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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on NE 15th/16th in Lloyd District July 13-16; project to add pedestrian, bicycle safety upgrades

(July 10, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE 15th and 16th avenues from NE Multnomah Street to NE Weidler Street from Monday, July 13  through Thursday, July 16, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave .4 lane miles of the street. The paving project also will allow the installation of crossing improvements near a senior center on the superblock and the widening of the bicycle lanes.  This street carries a light level of motor traffic and the widening of the bicycle lanes is projected to have no impact on travel times for motor vehicles, while improving the safety and comfort of people traveling on foot and bicycle.  http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/67736

During the paving project, lane closures will be in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents.

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 Release: PBOT prepares to install 24 pedestrian safety beacons in East Portland; Educational brochures being distributed in multiple languages

(July 9, 2015) -  To improve safety for pedestrians crossing busy East Portland streets, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will install 24 new Rapid Flash Beacons later this summer and fall at key crossings and is leading a new effort to raise community awareness about the beacons and their use.

RFB on 80th and Foster

Over the next several weeks, the Bureau will distribute multi-lingual flyers about the flashing beacons to community locations including libraries, social service agencies, health centers, and community centers.  In addition, the Bureau has placed multi-lingual ads in neighborhood newspapers.

“A driver is far more likely to stop for a pedestrian at crossings with beacons than without. These flashing lights can be a matter of life and death on busy, wide streets where the beacons will be installed,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “These beacons are a great example of the types of safety improvements that are needed to advance our Vision Zero strategy— certainly in East Portland, but also throughout the entire city.”    

The solar-powered LED beacons flash yellow when a pedestrian pushes a button, signaling drivers to stop and stay stopped to allow people to cross safely.  They are being installed on streets that PBOT has designated as High Crash Corridors because of their safety needs. (See map and listing of the beacons.)

The exact dates for activation will vary and the first beacons to come on line will be near two schools: NE 102nd Avenue and Skidmore near Prescott Elementary School and the west side of SE 122nd Avenue and Lincoln Street, near Mill Park. 

“These flashing beacons deliver a needed safety improvement to East Portland and allow residents of all ages and abilities to travel safely to their destinations.  Shopping, going to work, taking transit, going to the park should not be a dangerous experience. These flashing beacons will make our East Portland streets safer,” said Leah Treat, director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

While EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk that requires motorists to stop for pedestrians, compliance levels vary and can be especially low on busy multi-lane streets such as those in East Portland.  Another hazard on multi-lane streets occurs when a vehicle in one lane stops, but a vehicle in an adjacent lane doesn’t. Such “double threat” incidents have led to several pedestrian deaths over the years.

The Federal Highway Administration has found that these flashing beacons are highly effective at increasing driver yielding rates to pedestrians in crosswalks. An FHWA study showed that four out of five drivers stop at crossings when flashing beacons are triggered, versus one out of five at marked crosswalks without flashing beacons.

The new beacons and related communications are part of PBOT's Vision Zero initiative to eliminate deaths and serious injuries from Portland’s roadways.  Building enhanced pedestrian crossings on busy roadways is a key strategy to achieving this vision. 

PBOT first installed the devices as an experiment in 2010 on two High Crash Corridors - at SE Foster at SE 80th and SE 82nd Ave south of SE Francis - and quickly found them to be effective. When the 24 installations are complete in 2016, Portland will have 55 beacons throughout the city.

For more information: View Flashing beacon flyers in multiple languages describe how pedestrians should use and drivers should respond to flashing beacons, and a  Beacon Buddies short video about how pedestrians use the flashing beacons.

Photo credit: David Ashton; Photo caption: Flashing beacons, such as this one on SE Foster Road, helps improve pedestrian safety

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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.

 

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: Parking meters in effect July 3; parking free on July 4th

(June 30, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation reminds the public that parking meters will be operational on Friday, July 3, and enforcement of meters will be in effect.

Parking meters will be free on Independence Day, Saturday, July 4.

Parking is free on nine holidays in 2015. To view the dates, please visit https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/369182

Happy Independence Day.  Travel safely.

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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: Future of Portland Parking Symposium to explore innovative approaches for Central City, neighborhoods - Monday June 29, 1 to 6 p.m., open house follows

(June 29, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is convening “The Future of Portland Parking,” a half-day symposium that is open to the public to explore innovative parking approaches, tools and strategies for the Central City and Portland neighborhoods.   The ideas that are explored in the symposium will inform PBOT’s planning of a Citywide Parking Strategy, including the strategy’s two main components: The Central City Parking Policy Update and the Centers and Corridors Parking Study now under development.

The event is free and open to the public. More than 130 people have signed up for all or part of the symposium.

WHAT:                 Future of Portland Parking Symposium

WHERE:               Portland Building Auditorium (second floor)

                                1120 SW Fifth Avenue

WHEN:                 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. symposium

                                6 p.m. to 8 p.m. drop-in reception

WHO:                   Commissioner Novick and PBOT Leah Treat will introduce the event

Jeffrey Tumlin, parking and transportation expert, who will deliver the keynote address:  Our growing city: Parking for healthy, vibrant communities

A variety of panelists who will explore development, neighborhood perspectives and innovative approaches. Full program may be found here: https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/533030

For more information please visit the Future of Portland Parking website.

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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

 

Central Loop Streetcar service will be temporarily closed starting June 26

(June 25, 2015) - Beginning on June 26 at 7:00 p.m., the Central Loop Streetcar service will close for 6-10 weeks due to electricity shut-offs associated with the painting of the Broadway Bridge. This work will be complete in advance of the upcoming Central Loop opening over Tilikum Crossing.

Alternate Routes: Use TriMet Bus Lines 6, 17 or 77 to connect to North/South (NS) Streetcar downtown. 

Special Streetcar service will operate on 10th and 11th Avenues to maintain existing service levels. 

Click here for additional information on the Multnomah County Broadway Bridge painting project.

For additional information on the Portland Streetcar, contact:

www.portlandstreetcar.org

info@portlandstreetcar.org

502-222-4200