Support BikePortland - Journalism that Matters

Williams Ave businesses plan bike commuter thank you event

Posted by on July 2nd, 2012 at 5:07 pm

In stark contrast to some downtown businesses who have made it clear to the Bureau of Transportation that they have reservations about the value of bicycling, a long list of businesses on N. Williams Avenue want to let the city know that they understand bicycling is great for their bottom line.

Local bike part and accessory company Portland Design Works (PDW) has organized Rider Appreciation Day. The event will take place next Wednesday (7/11) from 4:00 to – 6:00 pm. According to a statement, PDW says the event is being done to “offer a token of gratitude” to the many people who ride up Williams Avenue on their daily commute.

PDW co-founder Erik Olson said, “We watch people ride their bicycles through our neighborhood every day and we were looking for a way to connect with them and say thanks for going by bike.” Olson’s company is located just a half block off of Williams on Hancock. “Bicycles mean business to our neighborhood.”

During the event on Wednesday, PDW will team up with 20 other businesses located along the N Williams corridor to host rest stops where gifts of thanks and other incentives for bicycling will be handed out. A list of participating businesses will be handed at the corner of Williams and Hancock, where people can also enter for a chance to win a set of PDW bike lights.

Here’s the list of Williams Avenue-based businesses that are participating in the event:

  • Elemental Fitness Lab
  • RH Brown
  • Planet X
  • Metropolis Cycle Repair
  • Corsa Concepts
  • The Waypost
  • Abraham Fixes Bikes
  • Sugar Wheelworks
  • Sweetpea Bicycles
  • Tinymeat
  • Cha! Cha! Cha!
  • Ristretto Roasters
  • 5th Quadrant
  • Hopworks Bike Bar
  • United Bicycle Institute
  • Queen Bee Creations

It’s great to see businesses proactively supporting bicycling. We need more of this in Portland!

NOTE: We love your comments and work hard to ensure they are welcoming of all perspectives. Disagreements are encouraged, but only if done with tact and respect. BikePortland is an inclusive company with no tolerance for discrimination or harassment including expressions of racism, sexism, homophobia, or xenophobia. If you see a mean or inappropriate comment, please contact us and we'll take a look at it right away. Also, if you comment frequently, please consider holding your thoughts so that others can step forward. Thank you — Jonathan

40
Leave a Reply

avatar
17 Comment threads
23 Thread replies
0 Followers
 
Most reacted comment
Hottest comment thread
21 Comment authors
SmedleyJaimeScottkerryspare_wheel Recent comment authors
  Subscribe  
newest oldest most voted
Notify of
Zaphod
Guest

I’ll make a point to show up and likely buy things along with enjoying the gifts.

Andrew N
Guest
Andrew N

Let’s not forget that Cha Cha Cha was one of the businesses most vehemently against removal of either a parking lane OR auto lane on Williams. Given the bronze-level design that PBOT ended up adopting for the avenue, this Appreciation Day should be done more to offer condolences rather than “a token of gratitude”.

Scott
Guest
Scott

Tight. Add to the list of things that are annoying on my commute home for 7/11:
-Oblivious cyclists swerving everywhere for goodie bags.

Racer X
Guest
Racer X

Plan a counter protest at Cha Cha Cha then! [Robin…to the Batmobile!]

Ted Buehler
Guest
Ted Buehler

Cool!

Gregg
Guest

I look forward to supporting each of these businesses.

Joe
Guest
Joe

So RAD! I just love events like this

maxadders
Guest
maxadders

No thanks. Their collective efforts made things worse for cyclists using Williams.

Jake
Guest

I like it. It is advertising for businesses along Williams. But that’s the point of being a business, attracting customers. And cyclist are awesome customers! I’ll be there.
(Alberta shops next to do this???)

PorterStout
Guest
PorterStout

Showing business that cyclists mean business perhaps increases their interest in / reduces their resistance to future cycling infrastructure upgrades. I think it’s a good idea to show support. And not be grumbly about it.

jered
Guest
jered

also 7/11 is free Slurpee, so don’t forget to stop by your local 7/11 for your free Slurpee – FREE STUFF EVERYWHERE!

Scott
Guest
Scott

Carl

ScottMLK is my preferred route.Recommended 0

Phew! I fixed your first post for you: “Tight. Add to the list of things that are annoying five blocks west of my commute home for 7/11…”

Recommended 0

Thanks.

Scott
Guest
Scott

Carl
Spoken like someone who’s never tried to convince a business district that bicycling is a good thing. Bravo.

Recommended 3

Businesses should attract customers with quality products and good customer service. Not bread crumb trails and cajoling.

kerry
Guest
kerry

Scott. Are you adamantly opposed to bike share increasing? Do you think that cycling should be the sole province of daredevils and messengers?

If not, please be advised that your contempt for anyone slower, more cautious, or less skilled than yourself who might want some facilities is giving that impression.

For myself, I plan to spend a little money on 7/11 (among other days) to make it abundantly clear that persons on bikes are an important part of these businesses’ customer base. Over time they’ll see that it’s in their self interest to support the safety & convenience of their customers. I’m likely to spend more money in retail if I’m not a sticky red spot on the pavement out front.

Scott
Guest
Scott

To clarify my point, MLK will be my preffered route for that day.

While I do not feel like bike lanes make me any safer, the best route to my area is Williams. It has fewer chances to stop and a grade that is easy to spin.

While I am no fan of what governments offer the serfs, I am not a route idiot.

Jaime
Guest
Jaime

spare_wheel
oh, please. where did scott say that he had “contempt for anyone slower, more cautious, or less skilled”?
i also do not need ANY of the bike infrastructure that has been built in pdx. in fact, i find much of it to be annoying and even unsafe. and while i support increasing mode share via infrastructure, i can understand scott’s attitude. in pdx, fast and skilled cyclists are at best marginalized and at worst treated with hostility. throw us a few sharrows and more of us will fall in line.
Recommended 1

I second the unsafe part, I recently experienced my first “dooring” riding up the bike lane on Broadway to PSU; I have to avoid getting creamed coming off the Hawthorne Bridge into downtown (or deal with the cacophony of the Waterfront) and fear the right hook every block of the bright green lane on Eastbound Hawthorne while being “raged” against or passed dangerously close when asserting my vehicle status and taking a lane on plain old roads or share-ways.

The more bike lanes there are, the less cars put up with bikes on roads but the bike routes are often unsafe. NE Couch comes to mind as I place I will NEVER use the bike lane. What a waste of money. We pay taxes too.

Smedley
Guest
Smedley

Yay! I just won 5% my next purchase at Queen Bee!