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News Blog: “Be Seen. Be Safe.” Traffic safety during the darker days of the year

(Nov. 7, 2016) - Daylight savings time ended on Sunday, so it’s time to step up your visibility and make sure you’re doing your part to travel with care.

night driving

People driving can increase visibility by using their headlights, leaving a safe distance between vehicles to increase your cone of vision, and continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling. Always be alert and practice extra caution during winter’s rain and low light. Depth perception, color recognition and peripheral vision can be compromised in the dark, and the glare of headlights from an oncoming vehicle can significantly impact a driver’s vision. Even with high-beam headlights on, visibility is limited creating less time to react to something in the road, especially when driving at higher speeds.

 People driving need to:

  • Remember to practice patience and slow down
  • Stay in your lane and beware of drivers who dart from lane to lane
  • Even though the route may be familiar, don't go on autopilot; stay alert and ALWAYS watch for vulnerable road users such as people walking, biking and rolling
  • Don't touch your phone, eat, drink or do other things that are distracting

Did you know that as we age we have greater difficulty seeing at night? Night vision is the ability to see well in low-light conditions. A 50-year-old driver may need twice as much light to see as well as a 30-year-old. The American Optometric Association recommends older drivers:

  • Have annual vision exams
  • Reduce speed
  • Take a driving course; even experienced drivers can benefit from a refresher course, and some of the rules have probably changed
  • Minimize distractions, like talking with passengers or listening to the radio
  • Check with your doctor about side effects of prescription drugs
  • Limit driving to daytime hours if necessary

be seen be safe outreach

People walking and biking can increase their visibility during low-light hours by wearing reflective gear and using safety lights.

Did you know that you’re first visible to people driving from 500 feet away when you’re wearing reflective clothing? Compare this to just 55 feet away when wearing dark colors with no reflective gear or lights.

PBOT’s coordinated “Be Seen. Be safe.” street teams (volunteers and staff) will be out at busy intersections, high crash corridor roadways, and other key locations this week handing out safety lights and reflective stickers while encouraging Portland’s more vulnerable road users to brighten up their attire during the darker fall and winter months. 

Find PBOT staff and community volunteers at the following locations this week:

  • Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – N Williams Ave/NE Morris to NE Going
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – SE Foster/SE 80th
  • Monday, Nov. 7, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Providence Park MAX Station at SW 18/SE Morrison
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 7:00 – 8:30 AM – E Burnside/NE 16
  • Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – SE Division/SE 82
  • Thursday, Nov. 10, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Rosa Parks/Delaware/Greeley
  • Thursday, Nov. 10th, 4:30 – 6:00/6:30 PM at NE Cully & NE Killingsworth 
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 4:30 – 6:00 PM – Greeley/Bryant/Lombard

In addition, the Islamic School of Portland staff will be distributing lights and stickers to parents and students at SW Capitol Highway and Alfred and PCC Sylvania volunteers will be handing out materials at key locations around campus throughout the week.


News Blog: Leaf Day is coming!

Leaf Day Banner

News Blog: Leaf Day is coming!

(Nov. 3, 2016) - A quarter million trees drop a lot of leaves – and when they fall in an urban environment, it's necessary to clean them up. That’s why PBOT’s Leaf Day program is so important. 

From mid-November to mid-December, removing leaves from our streets is critical because letting them stay on the street can clog storm drains, flood intersections and make streets slippery. Leaf Dayis designed to clear our streets of many of the leaves that fall as the season changes. By participating in Leaf Day, you help to ensure safer and cleaner streets for you, your neighbors and all Portlanders.

This year we made a number of changes to our program based on the feedback we heard from residents. Among them:

  • Leaf Day is starting later. We heard you. We’ll be starting Leaf Day two weeks later this year to allow for more leaves to fall ahead of our first pickup day on November 12.
  • New Leaf Day districts. We’ve reconfigured the Leaf Day service districts to be smaller, which allows for more flexibility and better responsiveness.
  • Fewer Sunday pickups, no Thanksgiving weekend pickups. That means less noise in neighborhoods on the weekend and a quiet Thanksgiving holiday for all.
  • Digital reminders! Stay in the loop about Leaf Day by signing up for weekly email and/or text message updates with schedules and tips for making the most of your Leaf Day service.

Leaf Day begins on November 12. Here’s how you can make the most of your Leaf Day service:

  • Visit us online at to confirm which Leaf Day Service Zone you’re in, and when your service will be.
  • Our regular Leaf Day service clears your street tree leaves, but what about tree leaves on the sidewalk or elsewhere on your property? No problem: we’ll take those, too. Simply rake them into the street the day before your Leaf Day(s). Remember: only tree leaves, not any other kind of yard debris.

Rake leaves away from the curb

  • Help us help you! Remove obstacles like basketball hoops from the street, cut tree branches lower than eleven feet from the ground (our machines are tall) and relocate your vehicles off the road on your Leaf Day. By doing these things, you’ll make it easier for our machines to hug the curb and get your street cleaner as a result.Move your car on Leaf Day

We value your thoughts and hope these changes make Leaf Day easier for everyone. As always, we would like to hear your feedback. If you have an idea or a complaint, please call 503-865-LEAF or email

News Release: Crosswalk education and enforcement action nets 8 citations, 8 warnings at SW 40th & Huber

(Nov. 3, 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 Thursday, October 27 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the marked crossing at SW 40th and Huber to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. 

Education and enforcement actions such as today's 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 in Portland's streets.

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.

Warnings (8):
8 Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian

Citations (8):
5 Failure to stop and remain stopped for a pedestrian
1 Speeding
2 No operators license


Portland Police watch for traffic violations at the November 3 crosswalk education and enforcement action at SW 40th and Huber.

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 PBOT staff person served as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during the action.

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.


UPDATED Traffic Alert: SW Capitol Highway-SW Terwilliger Blvd has REOPENED

(Nov. 3, 2016) UPDATE: Thanks to the hard work of PBOT's Signals crews, SW Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Boulevard REOPENED at approximately 3:45 p.m.


(Nov. 3, 2016)  – The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that emergency traffic signal work to repair damage from a crash this morning is expected to keep the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and Terwilliger Blvd closed through evening rush hour.

The traveling public is advised to avoid the area, obey all street closed signs and directions by reader boards and proceed with caution when driving along detour routes.

Please plan for extra travel time for your commute today as crews work to make repairs.

Detours and road closures are in place. SW Capitol Highway is closed in both directions at SW Barbur Boulevard east of the crash site and at SW Burlingame Avenue, to the west of the site.

View a map of the road closures

SW Capitol Closure

Expect the intersection of SW Capitol Highway and SW Terwilliger to be closed through evening rush hour.


The traveling public is detoured via SW Bertha Boulevard and SW Sunset Boulevard. People driving from the downtown area should plan to use Interstate 5 or SW Barbur Boulevard to reach SW Bertha Blvd to the south of the area. People heading west of the closure should expect to use U.S. 26 or other routes to reach SW Sunset Blvd.

People biking and walking should avoid the closure area area for their own safety and the safety of PBOT crews. This includes anyone using trails in George Himes Park.

A car crashed into a utility pole before dawn, damaging power lines and traffic signals. The crash destroyed electrical wires and pedestrian and traffic signals. Crews are reassembling some wiring harnesses and other equipment. 

The schedule may change, and updates will be provided by email and Twitter at

PBTO crews on SW Capitol Highway

PBOT traffic signals crews work to make emergency repairs to traffic signals damaged in a crash on Nov. 3, 2016. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Damages wires on SW Capitol Highway

PBOT traffic signals crews work to make emergency repairs to traffic signals damaged in a crash on Nov. 3, 2016. Photo by Portland Bureau of Transportation.


News Release: Portland Debuts BIKETOWN for All

Portland becomes only the third US city to offer a cash option to purchase a bike share membership

Discounted memberships now available for Portlanders living on low incomes

(Oct. 27, 2016) - Delivering on its promise to develop an equitable bike share system, Portland’s bike share program, BIKETOWN, announced a new program today called BIKETOWN for All. The program will provide an opportunity for Portlanders living on low incomes to become members of BIKETOWN and pay with cash. It will also provide bike safety education and free helmets to BIKETOWN for All members.

BIKETOWN for All is a partnership between the Community Cycling Center (CCC), the Portland Bureau of TransportationMotivate, the Better Bike Share Partnership, and participating affordable housing communities, social service agencies and local nonprofits.

Portlanders living on low incomes and who are affiliated with participating housing, social service and community organizations can sign up and receive a discounted membership for $3 per month.

BIKETOWN for All was first piloted with the residents from Alder House Apartments in partnership with The Giving Tree NW, a community building organization. 

"Having a cash membership option is a game changer in making bike share accessible for low-income Portlanders," said the Giving Tree NW’s Heather Morrill. "I know I will see many of my clients riding BIKETOWN who otherwise would not have access to this transportation and recreation option."

“I’m getting more exercise and I’m getting things done at the same time,” said BIKETOWN for All member Jon Horton, who regularly uses BIKETOWN for both errands and getting to work. “Now with BIKETOWN, it cuts my commuting time for whatever I’m doing or wherever I’m going.”

Portland resident Sandy Crutchfield said, “I live in senior housing and I don’t have a car. I like to get outside as much as possible and I know the bikes will help me venture further. I am looking forward to new adventures thanks to BIKETOWN.”

The Community Cycling Center (CCC) will arrange with housing, social service or nonprofit organizations to promote BIKETOWN for All memberships with their residents or clients. The CCC will usually hold a workshop at the referring organization’s site describing how BIKETOWN works, including how to check out and unlock a bike. The workshop includes a bike ride covering essential skills for city bike riding. At the end of the workshop, participants can purchase a BIKETOWN for All membership at the cost of $9 for three months, or $3 per month. This membership provides the rider up to 90 minutes of daily ride time. To serve Portlanders without credit or debit cards, BIKETOWN has partnered with Portland Parks and Recreation to make cash payments possible.

“Since BIKETOWN’s launch this summer, we’ve heard from  Portlanders and visitors being able to use a bike in the city for the first time,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “But cost may be prohibitive for many people throughout the city who would like to give it a try. Thanks to the Community Cycling Center, we’ve been able to expand BIKETOWN, making it more equitable and accessible.”

“To help ease congestion, reduce our carbon footprint and support healthier lifestyles, we want to encourage Portlanders from all walks of life to enjoy the benefits of biking,” said PBOT’s Director, Leah Treat. “In less than four months, BIKETOWN has proven to be one of our most effective and visible means of spreading our active transportation message. Now with BIKETOWN for All, we’re taking a major step forward. By becoming only the third US city to offer a low-cost cash membership option, we are making it even easier for more Portlanders to get out and ride.”

"The launch of BIKETOWN earlier this year served as a powerful and promising beginning to a whole new way of experiencing bicycling in Portland,” said Mychal Tetteh, Chief Executive Officer of the Community Cycling Center. “At the Community Cycling Center, we believe that Portland’s bike share system should provide the highest levels of access and affordability. We are committed to developing the partnerships needed to ensure our bike share system meets the needs of the greatest number of people. We've begun developing cash-based options for Portland's unbanked residents through our BIKETOWN for All program. Creating access to bicycles that people can share remains at a core of our mission. We are excited to work with community partners to ensure that bike share is accessible and affordable to the greatest number of people in Portland."

Initially, BIKETOWN for All memberships will only be available through participating affordable housing, social service and nonprofit organizations. People interested in obtaining a BIKETOWN for All membership should speak to their case manager or resident service manager and ask them to complete an interest form available at In the future, BIKETOWN for All workshops will be open to individuals who are not connected with a referral agency.  

BIKETOWN for All is funded in part by a grant from the Better Bike Share Partnership. Motivate is providing an in-kind donation of up to $54,000 by reducing the cost of 500 annual memberships to $3 per month.

Housing, social service or nonprofit organizations interested in participating in BIKETOWN for All should complete the interest form available at Memberships are available now.

Video interviews with Heather Morrill of The Giving Tree NW and BIKETOWN for All member Jon Horton are available on PBOT’s YouTube channel.

About the Community Cycling Center

The Community Cycling Center is a nonprofit organization based in Portland, Oregon dedicated to broadening access to bicycling and its benefits. Our vision is to build a vibrant community where people of all backgrounds use bicycles to stay healthy and connected.


BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system. It began on July 19, 2016 with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate, the world’s leading bike share operator. It uses innovative new “smart bikes” which make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems.

About PBOT

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.

About Nike

Nike believes in the power of sport and physical activity to help strengthen communities. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As part of this collaboration, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited edition bike wrap designs, beginning with the Nike Air Max 95, Nike Air Trainer 1 and Nike Air Safari.