Hi Bike-Ped folks:
As I've told a few of you, I decided about 10 days ago to JUST GET OUT THERE
and start a simple version of the alternate transit encouragement/education
work I've been wanting to do (instead of just doing outreach and writing grant
Thus, Green Streets! It's a simple concept -- it's
basically a commute-another-way-day party once a month -- involving both
school kids and commuting adults. The last Friday of the month people are
encouraged to leave their cars at home, wear green, and commute green
(walk, bike, bus, etc.) And local businesses give incentives to
people who participate (discounts, items to raffle off, free coffee, that kind
of thing). It's a program that has been very successful in
the Boston area -- you can check out their blog at www.gogreenstreets.org)
I contacted the woman who directs it, Janie Katz-Christy, after I
learned about two weekends ago, and she was great, very encouraging of trying to
help anyone who is interested start something similar here in
Portland. She sent me a bunch of materials which I tested out at Munjfest
and also at the East End Community School PTO meeting last week -- as
well as with some local businesses -- and there was a great
response. And it was great to be out there working on it!
Below is the first monthly e-mail (with all the pertinant
info) to those who have signed up to participate.
If you can spread the word, that would be
great! (And let me know if you would like the
flier attachments). Also let me know if it is appropriate to
send out a reminder once a month on this forum.
And as always, feel free to give good bike-ped input/feedback, too!
People seemed excited about launching this month, so it will start out small --
but by next month I think we can do some press on it.
I've been signing up folks interested in volunteering (encouraging the
monthly Green Streets walk/ride day at their work/school/club, asking a
favorite local business for an incentive, working on a simple website, etc.) --
so if you're interested, please let me know!
And hope to see you out there in green on Friday!
this month's Green Streets mailing!
ever Green Streets Walk/Ride Day this Friday
about developing Green Streets & ways to be
local alternate transit resources
Dear Green Streets
This Friday, September
28th is our first ever Greater
Portland Green Streets
Walk/Ride Day! What a perfect time of year to
start! You'll be part of making a difference as well as
being involved in a city-wide party!
fun begins by leaving your car at home on Friday and:
Wearing Green! (t-shirts, pants, socks,
whatever and tell people why you're wearing it!)
Commuting Green! (walk, bike, bus, take
the train, carpool see below for all your options!)
3. Celebrating! by stopping in at our first local retail
Star Café: Stop
in on Friday with your green on and share how you are getting around and pick
up a free small coffee or tea!
Avenue Garage: E-mail PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com,
share with us how you got around on Friday the 28th, and enter the
raffle for a free oil change service ($35 value)! Help the
environment by keeping your vehicle in good shape. (And if
you don't own a car, even better! You can still enter the
raffle and just give the oil change voucher to a friend or family member who
tuned for incentives next month from Hilltop Coffee Shop,
Homegrown Herb & Tea, and Cyclemania as well
Please patronize our sponsors.
They are proud of being part of Green Streets, and giving
away or discounting wonderful things and they want us to come say
Please pass this e-mail on
to friends, family,
co-workers, people in your neighborhood, at your place of worship, club, etc.
we want everyone to have the chance to
And if you
can't leave your car at home this Friday then join us next month!
Or anytime in between!
- We're working on putting together
a website this month for easier access to
information. Anyone interested in helping out,
please e-mail us at PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com!
- If you would like to ask a
favorite business to join the Green Streets fun next month with an incentive,
attached to this e-mail is the business sponsor packet with all
the info. Let us know via e-mail all the information!
- Become a Green Streets Walk/Ride
Day coordinator at your school, workplace, place of worship, club, in your
neighborhood, etc! And we've attached public fliers to this
e-mail for you to post.
- Please also take pictures and
e-mail them to us! We would love to include pictures and
short vignettes from participants on the new website.
- And let us know if you would like
to volunteer in any other capacity!
Walk/Ride Days are
the last Friday
of every month!
Wear green and
This is a
once-a-month e-mail reminder from Greater Portland Green
Streets is a grassroots organization comprised of people who commute through,
live, work, study, or send children to school in Greater Portland.
For environmental, health, safety, and community-building reasons, we
have created Green Streets Walk/Ride Days which occur on the last Friday of
every month. On these days, we encourage people throughout
the city to wear something green and to use green
means of transportation. The idea is to hold a
city-wide party on that day, with each individual and institution --
celebrating and encouraging in its own way.
would like to be removed from this list, please e-mail PortlandGreenStreets@yahoo.com