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Sign in Here – Green Streets Day, Friday, August 29th!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

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

Sign 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, August 29th. (See our main page for who qualifies as a Green Streeter – anyone can do it!)

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!


Downtown Gelato Challenge – Important Updates!

Sunday, August 24th, 2008

Remember last month’s launch of the Downtown Gelato Challenge, thanks to Others! cafe on Monument Square? (See our original post detailing the excitement!)

Well, the winner for the July Downtown Gelato Challenge was the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE)! Check out photos and notes on the July Challenge results here – it’s great to see who all participated. And to the right up & down this post are photos of CIEE folks enjoying their gelato party – thanks to Others!

For this month we’ve updated the parameters of the Challenge to help keep it simple and fun :


Get on the Bus!

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Been wondering about trying out the local bus service? Want to know where and how to catch it? Have any other questions? Check out these opportunities and resources:

  • Learn How to Ride the Bus! Hands-on sessions on various dates in August, Sept and October – more info here from METRO
  • Ride home free from Willard Beach through Labor Day - thanks to the South Portland Bus Service! Riders are also entered to win a South Portland Bus beach towel – four winners are picked each Friday. (more…)

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

Thursday, August 21st, 2008

Alexa Keenan of Saco writes:

“I found out about this event when I was at Slainte a few months ago. One of the organizers, Alex, was there distributing buttons. Since I was already planning on trying to commute by bus from Saco to Portland several days a week, this organization is giving me the incentive to make good on that plan. So far it’s working out very well! It feels good to help the planet and not worry about finding a parking space in Portland.”

Photo: Alexa and her husband Chris performing at Slainte. Chris is also a dedicated Green Streeter who rides his bike to work several days a week – and often performs during Happy Hour at Slainte on Green Streets Day!


August, September, Early – Mid October – Events and Opportunities

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

August 29Green Streets Day!

August 29Critical Mass Ride – a group bike ride that occurs on city streets internationally on the last Friday of every month. Come celebrate your love of biking and your reasons for being on the road. 6pm,
Monument Square

September 3 - Bicycle Traffic Safety Seminar, 7 pm, Meg Perry Center. Hosted by the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup, for more info check here.

September 17Bike Mechanic’s Workshop: meet your bike and learn common adjustments you’ll need to make to it. Hosted by the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup, click here for more info.

September 19PACTS “sandwich symposium” on Traffic Calming, 12:00 to 1:30 pm, AAA Building at 68 Marginal Way, 4th Floor (Greater Portland Council of Governments office).   Bring your lunch, your questions and your ideas for an informal discussion of a topic of interest to many people.  Cookies and drinks provided.  Three very short presentations will be given by Steve Landry, the Assistant State Traffic Engineer at MaineDOT, Jim Carmody, the Portland Transportation Engineer, and Tom Errico, a Senior Transportation Engineer at Wilbur Smith Associates – followed by discussion.  Please RSVP to Paul Niehoff at and feel free to send in a question or idea ahead of time to be shared with Steve, Jim and Tom in preparation.

Sept 19, 20, 21 – MOFGA’s Common Ground Country Fair - Have some great fun, plus connect with amazing sustainable living resources from across Maine. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will conduct over a dozen different seminars on cycling (Sat. at 4 pm Green Streets will be presenting our initiative), with safe bike demos every half hour, as well as provide Valet Bike Parking all weekend. There will also be a HPV (human-powered vehicle) parade, “Celebration of Mobility”, every morning at 10 AM. BCM encourages everyone to ‘Pedal to the Fair’ from satellite parking lots that range from 3 to 12 miles away. You can drive from where you live, park your car, get on your bike (don’t forget your helmet!), and bike to the Fair. You get $1 off admission if you do, a dandy parking space on the fairgrounds, as well as a brightly colored sticker to show everyone that you biked to the Fair. See this BCM page for a map and list of recommended satellite parking areas. The routes will be marked with signs to help you along the way. SOME OF THE PORTLAND BIKE COMMUTER MEETUP ARE ALSO CONSIDERING MAKING IT A DAY-LONG “CENTURY RIDE” FROM PORTLAND! If you are interested in this, please weigh in on their newest message thread about it.

September 26Come out for the Portland Green Streets 1st Annual Celebration! Wear green and go green as usual on Green Streets Day – and then come out for some fun that evening at Slainte, complete with great music performances from Green Streeter musicians (more details here)!

September 26Critical Mass Ride – Critical Mass is a group bike ride that occurs on city streets internationally on the last Friday of every month.  Come celebrate your love of biking and your reasons for being on the road. Ride starts at 6pm from Monument Square.

September 28Congressional Candidates Forum on “Sustainability in Maine”, 3-5 pm, Event Room, 7th Floor of the Glickman Libary, USM, Portland.   Want to know where your congressional candidates stand on the important issues to secure Maine’s future?  This will be a great opportunity to find out in-depth answers! Portland Green Streets is co-sponsoring the event with more than 15 other non-profit groups – special thanks to Portland Trails and Bicycle Coalition of Maine for their work on this! For more info click here.

October 8 – Walk and Bike to School Day! Parents, teachers, & neighbors, it’s never too early to plan your Safe Routes to School walk & bike event. And October is also Walk and Bike to School Month. Communities throughout the country host events with thousands of participants. If you register your event at the national level, you have the opportunity to download stickers and other promotional materials. To register and download materials, please visit www.walktoschool.org and to get logistical support and posters from the Maine Safe Routes program contact Denise Delorie at (207) 692-7384 or Saferoutes@BikeMaine.org.

October 9, October 17 – Free One-Day Courses Offered for Bicycle Safety Instructors. Conducted by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, in cooperation with MaineDOT. October 9 in Windham and October 17 in Augusta; class runs from 8 am – 3 pm.  A great chance to learn more about bike safety yourself and pass it on to others.  Lunch will be provided.   See here for more information, or please call (207) 623-4511. Registration is available at http://www.ddgweb.com/edu_bsit_register.htm

October 15Cool Cape,  presents a discussion on Energy Efficient Transportation, with Steven Linnell, Senior Transportation Planner and Coordinator of Maine Clean Communities, Greater Portland Council of Governments. 7 pm at Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road (on Rte 77 just north of downtown and the filling stations). Come to learn about statewide carpool programs, bicycle commuting, electric cars, and regional transportation network possibilities. To learn more about Cool Cape, please email hubbac@gmail.com or call 799-6026. To learn more about the 44 “Cool Communities” in Maine, go to http://www.coolmaine.org

Oct 15 & 22 – Make your voice heard: MaineDOT will hold two public meetings in the Portland area to discuss road projects. A meeting about the replacement of the Veranda St. bridge over the Canadian Railroad will take place on October 15 at 6 p.m. at the Columbia Social and Athletic Club, 17 Wordsworth St., Portland.  A meeting to discuss changes to exits 3 and 4 of I-295 will be held on October 22 from 7 to 9 p.m. in the Memorial Middle School cafeteria, 120 Wescott Rd., South Portland.

October 18 - Portland West presents the scavenger hunt THINK. GO. GET IT. A Race Across Portland – on foot and using public transit. Teams of two will solve clues and traverse the city – a day of trivia, exercise, challenge, competition (if you choose), memories, and fun! Race begins and ends at Portland West, 181 Brackett St. Registration/Check-In is between from 9:00-9:45am, with Pre-Race meeting at 10am and race starting shortly afterward. Anyone can participate – designed for adults, but children are encouraged to participate with their families! Sign up now – contact Crystal Barone: 775-0105 ext. 135 or cbarone@portlandwest.org

October 20 - Intro to Bike Commuting seminar from the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup (last one of the season, see here for more details)

October 22 - Downtown Worker Appreciation Day, organized by the Portland Downtown District and Portland Buy Local: a long-standing tradition celebrating the many people who work in downtown Portland – (many of whom are Green Streeters) helping to make our city vibrant and bustling – and introducing Portland’s workforce to the diverse array of merchants, restaurants, and service providers that Portland has to offer. PDD and Portland Buy Local will have tables set up in three downtown locations offering giveaways, refreshments and coupons from local businesses.  Stay tuned for more info.

Volunteer at the Green Streets table at the Portland Farmer’s Market on your lunch hour one Wednesday this fall! It’s a fun way to be outside and in the midst of our thriving community. Plus it’s a simple set-up thanks to Others! hosting our materials at their shop and providing us with a table. Contact us at portlandgreenstreets@yahoo.com for more info and/or to sign you up! You never know what might happen – like when WMPG producer Chris Darling stopped by one Wednesday and threw together this sketch of Green Streets organizer Sarah Cushman – for an upcoming clip for Portland Green Streets!
PortlandGreenStreets.org (Maine) from CTD3 on Vimeo.

Televised Congressional Candidates Forum Focuses on “Sustainability in Maine”

Friday, August 15th, 2008

A First District congressional candidates forum on “Sustainability in Maine” will be held on Sunday, September 28 from 3 to 5 p.m. in the event room on the seventh floor of the Glickman Library on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus.

Charlie Summers, the Republican nominee for the First District seat, and Chellie Pingree, the Democratic candidate, will participate in the nonpartisan event.  Irwin Gratz, host of Maine Public Radio’s “Morning Edition,” will moderate.

The public is invited to attend free of charge, but space is limited.  Reservations may be made by writing to info@trails.org.

The forum will be broadcast on community television stations in more than 230 cities and towns throughout Maine during the month of October.

The forum will cover such topics as global warming, alternative transportation, clean energy, land protection, wildlife habitat, water quality, reducing toxics and supporting Maine agriculture and fisheries.  A reception will follow, with light refreshments served.

Co-sponsors include the Bicycle Coalition of Maine, Conservation Law Foundation, Eastern Trail Alliance, the Environmental Health Strategy Center, Environment Northeast, Friends of Casco Bay/Casco Baykeeper, Maine Audubon, Maine Center for Economic Policy, Maine Council of Churches, Maine Fair Trade Campaign, Maine People’s Alliance, Natural Resources Council of Maine, Northern Forest Alliance, Ocean Conservancy, Physicians for Social Responsibility Maine, Portland Green Streets, Portland Trails, RESTORE: The North Woods, Sierra Club-Maine and the University of Southern Maine.  Tugboat Creative is providing pro bono graphic services, and the Community Television Network is producing the televised program.

For more information, please email info@trails. org or contact Shoshana Hoose, shoshana@BikeMaine. org, (207) 623-4511 or Nan Cumming, nan@trails.org, (207) 775-2411.

And please download, print, and distribute copies of this Forum Poster!

Winner of the Downtown Gelato Challenge!

Sunday, August 3rd, 2008

Gelato photo by Stu Spivack, Creative CommonsGreen Streets saw participation from employees of an incredible variety of workplaces for the first month of the Downtown Gelato Challenge!

And the winner of their own gelato party from Others! cafe on Monument Square is

Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) with 16 documented participants!

Photo of CIEE Green Streeters wearing green and getting around green on March 2008 Green Streets Day

Also represented were (organization names, followed by number of participants):

  • Mediapower, Inc.: 15
  • City of Portland: 13
  • FairPoint Communications; The Maine Switch; Ripple Effect; Unum: 10
  • The Corporate Library: 8
  • Local Sprouts: 7
  • University of Southern Maine: 6
  • Lutheran Social Services: 5
  • ENVIRON International Corp.; Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG); GrowSmart Maine; Portland Phoenix; Nature Conservancy; Sebago Brewing Company: 4
  • Goodwill; MarthaMarques.com; Martin’s Point; Mercy Hospital; St. Lawrence Arts & Community Center; Sappi: 3
  • Healthy Portland; Gulf of Maine Coastal Program; Institute for Local Self-Reliance; Jim Dand Multimedia; Pierce Promotions; Pioneer Telephone; Portland Photoworks; Whole Foods Market, WMPG Community Radio: 2
  • Office of the Attorney General
  • Bicycle Coalition of Maine
  • Eli Phant
  • Eastern Maine Healthcare
  • Jasa Porciello Grant Writing Services
  • Law Office of Robert Levin
  • Maine Coast Heritage Trust
  • Maine Lung Association
  • Maine Securities Corporation
  • New Septembers
  • NorDx
  • Partners in Ending Hunger
  • Pierce Atwood
  • Sherwin Williams
  • Spectrum Generations, Central Maine Area Agency on Aging
  • Training Resource Center
  • United Way of Greater Portland
  • Warren, Currier, & Buchanan
  • Waves of Healing

Look for a new opportunity to win the Downtown Gelato Challenge next Green Streets Day, Friday, August 29th! (We’ll send more details in our newsletter later this month – if you don’t already receive our bulletin, fill in the “Sign Up for Our Newsletter” boxes on the lower right side of our main page.)

And thank you, thank you to Others! cafe on Monument Square for this wonderful grand-prize incentive and your enthusiasm for the Green Streets initiative!