(May 1, 2015) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out, get active and have fun. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.
“I am greatly looking forward to Bike Month and all of the events that it includes,” said City Commissioner Novick, who oversees transportation. “Bicycles are serious business. Bicyclists are healthier than car commuters, saving millions in health care costs. Bicyclists are reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. Also, the bicycle community contributes millions to our local economy and to the resiliency of our city.”
A complete list of events may be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com. Highlighted events include:
- A “Quick Fix Bike Breakfast” at City Hall on May 5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. 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.
- On May 6, Mayor Charlie Hales will proclaim May 10-16 as Active Transportation Week, citing Portland as a Platinum bicycle-friendly city, Sunday Parkways’ popularity and that bicycling has changed commute choices, reducing single-commuter trips from 64 percent to 57 percent since 2000.
- PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 10 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.
- For the first time ever, PBOT will hold an “Every Bike Counts” 24-hour Bike Count on SE 28th and Ankeny beginning noon on May 14. Volunteers will work round-the-clock to tally all bike rides through that crossing and hear why people ride and where they go.
“I invite all Portlanders to join in the fun, get on a bike and participate in our many events,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “All these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day. As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time for Portlanders of all ages to ride, roll and stroll through our neighborhoods and enjoy Portland’s world-famous bicycle network.”
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.
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.