Posted by Jonathan Maus ( Publisher/Editor ) on November 16th, 2011 at 3:41 pm
(Photo © J. Maus)
The City of Portland’s excellent monthly “Bicycle Brown Bag” discussion series continues tomorrow with a presentation titled ‘Bike Train Lessons’.
Kiel Johnson, who has spearheaded a flourishing local bike train movement will give the talk. Johnson will talk about, “his successes and struggles in building a bike train movement and how his experiences can be applied to other efforts to promote active transportation.”
Kiel is the consummate citizen activist who took a passion for making a difference and turned it into a sustainable program that has gotten widespread notoriety not just for himself, but for bike trains in general. And the amazing thing is that he did it almost completely DIY-style, with very little funding or resources.
Given that city budgets are shrinking and “extras” like helping families bike and to school might not survive the axe, Kiel’s work is more important than ever.
PBOT Bicycle Brown Bag: Bike Train Lessons
Thurs, Nov. 17, Noon – 1 pm, City Hall Lovejoy Room (1221 SW 4th Ave., 2nd Floor)
But wait, there’s more…
If Kiel’s talk gets you excited for bike trains, the City of Portland’s Safe Routes to School program is hosting an event titled, “Successfully Starting a Bike Train” that will take place on November 21st from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at Rigler School (5401 NE Prescott).
From the event description:
Join other parents from around Portland to learn specific skills for organizing and leading a Bike Train at your school. Build first aid kits, get resources, get riding assistance, share stories. Refreshments provided. Childcare provided upon request.