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Traffic Advisory: PBOT to reinforce Johnson Creek bridge guardrail; SE 112th near Brookside Drive to close for two weekends

(June 17, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that safety improvements for a Johnson Creek bridge will require the closure of SE 110/112th Avenue between SE Brookside Dr and SE Foster Road on Saturday, June 20 and Sunday, June 21, from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  This closure also will be in effect the following weekend, with the possibility that a third weekend of work may be needed.

Travelers along 112th Avenue will be detoured via SE Flavel Street and SE 122nd Avenue. The public is advised to expect delays and travel with care. 

PBOT crews are improving the guardrail on the approach to the Johnson Creek bridge, which has been the scene of two fatalities in recent years. http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/522791

The safety improvements include replacing and extending the guardrail to protect motorists traveling over the bridge and pedestrians on the sidewalk approaching the bridge.   Additional concrete barriers will be installed adjacent to the foot bridge. Damaged fencing also will be replaced.

Local access will be provided to residences on SE Brookside Drive.  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: With City Council set to consider Vision Zero goal, Portland takes action to improve transportation safety for everyone

(June 16, 2015) The City of Portland is poised to make major strides in implementing a Vision Zero transportation safety goal this week, including City Council policy actions, potential new speed control authority and a new driver safety pledge intended to help all Portlanders travel more safely.

Mayor Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick will announce on Wednesday that they have taken a Vision Zero pledge to support the global campaign to end traffic fatalities and serious injuries. They are calling on their Council colleagues to join them in adopting Vision Zero for the entire City government and in so doing are encouraging all City employees to sign on to contribute to a safer, healthier Portland.

“I am very pleased that the City Council will consider several important steps that will lead our actions on Vision Zero and reinforce recent investments that will make our multimodal transportation system safer for everyone,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “This will further enhance the safety work we have under way across the City, including the actions I laid out in Portland Progress, PBOT’s two-year action plan.”

The Portland City Council on Wednesday will consider a resolution endorsing Vision Zero as the City’s policy and direct PBOT to form a committee to advise on Vision Zero with diverse areas of expertise, including law enforcement, education, public health and emergency response.

City Council will also consider accepting a $150,000 grant from the Oregon Department of Transportation to develop the Vision Zero Transportation Safety Action Plan. The plan will undertake a one-year effort, informed by traffic crash data, to generate specific policy recommendations and actions to reach Vision Zero by 2025. Both items are scheduled for 10:45 a.m. at the Council meeting.

Recent and upcoming actions to improve transportation safety and implement Vision Zero include:

  • In East Portland, PBOT plans to install 24 rapid flash beacons in 2015, more than double the 20 beacons operational there as of 2014.
  • On Wednesday afternoon, PBOT officials will seek permission from the Oregon Speed Zone Board to expedite the process for setting speeds on city streets, taking into account how and when pedestrians and cyclists use the road. While that request is pending, the City recently successfully reduced speeds on SE Division and Burnside, which are both classified as High Crash Corridors.
  • PBOT has been supporting House Bill 2621, which would allow Portland to install fixed photo radar safety cameras to reduce speeding on the City’s High Crash Corridors. The 10 designated High Crash Corridors make up just 3 percent of the City’s road network, but they account for more than 50 percent of pedestrian fatalities in Portland. The bill is scheduled for a hearing on Wednesday at 1 p.m. in Room H-174 of the State Capitol Building in Salem.
  • The City Council recently approved the City’s biggest investment in the High Crash Corridor Program. The 2015-16 Budget approved on May 27 includes $8 million for maintenance and safety improvements on 122ndAvenue in East Portland and $2.8 million for safety improvements on East and West Burnside.
  • The budget also includes $300,000 to begin to expand Portland’s Safe Routes to School programs to middle and high schools. Council adoption of the 2015-16 Budget is scheduled for Thursday.
  • PBOT recently launched a new web site, VisionZeroPortland.com, which includes the Vision Zero Crash Map, an interactive map that displays 10 years of injury and fatality data for people walking, biking and driving. It also includes maps showing locations of existing and funded East Portland rapid flash beacons. On Wednesday, it will include the Vision Zero Pledge, so all Portlanders can sign on.

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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: North Portland Sunday Parkways gets musical to help get us moving

(June 16, 2015) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente has teamed up with international “Make Music Day” to bring more moving, music, and fun to the North Portland Sunday Parkways this Sunday, June 21, Father’s Day.

North Portland Sunday Parkways offers a 9.5 mile route for people to bike, stroll, roll, skate and play on traffic-free streets from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

While all Sunday Parkways events feature activities in the Portland parks along the route, this Sunday’s event also features two full stages of live, local music that play throughout the day. Event participants may catch a variety of styles from Samba to Celtic at the Make Music Day Stage at McCoy Park and the stage at Arbor Lodge Park.

“North Portland will be filled with fun ways for families to get out and get active during this Father’s Day event,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “What could be healthier and more fun than combining great music, biking, walking and a family photo?” Kaiser Permanente will have a free photo station along the Willamette Bluff.

The North Portland Sunday Parkways route connects neighborhoods east and west of I-5 on neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.   By holding traffic-free Sunday Parkways on routes that include neighborhood greenways, PBOT hopes to introduce people to ways to get out and get active every day.

The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map  shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit. A schedule and listing of event highlights are available on the Sunday Parkways North Portland brochure.

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.  The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 108,000 last year. May’s Mother’s Day Sunday Parkways event saw a record 16,000 participants in East Portland.

The Sunday Parkways route also will connect some of the beautiful natural areas and gardens that are located in North Portland, such as Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, McCoy, and Kenton Parks plus the Willamette Blvd bluff overlooking the river and Forest Park.

For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:

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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

Media Contact:

Diane Dulken 503-823-5552 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

News Advisory: Mayor Hales, officials to preview Portland Streetcar’s full Central City service with first ride June 11 connecting downtown and OMSI over Tilikum Crossing

(June 10, 2015) - Portland Mayor Charlie Hales will lead officials and community members in the Portland Streetcar’s first ride connecting the east and west sides of the city over Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People on June 11. 

This first ride, which travels from downtown to OMSI, previews full Central City loop service that will begin September 12, and which will create two complete loops that connect major east and west side destinations. Those destinations include OMSI, the Lloyd District, the Pearl District, Downtown Portland and the South Waterfront District.  The expansion also will mean more frequent streetcar service with  7 ½ minute wait times through downtown.

Mayor Hales will be joined by community members and business leaders as well as representatives of the offices of U.S. Congress members Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, PBOT Director Leah Treat and TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane. This first ride kicks off a summer of preview rides for children’s groups, neighbors, businesses and organizations that surround Portland Streetcar. 

WHEN:  Thursday June 11, 2015

10:15  Arrive at SW 3rd and Harrison to prepare for boarding

10:30  Departure of first Portland Streetcar ride from SW 3rd and Harrison

10:45 Arrival at OMSI station with surprise entertainment and remarks by public officials and community members

11:10 Return trip

NOTE:  RSVP to julie.gustafson@portlandstreetcar.org to reserve a space on the streetcar- space is very limited.  Otherwise, media staging for the first streetcar arrival and program is at the OMSI streetcar platform, access at the SE corner of OMSI’s parking lot, 1945 SE Water Avenue.

WHERE: First ride begins at SW 3rd and Harrison (space is limited, RSVP required), crosses Tilikum Crossing: Bridge of the People and ends at OMSI, 1945 SE Water Avenue.

WHO:    Mayor Hales, PBOT Director Leah Treat, TriMet General Manager Neil McFarlane, representatives of the offices of U.S. Congress members Earl Blumenauer and Kurt Schrader, and community members from OMSI, South Waterfront and other key destinations

WHY:  To kick off a summer of preview rides showcasing the Portland Streetcar’s full Central City service that for the first time will fully connect the east and west sides of the Central City in a complete loop and bring expanded, more frequent service with 7 ½ minute wait times for passengers traveling from the Pearl District through downtown to the west end of Tilikum Crossing.

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The Portland Streetcar is the nation’s first modern streetcar system. It is owned by the City of Portland and operated in partnership with TriMet and Portland Streetcar, Inc. www.portlandstreetcar.org  @pdxstreetcar

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  @pbotinfo

News Release: Commissioner Novick, community dedicate city’s first creative crosswalk; Portlanders walk on raindrops in Old Town

Creative Crosswalk(June 9, 2015) – Commissioner Steve Novick and Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah joined Old Town business leaders and community members on Tuesday, June 9 to dedicate Portland’s first pair of ‘creative crosswalks,’ an eye-catching pattern of raindrops with a giant umbrella that guides pedestrians across NW Third Avenue and Davis Street.

The raindrop installation, planned and designed with community input, is intended to improve pedestrian safety and contribute to the district’s vitality.  It is one of several crossing improvements in Old Town Chinatown but the neighborhood and city’s first artistic crosswalk.

“I am proud that PBOT could deliver this crosswalk based on the strong community input in Old Town,” Commissioner Novick says. “Portlanders have long recognized that a quality pedestrian atmosphere is the backbone for a vibrant downtown retail environment.”

The project originated when members of the Old Town Chinatown Community Association approached the transportation bureau for ways to foster a more vibrant and attractive pedestrian atmosphere. PBOT Director Treat, familiar with creative crosswalks in San Francisco, Seattle and Vancouver B.C., introduced that concept, which the community adopted.  

“Our streets are the largest public space in our city, representing one quarter of our land.  They should be pleasant and safe places that foster community and business, and that’s what we are doing here through this public-private partnership,” says Treat. “Together, we are delivering a safer and more inviting crossing. This creative project is a small investment with a big return.”

Creative CrosswalksJake Kaempf from Ampersand Content, an experience design firm in Old Town, led the design process as a contribution to the community. “Portland is a creative town and Old Town Chinatown is the historical center of Portland. I am extremely proud of contributing to the betterment of the city I grew up in and where I own a business,” Kaempf says. “It was a wonderful experience to work with the city, my neighborhood, and local businesses to come up with a new, iconic installation that we expect will improve safety and draw positive attention to the neighborhood and businesses here.”

"We at The Society Hotel are so thrilled to be part of the revitalization of Old Town/Chinatown,” said Jessie Burke, co-owner of the Old Town hotel that opens this fall. “We've seen in the almost two years since we purchased The Mariner's Home on NW 3rd and Davis, that it's the little things - like safer crosswalks - that have made the biggest difference.  And it makes it all the more fun to see these safety measures being made more creative by neighborhood design firms like Ampersand Content.  It's projects like this that make me love this city - getting to be a little more creative, and in turn, bring the community even closer."

The installation is part of a series of crosswalk improvements to the neighborhood.  PBOT recently installed conventional crosswalk markings in surrounding blocks, including SW Davis Street and Fourth Avenue one block away.  PBOT, in partnership with the Portland Development Commission, also is installing curb extensions at SW Third Avenue and Burnside Street.

Photos from the event can be viewed and downloaded from PBOT's Creative Crosswalk Flickr album.

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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             

Media Contact: Diane Dulken 503-823-5552 diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov