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Bike to Work // Reach the Beach

May 11, 2009|

Susan Remmers with the Community Cycling Center and Michelle Emmons from REI talk about "Bike to Work Week" activities//Jennifer Baldwin with the American Lund Association in Oregon tells us about the "Reach the Beach" bike ride to benefit the Lung Association.

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-- -- -- -- -- A series of interviews that people an interesting northwest Oregon and southwest Washington. I'm your host Joe -- Like to work week kicks off this weekend there are all sorts of fun activities taking place in the metro area designed to get people excited about cycling. With me today on microscope is Michelle Emmons with REI and Susan grammar is with community cycling center and there -- here to tell us what's taking place. During bike to work week we'd like to thank you for joining us today on metro scope. First of all Michelle tell us a little bit about bike to work week what's that all about what's gonna happen to get Phyllis and well liked to workweek is part of a greater promotion around. Bike to work month that happens every year in -- it's a national campaign to get folks out on their bikes and commuting around there. Various communities and urban atmosphere is. And REI supporting up to our -- or drive campaign which we launched last year. To help educate cyclists to get outside. Kind of debunks some myths around. What is to commute and how to commute amongst traffic goers. And really supports. Sustainability in terms of alternative transportation options. What is REI get so thrown into this program here. Well of course we do support cycling product line in our particular product line is called Navarro we do how cycling accessories and apparel. We also do have Navarro branded bicycles REI so. That would be the first and foremost reason why but also because REI as a co -- that supports a lot of a sustainable community. Movements and organizations. Susan how does the metro area -- in terms of biking popularity compared to other communities across the country. Well it's fair to say that Portland is right there at the top when you look at the national organization the league of American bicycle us which awards bicycling status of various metropolitan areas throughout the country we rank at the top. Where platinum city. Which means we have a solid infrastructure we have a vital by school community and we have people getting out there and advancing the -- revolution. We don't know how we won awards here in the Portland metro area for having such a great cycling community what do you attribute that sale. Well again I think it's the vital -- of the community and ultimately I would say. It's smart growth it's smart planning its the community's commitment to sustainability it's a sense of responsibility it's a sense of caring and connection that I believe this to strongly held Portland value. Now Portland's been working on its infrastructure to try to make this some more cycling friendly city and they continue to work on and you know many of the projects that there are working on right now to try to. To get this to become a more bike friendly community. Yes well the city is very committed and I have to say that -- metropolitan region as a whole is very committed to advancing an increasing bicycle infrastructure. And there's a sound basis for about it's in this be on the question of the bike and it goes to treating vital and healthy. Economic arteries and ways for people to -- safely if you could through the community. There cost effective measures associated with that it's much more cost effective for instance to build a few bike lanes then to to build a few freeways to state the obvious. And so I think that's the city has invested a great deal particularly. And developing the bicycle master planned steering committee which engages community leaders as well as those doing organizing in the communing. To lend their voices to the strategic investments we need to amplify the infrastructure. So wouldn't be fair to say that over the years Portland is becoming a more popular city for biking that they people are using bikes to commute to and from work is rising so we seen a huge increase in employees. And riding their bikes to work. As well as a lot of community partners that are now. Incorporating. Commuter programs into there. Benefits for employees and rewarding employees for riding their bikes to work. So I would say yes that we are seeing an increase -- folks come -- work -- -- what about you Michelle used said the -- seeing an increase are you seeing an increase in bike sales over REI as a result I would say that -- cycling department is probably our biggest growth category at REI right now you're listening to -- -- then we're speaking with Michelle hammonds went REI and Susan -- is with the community cycling center and we're talking about bike to work week and how you can get involved now Susan. Tell us about the community cycling center and -- organization is trying to get people excited about cycling we believe that at the -- is actually a tool for empowerment and a vehicle toward broader social change. And so therefore we work hard to educate increased safety. In initial safety and health and -- any connection to facilitate bicycling as a viable option B -- for recreation for four transportation. Horford just in on time -- with the family. Now -- can anybody be a part of the cycling center is this for a specific types of people like same novices or is it just select low income people who who who can take part of the -- center. Well that's the -- and the strength of the Khamese cycling sinner we actually are in the community cycling star and therefore we embrace him welcome all we have -- are specifically tailored for those that have specific. Needs and terms of access. We have classes where you can pay to join in and learn about bicycle maintenance. Commuting and things of that nature. We have a full scale volunteer program which actually has nothing to do with -- ridership per say. It has everything to do with repurchasing bicycles are not currently in use there have been donated by the community. To put back out through our program so that those that want to use the bicycle and -- the bicycle for transportation recreation have that opportunity and access. And that is one of the programs REI has funded in the Portland area last year we gave us 5000 dollars to the community cycling center. For their -- donation program every year they have their big holiday bike drive. We get up to move it this year because of the big snow that in the spring we held it. And we had close to a 150 bikes and about 70% of those bikes were able to get turned right back into the community and if somebody wants to take part of one of the classes that are offered over the community recycling center. Where can they find out what classes aid you hold and be where you guys located. You can learn all about three cycling sent our classes our programs are volunteer opportunities by going to our website and that would be the community cycling center all one word dot org. Debbie Debbie -- community cycling -- -- -- work so you guys are really making Portland a safer place to cycle I I would assume we're not doing it alone we recognize the the critical nature partnerships REI -- whenever critical partners in helping us two procuring collect bicycles to put back out onto the street into the community. And we also part -- other great organizations including the city. The Portland and we we partner with other local nonprofit based organizations -- corps commandment is to get people out into the community. Moving around and a healthy way and connecting ways to count. -- has also looking to inspire motivate and outfit people for a lifetime of outdoor adventure and of course cycling is a great gateway. Recreational opportunity for people to get outside and enjoy even though you're right here in the middle of the city. And some later things that we do in our stores is that we have some free bicycle maintenance classless they also have commuter classes. And that's easy to find it REI dot com -- slash Portland. If somebody is getting into cycling for the first time I would maybe like to join some sort of a cycling group do you guys help facilitate that as well. We have tons of resource is available REI we have our outdoor resource center which is upstairs located next customer service in the downtown Portland area. And folks can pick up several brochures and pamphlets about areas cycling clubs and organizations that sponsor rides. And folks can just get up online and look at social can meet up groups. Like meet up Portland dot com for. Area cyclists are also looking for partners in groups of people to go cycling -- carriages and and that's after many getting back on a bicycle can can can be you know a daunting experience and so we like to think it between you cycling -- we these people and we do that through our camps are clinics. Our classes and a -- firms or again even if you're volunteering helping us clean up spruce up the price to get them back on the red they're funny ways to tie and I think it dialed and well Susan let's talk a little bit about bike to work week what are some of the big events are going to be taking place this week well one of the big events it's happening the city of Portland transportation options is hosting a big launch on Tuesday morning at 7:30 AM at the pioneer courthouse they should have lots of food out there I know REI I'll be out there we've got some coupons will be given out possibly some water bottles for folks and just talking to people about how they are by taking their drive. And what are some of the other events are gonna be taking place this week there events throughout the city and a vital resource and disk many of a quick shout out to a wonderful. Onside Webster website that you can check out that spike Portland dot org. -- can find all of the events listed for the entire month there you can also go to the city's website and look at the transportation options division panel have -- and there's final range of community events including. Free breakfast for those that decides to get on their -- get into work. Many employers are trying to -- and sentenced and then and a bicycle transportation alliance is another organization is going to be hosting. Some three how to commute basically classes so you can check out their website as well. And of course I would -- encourage people to contact us directly to Khamese cycling -- dot org. And we can -- you set up as well. We've also got some great mouse that the city of Portland has put out recently and they just completed their northwest quadrant. As well as the bike there are maps that are available at your REI -- so come on by and pick up your Portland bicycle -- You're listening to metro -- -- -- speaking with Michelle -- with REI and Susan Bremer has with communities cycle Centre and we're talking about bike to work week and how are you looking get involved. Why is it important that people bike to work Susan I think it's not just about. Biking to work. I think how we move through community counts I think that time -- choices we make this individuals the choices that we model for our family in the ways that we choose to create in constant community. Counts and so I would say it's a tremendous opportunity not only to reduce your environmental impact because you have to face the facts and here's a hard one. That the majority of the times before in a car they're taking trips that are two miles or less. And 40% of the time two miles or -- just think about that for a moment. -- during those two miles 60% of the pollution output. Is having an in a negative environmental impact so if -- just get on your bike. And move -- you -- ago via site you're having a significant cost and impact on the environment so I think it's about being conscious it's about having fun it's about slowing down a bit. Looking around taking in all and and and and expressing your carrying through the actions. As a result of the increased amount of people that are cycling these days we keep hearing about the kind of friction between cars and bikers is that a reality or is that a myth I think it's important to look at the facts and the facts are at that as bicycle ridership increases crashes and complex. Reduce so as -- -- some of the -- goes up the crashes in the coalitions and encounters go down. I think it's fair to say if you took all the bikes off the road that you still have road raged in terms of drivers and that certainly would for a percent and very very small percent. For the most part I believe the port lenders are committed to sharing the road and are willing and able to look at what's at that in the best interest of the very community. Michelle some would like more information about breakfast a pioneer square or any other bike to work activities where can they go is there a website. I think that's gonna be the -- Portland dot org website. So had studied the -- bike Portland title RG and then Susan if someone like more information on a community cycling sent shareware can make up. But the best place to collect all the information about the very many activities we have to offer Revere website and that is www. Community cycling center dot org. And everybody is welcoming sounds like yes indeed everybody come on my chef and. Shell and a live REI and Susan Bremer. Communities like cling to -- and we've been talking about like towards me again how you can get involved. There's an event coming up that'll allow you don't. -- to help those little lime disease. Jennifer Baldwin with the American lung association of organ is here to tell us about reached the beach. So I think is so much for joining us today on metro scout Jennifer. Well first of -- he could tell us what exactly is reached the beach and when will it be held. Reach the beach is a great cycling event here organized sort of kick after the cycling season -- to the first big Brad of this season. We have four different starts. So you can ride from Portland which is a hundred miles. From bailout which is eighty miles. Amity which is up 55 mile route and grand fraud which -- the 26 not out. And all the difference start everyone ends up in the same location and that's and civics city Oregon. But this great fit -- on party on the beat. Cindy do it on one day anyway -- it held. Yes to all of Monday. Saturday may sixteenth so the toilet folks don't have a hundred miles. Together to get to the big city and the cooler it is actually a great course. The author of -- country. And through the Forest Service land and stuff like that it's a beautiful beautiful course it's did it. Noted that I think we're out there are selected by the Oregonian each year for the best cycling routes for the past couple of years so supportive throughout. It's very achievable for folks there's not too many joke between here -- the big city the course that we play other very. Gently rolling I guess we should say. -- -- one bit so for folks starting from Portland it's they even study early so that course opened at 7 o'clock in the morning for those folks. People writing from grand -- 26 miles so that's -- Not as nearly a 500 miles and it's much more. A principal amount of mileage are folks that haven't done a whole lot of cycling. That they open and add to 10 o'clock the nice thing about recent Abidjan that it really well supported so we have a rest stops but. Around every 1520 miles. People can get some water refill the water bottles different -- take a little break and stretch whatever. They need to do that it actually too much stops for folks one that amity which is about halfway and then another one grand Barack. So we give them a lot of -- Because we know that's still had a -- takes a lot of fuel so we want to make sure that people are well said. God I mechanics along the -- do so we have stationary bike mechanics that I all the major rest stops and we have a handful that are. Romania cycle without -- in a monks the court that can help people I think overall. So how can people raise money and where does it go. So this is -- the -- is the largest fundraiser for the American might have cessation of board and the should actually are. Nineteen year during the event. We raised the last year 385000. Dollars for the organization. So all the many -- guess the American Lung Association -- -- They easiest way that people can raise money is. To send out an email. Most of the folks who do the -- to do some fundraising average. Last year was a 160 dollar so. The average age spiritualism that great but you're with a 160 dollars and again the easiest way to do it is just send an email out to everybody you know as saying. Hey I'm doing great to beat the fund -- Fred I like association and. Do in the hundred mile course that the 55 mile course since. I'm asking for your support. You guys have an online area where people can send. Those requests online -- keep track of their donations online as well. Absolutely want people registered -- -- Add to reach the beach dot or get. They get their own personal web pages they can personalize a picture of it darker your kids that whenever -- date. Send your own message create your own message about like why you're doing the beach. And then you can direct folks to that website and they can just donate online right there it's totally secure air. In fact. -- -- like 80% of our donations now become an online so it's a great tool it's really easy it is and people are. You know making the most of it. Can you participating even if you're not a big cycle are. Absolutely. Absolutely if you wanna -- -- cycling. Even if you got a big cyclist you can do I would recommend the great front start again because it's only 26 miles. And the beautiful course through the woods and they needed that the beat. -- Barry if you're not a fact look at all of you -- support the event of support the American Lung Association or -- -- You can't be a volunteer and we absolutely need volunteers we need about 300 volunteers to support -- the -- off successfully. So there's a lot of volunteer opportunities at the Portland start. And then there's a lot offer a lot of volunteer opportunities. At best finish by. So so they'd like to volunteer -- how did they get in touch with you. The best way to do. Just flat -- took. Two volunteers is to got to reach the beach style or good. And that's volunteered. Link that you haven't we gone and you can register there and the whole list of all the different jobs that we need. And you can pick which WY and the timing and all that and then you're registered as a volunteer that you'll get out information from. You're listening to metro scope or speaking with Jennifer bald when she is with the American lung association of Oregon are talking about a bicycle fund raiser called reach the beach. And how many people do you expect to participate in this year's reach the beach and her machine -- guzzle raise. Well that's all the big question mark that's what makes the day -- so exciting for me is to see how we do interred there writers and how much money we raise. But we are having a fantastic year for registration and we are already have. 2400. Riders registered. So. I am I being that we will approach maybe 2800 this year because this week you know -- nice weather on the day. We get a lot of they have writers Fisher so I would say a public for about gas 2500. To 2800 depending on the weather. -- get to Pacific city get to the beach how do you get back. So -- a couple of options you can arrange to meet somebody got married. Then get back you can also -- about ticket we have -- that -- Found the big city. Back to the different application. So Obama your fellow cyclist or whatever I need a -- didn't come back. To the start that again. Diplomat but -- we also have a bulletin board. On the region could be stopped or web site where folks can look sir. But other folks to -- with. So tell us a little bit about the American Lung Association are again what's the mission and how when he has been around. The miss the Mac come on a sensational in -- again is to prevent lung disease and promote what help. The American Lung Association has been around for over a hundred years. So it's good. A great institution. Across the country actually and we are now dead and search for a cure for tuberculosis around the turn of the century. Though I'll and that's how we got started was fighting tuberculosis and obviously our mission has continued to expand to cover. Programs and smoking cessation. And helping folks manage their ads. So medical resurgent. You know care then and management plans for folks about and other -- this -- like cancer. CO PDF that they must finale really you know instead of as a -- specific organization. Fighting tuberculosis and now we're sort of encompassing. All things that affect the -- health including. Air pollution and secondhand smoke all that's the stuff. So so -- him I'd be quite a few people here and organ that are affected by lung disease. State of Oregon we have. 537000. People who respect the balance. So ahead of that group we have a lot of kids with asthma. In about 80000 tip but with -- and more and so the interesting thing I thought. And I want to leave that I found a bit here for the past seven years this. It's kind of one of those quiet -- says people don't really talk about it a lot. But it is prevalent and actually some of and just staying statistics that I have learned over the years since I've been here is that. Lung cancer. Killed more people and breast colorectal and prostate cancer combined it might campers actually then number white cancer killer in the United States. And the final statistic about lung cancer. Like to share with people -- -- can't take kills more women than breast cancer. So folks out -- surprised by that because breast cancer has a great awareness in the country and I get them back great good credit for that but well you can't actually affects more women. And so what we're trying to do -- at the word out about that and help people understand that it's a lot more prevalent than they can -- the other -- -- -- kind of can become a quiet this these this asthma. Again -- affiliate eighty helping kids -- this state who are affected by asthma and the programs that we have here the one association are. Directed at helping people especially kids but -- people without. -- at -- -- so that they live a school healthier life so. You know I've got we certainly have -- to do reach the beach every year who have bad stuff. And so that's the message that we try to get out the folks instead of get out but doesn't mean that you kind of had to set aside budget certainly can be as active as anybody else. You'd have to have. A management play at a place that includes medication and then -- -- Working with your position and that sort of stuff but -- That they are not as metabolic kind of scary to me is that you know people die of asthma attacks and actually in the country. Everyday. Ten people died from an asthma attack. So people think about as as chronic disease that that can be managed which you absolutely can't be. But if it's not managed correctly it can be deadly. -- so. You know. That's part of focus of the lung association has to educate the public about these diseases. And bring awareness. The prevalence of them. Jennifer so -- like more information about reached the beach or the American Lung Association in Oregon where can they go. So it could go to register for -- to beat us up to the pet or as a volunteer you should go to retool the beaches dot org. But I'll -- and that web site and were we have our online registration. And I should let your listeners. No and that online registration closes on May -- So you can still got to the -- -- information and you can also register at the day of after big -- You do is make a donation epidemic that registration deadline crack. Absolutely absolutely can always make a donation there as well. If you wanna learn more about the lung association in general here at Oregon -- to go to our web site which is. Www. Locked up or against dog or are. All right Jennifer role -- wanna thank you so much for joining us today M mattress go. Yeah. That's Jennifer bald one with the American Lung Association in north and talking about it bicycling fund raiser for the organization called. Reached the beach and that's not just go -- an Entercom communications and public affairs program. I'm your host -- when winter. Have a public affairs are nonprofit event that mean it's like to let others know about. You can email me and @entercom.com. 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