We had our first Portland Green Streets meal & meet-up on Jan. 31st! A great group of 11 Green Streeters gathered to share food, talk about our perspectives, and discuss some Green Streets work(upcoming events – including the Earth Day Family Bike Parade, seeking PGS sponsors, a Green Streets slogan, and the PGS logo). It was a treat to have so many good & thoughtful people in one place! We’ll be meeting up again in late March, early April, so let us know if you’d like to come! (And we’ll post that information in the March Green Street’s mailing.)
One last note from the potluck: Amanda Blaine who coordinates at Harrison Middle in Yarmouth shared a joy from January’s Green Streets Day. She told us that another teacher at Harrison decided to leave her car at home that day and take the school bus for her area of town instead. She asked the school bus driver ahead of time for a pick up on Friday morning and told her kids, “Don’t let the driver forget to pick me up!” And they didn’t. She came in on the bus and Amanda’s carpool stopped and picked up an extra free coffee for her at Clayton’s Cafe to celebrate.
On a wild and woolly Presidents’ Day, we also met up with the Boston-area Green Streets folks on their green transportation vacation to Peaks Island! It was a great chance to exchange ideas and Green Streets gear and meet families who are participating down there.
It was a warm day and despite the rainy weather we took a walk to the beach before sitting down to our potluck in the lovely main room at the Inn on Peaks. Special thanks to Janie Katz-Christy, the lead coordinator of Green Streets in the Boston area, for organizing their trip – and to John Brooking of the Portland Bike Commuters Meet-up for joining forces and helping with logistics!