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Archive for November, 2008

Sign in Here – Green Streets Day, Friday, November 28th!

Friday, November 21st, 2008

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, November 28th. (See our main page for who qualifies as a Green Streeter – anyone can do it!)

Also – as this Green Streets Day is also during Thanksgiving weekendplease e-mail us photos of you (& any other folks!) traveling green at PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com! Traveling mercies and lovely Thanksgivings to you all – and a little walking and biking will burn those extra calories right off…

And read the rest of this entry for the freebies, discounts, and raffle items from local businesses – 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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Photos and Notes from October (Halloween!) Green Streets Day

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Southern Maine Community College’s (SMCC) Green Streeters were profiled in the latest edition of the college newsletter Campus Connection:

“SMCC faculty and staff participated in Portland’s Green Streets one year anniversary celebration on September 26th, 2008…Members of SMCC’s Math department are encouraging and teaching others about going green. (more…)

Free Fare Fridays on Local Buses Through the Holidays!

Thursday, November 20th, 2008

Celebrate the season with FREE bus rides on Fridays – between Thanksgiving and the New Year.

Everyone rides for free on METRO, South Portland Bus Service, Shuttlebus, and ZOOM on November 28, December 5, December 12, December 19 and December 26 – that includes this Green Streets Day and next!

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November, December – Events & Opportunities

Wednesday, November 19th, 2008

Here’s a simple way to support Greater Portland’s Active Transportation campaign! Within days of President-Elect Obama taking office, Congress will likely pass a new large-scale economic recovery package, aiming to create millions of jobs. Take 15 seconds to Sign this Petition Advocating for Green Jobs that Build Green Transportation Options (<- Click on link to sign).

Nov 25Bike Tech Seminar from the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup (<- click on link to join and sign up).  Another in the continuing series of bicycle technical seminars, this event will be a more focused follow up to the Intro to Bike Tech offered back in Sept. Based on participant input, this event will focus on drivetrains (cleaning chains, adjusting shifters/derailleurs, replacing cables, etc.). The intention is to let this be a “hands on” event where folks can do work on their own bikes. So. . . bring your balky shifting steed along! This seminar will be conducted by Jim Tasse, Project Director for the Healthy Casco Bay Healthy Maine Partnership. Jim is a long time cyclist who has worked as a shop tech, tour guide, bike safety educator and bicycle advocate.

Nov 25 – Support Portland Trails at Flatbread’s Pizza ($3.50 of each pizza sold goes to Portland Trails – take out orders count too!), 5:00-9:00pm, 72 Commercial Street in Portland

Nov 28 – Green Streets Day! (And Free Fare Friday on all area bus service!)

Dec 5 - METRO Toy BUS “STUFF A BUS” – Your help is needed! 10 am – 7 pm: Bring a new, unwrapped toy or book, and join the fun at METRO Pulse, located on Elm Street (off Congress Street near the Portland Public Library), to spread good cheer as we “stuff a bus” with gifts for children in need. The first 100 people to donate a gift on Dec. 5 will receive a free bottle of Capt’n Eli’s Root Beer. Donations are welcome prior to December 5. Please contact Denise via e-mail or call 774-0351 to arrange delivery or pickup of multiple donations. METRO “Stuff a Bus” is part of Portland’s Downtown District’s month-long holiday celebration. For a schedule of events, click here!

Dec 5Free Fare Friday on local bus service.

Dec 6East End Holiday Stroll – Enjoy Portland’s East End on Saturday, December 6th from 2-7pm with an East End Holiday Stroll, a chance to explore one of New England’s best shopping districts.  There will be music, great food and warm drinks, and many of our neighbors will be celebrating as well. Anyone who strolls into at least 5 neighborhood businesses can enter into a raffle for great prizes from your favorite local shops!

Dec 9 - Traffic Safety Seminar from the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup (<- click on link to join and sign up). This is the last for the season of our bimonthly seminars on Bicycling Traffic Safety, taught by experienced members of the Portland Bicycle Commuting Meetup. This seminar will focus on knowledge and techniques to enable cyclists to ride safely and confidently with car traffic on public roads. This month’s seminar will be conducted by Ken O’Brien. When asked how long he’s been riding, he says he never stopped from when he was a kid. Ken is a certified Effective Cycling instructor from the League of American Bicyclists (LAB), and brings to our Meetup much knowledge of bicycle safety issues along with a willingness to challenge our assumptions about them.

December 11 – Wheel Building Workshop with the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup – You will learn how to lace a wheel and bring it to tension.  There will be parts available for people to learn with and also parts available for purchase. 6pm, Percy’s Studio, High Street, Portland  (See more details here)

December 12, 19 - Free Fare Fridays on local bus service!

December 26 – Green Streets Day! And Free Fare Friday on all area bus service!)

Buy Your 2009 Sunrise Guide! – The SunriseGuide is an annual resource guide and coupon book for living green in southern Maine. It contains more than 200 coupons for healthy and eco-friendly products and services, plus articles with tips for healthy and sustainable living. Topics include food and dining, outdoor living, home and garden, travel and transportation, community and culture, and more. Look for the 2009 edition at school and community fundraisers, natural food stores, bookstores, and other retail outlets. Learn more and find out where to pick up a copy at www.thesunriseguide.com.

“Honor the Stop” Wristband Campaign – Honor the Stop is a community-based campaign to promote the safe, courteous and respectful sharing of roadways by all users. The black and red wristband honors those who have been seriously injured or lost their lives. By accepting a wristband, an individual pledges to obey all roadway laws and to respectfully encourage others to do the same. For more info and/or to let local organizers know if you would be interested in receiving a wristband, go to: http://www.mainebrook.com/HonorTheStop/

Get a Portland Bike Rack for Your Business or Organization – “Donate” a bike hitch through the City (you & your company can choose where you want it and then the City will take care of installation). The City is currently working on a plaque to add to recognize each business. For more details click here.

Amtrak Downeaster -

  • College travelers:Buy a College 6TIX booklet and get six one-way trips on the Downeaster for just $76 when you show your college I.D. With up to 50% off regular fares, it’s a no-brainer. Purchase online or at a Quik-Trak machine today.
  • Enjoy a 30% discount when you travel on any Downeaster train this fall. Tickets must be purchased at least 3 days in advance of travel. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Offer expires 11/16/08. Reference promotion code v182.
  • Celtics & Bruins Packages: the Downeaster has teamed up with Our Tickets and Tours to offer Celtics and Bruins Packages. You get a game ticket and round-trip transportation on the Downeaster from any station, to Boston, and back. The following are the ONLY available dates, so call OUR TICKETS and TOURS now at 207-787-3184! Bruins: 12/8 vs. Lightning $55, 1/6 vs. Wild $55
  • And the Downeaster Discovery field trip program provides train transportation to school and youth groups from any Downeaster Station for just $15 round-trip per person. Groups of 15 or more can travel in a safe and comfortable environment to many educational destinations. For more information contact Natalie@nnepra.com.
  • Break up the winter with a Saturday and/or Sunday in Boston! Early risers are rewarded on Saturdays and Sundays – pay just $25 round-trip when departing on train 690 and returning on trains 695, 697, or 699. Tickets must be purchased at least three days prior to travel. Blackout dates and restrictions may apply – Reference promotion code x188.
  • Other promotions include: Save 25% on medical-related travel, Kids ride for free on Sundays, Seniors ride for 1/2 price on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and sports fans and theater goers save 25% on tickets for evening events – check out these and other Downeaster Specials!

October Raffle and Gelato Challenge Results!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

Thanks so much to all of you who signed in with your participation in Green Streets Day, Friday, October 31st (initial Photos and Notes here)!

We had a good number of documented participants – plus 225 participants in at Harrison Middle School in Yarmouth! – and with people now able to report others going green at their locations, we have an estimated number of 626 total participants! So! There were 83 of you great folks signing in:

How to Get Around Green All Winter – Nov. 12!

Sunday, November 2nd, 2008

Wondering about ways to prepare for walking, biking, taking transit, and carpooling during the winter months?

Want to share info and tips about what’s worked for you in the past?

Come on out for a great discussion and learning session, Winterization of the Green Streets Experience: how to go green all winter”, co-hosted with the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup!

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November – Events and Opportunities

Saturday, November 1st, 2008

In case you didn’t get a chance to Make Your Voice Heard about Off-Peninsula Snow Clearing of Sidewalks – call your City Councilor and/or send the Council an e-mail.  On Nov. 5 the Public Safety Committee (PSC) of the Portland City Council met to discuss a proposal to release off-peninsula homeowners from their obligation to shovel sidewalks in front of their homes. Public comment was taken at the meeting. The City Council will then vote on it Nov. 17th.  As we are all pedestrians at some point, it is important that city leaders hear from you.  Without a serious challenge or alternate plans (especially from off-peninsula residents) the proposal will pass.   City councilor phone numbers & e-mail are available on the city web-site at http://www.ci. portland. me.us/council. htm

November 12 – Come out for “The Winterization of the Green Streets Experience – how to go green through the winter” (more details here) - co-sponsored with the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup. Walkers, bicyclists, public transit users, and carpoolers will meet both together and separately, to discuss various aspects of these alternate transportation modes – specific to the challenges of the winter season.  East End Community School at 7 PM.

Not sure you’re ready to commit to all winter? No problem. Even if you just want to see what the challenges are and how they might be met, this meeting should help to give you an idea of what it takes, and maybe, what’s not as hard as you might think.

Nov 20 – Make Your Voice Heard on Bicycle-Pedestrian Access to Veteran’s Bridge (which links South Portland to St. John’s & Commercial Streets).  MaineDOT will be holding a preliminary public meeting on the Veteran’s Bridge project at 6:00 pm on Monday, Nov 17th at City Hall in Portland.   Also, Erik Osborn, chair of the Portland Bike-Ped Advisory Committee has been asked to serve on Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation’s (PACTS) stakeholder group – to prepare a vision for the Vet’s Bridge replacement/renovation, to be carried forward into design.  Let Erik know your thoughts about improving bike-ped access on & off the bridge – either through this thread on the Portland Bike Commuter Meetup or through the Portland Bike-Ped Committee’s listserve (To join the listserve send an e-mail to: Portland-BikePed-Comm-subscribe@yahoogroups.com and write “Subscribe” in the subject line.)

“Honor the Stop” Wristband Campaign – Honor the Stop is a community-based campaign to promote the safe, courteous and respectful sharing of roadways by all users. The black and red wristband honors those who have been seriously injured or lost their lives. By accepting a wristband, an individual pledges to obey all roadway laws and to respectfully encourage others to do the same. For more info and/or to let local organizers know if you would be interested in receiving a wristband, go to: http://www.mainebrook.com/HonorTheStop/

Get a Portland Bike Rack for Your Business or Organization – “Donate” a bike hitch through the City (you & your company can choose where you want it and then the City will take care of installation). The City is currently working on a plaque to add to recognize each business. For more details click here.

Amtrak Downeaster -

  • Start the school year off right with a College 6TIX booklet and get six one-way trips on the Downeaster for just $76 when you show your college I.D. With up to 50% off regular fares, it’s a no-brainer. Purchase online or at a Quik-Trak machine today.
  • Enjoy a 30% discount when you travel on any Downeaster train this fall. Tickets must be purchased at least 3 days in advance of travel. Some restrictions and blackout dates may apply. Offer expires 11/16/08. Reference promotion code v182.
  • Celtics & Bruins Packages: the Downeaster has teamed up with Our Tickets and Tours to offer Celtics and Bruins Packages. You get a game ticket and round-trip transportation on the Downeaster from any station, to Boston, and back. The following are the ONLY available dates, so call OUR TICKETS and TOURS now at 207-787-3184!
    Celtics
    11/7 vs. Bucks $79
    11/12 vs. Hawks $75
    11/18 vs. Knicks $75
    Bruins
    11/6 vs. Maple Leafs $59
    11/19 vs Sabres $55
    12/8 vs. Lightning $55
    1/6 vs. Wild $55
  • And the Downeaster Discovery field trip program provides train transportation to school and youth groups from any Downeaster Station for just $15 round-trip per person. Groups of 15 or more can travel in a safe and comfortable environment to many educational destinations. For more information contact Natalie@nnepra.com.
  • Other promotions include: Save 25% on medical-related travel, Kids ride for free on Sundays, Seniors ride for 1/2 price on Tuesdays through Thursdays, and sports fans and theater goers save 25% on tickets for evening events – check out these and other Downeaster Specials!