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U.S. Rep. Blumenauer, Commissioner Novick and Oregon Rep. Vega Pederson to dedicate new East Portland pedestrian safety beacons

Police, PBOT to hold crosswalk enforcement action at same time to highlight back-to-school safety awareness

(August 29, 2014) - As efforts continue to increase funding for longstanding transportation safety and maintenance needs throughout Portland, officials are holding a news conference showcasing new pedestrian flashing beacons in East Portland. The safety beacons were made possible by state funding secured last spring and are being activated, as promised, by the start of the school year. An additional 12 will be installed over the next few months.

As officials dedicate the new rapid flash beacons, Portland Police and the Portland Bureau of Transportation will also hold a crosswalk enforcement action to highlight pedestrian safety as children get ready to return to school.

WHERE:  SE Stark Street and 113th Avenue, near Ventura Park Elementary School

WHEN:  1:30 p.m. news conference with 1:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. crosswalk enforcement action by Portland Police and PBOT 


  • U.S. Rep. Earl Blumenauer
  • Portland City Commissioner Steve Novick
  • State Rep. Jessica Vega Pederson
  • Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat
  • Oregon Department of Transportation Interim Region 1 Manager Rian Windsheimer
  • Ventura Park Elementary School Principal Jakob Curtis
  • Safe Routes to School volunteer Kathleen McDade

Traffic Advisory: NW Everett Street restriping slated for Aug. 23 and 24; will install left-sided bike lane, improve safety

(August 21, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that lane restriping to create safety improvements will require lane closures and temporary parking removal on NW Everett Street on Saturday, Aug. 23 and Sunday, Aug. 24, 6 a.m. through 7 p.m. each day.  The work zone will extend from NW Westover Road to NW 14th Avenue.

The parking removal and lane closures are necessary to allow crews to implement new lane striping configurations. One travel lane will remain open at all times. Parking will be restored when restriping is complete.

When finished, NW Everett Street will have these new features:

  • The existing bicycle lane will be relocated to the left side of the street from NW 19th to 15th avenues.
  • From NW 19th to 23rd avenues, there will be one standard travel lane and a new seven-foot wide bike lane with a three-foot buffer.
  • A new left turn lane will be installed at NW 18th Avenue.
  • The intersection at NW 16th Avenue at the entrance to I-405 will be improved by removing the bike turn box and allowing motor vehicles to turn right on the red traffic signal.
  • On the I-405 overpass, a green shared zone will make room for bicycles and motor vehicles turning left.

The left-side bike lane and removal of the bike box improve safety by eliminating the conflict that had existed between bikes going straight and vehicles turning right onto the freeway.   The expanded bike lane serves a growing demand for safe bicycle options and improves connectivity for people bicycling from Northwest Portland over the I-405 overpass.

The changes are expected to have minimal impact on motor vehicle traffic times, while improving motor vehicle travel and safety at the NW 18th and 16th Avenue intersections. PBOT staff are monitoring vehicle traffic travel times through the area and will make adjustments as needed after the improvements are installed.

The improvements also will make it easier and safer for pedestrians to cross NW Everett Street.

To prepare for restriping, parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays prior to the start of work.  Parking restrictions on NW Everett Street will be in place from 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. each day.  Any vehicles that are not in compliance with this restriction will be subject to tow.

This work is being done on a weekend to minimize traffic disruptions.  The public still is advised to expect delays while striping improvements 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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Traffic Advisory: Street improvements to close lanes on SE 52nd Avenue from SE Powell to Division Aug. 20-21

(August 19, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SE 52nd Avenue between SE Powell Boulevard and SE Division Street on Wednesday, August 20 and Thursday, August 21, 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to pave 1.68 lane miles. When paving is complete, SE 52nd Avenue will be restriped to add a six-foot bicycle lane on either side of the street. More information on the ‘50s Bikeway Project may be found here:

While crews are working, one traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

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.


News Release: Sunday Parkways celebrates getting active, getting outside this weekend in SE Portland

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(August 19, 2014) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente will host the fourth Sunday Parkways of the season August 24 in Southeast Portland. Southeast Portlanders and thousands of others are expected to turn out to bicycle, walk, stroll, roll and dance along the seven miles of traffic-free streets.

The Southeast Portland route connects Colonel Summers Park, Laurelhurst Park, Ivon Park and Universal Cycles Marketplace. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and marketplaces and along the route. The event is free and takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Universal Cycles, located at SE 22nd Avenue and Ankeny Street along the route, is hosting a free block party organized by the Bicycle Transportation Alliance. Portland Sunday Parkways invites everyone to stop by and enjoy family-friendly games, food and drink. Proceeds from beverage sales will go towards supporting Sunday Parkways.

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 five events of the season are held once a month from May to September and take place in a different neighborhood each time. 

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with its many community partners, including presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners: Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Renaissance Homes, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods Market, NW Natural, Clif Kid, Metro, Franz Bakery, Everett Custom Homes, AARP of Oregon, ODOT, Car2Go, and Portland General Electric.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

For more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, visit or call 503-823-7599.



News Advisory: Commissioner Novick, Director Treat invite the media to Our Streets PDX Neighborhood Transportation Needs Tour

(Aug. 18, 2014) -- Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat invite the news media to join them on Tuesday, Aug. 19 on a van tour of Portland’s maintenance and safety needs as part of the Our Streets PDX transportation funding conversation. The tour will showcase busy streets that lack sidewalks and a commercial corridors in need of preventive maintenance. On Tuesday, they will also unveil The Portland Transportation Needs Guidebook, an online compilation of the maintenance and safety needs identified by the Portland Bureau of Transportation and prioritized by community input over the years.

The tour will make three stops: in East Portland, at SE Hawthorne and at SW Capitol Highway. At each location, community advocates have been invited to describe basic, unmet transportation safety and maintenance that needs that have a direct impact on neighborhood livability.

News media are invited to join the tour or meet the group along the way.

FOR NEWS MEDIA TO RESERVE A PLACE IN A VAN: Contact Bryan Hockaday, Commissioner Novick’s Office, 503-823-1059. Space is limited and available on a first come basis.

WHO: Commissioner Novick, Director Treat, community leaders from across the city

WHAT: Our Streets PDX Neighborhood Transportation Needs Tour

WHEN: Departing Portland City Hall, SW Fifth Ave. entrance at 9:30 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19.

  • 10 a.m. Tour begins at SE 130th Ave. and Salmon Street, at a crosswalk near David Douglas High School ball fields
  • 10:45 a.m. Tour begins at SE Hawthorne Blvd. and 36th Ave., north side of the intersection.
  • 11:45 a.m. Tour begins at SW Capitol Highway and Garden Home, at the bus stop on the east side of Capitol Highway.
  • Expected return to City Hall at 1 p.m.


  • Neighborhood and community advocates standing by busy streets, showing where sidewalks end near a school, describing how a lack of sidewalks and safe crossings affects the day-to-day lives of everyday people.
  • The city engineer will stand at busy Hawthorne Boulevard, where cracked asphalt indicates a need for repaving.
  • A scene on SW Capitol Highway, where high-speed traffic, and a lack of sidewalks and bike lanes cut off access to the Multnomah Village shopping district.
  • Staff will show how the safety and maintenance issues at each location are identified in maps and other materials found in The Portland Transportation Needs Guidebook, an online compilation of resources that will be launched on Tuesday and available at

WHY: For more than a year, Mayor Hales and Commissioner Novick have been calling for more investment in the transportation system to address longstanding maintenance and safety needs as well as counteract diminishing resources from the gas tax. Since January, the Mayor and Commissioner have asked the public for input on transportation priorities and options for raising money. They expect to have a proposal for City Council to consider in November.

For more information about the transportation funding conversation, see

For more information about the Our Streets PDX Neighborhood Transportation Needs Tour, see Commissioner Novick’s blog