This past Saturday, July 13, we were on hand for an alternative transportation fair at OMSI called “Drive Revolution.” We're still not quite sure how drones fit in to the alternative transportation picture – since they can, at most, transport a couple of kilograms – but we were honored to be there and we had a lot of fun talking to people and doing flight demonstrations.
Because it was a wide-open, sparsely populated space in the heart of downtown Portland, we spent a lot of time out over the Willamette River with RQCX-3 “Raven,” swooping down to visit boaters and other folks out enjoying the water. Through our goggles, we saw a lot of smiles and a lot of people waving back at us.
During the event, we also flew up to the top of the Marquam Bridge, to check up on the northbound traffic, which had slowed to a crawl as a result of road work on I-84. Less smiles up there.
You can see some additional images from our day on the river in our galleries by following this link.
The marquee event for the day was the second annual Disaster Relief Trials, a sort-of race between bicyclists riding customized cargo bikes. The backdrop for the event is the looming threat of a Cascadia Subduction Zone earthquake, and its premise is that when all of our infrastructure is lying in ruins, cargo bikes can be used to transport vital supplies around the city. Pretty cool, really.
Finally, this event was a useful rehearsal for the upcoming Portland Maker Faire – which will also be held at OMSI – on September 14 and 15. We'll look forward to seeing you there!