breakfast on the bridges
If you’re new to biking in Portland you might notice something afoot on the last Friday of every month as you pedal into downtown: A bunch of happy-looking people standing around with coffee and donuts in their hands.
Next time you see this, consider stopping: It’s for you!
What you’re seeing is an old Portland tradition known as Breakfast on the Bridges. For the past 14 years (14!) a hardy bunch of volunteers affiliated with Shift have been serving food and drinks and smiles on downtown bridges from 7:00 to 9:00 am. It currently happens on the Hawthorne (west end), Steel (east end), and the Tillikum (east end). The selection of eats varies from month-to-month. I’ve seen everything from bagels and bacon to made-to-order pancakes. This morning on the Tillikum Lilian Karabaic and friends offered chocolate peanut butter oatmeal cookies and banana muffins.
If you’re wary of stopping because you think you’ll have to sign up for something or listen to someone’s political or product pitch, don’t worry. “B on B” (as the locals call it) has no agenda (although politicians have been known to show up). Like everything Shift makes happen (Pedalpalooza and the World Naked Bike Ride included), the goal is simply to have fun and meet people.
(Photo J. Maus/BikePortland)_
I’ve got several small bits of local news I wasn’t quite sure what to do with, so I figured I’d round them all up here on the Front Page.
Here goes…[Read more…]
The Burnside Bridge often goes unsung and unappreciated by bikers: Blame the slightly hairy merge with turning traffic on its west landing, or the awkward approach from the east. But as of today, the Burnside won’t be going unfed.
the crowd on the Hawthorne Bridge this morning.
(Photos © J. Maus/BikePortland)
City of Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick showed once again this morning that he’s a hands-on leader. In the past few months (even before Mayor Hales gave him the PBOT portfolio), Novick has shown up to support walking, biking, and transit.
This morning he and his policy director Katie Shriver walked a few blocks from their City Hall offices to the west end of the Hawthorne Bridge where volunteers with Shift were holding their monthly Breakfast on the Bridges event.
Breakfast on the Bridges is a proud Shift tradition that started years ago as a way to create community and offer a friendly smile and free coffee and munchies for people riding bikes. Fruit, coffee and other foods are donated by local stores and volunteers wake up early to brew fresh coffee to serve to anyone who rides by. The event happens on both the Hawthorne and Steel Bridges.
This guest post is by Michael Andersen of Portland Afoot, PDX’s 10-minute newsmagazine about buses, bikes and low-car life.
Dozens of fans of one of Portland’s most unique and durable bike traditions met Tuesday night at bicycle tavern Velo Cult to tell stories from more than 120 mornings of free breakfast on Portland’s bridges.
“It’s amazing to see that this tradition of giving out coffee and donuts has continued for 10 years,” said Ayleen Crotty, who said she and Amy Stork started serving the first regular breakfasts during Portland’s legendary “Summer of Bike Fun” in 2002.
The purpose of the events is to spread the word about how bikes are expected to navigate safely along with buses, MAX trains, and cars on SW 5th and 6th Avenues along the new Portland Mall. TriMet says they’ll be handing out free breakfast snacks, hot coffee, and “information about the new Portland Mall cycling environment.”
Colin Maher, TriMet’s bike specialist, also passed along a new graphic (below) that shows how bikes are expected to turn right from their left-side travel lane (the right lane is reserved for trains and buses).[Read more…]
If you commute by bike from North/Northeast Portland across the Steel Bridge (or if you don’t mind going out of your way for a bit of fun), you’ll be happy to know that tomorrow, there are several places you can stop and partake in the proud Portland tradition of free donuts.[Read more…]
(Photo © J. Maus)
Breakfast on the Bridges is the quintessential Shift to Bikes event. It is organized 100% by volunteers and funded with coffee and pastries that are donated by local businesses. It has no agenda other than to make people smile, thank them for riding their bike, and encourage a fun, festive, bikey atmosphere.