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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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Get Rolling: On-bike riding skills class

Are you or someone you know looking to up your urban bike riding skills?

(May 25, 2016) Is the road beckoning but you're not sure you're ready? This adult-oriented course will get you up to speed. The first part of the workshop focuses on the rules of the road and on-the-bike technique like signaling, shifting and braking. The second half will have you venturing out to practice these skills, and take a short and easy ride around town so you can flex your new skills and we can explore the wonderful world of two-wheeled Portland.

Join Portland By Cycle on Saturday, June 4, from 9:00am to 1:00pm, at the PCC CLIMB Center (SE Water Ave and Clay St) for this session with Tori Bortman of Gracie's Wrench. Tori is a certified cycling instructor with the League of American Bicyclists, frequent contributor to Bicycling Magazine, experienced bike mechanic, and a dynamic and engaging skills trainer.

Please bring your bike, helmet, water, a snack, and wear weather-appropriate clothing. If it's been a while since you've pushed the pedals, please bring your bike to a local bike shop for a safety check before the class/ride. Pre-registration is required (jeff.smith@portlandoregon.gov).

 

Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project

We want to know your thoughts - please take our evaluation survey by June, 2016.

(May 24, 2016) Neighborhood Greenways are streets that prioritize people walking and bicycling and are the backbone of Portland's bicycle network. SE Clinton St has been a Neighborhood Greenway for over 20 years. The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation recently implemented updates to address increased auto volume and speed issues that were eroding the greenway's safety and comfort as part of the Clinton Neighborhood Greenway Enhancement Project.

Test traffic calming devices were installed in three locations along SE Clinton, including median traffic diverter at SE 17th Ave, a semi-diverter at SE 32nd Ave and a one-way northbound conversion on SE 34th Ave. Staff has been gathering data, including traffic counts, to evaluate the effectiveness of the changes. A user-survey will also help staff and decision-makers determine if the changes should be made permanent and if additional modifications are needed to achieve necessary traffic speed and volume results.

Please take our evaluation survey by June, 2016 if you live, work or play near the project area and use SE Clinton. If you live on SE Clinton St, you can also request a Neighborhood Greenway Yard sign for your lawn.

Portland Sunday Parkways is here!

Come celebrate Portland in the streets at Sunday Parkways.

(May 12, 2016) Portland Sunday Parkways, presented by Kaiser Permanente, comes to East Portland this Sunday, May 15 from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm, for the inaugural event of the 2016 season. If you've been to one of these events in the past, you know they are hugely popular - total attendance topped 119,000 last year.

Sunday Parkways are your opportunity to take to the streets. Portlanders of all ages, incomes and abilities can walk, bike, roll, and play in the City's misterlargest public space, as well as join in on active fun and food at parks and market centers along these traffic-free routes. The East Portland route is 7 miles and takes in some beautiful natural areas in East Portland including the newly finished Foster Floodplain Natural Area as well as Lents, Ed Benedict, Glenwood, and Bloomington Parks. Participants are encouraged to visit the BIKETOWN station at Lents Park where they will have an opportunity to check out the new bike share bikes and take a preview ride.

Joining East Portland Sunday Parkways this year is the New Portlanders Cultural Celebration & Family Day, hosted by Portland Parks & Recreation, Parks for New Portlanders and other partners. All are welcome to this free, multicultural community gathering to celebrate people new to Portland - and the United States - and introduce them to one of Portland's most beloved traditions - walking, biking and rolling through Portland's neighborhoods in celebration of community.

Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsored and scheduled classes and activities on our East Portland Sunday Parkways webpage. And follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

 

Portland Employers Bike Summit - Join us!

Join employers and leaders for the 5th annual summit

(May 10, 2016) Join Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon for the 5th annual Portland Employers Bike Summit on Friday, May 20 from 1:00 to flyer logo5:00 PM at the Cambia/Regence Downtown Campus. Co-sponsored by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Westside Transportation Alliance, Go Lloyd, YTP Portland, and the City of Portland, this year's theme is Looking Back, Looking Forward.

Don't miss the keynote address by Joe Cortright, President and Principal Economist at Impresa Consulting. In addition to BIKETOWN bike share demonstrations, workshops at this FREE event will include:

  • Creating Bike Commuters in the White Collar World
  • Transportation Options for Employees Who Work Outside the Office
  • Peer to Peer Encouragement Strategies
  • Bike Share for Employers: Grassroots to Large Scale

Register for the event and get more details at www.portlandemployersbikesummit.com.

Safe Routes kicks-off spring with Walk + Roll Fair

Portland Safe Routes to School and community partners enjoyed a successful day at the Walk + Roll Fair on Saturday.

bike repair

(April 28, 2016) At least 125 children and adults had great fun at the annual Safe Routes to School Walk + Roll Fair (formerly the Spring Kick-Off). Families gathered at Kelly Elementary School in east Portland last Saturday to celebrate the return of spring, and healthy living through active transportation. Students learned about the importance of wearing helmets correctly (thanks Trauma Nurses Talk Tough), how to sign up for the Walk + Bike to School Challenge Month and Fire Up Your Feet Spring Challenge, and how to plan a bike route in their neighborhood. Multnomah County Library brought loads of books to give out to all participants.

family bike rideFamilies were also able to get free basic bike repairs from Bike Gallery and Bike Farm. Andando en Bicicletas en Cully (ABC) taught students safe riding skills and how to fix a flat tire. And thanks to the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, a few students even learned how to ride a bike for the first time. A free lunch was served, and at the end of the day, families went on a neighborhood bike ride.

A big thank you to Kelly School and PTA plus Playworks for helping us organize this event.

map reading and route planning

$6 bike helmets