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Sign up for your PGS Membership Card for Business Incentives

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Let’s make it official! Sign up to get your official (and awesome) Portland Green Streets Membership Card and start using it to get incentives at local businesses!

Portland Green Streets is very excited to announce the launching of the new PGS Business Incentives Program, bringing discounts and deals to our members for “going green”! A variety of local businesses in the greater Portland area have teamed-up with PGS and have agreed to offer specific discounts to Green Streeters when you present your very own PGS membership card.

To join the fun, all you have to do is:

  1. Fill out the form here to have your Portland Green Streets membership card mailed to you.
  2. Check out the businesses that will be offering incentives on our website.
  3. Travel “green” to participating businesses and get discounts!

We’ll be sure to mail you detailed instructions with your card, so you know exactly how to use it! By signing up to get a membership card, you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a free Portland Green Streets t-shirt and other great prizes! The drawing will be held on September 1st!

Green Streets Spotlight – Woodard & Curran Employees Go Green!

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Each month Portland Green Streets interviews an individual or a group that uses sustainable transportation. By sharing our experiences we can encourage others to “go green” too. Please email portlandgreenstreets@gmail.com if you’re interested in sharing your own story! 

Today 11 employees at Woodard and Curran’s Portland office participated in Green Streets Day! Included in the group were at least two people who rode their bikes to W&C for the first time, and one woman who regularly carpools with people she found through the Go Maine site. Great job W&C, and thank you  Erik Osborne for organizing and sharing with us!


Voice Your Opinion – Public Meeting to Discuss Back Cove to Franklin Trail

Friday, July 29th, 2011

On August 3rd (6:00 PM) at the Merrill Auditorium, the MaineDOT will be holding a public meeting to discuss a proposed project which consists of a 10’ wide bike/pedestrian facility adjacent to Franklin Street between Marginal Way and the Back Cove Trail including pedestrian signal improvements. Please come and voice your opinions!

Maine Audubon’s Wildlife Road Watch Program – A Green Streeter Perspective

Friday, July 29th, 2011

Maine’s incredible array of wildlife often faces the challenges posed by our busy roads and highways.  When habitats are divided or blocked by roads, animals suffer and over time this can result in decreased populations of those species that require large territories or different kinds of habitats to find food, mates and shelter.  Maine Audubon’s Wildlife Road Watch Program employs a web-based, interactive map that allows participants to record their roadside wildlife sightings in order to help biologists and transportation planners better understand how and where wildlife get across Maine’s roads.  The information you submit to identify important crossing areas that need to be protected and to reduce mortality at “problem spots”. 

 That’s where we come in! Maine Audubon would like to invite Green Streeters to join them in making traveling on Maine’s roads and streets safer for wildlife and people by “adopting a road. Please visit www.maineaudubon.org/wildliferoadwatch to learn more. All participants will get a snazzy bumper sticker (to put on your bike or carpool verhicle J).

Ride Transit on Congress? Please Support the Congress St. Bus Priority Corridor!

Monday, July 11th, 2011

Transit riders, please make yourselves heard!  As many of you likely know, the City of Portland has been investigating new ways to improve transit mobility on Congress Street between State Street and Franklin Street but through the grapevine it sounds like the City hasn’t heard from many transit riders who support and/or have comment on the suggested alternatives.

Without transit riders’ support, it may be tough to encourage productive changes amidst any vocal opposition.  If you ever ride the bus along Congress Street – which most of us do – you know well what a delayed stretch that can be.  Making this section of Congress Street a Bus Priority Corridor will improve general safety and traffic flow – and reduce congestion and energy costs.

So please take a few minutes to e-mail the City Transportation Committee (City Councilors Donoghue, Marshall, and Suslovic) and Mayor Mavadones by July 18th to lend your support to making Congress Street a Bus Priority Corridor, and/or any thoughts you have about the suggested alternatives (fleshed out in greater detail here, starting on page 9)!  On July 19th the City Transportation Committee will be working on the question of whether to move ahead from Feasibility to Design (we say yes!) – and the terms and assumptions under which the City should do so.

Some background:

The Congress St. Bus Priority Corridor was a recommendation of the recent Portland Peninsula Transit Study – so this current study is working to ascertain the feasibility of a Bus Priority Corridor along a downtown portion of Congress Street, including methods for resolving any associated traffic impacts on adjacent streets.

The Bus Priority Corridor would potentially:

  • Run from the intersection with State Street to the intersection with Franklin Street.
  • Improve mobility within this core business district; Enhance transit operations, especially at peak commuting hours;
  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian safety; Result in additional parking and street amenities; and
  • Require careful balancing between traffic flow and turn movements on Congress and adjacent streets.

You can read more of an overview of the study on the City’s website and find more details on the findings and suggested alternatives for transit on Congress Street here.

For now, the most important thing is for the City to hear from transit riders as part of the process!