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Ride On! Cheers to a Successful Season and Safe Biking Year-Round

As presenting sponsor of Portland Sunday Parkways, Kaiser Permanente Northwest is thrilled with the record-setting attendance at this year’s rides, and thankful to everyone who participated in the Passport to Health Sticker Hunt. Thanks to all of you who completed your passports, we raised $5,000 for the Community Cycling Center’s Bike Club for kids!

“It was definitely the best Sunday Parkways season yet,” said Molly Haynes, Community Health Director for Kaiser Permanente’s Northwest region. “The weather was great for every ride, people were smiling and laughing, exploring new neighborhoods, playing games and taking home freebies like our solar eclipse glasses. We overheard so many people say they loved playing the sticker hunt and knowing they were helping children earn bikes.”

Combined attendance at this year’s five rides was over 100,000. “It was wonderful to see so many people out enjoying being active together,” said Haynes. “Our partnership with Sunday Parkways began as an effort to help people improve their health and well-being through increased physical activity, and we really saw that come to fruition this year.”

Sunday Parkways may be over for the season, but you can still enjoy riding and reap the health benefits of cycling in cooler months. “Bike lovers are fortunate to live in Portland because the climate allows us to ride almost all year, as long as you take a few extra safety precautions,” said Dr. Rowena Manolo, Chief of Family Medicine at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. 

“Start by being prepared with layers of bright, reflective clothing to keep you warm and dry, and a hat and gloves to protect your extremities,” said Dr. Manalo. “Have a bike shop check your tires to make sure they’ll get good traction, and use extra bike lights and a helmet to keep you safe.”

“Check the weather forecast ahead of time and avoid riding if conditions are poor. And if snow and ice prevent you from riding outdoors, stationary bikes are a good indoor alternative that will keep you in shape and ready to ride at Sunday Parkways next spring. See you there!”

Karen Vitt

Kaiser Permanente 

 

The Street Trust's mission to encourage women to bike

“Let me tell you what I think of bicycling. I think it has done more to emancipate women than anything else in the world. It gives women a feeling of freedom and self-reliance. I stand and rejoice every time I see a woman ride by on a wheel…the picture of free, untrammeled womanhood.”

We, here at The Street Trust, tend to agree with Susan B. Anthony and are committed to continuing and supporting the legacy of women-identified cyclists.

The Women Bike program was started by The Street Trust, formerly known as the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, to encourage and inspire women-identified people of all ages and abilities to incorporate more bicycling into their everyday lives. Whether it be for transportation, health, fun, or all of the above, the program designs a variety of rides, workshops, and events to familiarize women with cycling in the Portland Metro region. This year, Women Bike led rides at Sunday Parkways events to encourage more women to ride throughout the summer. The group bike rides range from easy jaunts around town, such as the monthly art ride, to longer trips exploring new paths, trails, and towns.

If you are interested in joining a Women Bike ride event, there are frequent social meetups and at least one ride every month, depending on the weather. During the winter months the group holds indoor events or rides to warm, dry destinations. On November 7, Women Bike will partner with the Bike Farm to hold a basic bike maintenance workshop where participants can get hands-on experience changing tires, patching tubes, and addressing questions about their specific bikes and needs. On Friday November 10th, we are facilitating a ride that will conclude at Triangle Productions where riders can enjoy SPIN, Evalyn Parry's spoken word/music and theater piece about 150 years of links between feminism and bicycling.  Every third Wednesday, Women Bike holds a morning coffee club in rotating neighborhoods, so riders commuting from different areas can stop for coffee and camaraderie before starting their day. Similarly, casual happy hours are held at rotating watering holes every fourth Thursday, where riders can stop and decompress from the work day over a beverage with other women in the cycling community.

For more information on the Women Bike program, we invite you to join the Facebook group here, or to check out The Street Trust's events calendar here for upcoming Women Bike events. You can also subscribe to the Women Bike newsletter here to get updates on upcoming rides, workshops, and meetups.

Alexa H. Jakusovszky

The Street Trust (formerly Bicycle Transportation Alliance)

A Whole New Road: Green Loop Edition

Portland families deserve safe streets on which to walk, bike, operate mobility devices, access transit and drive. And Portland families deserve beautiful parks and trails to exercise, be in nature and have fun.  The Green Loop, a bold new concept of the Central City 2035 plan, envisions a linear park that connects people to places within and beyond Portland's downtown neighborhoods and to the Willamette River. Think of the Eastbank Esplanade, Waterfront Park, Hawthorne, and Steele Bridges as a central River Loop. The Green Loop will be a 6-mile concentric circle around the River Loop that utilizes the Broadway Bridge and Tilikum Crossing.   

With safer and more enjoyable routes for walking, jogging, rolling, cycling and resting; it's a 10K run, a gentle ride or stroll, both recreation and respite.  Welcoming all ages and abilities; everyone has a place in the heart of the city.  More trees mean fresher air and more shade on hot days.  It will be designed for safety, welcoming kids on bikes and elders alike. It’s like Sunday Parkways every day.

Healthy cities need healthy hearts, and the Green Loop will help support our Central City as it welcomes 30 percent of Portland’s growth over the next two decades. As Portland’s population grows, our roads and freeways will carry even more traffic. We need reliable and safe ways to move people in and out of the urban core. The Loop builds a healthy web of connectivity between nearly a dozen districts – from the West End to the Lloyd to South Waterfront -- and countless cultural hot spots like the Portland Art Museum, OMSI and the Moda center. It links to major transit hubs and it’s the central path of a citywide system of park-like greenways reaching all neighborhoods of Portland.

Equity is a core element of the Green Loop. The Central City is home to 60 percent of the City’s affordable housing units, and it has the largest concentration of social services and care providers in the city, especially shelter service facilities.  The Green Loop is just one project the City is undertaking to make recreation and active transportation safe and convenient across Portland   East Portland, in particular, is a focus for major investment. In tandem with the Green Loop, the City is supporting community efforts to create a Lents Green Ring. The Lents Green Ring will be a model for neighborhood level loops in other underserved neighborhoods in Portland.  

Greg Raismen

PBOT - Active Transportation & Safety Division

The Return of Salmon

The Epic Story of Salmon's Return Home

ReturnoftheCohoEvery fall, we watch and wait for the return of coho salmon to Crystal Springs Creek. Before development, before culverts, and before hatcheries, salmon came to Crystal Springs Creek by the thousands.  But over time their populations declined.  Only a few long-time locals, few knew that salmon once lived and thrived here.

Starting in 2000, Reed College began restoring the canyon at the headwaters of Crystal Springs Creek.  Environmental Services and partners removed or replaced nine culverts that blocked fish passage for juvenile salmon and trout along the length of this humble stream.  In 2014, Crystal Springs Creek in Westmoreland Park was transformed into a healthier place for salmon and people. 

On a cloudy, cool day in October 2014, a group of people who believe that Crystal Springs is an extraordinary urban waterway, gathered together to celebrate the return of salmon to Westmoreland Park.  

We waited for them to arrive…and they did.  On display for us all to see: a pair of coho salmon waiting for their time to spawn, despite the crowds, dancing through the stream.  While it was only three salmon, these are the seeds for future generations of salmon and for regional salmon recovery as a whole.

The Salmon Celebration comes a bit earlier in the salmon season this year, but if you look closely, you see other signs of a healthy watershed: native freshwater mussels, plentiful vegetation along the banks, and cold water. 

The fourth annual Salmon Celebration is set for Sunday, September 24th in Westmoreland Park to celebrate restoration of Crystal Springs, Portland’s first Salmon Sanctuary.  Salmon Sanctuaries are locations that support salmon populations and where a substantial investment in their habitat has been made.

Ronda Fast

Bureau of Environmental Services

 

 

Open Streets Everywhere~!

A Celebration of 10 years of Open Streets Event, Partnerships, and More

Bike DudeBack in 2006, Portland Sunday Parkways was just a twinkle in my eye. Cities all over Latin America had created something wonderful where people could literally play in the streets together. It hasn’t taken long for cities and towns across the USA to embrace the power of opening streets and connecting communities. When the City of Milwaukie approached me and our Sunday Parkways team with the idea of pairing up to bring this to their lovely city just over the border, we jumped at the chance to spread the love.

Our partnership has been about growing the program all across the region. We set this partnership up so that our Portland Sunday Parkways team would work with Milwaukie for a couple years, so they would be ready to run their own. I have been so impressed the with enthusiasm, community and business engagement and, of course, the high level of support and action by Mayor Gamba and City Council member Lisa Batey. Beyond the logistics and traffic control and vendors and community outreach, leadership is one of the most important ingredients to a Sunday Parkways success, and Milwaukie has this in abundance.

I’m looking forward to 2018 when I can go to a Milwaukie Sunday Parkways as a participant!

Linda Ginenthal

Sunday Parkways Program Director