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Mayor Charlie Hales

City of Portland Mayor Charlie Hales

Phone: 503-823-4120

1221 SW 4th Avenue, Room 340, Portland, OR 97204

Mayor, Commissioner Move on Bike Safety Action Items

Following a listening session with biking advocates, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick moved to act quickly to improve bike safety, as the city works on long-term solutions.

Mayor Hales speaks at a press conferenceWEDNESDAY, JUNE 3, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, and Transportation Director Leah Treat on Tuesday hosted a listening session with biking advocates and public safety officials to hear ideas about how to make Portland safer for bicyclists, following several tragic incidents in May.

City officials came away with action items that can be implemented immediately, supplementing efforts already underway by Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT). Action items include:

Experiment with diverters: Biking advocates called for diverters to reduce auto traffic on neighborhood greenways that are intended to promote bicycle and pedestrian use. Using neighborhood greenway traffic count and speed data PBOT has already collected for a report that will go to City Council in late summer, PBOT will experiment with diverters — which allow bicycles through but block cars — at different locations, similar to the Better Naito pilot happening now. PBOT will work with a Vision Zero Safety Committee that will be created to inform the issue of bicycle safety in Portland.

Unmanned speed cameras: House Bill 2621 would allow the city to install unmanned speed cameras along high-crash corridors to aid police in traffic enforcement. Speeding is the top contributing factor to fatal crashes across the metro region: If a person is struck by a car going less than 20 mph, she has a 90 percent chance of surviving; at 40 mph, that likelihood drops to 20 percent. Portland has 10 high-crash corridors that account for over half of all pedestrian deaths and serious injuries. You can help: Contact your legislators and tell them you want to support Portland’s efforts to slow down traffic and make the streets safer for all users.

Speed enforcement: Portland Police will increase speed enforcement, encouraging drivers to slow down and obey speed limits. Enforcement efforts will be focused on high-crash corridors where the city experiences a large number of pedestrian deaths and injuries

Funding Vision Zero projects: City Council recently provided funding to make infrastructure improvements on two of the most dangerous streets in Portland — Southeast 122nd Avenue and Burnside Street — to make them safer for pedestrians and transit users. Further, Mayor Hales’ budget includes more than $19 million for transportation maintenance and safety projects, including $4 million for safety projects on Southeast 122nd Avenue.

Safety improvements in the central city: The Central City Safety Improvements project will plan for $5.5 million in bicycle infrastructure upgrades downtown and in the rest of the central city. It will be underway soon; PBOT hired a project manager last week.

Pledge to slow down: The City will partner with advocates to support the Bicycle Transportation Alliance's Travel with Care Campaign and Pledge. The Bicycle Transportation Alliance told officials on Tuesday that research shows that if people pledge to drive more safely, it actually makes a difference. City officials will start with city employees, and get as many Portlanders as possible to sign on.

Twitter Town Hall 6: Mayor Discusses Biking in Portland

Mayor Hales answered questions live on Twitter about bike safety and infrastructure in Portland.

TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales this afternoon recognized National Bike Month by answering questions live on Twitter about bike safety and infrastructure in Portland.

The Twitter Town Hall on #pdxBikes was the sixth the mayor has hosted. Other topics included his fair wage policy, #pay15; regulations on transportation network companies like Uber, #pdxRides; his proposal to remove barriers to employment for ex-offenders, #BanTheBoxPDX; his energy benchmarking for commercial buildings proposal, #sustainablecity; and his 2015-16 budget, #pdxBudget

Here's a roundup of the #pdxBikes Q&A: 

#behindthescenes Mayor types furiously as #pdxbikes questions pile up. Record for Twitter Town Hall involvement!

A video posted by Charlie Hales (@mayorpdx) on May 26, 2015 at 1:03pm PDT

Twitter Town Hall 5: Mayor Answers Questions About His Proposed Budget

The mayor's proposed budget focuses strongly on his message of taking care of what we have and investing in a better future.

Mayor Charlie Hales today outlined a proposed budget for the coming year that will focus on basic services, public safety and new resources for Portland’s youth, especially those at risk of being entangled in gang violence. Between his morning announcement and afternoon media meeting, he answered questions on Twitter about his budget. Here's a roundup of the Q&A.

Mayor Releases 2015-16 Proposed Budget

Mayor Hales proposed a budget that emphasizes taking care of what we have and investing in a better future.

Mayor Hales at East Portland Community CenterTUESDAY, MAY 5, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales today outlined a proposed budget for the coming year that will focus on basic services, public safety and new resources for Portland’s youth, especially those at risk of being entangled in gang violence.

Building on his prior two budgets, Hales is emphasizing a major new effort to pave and repair city streets, more money for homeless services, affordable housing, and a commitment to dramatically increase healthy after-school activities for kids throughout the community.

The budget is released in the wake of a five-year revenue forecast that provides an estimated $49 million in additional general fund revenue. The City is expecting $484.5 million in discretionary General Funds [PDF] next year and a total annual budget of over $3.5 billion. Details on line items in the proposed budget are on the City Budget Office website.

“In 2013, when we had one of the worst deficits in city history. In 2014, we had a flat economy. And this year, we have surplus,” Mayor Hales said. “That first year, my budget was about back-to-basics. The same was true the second year, and the same is true today. For a third year in a row, my budget reflects Portland’s values: investing in a livable community, investing in safe streets, and investing in our kids.”

The mayor's proposed budget focuses strongly on his message of "taking care of what we have and investing in a better future."

Explore the Mayor's Proposed Budget priority areas

Basic Services


Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Other Investments

Letter from Mayor Hales on the Third Quarter 

Watch Mayor Hales' press conference:

Comment on the Mayor's Proposed Budget 

Upcoming public hearings:

  • May 7, 6 to 8:30 p.m., George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave., Portland
  • May 20, 6 to 8:30 p.m., City Hall Chambers, 1221 SW Fourth Ave., Portland

To submit feedback electronically: 

More from the City Budget Office on how to get involved:

Track Bureau Performance on CBO Dashboard

Visit the City Budget Office City Bureaus Performance Dashboard.

FY 2015-16 General Fund discretionary base budget


Mayor Hales and David Plouffe Talk Sharing Economy on TechFestNW Panel

Mayor Hales discussed the government's role in the innovative new economy: ensuring safety and access.

FRIDAY, MAY 1, 2015 — Mayor Charlie Hales joined industry experts to discuss the sharing economy in Portland during the third TechFestNW, Willamette Week's gathering of leading thinkers, startups, and established companies.

Hales took the stage with David Plouffe, the architect of President Barack Obama's two innovative campaigns, and now senior vice president of policy and strategy for Uber, one of the transportation network companies Hales recently helped legalize.

"Portland has a long history with a sharing economy: Multnomah County Library is 125 years old; our community garden system is 40 years old; the North Portland Tool Library is 10 years old; and we probably have more poetry boxes and tiny libraries than anywhere else," the mayor says. "We are a community of thoughtful consumption. And government's role is to ensure that our economy operates safely and inclusively."

Attendees lauded on Twitter the discussion as insightful and compelling. Here's a roundup of their reactions: