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UPDATED Blog Promo: Winter Still Reigns in Portland


Thanks to all 231 of you who chimed in via comments, email, or Facebook. The winners have been contacted directly.  Just in case you were not sure, we hit 60 degrees (63 according to the Oregonian) on Thursday 3/31.  Of course, we nailed it on Friday 4/1 - when we hit 68!

Here are some statistics on the guesses:

  • 81 people correctly guessed 3/31.
  • 29 of you guessed April Fool's Day
  • 22 of you didn't guess, but chimed in with snarky, sarcastic comments.  Keep 'em coming!
  • 0 people guessed a date past 4/30 (I guess we don't have any true pessimists among you).
  • However, we did have 6 people guess dates past 4/16!  I'm hoping for a 70 degree day by then!

Thanks again for participating.  Stay tuned for more good stuff on the blog...


We were perturbed to read in today's Oregonian that our fair city just broke a dubious record: This is "the longest stretch without a 60 degree day since record-keeping began at the airport in 1940," according to the O.



Following last year's June-uary, it looks like we're going to have another cold, wet spring.  But we like to look on the bright side here at Commuter Central.  So we're turning our wet, cool spring into a chance to win some schwag.

Just leave a comment or email us your prediction for when Portland will officially hit 60 degrees.  If you're correct you'll have a chance to win an iTunes gift card or a Spring Blooms Eternal kit to get you ready for Portland's third best season (according to me).  In the meantime, here is an image to get you cogitating on your guess.

Senior Strolls and Senior Cycles season kicks off in May

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Free walks every Wednesday through late spring and summer

SmartTrips North-Northeast Preview Series

Each year, our sister SmartTrips program offers households free transportation resources (very similar to the free maps and materials we offer) to households in a different section of the city.

This year is SmartTrips North-Northeast, which will reach nearly 50,000 households in North and Northeast Portland.

In addition to offering maps and other paper tools, SmartTrips holds over 80 free clinics, rides and walks. Over the next several weeks, we will highlight these programs.

Senior Strolls provides a great chance for those more seasoned in the art of living to exercise while enjoying some great Portland locales and the company of others. The EPA-award winning program will hold 22 walks this spring and summer, beginning May 11th.


This year's schedule of walks will highlight many North and Northeast Portland treasures, including numerous parks, vibrant commercial nodes, gardens, and historical sites. The strolls offer an easy, pleasant social walking experience and include information about local history and culture. 

The walks are held every Wednesday morning at 10:00 a.m. from May 11th through October 5th. The walks are 1.5 miles - 2.5 miles in length. All begin near a public transit stop.

Senior Strolls is also rolling out a new initiative to get seniors walking more called Ped Pals. The program is intended to provide Portlanders 55 years of age and older motivation and encouragement by confidentially finding walking buddies for people who live near each other.  A registration form is required for this program.


For more information about this free series, download the Senior Strolls brochure or contact Donna Green: 503-823-6114 or


The Senior Cycling Safety class, presented by a senior, will cover getting started, types of bicycles, maintenance, rules of the road and avoiding hazards. Learn to ride safely, with confidence, and enjoy cycling! Class will be held Tuesday, June 7th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the Penisula Park Community Center at 700 N Rosa Parks Way.


Senior Cycle Ride will give you the opportunity to practice what you learned at the class. Come along for an easy-paced, social and scenic ride in North Portland. The ride will be on Thursday, June 9 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m., also starting at the Penisula Park Community Center. Helmets required. Please contact Donna Green at 503-823-6114 or at to register for the ride by June 7.

Read the other SmartTrips North-Northeast Previews:

Guided Walks throughout North and NE Portland

Portland By Cycle Rides and Clinics 

Women on Bikes Gets Rolling in May


Spring Kick-off a Success

This past Saturday (April 2), Safe Routes held its first annual Spring Kick-off at Beach School. Over 100 people came out to join the celebrations. The

This past Saturday (April 2), Safe Routes held its first annual Spring Kick-off at Beach School. Over 100 people came out to join the celebrations. The day was filled with family fun activities that promote walking and biking. Trauma Nurses Talks Tough gave-away and fitted helmets for students. Our wonderful volunteer bike mechanics worked on bikes throughout the entire event. LeeAnne Ferguson, who manages our bike and pedestrian safety programs for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, led activities for students on a packed and mostly sunny parking lot. Parents participated in various encouragement workshops and bike maintenance trainings, including a few parents who got on bikes for the first time. The event culminated with lunch, raffle and a community ride following the new N. Dever Neighborhood Greenway.

Thank you to all the volunteers that came out and helped make this event a success!

Volunteer mechanics tuned up lots of bikes

Trauma Nurses Talk Tough fitted over sixty folks with helmets

Bike Rodeo in action

LeeAnne led pedestrian safety activities too...

And the event finished with a surprisingly sunny community ride.

UPDATED: Earth Day Celebrations

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An incomplete list of great events in Portland

We know that our Commuter Central readers make every day Earth Day, but that doesn’t make the annual celebration and great local events any less meaningful or fun.

Know of other events? Let us know in the Comments section and we’ll add them to the story. 


Alberta Main Steet "Deep Clean"

Saturday, April 23rd

10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Meet at Alberta and 18th


Alberta Main Street is working to help Alberta Street achieve its full potential as a vibrant business district. To kick off its goal to have a regular street cleaning and graffiti removal program, Alberta Main Street is hosting a neighborhood "Deep Clean", encouraging community members to come out on Earth Day for a morning of trash pickup and good "clean" fun.


In keeping with the spirit of the neighborhood, this will be more than just a day of litter removal. Prizes will be awarded at the Golden Garbage Awards and of course there will be food. Volunteers are encouraged to participate as individuals or in team.


Come in costume, if you likethere will be a prize for best team spirit.

City Repair 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration

Washington High School Field

SE 14th and Stark

Saturday, April 23rd, 2011

10:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

The City Repair Project and the Buckman Neighborhood Association announce the 11th Annual Earth Day Celebration. This daylong fun filled celebration will be a 100% carbon neutral event.

Booths will provide an educational smorgasbord, music will tap your groove and sustainable food will please your stomach.

Portland State University Earth Day Festival

Friday, April 22, 2011

11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

South Park Blocks, Portland State University

PSU students will host this 4th annual Earth Day festival, featuring outdoor performances by bands, speakers, food, community groups, vendors, sustainable demonstrations, and more.

Carbon Footprint Fair at Jefferson High School on Earth Day

Friday, April 22, 2011

10:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Jefferson High School Gymnasium

5200 N Commercial (one block south of N. Portland Library Branch on N. Killingsworth)

Did you know that Jefferson High School was one of 10 schools nationally that was chosen to install solar panels on their school roof? Join some of the city’s coolest high school students to learn how to reduce your impact on the planet and much more. A great opportunity to show Jefferson students how much you appreciate the work they’re doing on all of our behalf while celebrating what Earth Day is all about. Raffle too!


Learning Gardens Laboratory Earth Day Celebration

Saturday, April 16

11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

6801 SE 60th Ave., across from Brentwood Park

Community members are invited to attend the FREE family-friendly event that will include educational booths and workshops on gardening and sustainable horticulture for both children and adults. The event will also include free food, live music, children’s activities, a plant give away and door prizes.

Free workshops taught by PSU, OSU Extension, Multnomah County Master Gardeners, and City of Portland staff include Unusual Small Fruits and Medicinal Plants.



OHSU Earth Week Celebration

April 18 - 22, 2011

Various venues

OHSU 's Green Team kicks off a week of great events starting Monday, April 18th with a Green Building Tour of the Center for Health and Healing (RSVP required). Guided nature hike, a plant sale and a sustainability tour are just some of the 10 Earth Week events to check out.



Portland By Cycle clinics and rides begin in May

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Less than 30 days until a season of 30 free rides and clinics

SmartTrips North-Northeast Preview Series

It's actually beginning to feel like spring outside. Is this going to be the year that you get out bicycling?

If you are looking to freshen up on your cycling skills or just go for a fun, low-stress bicycle ride, then Portland By Cycle's series of free bike clinics and rides is for you.

You will learn easy routes to get around by bike, how to plan your bike trip and how to ride safely in traffic. Never learned how to change a flat? We've got a class for that too. 

The first clinic is May 17th. The spring time clinics are followed  by more than 20 awesome group bike rides. Start off PBC ride season sugar buzzed with the Sweet Summer Cycle on July 5th and 6th: visit doughnut shops, ice cream parlors and other sweet shops by bike. Free samples included!

All rides and clinics are FREE. Rides require a helmet. For PBC rides, all riders under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.

Read the other SmartTrips North-Northeast previews:

Senior Strolls and Senior Cycles

Guided Walks Throughout North and NE Portland

Women on Bikes Gets Rolling in May