“Bike to Books” coloring contest and bike light giveaway

From Portland Bureau of Transportation: 

PBOT, Multnomah County Library and Metro celebrate Bike Month by bringing back “Bike to Books” coloring contest and bike light giveaway

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, are celebrating Bike Month with “Bike to Books,” a program to encourage residents to ride their bicycle to their local library.

As part of the program, PBOT and Multnomah County Library are bringing back Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. Students living in Multnomah County from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th Grade are invited to design bike lane art for installation in one of the City’s bike lanes. Portland’s bike lane art, found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city, is well known nationwide. Designs are created by crew members on their own time using leftover materials that would otherwise go to waste. In 2017, in the first year of our Bike to Books program, PBOT crews installed four winning Bike to Books bike lane art designs near each winning artist’s neighborhood library branch.

It’s easy to enter, with a variety of great prizes. Young people in Portland and Multnomah County can submit their own designs using the bike symbol coloring page. The winning art will be installed on a bike lane this summer by one of PBOT’s striping crews. Second prize winners will each receive four full-day passes to ride your bicycle at the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners will win a bike helmet from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets. Coloring pages can be picked up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants must drop-off their entry at a library branch in person, to be entered into the contest. Full contest rules are available online.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who bikes to a Multnomah County Library branch will receive a free bike light provided by Metro (while supplies last). Special Bike Storytimes for young readers are also being offered at numerous library branches across the county.

 “We want every Portlander to feel they have a voice in the way we design our city and the earlier we can get our residents involved the better,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “This student-designed bike lane art is, in many ways, the beginning of the conversation between PBOT and the young people of Portland who will use our roads, bikeways and sidewalks for decades to come. If they can design such creative art for our streets, imagine the other ideas they’ll bring to us in the future. We’re excited and we’re listening.”

“Libraries are about creating connections for people of all ages to learn and create,” said Multnomah County Library Director Vailey Oehlke. “With Bike to Books, we’re teaming up with important partners in PBOT and Metro to share the joy around reading, learning and biking with an eye toward safety and sustainability.”

Books and bikes are two pillars of Portland culture. One of the busiest public libraries in the United States, Multnomah County Library is beloved by the community it serves. In addition, Portland’s young readers bike to school in record numbers. Today, thanks to PBOT’s Safe Routes to School Program, 36.8 percent of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike – among the highest in the nation.

Portland Bike Month runs throughout the month of May with events happening across the city sponsored by multiple organizations to encourage people of all ages to get on their bike and enjoy the spring sunshine and hundreds of miles of bike lanes and neighborhood greenways in the city of Portland.

Information about Bike to Books and Bike Month events can be found at: www.biketobooks.com

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Voter Registration and Party Choice Deadline Tuesday

From Multnomah County Elections:

Tuesday, April 24 is the Voter Registration Deadline and the Party Choice Deadline!

Multnomah County reminds voters that Tuesday, April 24 is the voter registration deadline for the May 15 Primary Election.Oregon voters can register to vote online at www.oregonvotes.gov/register. To register to vote online an eligible voter must have a valid Oregon driver’s license, permit, or ID card. The online registration deadline is 11:59 PM on April 24. Voters can register to vote on paper with an Oregon Voter Registration Card. Registration cards can be found at the elections office, Oregon DMV, post office, or public library. The deadline for mailing the Oregon Voter Registration Card is a USPS postmark of April 24.
Voters can also register to vote at the Multnomah County Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building at 1040 SE Morrison Street, Portland OR 97214. The Multnomah Duniway-Lovejoy Elections Building will be open extended hours: 8:00 AM – 7:00 PM on April 24. Multnomah County Elections can accept voter registrations from any Oregon resident.

MultCo Budget Priorities Survey

From Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson:

Dear friends & neighbors,

A budget is a reflection of priorities, and Multnomah County’s budget is no different. The programs and projects we invest in should be a reflection of our community’s values, concerns, and aspirations.

That’s why I’d like to solicit your top priorities. Please take a moment to identify your top concerns by filling out this survey.

With Multnomah County Chair Deborah Kafoury scheduled to release her proposed budget on April 26th, I want to know your thoughts as we determine how best to spend the vital funding provided by hardworking taxpayers like you.

Just as last year, I’ll report back on the results, and your feedback will inform my thinking during the budget process.

You can find out more information about the county’s budget, as well as opportunities to weigh in during our budget hearings here. I encourage you to share your thoughts and concerns not only with me but also with my fellow commissioners.

Together, we can continue to make our community one we can be proud of.

Warmly,

Jessica Vega Pederson

Contact Commissioner Vega Pederson:

Phone: 503.988.5217
Email: district3@multco.us
Address: 501 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Suite 600, Portland, Oregon 97214

Urban Weeds Workshop

From East Multnomah Soil & Water Conservation District:

Date: Wed, May. 9
Time: 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Location: Woodstock Community Center
Address: 5905 SE 43rd Ave., Portland, 97206

Weeds – we all have them. Come learn how to identify the most common garden and landscape weeds along with some of the other more notorious plant invaders of the region. We will walk you through how these aggressive plants take over in your yard and provide some simple yet effective tips that will help you get the upper hand without turning to synthetic herbicides.

Space is limited. To register, click here.

Foster Shelter Steering Committee April Update

Next Foster Steering Committee meeting is Wednesday, April 18th

The third meeting of the Foster Steering Committee will be held on Wednesday, April 18th, from 6:00 – 7:30PM at SEIU, 6401 SE Foster Rd.

The main topic will be a discussion of public safety topics relating to the shelter. Representatives from the Portland Police Bureau will be in attendance to provide a presentation on the topic and answer questions.

You can find the minutes and materials from the second Steering Committee meeting here. An agenda for the April 18th meeting will be sent out one week prior.

All meetings of the Steering Committee are open to the public, and have a public comment period at the end of the agenda.

Please contact the Multnomah County, District 3 office if you have any questions at: 503-988-5217 or District3@multco.us

March Meeting TONIGHT!

Don’t miss our monthly meeting, TONIGHT, April 5th, 2018, 7:00-9:00PM at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center.  Featuring special guest Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.

Agenda (subject to change) below.  To download and print your own, click here!

La Asociación de Vecinos de Brentwood-Darlington invita a todos sus vecinos y propietarios de negocios a participar en nuestras próximas reuniones, que incluyen los siguientes invitados especiales Comisario Jessica Vega Pederson.

Special Guest Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson in March!

We cordially invite all neighbors and business owners to join us at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center on March 1st, 7:00-9:00PM, for our monthly meeting, featuring special guest Multnomah County Commissioner Jessica Vega Pederson.

View and print our March agenda here!

RSVP to our event on Facebook to stay up to date!

La Asociación de Vecinos de Brentwood-Darlington invita a todos sus vecinos y propietarios de negocios a participar en nuestras próximas reuniones, que incluyen los siguientes invitados especiales Comisario Jessica Vega Pederson.