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Catholic Charities latest to bring message to the bikeway


Portland’s bike traffic continues to draw the attention of organizations that want to engage bike riders with their messages.

Last month, the Portland Opera Company hosted an event to share their upcoming premiere of Puccini’s La Boheme with the throngs of evening bike commuters that pass by their offices on the Eastbank Esplanade. Yesterday, PBOT and local biking and walking advocates held a “Calm Commute” event on the Hawthorne Bridge, and this morning, PBOT and their Maintenance Operations Division spread a message of safety by giving out donuts and coffee on N. Mississippi Ave.

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And tomorrow, Catholic Charities Oregon and Catholic Charities USA will team up with Shift to (update: I have confirmed that Shift was unaware of being named in their press release) serve pancakes, donuts and coffee to people on bikes coming into Portland via the Hawthorne Bridge.

According to a press release issued today, Catholic Charities has organized the event to “instill awareness of the plight of poverty throughout Portland, and our nation.” The organization is hosting a conference in Portland on reducing povery in America this Thursday to Saturday.

Catholic Charities also wants to raise awareness and recruit participants for Cycling for Change, a ride led by a Father from Kansas City that will go from Cape Flattery, Washington, to Key West, Florida in 100 days. “Portland was chosen as the site in which to launch involvement in this event due to its national reputation as a bicycle-friendly city.”

Joining the event from 7-9:00 am on the northwest end of the Hawthorne Bridge will be several dignitaries and executives from Catholic Charities USA and Multnomah County Commissioner Judy Shiprack.

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