Calling all bikers, walkers and neighbors of Swan Island~
As you may have heard, Portland Parks & Recreation (PP&R) has been working very hard in recent months with npGreenway to determine a feasible alignment for the future bike and pedestrian trail that will extend from the East Bank Esplanade to Kelley Point Park in St. John’s.
Before they close in on the final stretch, PP&R invites those interested from the community to weigh in on their most recent alignment proposal. On January 9th, PP&R and npGreenway will host an Open House to solicit feedback and provide the latest on the proposal. See below for details…
Ride down, chow down! The very generous folks at TILT have offered up complimentary coffee and breakfast to anyone who rides their bike to work this THURSDAY.
If ever there were a day to try bike commuting, you might consider this one. Just be sure to stop by TILT before heading to work…
Date/Time: Thursday, September 20, 7-9am
Location: 3449 N Anchor Street
Join us for a day of events to celebrate bike/pedestrian improvements on Swan Island!
Bikers Breakfast at TILT: Bike in and enjoy complementary coffee and breakfast at SwanIsland’s newest eatery; 7-9am, 3449 N. Anchor Street.
Dedication of “The Captain’s Walk”: Join us to dedicate the new Channel Avenue sidewalk to the Shipyards in honor of Captain R. Head, Master of the Olendorff, who was killed while walking along N. Channel Avenue; 11am-1pm, McCarthy Park parking lot between N Ballast & Commerce. *Look for tent and banners. Light snacks and refreshments. Followed by…
Celebration and Grand Opening of “River to Lagoon Trail” (Led bike/walk tours): Take an easy stroll or bike ride to the Lagoon, once the main channel of the Willamette River; 11am-1pm.
Industry & Art: Celebrating the worker: Just down “The Captain’s Walk” at Vigor Industrial Shipyard; Noon to 6pm, 5555 N. Channel Avenue. Free with $5 suggested donation.
Past, present and future bike commuters, a message for you:
Look outside! It’s no longer dismal out! In fact, this past week has been downright glorious biking weather (can the air possibly get any fresher?!), so how about brushing up on some BIKE TIPS (How-to Videos & Bike Resources) and reading on about how National Bike Month got started in the first place?
With weeks left in National Bike to Work Month this May, let us backtrack a bit to provide you the appropriate historical context:
THE HISTORY OF BIKE MONTH
For fifty-five years, National Bike Month has been the perfect time for new or returning riders to get back on the saddle and ride their bike to work. Originally the Cycle Trade Association called the month American Bike Month but in 1956 it evolved to Bike Month. Along with the name change, Bike Month became more about promoting cycling and safe bicycling, not just selling bicycles.
BIKING HISTORY DATES
1880 League of American Wheelman founded
1888 First pneumatic tires
1890 Good Roads Movement