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1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204
General Information: 503-823-4000
1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 110, Portland, OR 97204
Public Information Officer
Have fun on the 31st and leave the driving to a professional
In an active city like Portland, drivers should expect to see pedestrians and cyclists out at all times.
Fluorescent for Day, Reflective for Night
Portland Traffic and Transportation class final presentations will highlight seven possibilities for Portland transportation
Director of the City Program at Simon Fraser University will lecture on transportation and land use in the Pacific Northwest.
Staying active throughout the winter is a great way to fight the seasonal blues and bicycling is a great way to accomplish that!
Projects result in 37% fewer crashes, 10% reduction in speeding
Fewer crashes, more parking spaces will be some of the benefits.
Program offers tips and tools for those finding their way around a new neighborhood
East Portland Bike and Shop pilot serves 12 businesses and organizations
Roadway projected to see 20% crash reduction
Project improved bikeways to Rieke Elementary and Wilson High School
Daily trips to school could add up to walking across Oregon
PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike and enjoy spring
Families flock to East Portland school for a morning of Active Transportation fun
Fun, free activities for families to help you enjoy the Spring weather
American Heart Association designates April 2nd as a day to step up for your ticker.
Plan will help improve local connectivity in East Portland neighborhoods
See and comment on proposed designs for a 9 mile north-south bike corridor
Whether driving or walking, learn to recognize "the double threat"
Program supports street vitality, community livability, and business development
Fix-It Fair effort puts one hundred twenty-two wheels back on the road
Business and developer demand continues for on-street bike parking
Bike and walk maps for each of 93 Portland schools help parents and students pick a low stress route.
Hawthorne Bridge counter shows 19% more cyclists in January 2014 compared to 2013.
PBOT joins New Columbia’s We All Can Ride, Bike Farm, Bikes for Humanity PDX and the Community Cycling Center to provide bike services to children and families.
City of Portland offers free fairs to learn how to improve your health, your home, your yard and your community - lunch and childcare included!
Meet with parents, educators and advocates promoting safer walking and biking.
Lunch-time sessions to help you enjoy a #WinterCruise
Use #Resolve2Ride on social media for a chance to win prizes.
Tell us why you ride in winter to win a $25 gift card to a bike shop.
Preliminary data shows 40% reduction in crashes on Sandy Blvd
January is the new June. Share your bicycling-in-Portland-winter pics and stories.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers soccer fans to consider their transportation options for Sunday’s 6 p.m. game to keep streets and transit running smoothly
Now in its third year, Street Seats allows businesses or non-profit organizations to convert on-street parking into other public uses, such as café seating or a mini-park.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SW 11th Avenue will be closed to southbound vehicle travel between SW Gibbs Street and SW Gaines Street beginning Wednesday Nov. 13 through Friday Dec. 6, from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
Come hear a distinct perspective on transportation and land use in the Pacific Northwest and beyond.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the section of West Burnside Street damaged by a recent water main break is slated to be repaved this weekend.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 96th Avenue between SE Market Street and SE Washington Street from Tuesday, November 12 through Thursday, November 14, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on East Burnside Street between 44th and 47th avenues from today, Wednesday, November 6 through Monday, November 11th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers soccer fans to consider their transportation options for Thursday’s 8 p.m. playoff game to keep streets and transit running smoothly.
Streetfilms’ video about South Waterfront shows off a wealth of transportation choices
The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Monday, Nov. 4, from 4:15 to 5:45 p.m., to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic laws.
100 local businesses have worked with PBOT to install bicycle parking on-street.
Dr. Lugo will present at the PBOT Bicycle Brown Bag on Thursday, Oct. 17
View a slideshow of Portland's best streets for walking and rolling.
Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) Walk + Bike to School Day
Portland welcomed its eighth Street Seat in front of the Center for Architecture at 403 NW 11th Avenue, designed by Philadelphia architect Bob Trempe
Enjoy a walk this month - or lead a walk for others to enjoy.
Two City bureaus team up for safety at SE 148th Ave and SE Main St on Wednesday, September 25th from 1-2:30pm.
Driving to work sees small increase, walking big jump
Keep kids safe by slowing down
Learn tips from other Portland employers to encourage biking to work
Classes and rides to keep you riding year ‘round
Police and Transportation team up for school safety
Students spend summer learning smart and safe ways to get around
Get your “1 Million + Me” Photo at Friday’s Breakfast on the Bridge
Today's detours lead to tomorrow's improved Division Street
Learn how PBOT's creating healthy, safe ways to travel around Portland
Community Cycling Center’s Executive Director to present
Pedestrians and bicyclists detoured to Steel Bridge July 16 - 18
Summer is a great time for fresh produce and fresh air - walking or biking
Greater peace-of-mind for truckers, drivers, and bicyclists will result from low-cost project
PBOT’s SmartTrips hosts class on the best tools to get around
Six chances to buy $6 bike helmets with free fitting service
Open house on June 26th
Popular North Portland trail will see intermittent weekday closures
Success stories from our Safe Routes to School program’s most recent encouragement event.
Business Association honors British sea captain
Over $100 million in transportation projects proposed
PBOT partners with neighbors to support community building on city streets
Event will focus on Powellhurst-Gilbert sidewalk projects and Powell Safety Project.
Final in series recapping our work in 2012
Second in a series reviewing PBOT Active Transportation Division's work in 2012
First in a series reviewing PBOT Active Transportation Division’s work in 2012
We’re all pedestrians at some time during the day.
Dare we say, things got off on the right foot?
The Rose City is one of just 4 Platinum level communities in the U.S. and the only large city to achieve the designation.
Enhanced bikeway extended to NE Failing
Free event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
With an impressive span of sunny days ahead, yesterday kicked off National Bike Month.
Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Bridge work and trail reconstruction cause detour to SE Water St.
Pedestrian improvements in the works to improve safety for all road users.
Strong community involvement leads to traffic safety
Look for dozens of events, classes, and activites between Earth Day and June 5th
The Portland Bureau of Transportation recently kicked off the 2013 SmartTrips season in Portland’s downtown and central eastside.
Last chance to weigh in on NE Glisan (60th to 82nd) and SE Division (60th to 80th) safety projects and a great opportunity to learn about the High Crash Corridor program from City staff and neighborhood participants.
Event helps Portland families get more activity into their daily routine
Deadline for applications May 1st
FREE family activities, bike repair, helmet giveaways and more
No Presidential appointment needed - but fluency in the language of transportation diplomacy is a plus!
Public input fuels program improvements
Police report 5 of the 11 traffic fatalities so far in 2013 involved driving under the influence
Out-of-town visitors learn from our streets, just as we have learned from other cities
Portland has over 1,600 miles of pavement markings. PBOT’s goal is to stripe 100% of the painted lines twice annually and maintain the thermoplastic lines as needed. This helps make sure all the City’s striping will be functional throughout the year.
Moving to a new home is a great time to try healthy transportation habits.
Pedestrian Advisory Committee Seeks New Members
The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to two upcoming public meetings on the Burnside and Sandy Boulevard High Crash Corridors.
Safe Routes to School offering families free bike repair, transportation resources, and hands-on bicycling workshop.
Download and share this guide with folks you care about who walk and roll
PBOT installs Rapid Flash Beacon at N Basin Avenue
Latest data shows more than 42% of trips to partner schools are made on foot or by bike.
Help reduce crashes (and you might even earn school credit)
Taming the half-foot hurdle, 700 corners a year
PBOT’s High Crash Corridor Program
Slow down and look both ways at NE Sandy and 85th
Kids and parents come in from the cold to a warm welcome
New morning routine includes walking school buses.
Portland’s first foray into street-side seating receives positive community feedback
Hear about Seattle’s efforts to build greenways on January 17
SW Stark and Oak Green Bike Lane project recap
MAX will run from downtown until 3:00 a.m.
Contribute in 2012, enjoy events -and maybe a tax benefit - in 2013.
MAX, bicycle, and Amtrak provide great options for getting to the airport, Grandma’s, and everywhere in between
Music, events and special deals between 4-7pm
Between 8pm and 5am, get dropped off where you want
Private sector takes lead in fundraising for transportation option that’s seen worldwide success
ODOT’s Office of Innovative Partnerships presents new ideas on funding transportation
Saturday, November 17, 2012, 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Submit a photo of your favorite way to be visible at night
As the days get shorter, think bright
Experience the Streetcar museum, Council Crest, and Cornelius
Autumn's beauty can make for slippery conditions
October 13th, 10:00 a.m. at Clinton Park
Willamette Pedestrian Coalition kicks off a month of walks and events
Join us for guided walks around Ladds Addition, Laurelhurst Park and the Hawthorne District
Interested in starting a Bike Train at your school or getting more people to participate?
Safe Routes to School present a neighborhood greenway celebration
Bike on the car-free Springwater Corridor
A family fun event
SmartTrips Portland walk at Mt. Tabor
Walking School Bus Article Featured in ESaludoToday
September is summer in Portland: it's a great time to give biking a try
Tuesday, September 11, Plaza of City Hall, 1220 SW Fourth Avenue, 6:00 p.m.
Artilce on Maplewood improvements
Pro bike mechanics at three locations will work on your bike - for free!
The nation's premier workplace biking challenge starts in nine days
A ride to the Buckman Farmers' Market will show you how to bring your broccoli on your bike
Stanford program rewards commuters who travel before or after rush hour
Service area now stretches north to Lombard and east to Gateway TC
Explore the Going Street neighborhood greenway for a chance to win a Trek commuter bike.
Portland By Cycle's fun summer rides teach riding safely in traffic and the Portland biking routes
Policy adopted to speed entry and reduce travel times
Public art installation walk on Saturday, July 14th, 9AM, SW 34th/SE Clinton
Metro's State of Safety report digs deep on road safety
Would $25 a week keep you from speeding?
Public art from the 1970s onward
A Bike Train Meeting sign on Going Street
Meticon Bike Shop donates two children bikes to Kelly Elementary School
Car share company Getaround partners with researchers to study impacts of peer to peer car sharing on travel behavior.
Clever Cycles helps make a bike commuter
6 opportunities to get an inexpensive helmet
Llewellyn Kidical Mass evolved from the morning bike train organized by Philip Krain and Dean Hanel with a lots of great help and support from the Sellwood-Moreland neighborhood bike families. Both the Portland Kidical Mass organization and the national one helped inspire the Wednesday's event and hopefully ones in the future.
Consider using Naito Blvd, Broadway and or Hawthorne Bridges as a detour
Eye contact suggests a stronger community
Short training is Tuesday, June 5th at 6pm. Pizza and gratitude provided.
Learn how TriMet builds the pedestrian, bike and transit bridge
Bike commuting pays big dividends
Regence brings together over 50 employer representatives to discuss encouraging biking at the workplace
First breakfast is Tuesday at SE 39th/Lincoln
Portland rolls out the welcome mat to new and returning cyclists
Regence convenes Portland's first bike summit of employers
Maplewood School families walk and bike for clean air, healthy bodies and safe streets!
Re-live the event or see what you missed at the April 7 Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-Off!
The news magazines 2nd annual ranking expands to outside downtown
The event's first year in Portland - light breakfast served at City Hall.
One-way car sharing where you pay by the minute
Walk & Roll Activities for Everyone
The Reese's Peanut Butter Cup of active transportation.
For the Safe Routes to School team, spring break isn't really a break at all. We take this week to switch gears from delivering our pedestrian safety program (targeted at 2nd graders) to our bike safety program (targeted at 4th and 5th graders).
Portland, Oregon - Winter 2012
Greenways help you escape the urban din
Portlanders will have five car share options to choose from
Last Wednesday a group of David Douglas High School students participated in a Safe Routes to School ride exploring biking in their neighborhood. The ride covered over 7 miles of streets in East Portland and was developed in partnership with the Portland Youth Planners Program.
Sustainability means business!
Another commute option for the region
Are you on Drive Less. <i>Connect.</i> yet?
Thanks to all who submitted walk and bike to school cartoons. Our winner is “Zoomer the Scooter” by Mirabelle Limon.
Revisit last month's Bicycle Brown Bag on-line
Safe Routes to School has enjoyed teaching bike safety education at the Russell Academy in Parkrose School District since 2008.
During the winter, the Safe Routes Ambassadors take a break from teaching Bike Safety to fifth graders in order to teach Pedestrian Safety Education to second graders. Pedestrian Safety classes consist of just two sessions, one in-class and one on-street, but there’s still plenty to talk about!
The Dashboard provides a monthly view of trips, on time efficiency, crashes and more.
Congratulations to Jayden of Gilbert Heights Elementary for winning a brand new Raliegh bicycle, along with a sturdy helmet and lock.
It only takes a few less cars on the road to get traffic moving
Do you walk in an area that warrants crosswalk enforcement? Contact 503-823-SAFE
If you live in the south metro area and work downtown, WES is a great choice
Enjoy our annual Febrary Foolout
Come join us in Bend, Oregon June 21-23 as Oregonians interested in Walk + Bike to School and Safe Routes issues come together for an event that will give you an opportunity to access training*, learn best practices, network with others working on these issues, and work with us to create a strong state network.
The world's biggest winter sports event comes to your city: what do you do?
Another mobile tool to provide you real-time transit info
Journal of Urban Affairs looks at crime in neighborhoods before and after the installation of Charlotte, NC's light rail system.
Homes, Health, Bikes and more!
Oregon and Washington Bring New Technology to Manage NW Highways.
The BEST Awards recognize companies that exemplify ambitious and creative solutions for sustainability
A little extra scratch can get you a lot of bikeway miles
Use getting around to achieve your 2012 resolutions
Current Score: Pdx 73, NYC 1
MAX trains run until about 3:00 a.m.
Vivianna Goldfeld, 15, talks about how she feels about her family getting around without a car.
A perfect example of this great new carpool tool
TriMet is phasing out its old tickets - valid until April 29, 2012
Rent your neighbor's car or earn income by renting your own.
It tracks your miles, your average speed, calories burned and connects you with walking groups and trails. And it's free!
Safe Routes in New Hampshire
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.
Hint: It's something you already do five times a week...
Metro kicks off daily drawings to those who log at least 15 walking, carpool, transit or biking trips
6 volunteer mechanics repaired 21 bikes for students and families at the Nov. 19 Fix-It Fair
1 hour of activity a week reduces impact of fat-mass and obesity gene
$5 Bike Helmets and $20 Ski Helmets
biking to school is love
Who put transit in my history book? Who stuck history in my transit passion?
To add energy to the Walking School Bus, Emerson adds music!
Part IV in the Car Sharing 2.0 Series
Whether walking, biking or driving be careful out there!
After analyzing last spring’s travel surveys from parents at schools across Portland, walking and biking rates are at an all-time high.
How much do you like to walk or bike to school? Draw us a cartoon to show why it is fun to walk or bike to school. Also write us a funny title for your cartoon. Send your cartoon to Safe Routes.
Don't miss it!
Transportation stories of the past few days
Students from Horizon Elementary School in Michigan participated in Walk to School Day 2011 and celebrated by doing the "PED Safety Dance"
Or how I stopped worrying and learned to love alternative transportation
Peak oil may be offset by peak car
Part III in our Car Sharing 2.0 series - perhaps we should have started with the benefits instead of waiting until part III?
Lewis School (SE Portland) has developed an extensive list of walk and bike opportunities for parent volunteers
Detours scheduled for part of trail at different times.
Potential to revolutionize online route planning: plan a combo transit, bike and walk trip.
Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Tom Miller and local school, health and community leaders promoted walking and biking to school at Prescott Elementary School this morning, working to reverse the national trend of fewer American students walking or bicycling to school now than decades ago.
Exciting news from TriMet about a cool new tool
Buy any time of the month - it's good for the next 30 days
NY Times latest snapshot on the Portland milieu
Autumn will have begun, but the forecast is for summer-like weather
Access to 10 great walks
Walking and bicycling are great ways to be physically active, and Portland Safe Routes to School students walk and bike to school at a rate more than twice the national average.
Is your school on the list of schools that have already registered for International Walk+Bike to School Day?
The National Center for Safe Routes to School is now accepting applications for 25 mini-grants of $1,000 each.
Safe Routes to School includes TriMet
Two great modes add up to one great challenge
Want some cool cash to make a Safe Routes plan for your school?
Community Bike Fair helps 45 people carry stuff by bike
Scholarships Available for Portland Residents
$50,000 donation supports programs to encourage kids to walk and bike to school
FY 2010-11 trips include big increases on WES
Carmageddon turns out to be more like Y2K than the bible
New sheltered, secure bike parking opening at Beaverton and Gresham Transit Centers
Send us your favorite summer fun picture of your family biking, walking or skating adventure.
Bike to ice cream, sweets and other candied delights - free samples!
Zipcar looking for recruits for their annual Low Car Diet
Leave the rig at home, and Transit to Trails
Gallup Poll finds longer commutes linked with poorer health
Our summer newsletter is out!
In celebration of the Walk + Bike Challenge Month, the Beach PTA organized a "Super Bike Train" that had over 100 riders.
Bikes and helmets included for the class!
Two breakfasts down, more fun to go.
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.
Sunday Parkways kickstarter campaign is rolling now!
Bicyclist Rob Widmer wins by a whopping 5 minutes!
More than a dozen rides and clinics kicks off this week
Tuesday, May 3rd, Noon - 1pm at Metro Regional Offices
I'm glad to see that my neighborhood is bringing a strong presence to the upcoming Challenge.
Pioneer Courthouse Square, 7:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.
The Ten Toes Express program kicks off 16 walks on May 5th.
An incomplete list of great events in Portland
The National Center for Safe Routes to School has opened up another call for applications for it's $1,000 mini-grants.
Less than 30 days until a season of 30 free rides and clinics
If you're biking, much farther than a car could
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
Free walks every Wednesday through late spring and summer
For the past three years, Safe Routes to School and Bike First! have collaborated to offer clinics for students with disabilities.
April 9th and 10th at the Oregon Convention Center
Calling all Oregonians with an interest in Walk + Bike to School and Safe Routes programs to join us at the first Oregon Walk+Bike to School Retreat this June in Bend, Oregon.
New Neighborhood Greenways starting to connect the city
Our final installment in our Transporation and Health Equity series
Part VI in our Transportation and Health Equity series
Free maps for Portland businesses
Part V in our Health Equity and Transportation series
King School starts weekly walk to school group
Part IV in the series on health equity and transportation
(or how I loved to learn the atypical bike rack)
Saris Cycling Group is hosting a Poster Contest for fifth grade students.
Keep your bike dry and secure when you jump on the MAX in Bevo
Part III in our series of Transportation, Health and Equity.
Maplewood K-5's "Walking School Bus" program continues to grow.
An introduction to our series on the connections between transportation and health equity
Seminal study showed traffic made people less neighborly
Well in SF, of course they are...
Portlanders biking creating more space for cars
Just in time for our upcoming Westside Walking School Bus workshop on February 28th, Every Body Walk has released this promotional video explaining the concept.
Our Pedestrian Safety classes are in full swing in 40 schools across the city.
Portland's Safe Routes to School program is seeking to hire a part-time organizer
Emerson School was one of 25 schools around the country awarded a $1,000 mini-grant to advance walking, biking and transit use to school.
Safe Routes to School has submitted a $1.4 million dollar grant application to ODOT and we need your help.
No distraction has proved more addictive in 2010 than Twitter, here are our Top Ten Safe Routes Tweeters of 2010...
We do lots of planning and write plenty of grants, so don't mind us if we get excited when all that work comes to fruition. That's right, we're building stuff!
Yes, we agree it's not a big surprise.
News Flash: The sky is blue.
Check out this terrific video our comrade Joel, at the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, put together...
Sidewalks, puddles, splash! Write a winter walk haiku Send by the New Year
Join Friends of Trees in SE Portland to beautify our neighborhoods and clean the air
One of the many cool factoids from PBOT's 2010 bicycle count
PBOT's annual report shows a 8% increase in ridership over 2009
According to the research, the top four energy-burning, kid-approved games are...
In this issue: * Cross with Confidence * New Sidewalks for Menlo Park * Free SR2S Resources & Workshops * Getting Young Ones Ready to Ride * Walk + Bike to School Day highlights * Our T-Shirt Design contest winner
Looking for an easy way to get healthy...
Get lit. See and be seen. Start seeing everyone. Choose your favorite slogan, but please be visible and be alert for others.
A short film highlighting Portland’s growing system of Neighborhood Greenways was released nationally today by StreetFilms.org.
My new baby transforms my outlook on transit.
Participate in any number of Safe Routes workshops - gain new skills, network and encourage active transportation at your school
Will your second grader being receiving our class?
Be Safe Be Seen Rally will light up the night!
Great weather for biking for even fair-weather types
Going above and beyond for the two-wheeled steed
Join this safe, legal, FUN monthly ride for kids and families
Scattermaps find coworkers near you who are excellent carpool candidates
Read about discount spots on city streets and in parking garages
Portland's own Bike Train superstar was on NBC last Friday...
Actor stays carless in LA
Portland vs. the world in transportation statistics
why is this unsustainable, non-recyclable material, largely focused on aesthetics being pushed into our lives to promote safety?
On October 6th, carve some time out of your schedule and join us in the walk to school.
Portland Business Alliance's annual census documents a continuing shift to active choices
Construction is finished, plus new connections in east Portland
In celebration of International Walk + Bike to School Day, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting a media event with the students of Atkinson Elementary that includes Mayor Sam Adams and local dignitaries. More than 150 children and parents are expected to attend.
Keep riding through autumn with our All Seasons Cycling Workshop
Back to School season is upon us. For those of you with students in your lives this time of year is both exciting and stressful. It also presents a great opportunity to set positive habits for your family that will last the year.
SE 128th - Gresham still under construction
Srijana's experience leading Sun Cycle
Oregon's 4th largest city debuts a new bike map
Demand-responsive parking priced to provide you a space
via Yahoo! News Well, here's something to make your old English teacher gasp in horror: A road contractor hired to paint the word "school" on a freshly paved stretch of road near Southern Guilford High School in North Carolina rendered the traffic area in question a "shcool" zone.
Show us what you're thinking
The tiger's answer to HOV lanes
A summary of what's happening in the region
Study finds driving too much leads to heart disease
Why not use TriMet to get the family outside this summer?
How do you cross the river?
James John students rode by a group of people during their community ride who asked, “What is this? Why aren’t you in school” to which a student replied, “This is school!”
Here's the Safe Routes secret recipe for staying active and having fun in the heat...
Ten Toe Express, Portland By Cycle, Women on Bikes and Senior Strolls in full swing
40 reflective safety vests are available for school groups to borrow for events or programs
Join with your co-workers to reduce driving trips, win prizes and feel the endorphin rush.
Five Portland schools top the charts of May's Walk + Bike Challenge Month
Mayor Sam Adams along with Oregon Legislators join 4th graders from Humboldt Elementary School on a ride through neighborhood streets, show off skills and bomb down a grassy hill.
Walking tours this weekend and festival streets
Learn about Safe Routes schools benefiting from 2 miles of sidwalk infill; construction to begin June 2010.
Read an essay by 6th grader Camille Sullivan about Alternative Transportation Week
Learn about Bridger K-8s recent health and sustainable living fair
Point your iPhone, find the nearest transit stop
2+ weeks of bike fun with 29 family friendly events
Is Public Transit the Commuter's Chill Pill
Hope you made it to our event on May 16th - either way I think you'll enjoy this video....
IN THIS ISSUE: Free summer fun at Sunday Parkways; FREE helmets at Ready Rider; How Did the 2nd Grader Cross the Street?; New Covered Bike Parking; Maze Puzzle; T-shirt Design Contest; and more!
It is always exciting to have the opportunity to share our work with our City's elected leaders and Safe Routes was particularly fortunate to have two of our excellent partners to testify.
Check out this Oakland group, their vision, and their wheels!
Bike for breakfast, free fruit, bagels, coffee, and good times
Check out all the Portland area schools participating...
Eat for free, ride for free
I swear there's a connection
When you walk, you see the litlle things and reframe the big picture
Every year in April some 200,000 school children in the Netherlands take a "Verkeersexamen" (traffic test). The 12 year olds will start secondary school in the following school year. An overwhelming majority of these children will get to secondary school on their bicycles.
Safe Routes encourages you to volunteer for Sunday Parkways this summer...
The Bicycles for Humanity collection is this Saturday, April 24 at the old Washington-Monroe High School on SE 14th and SE Alder from 10am-4pm. They will be collecting used (but in good condition) mountain bikes, cruisers, parts, tools, bike accessories, and monetary donations.
Learn about the next generation of bike boulevards and make your support heard -- public discussions happening now!
Going to school? Biking and walking are cool!
April's Bike Brown Bag - Understanding Barriers to Bicycling
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has completed their work on the walknbikechallenge.org website, where older students can login in and track trips the webby way.
It has come to our attention that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall on a bicycle bell we provided through the Safe Routes to School SmartTrips program during the 2007-2008 (bell pictured here).
In Portland, Spring Break is behind us, and that means our fleet of bicycles is out of storage and moving around from school to school.
The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA), our contracted education provider, has two open positions that are Safe Routes related.
Spring is here! Are you jumping on your bike for the first time in awhile? If so, do the "ABC Quick Check for Fun."
Stay active this summer! Opportunties to hone bike skills and participate in other active recreation classes.
After much work planning and permitting, four of our partner schools are getting covered bike parking installed over the next few weeks.
Trail kept open during commute periods
Exploding cherry trees, good journalism and fleeting beards
Over 40 schools have registered for Walk + Bike Challenge Month! Sign your school up today!
Now you can use maps.google.com to plan your transit, walking, and biking trips!
Students, faculty, and staff get a big bike upgrade
The Bike First! helps children with disabilities or special needs gain stability to master the skills needed to balance and steer a two-wheeled bicycle
Taking heavy loads on bikes w/ aplomb
Nearly fifty happy bike owners rolled away from the three Portland Fix-It Fairs this year with better, safer functioning bikes - for FREE!
If you have a 2nd or 5th grade student in your family, be sure to look for your SmartTrips order form in the mail this February.
Blog notes that large majorities of business owners felt biking and walking was good for business
Over 200 people from all over the city converged at the White Stag building to discuss and debate transportation safety challenges and opportunities.
It's so ridiculously beautiful out there's no excuse not to bike
Join Mayor Adams and other leaders in a traffic safety forum
The Portland Bureau of Transportation announced today that its Safe Routes to School program received a $495,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to keep children safe as they walk and bike to and from school.
It was hard to pick just one winner for our Student Essay Contest, but congratulations to Gabriela Campos Gonzalez, a 5th grader at Bridlemile Elementary, for her very thoughtful essay
Win Organic Dark Chocolate!
Thanks to Kirsty for sharing this interesting short film exploring the barriers to cycling in England for young women.
IN THIS ISSUE: Student Essay Contest Winner!; Walk + Bike Challenge Month; Trainings Calendar; Free SmartTrips Materials; Funding for Safety Projects; an Einstein Quote Decoding Puzzle; and more!
A primer on navigating your neighborhood
Portland had more schools participate in National Walk and Bike to School Day than any other major U.S. city (47.3 schools on a 3-yr average).
The Bliss of Commuting by Foot
The GOOD blog pointed us to this interesting article in The Washington Post about teens holding out on getting their driver's license.
Tell us your secrets for riding
No, we don't mean ON your bike, we mean WITH your bike
Fan us on Facebook or Follow Us on Twitter for a Big Gardening Boost
What do walking and biking to school have to do with obesity, mental health, and asthma? A lot!
Take a peak at budding environmentalist Shealan's essay below. Shealan's essay received an Honorable Mention from our judges in our Student Essay Contest.
Check out Chelsea's (7th grader, Roseway Heights) excellent essay entitled, "Walking & Biking to School is Important & Fun Especially in the Rain" below. It also received an Honorable Mention from our judges.
Terrell, Lewis Elementary 5th Grader, is our next Honorable Mention in our Student Essay Contest.
Oregon schools are gearing up for the third annual Walk + Bike to School Challenge, a friendly competition that encourages students to walk and bike to school for the whole month of May.
Astor Elementary 5th Grader Payton is next up as an Honorable Mention in our Student Essay Contest. Our judges enjoyed the humor in Payton's essay and also how well he described the feeling and sound of being in the rain.
Here's another great Honorable Mention from our Student Essay Contest. Read Wyatt's essay below which speaks to the simple joys of speeding through puddles...
Kicking off the new year in a bold way, Ontario's newest elementary school has been designated "walking only." It is apparently the first school in Canada to adopt such a policy.
Countries that plow the bike lane during "winter weather events"
Honorable Mentions from our Student Essay Contest continue (in no particular order). Read Urmi's essay below, which our judges appreciate for it's clarity and thoughtfulness.
Last November, at a Safe Routes newsletter meeting, staffer Taylor Sutton had a terrific idea. She thought why should boring adults be writing all the articles? We should have a student essay contest!
Have one car for the family, ditch #2, transit commute and save almost 10 g's!
MAX trains run late on NYE
TDM, Public Health and the Marketplace intersect in Israel
First project of 15 miles of bike boulevards installed this year
Vestal Elementary school’s Safe Routes to School initiative has been profiled in a new national report showing how Safe Routes to School programs can be harnessed to keep children safe from traffic dangers while walking and bicycling to school.
Eugene cemetery provides bicycle hearse
We need skilled mechanics to help with basic bike maintenance and repair for our Bike Safety Education fleet.
Check out 9th grader Nick Young's video recap of Walk + Bike to School Day
Our nation's most decadent family tradition offers many transportation options
Last day to win $55 in free produce delivered to your door.
Tupelo Alley Finds 70% of Tenants Don't Want Car Parking
Skewering dubious edicts by local governments, like a rule that children must salute passing cars, has become a favorite pastime of China’s Web users.
Bridger students ride (and walk) the momentum started by International Walk + Bike Day
TriMet's got your covered
Drive Less Save More Family Challenge Families Rock Transit, Biking, Zipcar
Four local families fed up with fueling up put their skills to the test to cut back on their driving for one week in this year's Drive Less Family Challenge.
Rules for Biking
Or, why people get mad when people break the rules of the road
Especially when you're walking or biking, take it slow and be careful!
Save Big Bucks with Pre-Tax Transit Passes
Want to learn more about riding with kids + hauling cargo? This is the event for you!
How much would it take to get you into a carpool?
Things are moving along swimmingly this fall in our Bike and Pedestrian Safety arena.
Ride follows the MAX Green Line tracks from 10:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
That's right Portland, I said Indianapolis
Become a sustainable transportation champion
Two Oct 1st articles about Safe Routes to School in The Oregonian and The Portland Tribune
Proving beyond a reasonable doubt that autumnal bike commuting is very enjoyable
Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting a media event with the students of James John Elementary, local dignitaries and businesses encouraging students and families to make healthy choices for children and communities.
Another way Portlanders make biking awesome
Census Bureau Documents 54% Bike Commute Increase
Did you know that children breathe in twice as much air for their body weight than adults?
Help out with our bike safety program and/or Walk + Bike to School Day
In late August while you were stocking up on notebooks and pencils, we at Safer Routes to Schools were dusting off and tuning up our fleet of 200 bicycles.
As students head back to school, it is particularly important to obey traffic laws and to be safe drivers in school zones. Follow these back-to-school driver safety tips to keep all students safe this school year!
A student video production on the MLC Bike Bus
An example of an engineering improvement made near Humboldt School.
Three schools east of i205 have two-week bike safety programs for 4th + 5th grade age students
Preview Rides on August 4th and August 5th
No shower or changing necessary
On June 21st, 51 young people came by our station in Peninsula Park and received free bike helmets and learned bike safety skills.
Transit, Pedestrians and Bikes will Share Bridge
Scholarships available until July 15 for August Safe Routes to School National Conference in Portland
Registration for Oregon?s Walk + Bike to School Day is now available on-line at www.walknbike.org.
Walk, skate, jog or bike on a car free route
The 2009/2010 Building Safer Communities (BSC) and 2009/2010 Bicycle Safety Mini Grant applications are now open
A two-week bike celebration with nearly 150 events!
Schools across the nation are focusing on the importance of healthy students as a key to learning and strong communities. Watch as one school incorporates wellness into all of its programs, from gardening and exercise to nutrition and healthy eating habits.
Bigger, Smoother and More Efficient
The Robert Woods Johnson Foundation e-update tipped me off to this interesting Reuters article about the health risks of car dependency.
Join Safer Routes to Schools and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance at the Walk + Bike to Baseball celebration on June 12
Portland By Cycle's Popular Parochialism
Getting to two regional destinations is easier and greener
Some helmet fitting tips from our friends at Safe Kids
Safer Routes to School, in partnership with Providence Bridge Pedal and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, is hosting a free bike skills training course and ride for children at each Sunday Parkways event.
Biking to Stub Stewart State Park is a very doable trip with the help of MAX
Check out the creative videos local folks put together for the Drive Less Video Challenge.
Free breakfast, workshops, and rides all May long
This Saturday, Safer Routes to School will be at the Safe Kids at the Zoo event at the Oregon Zoo
Join us this summer for the National Safer Routes to School Conference
Video and Interview with our Bike Safety Instructor, Carl Larson
From the New York Times: "Giving Lessons in Traffic Safety at Middle Schools"
Learn about this One-day Quick Start Camp for folks who don't know how to ride
The more people on the streets the safer they are
Two recent stories tout biking in Portland, and Walking School Buses in Italy
2008 had the lowest number of traffic fatalitites of any year on record, dating back to 1925.
Get your school involved in Walk + Bike Challenge Month this May...
The first in a series
Greener, Brighter, More Fenestration
This year's most sustainable Portland businesses recognized
(Plus a chance to win a cargo bike!)
Bikes that are unconventional - at least for now
Idea to move away from gas taxes get legs
New York continues its streetscape transformations
Four options being considered
Downtown Portland, 1936
Go easy there, lead foot!
BBC documents role of bike around the world
Commuter Train from Wilsonville Offers Luxury and Convenience
Take the test!
Use the savings calculator to find your savings
Vancouver vanpool wants you!
Celebrate the New Year safely and sustainably
Park and Ride in the North, too!
The commute as battle
MAX, Frequent Service Lines Still Operating
Gas prices plunge, yet transit's appeal grows
Louisvile Transit Authority Creates a Bumpin PSA
20% of all vehicles crossing the Hawthorne Bridge during the summer are bikes
TriMet will let you off anywhere along route after 8pm
Pics of new Green Line
Some bus lines will change as well
Production values sag, but message still resonates
NYC, Denver seeing gains in cyclists, real estate values respectively
Enjoying the weather on your bike
How is TriMet doing?
Clark County transit gets even easier
City, TriMet and others work to allow cyclists
TriMet picks its winner
Images from the last 150 years
The Oregonian profiles a plethora of choices for hauling your kids on a bike
Law allows employer re-imbursements of bike commuting costs
Portland's Pedestrian Advisory Committee looking for new members
Route changes will coincide with buses returning to Portland Mall
Congress asks to hear about the nation's transit future
Take a carbon neutral ride
Race for the Cure Roars Through Portland
Tuesday at the Rose Quarter
Portland band tours the west by bicycle
New public safety campaign launched for road users
Between Gateway and Lloyd Center
Saturday, September 6
Detour and makeover in the works