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City to kick off National Bike Month
Tuesday breakfast and fix-it fair set for City Hall
The city is going all out for National Bike Month in May.
Mayor Charlie Hales is proclaiming May 10-16 as Active Transportation Week, citing Portland as a Platinum bicycle-friendly city.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation will host more than a dozen events this month to encourage people to get out on two wheels and invite their friends and colleagues to join them in biking to work, school and around town.
This comes a month after Hales and the Portland Bureau of Transportation were put on the defensive after nearly 700 citizens signed a petition calling to downgrade the city's Platinum bike-friendly status.
"I am greatly looking forward to Bike Month and all of the events that it includes," says City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees transportation.
"Bicycles are serious business. Bicyclists are healthier than car commuters, saving millions in health care costs. Bicyclists are reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. Also, the bicycle community contributes millions to our local economy and to the resiliency of our city.
Events will kick off Tuesday morning, May 5, with a "Quick Fix Bike Breakfast" 7:30-9 a.m. at City Hall.
Visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Free breakfast snacks and coffee will be served.
This Sunday on Mother's Day, PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season with the first Parkways set for 10-11 a.m. in East Portland.
Presented by Kaiser Permanente, Portland Sunday Parkways is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance.
The on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy activities.
For complete event details, visit: pdxbikemonth.com.