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21 Students are Riding More Safely - for FREE

6 volunteer mechanics repaired 21 bikes for students and families at the Nov. 19 Fix-It Fair

On Saturday, November 19, six volunteer mechanics graciously donated their time, expertise and good humor to making it safer for 21 students and families to bike around Portland.  They joined Safe Routes in partnering with the Fix-It Fair at Ron Russell Middle School in outer SE Portland.



- Brian and the Bike Gallery

- Abraham and Abraham Fixes Bikes

- Dennis and NoPo Mobile Bike Shop

- Tim Dugan

- Tom Ralley

- Greg Vohs

Upcoming Fix-It Fairs where FREE bike repairs will be offered:

- January 21 (Sat), 8:30am-2:00pm, Rosa Parks Elementary School (8960 N Woolsey Ave)

- February 25 (Sat), 8:30am-2:00pm, Jefferson High School (5210 N Kerby Ave)


UPDATED: Log Trips, Win $50

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Metro kicks off daily drawings to those who log at least 15 walking, carpool, transit or biking trips

Metro is was rewarding 90 commuters $50 each for logging bike, transit, walk or carpool/vanpool trips on their Drive Less Connect calendar page. (UPDATED: The promotion has ended early after the state of Oregon chose to suspend commuter rewards program.)

Starting today, Metro is drawing one winner each day. If you enter today, you’ll have 90 chances to win!

Need to find a carpool partner or bike buddy? Over 4,000 Oregonians have already registered (not to mention tens of thousands in Washington)

To enter to win $50:

  • Register at Drive Less Connect
  • Record your walking, carpooling, transit and bicycling trips on the calendar page.
  • Once you’ve entered 15 daily trips, you’re entered in daily drawings through March 3, 2012!
  • Already getting around by bus/bike/walk/carpool but haven’t been logging trips? Participants can record trips up to three weeks in the past.

The fine print:

  • Winners will receive a $50 Fred Meyer gift card.
  • Each participant may win only one Fred Meyer gift card during this incentive period.
  • Participants must log at least 15 days of non-drive alone trips within the Portland metro region to qualify.
  • Gift certificates will be sent to winners via certified mail. Make sure to confirm your mailing address in the Drive Less Connect profile.
  • Check the rewards page to see details and track if you are qualified.

Questions? Please contact Metro Regional Travel Options at or 503-813-7566.


Staying active during winter's gloom and excess

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Hint: It's something you already do five times a week...

Whether you love or hate them, celebrate them or try to ignore them, the winter and the holiday season is here. It's colder and we're less likely to get outside and move around.

Celebratory foods tend to be extra heavy and everywhere we look sugar and butterfat are front and center.

It's no surprise that we gain weight in the winter. Since it's hard to lose weight once we've gained it, the trick of course is not gain it in the first place. And that likely involves being more careful about what we eat and exercising.

We could (and perhaps should) start jogging, or go to the gym or take more walks. Since it's adding something to an already hectic time of year and it's a bit chilly out, that can be a bit challenging.

For those of us lucky to have a job, we know we have to get to work. And commuting by bus or train is actually a great way to get the exercise we all need.

A study published in the American Journal of Preventive Medicine found that those who rode transit walked an average of 19 minutes per day. If you jump off the bus a stop or two early, you'd likely get the 30 minutes of physical activity recommended by the US Surgeon General.

Not only will it get you active, riding transit can help you lose weight. Researchers studied residents in Charlotte, NC before and after the completion of the Lynx light rail line. Twelve to 18 months later those who commuted by light rail reduced their body mass index compared to those who didn't. For a person 5' 5" it equated with losing 6.45 pounds!

So throw on that scarf and gloves, plan your transit commute trip, and stay healthy! 

Every Body Walk

Our friends at Every Body Walk! are committed to get Americans up and moving. The new Every Body Walk! app enables you to personalize your walking plan, connect with walking communities, learn about the latest fitness trends, tips and more.

Our friends at Every Body Walk! are committed to get Americans up and moving. The new Every Body Walk! app enables you to personalize your walking plan, connect with walking communities, learn about the latest fitness trends, tips and more.
You can track and save your own walking routes;  build your walking history--then share your progress on Facebook; discover walking groups and walking paths near you with an interactive map; read the latest news about walking, health and trends; watch videos that include walking tips, how communities are embracing walking, advice from experts and more.
To download the app, please follow the links to either the iTunes or Android marketplaces:

Let us know what you think!

Through Snow, Snow, Snow and Snow

Safe Routes in New Hampshire

I was pleased to happen across this update on Safe Routes efforts in New Hampshire (my home state) in the National Partnership's e-newsletter. I was even more pleased to see my elementary school (Ed Fenn Elementary in Gorham, NH) called out for their year-round walking school bus. While today's weather is frosty by Portland standards, this would be a nice spring day in northern New Hampshire. Check out these intrepid students!

Walking School Bus, Gorham, New Hampshire

Students join a twice-weekly Walking School Bus whatever the weather in Gorham, NH

New Hampshire’s Unique Approach to Safe Routes to School
Healthy competition seen over five cycles of funding
New Hampshire is known as the host of the first-in-the-nation primary, the home of the highest mountain peak in the Northeast and as the state with the nation’s shortest coast line. It should be no surprise that the “Live Free or Die” state would have its own unique approaches to Safe Routes to School.  A healthy competition for federal funds over five Safe Routes to School funding cycles has generated practical and effective projects for getting kids outside and active; the 5th cycle funding was awarded in September 2011. It’s a strong start, and communities are busy planning for future grant cycles.
For a small New England state, New Hampshire has a remarkable diversity of fiercely independent localities. They include the suburban communities of the southern tier, the small industrial cities of the Merrimack Valley and tight-knit towns scattered across the Granite State.
In the tourist and industrial town at the base of the range that includes Mt. Washington, children in Gorham have proudly joined twice-a-week walking school buses right through the teeth of the North Country winter. Children in nearby Littleton converge on the elementary school from multiple directions, walking in groups or pedaling with rolling bike trains.
A strong bicycling and walking culture is reflected in the walking school buses in the Connecticut Valley city of Lebanon, where a new sidewalk will soon provide a safer route to an elementary school. Along the Massachusetts border, new sidewalks along busy state routes offer a safe journey to quieter residential streets in New Ipswich and Brookline. Construction began this fall for sidewalks, crosswalks and tip-down ramps for the streets near an urban elementary school in Manchester. The programs work because local Safe Routes to School task forces identify the barriers and craft solutions that work at the community level.
For more information on New Hampshire’s Safe Routes to School program, contact New Hampshire Department of Transportation Safe Routes to School coordinator, John Corrigan.