Want to help us promote cycling and active transportation? Here are some ways to get involved:
Take Action! New action items for June-July 2017
- Contact legislators to voice concern about the highway-expansion-centric HB 2017 (Transportation bill). Oregon Walks has a rundown of the issues and a direct email link here.
- Legislative agenda: contact your local representative and senator about transportation bills currently being discussed at the Oregon State Legislature (list of specific bills and BikeLoudPDX's positions on said bills here).
Take Action! Continuing action items
- NE 7th/9th Ave Greenway: Contact PBOT and let them know you support putting the greenway on NE 7th from NE Broadway to NE Sumner, rather than NE 9th.
- Take Portland's new bike share system, BIKETOWN, for a spin! The more use the system gets, the sooner they'll expand the service area and increase station density.
Join our Google Email List
This is where the brainstorming and behind the scenes work occurs. Join the Google Group to participate in discussions, get notified of events and calls to action, and help guide and plan our advocacy work. Set up your inbox to receive messages as they are posted to ensure you're always up on the discussion, or turn off messages and instead browse the forum to keep things at your pace.
Join the BikeLoudPDX Community Facebook Group.
The BikeLoudPDX Community Facebook Group is another active forum where BikeLoudPDX members share events, discuss issues related to cycling, and help plan our advocacy.
Attend a BikeLoudPDX meeting.
This is where most of the planning and decision-making occurs. General meetings are held monthly (usually the second Sunday of the month), and topic-specific supplementary meetings are held as needed. Both are open to the public. Check out the Calendar for this month's meetings.
Participate in a BikeLoudPDX event.
As an action-focused group, we've always got something planned or in the works. While the winter months are usually devoted to wonkiness (petitions, engagement with city agencies, etc), the summer months are filled with protests, group rides, and on-the-street campaigns. All are welcome at our events, but please familiarize yourself with our code of conduct first. Our Google Group is the best place to keep up on all our events; we also post big events on our Calendar and Facebook page.
Engage in living room advocacy.
Email the Mayor, City Commissioners, PBOT, ODOT, your state representatives, and let them know how important active transportation is to you. If something is good, thank them for it. If it's not so good, push them to do better.
Connect with other groups.
Oregon Walks (pedestrian advocacy)
Oregon and SW Washington Families for Safe Streets (Vision Zero advocacy)
BTA (state-wide bicycle advocacy)
Better Block PDX
Park(ing) Day PDX
Shoupistas (parking reform)
Portland Street Art Alliance
Livable Streets Action (Direct action group for walking and cycling)
Safer Ankeny (improving SE Ankeny greenway)
Safer Powell (livable redesign of Powell Blvd)
BikePortland (bicycle news blog with active comments section)
Your local neighborhood association
Your local business district
Hit the pavement.
- Be courteous to other road users, especially pedestrians. Be kind to new cyclists.
- Know your rights as a cyclist and practice safer cycling techniques, for example taking the lane instead of riding in the door zone on roads without bike facilities. On neighborhood greenways, the sharrows indicate the recommended riding position.
- When shopping/visiting businesses, bring bike accessories in with you, or subtly mention that you cycled to the shop. Compliment business employees on their bike parking (if they have it) or request additional/better bike parking (if they don't).
- Report dangerous/broken/deficient bicycle infrastructure to 823-SAFE (email: firstname.lastname@example.org phone: (503) 823-SAFE).
- Report vehicle parking violations to the Parking Enforcement Hotline.