The Portland Bicycle Show

I can’t imagine a city that loves its bikes more than Portland, Oregon. Its two-wheeled (and sometimes three!) pedaling obsession was proudly displayed this past weekend at the Portland Bicycle Show. While I entered the show a bit groggy from my early morning drive with a sick dog and multiple pit stops, I was soon swept up in the energy of the event and was chatting up a storm. As I grabbed a Clif Bar sample, the energetic guys from Ruckus Components tagged my coffee cup with a sticker and I was off in a flurry to the next booth in line.

I attended the show with dual purposes. My role as School Food Tour ‘Spokes’woman allowed me to connect with many like-minded folks and I was pleasantly surprised with how many attendees were very interested in both cycling and good food.

Along with promoting the School Food Tour I was also there as an ambassador of People for Bikes and spent my days collecting signatures, handing out buttons and spreading the good word of bike love.  People for Bikes is working to gather one million signatures of people who are ‘for bikes’ – unifying cyclists and leveraging our collective voice in Washington DC.  This great program is an initiative of Bikes Belong, a national bike advocacy organization. If you haven’t done so yet, please sign the pledge!

It was a fantastic two days of bike-related celebrations and cycling gear. There really was something there for everyone – children and adults alike had smiles on their faces. A few other photos from the weekend:

There was a freestyle area:

A test-ride track:

Ryan Leech gave an amazing trials riding demo:

Family fun:

More photos here.

The Oregon Active Transportation Summit

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of bike/walk love at the Summit!

This past rainy Tuesday I stayed dry inside Salem, Oregon’s Conference Center as an Oregon Active Transportation Summit attendee. The AT Summit was convened as an opportunity to assemble advocates of biking, walking and transit together for constructive conversations about how Oregon can continue to be an innovator in active transportation. It was an inspiring day that began with presentations by industry leaders such as Tim Blumenthal of Bikes Belong and state legislators. I attended two break-out sessions on the topic of ‘engaging communities’ that left me with exciting new ideas for promoting healthy transportation. I can’t wait to share these examples with my many eager Tour communities!