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News Advisory: Mayor Hales, Commissioners Novick and Fish will join Metro Councilor Sam Chase and Portland Bike Share Executives to celebrate passage of bike share ordinance, other Portland bicycle milestones

Model bike and station available for media test rides

(Sept. 23, 2015) On Thursday, September 24th, Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioner Steve Novick, and Commissioner Nick Fish will join the Chief Executive Officers of Motivate and Social Bicycles to mark the passage of the ordinance bringing bike share to Portland. They will also celebrate Portland’s latest bicycle related milestones, including recent U.S. Census data showing to a significant increase in bike commuting and the release of the most recent Portland Bicycle Count Report.

WHO: Mayor Charlie Hales, Commissioners Steve Novick and Nick Fish
Metro Councilor Sam Chase
Motivate CEO Jay Walder
Social Bicycles CEO Ryan Rzepecki
Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat

WHAT: Announcement of the passage of the amended contract with Motivate, LLC to operate Portland’s bike share system. The event will also preview bike share equipment, including the smart bikes and a docking station. Interested media will have the opportunity to try out the type of bicycle that will be used in Portland’s system. Bike share is a public bike rental system for short trips. Public bicycles are available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. In cities across the globe, bike share systems have proven popular and successful by giving residents and visitors a convenient and fun transportation option. Portland’s system is slated to open in summer 2016.

WHEN: 1:15 p.m. Thursday, September 24th, 2015.

WHERE: Fourth Avenue entrance, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Avenue

VISUALS: News media can take turns photographing and riding a Portland-themed bike share bicycle and docking station. The bicycle and station are samples of the equipment that will be available to the public when the Portland bike share system launches in 2016. City and company leaders will speak at a news conference at the entrance to City Hall and may be available for one-on-one interviews. Project supporters are also expected to attend and be available for interviews. A mult box will be available for audio recording.


News Release: Portland bike commuting set record in 2014, U.S. Census Bureau says

(Sept. 17, 2015) – Portlanders set a record for bike commuting in 2014, with 7.2 percent of commuters choosing to bike to work, according to new figures published today by the U.S. Census Bureau.

An estimated 23,347 Portlanders commuted to work by bike in 2014, an increase of 27 percent, or 5,010 commuters from the year before.

"Two of the greatest threats we face are climate disruption and rising health care costs," said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. "Bicycles are potent weapons against both threats, because when you're riding a bike, you're getting healthier and you're not emitting greenhouse gases. Many people understand that, but assume that only a tiny fraction of people will ever ride a bike. But that's not true. The numbers can grow -- and now we know that they are growing."

“Portlanders should be proud that we continue to use bikes at the highest rate of any major city in the nation,” said Portland Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Today’s record rate of bike commuting is a result of decades of investment in projects that make it safer for people to use bikes and programs that encourage people to try biking. When we make it safer for people to bike, we all benefit with cleaner air, lower carbon emissions and a healthier community.”

In 2013, Portland had a bike commute rate of 5.9 percent and in 2004 the rate was 2.8 percent.

The figures come from the Census Bureau’s 2014 American Community Survey 1-Year Estimate. The 5,010 increase in bike commuters exceeds the margin of error by 2,050. The figures for Portland commuting can be found at the Census Bureau’s American FactFinder web site.

To learn more about PBOT’s efforts to encourage bicycle use and make safer routes for bicycling, see the bureau’s Active Transportation web site.


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.

UPDATED Advisory: Sept. 23 crosswalk education and enforcement action highlights back-to-school and traffic safety in and around school zones

Time updated for this event: 9:30 to 11 a.m.

(Sept. 22, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk education and enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, Sept. 23 at the marked crosswalk on NE Glisan Street, west of 130th Place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. to raise awareness of traffic safety and Oregon traffic laws, and emphasize school safety. Please note the time for this event has changed: An announcement last week indicated the event would be 7 to 8:30 a.m., but the time has been changed to coincide with a late-start day for nearby Menlo Park Elementary School.

Vision Zero LogoEducation and enforcement actions such as the Sept. 23 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.

The start of September means school is back in session or about to begin for thousands of children and families. When driving, people should anticipate seeing more children going to and from school and be prepared to drive the posted 20 mph speed or less when in designated school zones. Children are often smaller and more difficult to see, so people driving should continually scan their environment looking for children in the crossing or about to cross and be prepared to stop. If you're a parent, consider walking or biking to school with your students where possible to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide young people with needed physical activity.

For more information on the Portland Safe Routes to School program visit

This NE Glisan Street and west of 130th Place location was selected because of the proximity to Menlo Park Elementary School and the City’s efforts to bring more awareness about youth heading back-to-school and transportation safety. 
Crosswalk on NE Glisan near 130th Place

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving cars must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the person walking is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane (motor lane plus 6 feet on either side when the driver is making a turn at a traffic signal). A bike lane and a parking lane are an extension of the adjacent travel lane. ORS 811.028. 

Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian walking across the street at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, biking and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. People driving who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and people walking across the street who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

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 about once each month 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.


 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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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on NE 148th Avenue to close lanes near Glendoveer Golf Course Sept. 16-Oct. 2

(September 14, 2015) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE 148th Avenue from NE 150th Place to NE Sacramento Street starting Wednesday, Sept. 16, through Friday, Oct. 2, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 3.79 lane miles of NE 148th Avenue. This is part of PBOT’s goal of preserving 100 lane miles of streets each fiscal year.

See a map of the work site:

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.


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.

News Release: Commissioner Novick, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Fish announce next generation bike share proposal for Portland

PORTLAND, OR (September 9, 2015) — Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick, Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Nick Fish announced an innovative bike share system for Portland. The proposed system will be operated by Motivate LLC, the nation’s leading bike share operator. Bicycles will be provided by Social Bicycles, a company on the cutting-edge of integrating new software and hardware technology into its products. The proposal will be considered by City Council on Wednesday, September 16th.

Together, the Portland Bureau of Transportation, Motivate and Social Bicycles have designed one of smartest, large-scale bike share systems in the nation. This smart bike technology – which puts all communications and locking technology on the bike itself – will allow Portland’s system to operate with fewer docks and kiosks. This will save money and allow users to lock bicycles at many existing city bike corrals. The technology will also allow the City and Motivate to pilot an innovative approach to rebalancing bicycles that will reduce the reliance on rebalancing vehicles. This will help to make Portland’s bike share system one of the greenest in the nation. Overall, the system will make it substantially easier to find, reserve and park a bike.

The proposed initial system of 600 bikes is one of the most affordable bike sharing systems in the United States. The system also integrates principles of the High Road Standards that prioritizes accessibility to underserved communities and includes training and hiring opportunities for living-wage careers.

“This proposed contract is a great business decision for Portland,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “We’re working with the leading bike share company in the country. As Motivate has proven in New York, Chicago, Boston and Washington DC, bike share systems provide a valuable transportation amenity for residents and tourists alike.”

“With this next generation bike share system, Portland has once again shown why we’re the country’s best city for bicycling,” said Mayor Charlie Hales. “The proposed system will be one of the country’s most technologically sophisticated and environmentally sustainable. It’s a system that Portlanders can be proud of.”

“I have been a proud supporter of bike share since 2011,” said Commissioner Nick Fish. “It will provide another healthy and sustainable transportation choice. Congratulations to Steve and Leah on reaching this important milestone for Portland bike share.”

“Bringing bike share to Portland is one of my top priorities,” said Leah Treat, Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Bike share is a very effective way to raise the visibility of bicycling and to encourage new people, especially women, to try biking as a transportation option.”

“More choices to get around means less time in traffic and more access to opportunity,” said Metro Councilor Sam Chase. “I’m excited to see bike share become yet another great option for people in this region, particularly with this system’s commitment to affordability and equity.”

Motivate CEO Jay Walder said, “Portland is one of the best bike cities in the country, and we’re tremendously excited to be a part of expanding bicycling in a community with such a robust bike culture. We think that the City that has been on the cutting edge of bike innovation deserves one of the most innovative bike share system in the nation.” 

Executive Director of Oregon Tradeswomen Inc., Connie Ashbrook, championed the proposal by saying, “We’re excited about the employment opportunities that Portland’s bike share system will offer our graduates.  It will also provide our students and graduates an affordable, flexible transportation choice.” Oregon Tradeswomen, Inc. is a non-profit that prepares low income women for high-wage, high-skilled construction careers.

The cost of the bicycles will be funded with $2 million in federal grants allocated through Metro’s regional flexible funds process. User revenues and anticipated sponsor support will pay for operating the system. No City money will be used for bike share operations.

City Council will consider the proposed bike share system in its morning session on Wednesday, September 16th.

About Bike Share: A bike share system makes public bicycles available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. Bike share systems operate in over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin. 500 cities worldwide also have bike share systems. These systems have proved popular, safe and successful. They provide residents and visitors a convenient and fun transportation option for trips around the city. Bike share systems have proven effective in introducing bicycling to new groups of riders.

About Motivate: Motivate ( ) is a global leader in bike share. A full-service bike share operator and technology innovator, Motivate works to re-envision how people experience and move around cities.  Motivate currently manages all of the largest bike share systems in the United States and many of the largest systems in the world, including Bay Area Bike Share (CA), Citi Bike (NYC), Divvy (Chicago), CoGo Bike Share (Columbus, Ohio), Capital Bike Share (DC metro.), Hubway (Boston metro.), Pronto (Seattle), Bike Chattanooga (TN), Bike Share Toronto, and Melbourne Bike Share in Australia. Motivate’s newest system is Citi Bike Jersey City, NJ, that will be compatible with New York City’s Citi Bike program.

About Social Bicycles (SoBi): Social Bicycles (SoBi) is a transportation technology company based in Brooklyn, NY. The company produces a bicycle with an integrated GPS-enabled locking system that users can book via mobile app, website, or RFID access card. The company has deployed over 2,500 bikes across 18 projects in the United States, Canada, and Australia. Social Bicycles offers one global account, and users can access bikes in their expanding network of cities which includes Santa Monica, Orlando, Tampa, Phoenix, Boise, Topeka, Hamilton (Ontario), and Ottawa.

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


John Brady, Portland Bureau of Transportation | 503-823-7375