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Archive for July, 2008

Sign in Here – Green Streets Day, Friday July 25!

Monday, July 14th, 2008

Colin and Down-Home Cookin\' owners Julie Macomber and Brenda Garland celebrate Green Streets DaySign in now here – Please take a minute and sign in now (and every month!) if you plan to walk, bike, take public transit, carpool, and/or telecommute this Green Streets Day – Friday, July 25th.

And read the rest of this entry for the freebies, discounts, and raffle items for those in Greater Portland who:

  • Wear Green (shirt, pants, socks, whatever!)
  • and Get Around Green (walk, bike, take transit, carpool, telecommute, etc.) on Green Streets Day!

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Take the Downtown Gelato Challenge!

Sunday, July 13th, 2008

Gelato photo by Stu Spivack, Creative CommonsOthers! ice cream café on Monument Square is teaming up with us at Portland Green Streets to offer the Downtown Gelato Challenge!

Hoping to inspire a bit of friendly competition, Others! will provide enough gelato for a company-wide gelato party to the downtown business or organization with the most participants in Green Streets Day – wow!

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Cyclists Breaking the (Current) Law – August 6th Meetup!

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

Tired of seeing cyclists going the wrong way down streets, blowing through red lights, and/or breaking other rules of the road? Not sure yourself about what to do on a bike in certain traffic situations? Or are you a veteran biker who believes firmly in one form of bike conduct or another?

Come out for a full-blown discussion on the State of Cycling Education in Maine!

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Added Inspiration: Last Month’s Green Streets Day Celebration!

Tuesday, July 8th, 2008

Meredith Collins of Portland writes:

I LOVE the Green Streets stats you get when you sign in. Sometimes it feels like so much effort to ride to work instead of drive, figuring out what I will and won’t need during the day…allowing the extra transit time, and, of course, dealing with helmet hair. I need all the help I can get to keep making it happen. I kept meaning to create some sort of spreadsheet where I could record how much gas, etc., I was saving, so I’d have some evidence to show exactly how worth it it is, but that was just going to be MORE work, and I am,

Dawn Sutherbury and son Evan Amey at Green Streets sponsor Butterfly Baby

after all, rather on the lazy. So this is great and helps keep me in the game. I know not everyone needs numbers to tell them that they’re doing a good job, but for those of us that do, the stats are a great addition to the Green Streets fun.”

Butterfly Baby staff member Dawn Sutherbury (more…)

July-August Events and Opportunities

Monday, July 7th, 2008

July 22 (Tues.) – Come out in support of traffic calming bicycle-pedestrian improvements in the Riverton area of Forest Ave! See more details and plans here. If you ever use this section to walk or bike, please come out as individuals to support this plan – public comment at this meeting will be the deciding factor on whether or not the plan is implemented. (If you miss the meeting, send an e-mail in support and with any individual comments to city engineer James Carmody at jpc@portlandmaine.gov)

July 23 (Wed.) - Traffic Safety seminar with the Portland Bicycle Commuter Meetup – this seminar is offered every other month (Intro to Bike Commuting is offered on alternating months). Presented by different members of the Bike Commuter Meetup – check them both out!

July 25 (Green Streets Day!) – Sandwich Symposium (or Lunch and Learn) at Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation Committee (PACTS) – This month’s alternate transportation topic is: “Bicycling and Bicycle Commuting in Greater Portland”. Come meet Allison Vogt, the new director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, who will be on the panel! Green Streets organizer Sarah Cushman and Portland Bike Commuter Meetup organizer John Brooking will also be representing our respective initiatives. Bring a bag lunch – cookies and drinks will be provided – 11:40am-1pm, AAA Building, 68 Marginal Way, 4th Floor.

July 25 (Green Streets Day!) – As part of the state-wide Free Fare Fridays in July, take the METRO, the South Portland Bus Service, and/or the Shuttlebus or the Zoom Express for FREE!

Send a quick e-mail to ask Tom Allen to co-sponsor the “Transportation and Housing Options for Gas Price Relief Act of 2008″ (H.R. 6495). Use GrowSmart Maine’s Action Alert – it includes a sample letter, so all you have to do is click the “send” button – and be sure to edit it with your own personal stories of gas prices and how alternative transportation is a good solution. The bill would increase funding for transit and introduce new incentives for people who drive less (for example, “pay as you drive” car insurance, where rates are linked to how much you drive and “location efficient mortgages” which make owning a home near transit affordable – see more examples here).

Fun Local Spot to Visit – The South Portland Parks Department used the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Share the Road logo to create this flower bed at the top of Meetinghouse Hill, at the corner of Cottage and Mitchell Roads. The little, triangle-shaped park makes a great biking (or South Portland Bus #1 or #3) destination, with beaches, lighthouses and ice cream shops nearby.

Picnic on the Prom – Green Streets & Bike Commuter Meetup!

Sunday, July 6th, 2008

Photo by Josh and Melanie RosenthalAs part of our on-going social and advocacy events, Green Streets and the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup have decided at the spur of the moment that we want to celebrate summer with a:

Potluck Picnic on the Prom!

When: 12 noon, Sunday, July 20th (please RSVP to PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com so we can plan accordingly)

Where: Picnic area, Eastern Promenade Park (see map for exact location – and look for signage and bikes!). Come on foot, by bike, carpool with friends and family, take the #1 METRO bus, or even bring your own vehicle if need be :)

What to bring: yourself and family/friends, a dish to share, meat and/or veggies you’d like to grill for yourself.

We’ll provide: a grill and drinks (no alcohol at the park)

Rain plan: In case of inclement weather, we’ll post whether we’re cancelling by 10 am on the 20th – on this site and the Bike Commuter Meetup site.

Please RSVP: Please e-mail John Brooking at john@mainebrook.com if you’re coming so we can plan accordingly!

What else: We’ll probably be there for at least a couple of hours. John B. of the Bike Commuter Meetup suggested if enough bike riders are interested, we can do some fun bike handling contests in the parking lot:

  • Fastest from Point A to Point B.
  • Slowest from Point A to Point B without putting a foot down (more challenging).
  • Shortest stopping distance from cruising speed. (Including teaching you how to NOT go over the handlebars!)
  • Riding the straightest line (any speed)

And John will be glad to donate some blinkie lights and Bicycling Street Smarts booklets as prizes. (These will also be available for sale.) Some folks will likely take a bike ride to meet up with Steve Gordon’s weekly ride, starting just across the Back Cove at Payson Park at 2 pm. Or you may want to take advantage of an afternoon at the park: walking or biking on the Eastern Prom Trail to multiple destinations, like Fish Point, or checking out the Narrow Gauge RailRoad Museum and/or catching a ride on their train. Or other fun stuff like: checking out the view from Fort Allen, taking a swim at East End Beach, doing a little fishing off one of the old piers, or taking your kayak or other small boat out to Fort Gorges.

And stay tuned for a regular Green Streets and Bike Commuter Meetup event starting on First Wednesdays (first one to be held Wed., August 6th -with Joan Ingram of Healthy Portland and Nancy Grant of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine reporting on “The State of Cyclist Education in Maine”).

Photo by Josh and Melanie Rosenthal, Creative Commons