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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from E Burnside to SE Washington Street, August 31 – September 21

(August 29, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard from E Burnside to SE Washington Street, on Wednesday, August 31, through Wednesday, September 21, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.18 lane miles of pavement.

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.

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 reader boards and 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

Traffic Advisory: (VIDEOS) PBOT, Police urge the public to travel safely as students go back to school in coming weeks

(Aug. 26, 2016) -- The Portland Police Bureau, Metro and the Portland Bureau of Transportation are partnering to keep Portland's students safe as they return to school in the coming weeks. Classes at the five school districts in Portland begin in the next two weeks, with the largest, Portland Public Schools starting on Monday, Aug. 29. Several short videos also explain the importance of stopping for pedestrians and the 20 mph speed limit in school zones.

Vision Zero Portland logo

To ensure student safety and increase awareness of the start of the school year, the Portland Police Bureau will be conducting high visibility patrols around all Portland schools as part of a "Back to School" safety campaign. Warnings and citations will be issued, focusing on traffic violations near schools.

Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT, said the start of the school year is a good reminder that the speed limit in school zones is 20 mph.

"Everyone needs to remember to look out for children walking and biking to school," Novick said. "If we all look out for each other when we're walking, driving or biking we can help our kids have a safe, fun journey to school."

Transportation Director Leah Treat will greet students and parents at Cesar Chavez Elementary on Wednesday morning to encourage biking and walking and safe travel in school zones.

“As the transportation director and as a mom, safety around schools is a something I think about every day," Treat said. “Every intersection is a crosswalk, whether it is marked or not, so everyone driving needs to stop for people attempting to cross. Near schools, we need to be especially mindful and watch out for parents and children walking and biking.Portland Safe Routes to School is a great resource for parents who want to learn more and spread the word.”

(VIDEO) Oregonian Crossing: You never know who you might see at a crosswalk

Sasquatch

VIDEO by Metro and Oregon Department of Transportation. 

From 7:30 to 8:15 a.m. on Wednesday at Cesar Chavez School in North Portland, Treat will be joined by Sasquatch, the mysterious character from Northwest forests who has been helping Metro and the Oregon Department of Transportation with their Oregonian Crossingpedestrian safety campaign (www.walkbikeroll.org). Treat and Sasquatch will speak with children and parents, and distribute pedestrian safety information. Portland Safe Routes to School will also help spread the word about what parents can do to travel safely in the area.

(VIDEO) '20 is Plenty' in School Zones

20 is plenty video

VIDEO by Portland Police Bureau.

(VIDEO) "It's kind of, like, majestic:" Kids share why they walk and bike to school

It's like majestic
VIDEO by Metro.

The goals of this partnership are to provide a positive and safe environment for our children to learn and travel to and from school and to provide a safe environment in and around the schools for students, parents, school staff and their neighbors for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.

Beginning this week, many young people will be walking and riding their bicycles to school. Congestion in school zones will increase, especially during the busy morning and afternoon drop-off and pickup times.  

As students head back to school, it’s particularly important to obey traffic laws and drive safely in school zones. Drivers should also be aware that Portland Police Bureau officers will be at every school during the first few weeks of the school year to enforce school speed zones and other traffic laws.

If you drive to school, through a school zone or in neighborhoods near a school, follow these safety tips to keep all students safe this year:

  • Obey the 20 mph speed limit in all school zones.
  • Be patient during drop-off and pick-up if you drive your student to school or drive near a school. The roadways surrounding schools are congested during these times.
  • Do not idle your vehicle in school zones.
  • Stop and remain stopped for pedestrians at all intersections, whether marked as a crosswalk or not: It’s the law.
  • When turning right on a red light, look both ways for people walking and biking.
  • Be aware of students where there are no sidewalks along the road and when backing out of driveways.
  • Watch for younger and less predictable children who may dart into the road.
  • Stop and wait for school buses when red lights are flashing.
  • If your a parent, consider parking a few blocks from your child's school and walking the rest of the way. You'll reduce traffic congestion by the school and get a pleasant morning walk with your child.

Thanks for doing your part to provide safe student travel near all Portland schools.

For more information on the Safe Routes to School program visit http://www.saferoutesportland.org Portland Safe Routes to School is a partnership of the City of Portland, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and agencies that advocates for and implements programs that make walking and biking around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families while reducing our reliance on cars. The Safe Routes program can provide safety educational materials and other resources for parents and school officials.

The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.

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News Release: Oregon’s first Speed Safety Cameras now operational on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway

(Aug. 25, 2016) -- The first Speed Safety Cameras in Oregon are now operational on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway, and will begin issuing warnings today to drivers who exceed the road’s posted 40 mph speed limit.

Vision Zero Portland logoThe goal of the Speed Safety Cameras is to reduce speeding and save lives. The SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway corridor is part of Portland’s High Crash Network of roads. PBOT’s recent Vision Zero crash data analysis found that Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is one of the top roads where people driving are killed or seriously injured. People walking along or crossing on foot are twice as likely to be struck by a car than on the average city street.

“No family should lose a loved one to reckless speeding,” said Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “The connection between death and high speeds is clear. Unfortunately, too many people continue to disregard the fact that safe speeds save lives. That’s why the implementation of these new Speed Safety Cameras is so important - they are a proven tool for reducing speeding.”

“Speed Safety Cameras are a critical tool for addressing unsafe driving speeds on Portland’s High Crash Corridors,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat, “We have an imperative to address the high rate of fatalities happening along these roads and to keep Portlanders safe - whether they are walking, bicycling or driving.”

Safety Cameras on BH Hwy

Photo by Hannah Schafer, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

The installation on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway is the first safety camera installation since the City of Portland and community safety advocates convinced the state Legislature in 2015 to pass HB 2621, which allows them to be used on High Crash Corridors in the Portland city limits. The City of Portland has been using other cameras to supplement speed enforcement for years, with police officers in vans enforcing speed limit violations. Portland also uses cameras to increase enforcement compliance with red lights at traffic signals.

Safety Cameras are a proven safety tool that can reduce dangerous speeding and save lives. The cameras are mounted along High Crash Corridors and when people driving past them exceed the posted speed limit, they capture photos and video for review by Portland Police. The Speed Safety Cameras will issue warnings for the first 30 days of operation, and issue citations starting Sept. 24. An officer from the Portland Police Bureau will review violations before a citation is issued. The typical fine will be $160. Any money received from the tickets pays for the program and safety improvements on the corridor. Additional cameras will be installed during winter and spring 2017 at SE 122nd Avenue between Foster and Powell Boulevards, Marine Drive and Outer SE Division Street.

In addition to the new cameras, PBOT is delivering three additional safety and maintenance projects on a section of SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway beginning this fall that reflect the goals of the Southwest Community Plan and the Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway High Crash Corridor Safety Plan.

Among the included projects:

  • Paving maintenance: PBOT will perform a two-inch grind and pave maintenance project, resulting in new pavement from SW 21st/Bertha Court to SW 35th Avenue to be delivered this fall 2016.
  • Safety Demonstration Project: PBOT will deliver a Safety Demonstration Project on Beaverton Hillsdale Highway in spring 2017. The project includes a new marked pedestrian crossing with a median island with Rapid Flashing Beacons at 35th Avenue, a protected pedestrian/bike lane space, reduced travel lane widths, and new ADA-compliant pedestrian curb ramps.
  • Stormwater Improvements: PBOT and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) are partnering to install stormwater curb extensions on at Shattuck. These will shorten the pedestrian crossings and ADA curb ramps will be constructed at all corners. Construction will be completed in the 2016/2017 fiscal year.

Speed reader board

Photo by Gabe Graff, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

New speed signage and speed reader boards were also installed on SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway warning drivers in advance of the cameras in both directions. Additionally, PBOT staff conducted extensive outreach with local neighborhood associations as well as over 75 businesses and community organizations to raise awareness of the changes along the corridor.

Death rate by various speeds

The City of Portland has joined cities around the country in embracing Vision Zero – the notion that the death of even one person on our roads is one too many. Vision Zero prevents traffic deaths through smart policy and system design. Learn more about Vision Zero and Speed Safety Cameras by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com.

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SW Gaines Street from SW 11th Avenue to US Veterans Hospital Road, August 24 – September 2

(August 23, 2016) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW Gaines Street from SW 11th Avenue to US Veterans Hospital Road on Wednesday, August 24, through Friday, September 2, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave 1.21 lane miles of pavement.

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.

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 reader boards and 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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Release: Cooler temperatures Sunday to make for a perfect Portland Sunday Parkways in SE Portland

(August 19, 2016) - This summer’s fourth City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is coming to Southeast Portland this Sunday, August 21. People walking, biking and rolling will have the opportunity to enjoy a 7 mile loop of traffic-free streets from 11 a.m to 4 p.m. This weekend’s route will take participants on a tour of Southeast Portland neighborhoods via Laurelhurst, Sewallcrest, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks where they will be able to stop and enjoy an ice cream cone or other snacks, listen to tunes and join activities like slip n slide, hula-hooping, rock-climbing, and live concerts.

Sunday Parkways SE

Over half of the Southeast Sunday Parkways route is within the BIKETOWN bike share service area. For the duration of the event (11am - 4pm) BIKETOWN - Portland Bike Share will waive all out-of-area fees. The Sunday Parkways route map includes the locations of nearby BIKETOWN kiosks where people can pick up a bike. Download the BIKETOWN app to your mobile phone to sign up or visit the BIKETOWN Ambassadors at Col. Summers Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. for a test ride and to become a member.

The public is also invited to participate in two additional PBOT-sponsored open streets events on Saturday, Aug. 20: Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks on ‘the Green Loop’ and the Jade International Night Market. Oregon Walkways: Connect the Park Blocks is a one-day event connecting the North and South Park Blocks from NW Hoyt to SW Market through the creation of a comfortable walking route with minimal motor vehicle traffic interruption. The Oregon Walkways event will be held from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., with a variety of children’s activities as well as music and food carts along the route. People interested in attending the 2016 International Open Streets Summit public keynote session at Portland State University can join a kick-off walk from Ankeny Pedestrian Plaza by Bailey’s Tap Room to the Summit at PSU at 11 a.m.

The third annual Jade International Night Market will take place on Saturday, Aug. 20 at 5 p.m. at SE 82nd Avenue and Division Street. Portland’s multicultural communities come out in full force each August to celebrate one of East Portland's biggest events. The Night Market features international cuisine from local businesses, cultural performances, and a celebration and recognition of the vibrant community that resides in the Jade District neighborhood and in East Portland. Last year the night market drew nearly 20,000 people to support small businesses, community organizations, and cultural groups.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.  The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 119,000 last year.

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter at @SundayParkways.

Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

Sunday Parkways sponsors

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