Feeling the Bike to Work Day love in outer East Portland

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A rare haven for bike riders in East Portland.
(Photo: Elizabeth Craig/ODOT)

It’s not everyday that people in the eastern parts of our city feel Portland’s legendary bike love. But this isn’t everyday; it’s Bike to Work Day!

On that note, I thought I’d share an email I got from reader Michael Mann, who was setting into his usually lonely commute this morning when — lo and behold — he was greeted by coffee, pastries, and smiles:

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Electeds get into spirit at Bike to Work Day event

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Bike to Work Day in Lloyd District -5

Metro Councilor Robert Liberty
gets the prize for best-dressed
biking politician today.
(Photos © J. Maus)

It’s not everyday that you get a free spread of food, coffee, free bike tune-ups, and a shot at raffle prizes just for biking into work.

And it’s not everyday that you can see your Congressional representative, your Mayor, and two members of your regional government getting to work under their own power. But that’s what happened this morning at the annual Bike to Work Day event hosted by the Lloyd Transportation Management Association.

Riding to the event down N. Vancouver, I pedaled in a pack of about 12 other people. I also noticed a lot of bike traffic in and around the Lloyd District. The event itself had a solid, yet tame, turnout.

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Bike to Work Day open thread

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Lloyd District Bike to Work Day

Last year, the Lloyd Bikettes made
their debut on Bike to Work Day.
(Photos © J. Maus)

Today is Bike to Work Day!

Here in Portland, the day isn’t met with the same kind of fanfare as in some other cities (where the idea of biking is much more of a novelty). But even so, there’s at least one big event planned today — the annual Bike to Work Breakfast hosted by the Lloyd District Transportation Management Association (their mission is to improve access and mobility in the Lloyd District).

Portland Mayor Sam Adams, with his new carfree commitment and fresh off a trip to the Velo-City conference in Brussells, might stop by Oregon Square (6th and NE Holladay) between 7:30-9:00 this morning to join the fun.

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