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News Advisory: Summertime crosswalk education and enforcement action June 23 highlights need to watch out for kids

(June 19, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk education and enforcement action is scheduled for Tuesday, June 23rd at the marked crosswalk of NE Glisan Street and NE 87th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws, and emphasize summertime safety.

With the start of summer, drivers can anticipate seeing more children and families out during the day going to and from the park, pool, community center, library, and other local destinations.

Children are smaller and often harder to see in or at the crosswalk.  Children don’t always make the most appropriate decisions about when and where to cross and they frequently dart out or run to get across the street.  Drivers need to make sure they drive at or below the posted speed limit especially around parks, pools, community centers and other similar locations and scan your environment watching for pedestrians in the crossing or about to cross.

NE Glisan and 87th AveThe NE Glisan Street at NE 87th Avenue crossing is adjacent to Multnomah University and within four blocks of Montavilla City Park, Montavilla Community Center and swimming pool. 

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane (motor lane plus 6’ 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 motor lane. ORS 811.028.

Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sharon White and a Portland police officer will both serve as designated pedestrians crossing the street during the mission.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. 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 pedestrian rights and responsibilities. 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. www.visionzeroportland.com.

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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                  

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Updated Traffic Advisory: Street improvements on SE Tacoma Street to close lanes from SE 17th Avenue to SE Johnson Creek Boulevard June 24-July 2

Note: this Traffic Advisory modifies the previous one sent on June 18. The project has been expanded to pave an additional portion of SE Tacoma Street. The new advisory and previous one follow:

(June 22, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Tacoma Street from SE 17th Avenue to SE Johnson Creek Boulevard starting Wednesday, June 24, through Thursday, July 2, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day and may include some weekend work.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 2.52 lane miles of SE Tacoma Street.

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.

Street improvements on SE Tacoma Street to close lanes from SE 17th Avenue to SE 23rd Avenue June 23-26

(June 18, 2015)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE Tacoma Street from SE 17th Avenue to SE 23rd Avenue from Tuesday, June 23, through Friday, June 26, from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each week day.

The lane closures will allow crews to pave 1.75 lane miles of SE Tacoma Street.

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.

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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: 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

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