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Events


 

Commuter Stations

BTA Commuter 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 resources including bike maps, information on our current advocacy campaigns, information regarding Oregon rules of the road, and more. At select Commuter Stations, 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.

 

Bike Commute Challenge

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!

 

Walk + Bike Challenge

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.

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.

 

25th Anniversary Celebration

2015 marks the 25th anniversary for the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. From humble beginnings grew a passionate organization dedicated to fostering healthy, sustainable communities. The 25th Anniversary Celebration will honor our heroes – past, present and future. 2015 Alice Award winners will be celebrated for their work in getting our community where we are now, and how they will drive us forward for the next 25 years and beyond. Alice Awards will be presented in the following categories at the event:

Future Builder: This year’s Awards are a celebration of our first 25 years- and how our work today will impact the next 25 years. This category might be for folks who are placing the building blocks today that will stand as benchmarks for the future. Perhaps it is someone who is working hard on a new trail or project. Maybe it’s a teacher or champion of a key campaign.

Hall of Famer: Someone who has consistently been there for the past decade or more doing the grinding work that may not be easily recognizable in a given year. Someone like a core volunteer who shows up every week to community rides with kids. Maybe it’s a person who has served on a Bicycle Advisory Committee for fifteen years. They are steady leaders over time.

The Innovator: The Portland area is known for innovation. Other cities and their citizens/business take the lead from us on many areas including transportation planning, business development and creativity. Who out there is a great innovator on bicycling in the Portland region who deserves recognition?

Emerging Leader: Given to a young adult under 25 who shows the inspiration young people can have in our communities.

Bud Clark: Given to a community member who has sustained long-term support for the BTA’s work.

Join 25 years of momentum.

 

Oregon Active Transportation Summit

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. Register for the Oregon Active Transportation Summit.

 

Clinics

Commute Clinics

If you are interested in using a bicycle as a means of getting around, these clinics are designed to answer any questions you might have. Their goal is to boost individuals’ confidence, safety, and enjoyment in bike commuting by addressing legal and practical questions. Commute Clinics are usually held at workplaces and can be scheduled by submitting a clinic request. More information here.

Commute Clinic Schedule:
8/5 Health Share of Oregon, 208 SW 5th Ave, Portland, 12pm

 

Legal Clinics

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. 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.

Legal Clinic Schedule:

1/21 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm
3/19 EPNO, 1017 NE 117th Ave., 6:00pm
5/20 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm
6/3 Ledding Library Pond House, 2215 SE Harrison St, Milwaukie 6:00pm
6/24 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm
7/23 Beaverton City Hall, 12725 SW Millikan Way, 5:30pm
9/2 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm
11/3 REI Clackamas, 12160 SE 82nd Avenue, 6:30pm

 

Advocacy Clinics

The Bicycle Transportation Alliance has been advocating for better safer streets since 1990. In this free one-hour clinic, a BTA advocate will share some of the lessons we’ve learned about how to get your voice heard — how to get your community’s problems solved. Topics covered include messaging, defining success, power mapping, identifying allies, and pressure vs. persuasion.

Advocacy Clinic Schedule:

2/18 Community Center, 12350 SW 5th St., Beaverton, 5:30pm
3/26 Rosewood Initiative, 16126 SE Stark St., 6:00pm
4/22 First City Cycles, 916 Main Street, Oregon City, 6:00pm
6/16 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm
8/19 Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Pkwy, Gresham, 6:00pm
10/21 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm
12/16 BTA Office, 618 NW Glisan St., Suite 401, 6:00pm

Questions? Contact Carl Larson.

Happy Hour

We have occasional, rotating opportunities for BTA Members to get an extra discount at bars and restaurants. Keep an eye out on Facebook and Twitter for more information!

 

Special Events
Throughout the year we have fun one time events from parties and rides to special speakers. Keep an eye on our events calendar for more details and check back here for upcoming events.

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.

Moots Raffle Drawing
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
Early October
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
Mid-Winter
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!

Volunteer Nights

On the 3rd Tuesday of every month, from 4:30 – 7 p.m., 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 Calendar.


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