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Scout (wittco posted on August 2nd, 2013 )


You may have realized through cross-pollination of social networks that I am involved in a scout group. The scout group is the 55th Cascadia scouts, and is part of the Baden-Powell Service Association. Lord Baden-Powell is the grandfather of all scouting world-wide, and BPSA is a return to traditional, outdoor scouting that Baden-Powell started at the turn of the 20th century. Bonus–BPSA is co-ed and inclusive.

Scouts on Sunday Parkways

Jonathan Maus, BikePortland.org, snapped the top photo of me and my cargo bike on our outing last weekend. Forty-three of us, parents and scouts, rode the North Sunday Parkways, a 9.5 mile ride. This ride, in conjunction with various meetings, will create steps toward a Special Proficiency “Cyclist” Badge for our scouts. To earn and keep this badge, a scout must have a working bike as well as knowledge in maintenance and traffic safety.

Scouts on Sunday Parkways

So why did I bring a cargo bike on this outing? To carry ice, water, and popsicles for our scouts. Several of our scout leaders have cargo bikes, and that makes sense … Be Prepared!

Scouts on Sunday Parkways

PedalPalooza (wittco posted on June 15th, 2013 )

During DRT last year, two of my sons, Kael and Soren, wanted to create PedalPalooza rides. It was too late for them to create one for PedalPalooza 2012, but they were both ready for 2013. Here are their rides.

Pedal 2 Parks
Pedal to Parks
Soren created a ride for families with kids under 10. We started at Arbor Lodge and decorated our bikes. Rode to Peninsula Park, riding over the cool Bryant Bridge. From Peninsula Park we rode to Woodlawn Park where we had popsicles and played in the water feature. Above is Asa, Soren’s youngest brother, with the Pedal to Parks word bubble.

Lab to Lab
Lab to Lab #PedalPalooza
Kael created a ride to celebrate handmade and custom cargo bikes. Kael recently received a Tom Labonty cargo bike for his 13th birthday. Kael’s ride started at the SE Lucky Lab and ended at the NE Lucky Lab. The premise…You cannot spell Labonty without LAB. Some highlights of the ride were a cruise down the Esplanade and through the “corkscrew” bridge over Going Street. Above is Kael starting the cargo bike slow race.

The Wittwer kids’ PedalPalooza photo set.

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CargoPalooza (wittco posted on June 7th, 2013 )


Yes, I appropriated the appropriate, appropriated name appropriately.

Roll Call @ Base Camp Brewing Company
Thursday, June 13 @ 5 PM– Portland, Oregon
Come one, come all, but come with your cargo bike or curiosity to this open-house style gathering. Stay a few minutes of a few hours and share your cargo bike love.
Base Camp Brewing Company, SE 9th and Oak

Sunday June 23rd
In front of Rigler School, 5401 NE Prescott St
11:00am, WE RIDE AT 11
Roll together during NE Sunday Parkways!
Meet up at Rigler School – we roll at 11am with a stop later at Woodlawn park for a picnic lunch and play time. ALL TYPES OF CARGO BIKES ARE WELCOME!
Please provide your own food and beverages!

Later that day …
820 NE Dekum St Portland, OR 97211
3:30pm – 6:00pm
CARGO BIKE ROLL CALL at Brakeside Brewing. ROLL IN, LINE YOUR BIKE UP, order a beer then chat it with other cargo bike owners at this kid friendly venue. All types of cargo bikes (and the cargo curious) are welcome.

Disaster Relief Trials 2013
July 13 — Portland, Oregon
Oregon Museum of Science & Industry
The Disaster Relief Trails expands this year with the addition of a sizable Cargo Bike Fair, and most exciting of all, integration with Oregon Museum of Science and Industry’s Sustainable Transportation Expo. The bike manufacturers, dealers and everyday cargo bike owners populating the Cargo Bike Fair will ensure that transit, electric cars, rail and other featured transportation modes will find compelling, human-powered, competition.

For other cargolicious events around the world this summer, check out Chicago Cargo Bike Roll Call‘s listing.

These ones have passed–

LAB to LAB: Handmade and Custom Cargo Bike Ride THIS COMING SUNDAY!!!!
Sunday, June 9 @ 3 PM — Portland, Oregon
Ride from SE Lucky Lab to NE Lucky Lab
My son, Kael, recently received a Tom LaBonty cargo bike. This ride is his idea. Join fellow custom-cargo enthusiasts for a celebration of handmade, one of a kind, utilitarian cycles. Anyone who owns a custom cargo bike, and everyone who simply loves cargo bikes, is welcome. We will start at the SE Lucky Lab and ride to the NE Lucky Lab because you cannot spell LaBonty without LAB. Meet up time at SE Lucky Lab is 3 pm. Hot Rod style display at both locations; bike information cards; and wonky cargo bike games! Come for a haul-of-a-good time!