The Street Trust

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The Street Trust (formerly the Bicycle Transportation Alliance) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit bicycle advocacy organization based in Portland, Oregon, United States, founded in 1990. The Street Trust's mission is to advocate for healthy and thriving communities where it is safe and easy for people to bike, walk and ride public transit. The organization does legislative work at the statewide and national level and endorses legislation and ballot measures. It successfully lobbied Portland's mass transit company, TriMet, to accommodate bicycles on buses and prevailed in a lawsuit to uphold Oregon's Bicycle Bill.

In August 2016, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance agreed to change its name to The Street Trust. The name change came into effect in January 2017.[1]

Advocacy[edit]

The Street Trust's bicycle boulevards campaign is working to create and promote a comprehensive network of low-traffic streets in order to improve safety and increase bicycle ridership. It has led other key campaigns in recent years including the For Every Kid Campaign that fought for dedicated funding for safe routes to school in the Metropolitan Portland region.[2]

Programs[edit]

Safe Routes to School is a collaboration with Oregon Walks that seeks to increase the number of children walking and bicycling to school. The partnership provides technical advice and assistance for Oregon communities. The Street Trust, along with Oregon Walks received a pedestrian safety grant in 2008 from the Oregon Department of Transportation.[3]

The Bike Safety Education Program brings courses in bicycle safety to 4th-7th grade classrooms. The Street Trust donates bicycles to cities holding the program so that they may reach more students.[4]

Annual events[edit]

The top deck of the Fremont Bridge during the 2006 Bridge Pedal

The Bike More Challenge is an annual challenge to workplaces and individual cyclists to bicycle to work during the month of September. The Challenge started in 1995 and now attracts over 1200 participant businesses and more than 11,000 participants.[5]

Alice Awards are presented to individuals, businesses, and organizations in Oregon and southwest Washington whose work has promoted the use of bicycles and increased the livability of their communities.

Among the 2008 Alice Award honorees were State Senator Floyd Prozanski, and the Central Point Police Department Bike Team.[6]

Live the Revolution is an annual live story telling event that raises funds for Safe Routes to School.[1]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "The BTA has changed its name to "The Street Trust"". BikePortland.org. 2016-08-10. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  2. ^ "Highway amendment fails, Metro committee adopts spending plan". BikePortland.org. 2016-05-19. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  3. ^ "Sheriff's office receives pedestrian safety grant". News-Times. March 19, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  4. ^ Pollock, Buffy (March 15, 2008). "Central Point kick starts bike safety plan for kids". Mail Tribune. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 
  5. ^ "Over 11,000 people took the 'Bike More Challenge' last month". BikePortland.org. 2016-06-09. Retrieved 2016-11-07. 
  6. ^ "News Briefs: Police bike team wins 'Alice B. Toe Clips' award". Mail Tribune. March 26, 2008. Retrieved 2008-04-03. 

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