Women in business find support at Portland Society’s annual boot camp

We actually wear bike shoes more often than boots.
(Photos: Portland Society)

Maria Schur (a.k.a. “Bicycle Kitty“) is active in our community as a ride leader and bike industry employee. Her last post on BikePortland was about her participation in the Ride to Defeat ALS.

Cooler temperatures, golden school buses and colorful leaves can only mean one thing – it’s almost time for Portland Society’s Boot Camp! We’ve come to call it Bootless Camp, because it’s more of a relaxing retreat than a workout-a-thon.

What is the Portland Society? According to our website, we’re Badass Biking Babes. To put it more succinctly, we’re a membership organization of female-identifying cyclists in Portland, Oregon who work together to support each other through referral, education and community. Portland Society has become so much more to me than its mission statement of making Portland a better place to live and ride. What started as a networking group has become a club of bikey friends who empower and uplift each other.

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With Kitzhaber resignation, bike advocates upbeat about incoming Gov. Kate Brown

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Oregon Secretary of State Kate Brown at a
2011 fundraiser for the Portland Society Fund, which
supports “emerging leaders in active transportation.”
(Photo: M.Andersen)

Oregon’s next governor rides a tandem.

While we’ve been hurrying around Southwest Portland this week, we’ve been keeping half an eye on the drama unfolding in Salem. In the wake of Willamette Week’s report Thursday that Gov. John Kitzhaber unsuccessfully tried to get state employees to block release of thousands of his emails amid a criminal investigation of the overlaps between his public role and his fiance’s business, the governor has resigned and Secretary of State Kate Brown will be moving into the job.

According to her 2012 election registration, Brown lives with her husband in a 1914 home in Southeast Portland’s Woodstock neighborhood.

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Elly Blue and Portland’s bike book boom

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Elly Blue, publisher.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

These are boom times in the bike book publishing world. From big coffee-table books detailing the beauty of bike design, to guidebooks on where and how to ride and everything in between — the cycling renaissance in North America is being mirrored by an equally robust uptick in the amount of new books that document it.

Major publishing houses have noticed and they’re certainly getting a piece of the action; but here in Portland, a growing number of authors are turning to small press and independent publishers.

And who’s at the forefront of this fledgling revolution? None other than activist, businesswoman, writer, journalist and southeast Portland resident Elly Blue. Under her Taking the Lane Media banner, Elly is publishing, consulting on, distributing, marketing, and even writing bike books at a breakneck pace. After cutting her teeth on writing and bike journalism here on BikePortland back in the day, Elly found big success as a columnist for Grist.org. Since that gig ended, Elly has spent the last two years learning everything she can about the publishing business (and she’s also become something of an expert on how to win a Kickstarter campaign).

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The Portland Society announces grant winner

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Grant winner Stephanie Routh, shown here with
Oregon State Representative Lew Frederick at an event in April.
(Photo © J. Maus/BikePortland)

The Portland Society, a non-profit business alliance of professional women, “who are passionate about bicycling” has announced their 2012 grant recipient. Stephanie Routh, the executive director of the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition, has earned a $1,000 award from the Portland Society Fund, which aims to help women develop professional skills for use in promoting active transportation.

Routh is a respected local activist whose combination of policy smarts and fun-loving nature has lifted the profile of the WPC. With her $1,000 grant, Routh plans to enroll in the Fiction/Creative Nonfiction Certificate Program offered by the Independent Publishing Resource Center (IPRC).

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‘Portland Society’ names first crop of grant recipients

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Lindsay Caron Epstein will use her
grant to help fund web design
(Photo © J. Maus)

The Portland Society, a non-profit that supports women in the bike industry and the transportation field, has announced its first crop of grant recipients.

The Portland Society Fund (which is administered by Umbrella, a 501(c)3 organization) will award Portlanders Michelle Week, Laura Koch, and Lindsay Caron Epstein. The grants — which range from $250-$500 — will go “toward education to develop their leadership and professional skills to promote vibrant, welcoming public spaces and active transportation in Portland.”

According to co-founder of The Portland Society, Elly Blue, “The applicant pool was extremely strong” and it came down to applicants that showed a strong commitment to the mission of “transforming streets into welcoming, vibrant, livable places that serve communities.”

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Women’s bike biz group, The Portland Society, announces grant program

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The Portland Society, a local non-profit that seeks to strengthen and support women-owned bike businesses, has announced a new grant program.

Here’s the info from the call for applicants:

What: Women seeking to develop their leadership and professional skills for use in promoting active transportation and livable streets are encouraged to apply to the Portland Society Fund. Grants of up to $500 are available. All women are encouraged to apply, particularly students and women identifying as minorities.

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We are all traffic: An interview with Elly Blue

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Press conference Friday, 12:30 at City Hall.
Rally Saturday, 12 noon at Salmon Street Fountain.
More info here.

In the wake of a tragic October that revealed chinks in Portland’s bike-friendly armor, community members have come together and planned a press conference and rally under the banner of “We are all traffic”.

On Friday there will be a press conference in front of City Hall at 12:30 and on Saturday, a public rally has been planned for 12 noon at Salmon Street Fountain (more details about the event).

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