Portland Bike Commuting Newsletter, November 2010

From: John B.
Sent on: Sunday, October 31, 2010 6:09 PM

Portland Bike Commuter Newsletter, Late Fall 2010

Greetings, bike commuters!

It has definitely taken a turn for the chillier since I sent my last newsletter (in August!). Hope you're keeping those extremities warm as you pedal around town!

I hope to see you next Sunday 11/7 for either of the two big bike events scheduled for that day. First will be our first ever Bike Network Audit Ride, starting at 9 AM from 3 different points at the endpoints of some bike network routes, evaluating bike facility treatments such as bike lanes, shared lane markings, and signage. You've gotten other email reminders about that, with more detail, so I hope you'll RSVP to let us know whether to expect you or not. Our Portland Bike/Ped Coordinator, Bruce Hyman, will be joining us!

Later on, meeting at 1 PM at Tommy's Park at Exchange & Middle, we have Portland's first ever Tweed Ride, a group of ladies and gentleman who like dressing dapper, riding bicycles and having a jolly time. According to Wikipedia, the "Tweed Run" originated in London as "a group bicycle ride through the centre of London, in which the cyclists are expected to dress in traditional British cycling attire, particularly tweed plus four suits. Any bicycle is acceptable on the Tweed Run, but classic vintage bicycles are encouraged. Some effort to recreate the spirit of a bygone era is always appreciated." See pictures and videos at official Tweed Run sites from London and Philadelphia. Locally, join Portland Velocipede for a leisurely ride around Portland concluding with pints at Novare Res.

The chill in the air can only mean one thing: Time for the annual "How to Ride All Winter" meeting. This year, I want to combine that with the December holiday party. Would you like to host it at your house? Let me know. If not, I'll find a bike shop (I think it's Back Bay's turn), but it's always nice to come to someone's house. In either case, look for this to be scheduled for sometime in early December.

Do you like the idea of these signs? Want to help promote them in the Portland area? I am forming a "Bikes May Use Full Lane" signage subcommittee of the Portland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee, to do just that. If you are interested in helping, please let me know.


In keeping with the upcoming season, we want to know: How hardy are you? Are you a fair weather rider? Is rain okay, as long as it's not too cold? Or are you ... HARD CORE? Let us know!


Rebecca Minnick (Oct 26)
Mary (Oct 14): Hi All, I have just moved back to ME from Austin, TX. Got myself a new and beautiful rode bike and want to learn the ropes of the road.
Peter Farwell (Oct 13)
Lisset Melendez (Oct 6): Hola! My name is Lisset, and I am thirty-something ;-) Commuting since last month to reduce my ecological foot print and loving it. Even when it rains!
Terry Cushman (Sep 23): My name is Terry, I'm 27 years old and grew up in the Portland area. I love cycling, and consider myself to be a Roadie. I have a road bike that I use for group rides and centuries. And a much older road bike that is setup for commuting.
Jess G (Sep 13)
Joshua Denkmire (Sep 10)
Joey D (Sep 10): New in town!
hedda s (Sep 3)
Grace Danborn (Sep 2): Hello, I moved to Portland at the end of August and will be here for the next eight months for an internship at Spring Harbor hospital. I moved from Alaska and am a bit smitten with Maine. Sandy beaches and fresh produce!
Mark Follansbee (Aug 31): I love to ride to work and want to meet others who share my interest.
Bruce Hyman (Aug 22)
Danielle Sarmir Marks (Aug 19)
Chuck (Aug 14)
chad johnson (Aug 13)
Harry Brown (Aug 13)
Lily (Aug 10)


Sun Nov 7 9:00 AM: Bike Network Audit Ride
Starting at 9 AM from 3 different locations, groups of riders will evaluate Portland's "bike network", especially sections with bike lanes and shared lane markings.
Sun Nov 7 1:00 PM: First Annual Portland Tweed Ride
A group of ladies and gentleman who like dressing dapper, riding bicycles and having a jolly time.
Mon Nov 8 5:30 PM: Portland Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
The purpose of the Portland Bike/Ped Advisory Committee is to make Portland a better place to walk, bicycle, and wheel chair. We advocate and educate on bicycle, transit and pedestrian issues.
Tue Nov 9 5:30 PM: Portland Green Drinks
Portland Greendrinks cordially invites you to indulge your curiosity about science, art, and international culture by visiting the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine for November Greendrinks. Exhibits will be available for exploration and play!
Fri Nov 26: Green Streets Walk/Ride Day
Green Streets is a grassroots organization to encourage people throughout the city to wear something green and to use green means of transportation.

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