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PBOT’s ‘PDX Bike Month’ and much more starts today!

Posted by on May 1st, 2012 at 5:48 am

PBOT has declared May PDX Bike Month and they’re pulling out all the stops to make it a good one. They’ve got over 30 events listed on their website and they’ve got a new Twitter account and Facebook page to help promote them.

Here’s more from PBOT Transportation Options ringleader Timo Forsberg:

PBOT and many partners are kicking off PDX Bike Month – a series of events throughout the month of May. The first event is a Bike Breakfast on Wed, May 2. Be alert for the aroma of coffee and of eggs on the griddle on SE Lincoln St, just west of Cesar Chavez Blvd. Stop by between 7:15 and 8:45 for breakfast and a chance to celebrate National Bike to Work Month and International Walk & Bike to School Challenge Month, Portland-style.

You can also get a quick bike adjustment at the BTA’s Service Station (Wed. 4:30-6:30 in Ladd’s); go for an eye-opening ride with EPAPbike [East Portland Action Plan Bike Subcommittee] on “The Good, The Bad, and the Unimproved” (Sat. 10am-noon in East Portland); take in a Bike Legal Clinic (PSU’s Bike Hub on Wed. the 9th); and join us for another breakfast, on the NE Going Neighborhood Greenway on Wed, May 9th. Plus more breakfasts during the week of the 14th through the 18th.

This is not a drill folks!

And in case you haven’t heard, May is also National Bike Month which includes Bike to School Day (May 9th), Bike to Work Week (May 14th- 18th), and Bike to Work Day (May 18th). Furthering the encouragement, the League of American Bicyclists, Bikes Belong, and title sponsor Kimberly Clark, have announced the Get Up & Ride National Bike Challenge (think of it like the BTA’s Bike Commute Challenge, but open to everyone in the U.S.) Their goal is to, “unite 50,000 bicyclists to ride 10 million miles in communities across America.”

Back to the local bike month festivities…

Health insurance provide Regence/BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon is hosting the first ever Employers Bike Summit on May 18th (9:30 am to noon, Sisters Conference Room, 100 SW Market). With the City of Portland and the BTA as partners, this summit will bring Portland companies together to discuss how to create more bike-friendly workplaces. Bike advocates, facilities managers, human resource managers, and other company employees are encouraged to attend. More info here.

Bike to Work Day

A PBOT employee making you
free pancakes? Must be bike month!
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

Also starting today (5/1) is the Bike to PSU Challenge. So far nearly 700 riders have already signed up. Teams and solo riders sign up via the website and log their trips to win weekly prizes and compete for the most trips during the month.

If you’ve been thinking about giving biking a try, or if you have friends and/or co-workers who have been on the fence; this month would be a great time to start! There will be lots of support out on the street and the many free events are excellent opportunities to make those first few bike to work trips easier and more fun.

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  • 9watts May 1, 2012 at 7:53 am

    If more people bike we all win.
    One day May might even be carfree month. Now wouldn’t that be something?

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  • Todd Boulanger May 1, 2012 at 9:58 am

    June is so much nicer. But May! in the NW, its sooooo cold and wet to bike in! (I guess we are on the national calendar for once… it being Bike to Work month 😉

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  • K'Tesh May 1, 2012 at 10:18 am

    GO Team Appling!

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  • Rol May 1, 2012 at 12:20 pm

    PDX is an airport. Grumble grumble. Thanks for the eggs!

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  • TimoOptionista May 1, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    Whoop whoop!

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  • Steve Hoyt-McBeth-PBOT May 1, 2012 at 12:59 pm

    Follow or like and be entered in a drawing tomorrow for a New Seasons and iTunes gift cards.

    Thanks Jonathan for the coverage.

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  • mabsf May 1, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    May is also Safe Routes Walk & Bike to School month… So walk & bike the kids in your life to school and watch out for small cyclists and pedestrian…Walk & Bike – No other way to go!

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  • dwainedibbly May 1, 2012 at 1:20 pm

    At PSU today I saw that someone had installed on all of the bikes seat covers with advertisements for some event, I didn’t get a good look but I think it was bike-related. I know those covers are common in Copenhagen but I think this is the first time I’ve seen them in the US. Hopefully they are reusable.

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    • TimoOptionista May 1, 2012 at 1:47 pm

      The covers are definitely reusable, and you’ll notice a friendly competition between the Bike2PSU Challenge team and the PDX Bike Month team – but we’re trying hard to Cover the City!

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  • Diablo May 2, 2012 at 9:05 am

    Hit the Bike Breakfast on Lincoln this AM with my daughter on her ride to school/mine to work in Vancouver
    Thanks 🙂

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  • Ian Stude May 2, 2012 at 3:25 pm

    Thanks for props, Dwaine. We’re hard at work here at PSU to make this the best bike month ever! Our Bike2PSU Challenge has just kicked off, and we’ve got almost 1000 riders registered to the site! Next up: getting all 1000 of them to ride at least once during the month of May. For which, of course, we will be rewarding them in style… Stay tuned for more success stories, cuz PSU is gonna bring it!

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