Employer Bike Summit May 15 will have a theme: ‘Reclaim the City Crown’

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward
Employers Bike Summit

The 2013 summit drew dozens of workplace advocates.
(Photo: J.Maus/BikePortland)

Portland’s annual Employer Bike Summit, a half-day gathering for people working to increase bike commuting in the area, is scaling up its vision a bit.

“Big bike projects are coming to Portland in the next year,” co-organizer Steve Hoyt-McBeth, a project manager for the Portland Bureau of Transportation, wrote in an email Monday. “If you want them to be the best they can, you need to be involved.”

The free Friday afternoon event sponsored by Regence Blue Cross Blue Shield usually draws about 50 workplace commuting and sustainability pros, workplace biking advocates and public employees. Created largely by members of Regence’s bike-commuting community, it’s intended to offer support and ideas to people known in their workplaces as the “bike person.” (You know who you are.)

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At Employers Bike Summit, Novick praises health benefits of bike investments

Buffered Bike Lane with a bike symbol and arrow pointing forward

Commissioner Steve Novick speaks Friday at
Regence headquarters.
(Photo: M.Andersen/BikePortland)

Portland should be proud of its 6.1 percent bike commuting share, the highest of any large city, Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick said at a summit Friday that gave local employers advice on supporting bike commuters.

“We beat Madison,” the city council member said. “We beat Minneapolis.”

The commissioner also returned to the subject he cites most frequently as a reason to support bike improvements: the local economy as a whole saves money through lower health costs when people build physical activity into their lives.

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