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Police seek bike volunteers for Grand Floral Parade

Holly Takes A Rest During A Hard Day Of Patrolling The Parade

As we get closer to June it’s time to start thinking about the Rose Festival and the Grand Floral Parade.

Last year Holly the dog and I volunteered to be bike mounted volunteers to help patrol in front of the parade and ask people to keep behind the line.

Holly took her job very seriously by allowing herself to be petted by tons of young parade watchers.  She was so tired by the end of the day she had to lay down in our cargo bike!

Check out the article in today.

Anyone who’s interested in being a volunteer can contact  Lt. John Brooks at (503) 823-4829 or john[dot]brooks[at]portlandoregon[dot]gov.

Big Increase In Portland Bike Traffic!

Great news!  The City of Portland has just published the 2010 Bicycle Count Report which shows bike commuting in Portland rose by 8% over 2009.

Check out the excellent coverage done by and the city’s info. on

Highlights include:

 Bicycle traffic on Portland’s four principal bicycle friendly bridges (Broadway, Steel, Burnside and Hawthorne bridges) showed the highest number of bicycle trips since annual counts began in 2000/2001.

 Bicycle traffic on Portland’s four principal bicycle friendly bridges and at 109 nonbridge locations showed a one year increase of 12 and seven percent respectively.  The total number of bicycle trips in Portland (combined bridge and nonbridge) increased eight percent compared with 2009.

 Since the 2000/2001 counts, the overall trend in bicycle traffic was up 190 percent; roughly a tripling in use.

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