Women Bike: September 2017 Recap

September was Women Bike Month, so we teamed up with BIKETOWN to cram as many rides and events into the month as possible! Here’s a recap of what we’ve been up to:

 

Rides!

Art Riders at the marvelously eclectic Spledorporium for the Dolls and Clowns exhibit.

Women Bike joined First Friday, Portland’s Eastside Art Walk, to host our first ever Art Ride. We started at Eutectic Gallery and rode south, stopping to view the exhibits at True Measure, East Creative Collective, Bite Studio, Studio 2507, and finally the Splendorporium. First Friday happens every month at several galleries located in southeast Portland. The Art Ride is a great opportunity to explore some lesser-known galleries in southeast Portland’s rich art scene—on a bike! Check out our upcoming events on the Women Bike Facebook page to see which galleries we’ll visit next month!

Sellwood to Boring Ride

Have you ever ridden the Springwater Corridor Trail all the way to the end? The path takes you all the way out past Gresham through lots of beautiful natural landscapes and ends in the little town of Boring, Oregon. Some members of Women Bike wanted to do a low-key local ride in the morning, so we cruised down to Boring and were back in Sellwood before 2:00 p.m. We stopped at the impressive food cart pod Cartlandia on the way back for snacks and cold beers. This is a great ride for anyone who wants to get out on their bike and go fast without worrying about auto traffic—or for those who just want an easy day ride through a natural landscape away from the city.  

Day Ride to Oregon City

There were some rumors in the group that there is a new trail that leads from Sellwood to Oregon City. Upon further investigation, we discovered that the newly completed Trolley Trail does exactly that, so we decided to give it a test run! As promised, the ride was mostly on multi-use paths separate from auto traffic, with a few brief jaunts on quiet streets in the town of Gladstone. We were surprised how quick the trip turned out to be—it only took about an hour and a half each way, going at a steady pace of about ten miles per hour. Since we had some extra time, we explored Oregon City a little bit, riding past historic houses and an old cemetery, and taking the Oregon City Municipal Elevator to see nearby Willamette Falls.

We concluded our trip with a cold beer at a local brewery before hopping back in the saddle and heading home. For more pictures, a map, and other details about this ride, check out this helpful article posted by BikePortland.org.

Sunday Parkways Sellwood-Milwaukie

The Oregon City Municipal Elevator quickly filled up with cyclists, so some riders opted to carry their bikes to the lookout point.

We closed out the month with the last Sunday Parkways of the year. The route went through the Sellwood and Milwaukie neighborhoods. The sun shone brightly as we explored new streets, ate from food carts, listened to live music, and even got to hit up the Milwaukie farmer’s market. We can’t wait until Sunday Parkways starts up again next spring! For more information on Sunday Parkways, including photos, routes, and how to get involved, please click here.

Social Meetups

On September 9, several great organizations that promote cycling came together to put on the Women Who Bike Info Fair at Holladay park in the Lloyd district. Women Bike joined BIKETOWN, Western Bikeworks, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Nutcase Helmets, Bike Farm, Oregon Bicycle Racing Association, and the Portland Society to provide resources, informative talks, and demonstrations to the women cycling community. Talks given included “Cycling with kids,” “Cycling with pets,”  “What to wear on a bike,” and  “Getting a job in the Bike Industry.” There was even a “Yoga for cyclists” class led by the Portland Society’s April Streeter!

This month, we merged our happy hour with the Women Bike Month Wrap Party, hosted by BIKETOWN. The event was held at Wildfang West and included drinks, snacks, a DJ, and cool raffle prizes—you know it’s going to be good if it’s from Wildfang. The Street Trust set up a table and gathered input from party-goers concerning specific streets and areas in their neighborhoods that need safety improvements. We are using this feedback to show policymakers that there is community interest in increasing funding for biking, walking, and public transit in the next regional transportation package.

Get Connected!

Sign up for our Women Bike E-Newsletter, and stay up to date on all Women Bike events and happenings. You can also check our events calendar for Women Bike events and all other events organized by The Street Trust.

Join us at an upcoming event!

First Friday Eastside Art Ride The first Friday of every month (5:30 to 8:30 p.m.) Different galleries are visited each month. Click the link for latest route.

Free Rules of the Road Clinic – Tuesday, October 11 (6:00 to 7:00 p.m.) at The Street Trust Office, 618 NW Glisan St. #401, Portland, OR

Monthly Coffee Club – Wednesday, October 18 (8:00 to 9:00 a.m.) at Upper Left Roasters, 1204 SE Clay Street, Portland, OR

Monthly Happy Hour – Thursday, October 26 (5:00 to 8:00 p.m.) at Migration Brewing Company, 2828 NE Glisan Street, Portland, OR

Basic Bike Maintenance for Women Tuesday, November 7 (5:30 to 6:30 p.m.) at Bike Farm, 1810 NE First Ave, Portland, OR

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