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.
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