July 30, 2014 12:25
On Thursday July 31, 2014, from 12:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m., officers from the Portland Police Bureau's Central Precinct and Traffic Division will be conducting an awareness and enforcement effort on people riding bicycles and skateboards on sidewalks in Downtown Portland.
The goal of the effort is to increase safety on Downtown sidewalks and to give warnings to those riding bicycles or skateboards on sidewalks. In some cases, citations may be issued to those violating the Portland City Code.
This effort will be focus on sidewalks between West Burnside and Southwest Yamhill Streets, 5th to 6th Avenues.
During the Summer months, Downtown Portland sidewalks become very congested and collisions between pedestrians and those riding bicycles or skateboards become more likely.
Portland City Code 16.70.320(E) state that no person may "ride a bicycle on a sidewalk, unless avoiding a traffic hazard in the immediate area, within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Front Avenue (Naito Parkway), NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue."
Portland City Code 16.70.410(A) states: "No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any sidewalk within the area bounded by and including SW Jefferson, Naito Parkway, NW Hoyt and 13th Avenue. The middle and bisecting sidewalks in the Park Blocks are considered sidewalks for the purposes of this Subsection."
Subsection (B) states: "No person may use roller skates, including in-line skates, skateboards, scooters, or other similar devices powered exclusively by human power upon any street, roadway or sidewalk on (1) SW 5th or 6th Avenues between SW Lincoln and Burnside; and on (2) NW 5th or 6th Avenues between Burnside and Union Station."
Full content of the ordinance is located here: http://www.portlandonline.com/auditor/index.cfm?c=28596#cid_412594
The Portland Police Bureau conducts numerous and varied traffic, bicycle and pedestrian safety missions throughout the year including: distracted driving, crosswalk enforcement, speeding, and DUII. Each effort is conducted with the primary goal of increasing awareness and safety in Portland.
Community input is one way the Police Bureau identifies issues and areas of concern to residents of Portland.
To provide input on traffic safety problems, please visit: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/299189
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204