Friday, July 25, 2008

100 Bicyclists and the Governor!

Photo: Linda Morrell

BTA Executive Director Scott Bricker; Project Manager, Governor's Commuter Challenge, Alison Wiley; and Governor Kulongoski talk at Breakfast on Bikes. Photo: Doug Parrow.

This morning on a perfect summer day, 100 bicycle commuters joined us at the Capitol. About 8:30am, the Governor biked in to work! The Honorable Ted Kulongoski chatted with several cyclists and then gave a brief talk on his legislative priorities for 2009 regarding transportation and climate change. He also thanked bicycle commuters for their efforts. He thanked the BTA for their work on bicycle safety and education, as well.

More complete report later!

Update 7/28 - More photos from Linda Morrell:

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Next Up: Friday, July 25th - The Capitol!

In honor of the Governor's Commuter Challenge, we'll be serving breakfast at the Capitol in July.
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Updated 7/2/08

June Breakfast Report

Photo: Al Smith

What a beautiful morning it was! The view out across the river was glorious in the morning sun. Al brought some beautiful cups he'd thrown, embossed with a bike, and then fired. A wonderful addition to our cup collection. Melissa from Oregon Peaceworks came by and tabled on the 5% Solution again. She also had information about tonight's ride during First Wednesday, "Put the Brakes on Global Warming."

Several new faces joined us, including some brand new commuters. We also had signs on the bridge above, but there were many cyclists who zoomed past. The bridge seemed to attract a higher proportion of strong cyclists who were on a time schedule. The difficulty of street connections seems to pose a barrier for new or less-experienced cyclists. It will be great when the Union Street Bike & Pedestrian Bridge opens! (Though its connection to Union and/or Commercial is itself quite problematic.) Still, I wonder if different types of cyclists will be attracted to each crossing.

Photo: Al Smith