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City Council Accepts Portland’s Neighborhood Greenways Assessment Report

Council action sets the stage to improve existing neighborhood greenways

(August 26, 2015) Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) staff presented a comprehensive report on the city’s 70-plus mile neighborhood greenway system. Neighborhood greenways are streets with few automobiles, traveling slowly, that prioritize bicycling and enhance conditions for walking. They form the backbone of the city's safe routes to school network and they make up a large portion of the low-stress bikeway network. Portland's Neighborhood Greenways Assessment Report evaluated how the routes are working, their role in the city’s transportation system, and what changes could be made both on the ground and in city policies to improve them. City council accepted the report and resolution unanimously.

Neighborhood greenway cargo bike pictureThe first neighborhood greenways were built more than 25 years ago, principally as neighborhood traffic calming projects. They have undergone several design changes through the years and some of the older neighborhood greenways, such as SE Clinton and SE Salmon, operate differently than some of the most recently built routes.

Neighborhood greenways are an important part of our city and our transportation system. In recent years, many community members have expressed concerns about the conditions of neighborhood greenways, particularly that they don’t feel safe using them. PBOT staff undertook the neighborhood greenways assessment report to better understand the issues community members were expressing. 

The report helps quantify and illuminate the issues presented to PBOT and provides clear guidance on how staff should address problems expressed by the community. The report includes guidelines for how neighborhood greenways should operate so that these priority bicycle routes are predictable and consistent for all roads users throughout the city.

Promisingly, the data analysis in the report shows that most neighborhood greenways are functioning very well – they are well used by bicyclists, they have few cars and the speeds are slow. However, there are a few small, critical sections where the number and speeds of automobiles is compromising the street’s comfort and safety.

The report puts forth six neighborhood greenways in need of operational improvements where auto speeds and volumes are too high. When funding becomes available, this list will help the city prioritize where to spend limited funds to bring existing neighborhood greenways up to the guidelines. This list does not impact the five currently funded projects that will continue to move forward, including three projects in East Portland, and two north-south neighborhood greenways in North and NE and SE Portland, respectively.

Portland's Neighborhood Greenway Assessment Report can be downloaded on the neighborhood greenway homepage. An executive summary is also available on the homepage.

Expect additional auto traffic on N Flint Avenue during the school year

Faubion PK-8 School’s temporary relocation to Harriet Tubman means many more vehicles traveling on this popular bike route

(August 24, 2015)  People who drive, walk or bike on North Flint Avenue should prepare for additional traffic and use caution, due to Faubion School’s temporary relocation to the former Harriet Tubman school site. Especially during school drop off and pick up hours, people who bicycle on N Flint may consider using N Vancouver and Williams, respectively.  (See map.)

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is relocating Faubion PK-8 to the former site of the Harriet Tubman Leadership Academy for Young Women at 2231 N Flint Avenue for two years while Faubion is completely rebuilt with proceeds from the School Improvement Bond.

In partnership with the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) Safe Routes to School program, PPS continues to conduct outreach with families and people bicycling on Flint about the projected traffic uptick. According to PPS, over 40 people stopped at a bike breakfast event held last week to inform travelers about the changes. PPS is conducting training with bus drivers about maneuvering in a highly bicycle trafficked area.

In the fall 2014 Safe Routes to School survey, over 40% of Faubion families reported their students walked, biked or rolled to school. PPS and PBOT anticipate that the five-plus mile distance between the two sites will result in more families driving to school. PPS and Safe Routes will continue to work with the school community to encourage and assist with bike trains, walking school buses and ride sharing.

For more information about the Faubion at Tubman Campus temporary relocation, please contact Teri Brady at PPS. For more information about the PBOT Safe Routes to School program, contact Janis McDonald.

AARP Introduces NeighborWalks

Start off on the right foot with this series of guided strolls for people of all ages

Walking group crossing the Broadway Bridge(August 21, 2015)  AARP Oregon and other community partners introduce a new program called NeighborWalks, and the inaugural walk takes place on Tuesday, August 25.

NeighborWalks is a collaborative community walking program brought to you by AARP Oregon (formerly called American Association of Retired Persons), City of Portland Bureau of Transportation and Oregon Walks. The vision of NeighborWalks is to get more people walking every day for health, transportation, environment, and community.

Walks will take place in neighborhoods all around Portland, led by AARP volunteer leaders with support from community partners. Join these intergenerational strolls and celebrate a community for all ages and abilities. As a bonus, participants who attend all the walks can collect stamps to win membership in Oregon Walks and a surprise giveaway.

The series kicks off on Tuesday, August 25 at 10am. Meet in front of Applebee’s Restaurant at 1439 Halsey St in the Lloyd District and explore Irvington’s architectural history and sites from the National Register of Historic places. To learn more about these walks follow this link:


Sunday Parkways returns to Southeast Portland

Enjoy 7 miles of streets opened up for people to enjoy with active fun

Dancing in the park at Sunday Parkways(August 19, 2015)  There are only two opportunities left this year to take part in Portland’s signature family fun event. Sunday Parkways returns to Southeast Portland on Sunday, August 23, from 11am to 4pm. 

Spend a warm summer day walking and rolling around the 7-mile Southeast Sunday Parkways route. While you’re at it, take a few moments to explore Laurelhurst, Colonel Summers and Ivon Parks, and our new addition to the route this year, Sewallcrest Park.   

Come early to Laurelhurst Park to get on the climbing wall or enjoy the live music stage from 11:30 to 3:30. Try Zumba, disc golf or the bike skills track at Colonel Summers Park. Take in the Mudtown Stompers and swing by the Clif Kid booth for some organic snacks and fun games at Ivon Park. 

People riding bikes at Sunday ParkwaysAnd be sure to stop by Sewallcrest Park and bring the whole family. Take advantage of free valet bike parking, courtesy of our sponsor Spinlister, while you visit one of the many food vendors and enjoy sitting in the shade over lunch. Then take in the music, dancing, hulahooping or let the little ones bounce in the inflatable castle. See the Southeast Portland Sunday Parkways route map here and the event brochure here.

Take a walk with Portland’s Pedestrian Advisory Committee

Do you love walking? Have an interest in how decisions relating to walking for transportation and recreation are made in Portland? Here is an opportunity for you!

Three boys walking(August 13, 2015)  Join the Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) for their annual walking meeting on Tuesday, August 18 at 6 pm. Meet and depart from the east side of the Tilikum Crossing (at the MAX Station). The walk will cover approximately two miles, is ADA accessible and will take approximately two hours. Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a PAC member to join in the fun. Get a sneak peek at the route here!

This year the PAC’s Annual Walk welcomes Jeff Owen, TriMet’s Active Transportation Planner, and Carol Gossett, OMSI’s Property Development Manager, who will provide a tour of some of the new pedestrian infrastructure built to complement and get folks to and from the new MAX Orange Line.

The PAC is also recruiting new members and this walk is an opportunity to get an introduction to those currently serving on the committee and to find out how you can get involved in making Portland a better place to walk and roll. The PAC meets the third Tuesday evening each month and members are appointed to a 4-year term.

The PAC advises the City of Portland – particularly the Bureau of Transportation – on matters that encourage and improve walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness and environmental enhancement. The PAC is a 9- to 15-person committee that represents a cross-section of Portlanders, including walking and mobility advocates, neighborhood activists, environmental design professionals and citizens-at-large. You can learn more about the PAC here.