Happy Friday from Portland Bike Commuting!

From: John B.
Sent on: Friday, May 22, 2009 4:56 PM
Here it is Friday again, but I'm a bit behind the 8-ball today. I did have an interesting little ride over lunch, if a bit sweaty for the time of year. But I'll take it over mid-forties and raining!

WEEKLY POLL

This week I'm suggesting a bunch of kinds of activities that we could organize, and I'm wondering which ones you are most interested in! I want to make sure I'm spending my limited time on the right stuff! Please visit the poll and let me know which ones you would be most and/or least likely to attend. THANK YOU for helping me make the group more responsive to YOU!

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

My biggest pitch this week is VOLUNTEERS! I have signed us up (you're welcome! wink) for valet bike parking at not one, but two events in the same weekend, two weekends from now: Westbrook Together Days and Portland's Old Port Festival. I have done Westbrook Together Days for the last two years (because I live there), and am very excited about hopefully doing the Old Port Festival this year! What great exposure that will be for bicycle transportation!

So I've put together a volunteer schedule which you can browse, then reply to this email to let me know what slots you can do. I completely understand if you cannot, since you didn't ask me to sign you up for this, but if you are able to donate two hours of your time that weekend (June 5-7), it would be for the great cause of promoting transportational cycling in the Portland area, and I sure would appreciate it.

FROM OUR CALENDAR

Friday 5/29: Green Streets Day - Go green and get stuff!
Tuesday 6/2, 7 PM: Westbrook Downtown Streetscape Planning Board Public Hearing
Monday 6/8, 5:30 PM: Portland Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee
Tuesday 6/9, 5 PM: Portland Green Drinks

SPECIAL RECOMMENDATION

Mark your calendars for Tuesday July 7, all day in Fryeburg, where nationally-certified cycling instructor Charley LaFlamme will teach the League of American Bicyclist's Traffic Skills 101 course. This nationally certified and fun course will help you gain a full understanding of how to safely bicycle in a variety of situations and build your confidence by teaching you crash avoidance, traffic management and effective cycling techniques. If you don't feel safe bicycling on the road, this is the class to give you the skills and ability to "drive your bike" like any other vehicle.

A bicycle in good working order, water bottle and well-fitting helmet are required. Classes are about half in-class and half on-bike. Recommended for adults and children above 14 accompanied by a parent. The deadline for registering is June 26 and the class is limited to 12 students. Please sign up early so you don't miss out!
<<< See our calendar for more details on all of these happenings. >>>

Have a good Memorial Day weekend, and HAPPY AND SAFE RIDING!

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