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July Breakfast on Bikes and Much More In and Around Salem

It is HOT out this week. Could be 109 today, make sure you're drinking plenty of water if you are out and about!
It is HOT out this week. Could be 109 today, make sure you're drinking plenty of water if you are out and about!

I love getting my monthly update from the Man Who Know Everything About Bikes in Salem, Eric Lundgren. Not only does it inform and remind me of what’s going on, but it allows me to pass along his nuggets of knowledge to everyone out there visiting From Eric’s latest email:

The big story in July is the Commercial Street Restriping Plan. The
plan offers the prospect of substantial progress on making downtown
more bike-friendly.   It’s scheduled to go to City Council in August.
Make sure August 10th is on your calendar!

(It’s hot, too – so stay hydrated & cool!)

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays
Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Road Work
Bike Counts
Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market
Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides

Breakfast on Bikes – Friday, July 31
We’ll be at Mission & Winter, just north of Bush Park, between 7am and
9am.  Thanks to Cascade Baking, Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource
Natural Foods!
For map and full details, see –

City Council considers Commercial Street Striping – Monday, August 10th
At 6:30 City Council will meet and consider endorsing the staff plan
to restripe Commercial Street downtown.  Part of the plan is a bike
lane and sharrows to accomodate bicycle traffic.  See a summary of
progress, road blocks, and debate here –

Short Track Racing at Fairgrounds – Mondays, August 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
Buy Local Racing is organizing the Salem Short Track Series at the
Fairgrounds.  Check out the note at Pacific Pedaling –

Bike Commute Challenge Kick-off – Thursday, August 27th
Save the Date!  Don’t have all the details confirmed yet, but we plan
on having beer and pizza for bicyclists.  Get the BCC posters, other
workplace materials, and meet your fellow commuters!  Look for
information on the Breakfast blog and for a special email later in

Kick-off Bike Parade for State Fair – Friday, August 28th
Free parade!  Costumes and decoration encouraged.  Meet at the State
Fairgrounds in front of the Pavilion off of Sunnyview Rd. at 5:30,
parade starts at 6.  The bike drill team will be participating.
Additional practices to be announced.  Here’s a brief bit about their
first outing, the Monmouth-Independence Fourth of July Parade –

Road Work – on-going
Between the ARRA/Stimulus package, the “Keep Salem Moving” road bond,
and other improvement projects, there’s lots of construction that
impacts bikes.  Here’s some of the stories.
Windsor Island Road –
Keizer Rapids Park –
Commercial bike lanes –
In August, look for bike lane delays on Lancaster.

The summer bike counts are going strong, and some counts are already
If you are interested in volunteering, please let me know!  There
are still some sites available, and in doing counts we’ve identified
some needs for additional counts.  Here’s a story on one count at
Liberty S and Commercial SE, where we learned the intersection was
even more difficult than we thought.  If you have a work-around you
particularly like, drop it in the comments!

Free Bike Parking at Salem Saturday Market – Every Saturday
Don’t forget about biking to the market!  Friends of Salem Saturday
Market offer free, secure, and monitored bike parking.  Consider
biking instead of driving!

Salem Bicycle Club introductory Rides – Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons
The Keizer Family Ride leaves Cummings Elementary School at 6:30 pm on
Thursday evenings, and the Sunday afternoon High Wheeler ride leaves
the red lot at 1:30pm on Sunday afternoons.  For more information see

Bikes Misc Riding

May 2009 Breakfast On Bikes And Tons More!

I’m so glad to see more bike and cycling activity kicking up in Salem. First off, a reminder that this Friday, May 29th, Breakfast on Bikes be at the North Office Mall Building on Winter street NE from 7am to 9am with coffee, pastries, and fruit for anyone riding their bikes into work. As the weather turns nicer, the crowds are growing larger….hope to see you there.

Also, local cycling guru, Eric Lundgren sent over a current ‘What’s Happening’ list pertaining to tons of bicycling items and events in the area. Who knew we had so much going on? Be sure to check them out below!

Friday, May 29th
Breakfast on Bikes – North Mall Office Building
Between 7am and 9am enjoy free coffee, fruit, and pastries on your bike commute!
Thanks to Cascade Baking, the Coffee House Cafe, and LifeSource Natural Foods

Wednesday, June 3
The Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Ped Workgroup meets between noon at
1:30pm in the Pringle Community Hall.

Saturday, June 6th – ongoing
Salem Saturday Market Valet Bike Parking
Ride your bike to the market and leave it with the bike valets while
you shop!  Friends of Salem Saturday Market kicks off this great
service the first Saturday in June.

Wednesday, June 10th

Free Bicycle Legal Clinic
Learn about when it’s safe to “take the lane,” about “citizen
initiated traffice citations” and all about the law and bikes.

Saturday, June 13th
Bicycle Education:  Traffic 101
League Cycling Instructors Robert Fox and Gary Obery teach a day-long
course on how to be a better and safer bicyclist in traffic.

June 11th – 27th
Portland Pedalpalooza
If you’re going out of town, catch some of the amazing rides and bike
culture up north.

Sunday, June 28th
Fairview Circuit Races
Bike racing right here in Salem!  There are rumors about extra
entertainment options, so be sure to look out for more news later in

Quarry on Skyline Road
Marion County is holding a hearing this afternoon on conditional use
permits for a proposed rock quarry to go in just off Skyline Road.
Truck traffic may impact bicyclists on Skyline.

Continuing Saga of Jobs and Transportation Act – HB 2001
Track the week-by-week story of the big transportation package.

Commercial Street Restriping Plan
One of the first fruits of the Downtown Vision 2020 Bike & Ped group
is a proposal spearheaded by Kevin Hottman and Gary Obery to restripe
Commercial through downtown to make it more bike friendly.  As it
moves to the wider community, it will need your support in June and
July.  Watch for more!

Bicycle Parking Regulations at the State
DAS proposed new parking regulations this and at a hearing this month,
bicycle advocates argued that one of the best ways the State can
effectively support its goal to reduce single-occupancy motor vehicle
commuting is to supply a plentiful mix of highly visible short- and
long-term bike parking.  The deadline for public comment was extended
and hopefully this will result in improved bike parking options for
employees and visitors to State facilities.

Every Sunday at 1:30pm
Salem Bicycle Club Introductory High Wheeler Rides
Check out Club riding!  Every Sunday at 1:30 the Salem Bicycle Club
offers “high wheeler” rides of approximately 25 miles and few hills.
No rider left behind!

Every Thursday at 6:30pm
Salem Bicycle Club Family Rides
Every Thursday the Salem Bicycle Club offers a short ride of 10-12
miles for families.  Bring the kids, the tandem, the tag-along!

End of June
Bicycle Count Project Training and Kick-off
It’s almost time for the second annual bicycle count!  More riders are
everywhere, and let’s document the increase!  Look for more
information mid-June.


Salem Breakfast on Bikes Friday Nov 28

Although you likely won’t be able to get the new Denny’s Big Bucket O’ Meat and Eggs, you can get a free breakfast Friday, November 28, 2008 from 7am to 9am, at the AC Gilbert House, courtesy of the Mid Valley Chapter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance.

The Mid-Willamette Valley Chapter of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance produces Breakfast on Bikes on the last Friday of each month. We want to foster fellowship and connections among bicycle commuters, and to provide encouragement and incentives for new bicycle commuters.

After slamming down a bunch of turkey and trimmings, work a few calories off on your way to work on Friday, and stop by the Gilbert House for a breakfast on your bike! You can read more about breakfast and other items at the Breakfast On Bikes blog.