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Own a piece of Portland's biggest mobile party

Sunday Parkways kickstarter campaign is rolling now!

Sunday Parkways is the City of Portland's signature summer event, where we close miles of streets in a neighborhood one Sunday each month and open them for people to walk, bike, play, and connect with their neighbors.  On the fourth Sunday of every summer month (May to September, we think optimistically here :) your day is set - free fun in the streets and parks of Portland.

In order to continue the events' huge success and to expand the hours, miles, and participants we're looking for the community's financial support.  It doesn't take much though.  Chipping in as little as $15 will help us get to our community goal of $5,000.

Here's the kicker though (or Kickstarter, to be exact): In order to secure the money we're raising we need to reach our goal.  If we don't hit $5,000 by 5/24, we forfeit any amount we've raising ($1,800 so far!).

So head on over to our Kickstarter page and help make Sunday Parkways continue to be Portland's Biggest Mobile Party! 

Come join the Sunday Parkways fun!

Bike Month Continues to Rage Despite the Torrents of Rain

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While Portland waits for summer National Bike Month continues to roll out event after event to entice the pedal-shy to give biking a spin and to thank the intrepid for carrying the torch during the long gray months.

In addition to the City's 19th annual Bike to Work breakfast on Tuesday, 5/17 there's a host of events coming up:

  • Bikes Mean Business is the BTA's event, sponsored with downtown businesses to demonstrate the importance of bicycling to Portland's economy (hint: it generates about $90 million/year and employees about 1,000 people).
  • And Portland State is hosting their own Bike to PSU Challenge this month.  So far they've got 715 people engaged who have logged 30,000 miles of pedal power (in just 11 days!)

Now that's you're inspired (or sick of reading) get out there and check out one or more of these great events.  When you see so many people bike commuting, you start to realize that commuting by bike just once each week is easy and attainable! 

If you know of other events please leave a comment and I'll update the article.  Thanks!

SR2S Infrastructure Improvements: Capitol Hill School

We recently completed construction on series of Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects at schools that joined our program during the 2006/2007 school year.

We recently completed construction on series of Safe Routes to School infrastructure projects at schools that joined our program during the 2006/2007 school year. Elementary and K-8 schools including Capitol Hill, Chapman, Chief Joseph, Faubion, Forest Park, Gilbert Heights, Kelly, Rosa Parks, Sacramento, and Sunnyside all received improvements. Funding for these projects came from a $500,000 grant from the Oregon Department Department of Transportation (ODOT).

We'll be featuring Before and After photos on our blog over the next few weeks showcasing our work. First up is Capitol Hill, a SW elementary school that ranked pedestrian safety improvements at the top of their list. Check back for more photos of projects at other schools...



UPDATED: Bike Week is Rolling

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Two breakfasts down, more fun to go.

Mr. Bike Lane himself, Jeff Smith,

feeds hungry cyclists at the

City's 19th annual

Bike to Work Breakfast

UPDATED:  I just learned about another event! 

Bike To Work Day at Hotel Monaco. Free bike adjustments, breakfast and afternoon snacks for riders on May 20th.  The Hotel Monaco Portland will have a station in front of the hotel where River City Bicycles will be on-site to fix-up bikes while Red Star Tavern & Roast House will serve homemade granola and yogurt breakfasts and afternoon snacks for end of day riders.
When: Friday, May 20th, 2011. 8 a.m. - 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
Where: Hotel Monaco Portland. 506 SW Washington St.
(Corner of SW Washington & 5th Avenue)

This morning, the City of Portland's Transportation Options division (of which I am a part) hosted its 19th annual Bike to Work breakfast.  We had our usual lot of die-hard commuters, first-time cyclists, curious downtowners, and hungry people!  There's still a lot happening for the bike-curious crowd this month.

You didn't forget about our first Sunday Parkways  of the year this weekend, did you?  The weather forecast calls for uncertainty, but it's certainly going to be a great day (plus not even Mother Nature knows what type of Portland weather we will have in five days this far in advance).

The Bike Brown Bag this month will whet your appetite for Sunday by spinning true tales of the original Sunday Parkways, Ciclovias!

Bikes Mean Business at Big Pink on Friday with the BTA on Friday.

Bikes also mean free pastries or coffee over at any of the six Grand Central Bakeries on Friday.

And so much more!  Check out the Shift calendar for a listing of hundreds of bikey events! 

Gateway Business Association's Fun-o-Rama this Saturday

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The SmartTrips team had such a good time teaming up with the Gateway Area Business Association last year celebrating Mother's Day with a bike ride and helmet giveaway, we teamed up again to help out with GABA's Fun-O-Rama!

On Saturday, May 21st from 1:00 - 4:00 you can get a free ($5 suggested donation) helmet for your children, go on an escorted bike ride, check out local artists and classic cars and win some cool prizes. 

The Gateway Area Business Association puts on this family-friendly and focused event every year to showcase their fabulous business district and tight-knot community.  GABA is also made up of great people and businesses who wholeheartedly like to give back to the community with a day of fun. 

So come on out to 111th Square this Saturday.  Plenty of bike parking provided by BikeRacker and just a short pedal from the Gateway Transit Center.  See you Saturday!