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Couch Surfing for Portland's Pedalpalooza

Looking for a place to crash when you come to town for Pedalpalooza? Shift has organized a group of willing hosts using the tested and trusted Couchsurfing.org system. If you've ever used couchsurfing.org you will know that this is a wonderful, fun, and thorough way to travel and meet great new people. This program is free for all users (you can contribute to the program if you desire, but it is not a requirement for participation), and includes helpful tools such as user profiles, references from past surfers/hosts, and “friend” features. The term “couchsurfing” is a very loose one, it simply means to stay at one's house, be it on a bed, floor, or actual sofa.

Those with existing couchsurfing.org accounts should join the Pedalpalooza 2010 group that we have created, regardless of whether you are interested in hosting, surfing, or just networking with your fellow bike-funnists with couches.

If you have never used the couchsurfing.org site, you can sign up for a free account on their website, this will be necessary if you plan on requesting or sending or receiving hosting requests. Be sure to take the time to actually fill out the profile information, the more information you share about yourself, the more at ease someone will feel about hosting you, as you will already be less of a stranger than the average Joe/Jane.

Once you have a profile and have joined the Pedalpalooza 2010 group, you can request a host by visiting another group member's profile (one from Portland) and clicking the “couchsurf with (name)” button on their profile. An email will be sent to the user's account (and forwarded to their email, if they've selected for it to do so) and details can be worked out via messaging from there on out.

I would recommend setting up your profiles and joining the group now, but you may want to wait a few weeks before requesting hosting, as the group will hopefully have more members to choose from, and one or two folks aren't being bombarded with requests. That being said, don't wait until a day or two before Pedalpalooza if possible, most people just aren't that flexible.

If you would like more information about the couchsurfing project, you can find it here http://www.couchsurfing.org/about.html. If you would like some first-hand info feel free to email Amos (happyamosfun→gmail), he would be happy to regale you with tales of his travels through Spain, France, England, and Ireland spent almost entirely in the beds of strangers.

Looking forward to seeing everyone! Happy Pedalpalooza and happy couchsurfing!

bikefun/couch_surfing.txt · Last modified: 07 Sep 2015 06:49pm (external edit)