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Brooklyn, You’re Beautiful!

7 Jun

brooklyn3b4“This is my favorite part of the night during an event here,” said Tim, one of our gracious hosts from the 3B Bed and Breakfast in Brooklyn. “A bunch of people, piled on the floor together talking and eating delicious food.”

Our two days in Brooklyn were beautiful. We spent our first night in the park outside the Old Stone House courtesy of Bicycle Utopia NYC and our second evening in a community space provided by the folks at 3B. We’re happy to say both went wonderfully, and we can’t thank our hosts, organizers and everyone who came out to share food and talk bikes enough!

We’ll have more highlights from the road soon! For now, here’s some quick photo highlights:

We’re headed to Hartford tonight and Boston tomorrow, hope to see you at the table!

We’ve Hit The Road!

2 Jun

mtownnj5Dinner and Bikes 2014 has officially begun! We had a great crowd last night for our opening date in Morristown, New Jersey at Marty’s Reliable Cycle, hosted by the wonderful people of the Morristown Chapter of the New Jersey Bike and Walk Coalition. Chef Joshua served up some delightful dishes, including incredibly delicious sticky rice potatoes and curried bananas.

In addition to a fascinating discussion hosted by Elly, we were joined by NJBWC Executive Director Cyndi Steiner, who had some great announcements for bicycle enthusiasts in the area. Steiner talked about some of the massive improvements to the George Washington Bridge, including bicycle lanes, as well as a new safe passing bill for cyclists and pedestrians which is moving forward in the legislature.

We’d like to thank everyone who came out, the good people of Bike and Walk Morristown and Marty’s Reliable for a fantastic start to our tour!

We’re in Brooklyn for the next two nights and tickets for each event are still available! If we don’t see you in New York, we hope to see you somewhere along the road!

Hello From New Haven!

17 May

Hello from New Haven, Connecticut! We’re slowly making our way through the Northeast and enjoying every minute of bikes, books and delicious vegan meals. After spending a splendid few days in New York, with events in Schenectady, Syracuse, Buffalo and Ithaca, we had dinner and discussed bikes in New Haven last night at City Hall. This morning, we were delighted to spend some time tabling in front of the Devil’s Gear Bike Shop for New Haven’s bike to work day.

Our time through New York state went all too quickly, but we’re so very grateful to everyone who came out to chat, sponsored, housed and showed us around town. We’ve met so many wonderful folks along this tour genuinely interested and working card on building a better bike culture for everyone.

We’re just barely halfway through the tour however, which means we’ve got lots more dates ahead of us. Be sure to check out the full list!

Working Our Way Through New York

13 May

Our host in Ann Arbor Jayanthi giving Josh and the evening's dinner a ride to Morgan and York.

Our host in Ann Arbor Jayanthi giving Josh and the evening’s dinner a ride to Morgan and York.

We’ve officially made it through our first leg of the tour. So far, every night has gone swimmingly. After a sold out show in Ann Arbor at Morgan and York, we spent our last night in Michigan at the Jam Handy, an old film house in Detroit currently being repurposed. A sold out crowd representing many local organizations spent the evening dining on a Mexican themed buffet from Josh and we’re happy to say we saw many people networking and building ideas for a more bike friendly Detroit. We then headed off to Cleveland for yet another sold out show at the Old Stone Church put on by Bike Cleveland. This was one of our largest events of the tour so far, and we had an amazing dinner style setup which allowed everyone to spread out and get to know each other better.

We dropped by the Ohio City Bicycle Co-Op on Friday morning to give another presentation on bicycling economics and infrastructure and screen some of Joe’s Cycling Shorts. Our group had a lively discussion about how Clevelanders could better engage the city in creating a more bikeable and safer city. We took a little break in the evening for a book signing party at the Joy Machines Bike Shop, and are so grateful for the hospitality and fun we had in Ohio.

On Saturday, we brought our show to the Grant Street Neighborhood Community Center in Buffalo, thanks to the Massachusetts Avenue Project, GObike Buffalo & Burning Books. We had a very restful night off in Ithaca last night and are all set for our event at St Paul’s Church community dining room this evening. Tomorrow, we’re heading to Syracuse and Wednesday we’ll be in Schenectady. We hope to see you soon!

Midway Through Michigan

6 May

We’re midway through the Michigan leg of our tour and so far it’s been fantastic. After a great kick off at Velo City Cycles in Holland, we headed to Grand Rapids where the wonderful people of the Newberry Housing Co-Op hosted us for the evening. Josh served up a delicious choco lentil loaf with fried plantains and salsa fresca, a sesame cabbage salad, among many other tasty items. We had a fantastic discussion with the crowd on bicycling improvements happening in the city after the presentation. We’d like to give a special thank you to Josh and Amy for putting us up for the night.


At the Newberry Co-Op

After parting ways with Grand Rapids we headed towards Traverse City, and we set up at The City Bike shop for an incredible sold out event. We all enjoyed some jack fruit spring rolls with avocado, lime and garlic mashed white bean potatoes and a pineapple chickpea stew. As the weather was lovely and we had a bit of down time, we were grateful to spend some time walking around and chatting with plenty of friendly folks downtown. Organizers Gary and Lee did a fantastic job of getting the word out about town to more than 70 people and our hosts Bob and Laura were wonderful and welcoming. Many thanks to everyone we’ve met and chatted with along the way.

We’re all set up this evening in East Lansing, where we’ll be having a raw dinner with ingredients provided by our hosts, the East Lansing Food Co-Op. Hopefully, we’ll see you in a few hours!

Inaugural meeting: introductions and elevator pitches

19 May

The first meeting of the Portland Society will be on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 from 8:00am – 9:00am at the Urban Grind Coffee House, 2214 NE Oregon St.

We’re pleased to announce that Suzanne Atkin, a public speaking instructor and organizational communications consultant (she owns a small business, Workplace Harmony), has agreed to give a presentation on public speaking. You’ll learn to pitch your business in a concise, compelling elevator speech.

We’ll start promptly at 8:05 with introductions. Please arrive a bit early. […]

Introducing the Portland Society

4 May

Welcome to the online home of the Portland Society.

Our goal is to bring together women who are passionate about business and bicycling in Portland, Oregon.

To stay up to date about meetings, events, and opportunities, please join our mailing list.