The long awaited Bike Buddy program has just been officially launched by Southeast Uplift (SEUL), a non-profit coalition of southeast Portland neighborhoods.
According to SEUL’s Steve Hoyt,
“This program will provide a tremendous service to tentative, less confident bicyclists by allowing them to benefit from the vast resources of Portland’s experienced bicycling population.”
“Modeled after similar programs in Seattle, the Bike Buddy Program will match experienced bicyclists with people who would like to bike more but would like one-on-one guidance. Bike Buddies will learn the best routes around town, the safest ways to cross the river, and other tips to make riding enjoyable, easy, and safe.”
At this time, the program is only available to people who live within the Southeast Uplift service area, which stretches east from the Willamette River to I-205 and south from I-84 to the city/county border.
Hoyt’s plan is to run the program in September, conduct an evaluation, then hunt for funding to take the project citywide, ideally in the spring.
Hoyt says they’re looking for mentors but are particularly looking for new cyclists who could use a guiding hand to show them the ropes…so please spread the word to friends and co-workers! Let’s help get this program off to a solid start.
For more information download the Bike Buddy Program brochure (PDF) or contact Steve Hoyt at (503) 232-0010 x321 or steve[at]southeastuplift[dot]org.