Plea for STP Volunteers
In last month’s QR, I explained how the Portland Bicycling Club supports the finish line for the Seattle to Portland (STP), bicycling event. For that full explanation, check out Volunteer for the STP.
Many of you know the drill and have already signed up for your desired positions. Others may not even know where to start.
If you are new to volunteering at this event, I suggest you start with one of the very needed positions at the finish line. These are called “Finish Line Route Safety” on SignUpGenius. We have 31 of these positions that last 3-4.5 hours (roughly 123 hours of volunteer time!). It’s exciting to cheer the riders in, and you’d be doing the very important work of making sure pedestrians don’t walk in front of the cyclists, and cars and bikes stop at the light. Some of these volunteers will be staggered along the chute to prevent pile-ups and make sure these exhausted cyclists have a safe finish. ✎
Another very needed position is helping cyclists find their bags. The heavy lifting is done by our Westview High School athletes, so you won’t be breaking your back. You just check the riders’ number and make sure they walk out with the correct bag, and sometimes you simply help them locate it among the sea of bags in the exhibit hall. Another advantage of this position is that it is inside, so if it’s a scorcher that weekend, at least you’re not standing in the sun.
For you veterans, we desperately need people to fill two coordinator positions. Finish Line Route Safety Team Leader on Saturday and Return Transportation Team Leader on Saturday evening and Sunday. Please consider heading up one of these crucial volunteer areas.
Click on the link to reserve your position(s): SignUpGenius. (Note: you don’t need to use the login button, located in the upper right corner of the page.)
If you have any questions about the volunteer jobs or need help logging in to SignUpGenius, contact me at 503-781-1822 or email@example.com.
Cindy Bernert-Coppola, 2023 STP Volunteer Coordinator