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News Release: Crosswalk education and enforcement action nets 45 citations, 5 warnings on SW Capitol Highway as PBOT + Police work on Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities

Greg Manning, who requested police enforcement

Greg Manning, who lives on SW Capitol Highway, has been working on traffic safety issues in SW Portland for many years and recently requested additional police enforcement to make the public aware of the need to slow down and stop for pedestrians. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(May 27, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau announced the results of a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action that took place today from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Vision Zero Portland logoEducation and enforcement actions such as the May 27 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Citations (45)

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian - 25

Speeding - 13

Cell phone - 6

Failure to obey a traffic control device - 1

Warnings (5)

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian - 4

No operator’s license - 1

This location was chosen at the request of the community, which has been active in educating and encouraging drivers to be alert, aware and slow down.   The crossing is heavily used by school children and transit riders - a pre-school is on one corner and the crossing also supports two TriMet stops and is close to a public school bus pickup and drop off location on SW Miles.

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.  A Portland police officer served as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Friday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses SW Capitol Highway to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and watch for people in the crossing and drivers who may be turning onto or from SW Miles Street. 

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. 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.

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News Advisory (Updated with hours): Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street on Friday, May 27

(May 24, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Friday, May 27 at the marked crossing on SW Capitol Highway at SW Miles Street to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. The action will take place from 7:30 to 11:30 a.m.

Vision Zero Portland logoEducation and enforcement actions such as the May 27 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

This location was chosen at the request of the community, which has been active in educating and encouraging drivers to be alert, aware and slow down. The crossing is heavily used by school children and transit riders - a pre-school is on one corner and the crossing also supports two TriMet stops and is close to a public school bus pickup and drop off location on SW Miles. 

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. A Portland police officer will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Friday’s action. The exact time will be announced the day before the action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses SW Capitol Highway to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and watch for people in the crossing and drivers who may be turning onto or from SW Miles Street.

SW Capitol Highway and MilesCrosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. 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

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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
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Traffic Advisory: Viaduct replacement requires lane closure, detour on N Willamette Blvd starting Monday, May 23

(May 20, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that replacement of a viaduct supporting N Willamette Boulevard on the Willamette Bluffs will require a lane closure and bus detour starting Monday, May 23 for three to four months.

The northwestbound lane of N Willamette Boulevard will be closed to motor vehicle traffic, all hours, all days. Northwestbound bike traffic will be detoured to the adjacent sidewalk, which will be shared with people walking. 

Detour route map for N Willamette Blvd

The southeastbound lane of N Willamette Boulevard will remain open, though the lane will be shifted to the left in the work zone. The southeastbound bike lane will remain open, providing a 5-foot wide lane separated from people driving by plastic wands.

The replacement will bring the roadway up to current seismic safety codes and reduce the risk of landslides. The work will replace an outdated steel viaduct that supports part of the roadway. About 200 feet of structure will be replaced, and another 100 feet of guardrail will be replaced.

The $700,000 replacement is paid for with a portion of the City’s General Fund that is dedicated to Major Maintenance and Infrastructure Replacement Projects.

Northwestbound motor vehicle traffic, including bus traffic will be detoured around the area. Northwestbound motor vehicles will be detoured east on N Rosa Parks Way, to northbound on N Greeley Ave, to west on N Lombard St to south on N Portsmouth Ave back to N Willamette Blvd.

TriMet Line 44 bus stops will be closed from N Chautauqua Blvd to N Wabash Ave. Northwestbound buses will be detoured on N Wabash Ave to westbound N Lombard St, to southbound Chautauqua Blvd. For information on impacts to TriMet bus service, check trimet.org/alerts.

For more information, see the project web site. An open house was held earlier this week and notices were mailed to residents and businesses in the area.

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 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: Street improvements on NW Broadway from W Burnside Street to NW Hoyt Street, May 19-May 26

(May 19, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NW Broadway from W Burnside Street to NW Hoyt Street on Thursday, May 19, through Thursday, May 26, 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

News Advisory: Smart City Tech Expo shows transportation technology of the future at OMSI on Monday

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(May 13, 2016) In advance of U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx’s visit to Portland on Wednesday, on Monday the Portland Bureau of Transportation and DKS Associates will host a Smart City Tech Expo at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The expo will showcase the technology, partnerships and innovation going into Portland’s bid as a finalist for the $40 million Smart City Challenge. Prototypes of connected vehicles, electric vehicles, demonstrations of mobile apps, and videos of other cutting edge technology will be available for viewing and hands-on learning. Normally closed on Mondays, OMSI will open its auditorium for the expo. Students from Sunnyside Environmental School are expected to attend. Details of Secretary Foxx’s Wednesday visit will be forthcoming. Secretary Foxx is visiting Portland as part of his tour of the seven Smart City Challenge Finalist cities. The winner of the Smart City Challenge will receive $40 million to help create a first-of-its-kind city that uses smart transportation technology to move people and goods efficiently, safely and sustainably.

Who:                     Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, First Lady Nancy Hales,

Transportation Director Leah Treat

Connected Signals, EasyMile, Econolite Group, Inc., GenZe, GoMentum, HERE, Local Motors, Lyft, moovel, NoAppFee, Pangeo, Portland Public Schools, Ride Report, Stantec, urban.systems and TriMet will showcase their technology for the public and news media.

What:                   Smart City Tech Expo, showcasing the advanced transportation and mobile

technology that is part of the City of Portland’s Smart City Challenge grant application.

When:                  Monday, May 16, 2016

Media sneak preview: 10:30 to 11 a.m.

Public expo: 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:                  Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, 1945 SE Water Ave. in Portland

 

Visuals:               

Members of the news media will be able to test drive a BMW with Connected Signals Enlighten technology that provides drivers will real-time signal information. They will be able to test drive electric bikes and scooters from GenZe. They will be able to see electric vehicles from urban.systems. They can demo a number of apps, including: the Ride Report app; Portland Public School’s Safe Routes to School app to crowd source concerns and ideas to improve student walks to school; moovel’s software development kit (SDK) called ‘RideTap’ that integrates alternative transportation options such as Lyft and Car2Go into the TriMet Tickets app; and the NoAppFee, a housing app that integrates transportation costs to give users a true-cost of housing. They will have the opportunity to see HERE’s location and mapping technology that supports the commercial path to autonomous cars. Members of the media will also be able to view and film the technology behind the latest generation of TriMet hybrid busses. They will be able to see advanced signal technology from Econolite Group, Inc.

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