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Portland's green wave building slowly

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"Green wave" is the slang term for setting traffic signal timing to allow traffic to proceed at an optimal speed.  For example, on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. in SE Portland, the signals are timed for traffic to move at 27 mph.  If you drive that speed, you'll hit the green wave.

There are other places where Portland's traffic engineers are setting signal timing to optimize traffic flow.  Recently, the signals on SE Hawthorne between the Hawthorne Bridge and SE 12th Ave were set to enhance traffic flow.  People traveling on bikes should notice that it's easier to travel to Ladd Ave without stopping then before the changes. 

Check out this video from the blog Copenhagenize about the Copenhagen green wave.  SE Hawthorne might just look like this way once it hits 80 degrees.

Spring Kick-Off in Photos

Re-live the event or see what you missed at the April 7 Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-Off!

The April 7 Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-Off was AMAZING!  

If you joined us, re-live the day through the following photo collection.  If you missed the day and want to see why you should join our 2013 Kick-Off next April, scroll on.

- Learn to ride a bike class!

- Bike rodeo and bike skills course!

- Learn to fix a flat tire!

- Helmet Egg Drop teaches kids why it's important to protect your noggin!

- Helmet fitting and $5 helmet sales help families be able to protect their noggins!

- Sign decorating reinforces for kids why walking to school is cool, fun and a healthy choice!

- Signs and smiles accompany families as we simulate a "Walking School Bus" to lunch.

- The Kick-Off Passport encourages students to visit all 7 stations and is also the raffle ticket.

- Bike decorating helps prepare bikes for the celebratory community bike ride!

- The celebration is punctuated with a Community Bike Ride!

Axel wins the grand prize for the raffle, a NEW BIKE!  He and his family pick out his bike at their local bike shop, The Outer Rim.


Not displayed here in photos, but other amazing additions to the day included:

- Free Bike Repair (Thank you to The Outer Rim Bike Shop!)

- Free Lunch 

- Free bikes and helmets to borrow for the day's activities

Thank you to all who joined us and to all our wonderful volunteers who made this event possible!

Maplewood School Earth Day Celebration

Maplewood School families walk and bike for clean air, healthy bodies and safe streets!

Maplewood School in SW Portland held their annual Earth Day celebration today.  Five "walking school buses" and one "bike train" made their way to school, some walking up to 30 minutes to arrive. 

The mounted police joined the event, helping to slow traffic and provide safe crossings on busy streets with few sidewalks and narrow shoulders.  

Congratulations, Maplewood, on your commitment to walk and roll, especially on hilly terrain with limited sidewalks!


Portland Employers Bike Summit

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Regence convenes Portland's first bike summit of employers

Portland Employers Bike Summit
Presented by Regence of Oregon
Friday, May 18
9:30 a.m. - Noon
100 SW Market
In honor of National Bike Month, Regence of Oregon will hold the first ever Portland Employers Bike Summit on Friday, May 18. 
The event will bring fellow employers together to discuss how to create more bike-friendly workplaces.
Who should attend:
-Dedicated bike advocates at Portland employers
-Employer sustainability or green team members
-Facilities managers
-Human resources personnel


May is PDX Bike Month

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Portland rolls out the welcome mat to new and returning cyclists

Next Tuesday brings us to the month of May and the beginning of the fair weather bicycling season.

In conjunction with the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and many other partners, the City of Portland is presenting over 33 events to welcome new and returning bicyclists. 

Think of PDX Bike Month as an invitation to dust off your bike and have fun getting to work or where you need to go. There will be free breakfasts, clinics and rides throughout the city. As always, you can order free bike resources from us or request a free bike route plan

Also, keep your eyes peeled for fun events throughout the metro region sponsored by Drive Less. Save More.