Tag Archive: Support

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

The SE PDX Food Project ( wittco posted on January 25th, 2013 )


The Southeast Portland Food Project
Food Donation Pick Up
Saturday, February 9, 2013

The Southeast Portland Food Project (TSPFP) collects donated food the second Saturday of every even month (February, April, June, August, October, December). There is a donation pick up next month. Let’s collect and transport this food by bike.

TransportLand are not the organizers, but we will be there. For more information, contact The Southeast Portland Food Project.

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A little background on our promotion of this volunteer event:

In our work with The Oregon Food Bank (OFB), the idea of volunteers on cargo bikes has come up many times as a solution to (a) a volunteer need within the OFB system, (b) a desire to move beyond reliance on automobiles for transport, and (c) a need for new volunteers, especially younger adults.

Our plan with The Oregon Food Bank is still in creation. Dean Albany, the OFB man behind our partnership, connected us with The Southeast Portland Food Project as a way to actualize volunteer cargo bike delivery of donated food. TSPFP strives to build a stronger community while providing necessary food to hungry neighbors. Awesome.

One of the goals of TransportLand is to be a conduit for eager volunteers with cargo carrying bikes, and organizations with cargo carrying needs. Join us and create another line of connection in the Portland community web.

Bring your bike, and bring a friend.


Both photos from The Southeast Portland Food Project website.

Dream ( wittco posted on November 8th, 2012 )

Not a pipe dream. A dream that is being recognized this season.

Prior to DRT people prepared, and prior to DRT people used cargo bikes. Some, a small few, may have even used cargo bikes in a preparatory manner. The history on this combination is more than I known. But what I do know is how obvious the connection is between cargo bikes and preparedness. It is part of living a prepared lifestyle, or a lifestyle of resilience.

In many ways, the fervor started with a photograph by Ethan Jewett, shared among the various social networks, and picked up by BikePortland.org along with an article. Ethan staged this photo for the cover of the NET brochure.

A picture was worth a thousand words. The photo inspired. (more…)