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Old 02-01-07, 09:35 PM   #1
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2007 Portland Bicycle Master Plan Rides!

From an email I received today:

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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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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:

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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.
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