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