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Friday is Walk to Work Day

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The event's first year in Portland - light breakfast served at City Hall.

National Walk to Work Day

Friday, April 6, 2012

(see starting locations below)

Make local history by helping to celebrate national Walk to Work Day on April 6th, 2012, the event's inaugural year in Portland.

The Willamette Pedestrian Coalition is hosting walk-and-talks where you can meet your neighbors on a stroll into downtown. A light breakfast will be served at City Hall.

You don't have to walk all the way from your house to participate. If take transit, chances are that walking is already a part of your commute.

Meet up locations (check the web site for additions):

  • 34th & SE Belmont
    • Meet 7:15am, walk 7:30am
  • 20th & SE Clinton
    • Meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
  • Leftbank Building (240 N. Broadway)
    • Meet 7:30am, walk 7:45am
  • 10th & SW Stark
    • Meet 8:00am, walk 8:15am



Spring Kick-Off Saturday

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Walk & Roll Activities for Everyone

This weekend is shaping up to be a real winner.  First our never-fail meteorologists tell me that it's going to actually feel like spring.  Not "Portland spring" which actually feels like a fifth, as-of-yet unnamed season, but spring that we read about in books with sunshine and birds and short-sleeves!*

With sunshine in store for us, why not head over to the Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-Off? It's a great event with free food, fun, and activities for the whole family.  You can win a free bike and if you need a bike helmet, you won't find a better price in town.

Learn more about the event by clicking the flyer below. 

Click the image for more information.

*Disclaimer: "Portland spring" is subject to dramatic, unpleasant changes without prior notice.

Looking for that cushy Ambassadorship? Look no further

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You're not a career politician owed favors by your congressional delegate.  You're not a super rich contributor to a political party.  So how do you get that coveted ambassador post you've always wanted (nay, deserved)?  Become a Transportation Options Ambassador!

Ambassadors are amazing volunteers that represent the Bureau of Transportation and present information to encourage pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit riders to travel safely together.  As part of our SmartTrips program, Ambassadors will assist on guided Ten Toes Walks, Senior Strolls, and Portland By Cycle and Women on Bikes rides and clinics.  We also have opportunities for volunteers to help out with the Safe Routes to School program by fitting helmets, wrenching or outreach at events, and assisting on bike rides.  By being an Ambassador you will have a great time while seeing some of Portland's beautiful southeast neighborhoods.

We have a two hour training available on May 8th and May 16, 6-8PM, to prepare Ambassadors for the season.  If you are interested in becoming an Options Ambassador, please fill out an application.  If you would like more information, please contact Janis McDonald.  Looking forward to a great summer and who knows, your next stop may be the U.S. embassy in Paris...

Free pedestrian and bicycle rights lectures

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Learn about your rights and responsibilities on the road. For over a decade, bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas of Swanson, Thomas and Coon has shared his wisdom with cyclists around the state in his 60-minute clinic on bicyclists' rights and responsibilities on the road.

Now Ray is adding pedestrian rights and responsibilities to his lecture. The free clinic covers Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information and what to do if you're in a crash.

Participants can participate in a lively question and answer session and bike, walk or roll away with a free copy of "Pedal Power, a Legal Guide for Oregon Cyclists."

Please RSVP to Stephanie Noll at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

The clinic will be offered at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance office at 618 NW Glisan Street, suite 401 (use buzzer #41) on the following dates:

  • Wednesday, April 18 at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, May 16 at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 20 at 6:00 pm
  • Wednesday, August 29 at 6:00 pm

Portland Afoot ranks best employers for low car commuters

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The news magazines 2nd annual ranking expands to outside downtown

Portland Afoot released yesterday its ranking of the best Portland employers for low car commuters.

The survey, conducted by Portland Afoot and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, was distributed to more than 600 local employers.

Respondents were ranked using 10 weighted metrics that measured their friendliness to workers who bike, walk, carpool, telecommute or ride public transit.

Components included free TriMet passes, discounted vanpools and the ability to telecommute or work flexible hours.

Employers were also rewarded for not subsidizing auto parking and for providing shared vehicles such as Zipcars rather than reimbursing employees for miles driven on the job.

Employers received 10 points if they participated in the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge, and an extra 5 points if their bike commute rate was above 20%. Employers also received points for providing safe and secure bike parking and other facilities for bicycle commuters.

Portland Afoot’s first ranking of commute benefits was conducted in 2011. Full results of that ranking are available online, and will be replaced Wednesday with the 2012 ranking:

"As gas prices soar, TriMet raises fares and the state slashes transit pass subsidies, these smart, responsible employers deserve more credit than ever for understanding that great commuting benefits make workers happy, healthy and productive," said Michael Andersen, Portland Afoot's editor.

Portland Afoot is a 10-minute newsmagazine about low-car life in Portland, distributed monthly by direct mail to 1,000 subscribing transit riders, and an editable online guide to low-car life. Learn more at