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News Release: Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide; PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike, have fun and enjoy spring

(May 1, 2015) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out, get active and have fun.  National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

bike month logo“I am greatly looking forward to Bike Month and all of the events that it includes,” said City Commissioner Novick, who oversees transportation. “Bicycles are serious business. Bicyclists are healthier than car commuters, saving millions in health care costs. Bicyclists are reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. Also, the bicycle community contributes millions to our local economy and to the resiliency of our city.”

A complete list of events may be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com. Highlighted events include:

  • A “Quick Fix Bike Breakfast” at City Hall on May 5 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. Visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free. 
  • On May 6, Mayor Charlie Hales will proclaim May 10-16 as Active Transportation Week, citing Portland as a Platinum bicycle-friendly city, Sunday Parkways’ popularity and that bicycling has changed commute choices, reducing single-commuter trips from 64 percent to 57 percent since 2000. 
  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland. Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • For the first time ever, PBOT will hold an “Every Bike Counts” 24-hour Bike Count on SE 28th and Ankeny beginning noon on May 14.  Volunteers will work round-the-clock to tally all bike rides through that crossing and hear why people ride and where they go.

“I invite all Portlanders to join in the fun, get on a bike and participate in our many events,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “All these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day. As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time for Portlanders of all ages to ride, roll and stroll through our neighborhoods and enjoy Portland’s world-famous bicycle network.”

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.

People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.

 

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News Release: Real-time map helps Portlanders track new energy-saving LED street light installations in each Portland neighborhood

(April 30, 2015) –  Portland’s largest ever energy-efficiency project is happening citywide with the installation of energy-saving LED street lights in each neighborhood, and an interactive map allows the public to track real-time progress on their street.

LED graphicThe Portland Bureau of Transportation crews are converting 45,000 of the City’s 55,000 street lights to environmentally-friendly LED (light-emitting diode) lights, a process that is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.

The map and program may be found at http://bit.ly/PDXLED. Green dots show lights that have been installed; red indicates lights that will be converted. The map also allows the public to send in questions and feedback on each street light.

The new LED street lights are easily identifiable: they cast a crisp light similar to moonlight, unlike the yellow-tinged light from the high-pressure sodium bulbs they replace.  The new LEDs bring numerous benefits: they use half the energy of the high-pressure sodium bulbs and are expected to last four times longer, or up to 20 years. That translates to a $1.5 million annual savings in energy and maintenance, and a reduction of about 10,500 tons of carbon pollution each year.   

“We can all be proud of the savings that the new LED street lights bring to each neighborhood,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “This is a program that saves money, protects our environment and improves reliability by providing street lights that last longer and burn out less often.”

“The new streetlights deliver benefits to each neighborhood, to our city as a whole and to our efforts to address climate change,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We are making a difference street by street and light by light.”

Cities around the world are switching to LED lights as a way to save both money and energy, including Portland’s neighbors to the north in Seattle and nearby in Gresham, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Clackamas County and Milwaukie.

The new lights provide the same coverage to illuminate city streets as the old fixtures. They also cut down on light pollution by projecting more light downward and less upward, making it easier for people to star gaze.

The final environmental benefit? The City is recycling the old high pressure sodium bulbs. 

City Council unanimously passed an ordinance in December 2012 dedicating $18.5 million to the conversion project from a general obligation bond.  Conversions began in August and once the project is complete, about December 2016, the City can expect to save $1.5 million a year in maintenance and energy costs. At that rate, the project will pay for itself in eight years, with future years’ savings providing funds for other transportation projects. 

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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.  

Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on SW Stark Street from SW Broadway to SW 10th Avenue from May 4-7

(April 30, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Stark Street from SW Broadway to SW 10th Avenue from Monday, May 4 to Thursday, May 7, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave .39 lane miles.  Crews will also refresh and repaint the green bicycle lane on that stretch of Stark.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses during the project.

One lane will be open at all times, and bicycles and motor vehicles may share that open lane during work hours or use alternate routes.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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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

News Release: Leaf Day compost now available for sale at Sunderland Recycling; expanded hours to include three weekends

(April 21, 2015) – Leaf Day has come full circle, with spring garden compost now available for sale to the public from leaves collected last fall during the bureau’s zero waste Leaf Day Pickup service.   

For this year’s spring compost sale, the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation is expanding its hours at the Sunderland Recycling Yard, and is now open during the next three weekends except for Mother’s Day in addition to regular weekday hours.

leaf day graphicThe recycling yard, at 9325 NE Sunderland Road, will be open to the public the weekends of April 25-26, May 2-3 and May 16-17 from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  In addition to the special weekend openings, Sunderland is open to the public during its regular business hours: Monday through Friday, 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.  The cost for each cubic yard, which will typically fit in a small truck bed, is $24.

“For the first time, PBOT is expanding hours to make more compost available to the public,” said Sunderland Program Manager Jill Jacobsen. “Those who do purchase Leaf Day garden compost return year after year because of the quality and the price.” 

As a member of the United States Compost Council, the recycling yard monitors its compost six times a year for quality, maturation, organic content, trace metals, pathogens, and particle size.

After collecting 14,691 cubic yards of leaves from city neighborhoods during the 2014 Leaf Day program, the bureau has turned 99.98 percent of the leaves into compost, yielding 4,301 cubic yards of compost and creating only .02 percent of waste.

In addition to making compost available for purchase by the public, Leaf Day compost also is used by City crews for plantings and erosion control and also is donated to community gardens.

Portland’s Leaf Day collection program begins in early November and runs through mid-December to pick up leaves from neighborhoods with large numbers of mature trees.  Removing leaves from streets helps reduce slippery road conditions, increasing the safety of motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists. Street leaf removal also reduces street flooding caused by clogged storm drains.  Portland’s infrastructure also benefits from the reduced amount of leaves entering the storm drains.

More information about the leaf composting program at Sunderland Recycling Facility can be found at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/319723.

 

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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

UPDATED Traffic Advisory: Spring paving to close lanes on SW Jefferson Street from SW Park Avenue to SW Naito Parkway on May 2, 4 and 5

Update (May 1, 2015) - To complete this project, PBOT crews are scheduled to pave this stretch on Saturday, May 2, Monday, May 4 and Tuesday, May 5,  7:00 a.m. to 5 p.m. Lane closures will be in effect during those times. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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(April 21, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Jefferson Street from SW Park Avenue to SW Naito Parkway from Thursday, April 23 to Monday, April 27 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface to pave 1.1 lane miles.

Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project. Crews will return during a window of dry weather to complete paving.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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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