Thursday, August 25, 2011

So What About the BTA and the Bike Commute Challenge?

September is usually time for the Bike Commute Challenge, but the advocacy scene statewide is changing.

A promotional video for the BTA and biking, Roll On, Oregon, turns out to be all about Portland.

When the new BTA Strategic Plan came out it didn't really have much surprise for Salem area advocates. It was pretty clear that the organization was retrenching to the Portland metro area.

Interestingly, the plan still leads with an image of the whole state. But it really has a more narrow focus:
Our on-the-ground advocacy work will focus on the tri-county region including Multnomah, Clackamas and Washington counties.
Here's the introduction as well as sort of infographic and executive summary.

The more interesting question is what is happening with the Bike Commute Challenge. Are you participating personally? Is your workplace? And if work for the State, is there any chatter about the benefits of bicycling for the Health Engagement Model? Tell us how it's going down this year!

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