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    2007 Portland Bicycle Master Plan Rides!

    From an email I received today:

    The first ride will follow the following format:

    Meet at 5:15 at Terry Schrunk Plaza (SW 3rd between Madison &
    Jefferson). Briefly discuss ride logistics/issues
    Ride at 5:30.
    Ride for 1 hour or so along predetermined route with several stops.
    Convene afterward for as long as needed to discuss what we saw, how we
    felt about it, ideas we have, etc.

    Attached is a map of the first route.

    The first ride will be next Tuesday, February 6th. We'll meet at Terry
    Schrunk Plaza (SW 3rd between Madison & Jefferson) at 5:15.

    There are multiple goals for these rides:

    1) Education. To have Portlanders understand the standard tools the
    City uses to create bikeways; how we use them and why we use them.
    Most importantly, people need to experience them and get a feel for
    how they work and begin to think about what might work better.

    2) Vision. Can we create--even if only for a little while and in a
    limited area--the feeling one gets when riding in world class cycling
    cities? Can we give people a vision and perhaps the sensation of how
    Portland can be a world-class cycling city?

    3) Discussion Forum. I want to create a regular forum in which people
    interested in bicycling can meet regularly, look at conditions in the
    field, and hold discussions about them that range as far as the group
    wishes to take them. What works, what doesn't work, how do we improve?

    These rides are an initial part of an overall outreach strategy for
    the update to the Bicycle Master Plan. As PDOT is currently working on
    an existing conditions report for the Bike Master Plan, the rides for
    the first few months will focus primarily on existing bikeways. As our
    focus expands to how to change the network and develop new routes, the
    rides will change to reflect the search for new ways to ride.

    We're starting in the inner eastside, mostly on established bicycle
    boulevards because these roads are among the most bikeable in the
    city. Future rides will take us to every section of the city--wherever
    we've developed bikeways.

    Please attend. Please spread this message widely. The more, the merrier.

    Thanks.



    Roger Geller
    Bicycle Coordinator

    City of Portland Office of Transportation
    1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 800
    Portland, OR 97204

    voice: (503) 823-7671
    fax: (503) 823-7609
    TDD: (503) 823-6868

    email: roger.geller@pdxtrans.org
    web: http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...ex.cfm?c=34772
    Here's a map of the ride and the story from BikePortland.org. I'm going to go, and I hope some of you are able to, as well. Looks like this is first in a series. What delightful, nerdy, bike fun!

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    I just came here to post this but I see you beat me to it!


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    Heh heh...

    Perhaps we should stick post-it notes to our helmets with "BF" on them?

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    We rode a route that took us through SE Portland and saw a lot of built up bikeway facilities, and rode the streets in the 70's where they're proposing building a bikeway. There was quite the difference in the areas. We finished up at the Lucky Lab where we ate dinner, and discussed what we saw, and got some edumucation on "bikeway tools", and received some really great handouts on them. The folks at PDOT really want to know what we think about where we travel and they want our input on which directions they go in the next 20 years. Roger Geller wants everyone to know that there is going to be a Bicycle Master Plan ride the 1st Tuesday of each month until there's more daylight out, then he wants to do 2 rides a month. Each ride will focus on a particular area of Portland. This is going to go on for about a year and a half, he said, so there's plenty of opportunity to participate! Roger is kind of hoping for increasing numbers of riders as the weather improves, with hope that it will culminate in an "Amsterdam Effect" wherever we ride.

    I had a great deal of nerdy fun, and even got to meet randya. It was a great group of people ranging from average commuters to someone from the BTA, even an off-duty bike cop. People had excellent ideas, but they could be even better if more people participated. So block out your evenings on first Tuesdays for a while, and randya or I will post information about the next ride when it comes out.

    If anyone wants to see the handouts, PM me.

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    Did you guys ride by my house? 74th, just north of Foster...I saw a group of bikers go by the other day, which has never happened out here before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by braingel
    Did you guys ride by my house? 74th, just north of Foster...I saw a group of bikers go by the other day, which has never happened out here before.
    It was on 2/6 - was it that day?

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    I don't recall. Most likely though...everyone was overdressed for my part of town

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    I changed the title of this thread since these rides will be going on for the rest of the year...

    Email from Roger Geller:

    Quote Originally Posted by Roger Geller, Bicycle Coordinator, PDOT
    Greetings again (and my apologies for any multiple postings)

    The first Tuesday of March will hopefully bring us good weather for the 2nd
    Bicycle Master Plan Ride.

    The first, in SE Portland was great fun (dry!) and very informative for me
    and others in attendance. Even though it was in inner East Portland with
    many inner East residents, I think that most participants rode on streets
    they'd never before been on!

    Attached are notes from the last ride and a map for March's ride. As before,
    please spread far and wide.

    At February's ride we had 22 particpants. Let's see if we can double it for
    this month.

    Below is a brief description of how this works...

    The ride will follow the following format:

    Meet at 5:15 at Terry Schrunk Plaza (SW 3rd between Madison Jefferson).
    Briefly discuss ride logistics/issues
    Ride at 5:30.
    Ride for 1-2 hours or so along predetermined route with several stops.
    Convene afterward for as long as needed to discuss what we saw, how we
    felt about it, ideas we have, etc. For this ride we'll meet in a classroom
    at Concordia College.
    YOU MAY WANT TO BRING SOMETHING TO EAT IF YOU DON'T EAT BEFORE THE RIDE...
    This is not necessarily a led ride. People are encouraged to follow the
    route but to spread out a bit--riding in groups of 3-4. The intent behind
    this is to create a riding density similar to what might occur if bicycling
    represented 30%-50% of trips across the four bicycle-friendly bridges,
    instead of the current 10%.


    There are multiple goals for these rides:

    1) Education. To have Portlanders understand the standard tools the City
    uses to create bikeways; how we use them and why we use them. Most
    importantly, people need to experience them and get a feel for how they
    work and begin to think about what might work better.

    2) Vision. Can we create--even if only for a little while and in a limited
    area--the feeling one gets when riding in world class cycling cities? Can
    we give people a vision and perhaps the sensation of how Portland can be a
    world-class cycling city?

    3) Discussion Forum. I want to create a regular forum in which people
    interested in bicycling can meet regularly, look at conditions in the
    field, and hold discussions about them that range as far as the group
    wishes to take them. What works, what doesn't work, how do we improve?

    These rides are an initial part of an overall outreach strategy for the
    update to the Bicycle Master Plan. As PDOT is currently working on an
    existing conditions report for the Bike Master Plan, the rides for the
    first few months will focus primarily on existing bikeways. As our focus
    expands to how to change the network and develop new routes, the rides
    will change to reflect the search for new ways to ride.

    We're starting in the inner eastside, mostly on established bicycle
    boulevards because these roads are among the most bikeable in the city.
    Future rides will take us to every section of the city--wherever we've
    developed bikeways.

    Please attend. Please spread this message widely. The more, the merrier.

    Thanks.

    Roger Geller
    Bicycle Coordinator

    City of Portland Office of Transportation
    1120 SW 5th Avenue, Room 800
    Portland, OR 97204

    voice: (503) 823-7671
    fax: (503) 823-7609
    TDD: (503) 823-6868

    email: roger.geller@pdxtrans.org
    web: http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...ex.cfm?c=34772
    I have a map of the next ride, but the pdf file is more than 100kb, so PM me if you'd like it.

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    Here is the "official" report from the first ride.
    Memo to File Master Plan Ride 1 Report.pdf

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    Tomorrow is ride #3. Meet at Terry Schrunk Plaza at 5:15. This ride will be for and in NW, and it's not without controversy at the moment.

    I still think it will be fun, and we'll all go to the Rogue Ale Public house afterwards for discussion, beer and food.
    "Real wars of words are harder to win. They require thought, insight, precision, articulation, knowledge, and experience. They require the humility to admit when you are wrong. They recognize that the dialectic is not about making us look at you, but about us all looking together for the truth."

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