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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


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!