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Bike stars shine at BTA Alice Awards

by on May 6th, 2013 at 4:33 pm

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Alice Award winners Kristen Warren (L) and Alison
Hill Graves with former Bike Gallery owner
Jay Graves and the BTA’s Rob Sadowsky.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

On Saturday night, the stars of bike advocacy from around the region aligned in northwest Portland for the 18th annual Alice Awards benefit auction. Known as “Alice,” it’s the largest fundraising event of the year for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA). With hundreds of people in attendance (each of whom paid $125 to be there), the night is full of fun, socializing, and shopping for a good cause.

With a nod toward celebrating the 50,000th grade school student to receive the BTA’s Bicycle Safety Education program, this year’s theme was “Tomorrow’s riders start today.” The main events of the night were the live auction, the crowning of award winners, and a nod to one very special bike advocate.

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Former NFL quarterback inspires fifth-graders to ride safely

by on April 11th, 2013 at 2:32 pm

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Former NFL quarterback Joey Harrington with fifth-graders at Roseway Heights School this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

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BTA announces Alice Award winners

by on March 18th, 2013 at 10:57 am

The BTA’s Alice Awards event isn’t until May 4th; but the winners have already been announced. See the press release below for details:

March 14th, 2013 – Portland, Oregon – The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) is excited to announce the winners of the 2013 Alice Awards & Auction, to be held on May 4th. This is the 18th year the BTA will honor select Oregon citizens for their work to make bicycling safe, more convenient, and more accessible.

As part of the BTA’s celebration around reaching the 50,000th student with bicycle safety curriculum, awardees were selected based on their efforts to make the nation, Oregon, and Portland a better place for bicycling.

The winners of the 2013 Alice Awards are:

US Rep. Peter DeFazio – Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Alison Hill Graves – Alice Award Winner

Kristin Warren – Alice Award Winner

The BTA will also honor Jay Graves for his contributions to the community at the Alice Awards on May 4th. Graves has previously been the recipient of both an Alice Award and a Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award. As Graves steps away from his role at Bike Gallery, the BTA is excited to thank him once again for his hard work and dedication to bicycling over the years.

US Rep. Peter DeFazio – Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award Winner

Peter DeFazio is a stalwart supporter of bicycling and Safe Routes to School. In the past year he stood as the only member of congress to speak out in support of Safe Routes to School from the committee floor. He works hard to build better transportation policy and increased funding for active transportation.

In Washington DC, he amplifies the voice of people who ride bicycles and helps raise important issues that matter to people here in Oregon. Historically, he’s also helped bring increased funding for projects to the state.

Alison Hill Graves – Alice Award Winner

Alison Hill Graves built a new era for the Community Cycling Center and helped usher in a new way of thinking around equity and inclusion for the bicycle movement, both in Portland and nationally.

She began working for the CCC in 2006 and has overseen many successes at the organization, including the opening of the New Columbia Bike Repair Hub in 2012.

Kristen Warren – Alice Award Winner

Kristen Warren incorporates bicycle safety education into her health curriculum at Gresham High School, making her the first Gresham-Barlow teacher to do so in recent years.

Her teaching at Gresham High School means young adult students will learn how to ride bicycles safely and legally. Her work unlocks the environmental, financial, and health benefits of bicycling for students and families in the Gresham area.

As CRC rumbles forward, major advocacy groups sit on the sidelines

by on February 28th, 2013 at 11:34 am

“I heard from a number of people who have expressed concerns about their [legislative] priorities if they were to speak against the bill.”
— Mara Gross, interim director of Coalition for a Livable Future

The Columbia River Crossing project took a big step forward when HB 2800 easily passed the Oregon House this week. But while the project has made a lot of noise lately, major environmental and transportation advocacy groups have stayed quiet.

The bill will likely be voted on by the Senate next week (March 4th) and then Governor Kitzhaber is expected to sign it into law (unless he gets nostalgic and has a change of heart).

As this snowball has gathered size and speed, I have become intrigued by the deafening silence about it from our region’s major environmental, land-use, and transportation advocacy groups. Groups like the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, 1000 Friends of Oregon, the Oregon League of Conservation Voters, the Oregon Environmental Council, and the Oregon Chapter of the Sierra Club.

Meanwhile, the relatively small opposition has been led by volunteer grassroots activists with little to no budget and a few organizations pulled together by Coalition for a Livable Future, an umbrella group that has just two policy-related staff. At a house party on Tuesday hosted by CLF and the Facebook-based group Shut Down the CRC, they celebrated a paltry $1,000 fundraising goal to help pay someone to work the halls of Salem to stop the bill. (more…)

BTA plans new ‘BikeSwap’ event at PDX Bicycle Show

by on January 18th, 2013 at 11:39 am

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There’s always cool new stuff at the show;
now there will be cool used stuff too!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The PDX Bicycle Show is coming up on March 23-24 and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance has something big in store. They’re set to debut a new event dubbed BTA BikeSwap. The event, which they’ll publicly announce next week, is being billed as, “an opportunity for families, new cyclists and experienced riders to buy and sell their cycling gear.”

The BTA is partnering with the Community Cycling Center and the Bicycle Show’s organizers, Pedal Nation Events. The BikeSwap will be a benefit for both the BTA and the CCC. Is it just a bike swap meet? Not exactly. Check out what makes it unique:

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BTA-led coalition seeks to restore active transportation cuts in City budget

by on December 12th, 2012 at 11:26 am

BTA’s Gerik Kransky (L) and freight
advocate Corky Collier after the PBOT Budget BAC
meeting yesterday.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In the face of severe cuts to active transportation in the PBOT budget that came to light last month, a coalition led by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) presented a proposal yesterday to restore nearly half of them.

With dwindling revenue forecasts, PBOT has had cut their budget for several years now. This year’s gap was estimated to be $4.4 million. Of that, PBOT proposed $1.5 million in cuts to active transportation — $1 million from projects and $500,000 to programs and staffing. The cuts would impact programs like Sunday Parkways, Safe Routes to School, neighborhood greenway projects, and more. (more…)

What projects matter to you? The BTA wants to know

by on November 15th, 2012 at 12:24 pm

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Time to roll out the maps!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

In case you haven’t heard, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance is working on an update to their Blueprint for Better Bicycling. The last one was published in 2005, and the map of potential projects they can put on the list has changed considerably since then. The problem is, they don’t know everything you know — so they need help prioritizing which projects should be included this time around.

The BTA has announced three “input sessions” that will take place early next month across the tri-county region: (more…)

BTA adds five board members to “move beyond ‘preaching to the choir'”

by on November 8th, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Earlier this month, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) welcomed five new members to their Board of Directors. This brings the total up to 22 people on this important advisory body. You may not realize it, but the BTA Board has a major influence on the organization’s tone, focus, and direction.

As the BTA gears up for the upcoming legislative session and a possible transportation funding measure in 2016, their board’s decisions could have a huge impact on bicycling in Portland and throughout the state.

The new board members are: Lanny Gower, licensing and operating tax manager for Con-way Freight, Inc.; Valerie Hoyle, formerly with Burley Design, now an Oregon State legislator representing west Eugene; Lois Moss, a former bike shop owner who founded and directed Walk+Roll Cleveland; Dennis Mulvihill, a retired government relations manager for Washington County; and Justin Yuen, President of local software company FMYI (For My Innovation).
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BTA hears top project ideas for ‘Blueprint’ effort

by on October 19th, 2012 at 12:53 pm

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Steve Hoyt-McBeth jots down his group’s ideas
at yesterday’s event in City Hall.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)

At City Hall during the lunch hour yesterday, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) enlisted the help of Portland’s brightest biking minds to prioritize the “world-class bikeways” that will act as the organization’s ‘Blueprint‘ for the future.

The event was hosted by the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) as part of their monthly “Bicycle Brown Bag” discussion series. Around 40 people showed up for the participatory discussion (10 of which were women, if you’re counting). BTA Executive Director Rob Sadowsky and Advocacy Director Gerik Kransky opened the event by offering some historical context.
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BTA celebrates 1.25 million miles logged in ‘Commute Challenge’

by on October 12th, 2012 at 11:28 am

Jeff Capizzi (L) — shown here with BTA Director
Rob Sadowsky — logged 1,524 miles during September.
(Photo: Will Vanlue/BTA)

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance (BTA) hosted a party in the Rose Quarter Wednesday night to congratulate riders and celebrate another successful Bike Commute Challenge. In the month of September, the event’s 11,745 participants (split into 1,395 teams) logged 1,278,343 miles while riding their bikes to and from work (those numbers are down slightly from 2011, see all results here).

At the party Wednesday night, participants were treated to free pizza, beer, and a big prize raffle. The BTA also awarded individuals for exemplary commuting and teams got to see where they stacked up against the competition. Teams are made up of employees from businesses and organizations across Oregon (split into three categories and then separated by number of employees). The challenge is to get the highest percentage of employees logging trips (it’s not based on total miles). (more…)