National trail user count effort needs local volunteers

Posted on July 27th, 2010 at 12:22 pm.

Safe Routes conference VIP ride-75
Make ’em count!
(Photo © J. Maus)

Metro is coordinating a regional effort to count the number of people using local trails and they need volunteers to help make it happen. The effort is part of the National Bicycle and Pedestrian Documentation Project and the counts will take place in mid-September.

Here’s a excerpt from the documentation project site about why these counts are so important:

One of the greatest challenges facing the bicycle and pedestrian field is the lack of documentation on usage and demand. Without accurate and consistent demand and usage figures, it is difficult to measure the positive benefits of investments in these modes, especially when compared to the other transportation modes such as the private automobile. An answer to this need for data is the National Bicycle & Pedestrian Documentation Project, co-sponsored by and Alta Planning and Design and the Institute of Transportation Engineers (ITE) Pedestrian and Bicycle Council. This nationwide effort provides consistent model of data collection and ongoing data for use by planners, governments, and bicycle and pedestrian professionals.


Be a ‘Superhero’ and help save Sunday Parkways!

Posted on June 17th, 2010 at 3:14 pm.

Sunday Parkways-3.jpg
Beth Hamon,
Sunday Parkways volunteer.
-Slideshow below-
(Photos © J. Maus)

OK Portland, it’s time to step up and take care of a good friend in need. That good friend is Sunday Parkways, an absolute gem of an event that we are all very lucky to have.

Word from organizers is that the event is in need of a bunch more Superheroes (volunteers) to swoop in and make sure it remains a successful event. Put bluntly; without more community ownership — both physical and financial — Sunday Parkways could be in serious trouble.

I’ll save the financial details for later, but what’s urgently needed now are more Intersection Superheros. According to my friend Neal Armstrong with Good Sport Promotion (the company hired to manage the volunteer effort), they need a total of 200 Intersection Superheroes to monitor, direct, and divert traffic as well as chat with nearby residents to make sure they are cool with the event.


Volunteer for the Cirque du Cycling Criterium

Posted on May 29th, 2009 at 9:35 am.

Over 120 volunteers are needed to make the Cirque du Cycling Criterium a success. Meet in front of the Laughing Planet Cafe (between Failing and Beech St on Mississippi Ave.) at the designated time for your volunteer position.

All volunteers get a free t-shirt, food and drink and a fun-filled day of bike activities.

REGISTER ONLINE to volunteer (see all positions here)

Contact: Jim Anderson, jim-anderson at comcast dot net

Event details:

Cirque du Cycling Criterium, presented by Laughing Planet Cafe
Saturday, June 13, 2009,
N Portland, Mississippi Ave.

Cirque du Cycling, presented by Laughing Planet, is part circus, part bike street race and a benefit for Self Enhancement, Inc.

The whole event kicks off at 1:30pm with a free three-mile family ride to Peninsula Park. There is also a bike parade (3pm) (advance registration required) featuring all sorts of wild sculptural bikes: tall bikes, choppers, swing bikes and more.

There’s live music all afternoon, plenty of entertainment to watch and an evening criterium street race with a two-way racing right down the middle of Mississippi Avenue.

Come relax in the beer garden, bring your bike, settle into your lawn chair, peruse the shops of Mississippi and be awed by spectacular bicycle tricks and riding feats.

Volunteers needed for Pedalpalooza Kickoff Dance Party, World Naked Bike Ride

Posted on May 29th, 2009 at 9:31 am.

From volunteer coordinator Lily Karabaic:

This year the Pedalpalooza Kickoff Party/World Naked Bike Ride is predicted to be bigger than ever, and I need nearly 100 volunteers to make this event successful.

I’m still short about 20 positions, and the volunteer labor is vital to making the party run smoothly, safely, and allowing us to keep doing this crazy thing next year.


The Pedalpalooza Kickoff Dance Party and Portland’s World Naked Bike Ride are happening on June 13- The dance party will be at the old coffee warehouse, at 2181 NW Nicolai. This year’s theme is “Where the Wild Things Are”!

All positions include fame, glory, and free beer. Check out the full details on how to volunteer.

May 29th, 2009
Construction and Clean up Day: Make the space magical! Ability to hold a hammer or broom the only requirement. RSVP required to anomalily at gmail dot com
12PM to 5PM (negotiable)

June 13th, 2009
Set-up Decorators: Help make things pretty and get done early! 4-9PM (2 spots open)

Night shifts are roughly 2 hours, between 8:30PM to 4AM.
Beer Servers: Keep us all in beer, wear a sash, stay sober. (6 spots open)
Clothes & Bag Check: Take people’s bags and store them safely. (3 spots open)
Crowd Control: Keep everyone safe & not crazy (5 spots open)
Stair Cheerleaders: Keep people inspired & safe on the stair landing. Great job for hams (9 spots open)
21+ Checkers: Look at people’s awful license pictures. Stay sober. (8 spots open)
Freight Elevator Operator: Wear a fun hat, operate the gigantic elevators. Stay sober. Pre-training required. (10 spots open)

After Party Clean-up, June 14th from 1PM to 4PM! (6 spots open)

Please email desired shift & position to anomalily at gmail dot com to volunteer! This cannot happen without your help.

Let me know if you can help out and/or if you need more information.

Contact: anomalily at gmail dot com

Please forward widely and often.

Volunteers needed to select Oregon Scenic Bikeways

Posted on October 24th, 2008 at 12:19 pm.

A reader (thanks Brian) gave me the heads up that Oregon Parks and Recreation Department is looking for volunteers to serve on a new advisory committee that will evaluate routes nominated for Oregon Scenic Bikeways.

Full press release is below (more info on Oregon’s Scenic Bikeway program here):


Volunteers needed for Last Thursday (8/28)

Posted on August 26th, 2008 at 3:03 pm.

This Thursday (8/28) is the first-ever officially carfree Last Thursday on Alberta event.

To make it happen smoothly, organizers — which includes the City of Portland and a local non-profit group — need volunteers.

There will be a short training session (not much to learn really) Thursday night at 7:30 at the corner of NE 24th and Alberta.

The volunteer shifts are from 8:30 to 10:30. Your help would be greatly appreciated.

City seeks volunteers for expanded rider count effort

Posted on June 24th, 2008 at 4:34 pm.

Splash Dance Ride
How many bikers do you see?
(Photo © J. Maus)

The City of Portland is expanding the scope of their annual bike counts and they need volunteers to help them do it.

Denver Igarta, a transportation planner with PDOT, says they want to cover 140 locations this year. That’s an increase over the 98 locations they counted in 2007, which was up from the 60 locations they counted in 2006.


Volunteers needed for Mult. County Bike Fair

Posted on June 24th, 2008 at 1:19 pm.

Mult. County Bike Fair!
MCBF 2006.
(Photo © J. Maus)

This just in from Multnomah County Bike Fair (MCBF) headquarters:

If y’all love biking and hanging out in the park with great music, games, & free beer, try volunteering at the Multnomah County Bike Fair this Saturday!

The Multnomah County Bike Fair is Portland’s annual festival of debauchery & bike fun. Here’s coverage of last year’s fair to give you an idea.


Holiday Bike Drive – translators needed

Posted on November 26th, 2007 at 4:18 pm.

The Community Cycling Center is holding its annual Holiday Bike Drive, a wonderful event that provides helmets, bikes and bike safety education to hundreds and hundreds of deserving children in Portland.

Volunteers are needed to help translate for those families that don’t speak English. We need people who can help translate Spanish, Russian, Chinese and Vietnamese.

Positions include helping registrations, guiding kids through the process of receiving helmets and bikes, and bike safety education.

If you are interested, please email me at volunteer(at)communitycyclingcenter(dot)org, and I will provide you more information, including dates and shifts.

**** I promise that this will be one of the most rewarding volunteer experiences you’ve ever had. For more information about the Holiday Bike Drive, please read an excellent story and see the pictures from Bike Portland.

Neal Armstrong
Volunteer and Event Manager
Community Cycling Center

1700 NE Alberta
Portland, OR 97211

Bicycles are a tool for personal empowerment and a vehicle for social change.

Lake Oswego Holiday Bike Donation Drive

Posted on November 25th, 2007 at 7:21 pm.

Volunteer at the Lake Oswego Holiday Bike Donation Drive (LOHBD)

Dear Riders & Bike Community Volunteers:

Please join us at our second annual LOHBD to collect donation bikes for the non-profit programs of ExchangeCycleTours.org (ECT), Community Cycling Center (CCC), and the Girl’s Scouts. Below are the event announcement and details.