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News Release: Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide; PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike and enjoy spring

(May 1, 2014) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out and bike. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

“Biking has become a hallmark of theRoseCity,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Biking and other forms of active transportation contribute toPortland’s renowned livability by reducing traffic, easing the wear on our transportation system, and by improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.”

“My family and I ride practically every day,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Portlandhas a large network of bike routes plus a community spirit of sharing the road, and I invite you to dust off your bike and join us during National Bike Month and beyond.”

PBOT kicks off National Bike Month with a free “Quick Fix” event at SE Lincoln Streetand Cesar Chavez Avenueon Tuesday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. One of four Quick Fixes happening throughout May, visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free.

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.  A full calendar of PBOT and community events can be found at  www.pdxbikemonth.com and the excitement will be shared via #pdxbikemonth on social media.

Bike Month also brings the return of two Portland bicycling traditions:

  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland.  Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The  on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • City Commissioner Steve Novick will be the keynote speaker of the 3rd annual Portland Employer Bike Summit on Friday, May 16th, organized and hosted by Regence BlueCross BlueShield ofOregon.  Speakers and workshops will provide participants with case studies and tools on creating a bike-friendly      workplace.

 

All of these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day.  People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.

 

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