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News Release: Portland Debuts BIKETOWN for All

Portland becomes only the third US city to offer a cash option to purchase a bike share membership

Discounted memberships now available for Portlanders living on low incomes

(Oct. 27, 2016) - Delivering on its promise to develop an equitable bike share system, Portland’s bike share program, BIKETOWN, announced a new program today called BIKETOWN for All. The program will provide an opportunity for Portlanders living on low incomes to become members of BIKETOWN and pay with cash. It will also provide bike safety education and free helmets to BIKETOWN for All members.

BIKETOWN for All is a partnership between the Community Cycling Center (CCC), the Portland Bureau of TransportationMotivate, the Better Bike Share Partnership, and participating affordable housing communities, social service agencies and local nonprofits.

Portlanders living on low incomes and who are affiliated with participating housing, social service and community organizations can sign up and receive a discounted membership for $3 per month.

BIKETOWN for All was first piloted with the residents from Alder House Apartments in partnership with The Giving Tree NW, a community building organization. 

"Having a cash membership option is a game changer in making bike share accessible for low-income Portlanders," said the Giving Tree NW’s Heather Morrill. "I know I will see many of my clients riding BIKETOWN who otherwise would not have access to this transportation and recreation option."

“I’m getting more exercise and I’m getting things done at the same time,” said BIKETOWN for All member Jon Horton, who regularly uses BIKETOWN for both errands and getting to work. “Now with BIKETOWN, it cuts my commuting time for whatever I’m doing or wherever I’m going.”

Portland resident Sandy Crutchfield said, “I live in senior housing and I don’t have a car. I like to get outside as much as possible and I know the bikes will help me venture further. I am looking forward to new adventures thanks to BIKETOWN.”

The Community Cycling Center (CCC) will arrange with housing, social service or nonprofit organizations to promote BIKETOWN for All memberships with their residents or clients. The CCC will usually hold a workshop at the referring organization’s site describing how BIKETOWN works, including how to check out and unlock a bike. The workshop includes a bike ride covering essential skills for city bike riding. At the end of the workshop, participants can purchase a BIKETOWN for All membership at the cost of $9 for three months, or $3 per month. This membership provides the rider up to 90 minutes of daily ride time. To serve Portlanders without credit or debit cards, BIKETOWN has partnered with Portland Parks and Recreation to make cash payments possible.

“Since BIKETOWN’s launch this summer, we’ve heard from  Portlanders and visitors being able to use a bike in the city for the first time,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “But cost may be prohibitive for many people throughout the city who would like to give it a try. Thanks to the Community Cycling Center, we’ve been able to expand BIKETOWN, making it more equitable and accessible.”

“To help ease congestion, reduce our carbon footprint and support healthier lifestyles, we want to encourage Portlanders from all walks of life to enjoy the benefits of biking,” said PBOT’s Director, Leah Treat. “In less than four months, BIKETOWN has proven to be one of our most effective and visible means of spreading our active transportation message. Now with BIKETOWN for All, we’re taking a major step forward. By becoming only the third US city to offer a low-cost cash membership option, we are making it even easier for more Portlanders to get out and ride.”

"The launch of BIKETOWN earlier this year served as a powerful and promising beginning to a whole new way of experiencing bicycling in Portland,” said Mychal Tetteh, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Cycling Center. “At the Community Cycling Center, we believe that Portland’s bike share system should provide the highest levels of access and affordability. We are committed to developing the partnerships needed to ensure our bike share system meets the needs of the greatest number of people. We've begun developing cash-based options for Portland's unbanked residents through our BIKETOWN for All program. Creating access to bicycles that people can share remains at a core of our mission. We are excited to work with community partners to ensure that bike share is accessible and affordable to the greatest number of people in Portland."

Initially, BIKETOWN for All memberships will only be available through participating affordable housing, social service and nonprofit organizations. People interested in obtaining a BIKETOWN for All membership should speak to their case manager or resident service manager and ask them to complete an interest form available at In the future, BIKETOWN for All workshops will be open to individuals who are not connected with a referral agency.  

BIKETOWN for All is funded in part by a grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership. Motivate is providing an in-kind donation of up to $54,000 by reducing the cost of 500 annual memberships to $3 per month.

Housing, social service or nonprofit organizations interested in participating in BIKETOWN for All should complete the interest form available at Memberships are available now.

Video interviews with Heather Morrill of The Giving Tree NW and BIKETOWN for All member Jon Horton are available on PBOT’s YouTube channel.

About the Community Cycling Center

The Community Cycling Center is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon dedicated to broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. Our vision is to build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected.


BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system. It began on July 19, 2016 with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate, the world’s leading bike share operator. It uses innovative new “smart bikes” which make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems.

About PBOT

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.

About Nike

Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.

NEWS ADVISORY: Give Portland’s little ghosts and goblins a brake! PBOT urges additional visibility, care while traveling on Halloween

Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SW 40th Avenue and Huber Street on Thursday, October 27


(October 26, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Thursday, October 27 at the marked crossing on SW 40th Avenue and SW Huber Street beginning at 10:30 a.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to use extra caution while using city streets and sidewalks on Halloween.

vision zero logoChildren all across Portland will take to the streets to trick-or-treat for Halloween on Monday evening. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that Halloween is consistently one of the top three days for pedestrian injuries and fatalities, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that children are four times more likely to be struck by a motor vehicle on Halloween than any other day of the year. Because excited trick-or-treaters often forget about safety, people driving and parents must be even more alert. Everyone should focus on being visible and to watch out for other travelers. Add lights and reflectors to your child's costume - it's a fun and easy way to help keep children safe as they trick or treat.

Drivers can do their part by driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling and being ready to stop as needed. People walking and bicycling are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, using a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear.

Education and enforcement actions such as the October 27th 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, people driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

SW 40th and HuberThe SW 40th Avenue and SW Huber Street crossing has painted lines at the crosswalk and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of people walking in the crossing.  

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 or bicyclists 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.  PBOT encourages everyone who crosses the street to exercise care and caution when walking, biking or driving. Sharon White, PBOT, will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Thursday’s action.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to members of the traveling public. PBOT and PPB partner to conduct education and enforcement actions throughout the year 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.



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.                  

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News Blog: New traffic signal at NE Columbia at Alderwood increases safety and freight efficiency in Cully

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Signals & Street Lighting crews remove the bags from the new intersection at NE Columbia at Alderwood. Photo by Stefan Bussey, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Hannah Schafer

PBOT staff

(Oct. 20, 2016) Last Thursday our Signals & Street Lighting and Maintenance crews turned on a new traffic signal at NE Columbia Boulevard and NE Alderwood Road in the Cully neighborhood, completing the first of many infrastructure improvements coming to the area.

The traffic signal will significantly benefit Portland Parks & Recreation’s Colwood Golf Center redevelopment project, which is finishing up construction. The striping work for the updated intersection had to be done in the middle of the night due to very heavy traffic volumes, underscoring the need for the new signal.

“This is like Christmas coming early knowing that I will not have to use that intersection during the dark winter, with no traffic lights, again,” said area resident Sally Rivard.

Freight on Alderwood/Columbia

The new signal will also help manage traffic for the many freight companies in the area, which had been experiencing backups as a result of a 45-day closure to motorized traffic that began Sept. 26 at NE Cornfoot Road near its intersection with Alderwood.

“This will make the current situation with Cornfoot closed so much better,” said Pia Welch, Chair of the Portland Freight Committee. Completing the project ahead of the holiday season will also  help freight companies move shipments more efficiently during their busiest time of year.

The new signal is funded by the NE 47th Avenue Phase I Local Improvement District (LID).  The LID is a partnership between PBOT, Portland Parks & Recreation, the Bureau of Environmental Services and the Portland Water Bureau who are all undertaking capital improvement projects in the area.

“This traffic signal is a sign of great things happening in the Cully area,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “I’m glad to see PBOT and other bureaus working together to make freight improvements that will also make the Cully area safer for people biking, walking and taking public transit.”

PBOT will also be fully reconstructing NE 47th from Columbia to south of Cornfoot. The current pavement is in some of the worst condition in the city. The Transportation Bureau will also build new sidewalks, protected bike lanes in the form of a multi-use path and install a rapid flashing beacon so that pedestrians can safely cross the street.

Other projects happening as part of the LID include:

  1. Adding sanitary sewer to serve properties currently on septic.
  2. Adding stormwater sewer to begin properly managing and disposing of stormwater that currently flows untreated into the Columbia Slough.
  3. Replacing a century-old cast iron water main.
  4. Integrating all improvements with Parks' Whitaker Ponds park project going to construction next year.

Thank you to our crews for your continuous work, in all kinds of weather, to help Portlanders get from place to place easily, safely and sustainably.

Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE 122nd Avenue from NE Halsey Street to NE Stanton Street, Oct. 18 - Nov. 10

(October 17, 2016)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE 122nd Avenue from NE Stanton Street to NE Halsey Street, on Tuesday, Oct. 18, through Thursday, Nov. 10, 7 a.m. through 4 p.m. each work day.

The road closure will allow crews to grind and pave 3.04 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.

Travel Advisory: High winds, heavy rains may lead to road hazards tonight through weekend

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Clear storm drains in advance of heavy rain; all travelers should use caution


(Oct. 13, 2016) The Portland Bureau of Transportation warns the traveling public to be prepared for high winds and heavy rain that could create hazardous traveling conditions tonight and Saturday. The National Weather Service has issued a high wind warning for the Portland area from 2 to 10 p.m., with the strongest winds from 4 to 9 p.m.

Wind speeds are expected to reach 15 to 30 mph, with gusts of 35 to 45 mph. Winds of this strength could make travel hazardous by bringing fallen trees, tree limbs, and power lines into streets. Debris can also block storm drains, leading to street flooding.

PBOT asks the traveling public, residents and businesses to take steps to reduce hazards associated with these conditions. The best way to prevent streets from flooding is for everyone to help keep Portland's 58,000 storm drains clear before a storm arrives. Use a rake, shovel or broom and clear by standing in the sidewalk, not the street. Be aware of passing vehicles and check the drain again during and after a storm. It's also a good idea to clear inlets that lead stormwater to the green street planters in city streets. See more tips at

All travelers should be alert, regardless of how they are moving throughout the city:

  • When driving, go slowly. Use extra care and look for people walking or biking. Adjust your speed to the road conditions and leave yourself plenty of room to stop. If a storm knocks out power to traffic signals, treat intersections like an all-way stop and proceed with caution. The driver who stops first has the right of way to go first. 
  • Do not drive through standing water or around barricades on flooded streets. Turn around safely. The wake from your vehicle can cause public and private property damage and flood houses and businesses.
  • When biking, allow plenty of stopping distance and avoid road surfaces that are steel, painted or covered in leaves or water. A puddles can disguise a very deep pothole.
  • When walking, always cross at a marked crosswalk or at an intersection. Look for oncoming vehicles before stepping down from the sidewalk and make eye contact with drivers when possible. Remember that people driving may have difficulty stopping in rainy conditions. Make sure you are seen by wearing contrasting clothing or retro-reflective materials when it’s dark outside.
  • When taking public transit, check for service alerts before you go at and 

See more travel tips on PBOT's web site:

PBOT crews are prepared to close streets and may set up detour routes for closures of long duration.

Residents are advised to notify PBOT of debris, mud, rocks, trees, or branches blocking a street by calling our 24/7 maintenance dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700. Property owners should keep sidewalks clear of small debris.

During a severe weather event, many people may report the same incident. Residents may find it more convenient to report using the PDX Reporter App on Apple and Android smartphones. To report standing water on a roadway, use the category Plugged Storm Drain/Inlet. To report rock or mudslides or other debris blocking a travel lane, use the Debris in Roadway category. We strongly encourage the public to submit photos with their service requests, because that helps PBOT crews assess changing conditions as they respond to reports.

The City of Portland Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) will continue to monitor the Sycamore gauge for Johnson Creek water levels. See the gauge at Bank full is 10 feet; flood stage is 11 feet; and with the restoration work that BES has done in the Foster Floodplain Natural Area, it now takes about 13 feet for Johnson Creek to flood.

The last observed level was about 2.79 feet (11:30 a.m. on Oct. 13), and it is predicted to reach 4.55 feet at midnight tonight and 9.22 feet by 6 a.m. Friday, Oct. 14. So, there is a possibility that Johnson Creek may approach bank full by early Friday morning, but it is not expected to flood.

To help residents and business owners prepare for a flood emergency, sand and sandbags are available at no charge to anyone who wants to use them to protect their property from flood damage. City crews keep the sites stocked with sand and sand bags. No shovels are provided, so the public must bring their own. Locations are:

  • SE 88th Avenue just south of Holgate Boulevard in the parking lot at Lents Park. Enter parking lot at the bottom of the hill, and follow one-way traffic to the sand pile at the exit on the east side of SE 88th;
  • SE 111th Avenue and Harold Street at the southeast corner of the intersection; and
  • SW 42nd Avenue and Vermont Street in the lower parking lot of Gabriel Park; enter Gabriel Park from Vermont.

If travelers encounter downed utility wires or power lines in the Portland area, they should call 911. Never touch a downed power line. In fact, do not even get close. Even if a power line is not sparking, it could still be energized. Remember that water and electricity do not mix. Never try to free lines or to remove tree limbs from lines by yourself.

In addition, to report power outages or downed lines, contact PGE at 503-464-7777 or Pacific Power at 1-877-508-5088. To report traffic signals out, call PBOT's 24/7 dispatch hotline at 503-823-1700.

The City recommends Portlanders monitor conditions where they are planning to travel, watch the forecast, and use as their source for emergency updates. The site provides links to street closures, highway road conditions, transit schedules and service alerts, and other emergency information.

PBOT's Get Home Safe campaign informs the public about what the Transportation Bureau does to help Portlanders travel safely during severe fall and winter weather and what Portlanders can do to prepare for travel during severe weather.Get Home Safe