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News Release: Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide; PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike and enjoy spring

(May 1, 2014) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out and bike. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

“Biking has become a hallmark of theRoseCity,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Biking and other forms of active transportation contribute toPortland’s renowned livability by reducing traffic, easing the wear on our transportation system, and by improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.”

“My family and I ride practically every day,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Portlandhas a large network of bike routes plus a community spirit of sharing the road, and I invite you to dust off your bike and join us during National Bike Month and beyond.”

PBOT kicks off National Bike Month with a free “Quick Fix” event at SE Lincoln Streetand Cesar Chavez Avenueon Tuesday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. One of four Quick Fixes happening throughout May, visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free.

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.  A full calendar of PBOT and community events can be found at  www.pdxbikemonth.com and the excitement will be shared via #pdxbikemonth on social media.

Bike Month also brings the return of two Portland bicycling traditions:

  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland.  Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The  on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • City Commissioner Steve Novick will be the keynote speaker of the 3rd annual Portland Employer Bike Summit on Friday, May 16th, organized and hosted by Regence BlueCross BlueShield ofOregon.  Speakers and workshops will provide participants with case studies and tools on creating a bike-friendly      workplace.

 

All of these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day.  People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.

 

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Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide

PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike and enjoy spring

PDX Bike Month logo

May 1, 2014 - UPDATE:  Watch this short video of our first Quick Fix event.  Thanks to JoeBike for the bike lube and air; thanks to KATU-TV for coming to visit!

In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out and bike. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

“Biking has become a hallmark of the Rose City,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Biking and other forms of active transportation contribute to Portland’s renowned livability by reducing traffic, easing the wear on our transportation system, and by improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.”

“My family and I ride practically every day,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Portland has a large network of bike routes plus a community spirit of sharing the road, and I invite you to dust off your bike and join us during National Bike Month and beyond.”


 

PBOT kicks off National Bike Month with a free “Quick Fix” event at SE Lincoln Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue on Tuesday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. One of four Quick Fixes happening throughout May, visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free.

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.  A full calendar of PBOT and community events can be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com and the excitement will be shared on social media using the hashtag #pdxbikemonth .

A PDX Bike Month Quick Fix station in actionBike Month also brings the return of two Portland bicycling traditions:

  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland. Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • City Commissioner Steve Novick will be the keynote speaker of the 3rd annual Portland Employer Bike Summit on Friday, May 16th, organized and hosted by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.  Speakers and workshops will provide participants with case studies and tools on creating a bike-friendly workplace.

 

All of these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day.  People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.

News Release: 2014 season of Portland Sunday Parkways Presented by Kaiser Permanente kicks off on Mother’s Day in East Portland

Seven-mile route of open streets, parks and vendors offers active fun for all ages

(May 5, 2014) – Families and neighbors are preparing to enjoy Mother’s Day at the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente this Sunday, May 11 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. TheEast Portland route features a seven-mile loop of traffic-free streets that connects a variety of parks, including the popular Springwater Corridor trail.

The free event is the first of five Portland Sunday Parkways to be held monthly through September in different neighborhoods throughout the city.  Sunday Parkways opens the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.  Now in its seventh year, the hugely popular series is expected to draw an estimated 100,000 participants this season.

With the largest concentration of children in the city,East Portland was chosen to kick off the Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11.

 “As a mom of four, I can say that Sunday Parkways is one of the best family events in Portland and a great way to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “This first of the season Sunday Parkways highlights the neighborhood greenways in East Portland that help people experience our streets in a safe and healthy way this Sunday and every day.”

The seven-mile East Portland route  travels along current and planned “neighborhood greenways,” – streets where bicycling and walking are encouraged for every day travel. The neighborhood greenways are SE Bush, 87th and 100th avenues, Steele Street, Knapp Street and Holgate Boulevard.  The planned routes are 128th and 130th avenues.

The route also brings participants through neighborhood parks -Bloomington Park, Lents Park, Ed Benedict Park and Glenwood Park, the Foster Floodplain Natural Area and the Springwater Corridor. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route.

“Portland Sunday Parkways is the perfect family activity, offering something for all ages,” said Dr. Rowena Manalo with Kaiser Permanente. “What better way to spend Mother’s Day than to get active and have fun, all while enjoying the outdoors?”  

New this year will be the chance to play Kaiser Permanente’s “Health and Care Double Dare” game, which challenges teams of family and friends to get moving with interactive quizzes and fun activities, like hula hooping and a Frisbee toss. Visit the Kaiser Permanente booth at Glenwood Park at SE 87th Avenueto play. Sunday Parkways participants will also be encouraged to share their healthy “selfie” photo on social media using the hashtag #kphealthie.

In addition to the Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente,  Sunday Parkways is made possible by community partners Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Metro and AARP of Oregon, and hundreds of volunteers.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

The rest of the Sunday Parkways season is: June 22 in North Portland; July 27 in Northeast Portland; August 24 in Southeast Portland; and September 28 in Southwest Portland. See a map of the route and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

 

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News Advisory: Director Leah Treat to serve as pedestrian decoy Wednesday at SE Division Street and 142nd crosswalk enforcement action

(May 5, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 7, from 2 to 3:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety andOregontraffic laws.

Transportation Director Leah Treat will serve as a pedestrian decoy during the action, planned to take place at the marked mid-block crossing of SE Division Street between SE 142nd and 143rd avenues. 

Wednesday’s crosswalk enforcement action is one of several ongoing safety programs that the Transportation Bureau is implementing inEast Portland. In addition to education and enforcement, a flashing pedestrian light, otherwise known as rapid flash beacon, is planned for installation in 2015 at this location and six other crosswalks along SE Division Street east of I-205. 

“Safety is our top priority and crosswalk enforcement actions are an important tool to reinforce safe travel,” Treat said. “Whether we are driving, walking, or riding a bike, we need to do everything we can to help ensure the safety of all Portlanders.”

Treat specifically said: “When driving, slow down, continuously scan your environment and watch for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop as needed. When walking, look before crossing and continue to look as you cross to make sure the driver in the adjacent lane has stopped for you before you enter the next lane of traffic.”

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus conduct enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a pedestrian decoy positioned at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation.

The mid-block crossing of SE Division Street between SE 142nd Avenue and 143rd Avenuehas a marked crosswalk and a pedestrian median island where people can safely wait for traffic to stop.SE Division Streetitself is a busy multi-lane street with high vehicle speeds.  Between 2008 and 2012, there have been two crashes involving three pedestrians at or near this location and six rear-end crashes that resulted from cars stopping for pedestrians while following vehicles did not. 

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

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Schools welcome Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the Saris Hub trip-tracker

Daily trips to school could add up to walking across Oregon

A student logging her bike/walk tripHundreds of schools across Oregon are celebrating Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the help of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland’s Safe Routes to School program.

All month long, students will keep track of their active transportation trips as they walk, bike, scoot, skate, and roll to school. Four local schools will also be implementing a new Safe Routes program – the Saris Hub – to help students track those active trips with a new online system.

Hub schools Beach, Hayhurst, Lent, and Sunnyside will each display a tracking box in a central hallway location. Students will swipe their personal trip card every time they make an active commute, which will automatically be recorded on the Hub website.

Students can see how many miles they have travelled as well as other fun facts like calories burned and dollars saved on gas on the Hub website. Coordinators can see group statistics, like how many miles a class has walked and biked in total.

Map of Oregon for Walk across Oregon challengeWhile healthy competition is a fun aspect of the Walk + Bike Challenge Month, two Hub schools will also be adding their students’ cumulative miles to see how far they can “Walk across Oregon” together. Students will follow a Golden Sneaker as it makes its way across the map to Bend, Crater Lake, Pendleton, and beyond!

Next year the Hub will be available for schools to borrow all year long. For now, let the challenge begin!

For more information contact Gabe Graff, Safe Routes to School Manager.