As 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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