BTA Service Stations offer commuters and other cyclists a convenient way to learn more about the work of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and to join us in ensuring Oregon is the best place to ride a bike in the nation.
Throughout the year, we set up pop-up stations where we can talk to cyclists about issues most important to them in the places they ride. At each station we will offer a bike “registration” service to anyone who stops. We will help make sure you have all your bike’s information stored digitally incase you are ever a victim of bike theft. You can also take advantage of complimentary bicycle service provided by our bike shop partners at each location and enjoy some free snacks from our sponsors.
Every September we challenge work commuters across Portland to get out of their cars and get on their bikes. We run a month long friendly competiion between workplaces in the tri-county area to see who can get the greatest percentage of employees to log the most miles on their bike. At the end we tally the results, give out awards in different categories of company size and sector, and celebrate everyone’s hardwork and commitment for that month.
Here’s how it works. Anyone interested in taking the Challenge looks to see if their workplace is already registered. If it isn’t, they register themselves and their workplace team at the same time. They become the Team Captain, by default. Their coworkers register and join that workplace team.
Everyone logs their bike trips during the month of September. At the end of the month, the BTA tallies the bike trips and ranks all workplaces in size categories by the percentage of commutes achieved by bike. In early October, the BTA announces the winning companies in each category at a big After Party.
In 2012 we had 12,000 people participate in the challenge and log over 1 million miles! Join us in breaking those records. Sign your workplace up today!
The national percentage of kids biking or walking to school has declined since the 1970s, but in Portland, that number has risen from 28% in 2006 to 42% in 2012. The Walk + Bike Challenge is a friendly competition aimed at encouraging families to walk and bike.
During the Challenge, school coordinators track the number of students biking, walking, and skating to school throughout the month. At the end of the Challenge, prizes go to the schools that log the most biking trips, the most walking trips, the largest total number of students walking and biking, and the highest percentage of students walking and biking. The BTA will also hold weekly drawings for schools to win gift certificates and even more great prizes.
When you sign up for the Challenge, you can also sign up for Walk+Bike to School Day in October, an annual event similarly geared toward getting kids moving.
The Challenge is hosted by the BTA with support from the Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) and the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), among others.
With over 500 guests in attendance last May, the Alice B. Toeclips Awards is the BTA’s major fundraiser and hands down our biggest night of the year.
Since its inception, the event has recognized champions within the Oregon cycling community, from state and national political leaders to teachers promoting bicycle safety in the classroom. There are three categories of awards: Up-and-Comer Award, the Alice B. Toeclips Award, and the Bud Clark Lifetime Achievement Award.
The Alice Awards also include live and silent auctions. That said, join us next year, and show your support for the future of bicycling in Oregon.
The Oregon Active Transportation Summit (OATS) is an annual conference for Oregon active transportation activists, community members, and anyone who wants to get involved in advocacy at the state level. The summit includes workshops, trainings, and a lobby day when legislature is in session.
The 2013 legislative agenda included advocating for safety bills including Traffic Safety Cameras in School Zones (HB 3438), Safe Neighborhood Streets Act (HB 3320), and Preventing Distracted Driving (SB 9). We also pushed to win new and greater sources of funding for active transportation projects.
For over a decade, bicycle lawyer Ray Thomas has been sharing his wisdom with cyclists around the state in this 60-minute workshop on bicyclists’ rights and responsibilities on the road.
Held on rotating Wednesdays at 6pm in the BTA Office, legal clinics cover Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if you’re in a crash. Attendees will also receive a free copy of Thomas’ book, Pedal Power: a Legal Guide for Oregon Cyclists.
Questions? Contact Stephanie Noll.
BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan Street #401, Portland, OR 97209
Next clinic: Wednesday August 28, 6pm
On the first Monday of every month, the BTA hosts a Happy Hour at Velo Cult bike shop and bar in Northeast Portland. Each month has a different theme, but we usually have a special guest who speaks about specific issues in cycling. And while it’s happy hour for everyone, BTA members receive an extra $1 off pints with a valid membership card.
Velo Cult, 1969 NE 42nd Avenue, Portland, OR 97213
BTA Sunday Parkways Summer Block Party
Sunday August 25th, 12:00-6:00pm
Join the BTA at our Sunday Parkways Summer Block Party. We’ll have music, food, beer and games (including Four Square!) to keep the fun going! Ride the route and stop by to say hello!
This is a volunteer supported event. To see how you can help and sign up for a shift click here.
Bikes, Brews and Bluegrass
Thursday August 29th, 4:00-9:30pm
Join us on a ride to Sauvie’s Island to enjoy all the B’s of summer: berries, burgers, brews and bluegrass. Check out the event posting on our calendar for full details and buy your tickets here.
Moots Raffle Drawing
Thursday October 3rd, 6:00-8:00
Throughout the month of September the BTA will be selling raffle tickets to win a Moots bike, outfitted by Cycle Path, worth over $7000. At the party we will draw the winning ticket, and would love for you to join. You must be an Oregon resident to participate, and do not need to be present to win. All are welcome to celebrate at the drawing party where we will also have door prizes.
Tickets go on sale September 1st.
Bike Commute Challenge Awards Party
Celebrate your miles with us and see which workplace outrode the competition at our Bike Commute Challenge Awards Party. Pizza, Beer and Door prizes to celebrate your commitment to commuting!
Live the Revolution
For the past 4 years the BTA has partnered with Sugar Wheel Works to put on a Live the Revolution bike themed story telling event, to benefit our Safe Routes to School youth bike education programs. This year we featured great stories from Portland bike personalities Joseph Ahearne, Sarah Mirk, Chris Diminno and Heidi Swift, as well as volunteer stories from the audience. Join us in Winter of 2015 for the next Live the Revolution event!
On the last Tuesday of every month, from 5-7pm, the BTA holds a volunteer night at our office where members and nonmembers alike can help out in a tangible, quantifiable way. Past nights have involved stuffing envelopes, manning phone banks, crafting thank you cards, or organizing materials for upcoming rides.
As always, snacks, refreshments, and good conversation will be provided.
Join us the last Tuesday of every month at the BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan Street #401, Portland, OR 97209
We also offer lots of one-time volunteer opportunities at different community events around Portland including Sunday Parkways, bike fairs, and Bridge Pedal. Check out a full list of upcoming volunteer opportunities on our Volunteer Page.