1. Free Portland Streetcar
rides from Friday through Sunday, and free Portland Aerial Tram rides on Saturday and Sunday! The freebies are in celebration of Portland Streetcar's SW Lowell Street extension opening on Friday. There is also a party at 11 a.m. on Friday. These Streetcar extension celebrations have been fun in the past.
2. Hawthorne Day! Street Fair
this Saturday. I am sure that Hawthorne will be busier than usual on Saturday, but free music, samples, and general festivities may be interesting. It may be a challenge for me to visit all the areas from SE 12th up to SE 50th (although if I start low and go high, relaxing with delicious cocktails at the Sapphire Lounge may not be a bad idea).
3. Portland Metro's water- and tear-resistant 2007 Bike There! map
of bicycle routes in the Portland area. in addition to color-coded (based on safety) map designating bike routes, there is a very good section about traffic laws and safety tips for bicyclists (including stuff that have been discussed here on damnportlanders
). At $6 a pop, the map is a very good investment.
4. Being schooled by folks on a damnportlanders
discussion few weeks ago about the importance of audiblizing or sounding a bell when passing other cyclists. Thanks to that discussion, I have outfitted my bike with a bell (ring-ring!). I have definitely found that this community can be very useful for learning important stuff.
5. The presence of easily accessible (read: across the street from a bus stop!) neighborhood watering holes in Eastside Portland. After a late-evening, six-hour cross-country flight from NYC, there is something refreshing and convenient about stepping off a late-night bus and walking right into a bar at 1 a.m. with suitcase in tow (beer is always a good thing to enjoy after a long-assed flight)!