Downtown Worker Appreciation Day, an annual event, drew many workers to Monument Square today. Between 11:00 am and 2:00 pm, Monument Square was crowded with workers enjoying their lunch time checking out numerous transportation options. Between 800 – 1,000 workers were expected to attend the event today. The Day dates back to the 1990s according to one employee of Downown Portland.
One of the transportation vendors was Bruce Hyman, Portland’s Transportation Program Manager, with a display featuring information on Tandem Mobility’s bike share program – in its second year in Portland According to Hyman there are currently 150 pedal bikes at the 40 stations across the city. The Electric Assist Bikes have proven to be very popular – in part because Portland is a hilly city and that assist is appealing to many. By next week, Tandem Mobility will have 50 such bikes in the city. Currently, there are 39 such bikes in the city.
This year two of the original 40 stations have added more bikes because they experienced some of the highest useage in the city. The East End Beach and the Lobstermen’s Park stations each have been increased to ten bikes from six bikes last year. The Tandem Mobility owner has not responded to several inquires from this blogger about this year’s bikeshare program. Scott Leonard, who owns a local staffing company, had questions for Hyman about the bikeshare program. He was interested because his employees might be interested in utilizing the bikeshare bikes for transportation to and from work.
The Portland Public Library Bookmobile, Greater Portland METRO and the Westin Hotel were among the vendors at the Downtown Worker Appreciation Day event. The event was hosted by Downtown Portland.