Better Blocks @ Hatch Soup

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Better Block PDX was chosen among 5 finalists to present at the Hatch Soup IV micro-grant fundraiser on August 30th. Better Block PDX will pitch an outdoor seating “Parklet Kit” used by communities during temporary roadway and plaza installations.

Tickets are available at HatchOregon.org. You may know Hatch (formerly Springboard Innovation) as the organization responsible with passing this years Community Public Offering Law, a type of crowd-funding for small business.

Marrow, Auzoud, Spare Change PDX, and Member’s Media are the other fine organizations drinking soup with us at the event.


Better Block PDX creates street re-imagination pilot projects that re-purpose the public right of way to include people as part of the engineering equation. Experiencing the city in attractive, engaging new ways has prompted momentum for urban livability improvements from city and community stakeholders. 

Better Naito continues from RoseFest to BrewFest

The Better Naito Pilot Project was such a success that PBOT and the Oregon Brewers Festival have asked us to do it again! This project will help keep the 85,000 people who come to the Brew Fest, and the people who live, work, and commute downtown safe!

Our team of engineers and volunteers used the feedback from the Pilot Project to design an even BETTER Better Naito for the Brew Fest. The project starts Tuesday July 21st at 6 pm and runs until Monday July 27th until 6 pm. It stretches from SW Salmon all the way to SW Ankeny. The bike lane will be two-way the whole time, and there will be seating too! Check out this article on Bike Portland about our work.

Once again we’ll need your help to get set up! If you’re interested in helping sign up HERE!

Better Naito Set-Up Party!

Hey Bike Funnists!

Better Block PDX is working with Rose Festival and many great partners to build a safe space for everyone to enjoy our downtown Waterfront!
We have heard that it can be frustrating to attend bike fun events that happen during work hours or late at night…. So, we have a solution!  Come help lay the path for people on Naito Parkway at 4am Tomorrow Morning!  We need all hands on deck to make this happen before morning traffic on Naito!  We also need folks with cargo bikes or trailers, so please bring them!

Set-up:  We meet at Salmon & Naito at 4am, Salmon Street Fountain tomorrow!  It may be dark – wear reflective gear if you have it or flashing lights. We hope to bring morning treats, but please eat before you come.  From there we will split up into groups to put out cones, signs, and planter boxes.  Let us know when you show-up if you came with a cargo bike or truck and would like to help transport.
We also need additional volunteers for data collection of pedestrian and bike counts during the project and ongoing maintenance of the pilot facility and you can sign up for those here:
Bring your friends and help us make a #BetterNaito!
Cheers,
Ryan
Better Block Volunteer

Call For Volunteers!

Wanna help us build a Better Naito?  We’re looking for Volunteers for these next two weeks, along with volunteers for set up and break down the day of!

Interested in helping us with any of the following?  Let us know, Click Here to volunteer!

Naito Recreation, Friday May 22nd, starting at 4 am (Yes, it’s early) until finished

  • Folks who can move planters and other various things from the staging area to their places on the road
  • Folks to chalk the bike lane and pedestrian path
  • Folks to set up detour and re-routing signs

Traffic Counting

  • We will have various shifts throughout Better Naito to count the people walking, people on bikes, and people driving

Maintenance

  • Periodic sweep to make sure the planters, etc. are in good shape

Switch to Two-Way Bike Lane, June 3rd

  • Help us switch the bike lane to two-way at the start of Fleet Week

Breakdown and Storage, June 5th

  • Come celebrate a job well done and a Better Naito by helping us clean up!

Materials Needed Day Of

  • Do you have a Cargo Bike or a hand truck you are itching to use? Please bring it to the Set up or Breakdown!

 

Old Town/Chinatown 3rd Avenue Weekend Makeover

…Now that the word is out, don’t miss it!  Better Block PDX is helping transform Old Town Chinatown and filling it with pedestrian space, and a south-bound bike lane.

Wanna donate some cash? We’re tax deductible thanks to Umbrella! See our donations tab (http://betterblockpdx.org/donate).

Wanna donate some skills? We’re looking for volunteers for the weekend, and volunteers to help us build stuff!  Contact Us.

Stay tuned for more information, but in the meantime…checkout our flier:

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