Bike Train PDX A bike train is a prearranged route to school. Bike trains run officially once a week and have specific meet up times. is your place for pictures, route maps, and info about bike train happenings in Portland.Sat, 05 May 2012 16:46:03 +0000en-UShourly1, 24 Apr 2012 16:36:26 +0000kieljohnson from the bike train from Barnett School in Temecula California.


Sabin goes viral!, 20 Mar 2012 04:38:36 +0000kieljohnson out this awesome video put together by Kona bikes featuring the Sabin Bike Train.

How Bikes Make Cities Cool – Portland from Kona Bikes on Vimeo.

Bike Train Movie!, 17 Nov 2011 23:34:25 +0000kieljohnson the official bike train movie.

Week of biking to school!, 10 Nov 2011 18:08:06 +0000kieljohnson was been a beautiful, crisp, and rain free week so far in Portland. Sabin’s bike train was filmed by Kona bicycling for a video about bike culture they are producing. I served hot chocolate at Beach (N Portland – Concord and Albertaish) and Vernon school (NE Portland – Killingsworth and 20th) this week and next week I’m set at Trillium and Beverly Cleary as well as giving the City Brown Bag talk Thursday at 12.

Here are some pictures from the week!

didn'@ Vernon - we did not have a table so we used the ground

Beth - the Beach W+B coordinator made delicious pumpkin muffins

Beach's Bike Train map by the front door

First Bike Rental Family!, 01 Nov 2011 03:56:27 +0000kieljohnson on the Gomez family for being the first bike rental family! They get two bikes and a child carrier for a month to try out biking their school (Beach). See you on the road!

sorry for the poor picture – I forget that I was charging the battery for my fancy camera and had to use my phone

first bike rental family!

120 Bike To Sabin!, 24 Oct 2011 18:40:59 +0000kieljohnson Wednesday Sabin had a little bike to school day. The principal agreed to paint his hair if more than 75 people rode to school. It was an overcast day with the threat of rain looming and the sixth and kindergardeners where out on field trips but 120 people still managed to ride to school. What was amazing for me was how little effort it took to rally all those people, just the promise of a principal dying his hair, hot chocolate, and a few emails. A year ago getting 120 people to bike to Sabin would have been unimaginable but over this past year biking to school has become “accepted” and something Sabin “does”. There is a real pride in that and events like this help to solidify biking into the cultural history of Sabin. Here are some pictures from the event!

the meet up spot at 20th and going

the principal picked two students that biked to dye his hair

We had three special guests(from left to right): Greg the city of portland bike safety coordinator, Ronald a bike planner from the netherlands, and Ben an Umbrella board member

Magic Trick, 18 Oct 2011 17:25:36 +0000kieljohnson I was at Beach School doing a bike to school day, talking with parents, raffling off stuff, where I took these pictures before school and after school starts.

Abernethy’s Successful Walk and Bike Model, 10 Oct 2011 17:05:26 +0000kieljohnson Friday I did a “bike to school day” at Abernethy and I was very impressed by the system they have in place for promoting walking and biking to school. I really like how it creates a little community place in the morning and also serves to acknowledge kids and parents that walk and bike. There are four parent volunteers and every Friday two of them get to school a bit early and bring out a giant laminated map and a sign in sheet that has the names of everyone in the school with check boxes next to them. Anyone that walked or biked to school can put a check next to their name and a sticker on the map showing where they came from. You could even put the bike train route on the map so people could see how close they are to the train.

Once every month or so the principal pulls out some names of kids that signed in during lunch time in front of the entire school and gives those kids some prizes. The bike trains at Abernethy only run once a month. They found that a lot of people already bike to school and it was more difficult to get those families to be interested in waiting at the stops. There route and stops are the same routes and stops as the school bus. So instead of hoping on the bus you can just bring your bike and hop on the bike train.

The other big event at Abernethy is the “Tour De Ladd” where they close off some streets in Ladd’s Addition and kids bike around it to raise money for the school. Last year they raised $14,000 and this year it looks like they will have raised even more. Here is a news video clip from the event last year. Channel 8 Tour De Ladd

Lots of great ideas! I’m going to be sharing more as I visit more school. Here are some pictures, sorry for the low camera phone quality.

in the hallway of the school is this big board with info about walk and bike

putting stars next to their houses on the left

kids signing in

this is a little shelter out front of Abernethy that they use

Spreading the word…, 03 Oct 2011 20:53:10 +0000kieljohnson weekend I hit the road and talked to people at the Sunday Parkway and the 350 climate convergence that Laura, a bike train parent, helped organize. It was great to see how many people already knew what a bike train was and how many people had seen one roll by. A lot of time we just focus on how bike trains can help a school community get more connected to bicycling but I also think it was a positive impact on getting other people in the community to enjoy biking. My favorite moment was at the Sunday Parkway when a guy was excitingly telling his girlfriend all about what a bike train was. I didn’t even have to say a thing!

at the 350 event next to the Willamette Pedestrian Coalition

camped out in Alberta Park during sunday parkways

hiding under the tent during the 10 minute freak rain storm

Family Bike Rental Program Page Up And Running, 30 Sep 2011 18:27:56 +0000kieljohnson will be the first family to take advantage of this great program? Start spreading the word!