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News Release: Crosswalk education + enforcement action nets 33 citations, 1 warning on NE Sandy Blvd as PBOT, Police work on Vision Zero goal to end traffic fatalities

(July 7, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau announced the results of a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action that took place on Wednesday from 10 a.m. to noon at the marked crossing on NE Sandy Boulevard at NE 85th Avenue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

The results of Wednesday's action included 33 citations with 43 violations (some citations had multiple violations) and one warning. 

Mom pushing stroller on NE Sandy Blvd

A mom pushes a child in a stroller across NE Sandy Boulevard at 85th Avenue, where she said she has been nearly hit by drivers who failed to stop. A plain clothes Portland Police officer in the background was conducting a crosswalk education and enforcement action with PBOT on Wednesday. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

33 Citations, 1 warning

Failure to stop and remain stopped for pedestrian: 28 violations, 1 warning

Driving uninsured: 4 violations

Driving while suspended: 3 violations

Operating a motor vehicle while using a mobile communication device: 2 violations

Passing stopped vehicle at crosswalk: 1 violation

Failure to obey a traffic control device: 1 violation

No operators license: 1 violation

Failure to yield to emergency vehicle: 1 violation

Failure to renew registration: 1 violation

Illegal U-turn: 1 violation

 

New crossing beacon recently approved

Also on Wednesday, PBOT announced that a federal grant recently approved by the Oregon Department of Transportation will fund a new rapid flashing beacon at the NE Sandy and 85th Avenue crosswalk. PBOT hopes for construction in 2017.

Sandy Boulevard is one of Portland’s 10 designated high crash corridors.  This location has bus stops on both sides of the street and is within close proximity to businesses, restaurants, a senior living facility and The Grotto, a prominent destination for 300,000 visitors annually.Vision Zero Portland logoEducation and enforcement actions such as the July 6 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries. Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Plain clothes police officer crosses NE Sandy Blvd

A plain clothes Portland Police officer in the background was conducting a crosswalk education and enforcement action with PBOT on Wednesday. Police officers waiting nearby issued citations and warnings. Photo by Dylan Rivera, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking 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.  A Portland police officer served as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses NE Sandy Boulevard to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and people driving should watch for people in the crossing. 

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year 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 rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. 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  

News Blog: Portland to host International Open Streets Summit

The open streets movement is at tipping point as an international phenomenon. Let's open our streets and reshape our communities!

opens streets summit

(July 6, 2016) The City of Portland's Sunday Parkways was a leader in vitalizing open streets in the United States in 2008. The Portland Bureau of Transportation is now proud to host the fourth annual International Open Streets Summit (OSS) on August 18 to 21 in Portland in partnership with the Open Streets Project, Street Plans Collaborative, 8-80 Cities, Portland State University's Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC), and the Initiative for Bicycle and Pedestrian Innovation (IBPI).

This Open Streets Summit brings together leaders from across the world and the nation to share their experiences and lessons learned in starting and sustaining open streets initiatives in their communities. Workshops will focus not only on the nuts and bolts of running an Open Streets event, but how to take this program to connect neighbors to neighbors, and inspire community-wide changes in health, livability, and economic vitality.

"The Sunday Parkways team is thrilled to host the International Open Streets Summit this summer" says PBOT Active Transportation and Safety Programs Manager, Linda Ginenthal. "For nearly a decade, Portland has reimagined our streets with Sunday Parkways - opening our streets to people on bikes, on foot, on all manner of conveyances and connecting our communities across the city. We can't wait to show off all that Portland has to offer to folks from around the country and globe."

Along with the opportunity to exchange ideas on how best to build coalitions of supporters, reach out to new partners, market/brand your event, and more, the summit will provide a breadth of walking, biking, and open streets events that will introduce participants to the great transit options and activities available across Portland.

Come to Portland for another round of energy, innovation, and idea exchange for activating open streets in your community. Be sure to register for the 2016 International Open Streets Summit by July 15 to get your early bird special.

News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for NE Sandy Blvd at NE 85th Ave from 10 am to noon on Wednesday, July 6

(July 5, 2016) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, July 6 at the marked crossing on NE Sandy Boulevard at NE 85th Avenue to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. The action will take place from 10 a.m. to noon.

vision zero logoEducation and enforcement actions such as the July 6 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

Sandy Boulevard is one of Portland’s 10 designated high crash corridors.  This location has bus stops on both sides of the street and is within close proximity to businesses, restaurants, a senior living facility and The Grotto, a prominent destination for 300,000 visitors annually.

NE Sandy Blvd at 85th Avenue photo

Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking 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.  A Portland police officer will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

PBOT encourages everyone who uses NE Sandy Boulevard to exercise care and caution when walking, biking and driving. People driving and people walking should remain alert and people driving should watch for people in the crossing. 

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions throughout the year 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 rights and responsibilities for walking safely across a street. 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.

Photo © GOOGLE Maps

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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  

UPDATED Traffic Alert: Steel Bridge lower deck bike/pedestrian path REOPENS

UPDATE (July 15, 2016) -- The Steel Bridge lower deck has reopened as of 2:25 pm today. Thank you for your patience.

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UPDATE (July 6, 2016) -- The Steel Bridge's lower deck bike/pedestrian path is closed until further notice because of damage to a specialized cable that controls the bridge gates. This closure is expected to last several days. 

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UPDATE (July 5, 2016) -- The Steel Bridge's lower deck will remain closed through the Wednesday morning commute, as crews continue to troubleshoot an electrical problem with the bridge gates. People biking or walking in the area are advised to use alternate routes.

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(July 4, 2016) -- The Steel Bridge's lower deck bike/pedestrian path is closed until further notice because of an electrical problem. PBOT crews are hoping to fix the problem and reopen the lower deck on Tuesday.

Since the lower deck of the Steel Bridge was opened in 2001, it has become a popular route for people biking and walking.

People biking or walking in the waterfront area today are advised to use one of the other Willamette River bridges downtown. Alternate routes include the Broadway, Burnside and Morrison bridges. The narrower sidewalk on the Steel Bridge's upper deck also remains accessible, though travelers should use caution and expect congestion on the upper deck sidewalks.

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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 Media Contact:
Dylan Rivera 503-577-7534

 

Traffic Advisory: Hawthorne Bridge onramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway closed to motor vehicle traffic July 1-4 for Waterfront Blues Festival

(June 30, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that, as part of creating safe access for people to travel to and around the Oregon Blues Festival, the Hawthorne Bridge onramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic July 1-4 all hours, all days.

The Hawthorne Bridge will remain open to all users. Motor vehicle traffic heading northbound on SW Naito Parkway to the Hawthorne Bridge will be detoured to the Hawthorne Bridge onramp on SW Madison Street. The detour will take northbound motor vehicle traffic west on SW Clay to northbound on SW 2nd Avenue to eastbound on SW Madison Street, leading to the Hawthorne Bridge.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is expected to draw 100,000 people between July 1 and 4; roughly 25,000 people per day. The lane conversion and onramp closure is intended to create a safe way for people to get to and around Waterfront Park and will connect with the existing Better Naito configuration that people have become accustomed to.

Better Naito is nearly a mile of street, 15 feet wide, open for two-way bicycling, walking and general public use from SW Main Street to NW Davis Street. From July 1 to 4, the conversion will extend an additional quarter-mile south beginning at SW Clay Street and stretching to NW Davis Street for the Waterfront Blues Festival.

In 2015, Better Naito, a partnership between Portland Bureau of Transportation and Better Block PDX, began efforts to create a safe way for people to travel during Portland's peak festival season. Prior to Better Naito, people were often forced to squeeze into narrow dirt paths, walk in a bike lane, or bike in a travel lane with high-speed traffic. As a result of the program's success in 2015, an extended pilot was planned for the 2016 summer season.

The 29th annual Safeway Waterfront Blues Festival is presented by First Tech Federal Credit Union. Ticket and artist information for the festival can be found at www.waterfrontbluesfest.com. A limited number of passes for Oregon Trail Card holders will be available each day at the Hawthorne Gate.

For additional information about Better Naito, please visit the project website at www.betternaito.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