(Photos: Steve Bozzone/Intersection 911)
On Friday afternoon, as city road crews labored under the hot sun on the NE Cully cycle track project, they got an unexpected surprise. A group of people on bikes and tricycles pulled up to give them words of thanks and free popsicles.
The event was pulled together by livable streets group Active Right of Way (AROW) and the Bicycle Business League. Ryan Hashagen is a member of the BBL and owner of Icicle Trycycles, who donated the ice cream. Hashagen says the event is part of an ongoing program they call “Free Ice Cream for Bike Lane Builders.”
Here’s a little report Hashagen shared about the Friday’s event:
“We pedaled out to the NE Cully Cycle Track construction site and delivered our appreciation to the work crew for making Portland a safer city for bikes & people.
There was some great conversations and appreciation expressed. The project looks great! We were super excited to be able to thank this hard working crew with our frozen pedaled treats for making Portland a safer city for all right of way users.”
A little positive activism and some good, old-fashioned face-to-face communication can go a long way. Nicely played everyone!
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Great PR for everybody! Awesome work! Thank you. I like the geno-A-type workman juxtaposed against the diminutive hipster! Please, please, forgive, and possibly, overlook, the labels. The contrast is striking though, and maybe somebody could figure out a way to characterize it better. But these are not exactly simpatico demographics I see here sharing some ice-cream on a hot day, feel me? That’s some broad-spectrum appeal right there.
Great stuff. I’m glad that the event was planned for Friday and not today!
Ryan-Thank you!! You do amazing work bridging the gaps between all road users. Nicely done.
Construction equipment for paint on the road?
I love this town!
yeah but too bad that guy got his bike stolen.
That’s really sweet. This makes me smile and I bet the workers really appreciated the gesture. I doubt they receive a lot of of recognition for their hard work.
Where’s the beercycle?
Wonderful example of “playing it forward”!!