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News Advisory: Evening crosswalk enforcement action to highlight pedestrian safety Feb. 25 at SE Division Street and SE 31st Avenue

(February 19, 2015) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for the evening of Wednesday, February 25 to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

The enforcement action will take place from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the marked crossing on SE Division Street at SE 31st Avenue.

This crossing and others along this section of the newly redesigned SE Division Street corridor are heavily used by pedestrians accessing TriMet, retail shops, restaurants, residences, and other locations.  The timing was chosen to highlight pedestrian safety during the busy evening hours.

The crosswalk enforcement action reinforces the safety improvements installed as part of the recently completed Division Streetscape Project, a joint project between the transportation and environmental services bureaus.

A crosswalk enforcement action involves a pedestrian decoy who crosses the street at marked or unmarked crosswalks while police officers monitor the street for traffic violations. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstanding Oregon crosswalk laws and to improve pedestrian safety.  Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus conduct 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 the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390 and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/435879

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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: Paving on NE Killingsworth slated for Feb. 19-21 between NE 42nd and 53rd avenues

(February 17, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of NE Killingsworth Street from  NE 42nd Avenue to NE 53rd Avenue from Thursday, February 19th through Saturday, February 21st, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m.

 The lane closures will allow crews to pave sections of the road equaling approximately 3.3 lane miles.

 Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.

 Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. The 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 flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

 This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

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News Release: Sunday Parkways announces 2015 season; new route through Sellwood neighborhood, over Tilikum Crossing

(February 18, 2015)  - The Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente today announced that Sunday Parkways will return this year with five traffic-free events through Portland neighborhoods, including a new route through Southeast Portland’s Sellwood neighborhood and over the new car-free Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People.

The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente season begins on Mother’s Day in outer Southeast Portland and finishes in September with the Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood event.

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.  The events are hugely popular; total attendance topped 100,000 last year.

This year, organizers are emphasizing ways people can create the Sunday Parkways experience every day. All five Sunday Parkways routes showcase low-traffic streets called ‘neighborhood greenways’ as well as City parks that people can enjoy all year long for their own bicycling and walking trips.  The TilikumCrossing/Sellwood route will introduce participants to new bicycling, walking and transit improvements being made by the City and partners along the new light rail corridor that opens in September.

“Every day can be Sunday Parkways for thousands of Portlanders when we provide safe routes for people to bike and walk,” said Commissioner Steve Novick.

“The idea that every day can be Sunday Parkways supports what we recommend to patients - incorporate activity into your daily life by walking your kids to school, taking a short stroll during lunch, or taking your dog for a walk,” said Dr. Timothy Jacobson, cardiologist with Kaiser Permanente. “Most importantly, find something - like biking - that you enjoy, and you'll be more likely to stick with it, especially if you have support from a family member or friend.”

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2015 are as follows:

East Portland Sunday Parkways
May 10, Mother’s Day ~ 11am-4pm (7 miles)

North Portland Sunday Parkways
June 21, Father’s Day ~ 11am-4pm (9.5 miles)

Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways
July 26 ~ 11am-4pm (8 miles)

Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways
August 23  ~ 11am-4pm (7 miles)

Tilikum Crossing/Sellwood Portland Sunday Parkways
September 27 ~ 11am-4pm (8.5 miles)

 “Sunday Parkways has become a beloved event series in Portland with strong community support,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. 

Map of 2015 Sunday Parkways routes

“I particularly want to call out Kaiser Permanente, our presenting sponsor, as well as new partners AAA Oregon/Idaho and Umpqua Bank.”

Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

Community groups and vendors wanting to participate in Sunday Parkways – and volunteers who want to help make it happen – are encouraged to contact the transportation bureau at 503-823-7599 or online at PortlandSundayParkways.org.

 Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with longtime presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and returning partners/sponsors Portland Parks & Recreation, Clif Kid, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods, NW Natural, Car2Go, Metro and AARP of Oregon.

New partners for 2015 are AAA Oregon/Idaho, Umpqua Bank, Recology Portland and Spinlister. The City of Portland funds a third of the cost with two-thirds of funding coming from sponsors, vendors, and individual supporters. 

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

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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: Intermittent night closures scheduled for the SE Belmont and SE 11th Ave block Feb. 16 to Mar. 13 for private development

(February 13, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that private development at SE 11th Avenue and SE Belmont Street will require partial and full overnight closures on those streets from February 16 through March 13, 2015.  

The partial or full closures will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. to minimize disruption to the traveling public.

SE 11th Avenue between SE Taylor and Belmont streets will close overnight on Monday Feb. 16, and a detour will be in effect. 

Overnight lane closures will be in effect for one block each of SE Belmont Street and SE 11th Avenue Feb. 17 through Feb. 20.  Travelers should expect delays.

 A full closure will again be in effect for SE 11th Avenue from February 23 through Mar. 13, and a detour will be in effect.

These overnight closures are necessary to allow the private development contractor to build and connect a sewer line to the public system as well as build two manholes. The contractor also is installing a new storm drain.

 The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible.

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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: NE Multnomah Street between NE 7th and 9th avenues to close tonight through Sunday for private construction

(February 13, 2015) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that tower crane work will close NE Multnomah St between NE 7th Ave and NE 9th Ave beginning at 6:00 pm Friday, February 13, 2015 and ending approximately 6:00 pm Sunday, February 15, 2015.

A detour will be in effect during those times.  Westbound traffic will be directed north on NE 9th Ave to NE Halsey St to NE 7th Ave and back to NE Multnomah St. Eastbound traffic will be detoured south on NE 7th Ave, east on NE Holladay St, and north on NE 9th Ave. Bicycle traffic should follow the same detours as vehicle traffic.  Pedestrian traffic should follow the existing construction detours. Local access to businesses and residences will be maintained.

The closure is necessary for the contractor to set up a crane to take down the tower crane on the south side of Multnomah. 

The public is advised to travel cautiously in the work zone and to observe detours. Travelers are advised to use alternate routes if possible.

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