September 19, 2006
Celebrate Car Free Days 2006
This weekend the good folks at SHIFT will be hosting Car Free Days 2006. SW Ankeny Street between
3rd and 4th 2nd and 3rd Avenues will be closed to cars for festivities from Friday evening through Sunday.
Yes, this is a pretty small area that will be car free, but there's a method to the madness. There's a proposal to make this street segment car free on a permanent basis.
So come down and check out the fun. You can get all the details at http://www.portlandcarfreeday.org/
September 21, 2006 10:07 AM
el timito Says:
Bike advocates challenge officials to donut eating contest at Car-Free Day
Volunteers promoting bicycling for transportation, health, and fun have challenged city officials and others to the First Annual BonB Donut Eating Invitational. The contest takes place 6:00 pm Friday, Sep. 22 at the Car-Free Celebration SW Ankeny St. between 2nd and 3rd Avenues. This block of Ankeny will be closed to motorized traffic from Friday evening through Sunday.
“BonB” is an abbreviation for Breakfast on the Bridges, a monthly event hosted by Shift, a local bike culture organization. Volunteers serve coffee and pastries to cyclists crossing the Hawthorne and Broadway Bridges on the last Friday of the month. The event is free, thanks to donations from local coffee roasters, bakeries, and others.
Team BonB captain Carl Larson says “In the age of peak oil leaders need to show that there are other sources of energy for the new millenium. We believe donuts are a prime example.”
According to event organizer Elly Blue, Car-Free Day is not just about bikes. “We want to show Portlanders how liveable the street can be when you have room to walk, gather, and relax. And when friends get together, donuts just always seem to be the natural snack.”
“Personally, I’m gunning for Roger Geller,” says Team BonB member Timo Landia. “He’s been bragging on the bridges for years about how many crullers he can eat. Well buddy, here’s the chance to put your buttermilk bar where your mouth is!”
Mr. Geller, the city’s Bicycle Coordinator, was not available for comment at press time.