor vehicles.
In the 21st century the City and its residents are looking to support a healthy balance of uses for our public right-of-way. This session covered experiments in tactical urbanism, Open Streets events and the International Open Streets Summit that Portland will host August 18th to 21st (register here).
Thurs, May 19:
SmartTrips for New Movers: The Right Time for Behavior Change
Presented by Sarah Goforth, PBOT Active Transportation and Safety Division
Since 2014 Portland SmartTrips has provided active transportation information to over 73,000 new mover households. Capitalizing on an influential time when movers are already in a state of change, SmartTrips encourages new movers to consider all of their transportation options. As a result, program participants report they are walking, biking, and taking transit more than prior to moving. In fact, they’re driving 7% less for both commute and non-commute trips. Download the slides and audio for a rich storytelling event told through data, charts, and travel behavior analysis.
Sarah Goforth works for PBOT on the Portland SmartTrips program. She is one of three bicycle delivery staffers and is also responsible for conducting travel surveys and data analysis, as well as overseeing the Active Transportation Ambassadors and outreach program.
Thurs, March 17:
Special Bike Lunch and Learn: BIKETOWN Station Planning Open House
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) sought public feedback on the draft station map for our new bike share system, BIKETOWN. Five open houses were scheduled, including this one at the Bicycle Lunch and Learn. You can find maps, the methodology for station site selection and other information presented at the Open House by clicking here.
About the system: BIKETOWN bikes will be available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. Although Portland’s ‘smart bike’ system will allow people to park anywhere within the service area for an additional fee, BIKETOWN stations will be the primary place where people can rent and return the bikes.
Thurs, January 21:
Updating Portland's Transportation System Plan
presented by Art Pearce, PBOT Transportation Policy, Planning and Projects Group Manager
Portland Bureau of Transportation is updating theTransportation System Plan (TSP), in coordination with the first update to the city's Comprehensive Plan in 25 years. The plan will provide transportation options for residents, employees, visitors, and firms doing business in Portland, making it more convenient to walk, bike, take transit -- and drive less -- while meeting their daily needs. The TSP provides a balanced transportation system to support neighborhood livability and economic development.
Not another dry presentation of a technical document, Art discussed how the TSP will help Portland maintain livability and sustainability as the city grows and evolves.
Art Pearce has worked for PBOT since 1998 and has been Group Manager of the Transportation Planning, Project Management and Active Transportation divisions since December 2013. The group takes transportation ideas from long-range planning and policy realms, through project development all the way to construction.
Thurs, November 19th:
Smarter Biking through Data with the Ride Report App
Presented by William Henderson
Ride Report is a new app that allows Portlanders to log their biking experiences and help improve bike infrastructure. The Ride Report app can detect when users are biking, and logs trips of any length automatically. It also lets users rate the trip with a single tap.
Ride Report is creating open source traffic and safety data that can be used to help other riders, as well as advocates and planners. Through an Innovation Fund grant, PBOT is partnering with Knock to promote the Ride app and pilot low-cost physical bike counters at locations throughout the City. This talk explained how the app works and showed some of the early analytics tools Knock Software has created around the data.
William Henderson cofounded Knock Software, Inc in Portland, which created Ride Report after its success with the consumer security product Knock to Unlock. Prior to this, William led the team that created the Square payment app and worked on Mac and iPhone apps at Apple. He graduated from Reed College with a degree in Mathematics.
Thurs, September 17th:
Portland's Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report
Presented by Margi Bradway & Roger Geller
For more than 30 years Neighborhood Greenways (formerly known as “bike boulevards”) have been providing great places for people to bike, walk, live, and play. But how have 30 years of traffic patterns, development, population growth, and engineering practices changed these bikeways and how people use them?
Portland’s Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report is an in-depth look at how these important bicycle routes are functioning and how they could be improved. From pavement conditions to automobile speeds to street paintings, the report takes a broad look and proposes a number of changes for how the system should operate.
Margi Bradway, PBOT’s Active Transportation Division Manager, and Roger Geller, PBOT’s Bicycle Coordinator, presented key data points and conclusions from the report and answered questions from a very engaged audience. -> Click here for the slides and audio recording of this talk. <-
Thurs, July 16th:
Andando en Bicicletas en Cully: Bicycle Outreach to the Latin American Community
Presented by Rosaisela Portugal & Lucia Llanos; translation by Lale Santelices
ABC's Mission is to unite the community with activities and events to spread awareness about the benefits of cycling. ABC also works to inform and support the community regarding pedestrian and cycling safety, and infrastructure issues.
Ms. Portugal and Ms. Llanos talked about the tools used to engage the Latin American community, actions to keep people motivated, and ABC's efforts to raise the visibility and voices of community members on issues of transportation safety and accessibility.
Thurs, June 18th:
Safe Routes to Middle Schools
Presented by Janis McDonald & Taylor Sutton
Portland's Safe Routes to School program has expanded its offerings to older students. Middle school is an important time to foster independence in children while maintaining and strengthening active transportation habits formed during elementary school years.
PBOT's Safe Routes staff members Janis McDonald and Taylor Sutton shared the joys, opportunities and challenges of working with middle schoolers. Check the slides for great charts and data about travel behavior and information on what was learned in working with 6 to 8th graders.
Our apologies for the audio file, which caught only the first half of the session.
Thurs, May 21st:
ORcycle - Capturing Real-Life Trip Data to Improve Biking
Presented by Miguel Figliozzi, Ph.D
ORcycle is a smartphone app designed to provide feedback about bicycle routes, infrastructure and crashes/accidents.
The Oregon Department of Transportation collects some bicycle/pedestrian data, but the quality and quantity of bicycle data are not as abundant as the data collected for motor vehicles. In particular, there is scant information regarding bicyclist routes (origin-destination) and the perception of users regarding the adequacy of existing bicycle facilities. A smartphone app can be used to collect new and better cyclist data in a cost-effective way.
Dr. Figliozzi presented on the development of the app and some preliminary results that have been collected.
Thurs, April 16th:
Prioritize Portland survey - results from East Portland
Presented by David Hampsten, East Portland Action Plan
Thursday, March 19th:
Portland Before Platinum – Four Women’s Stories
Featuring Anndy Wiselogle, Barb Grover, Jessica Roberts and Mia Birk
Before Portland talked about being a world-class city for bicycles; before we were concerned about the “interested but concerned”; before there were Women Bike, Women on Wheels or CycloFemme, there were women working to make our city better for biking.
“Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme for National Women’s History Month 2015. The Bicycle Lunch and Learn was honored to have four women who pioneered in bike activism, industry, advocacy and policy tell their stories. This session featured lots of great Portland history including: the story of the first Neighborhood Greenway (Bike Boulevards, we called them back then) - instigated by neighborhood activists; life as "that one guy on a bike" and one of a handful of women bike shop managers in the country; what it took to do bike outreach in the 90s (slide projector? check); and how the prevalence of women in Portland's bike scene helped the city achieve so much.
A video recording of this presentation will be available soon. Until then,
(Our apologies - technical difficulties caused the recording to miss the last 10 minutes of the conversation.)
Thursday, February 19th:
ODOT Region 1 Active Transportation Needs Inventory
presented by Jessica Horning, ODOT Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison, and Karla Kingsley, Kittelson & Associates
Less than half of ODOT's highways in urban areas currently have sidewalks and bike lanes. The Oregon Transportation Plan sets a goal of completing the state biking and walking network by 2030, but adequate funding is not available to meet this target. ODOT Region 1 is developing an Active Transportation Needs Inventory to assess gaps in the existing system and strategically identify future projects that provide the greatest benefits for all users.
See a write-up of this presentation on BikePortland.org.
Thursday, January 15th:
Davis, CA: Bicycle stardom and recovery from post-Platinum Blues
Presented by Ted Buehler
The town of Davis, California has a complex story of successes and failures in its 50 years of efforts to build a city for bicycles. From a bicycle paradise in the 1970s to a fading star in the 2000s, to a current resurgence in bicycling and advocacy.
In this talk Ted describes the history and analyzes how advocacy, policy, politics and engineering interacted to shape successes and failures over time.
Ted wrote his masters thesis on the history of bicycle advocacy in Davis in 2007 and was the founder of the advocacy group "Davis Bicycles!" A summary of his thesis is available at http://www.des.ucdavis.edu/faculty/handy/Davis_bike_history.pdf . He is currently a volunteer with BikeLoudPDX.
[photo credit: Ansel Adams/UCR CMP Fiat Lux Collection]
Thursday, November 20th:
Avenues to Advocacy
Presented by Lillian Karabaic, Community Cycling Center Development Coordinator
There are big barriers to taking one's first step into the world of transportation advocacy. People whose voices most need to be heard often experience significant obstacles to advocacy just because the process can be so obscure. Mychal Tetteh, CEO of the Community Cycling Center, described this problem in last November's Lunch and Learn.
The Community Cycling Center worked to figure out what it would take to demystify transportation funding, budgets, and processes so that anyone can participate. Together with volunteers from Code for Portland, they built a tool that makes make city budgets, citizen reporting, and community meetings accessible to people from all backgrounds. For a look at the creative process, read the CCC's blog post about the volunteer Hackathon to develop the tool.
Lillian's presentation gave a sneak peek at "Avenues to Advocacy" before its release in 2015. Download the slides and the audio from the presentation here.
Thursday, October 16th:
Actively Moving Portland into the Future
A conversation with
Art Pearce, PBOT Transportation Policy, Planning and Projects Group Manager and
Margi Bradway, PBOT Active Transportation Division Manager
The Active Transportation Division recently received new leadership and a new place in the Bureau of Transportation.
Margi Bradway and Art Pearce had a discussion about their vision - and that of audience members - on how to create a transportation system that promotes livability and sustainability as well as mobility.
Thursday, September 18th:
Portland - Are We Really # 4?
A panel discussion including:
Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, City of Portland; Jessica Roberts, Principal and Programs Manager, ALTA Planning; Rob Sadowsky, Executive Director, Bicycle Transportation Alliance
Moderated by Michael Anderson, News Editor, BikePortland.org
Portland, it has been reported, is no longer at the top of Bicycling Magazine's rankings for bike-friendly cities. Didn't even make podium. This after many years of being the # 1 pick and after being the first large city to achieve the Platinum-level ranking for Bicycle Friendly Communities by the League of American Bicyclists.
Is it true? Is Portland behind New York, Chicago and Minneapolis? And if yes, how should we respond? During this hour-plus long session several of the Rose City's deep thinkers on bicycling pondered these questions - and came up with some fascinating answers.
[photo credit: bryanmason_flickr.com]
Thursday, August 21st:
Activate the Waterfront
presented by Andrew Yaden,
Project Manager, Watermark Planning; Master of Urban and Regional Planning, Portland State University
Riding the Willamette waterfront is one of Portland's signature joys. But despite longstanding ambitions, we have a ways to go towards embracing the Willamette River as the heart of the central city.
Replacing an expressway with Waterfront Park and improving the river’s environmental quality are major successes. But park visitors have few opportunities to engage directly with the river and the downtown waterfront lacks vibrancy, due to difficult connections to the central business district, neighborhoods and the eastside.
Listen to the audio for "Activate the Waterfront," a set of strategies and recommendations to enliven Tom McCall Waterfront Park – and preserve the joy.
Photo credit: Greg Raisman
Thursday, July 17th:
Pollution Uptake Measurements for Bicyclists in Portland
presented by Alex Bigazzi
We know that bicycling provides many health benefits. However, some have wondered if riding near vehicle emissions reduces the beneficial effects.
This presentation reviews the latest PSU research quantifying bicyclists' uptake of traffic-related air pollution using on-road measurements in Portland. The research team including Dr. James Pankow and Dr. Miguel Figliozzi has quantified exposure on different types of roadways, respiration responses to exertion level, and changes in blood concentrations after riding. Implications for riders, planners, and policy-makers are discussed.
Alex Bigazzi is a doctoral candidate in Transportation Engineering at Portland State University, whose dissertation is entitled "Bicyclists' Uptake of Traffic-Related Air Pollution: Impacts of the Urban Transportation System".
[photo credit: Bill McNeal/Flickr (cropped)]
Thursday, June 19:
Prioritize Portland! - A Geo-Survey of Active Transportation Needs in East Portland and Cully
presented by David Hampsten, East Portland Action Plan Bike Subcommittee
Imagine: the City has told your neighborhood association or community group it wants to build $8 million dollars’ worth of new sidewalks, pedestrian crossings, and bikeways. Where should they go? What are your residents' priorities? As a community group made up of already-overwhelmed, unpaid volunteers, how do you react? In Portland, this happens every few years to neighborhoods across the city.
Prioritize Portland! is a consortium of individual activists, community organizations, and social non-profits assembling a set of tools to help neighborhoods and community groups respond to such situations, in a timely manner, with prioritized project lists that planners and engineers can use. The tools are designed to be free and web-based; their use will be controlled and modified by the community volunteers themselves.
Prioritize Portland! is at the mid-point of a two-year project to develop and test some of these tools, as part of a "needs assessment" for active transportation infrastructure improvements for East Portland and Cully residents. Both communities are active partners in this project and neighborhoods want additional input from their residents on what the next set of priorities should be.
This presentation offered an overview of the project, its purpose, and a bit of its history. Preliminary results from the current Prioritize Portland! geo-survey (recently featured in Bike Portland) were presented, as well as how the survey data will be used for upcoming neighborhood workshops in the fall.
Thursday, May 15:
Bikeway Improvements of the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail project
presented by Teresa Boyle, PBOT Development Services & Capital Program
It has been described as "Portland's biggest bike project ever." The Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail (PMLR) project will bring $40 million in biking and walking improvements to the area. In addition to the first Willamette bridge devoted to active transportation, new connections on the east and west side of the river will help people travel on bike, on foot, and of course on transit.
Teresa Boyle, PBOT's project manager in charge of coordinating with TriMet for this project, filled us in on the project's multi-modal focus and the new bikeways we'll enjoy once the project is complete.
Thursday, April 17:
Equity Efforts of Safe Routes to School
Presented by Carolina Iraheta Gonzalez, PBOT Safe Routes to School
Is your organization trying to incorporate an equity lens into its work? Do your decision-makers struggle with how to include this priority?
The City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program operated for over 6 years without formal equity policies. Some community members raised concerns about how SRTS allocated services and prioritized schools.
In 2011, Safe Routes worked with community stakeholders to create policy around equitable service delivery. Now this policy guides the program in selecting schools to receive infrastructure projects, education services and encouragement initiatives. The policy will guide how Safe Routes allocates funds in the future, including $5 million from Portland Public Schools over the next 7 years.
This workshop shared how one City program created equitable policies which prioritize schools serving mainly low-income and students of color populations. Learn about the Safe Routes prioritization matrix, a tool used to assess and prioritize schools in Portland.
Thursday, March 20:
Women Biking for Change: Two Perspectives from the National Women's Bicycle Forum
presented by Elizabeth Williams & Janis McDonald
Celebrate Women’s History Month and learn about this year’s National Women’s Bicycling Forum. Find out what happens when hundreds of women from all over the country come together to connect, inspire, inform and develop new leaders, with the goal of getting more women on bikes.
Presented by Elizabeth Williams, bike advocate and a member of the League of American Bicyclists’ Equity Advisory Council, and Janis McDonald, staff member of PBOT’s Active Transportation Division and an organizer of Portland Sunday Parkways, Women on Wheels and Cyclofemme PDX.
If you didn't make it to Washington, D.C. on March 3rd, here are some stories to get the flavor of the event:
- The ever-informative Streetfilms posted a 6 minute summary of the Forum and Nat'l Bike Summit.
- Carolyn's post was in part a response to this post by Portland's own Elly Blue.
- And Streetsblog posted a not-very-Portland take on the conversation about women and biking.
Thursday, February 20:
From U-Haul to You Haul: How to Move by Bike
presented by Steph Routh
Thursday, January 16, 2014:
Ciclovias Recreativas Mundiales - How the Rest of the World Does Sunday Parkways
presented by Rex Burkholder
Ciclovias are growing rapidly in Latin America, with over 400 cities opening their streets every Sunday to people on foot, on skates and on bikes. Up to a million people ride in Bogota's Ciclovia every week. What do they know that we don't?
Presented by Rex Burkholder, Honorary Ambassador of the Network of Ciclovias Recreativas (CRA) since 2007. A founder of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, ex-Metro Councilor and community activist, Rex shared the triumphs and challenges of transforming cities into people-friendly places in Latin America. His website is gettingto2100.org where he writes on issues of sustainability, cycling and hope. Check out this blog post for a bit of ciclovias flavor, Peruvian-style.
Thursday, November 21:
Developing the Infrastructure of Active Transportation Advocacy
presented by Mychal Tetteh, CEO of the Community Cycling Center
In his first 30 days as the CEO of the Community Cycling Center, Mychal Tetteh had the opportunity to connect with public engagement professionals, community leaders, city planners, transportation experts, and everyday people who all share a common question: How can I be a more effective active transportation advocate?
In this talk Mychal shared what he has found out about the gaps in our advocacy network and talked about how to continue a campaign to crowd-source solutions and shape the evolution of active transportation advocacy in the City of Portland.
A social entrepreneur and active transportation advocate, Mychal returned to the Community Cycling Center as their new CEO in September, having served the organization as the Operations Director of the bike shop for over 5 years. He left the Cycling Center in 2011 to help ensure the successful launch of the Village Market in New Columbia. He is the founder of the Major Taylor Cycling Club of Portland and a member of the City Club of Portland's Bicycle Transportation Advocacy Committee.
Thursday, October 17 :
Lessons from L.A. - Recognizing, Supporting and Celebrating Diversity in Bicycle Culture
presented by Adonia Lugo, Ph. D.
A cultural anthropologist and activist, Dr. Lugo blogs at urbanadonia.com about her carfree adventures as a Chicana woman and the belief our cities can be socially just and ecologically sustainable. In Los Angeles, she co-founded CicLAvia and City of Lights/ Ciudad de Luces (now Multicultural Communities for Mobility).
Shortly after presenting at the Bike Brown Bag Dr. Lugo was hired by the League of American Bicyclists to be their Equity Initiative Manager.
Thursday, September 19:
The National Bike Blogging Explosion
Thursday, August 15th:
The Regional Active Transportation Plan
Thursday, July 18th:
How one community transformed a vacant lot into a healthy, active space for bicycles - the Community Cycling Center / New Columbia partnership
Beginning with the Understanding Barriers to Bicycling Report in 2009, the Community Cycling Center collaborated with community leaders in New Columbia to broaden access to bicycling and its benefits. In 2012, the Bike Repair Hub opened, turning what was once a vacant lot into a community resource for affordable bike repair, bike safety education, and a meeting spot for summertime bike rides. This year, the new Bike Skills Park is underway. Anne Lee spoke about the latest project and plans for the future. BikePortland.org did a great write-up of this talk. And the CCC has a great update about the Skills Park. Or...
Thursday, June 20th:
How to Turn Bike Parking into Gold
Presented by John Landolfe, Oregon Health & Science University
Even with theft trending down, over a million dollars' worth of bikes were reported stolen in Portland last year. Does this epidemic show a need to improve bike parking?
As Portland’s largest employer, Oregon Health & Science University parks a lot of bikes. And the OHSU Bike Program does more than parking. Learn about cash incentives, a stat-tracking website, insurance reductions, repair, loaner bikes, secure facilities, free tubes, discount helmets, bike valet and more. Together, these amenities helped OHSU become the largest company to ever win the Bicycle Friendly Business award at a rank of Gold or higher. If there’s a strategy you’re curious about, chances are OHSU has tried it.
Thursday, May 16th:
You Too Can Host a Bike Challenge!
Presented by Ian Stude, PSU Transportation Options Manager, and Clint Culpepper, PSU Bike Hub Supervisor
Portland State University attracts thousands of daily visits to a dense, parking-deficient section of the city.
Ian and Clint shared their experience in organizing the Bike to PSU Challenge, whose participants logged over 125,000 miles in May 2012. What are the benefits of encouraging your students, coworkers or staff to commute by bike? How can your company or school achieve similar results?
Thursday, April 18th:
High Crash Corridors and Neighborhood Solutions
Presented by Clay Veka, PBOT High Crash Corridor Program;
MaryLouise Ott, South Tabor Neighborhood Association; and
Paul Leistner, Mt. Tabor Neighborhood Association
Fifty-nine percent of the region’s serious crashes occur on arterial roadways, which carry only 40% of vehicle travel. The Portland High Crash Corridor (HCC) program targets limited safety resources on 10 of Portland’s roadways with exceptional concentrations of crash activity. Roadway characteristics, crash types, and neighborhood needs are unique to each corridor, thus requiring unique solutions.
This presentation focused on the Division Street High Crash Corridor, with a focus on proposed improvements between SE 60th and 80th avenues– including reconfiguring the roadway from 4-lanes to 3-lanes, and adding bike lanes. Working with the Mount Tabor and South Tabor neighborhood associations, PBOT is responding to the long-standing request from these neighborhoods to improve safety and reduce severe crashes for all road users.
Thursday, March 21st:
The Path Ahead for Active Transportation in Portland
Roger Geller, Portland's Bicycle Coordinator, presented a white paper analyzing data from the 2011 Oregon Household Activity Survey (OHAS).
The analysis is intended to answer two questions:
1) What have been the trends in transportation behavior for Portland residents 1994-2011?; and
2) What does Portland need to do to achieve its policy goals related to transportation in general and bicycle transportation specifically?
This analysis demonstrates a path to achieving the mode split goals identified in the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 if the city aggressively pursues them.
Thursday, February 21st:
High-wheels and Hot Mamas - Women, Bikes, and History
presented by April Streeter, author of Women on Wheels
Celebrating Women's History Month a little early!
Seattle's Path to Neighborhood Greenways
Presented by Cathy Tuttle, Bob Edmiston & Eli Goldberg
Cathy, Bob and Eli shared the inspiring story of how a group of committed and engaged Seattle residents adapted Portland's vision for greenways, and offered a grassroots model for people in other cities to successfully bring a connected network of safe, healthy residential streets to their own communities.
You can watch a video of the presentation on Youtube - click here.
You can download the Powerpoint slides from the presentation - click here.
Eavesdrop on Seattle's conversations here: http://seattlegreenways.org/
December 5th: How Will We Pay for Tomorrow's Roads?
Presented by James M. Whitty, Manager, ODOT Office of Innovative Partnerships and Alternative Funding
As Oregonians make the switch to highly fuel efficient vehicles, the state's principal road funding mechanism--the fuel tax--will no longer raise sufficient revenue to maintain the system. ODOT manager James Whitty presented Oregon's groundbreaking new approach to road funding--a charge on distance traveled--as a potential replacement for the fuel tax.
This talk was introduced by PBOT's Director, Tom Miller, who gave a brief synopsis of funding sources and challenges for Portland's transportation system.
November 15th: Confessions of a Traffic Engineer- The Misuse of Level of Service and its Impact on Active Transportation
presented by Peter Koonce, P.E., PBOT Division Manager of Signals, Street Lighting and ITS
This session described the challenge of traditional traffic engineering measures used in the industry and provided technical policy suggestions that would make active transportation more competetive in the community.
Technical difficulties prevented the recording of this talk, but never fear - Peter gave the presentation again at the PSU Transportation Seminar in January 2013. You can stream the talk by clicking this link. Or, you can download the presentation by clicking here.
October 18th: The Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Blueprint for Better Biking: World Class Network.
Picture the safest, most accessible, and most forward-thinking bicycle oriented transportation system in the world.
Now imagine yourself in it, doing the things you normally do every day. When you go to work, what type of street do you take? How do your kids get to school? Think about going to the park with your family, talking a walk with your parents, going grocery shopping. What would it take to transform the neighborhood you live in, to make it truly world class for bikes?
September 20th: The Economics of Bicycling - Mode Choice and Consumer Behavior
August 16th: What I Saw at Velo-City
July 19th: Mapping the Experience of Cycling
Many cyclists choose to travel by bike because it’s fun. However, existing bike maps don't talk about fun – they're dull, practical tools. Google Maps, for example, shows distance and where to turn; it's hard to learn which roads have heavy exhaust fumes, where the funky houses are, or other rich details about the trip. A trip planner that describes experience could encourage people to cycle more and could help cyclists enjoy their ride more.
This presentation describes research into the design of interactive digital maps that represent both the experience and logistics of urban bike trips. The presentation is in two parts: What maps can say about the experience of cycling, and how they can say it.
Presented by Evan Dickinson, an interaction designer and Master of Arts candidate at the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, BC. He's also one of the organizers of Velopalooza, a Pedalpalooza-like bike fun festival in Vancouver. You can download the PDF file of slides and the WMV file audio recording by clicking here and searching for "07.19.2012_BikeBrownBag_Mapping the Experience of Cycling".
[Image courtesy of Debra C West / www.MsStarryArt.com ]
Thusday, June 21st : Introducing the Active Transportation Division
Internal reorganization within the City's Bureau of Transportation will bring together staff from several PBOT divisions with expertise in planning, designing, promoting and managing systems for human-powered travel. Hear Division Manager Dan Bower and Program Managers Linda Ginenthal, Gabe Graff, and Mark Lear talk about how these changes will affect Portland's progress toward being the nation's most livable city. Read a summary of the talk on BikePortland.org. Or Find the audio file (25 mb WMV format) and Powerpoint slides (2 mb PDF) by clicking here.
Continuing our themes of cycle touring and books about bikes, a presentation from Ellee Thalheimer.
Cycling Sojourner is a complete guide to self-supported, multi-day cycle touring in Oregon, released in May 2012. Author Ellee Thalheimer shared true tales of rural bike touring in our beautiful state, inspiring attendees to travel by bike, and told the story of how this book, the only one of its kind currently in print, came to exist.
See a video of a shorter version of this presentation on the Crank My Chain! website (thanks to Dan Kaufman). [Introduction starts at 2:27, presentation starts at 7:30.]
April 19th: Neighborhood Greenways & Transportation Demand Management
Scott Cohen of PBOT Transportation Options talked about Going to the River, a project which combines engineering enhancements with outreach and marketing to neighbors in the new Greenway’s bikeshed. The project connects the current NE Going St. Neighborhood Greenway westward to Swan Island and includes improvements that create the N Michigan Neighborhood Greenway.
Hear about this new idea in the City’s ongoing process of building a network of pedestrian- & bike-friendly streets.
Click here to read more about the Going to the River project.
March 15th: Bike History in Oregon
A graphic representation of the first wave of bicycles in Oregon, written by Sarah Mirk and illustrated by Shawn Granton, published by the Dill Pickle Club.
Captured in a 30-page book, a moment when bike ownership quintipled in 4 years (to one bike for every 10 county residents), about a time when a new shipment of bicycles was celebrated with a brass band, a time when rideable roads were paid for by the local chapter of the Wheelman. And a time before women could vote, but when suffragist Susan B Anthony remarked, “I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel. It gives her a feeling of freedom, self-reliance and independence.”
Read an interview with Shawn about the book on the Dill Pickle Club blog.
Special bonus – a dramatic reading from another book in the series, Dead Freeways.
Feb. 16th: What’s so great about world-class bicycling cities, anyway?
PBOT planner, Denver Igarta, spent the month of November meeting with planners, advocates, urban designers and engineers in Munich (Germany), Rotterdam (Netherlands), Copenhagen (Denmark) and Malmo (Sweden), on a fellowship sponsored by the German Marshall Fund. His presentation sheds light on a few things that distinguish these cities (with 17-36 percent bicycle mode shares) and what that means for Portland’s goal of achieving a quarter of all daily trips taken by bicycle.
Jan. 19: Bike Tourism, Rural Communities, Historic Roads
Bike Tourism along Historic Roads – surefire development strategy for rural communities? Heidi Beierle pedaled across the country exploring this question. She shared what she learned in this talk, describing a typology of bike tourists, and offering new ideas about where in Oregon to ride.
For more on promoting bike touring and rural development check out this link from Adventure Cycling. You can find a link to Heidi's report near the bottom of the page.
Thusday, Nov. 17th: Bike Train Lessons
Kiel Johnson gave a talk about his experiences organizing bike trains, group rides to school along prearranged routes. Last year he helped organize bike trains at 12 Portland schools, resulting in parents and children riding over 3,200 times. Kiel, a 2011 winner of the BTA's Alice Awards, talked about his successes and struggles in building a bike train movement and how his experiences can be applied to other efforts to promote active transportation.
Bike Brown Bag attendees enjoyed the world premier of the Bike Train Movie.
Thurs, Oct. 20th: East Portland in Motion - A Five-year Strategy for Active Transportation
Steven Szigethy talked about efforts to improve active transportation options - walking, biking and taking transit - in East Portland.
As a recent cover story in the Willamette Week describes, improvements are needed.
Sept. 15th: StreetSmart - Bill Beamer presented on PBOT's safety campaign, a community partnership that contributes to safe transportation in Portland. The goal of the StreetSmart initiative is to reduce traffic injuries and fatalities by promoting traffic safety through smart, safe behavior. This initiative brings together groups as diverse as the BTA, AAA-Oregon, the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition and the Oregon Trucking Associations. Click here for a PDF file of the presentation slides, including links to the StreetSmart kickoff event and other safety efforts at home and abroad.
August 18th: Bikes Mean Business
Encouraging bicycling at the workplace strengthens the company bottom line while growing our local and regional economy!
Steve Hoyt-McBeth of SmartTrips Business and Tom Rousculp of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and representatives from Regence and New Seasons shared how bicycling has transformed their workplaces for the better and how your business can get involved. See Steve Hoyt-McBeth's slides here and Timothy Morita-McVey's (Regence) slides here.
July 21st: Promoting Bikes & Road Safety Outside of the Urban Core: Bruce Buffington / North West Bicycle Safety Council
Bruce discussed the challenges and rewards of educating road users about safety and encouraging bicycling in urban, suburban, and rural communities.
June 16th: The Portland Society: Women of Portland, on bikes and in business
The Portland Society is a nonprofit alliance of Portland women who are invested in both business and bicycling. Co-founder Elly Blue talked about how they create opportunities for networking, leadership, professional development, growing their businesses, and riding bikes.
Missed the Brown Bag? Watch a 10-min. video of the highlights!
And read about the online discussion Elly Blue started on why women aren't using bikes as much as men.
May 19: A Movement for Mobility, Lessons from Latin America (A transit trip from Portland to Puerto Montt, Chile)
Did you know that Guadalajara, Mexico has a Bike Fun movement that is arguably more robust than Portland?
Or that Mexico City runs their Sunday Parkways past the National Cathedral, Presidential Palace, and the Zocalo?
Or that the government of Chile finances the purchase of tricycles for recycling scrappers as a low level economic stimulus?
Two Portland Bicycle and Tricycle advocates ventured from Portland to Southern Chile by public transit and learned many lessons from our bikey brothers and sisters to the south. They met bike activists, politicians, and tricycle vendors along the way. See photos on their Flickr page, e.g. Mexico City's ciclovia.
April 21: Hitting the Streets: Bike Commuting Injuries in PDX
Bill Lambert, PhD, OHSU Department of Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Center for Healthy Communities
Ever wonder about the numbers and types of injuries that occur during bike commuting to work? Dr. Lambert will present the findings from an OHSU study of 1000 bike commuters who reported on their injuries over a one-year period in 2007-08. Injury events were evaluated with respect to rider experience, safety equipment, and street conditions. You can download a pdf of the journal article using a link on OregonLive here.
March 17: Remaking Traffic Signals to Encourage Cycling
Historically, most streets and traffic signals were designed and managed to meet mobility standards that focus on the movement of motor vehicles, failing to adequately accommodate and prioritize cycling. A new culture of innovation is needed to meet the goals laid out in the Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030. Peter Koonce, Manager of the City's Signals, Street Lighting, & ITS Division discussed how the City's traffic signals will be made more effective for people riding bicycles. View this talk as presented at PSU's Transportation Seminar by clicking this link and searching for the March 4th session.
February 17: Portland and Europe Bike Planning: Impressions and Connections
January 20, 2011: Safe Routes to School: Agonies of Defeat and Exultations of Success - Four Portland parents shared their strategies to increase biking and walking at school, and their on-the-ground experiences.
Immediately after the Brown Bag we had an extended conversation about starting a Safe Routes activity. Much networking occured. Thanks to Safe Routes for the tea and cookies while we discussed.
Read a short summary of the session here [thanks to BikeTrain blog].
Nov. 18: Incentivizing Biking at Work & School
Oregon Health Science University’s John Landolfe presented on incentivizing biking at work and school, including budget-conscious solutions and a first look at OHSU’s new web app to streamline cash-for-biking and data-crunching on ridership.
Learn about OHSU's bike program by clicking here.
Oct. 21: What I Learned at ProWalk/ProBike
A biennial conference presented by the National Center for Biking and Walking, ProWalk/ProBike is THE place to be for professionals and activists promoting active transportation and livable communities. Rob Sadowsky and LeeAnne Ferguson from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Steph Routh from the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, Colin Maher of TriMet, Gabe Graff, PBOT Safe Routes to School, and Sarah Figliozzi, PBOT (Bike Parking) told about new ideas and strategies they found at this year's confab.
Here's a link to LeeAnne's presentation on Safe Routes to School education programs in Portland that she gave at ProWalk/ProBike. You can find slides from many of the other sessions here.
September 16: Adventures in Bike Mapping
Matthew Hampton of Metro (Bike There!) and Jeff Smith of PBOT (Portland By Bicycle and more) shared recent developments in helping cyclists find their way. Contact Timo Forsberg for a .WMA audio file of the talk and .PDF files of the slides. [On the audio file Jeff Smith is first, Matthew Hampton starts at 18:17.]
Aug 19th: De-Throned! Why Minneapolis is the new #1 Bike City - Ian Stude, PSU Transportation Options manager
After many years as Bicycling Magazine’s top city for biking in North America Portland was displaced by Minneapolis. Ian Stude went, he saw, and came back to tell us what he found – and what Portland can learn from our snowy friends to the East.
Co-sponsored by PBOT Transportation Options and PSU Parking and Transportation Services
July 15th: Rob Sadowsky - Welcome to Portland, Now Get on the Mike
Welcoming the incoming Executive Director of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance to town.
Rob talked about new directions for the BTA and biking in Portland. Rob also asked the group to help brainstorm ways to "herd the cats."
May 20th: Goodbye Park & Ride, Hello Bike & Ride
How to make riding your bike to transit as attractive as driving your car. Colin Maher previewed TriMet bike parking projects. Read a full write-up of the presentation from BikePortland.org, and a follow-up on the project.
April 15th: Understanding Barriers to Bicycling
Have you noticed who rides bicycles in your community? Have you noticed who doesn’t?
In early 2009 the Community Cycling Center recognized that, despite the cost savings and health benefits of bicycling, many people cannot or do not choose bicycles to get around — particularly among communities of color.
Alison Graves, Executive Director of the Community Cycling Center, shared what has been learned during the Understanding Barriers to Bicycling project and what can be done to reduce roadblocks to bicycle use. Look for the full report online after May 1st. Also, read this excellent summary of the presentation on BikePortland.org .
Promoting Bike Tourism : Ride Oregon, Ride! + Oregon's Scenic Bikeways
Oregon is the first state in the country to have a State Scenic Bikeway program. Bikeways show Oregonians and tourists the best places to enjoy the beauty of Oregon from the viewpoint of a bike seat. Learn how bikeways are designated and the important role local proponents play in each designation.
Rideoregonride is the site to visit when planning any kind of bike trip. This interactive site was recently launched by Travel Oregon. Read about Travel Oregon's new campaign to promote Oregon's great biking in this BikePortland article.
Initial Assessment of Portland's Green Bike Boxes, Jennifer Dill and Chris Monsere, Portland State University
Portland pioneered the use of bike boxes to prevent "right-hook" crashes. Dr. Dill and Dr. Monsere will share initial findings from their study of this innovative intersection treatment. (Originally presented at the Dec PSU Transportation Seminar - slides & video available at this link.)
Carrying Stuff by Bike - show & tell
- special location at Portland State University
Get ready to haul – well, whatever you’ve got! From groceries to kids to furniture, sometimes you just can’t travel light when going by bike. Presenters showed a variety of different methods and rigs. Presenters included:
- Jeff Smith from Transportation Options: Building a Bike Bucket
- Beth Hamon from Citybikes: Buckets, Bags, and Beyond
- Marion Rice from BikePortland.org: Carrying Kids and more on an Xtracycle
- Carie Weisenbach-Folz: Carrying Kids by Bakfiets
- Ryan Hashagen from Cascadia Pedicabs and Evan Ross from Portland Bicycle Tours: Cargo Trikes for Business
Lessons from Europe: A Look at Residential Streets - A presentation by PBOT's Greg Raisman
Europe’s cycle tracks and bicycle signals in commercial areas have garnered a lot of attention. But most trips start at home and 70% of Portland's streets are residential.
Bike Boulevards present an excellent opportunity to address these important goals. Come hear about residential traffic calming concepts that could take Portland to the next level, making our streets safer for children, seniors, and people with disabilities – and more attractive for cycling.
See the Powerpoint slides in a PDF file (5.3 mb) here - includes many links to video and additional photos showing how these streets work in real life.
Bike Boulevards - where will they go next?
PBOT will add 15 miles of Bike Boulevards to Portland's bikeway network in the near future. Where are they going? What will they look like? And how soon can you enjoy them? Project Manager Kyle Chisek and Project Sponsor Mark Lear presented.
Adventures in Bike Parking
It's great to ride but where do you leave your beloved steed once you get there? Especially when "you" is about 8% of everyone traveling. Sarah Figliozzi talked about some of the challenges and some creative solutions.
Bike Sharing - in Portland?
It's all the rage in Paris, Barcelona, London, Stockholm - what does Europe know that Portland might learn? Steve Hoyt-McBeth of PBOT's Transportation Options division shared what he's learned about the potential for a new kind of transit in the Rose City. Find out about bike sharing before the Brown Bag here.
Gateway Green - An Emerald Jewel on a Platinum Strand?
A concept to convert a neglected parcel of land into a premier recreation destination. Linda Robinson and Ted Gilbert from Friends of Gateway Green presented on how a proposed park at the juncture of 1-205 and 1-84 could reclaim greenspace, create a world-class off-road cycling facility, link neighbors, spur development in East Portland, and serve as a model for sustainable practices - all just a short MAX or bike ride away! (Find out more from BikePortland.org's extensive coverage.)
Ellen Vanderslice, Project Manager, presented a status report on this revision of the 1996 Bike Master Plan.
Thursday, April 16
Be a Bicycle (Commuter) Champion!
Encouraging Riding at Portland State University
Learning some fun and easy ways to get your friends and colleagues to take bike commuting for a test ride - and to stick with it!
Bikes and Transit: Strategies for Growth
Both transit use and the number of people cycling are going up. And be it weather, hills, or a flat, sometimes a biker just needs a bus.
The Proposed Idaho Stop Law: Now we're rolling!
The Bicycle Transportation Allliance has drafted legislation to allow cyclists to treat stop signs as yield signs. Ray Thomas, attorney and author of Pedal Power: A legal guide for Oregon bicyclists, and Karl Rohde, former Government Relations and Public Affairs Director for the BTA, discussed what this law would mean for cyclists, motorists, and pedestrians.
For another discussion of the topic listen to the KBOO Bike Show program from Feb. 4. (thanks to PortlandTransport.com for hosting the Bike Show archives), or read these files:
"What I Saw in Copenhagen and What You Might See in Portland"
City Traffic Engineer Rob Burchfield joined several Portlanders on a trip to (perhaps) the most bike-friendly city in the world. The record-sized crowd heard what he learned and how Portland may benefit. You can review the powerpoint here.
Nov 20 - Biking in the Rain Learn to love Portland's weather - on your bike!
Why celebrate winter riding? Let me count the ways...
...You can shower on your way to work / Easier to find bike parking than in the summer
Impress your non-biking coworkers / You feel so good when you get inside again...
Presented in partnership with Portland State University's Transportation Options.
Oct 16 - Cycle Zone Analysis: A New Bicycle Planning Tool
Special thanks to BikePortland.org! You can view the slideshow and listen to the audio of this session (just click the link and scroll to the bottom of the post - click the "four arrows" button in the bottom left corner of the window for full-screen viewing).
To better understand how conditions for cycling vary across the city, Portland planners moved away from the city's eight traditional planning zones--defined by political boundaries--and instead divided the city into 32 "cycle zones" that describe distinct micro-environments for bicycling. This presentation describes how this tool is helping Portland more accurately assess conditions for cycling in sub-areas of the city and create more focused treatments to improve cycling conditions.
Sep 18 - Parents on Bikes How do they do it? We'll have a panel of moms and dads who use bikes for the family transport tell us their secrets. -> Bike and Walk to School Day is Wed, Oct. 8th! <-
Aug 21 - Bike Champions Get ready for the Bike Commute Challenge with tales from these workplace superheros.
July 17 - North Portland Greenway envisions a trail system along the Willamette River from the Steel Bridge in downtown Portland to Cathedral Park near the St. Johns Bridge. Scott Mizee and Francie Royce spoke about progress towards realizing the dream.
June 19: Bikes in China
Jeff Smith, Portland's Bike Map guru, talked about what he learned across the Pacific.
May 15th: Bikes and Buses
April 17: Sunday Parkways
Linda Ginenthal, Program Manager with Transportation Options, talked about the process of bringing this event, based on Bogota's Ciclovia, to Portland.
Read more about the event here. Includes links to Linda's Powerpoint, videos of the event in Portland and in other cities, and stories from Portlanders who walked, biked, rolled and strolled that Sunday.
March 20th: The Bike Box: Portland's new green space.
Roger Geller, City of Portland Bicycle Coordinator, discussed how advanced stop bars and colored pavement treatments will help prevent crashes and increase safety for cyclists. Read more about bike boxes here.
Plus special guest Raymond Gawthorne, veteran driver with the Bureau of Maintenance, offered a perspective on road safety from the cab of a truck. Read about Raymond's presentation here.
February 21st: From DIY to Public Funding: Financing Portland's First Bicycle Paths, 1896-1899
Historian Eric Lundgren discussed early efforts to fund and build safe routes for cyclists. Read a transcript of Eric's talk here.
January 17th: Safe, Sound & Green Streets for Cyclists soon?
Mark Lear & Jamie Waltz of the Safe, Sound & Green Streets project and Roger Geller, City of Portland Bicycle Coordinator discussed the proposed bikeway network improvements in store if the Safe, Sound & Green Streets proposal is adopted.
We kicked off the series with a great documentary film, Portland: Celebrating America's Most Liveable City (click here to see a clip about Bike Boulevards). The film shows what our citizens and leaders have done in the past to promote and build the number one bicycling city in the U.S.
Is the fresh air blowing through the halls of power a tail wind for cyclists? February's Brown Bag featured two speakers well-positioned to bring us news from the front of the legislative peleton:
Karmen Fore, District Director for Rep. Peter DeFazio's office and Scott Bricker from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance discussed issues of interest to cyclists in our local and national legislatures .
A video of the presentation will be available in the near future.
Making Oregon the premier place for a bike holiday . Iris Riggs, Bicycle Recreation Coordinator for Oregon Parks and Recreation spoke about promoting Oregon's great opportunities for biking, on the roads and the trails. She is working with local governments and bike groups, as well as helping Travel Oregon expand their promotion of cycling.
Jeff Smith from PDOT Transportation Options discussed tips on planning a bike vacation.
Get information to plan your trip in our Bicycle Touring webpages.
Portland's Bike Master Plan Update - After 10 years, Portland's plan is being updated, and we're going for Platinum ! Roger Geller, Portland's Bicycle Coordinator, took a look at how far we've come since 1994 when the first BMP was envisioned. He posed the question, How can we use our current momentum to make Portland truly a world-class city for bikes?
Continue the conversation - come on one of the Bike Master Plan rides (click for more information ).
May 17: Bike to Work...In Style! + Bike to Fun . Bike fashionistas Carye Bye, Jessica Roberts, Scott Bricker, Shawn Granton, and Tori Bortman offered tips for looking good on the way, and when you get there. Attendees were treated to a showing of the film "Do Skirts & Bike Mix?", as well as Scott's demonstration of how to look sharp on the outside while staying sporty on the inside. The panel also talked about organizing a bike-fun event (Pedalpalooza is in June).
June 21st: Why People Aren't Cycling (and How to Help Them Start) - what new focus group and poll information tells us. Linda Ginenthal, Program Manager for Transportation Options, presented results from a new study commissioned by the City. Click here to download the presentation slides. (A written narrative for this session will be available soon.)
July 19th: I Share the Path - Pedestrians and Cyclists Can Coexist in Peace, Ask Me How!
This special field-trip edition of the Bicycle Brown Bag series took a spin over the Hawthorne Bridge to the Eastbank Esplanade. There we talked about how to encourage path users to show courtesy. We also reviewed the new Share the Path brochure, produced by Portland Parks and PDOT.
August 16th: Gear up for the Bike Commute Challenge – Advice and support for advocates who want to help their colleagues get on bikes, from the experts - worksite coordinators who have gotten results. Read their suggestions here .
The BTA's Bike Commute Challenge occurs every September.
September 20th: Innovative Designs in Bikeways and Parking
Tales and pictures from the cutting edge of bicycle-friendly transportation design –at home and abroad!
Jeff Mapes , Political Reporter for the Oregonian, described his experiences riding in several U.S. cities that are working on becoming more bike-friendly. He's writing a book on bicycling for transportation in the U.S.
Steve Durrant, Sr. Associate and Landscape Architect for Alta Planning and Design, shared his observations from a recent stay in London. His slides featured bikeway design elements, which are supported by a strong education and encouragement message from the local government.
Todd Boulanger , Sr. Transportation Planner for the City of Vancouver, showed a variety of parking designs used in Europe and at Bikestation locations in the U.S.
November 15th: See & Be Seen and I Share the Road - we can all get along!
Whether you walk, drive, bike, or ride transit, you're in the enviable position of traveling in Portland. What each of us can do to make the road safer for ourselves and our neighbors.
Judge Christopher A. Larsen spoke about the success of the I Share the Road diversion class, which offers remedial education for the traffic-infraction impaired. Karl Rohde, Legislative Director for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, gave an inspiring pitch for more and better education for motorists.