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Crosswalk enforcement action slated for SE Powell Boulevard at SE 24th Avenue on May 27

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Po rtland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the marked crosswalk of SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

NEWS ADVISORY: CROSSWALK ENFORCEMENT ACTION SLATED FOR SE POWELL BOULEVARD AT SE 24TH AVENUE ON MAY 27 (PHOTO)

News Release from Portland Bureau of Transportation
Posted on FlashAlert: May 21st, 2015 11:54 AM

Downloadable file: Street view of SE Powell Boulevard and 24th Avenue � GOOGLE Maps
Downloadable file: Drivers must stop for pedestrians in the safety buffer zone indicated in yellow. (What you need to know about OREGON CROSSWALK LAWS ODOT brochure #737-3424 REV (3-2015))

The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Po rtland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the marked crosswalk of SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane. A bicycle lane and a parking lane are an extension of the adjacent motor lane.

The SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue crossing is a "T" intersection with pavement markings, a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing. This location is adjacent to Powell City Park and within two blocks of Cleveland High School and the crossing on 26th Avenue where a truck collided with a bicyclist earlier this month, severing the cyclist's leg.

Southeast Powell Boulevard is one of ten High Crash Corridors that PBOT has identified and prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

This is the sixth crosswalk enforcement action that PBOT and the Portland Police Bureau have conducted on Powell Boulevard since 2006.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.
Portland Bureau of Transportation's Sharon White will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. and a Portland police officer will serve that role from noon to 1 p.m.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about pedestrian rights and responsibilities. View the results of previous actions.. Find out more about PBOT's safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT's goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. www.visionzeroportland.com.

Attachments:
1. Oregon Crosswalk Laws - Caption: Drivers must stop for pedestrians in the safety buffer zone indicated in yellow. (What you need to know about OREGON CROSSWALK LAWS ODOT brochure #737-3424 REV (3-2015))

2. SE Powell and 24th - Caption: Street view of SE Powell Boulevard and 24th Avenue (C) GOOGLE Maps

View this news release with embedded photos online: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/531342

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City's transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Contact Info:
Diane Dulken 503-577-8236

 

Commissioner Novick welcomes Naito Pilot Project, a temporary opening of public space and traffic safety during Rose Festival

Commissioner Steve Novick and community partners today announced the Naito Pilot Project, a temporary safety solution that will create a pleasant route for people to get to the Rose Festival’s CityFair at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Link to this release: bit.ly/1IJWKRI

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:

Dylan Rivera (503)823-3723

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Twitter @PBOTinfo

NEWS RELEASE:

Commissioner Novick welcomes Naito Pilot Project, a temporary opening of public space and traffic safety during Rose Festival

(May 19, 2015) – Commissioner Steve Novick and community partners today announced the Naito Pilot Project, a temporary safety solution that will create a pleasant route for people to get to the Rose Festival’s CityFair at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Better Block PDX, a local group of public space advocates, has obtained a permit from the Portland Bureau of Transportation to implement a design developed by a team of civil engineering students from Portland State University to provide one northbound motor vehicle lane that is physically separated from a protected bicycle and pedestrian space to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

“Pilot projects such as this one highlight how we can use our streets to foster economic development, livability and tourism,” said Novick, who oversees PBOT. “In the downtown waterfront, we have become a victim of our own success. The waterfront path exceeds its capacity during peak tourist season. We need to provide a safe space for people to travel.”

“The Naito Pilot Project is a quintessential example of how transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in strengthening the social fabric of our city. It is one of many ways PBOT continues to be a partner in creating a livable city and providing opportunities for our residents to become actively engaged in the public right of way,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat.

Waterfront Park and the Rose Festival have become so successful and popular, they draw hundreds of thousands of people to the waterfront. But to reach the festival, Oregonians are too often forced to squeeze into narrow sidewalks, walk in a bike lane, or bike in a travel lane with high-speed traffic.

Starting Friday May 22 and lasting through June 5, the four-lane SW Naito Parkway will have three travel lanes, plus a lane of open space for the public to walk and bike safely to the festival. The pilot project will open nearly a mile of street, 15 feet wide, to public use, from SW Salmon Street to NW Couch Street.

“Better Block is excited to continue the conversation about public space on our downtown waterfront that was started by Gov. Tom McCall,” said Ryan Hashagen, a volunteer with the group.

Earlier this spring, the Office of Commissioner Novick, Better Block PDX, PBOT and the Rose Festival had all identified the need to make access to the park more comfortable during the festival’s CityFair, which draws an estimated 20,000 people a day to the waterfront.

“As a permanent resident of Waterfront Park, we see a remarkable diversity in transportation methods used here daily,” said Rich Jarvis, Portland Rose Festival Foundation Public Relations Manager. “We know that special events like the Festival can impact how people get to and around the park and we are excited to partner with PBOT and Better Blocks PDX to help make it a safer and more accessible experience for all.”

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel said he is excited about the project. “For a university that strives every day to heed the motto, 'Let Knowledge Serve The City,' there is no clearer sign of success than a student project being brought to life in the heart of our city."

Better Block PDX has obtained funding for this project from People for Bikes and Clif Bar.

This innovative pilot project will allow the community to provide feedback on potential changes to the Naito Parkway street design. The public is encouraged to comment on the project by email, Twitter and a phone voicemail box set up to receive comments.

Have your say about the Naito Pilot Project:

Twitter: #BetterNaito

Email comments: NaitoParkway@portlandoregon.gov

Web site: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/naitoparkway

Facebook: Portland Bureau of Transportation

Leave a message by phone: 503-823-4321

News media and the public may access photos at PBOT’s Flickr page.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Dylan Rivera

Media Relations | Portland Bureau of Transportation

t: (503) 823-3723 | c: (503) 577-7534

dylan.rivera@portlandoregon.gov

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Expo on affordable and neighborhood friendly infill housing solutions, Thurs. June 4

Portland is growing. Learn from local innovators on affordable and neighborhood friendly infill housing solutions. June 4. 6 to 9 PM. Welcome by Mayor Charlie Hales. Presentations given throughout evening by various organizations working on infill housing