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News Advisory: Commissioner Steve Novick kicks off three months of Better Naito

better naito(May 2, 2016) Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat will join representatives of Better Block PDX and the festivals and events participating in Better Naito at Salmon Springs Fountain to kick off three months of safer access to Waterfront Park. Commissioner Novick, Director Treat, Rose Festival Association CEO Jeff Curtis and Better Block PDX volunteer Gwen Shaw will give remarks about the importance of Better Naito for Portlanders. Following opening remarks, participants will walk, bike and roll on Better Naito in a demonstration of how the lane conversion operates as a two-way walking and biking facility.

 

WHO:

Commissioner Steve Novick, City of Portland

Leah Treat, Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation

Jeff Curtis, CEO, Rose Festival Association

Gwen Shaw, Volunteer, Better Block PDX

 

WHAT: Commissioner Steve Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat and representatives from Better Block PDX and seven festivals and events taking place at Tom McCall Waterfront Park this summer will gather at Salmon Street Springs to inaugurate the 2016 Better Naito Pilot Project.

WHEN:  May 3, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

WHERE:  Salmon Street Springs Fountain – 1000 SW Naito Parkway, Portland, OR 97204

VISUALS:  Speakers from PBOT, the Rose Festival Association, Better Block PDX and representatives from seven different festivals and events happening this summer at Waterfront Park. Event participants will walk, bike and roll on the fully installed and operating Better Naito following opening remarks.

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News Release: Crosswalk education and enforcement action nets 36 citations, 8 warnings as PBOT + Police work on Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities

Police officer participates in crosswalk action

 A plain clothes Portland Police officer participates in a crosswalk education and enforcement action at a busy crossing of SE 82nd Avenue April 26, 2016. Photo by Dylan Rivera/Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(April 27, 2016) – Portland Police wrote 36 citations and 8 warnings for traffic violations at a crosswalk education and enforcement action on SE 82nd Avenue on Tuesday, part of a joint effort by the Portland Police Bureau and Portland Bureau of Transportation to reach the Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Education and enforcement actions such as the Tuesday event are an effective way of educating the public about steps everyone can take to prevent crashes when driving, walking or biking.

Vision Zero Portland logoUnder 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. People walking should make sure oncoming traffic has adequate stopping distance and make sure vehicles have stopped before they enter a travel lane.

For Tuesday’s event, a plain clothes Portland Police officer served as the designated pedestrian, crossing at the crosswalk while officers from the East Precinct and Traffic Division monitoring compliance and writing citations and warnings for violations of traffic safety laws. Signs warning of additional enforcement are placed beside the roadway in advance of the crosswalk.

Results of the April 26 education and enforcement action include:

Citations:

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian-27

Seatbelt violations-2

Passing a stopped vehicle at a marked crosswalk-1

No Operators License-1

Driving While (License) Suspended-3

Expired registration-1

Failure to Carry Proof of Insurance-1

Warnings:

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian-8

For low-resolution images of the event, see PBOT’s Flickr page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pbotinfo/albums/72157667601123736

Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian (ORS 811.028) and passing a stopped vehicle at a marked crosswalk (ORS 811.020) are both Class B traffic violations, with a fine amount of $260. For certain violations, people are given the option of attending the Share the Road Safety Class in lieu of paying the citation.

Southeast 82nd Avenue is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

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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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                   

Better Naito is Back: One northbound lane on SW Naito Parkway to be converted to two-way walking and biking facility from May 2 to July 31, 2016

portland in the streets logo

(April 26, 2016)  – Better Naito is returning to Portland for a second summer. The pilot project, a partnership between Better Block PDX and the Portland Bureau of Transportation, creates a safe way for people to get to and around Portland’s summer of festivals at Waterfront Park. The project was first piloted in June 2015 during the two weeks of Rose Festival City Fair and returned for the Oregon Brewers Festival the same year.

From May 2 to July 31, 2016, during all hours of the day, one northbound traffic lane from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street will be converted to a multi-use path for two-way walking and bicycling.

From July 1 to July 4 ONLY, the lane conversion will extend from SW Clay Street to NW Davis Street to accommodate people traveling to or around the Waterfront Blues Festival at the southern end of Waterfront Park.

The festivals in Tom McCall Waterfront Park draw almost 700,000 people between April and November; roughly 15,000 more people per day during peak season. But to reach the festivals, people are too often forced to squeeze into narrow dirt paths, walk in a bike lane, or bike in a travel lane with motorized traffic. Better Naito 2015 created a safe space for people to travel to and from these events.

As a result of Better Naito 2015’s success, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is granting Community Event Permits to the festivals and events taking place at and along Waterfront Park. The organizations will implement placemaking features along the Better Naito corridor and create a physically separated space for people walking and biking in order to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

Data collected during the 2015 Better Naito found that during non-peak hours, motor vehicle travel times were not significantly affected. The travel time from the half mile stretch of SW Clay to SW Stark increased the most during AM and PM peak travel hours between 7:00-9:00 AM and 4:00-6:00 PM, with typical increases in motor vehicle travel times during peak hours between 45 seconds and one minute. The full report can be found on the Better Naito website: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/NaitoParkway

A video produced by Better Block PDX about the 2015 Better Naito features interviews with community organizations, volunteers, City staff, and festival organizers about their successful work to transform one of Portland's most iconic streets. View the video on PBOT’s YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/YmNK6upDzLY

Additional details will be shared at a media event during the first week of May.

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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: SE Milwaukie Ave to be closed again Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. after PBOT crews find more damage to underground stormwater lines

(April 21, 2016) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that SE Milwaukie Avenue will be closed at SE Reedway Street from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, April 22 as crews continue to make repairs to broken underground stormwater lines. Northbound and southbound lanes will be closed. Sidewalks will remain open for bike and pedestrian traffic.

Travelers are encouraged to use alternate routes and avoid SE Milwaukie Avenue between SE McLoughlin Boulevard and SE Bybee Boulevard. Use caution on detour routes, which will direct traffic to nearby residential streets.

Map showing SE Milwaukie at SE Reedway St
Inspections and repairs to address a sinkhole, underground cavities and damage to stormwater lines this week revealed more damage on Thursday than had previously been seen. Underground cavities were found on the west side of the street, in addition to prior damage found on the east side. A stormwater line that conducts water from a storm drain to a main line in the street was found to be damaged.

PBOT has not determined what may have caused the underground cavities and damage to the stormwater infrastructure.

Northbound traffic is detoured to eastbound SE Yukon St to northbound SE 17th Avenue and west on SW Ellis Street to return to SE Milwaukie.

Southbound traffic is detoured to westbound SE Ellis St to southbound SE 15th Avenue to eastbound on SE Ramona St to rejoin Milwaukie Avenue.

View a map of the area: https://goo.gl/maps/tytvLh6jCS62

After the underground repairs are made and the street surface is restored to a safe condition with a temporary surface, the street will be reopened to the traveling public. Travelers are advised to use caution, as the temporary surface may have bumps and other inconsistencies.


Crews will need to return on another day, likely next week, to restore the permanent pavement surface.

For information on possible impacts to TriMet bus service, check trimet.org/alerts.

The traveling public is advised to use alternate routes if possible, expect delays and use caution when traveling in the area.

PBOT conducts emergency repairs to sewer and stormwater lines in the public right of way in Portland.

Underground cavities can be caused by sewer or water line leaks, damage caused by construction crews, water from underground streams or weather events. Small cavities in city streets may be a sign of a larger underground problem. The public is advised to call PBOT's 24-hour dispatch to report sinkholes or other roadway hazards at 503-823-1700.

PBOT crew works in SE Milwaukie AvenueIMAGES: For links to video and photos of the cavity and PBOT crews working to fix it, see PBOT's YouTube Channel at https://www.youtube.com/user/PBOTinfo and PBOT's Twitter feed at https://twitter.com/PBOTinfo/media

YouTube videos available: 

*     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n8jJCg9GUj8

*     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ni79LY7PWEM

*     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0GCZUNq1EZ8

*     https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tgV2-84cD70

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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: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SE 82nd Avenue at SE Cooper on Tuesday, April 26

(April 25, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Tuesday, April 26 at the unmarked crossing on SE 82nd Avenue at SE Cooper Street from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Education and enforcement actions such as the April 26 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.

Vision Zero Portland logoUnder 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.

The SE 82nd Avenue and SE Cooper Street crossing has no painted lines at the crosswalk. It does have a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of people walking in the crossing.  

Southeast 82nd Avenue is one of 10 High Crash Corridors that the transportation bureau has prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

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 Tuesday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses 82nd Avenue 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 82nd Avenue. 

Photo of SE 82nd Avenue and Cooper StCrosswalk 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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