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“Sunday Parkways events are a great opportunity to get to know your neighborhood and your city. Nancy and I have attended them. As family-friendly events go, these can’t be beat,” said Portland Mayor Charlie Hales.
The five dates and locations scheduled for Sunday Parkways 2013 are:
Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. Estimates put total attendance at more than 100,000 annually. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free loop of streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.
"Sunday Parkways is the perfect prescription for health: it’s fun, free and gets you and your family and friends up and moving and out and about on a Sunday," said Dr. Keith Bachman, a Kaiser Permanente internist. "As a doctor, I know that exercise is truly vital for health, which is why we ask about it at every visit along with blood pressure and heart rate. My family and I look forward to Sunday Parkways every year.”
Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation thanks to presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and champion sponsor Universal Cycles. Additional sponsors include Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Clif Kids, Whole Foods Market, Franz Bakery, REI and AARP Oregon.
Sunday Parkways takes place on one Sunday each month from May through September in a different area of the city. More information about Sunday Parkways is available at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org and by calling 503-823-7599.
City expands Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries
(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) announced today that it is expanding the Jeld-Wen Field Event District parking program boundaries to provide more parking for event goers and reduce the impact on adjacent neighborhoods. The new event district boundaries will extend from the south side of West Burnside Street to Southwest Jefferson Street and from Southwest 18th Avenue down to but not including Southwest 12th Avenue. The expansion is necessary because the event district was parked virtually to full capacity during large events at the stadium.
“By expanding the event district down to 12th Avenue, we now manage an additional 182 on-street parking spaces for a total of 631 spaces available during authorized events at Jeld-Wen Field. This enables us to provide event goers more access while lessening the impact on adjacent neighborhoods,” said Robert Burchfield, City Traffic Engineer.
The event parking rate of $3.50 per hour at parking meters in the event district applies during event hours versus the non-event rate of $1.60 that applies all other hours. With the event district expansion, an additional 27 parking pay stations will be programmed to apply the event rate for a period of up to four hours, beginning 90 minutes before the start of the event.
City crews will begin installing new parking signs later this month and complete work by early March to coincide with the start of the Portland Timbers Major League Soccer schedule on March 3. Three signs per block will identify the event parking area and direct parkers to pay stations for event day and parking rate information.
“We are pleased with the effectiveness of the City’s event parking rate and the area parking permit program, which has helped make getting to and from Jeld-Wen Field efficient and fan-friendly,” said Ken Puckett, Senior Vice President of Operations for the Portland Timbers.
Metro is currently upgrading the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on the Columbia River east of Northeast 33rd Avenue on Northeast Marine Drive. According to Metro’s website, “The project, which starts January 14, will improve parking, create on-site stormwater treatment and add permanent restrooms. The construction was timed to take place during the slow boating season to avoid hurting the salmon that migrate in early fall and spring.” Click here for more information from Metro.
Across Marine Drive from the boat ramp, there is an informal parking area in the public right of way that is scheduled to close permanently, beginning this week. This area is used during busy times of year for overflow parking when the formal boat ramp lot is full. The situation presents safety hazards.
Given the Transportation Bureau’s listing of Marine Drive as a High Crash Corridor, closing the informal lot is appropriate now that the formal boat ramp and lot are being upgraded.
During construction, boat launch and parking are available at Metro’s Chinook Landing Marine Park, at 22300 NE Marine Drive, across from Blue Lake Regional Park.
Police report 5 of the 11 traffic fatalities so far in 2013 involved driving under the influence
The number of people dying in traffic crashes on Portland streets this year is unacceptable according to Mayor Charlie Hales. In office for less than 80 days, the new mayor was alarmed that there have already been 11 traffic fatalities with five of those 11 involving driving under the influence.
“Every person who dies in a crash represents a family and community tragedy. So far in 2013, we’re averaging about one death a week. That’s unacceptable,” Hales said. “Leadership at the Transportation Bureau, Portland Police Bureau and I are alarmed that five people have lost their lives this year related to driving under the influence. Drive sober to save lives. Doing otherwise is illegal and reckless.”
According to Mothers Against Drunk Driving, citing the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, every day another 27 people die as a result of drunken driving crashes.
Lieutenant Chris Davis of the Portland Police Traffic Division said, “As we travel, the choices we make can significantly reduce the chances that tragedy will strike. None of us leave the house planning to be involved in a traffic crash. But, we all can slow down, stay sober and follow the rules of the road. Our officers have been way too busy this year and the Portland Police Traffic Division is asking all Portlanders to recommit to travel safely no matter if you are walking, bicycle riding or driving.”
“The Transportation Bureau is working diligently to make streets safer for everyone and raising awareness that drunk and distracted driving is a killer. We’re fortunate to have the men and women of the Portland Police Bureau and Mayor Hales committed to traffic safety as well,” Transportation Director John Widmer said.
In addition to talking about traffic fatalities, the Transportation Bureau and Police Bureau held three community meetings in the last month to get input on improving traffic safety. Meetings were held to make Northeast Sandy Boulevard, Burnside Street on both sides of the river and Northeast Glisan Street safer places for people to walk, bike, use transit and drive.
An additional meeting is scheduled for April 8 with the Powellhurst-Gilbert Neighborhood Association, the location of another pedestrian fatality in 2013.
Burnside and Sandy are two of the 10 streets the bureau calls “High Crash Corridors.” Glisan Street was the location of the first pedestrian fatality of 2013. The High Crash Corridor program’s goal is to reduce the number of traffic fatalities and injuries where they are most prevalent.
Findings from the “Metro State of Safety Report” issued in April 2012 focused on major streets and high numbers of crashes. The report said arterial roadways comprise 59 percent of the region’s serious crashes, 67 percent of the serious pedestrian crashes and 52 percent of the serious bike crashes, while accounting for 40 percent of vehicle miles travel. That is why the City focuses safety funding toward these corridors through education, enforcement and engineering activities.
The report also said alcohol or drugs were a factor in 57 percent of fatal crashes.
The Portland Police Bureau partnered with transportation on these efforts, particularly through enforcement actions designed to educate drivers and pedestrians of crosswalk laws and cite those who break them. On January 23, police cited 12 people and warned two others for traffic safety violations at a crosswalk on Northeast Sandy Boulevard at Northeast 85th Avenue. And on February 26, police issued 27 citations in 90 minutes on at a crosswalk on West Burnside Street at Northwest 21st Place.
The Transportation Bureau received great news from the Oregon Transportation Commission. The OTC announced that our North Williams Avenue Traffic Operations and Safety Project was awarded $1.47 million in grant funds. This sum will make the project possible, with design work scheduled to begin this summer and, weather permitting, construction to begin in spring or summer 2014.
The Transportation Bureau began working to modernize North Williams with a dedicated advisory committee two years ago. Their insight and commitment made it a better project than the one envisioned at the beginning.
Check out the Final Report and Recommendations on our website to see how the street will be changing.
Thank you ODOT, our Stakeholder Advisory Committee members and those who live, work and travel North Williams.