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Instagram Roundup: April

This month, we’re kicking things off with a photo that set the tone for April — it shows the Unipiper revealing himself to be…Jar Jar Binks (gasp).

It was posted on April Fools’, a celebration of the goofy and the absurd (and sometimes the downright mean). Either way, it always seems to introduce a welcome levity, which is apparent in the photos you shared. There are more colors, smiles and sunshine; everything is a little brighter.

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Days like this fill me with praise ☀️🙏🏼

A photo posted by Kaitlin Purple (@kaitlinpurple) on

#trimet #transportation #bus #dope #photo #photography #pic #picture #awesome #blackandwhite #bandw #original #amateur

A photo posted by Maxwell Dylan (@maxwelldylan91) on

Waiting on the 75. #pdx #trimet

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A photo posted by Ariel Loveall (@loveallmoss) on

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Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Get Ready to #BIKEMORE in May

Every ride counts.

That’s the Bicycle Transportation Alliance’s new slogan to accompany its revamped annual event, the Bike More Challenge. It was formerly focused on bike commuting during the month of September, but has now moved to May (National Bike Month) and embraced all types of biking (not just to work).

We love this. Biking and transit make a natural pair — both are active modes of transportation, and they offer benefits like reduced congestion and less emissions compared to driving. They also tend to be more enjoyable ways to travel than driving alone: On the bus you can watch the world go by (or play Candy Crush), on your bike you get fresh air and an unobstructed view.

And honestly, the timing couldn’t be better this year. We’re about to start a two-week MAX improvement project that will severely disrupt service, and we’re really encouraging our riders to consider alternate ways of getting to work, school or wherever. Biking — and the Bike More Challenge, specifically — is a near-perfect solution for anyone who’s able to do it. The four steps to participating are simple:

  1. Register. It’s free, and you can join your workplace’s team.
  2. Ride. Wherever, whenever and for whatever reason. If you ride for more than 10 minutes, log your trip.
  3. Recruit. It’s more fun to ride with someone — or to challenge them to see who can log more miles.
  4. Win. There are prizes and awards, but it’s the glory you’re after.
If you're combining your bike trip with transit, lock up before you board.
Secure bike parking facilities like this Bike & Ride are available throughout the region.

If your bike route bypasses the MAX disruption, you’re in luck. But for the work-bound cyclists who need to combine their trip with transit (to get over the West Hills, for example): Park your bike before you get on board. Trains are going to be extremely full during the project, and there won’t be room for your bike. We have lots of secure bike parking around — remember your lock and you’re good to go.

The best part about the Bike More Challenge is its commitment to getting interested beginners to try cycling. If you’re a returning participant this year, consider ways you can help someone else — a co-worker, colleague or friend — enjoy life on two wheels.

Register now for the Bike More Challenge

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Instagram Roundup: March

Congratulations on making it through winter — it was a big one, and you did it in style. Now sun’s out (hello, 75 degrees!), everything’s blooming and the days are quickly getting longer.

Not that you’d need to go outside to know this. A quick glance at Instagram confirms that spring is here — these vibrant scenes are filled with color and life:

Tilikum Illuminated, Series 2/4 (facing East) | #tilikumcrossing #ridetrimet #bridges_aroundtheworld #igers_portland #tilikumilluminated

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City kids for a day. #portland #trimet

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On the train! Off to the airport!!! #guenbttravels #vegas #onthetrain #trimet #airport #blackandwhite 🚟

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It’s spring vacation now. バスでお出かけ! #bus#pdx#trimet #springbreak

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Portland rain #portlandoregon #pnw #downtown #rain #trimet #oregon #exploreportland #nofilter #lighting

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My kind of weather! #desaturated #bridge #broadway #steel #portland #pdx #oregon #fog #foggy #trimet #commute

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#Bybee #orangelineproject #nofilter #trimet #portlandmax #goodmorning

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Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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How It Works: Tilikum Crossing Art Lights

By now you’ve seen how Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, lights up the night — but how exactly do those lights work?

There are 178 LED lights aesthetically placed on 40 bridge cables, the four transmission towers above and below the deck, and on the Sonic Dish artwork along the Eastside Esplanade and future Willamette Greenway at the ends of the bridge.

Monitors from the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, located in the water near the Morrison Bridge, collect data from the Willamette River. A program developed by digital artist Morgan Barnard translates the data into a colorful and aesthetic display.

(Video: December 2014 Testing)

The temperature of the river controls the color of the lights. Warmer river conditions will display warmer colors, like orange and yellow, while cooler temperatures will display cool colors, like green and blue.

Tilikum Crossing in September (Photo Courtesy: Victor von Salza)
Tilikum Crossing in September (Photo Courtesy: Victor von Salza)
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Tilikum Crossing in November (Photo Courtesy: Sky Schemer)

Notice how the lights seem to dance across Tilikum Crossing? That’s controlled by the tide. When the tide is coming in, the lights move towards the center of the bridge. As the tide goes out, the lights move towards the ends of the bridge. Additionally, the tide levels affect the speed of the lights. When the tide is higher or lower, the lights move faster. At midpoint, the lights move slowly.

Video Credit: Mike Warner

The speed of the river controls how quickly the colors change. If the river is moving fast, the colors will appear to move and cycle through quicker.

The river’s height affects the contrast in the lights. The higher the river, the more contrasted the colors appear, which affects the pattern and movement of the lights. This change varies with the season, so in the summer (when the river levels are pretty static) the bridge color will appear even and bright. In the spring, when the water tends to move more, the bridge colors will appear more fluid.

While a lot of scientific data is gathered to create this aesthetic light display, the bridge lights aren’t meant to serve as a weather tool. The artists, the late Anna Valentina Murch and Douglas Hollis, wanted these lights to represent a dialogue between the Willamette River and Tilikum Crossing — quite a poetic way to look at the lights, don’t you think?

Learn more about Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People

Learn more about our Public Art Program

Jessica Ridgway

Jessica Ridgway

I'm TriMet's Web and Social Media Coordinator. I develop content for our website and social media channels. I'm a daily MAX rider and an adopted Oregonian.

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The 2016 Spring Break Staycation Guide

If you’ve got a break coming up and you’re staying in town, here are some transit-accessible ideas for when…

Image: Picnic House
You could eat at three different restaurants a day during Portland Dining Month and not try them all. Image: Picnic House

You’re hungry: Portland Dining Month

In a city known for embracing food culture, March is the tastiest month. This year, more than 120 restaurants are offering a three course special for $29. Browse the entire list, which spans 24 (!) categories and restaurants citywide. (And don’t think for a second that there’s a shortage of gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian options — there’s a checkbox for that.)

Every day in March at 120+ restaurants throughout Portland. portlanddiningmonth.com

You’re thirsty: Spring Beer & Wine Fest

Not only are 39 great, mostly local breweries and wineries exhibiting at this event — there are also cideries, meaderies, distilleries, cheesemakers and chocolatiers. And the fact that it’s indoors means you don’t have to worry about spring showers diluting your drink!

Oh, and get there early if you can: The first 500 in line on Friday get in free!

March 25 & 26 at Oregon Convention Center. springbeerandwinefest.com

 

Portland Saturday Market
Don’t forget: Saturday Market is open Sundays, too.

You’ve got family in town: Saturday Market

This month marks the return of one of Portland’s longest-running events, Saturday Market (it’s on Sundays, too). At its core, the market is an artists’ community that gives visitors — approximately one million each year — a direct connection to the artisans, makers and artists. Within the 250+ craft and food booths everyone in your party is guaranteed to find something they want, love or simply and inexplicably need to have.

Saturdays and Sundays, March through December at North Waterfront Park and Ankeny Plaza. portlandsaturdaymarket.com

You’re feeling nostalgic: Gresham Skate World and The Tiki Putt

In an age where throwbacks reign supreme, this is the real deal — a neighborhood roller rink that’s been open since the mid-70s. There’s even a Spring Break All-Nighter if you think you’ve got what it takes.

Open daily at 1220 NE Kelly Avenue in Gresham. greshamskateworld.com

If your skating skills are suspect, try the nearby mini-golf course at The Tiki Putt. Its 18 holes feature huts, jungles and an active volcano — plus the whole thing is blacklit.

Open daily at 1776 NW Fairview Drive in Gresham. thetikiputt.com

 

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The Strolling Pond is one of many serene spaces at the Portland Japanese Garden. Image: Flickr/Portland Japanese Garden

You need a close-in getaway: Portland Japanese Garden

After a six-month closure to work on an expansion, this local treasure has reopened its doors. It’s been hailed as one of the most authentic Japanese gardens outside of Japan, and a stroll around the grounds (you’ll visit the Natural Garden, Sand and Stone Garden, Flat Garden, Strolling Pond Garden and Tea Garden) makes this abundantly, serenely, beautifully clear.

Open daily in Washington Park. japanesegarden.com

You need a wardrobe update: The Mall

You’ve earned your break, why not treat yourself? Head over to the shop whose Instagrams you’re always liking and see what’s in store. Or go to the mall and surprise yourself (any mall will do, but Washington Square, Clackamas Town Center and Lloyd Center are the biggest). We love spring because it symbolizes a fresh start, and a new outfit pairs well with a new outlook.

 

Train to Plane
We’ll take you right to the terminal.

You’re leaving town: Portland International Airport

It’s been quite a winter. So if your plan is to get far, far away (a week of sun and sand, perhaps) we’ve got you. Skip the parking and catch the train to the plane — MAX Red Line trains arrive at PDX about every 15 minutes during the day.

(We can get you to Amtrak and Union Station, too!)

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Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Instagram Roundup: February

After a few years in Portland, you become accustomed to the February Fakeout: a string of mild, sunny days that tricks you into thinking spring has begun. But inevitably the rain returns and you realize daylight saving time hasn’t even started.

Even if they don’t last, these days are a good pick-me-up for commuters coming out of a dark, damp winter. For proof, just look at the sun and the blossoms in some of your photos from the last few weeks:

Follow the glow of the distant sun.

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Happy Monday! 😊

A photo posted by Penelope The Hedgehog (@hedgiepenelope) on

left intentionally or unintentionally, me gusta 🌸 #pdxblooms #trimetmax

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Riding the public transit may not be an exciting occurrence for most people, but as a large group of people and dogs board the bus or train, it becomes a lot more interesting. Of course it’s not just for fun, it’s very important for our guide dog puppies to learn how to properly board public transit and sit or lay quietly and calmly while it rumbles along. As a guide dog they will likely utilize buses, trains, or other forms of public transportation with their handler so while they are in training with us we expose them to that experience, often many times, to ensure that they are comfortable and confident doing so. Our puppies had the opportunity to demonstrate just how awesome they are at that on Tuesday when we boarded a bus with ten puppies and headed to the mall for a very big outing (to be announced in the following post). #guidedogsfortheblind #Sightmasters Pictured above is now 14-month-old yellow lab, Ryan, relaxing on a commuter train on a previous club outing. He is laying down on the blue speckled floor, tucked under a seat on a raised step. The edge of the raised area is outlined with a yellow stripe. His paws are hanging over the edge, one hanging down and the other sticking straight out, and he is looking directly at the camera. #ryan

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An aptly placed etching | #tilikumcrossing #pdxsunrise #ridetrimet

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| Tilikum #Transitnerdery | #🌉 #🔳 #transitnerd #bridgevibe #igers_portland #portlandnw #pdxavsquad #trimet

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Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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Instagram Roundup: January

We rang in January with free rides on New Year’s Eve — not long after that came the snow (and lots of it). Our Instagram feed was filled with great shots of wintry commutes, lights and bridges…and pancakes. Here’s a look at some of the photos you shared with us last month:

Pretty pretty in my Bridge City today ❄️ #SnowAtLast

A photo posted by Madison Daisy (@missmadisondaisy) on

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#cloudyday crossing #tilikumcrossing #bridge #portland #oregon #pnw #trimet #gooutside

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#commute #trimet #publictransportation #gobytransit #train #tigard #oregon

A photo posted by Sabrina (@fromaway) on

The Tilikum Crossing after OMSI After Dark last weekend, gotta love Portland at night.

A photo posted by Harrison Kistler (@harrisonkistler) on

Mass Transit pt II. . . . #oregon #explore #pdx #portland #pnw #vsco #vscocam #perspective

A photo posted by Jeff Toreson (@jeffsview) on

Beautiful view of @ridetrimet making its way over the Steel Bridge. What a dreamy city! 😍 #downtownPDX #PDX

A photo posted by Downtown Portland (@downtownpdx) on

Street Car Vibes • 008|366 Portland is really transit friendly. |#BrowniesWestCoastWinter

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What have you come up with this month? Tag @ridetrimet and #GoByTransit to show us your stuff!

Brian Lum

Brian Lum

I'm TriMet's Web & Social Media Specialist. I'm here to help tell our story, and to share the interesting things I find along the way. When I'm not here, you'll find me out riding my bike and taking pictures.

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