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Portland Green Streets

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Welcome to the Green Streets initiative for Portland, Maine! The aim of this site is to share information, resources, and get folks psyched to get around green.

What Is Portland Green Streets?

Portland Green Streets is non-profit and grassroots effort to encourage the use of alternative transportation in Greater Portland.  With the environment, public health, local economy, public safety, and community-strengthening in mind, we encourage sustainable transportation habits with two programs:

1.) PORTLAND GREEN STREETS DAY

Portland Green Streets Day is a monthly, city-wide day of getting around green.  It takes place the last Friday of every month.  On this day, we encourage folks to celebrate the commitment they’ve made that day to alternative transportation by wearing green, organizing participation in Green Streets Day with co-workers & community members, or talking it up!  Its one day out of the month to truly celebrate your choice to use alternative transportation — and great way to encourage others to join you!

2.) GREEN STREETS INCENTIVES

Portland Green Streets partners with local businesses to provide every day incentives to get around green.  Participants receive a membership card that can be used to redeem incentives offered at participating local businesses.  Incentives range from a free coffee to discounts on goods and services.  Visit our “Incentives Program” page for more information.

So, who qualifies as a Green Streeter?

It’s simple. A Green Streeter is someone who makes a once-a-month commitment to travelling green — and then uses that commitment to inspire their transportation habits the rest of the month.

You can walk, use your wheelchair, bike, carpool, take the bus, the ferry, the train, skateboard.  There are so many ways to get around green.

Your once-a-month commitment can happen on Green Streets Day, the last Friday of the month, or on a day that is most convenient to you.  Green Streets Day serves as both a monthly reminder and a supportive social network to help you make your commitment.

Green Streets is for everyone: retired folks, employed folks, kids in school, kids on vacation, stay-at-home parents, people who have the day off on Fridays, people on vacation, teens hanging out – EVERYONE.

Please sign in each month that you participate! (Before, on, or just after Green Streets Day) – it takes 1 minute. Signing in provides us with great collective green commuting data.

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What's New


Green Streets Spotlight – Bicycle Commuters Take the Green Challenge at cPort Credit Union!

June 21st, 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!

This month, PGS intern Morgan Malley interviewed three bicycle commuters, Evan Lovely, Ahlya Whitten, and Tracy Treubig, at cPort Credit Union on Riverside Industrial Parkway in Portland to learn more about their commitment to sustainable transportation. Commuting distances for the group range from 1-6 miles, and their list of the positive impacts from biking to work is impressive (increased energy, weight loss, financial savings, stress relief and time savings). Due to these factors, Evan has decided to lead a carless lifestyle! For the full interview, click here to visit the Portland Green Streets website.

How Would a Green Streeter Decide to Transform Forest Avenue?

June 21st, 2011

…the City of Portland wants to know! The city, in collaboration with the Portland Area Transportation System (PACTS), is holding a public meeting on June 22nd from 5:30 – 8:00pm to discuss safety, mobility and land development along Forest Ave between Park Ave and Woodford’s Corner. They will explore alternatives to make this section of Forest Ave safer and more appealing for drivers, bikers, transit riders and walkers. The meeting will be held at the Merrill Auditorium Rehearsal Hall behind City Hall at 20 Myrtle Street. This is a great opportunity for Green Streeters to voice our opinions on current conditions and improvements for this busy avenue.

Portland Offers Employers a Transportation Planning Tool “TDM2go”

June 21st, 2011

TDM2go is a web-based transportation planning tool designed to help employers reduce parking costs, decrease traffic congestion, improve improve air quality and provide a low-cost benefit for their employees through effective Transportation Demand Management (TDM). TDM utilizes a variety of strategies to help reduce travel demand for, in particular, single-occupancy vehicles used to commute to work. The web site was developed by the City of Portland with a $20,000 grant from the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS). To learn more, go to www.TDM2go.info.

Cycling Savvy Bike Education Courses Come to Portland

June 21st, 2011


John Brooking, Bicycle Traffic Safety Educator, is offering a series of bike education  courses designed specifically to help the transportational bicyclist be able to travel with confidence and safety anywhere. Appropriately, the program motto is”Empowerment for Unlimited Travel”. Three sessions are offered, which may be taken á la carte or as a package and include “Train Your Bike” consisting of a set of progressive drills conducted in a parking lot, “Truths & Techniques of Traffic Cycling which is a classroom session, and  the Tour of Portland is an experiential learning ride through some of Portland’s challenge areas.

Additional details and a link to the registration form are found here: http://www.cyclingsavvy.org/maine

Join Portland Green Streets at Local Sprouts Café! (Thursday June 23rd, 6:00-7:00)

June 21st, 2011

Calling all Green Streeters! Come join Meredith at the PGS Drop-in Volunteer Social this month at Local Sprouts Café from 6:00-7:00 on Thursday, June 23rd! Local Sprouts Café is located at 649 Congress Street in Portland. We would love to hear about your interests and ideas for sustainable transportation!

About PGS Socials: Every fourth Thursday of the month we hold a Green Streets Drop-In Volunteer Social. It’s a chance for Green Streets volunteers to get some solo or group work done in a supportive social atmosphere, so just: bring yourself and/or a friend, come hear about some volunteer possibilities if you’re new – or if you’re already volunteering, bring a task to work on, grab a coffee, bounce questions and ideas off other organizers. Come when you can – leave when you need to. We’re excited to see you there!

Green Streets Interviews cPort Credit Union Bike Commuter Group

June 21st, 2011

On June 15th, Morgan Malley our PGS intern traveled to cPort Credit Union in Portland to ask their bike commuters a few questions about their experience using sustainable transportation. This is what we learned:

How did this group start? What was the motivation to start biking to work? How long have you been biking to work? How far is your commute?

Evan Lovely:  Started out of necessity for financial reasons, which led to a carless lifestyle choice

    • This started a movement in the office for additional employees to commute by bike
      • Ahlya Whitten: 1.5 miles away
      • Evan Lovely: 6 miles away
      • Tracy Treubig: 1 mile away

 

What are some of the benefits you’ve noticed/ gained from biking to work?

  • Financial savings: with increasing gas prices, a lot of $ is saved each month (All)
  • Improved fitness and stamina:  Lost 15 lbs. in the last 2 months
    • Biking has led to increased energy and transition to working out regularly (All)
  • Time Saver: more direct, faster route to work (Evan, lives on the hill)
  • Enjoyable/Stress Reliever: kick starts the day and lets you unwind after work (All)
    • Alleviate the congestion of being in traffic (Ahlya)
  • Environmentally conscious: decreases carbon footprint (All)
  • Enjoyable and easy!!! (All)

 

What are some of the challenges you’ve faced on the road or in general in biking as a primary mode of transportation?

  • Very little, the largest being the weather (Evan)
  • Despite lack of bike infrastructure (i.e. bike racks, lanes, ect) the most challenging aspect is just getting started, matter of preparation (All)
    • Everyone noted it was much easier than they thought

 

Does cPort offer any benefits to employees for using sustainable transportation?

  • No current benefits per say, but provided new bike rack promptly
  • Carpool program for employees (Tracy participates frequently)
  • June 24th every employee who participates in sustainable transportation, name goes into raffle for Panera Bread gift certificate

 

Any good stories from the road?

  •  Amazed at how much better you feel in the morning (All)
  • Tracy: “Gets the endorphins going and gives you a sense of accomplishment every day before you even start working”

 

Any advice for others considering trying new ways to get to work?

  • Tracy: “The biggest challenge is mentally, getting committed to doing it”
  • Evan: “You don’t realize how much time you spend in the car until you stop driving one”
  • Ahlya: “Try it out!”

Maine Ranks as Second Most Bike-Friendly State

May 25th, 2011

Every May during National Bike Month, The League of American Bicyclists releases its rankings of the most bike friendly states. This year Maine has moved up from its previously held third place last year to second place in 2011!  To read more about the ranking system, check out the full story on the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s website here: http://www.bikemaine.org/maine-ranks-second

Using Google Maps to Help Your Commute

May 25th, 2011

The Portland Metro is now listed on Google Maps, complete with schedule, travel time, and price! This new feature allows you to figure out which bus line will get you where you want to go, and what time you need to be standing at that bus stop. PGS is interested to know how well the maps work, so if you use it, please let us know if the timing is accurate! 

For an example of the bus route from the Eastern Promenade to the University of Southern Maine click here.

Join Portland Green Streets at Local Sprouts Café! (Thursday April 28th, 6:00-7:00)

April 21st, 2011

Calling all Green Streeters! Come join Meredith at the PGS Drop-in Volunteer Social this month at a new venue, Local Sprouts Café from 6:00-7:00 on Thursday, April 28th! Local Sprouts Café is located at 649 Congress Street in Portland. We will have volunteer opportunities and would love to hear about your interests and ideas for sustainable transportation!

About PGS Socials: Every fourth Thursday of the month we hold a Green Streets Drop-In Volunteer Social. It’s a chance for Green Streets volunteers to get some solo or group work done in a supportive social atmosphere, so just: bring yourself and/or a friend, come hear about some volunteer possibilities if you’re new – or if you’re already volunteering, bring a task to work on, grab a coffee, bounce questions and ideas off other organizers. Come when you can – leave when you need to. We’re excited to see you there!

Go Green at the Earth Day Celebration in Monument Square!

April 21st, 2011

On Friday (4/22) from 11:00-6:00 the City of Portland is hosting Portland’s 2011 Urban Earth Day Celebration. The event brings together many of Portland’s environmental and non-profit organizations, artists, sustainable businesses and residents and will give the public an opportunity to learn about local efforts to promote the city’s green economy and improve Portland’s urban environment.  The celebration will feature local, organic food, compost demonstrations, agricultural presentations, seed/sappling give-aways, dance performances, art, street musicians, face painting, and much more. For more information about the Urban Earth Day Celebration, visit http://menskmaine.org/index.php?page=urban-earth-day

When:     Friday, April 22, 2011
                11:00 AM – 6:00 PM

Where:   Monument Square
               Portland (Rain location – Portland Public Library)