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Walktober's great weekend walks

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Experience the Streetcar museum, Council Crest, and Cornelius

Walktober - Willamette Pedestrian Coalition's month-long celebration of walking - offers a rich and diverse calendar of walking events over the next few days. Here are some of the highlights, see the Walktober calendar for a full listing of events:

Streetcar Exhibit Walk
"Get in the Loop" Streetcar logo
Friday, October 26
11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
Meet at Streetcar Stop on NE 7th between Multnomah and Holladay
More info: moira@lloydtma.orgwww.lloydtma.org, 503-236-6441
"First 20 registrants only.  We'll be catching the streetcar to the Architectural Heritage Center for a viewing of their new exhibit, 'Streetcars Build a City.' Price of admission and streetcar fare compliments of the TMA.  After a mini-tour of a nearby historical building, we'll walk back to the Lloyd District."


Council Crest ClimbHistoric postcard of Council Crest
Friday, October 26
12:30 p.m .- 3:30 p.m. (Meet at 12:30 p.m., leave at 1:00 p.m.. Event may last longer than three hours.)
*Bring money for transit fare*

"Take an 'urban hike' up to Council Crest, highest point in the city (1,070 feet!) Use secret stairways and paths and not-so-secret sidewalks to get to the top while learning about the interesting history of the area (note: no actual rock-type-climbing involved). There will be great views of the city along the way, and the top you may be able to peep four different volcanoes! After ascending to the Crest, we'll then descend via the Marquam Trail to OHSU where we'll hop on the Tram to the Waterfront. Possible exploration of South Waterfront if time/interest allows.

We'll also stop at a market along the way for snacks. 

Please wear some good walkin'/hikin' shoes, as the walk surfaces will be a mix of dirt and paved, with some stairs thrown in. 

Please note: Route will end in South Waterfront where folks can take the Streetcar back into downtown. Bring appropriate transit fare ($2.50 for TriMet, $1 for streetcar only.)"

Image of Oregon mapVamanos! Walk in Cornelius
Saturday, October 27
10:00am
Meet at: Centro Cultural, 1110 N Adair Street, Cornelius
More info: patimorrissey@gmail.com, 503-440-6881
"Walk through Cornelius while learning about the history of the town. This walk starts and ends at the Centro Cultural and takes us through Free Orchard Park and by some of the town's historical buildings. 
Spanish: "Camine por Cornelius y aprenda acerca de la historia de este pueblo. Esta caminata comienza y termina en el Centro Cultural y pasa por el parque Free Orchard y por algunos edificios históricos."

Be Seen Be Safe

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As the days get shorter, think bright

Photo of woman with blinky light on hatWhether you're walking, riding transit or biking, you want to be seen. With Daylight Savings Time ending this Sunday, November 4th, it's time to make sure that lights and reflective gear are part of your daily fashion statement.

If you're on foot, there are a lot of small, inexpensive clip-on lights that attach to your to your bag or jacket. If you're waiting for the bus at a dark stop, waving your cell phone is a great way to get the driver's attention (but don't shine a light in the driver's eyes).Bag with reflector attached

If you're biking, you can pay a little or lot to illuminate your way. Oregon law requires a front white light that is visible from 500' and a red, rear reflector or light that is visible from 600'.

Some bike shops offer a front and rear light packet at one reasonable price. If you enjoy researching your purchases, the Internet is full of reviews, here's a sample of surveys of front lights and rear lights.  If you're ride involves extra dark portions of road, you might want to consider a halogen light that really lights up the road.  Improved technology has brought prices down to around $100.

And regardless of how you're getting around, be alert and watch for others.

 

 

Two Weeks of Free Coffee and Donuts Coming Up

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Downtown bike shop, Pedal Bike Tours, will be serving up FREE coffee and Voodoo donuts every weekday morning starting Monday, 11/5 through Friday, 11/16.  The local business (also the folks behind this mural in downtown) want to say "thanks" and give a little extra encouragement to people bike commuting in the less-than-glorious weather of November. 

There's one little catch though:  You've got to follow them on one of their social media outlets to find out where the next days breakfast is going to be.  Or, you can just hope to be surprised as you roll into downtown over the next two weeks. 

I've included their press release with more information, below:


Pedal Serves AM Commuters Donuts and Coffee
Rewarding hardy bike commuters on Portland’s Bridges


Portland, OR (November 1, 2012) – Pedal Bike Tours will be serving coffee and donuts to downtown’s commuters every weekday morning, November 5-16 to congratulate and encourage Portland’s downtown bike commuters for riding to work in the recent less than sunny weather.

Each weekday morning from 8-9:30AM, Pedal will be on one of Portland’s four main bike-friendly bridges pouring hot cups of coffee from Pedal’s coffee partner World Cup Coffee and serving scrumpdidlyicious Voodoo donuts.  

Morning commuters can also sign up to be entered in a raffle for a free bike tuneup.

Follow #PedalBikeTours on Twitter or on Facebook at pedalbiketours where the next day’s location will be posted daily.

For more information visit www.pedalbiketours.com, or call 503.243.2453.

Contact Info:  Scott Klees
503.243.2453
info@pedalbiketours.com
pedalbiketours.com

Hawthorne Bridge logs half million bike trips in 3 months

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Hawthorne Bridge w/ bikes and carsIn just three months time, the Hawthorne Bridge bike counter has counted over 500,000 bike trips.  

The nonprofit group Cycle Oregon donated the bike counter to the City of Portland. On August 8th, the counter began tracking each bike crossing the sidewalks along the Hawthorne Bridge. By the end of Election Day, the counter had logged 505,393 bike trips across the bridge since the installation.

Increasing the number of people who bicycle is a long-range city goal to reduce congestion and air pollution, improve personal health and save Portlanders money by making a low-cost transportation option attractive and safe. A visual bike counter raises public awareness of these goals and highlights the city’s progress in reaching them.

“Today is about getting more people decent paychecks. Rising healthcare costs continue to cripple job creation in our city. We have to find ways for urban dwellers to enjoy more active lifestyles,” said Cycle Oregon Co-founder Jonathan Nicholas at the opening event on August 8th, 2012. 

The number of Portlanders crossing the Hawthorne Bridge has increased dramatically since the City began conducting bike counts in the early 1990s. Since 1992, peak bike trips across the Hawthorne Bridge have increased by over 400% from 1,500 to 8,044 in 2011.  November 2011 bike counts are higher than some summer counts from the early 2000s.

With the increase in bicycling, more people are using the Hawthorne Bridge to work, shop, and play while the number of cars using the bridge remains relatively constant.

In the same way that counting automobiles is the basis for transportation spending and policymaking, counting bicycles informs the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) about its progress toward making bicycling a fundamental part of life in Portland and gives feedback about the usefulness of its investments in bicycle infrastructure and city streets.

With the assistance of volunteers PBOT also conducts bicycle counts at over 125 locations throughout the city. The 2011 Bicycle Count Report documented a 6.4% citywide increase in bike trips over 2010.

Portland’s bike counter was the first of its kind in the United States. Since its installation, Seattle has installed a bike counter on its FremontBridge.

Hawthorne Bridge photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.

Win Monthly Passes from TriMet

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Submit a photo of your favorite way to be visible at night

Before-after shot of woman in black, then yellow

Daylight-saving time is officially over, and it’s time for you to show TriMet your flashy fashions and shiny stuff!

The “Bright Ideas” contest, part of the “Be seen. Be safe” campaign, started Nov. 1, and you have until 5 p.m. Monday, Nov. 12 to submit a photo of your favorite way to be visible when you’re walking or biking in the dark.

A panel of safety experts will select the best photos, then those will be posted for “fan favorite” voting from Nov. 23 through December 3.  Winners will be posted on Dec. 10.Man using cell phone to shine light

What can you win? The Grand Prize winner gets three monthly passes plus cool reflective items, all valued at $400. The 1st runner up prizes are valued at $300, and the second runner up gets goodies valued at $200. 

You can’t win if you don’t enter! Go now to trimet.org/beseen for contest rules and submit your photo by 5 pm on Nov. 12!