SmartTrips program manager Linda Ginenthal in 2006,surrounded by “doodads, goodies, prizes, swag.”(Photos by J.Maus/BikePortland) After 12 years of bike maps, blinking lights and walking tours, one of Portland’s most innovative transportation programs is shifting direction. Starting next week, the city’s residential SmartTrips program, which gives Portlanders customized packages of free resources to help them get … Read more
Can a Portland-brewed program that uses free events, maps and T-shirts to get people informed and enthused about biking and walking work on the inner east side of Chicago?
Detail from new Russian version of PBOT bike/walk map. The Bureau of Transportation’s SmartTrips program just got a lot smarter. The focus of the program, which resides in PBOT’s Transportation Options division, is to encourage people to bike, walk, and take transit. Today PBOT announced that their popular series of biking and walking maps are … Read more
The Options Division are the ones who deliver the SmartTrips packets to your door by bike.(Photos © J. Maus) The Transportation Options Division inside the Bureau of Transportation is a key piece of Portland’s success as a sustainable city. “Options” (as it’s known around here) is the marketing arm of the city’s transportation program and … Read more
Here’s a great opportunity to ride your bike and get paid ($15.12) for it. Transportation Options SmartTrips Bicycle Delivery Staffers Options is looking for three hearty bike riding individuals for 12 week positions to help us process and deliver hundreds of packages to southwest Portland homes. Yes, that is hilly southwest. Job duties include data … Read more
SmartTrips materials are delivered by bike.(Photo © J. Maus) PDOT’s Transportation Options Division has announced that their “SmartTrips Southeast” program led to a 9.4% reduction in drive-alone trips in the target area. The program — which uses individualized marketing techniques to encourage participants to walk, bike, and take transit — was focused on over 20,000 … Read more
Former ODOT bike guyMichael Ronkin won the Lifetime Achievement Award.(Photo: Jonathan Maus) Local transportation experts made their mark at a recent awards event hosted by the Association of Pedestrian and Bicycle Professionals. The APBP is a non-profit founded in 1995 that, “promotes excellence in the emerging professional discipline of pedestrian and bicycle transportation.” The event … Read more
## Begin field transmission ## PDOT’s secret SmartTrips Command Center.File photo Yesterday, after a brief struggle with motorized transport units in downtown Portland, I was able to gain access to PDOT’s secret Command Center for their SmartTrips Southeast Bike Delivery Operation Squad (SSBDOS). Before being carted away by security guards, I was able to snap … Read more
[Survey boundary map.] PDOT’s Transportation Options Division has just released an interesting comparison of survey results based on their SmartTrips program. SmartTrips — formerly known as the “Hub” project — is the name given to their annual marketing program that promotes biking, walking, and public transit in a selected geographic area. In 2006 the target … Read more
PDOT’s “Hub” Project (a.k.a. Travel Smart) has a new name, a new logo, and a new plan. Now calling their work “SmartTrips”, the folks in the Transportation Options division are gearing up to work their magic in and around Sellwood.