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Walk Portland's volcano this Saturday

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SmartTrips Portland walk at Mt. Tabor

Exploring Mt. Tabor

Saturday, September 8, 2012

9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Meet at SE 60th and Salmon

Portland SmartTrips' Ten Toe Express will be offering a guided walk of Mt. Tabor this Saturday. Mt. Tabor is known for its lovely historical features, stellar views, and as one of three extinct volcanoes within a U.S. city.

Image taken from Mt. Tabor

There are still several free bike rides, guides walks and bicycle clinics on the calendar. See all of the SmartTrips Portland 2012 programs here.

Hawthorne Bridge bike counter logs 200,000 trips

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photo of bicyclist and Hawthorne Bridge counterA month and two days after being installed, the Hawthorne Bridge bike counter has counted over 200,000 bridge crossings by bike.

The bike counter counts bike traffic on the multi-use sidewalks on each side of the bridge.

From when the City activated the Hawthorne Bridge counter on August 8th through September 10th, 202,653 trips were made by bike.

Cycle Oregon donated the counter to the City of Portland. The bike counter can also be viewed online.



Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus,

Third Annual Fiets of Parenthood

A family fun event

Third Annual Fiets of Parenthood


-         This Sunday, September 16 from noon to 4 pm

-         Outside of SE Portland bike shop Clever Cycles, located at SE 9th and Hawthorne

How many people can you carry on your bike and still complete a challenging obstacle course? Feats of parental prowess are expected this Sunday with an event lineup including a family bike obstacle course, kid’s races, a bike-centric haiku competition, food vendors, and more.

Clever Cycles management and a crew of enthusiastic parents want to demonstrate what cargo bikes can do when it comes to hauling families. They want to share knowledge with each other and with kid-carrying novices. And they want to determine, for the third year, which child-toting mom or dad is the mightiest.

Attendees should plan for outdoor fun in typical Portland fall weather: it should be hot, unless it rains. There will be on-site areas for diaper changes and nursing mothers, along with bathrooms, food vendors, shade/rain tents, and water. Activities and race registration start at noon, races and competitions begin at 1 pm, and prizes will be awarded. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

The name of the event is a play on the Dutch word fiets, meaning bicycle. Event sponsor Clever Cycles pioneered the import of family-carrying bikes from the Netherlands and elsewhere when they opened in 2007, in particular popular bakfiets (box bike) and oma fiets (granny bike) models. So when the team was trying to name their family bike competition, wherein cargo bikes were used by parents to perform feats of strength, Fiets of Parenthood seemed a natural fit.

Going to School

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Safe Routes to School present a neighborhood greenway celebration

The Portland Bureau of Transportation's (PBOT) neighborhood greenways are great streets for walking, biking and rolling to schools, parks, and businesses.  PBOT's award winning Safe Routes to School program is hosting a party celebrating the Going Street neighborhood greenway.

Friday, September 14th from 3:00 - 6:00 pm

The event is free and includes:

  • Free bike repair
  • Free helmets (limited supply)
  • Free sweet treats
  • Free bike skills course
  • And great information on the best greenway routes to school (also free).

Seven elementary schools use the Going Street neighborhood greenway to walk, bike, or roll to school.  We've invited them all and invite you to join us in the celebration!