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Portland Bureau of Transportation

We keep Portland moving

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 800, Portland, OR 97204

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ODOT takes stock of its Active Transportation assets

Bike Lunch & Learn will feature discussion of how to create a framework for identifying projects to advance as future funding opportunities become available.

"End of Walk" sign appears abruptly(February 17, 2015)  Everyone knows it - funding for transportation is tight. Yet there's plenty of need for improvement, especially to help people to get around on foot, by bike and by other healthy travel modes.

Less than half of ODOT's highways in urban areas currently have sidewalks and bike lanes.  The Oregon Transportation Plan sets a goal of completing the state biking and walking network by 2030, but adequate funding is not available to meet this target.  ODOT Region 1 is developing an Active Transportation Needs Inventory to assess gaps in the existing system and strategically identify future projects that provide the greatest benefits for all users.  You can find out more about this project at the webpage.  Or -

Come learn about this effort at the PBOT Bicycle Lunch and Learn on Thursday, Feb. 19 at noon.  Jessica Horning, ODOT’s Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison,  and Karla Kingsley of Kittelson & Associates will be there to describe the project and to hear your ideas. 

And don’t forget to bring your lunch!

 

ODOT Region 1 Active Transportation Needs Inventory presentation at the Bicycle Lunch and Learn

presented by Jessica Horning, ODOT Region 1 Transit and Active Transportation Liaison, and Karla Kingsley, Kittelson & Associates

Thursday, February 19th

Noon to 1 p.m.

Portland City Hall, Lovejoy Room (second floor)

1221 SW 4th Ave

Visit the Bicycle Lunch and Learn webpage by clicking here.

For ADA Title II or Civil Rights Title VI accommodations, translation/interpretation services, complaints, or for additional information, call 503-823-7699, TTY:  503-823-6868, or use Oregon Relay Service: 711.


Bus Rapid Transit could be coming to Portland

Share your ideas for better transit along the Powell-Division Corridor

Map of proposed Bus rapid transit line

Click this link for a larger version of map

(February 5, 2015)  Did you know that 9-Powell and 4-Division are among the regions busiest bus lines? They’re considered the workhorses of the eastside TriMet bus system.

Metro, TriMet, ODOT, Multnomah County and the cities of Portland and Gresham are looking into a range of options to improve transit service along these routes. A new kind of service, called Bus Rapid Transit, is being considered to improve convenience beyond today’s Frequent Service.

Bus Rapid Transit is basically a mix of vehicle, station and street features knit together to create faster, more reliable trips with better service. Think of blending rubber tire buses with some of the key benefits of streetcar and light rail. Different types of vehicles, stations and station amenities as well as route alignment are all on the table. We’ll also be looking at ways to improve walking and biking access along the route.

We need your help to bring better service to this important transit corridor. Please join us for one or all of the workshop/open houses below, or at one of the drop-in sessions:

February workshop/open houses!

Feb. 12, Thursday: Gresham hands on workshop

   Workshop: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 6 to 6:30 and 8:30 to 9 p.m.

   Gresham City Hall, 1333 NW Eastman Parkway

Feb. 17, Tuesday: East Portland hands on workshop

   Workshop: 6 to 8 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 5:30 to 6 and 8 to 8:30 p.m.

   East Garden Restaurant, 12424 SE Division St

Feb 28, Saturday: Southeast, East Portland hands on workshop

   Workshop: 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

   Drop in open house: 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

   Fubonn, 2850 SE 82nd Ave

March 10, Tuesday:  Southeast Portland Open House

  Time to be announced

   Cleveland High School cafeteria, 3400 SE 26th Ave

Talk to staff sessions
Drop by any time to talk with Powell-Division project staff at the Division Midway Alliance for Community Improvement, 2536 SE 122nd Ave: 
• Tues, Feb 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Tues, Feb 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.
• Tues, Mar 10 from 4:30 to 6 p.m.
• Tues, Mar 24 from 8:30 to 10 a.m.

Find project updates on the Powell-Division project page.

Learn more about the basics of Bus Rapid Transit here.

Bring your ideas to the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan Open House

Would you walk in your neighborhood if there was a safe and accessible route?

Street with Roadway Not Improved sign

(January 23, 2015)  If you live, work, go to school or play in the neighborhoods near Barbur Boulevard situated between Capitol Highway and Taylors Ferry Road then you are invited to attend the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan Open House. Tell us where better local streets and pathways are needed and why. We want to hear what you would like to see improved and what should be preserved.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) are working together on the Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Neighborhood Street Plan. The objective of the street plan is to establish a more connected local street and pathway network and to improve stormwater management systems within the area.

This area has steep slopes, soil that does a poor job of absorbing rain and sensitive natural resources.  All these factors require an integrated approach to street and stormwater improvements. In addition to coordinating PBOT and BES investments in the project area and aligning transportation and stormwater system needs with community priorities, the Tryon-Stephens Headwater Neighborhood Street Plan will:

  • Create a strategy to improve local street connectivity and access to important neighborhood destinations, and
  • Define the primary walking and bicycle networks in the area

 Read more on the project website here http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/65574.


Map of study area for Tryon-Stephens Headwaters Open House Invitation

Monday, January 26, 2015

Drop by anytime from 5:30 PM to 7:30 PM

Overview presentation at 6:00 PM

Stephens Creek Crossing Community Center

(Community Room) 6715 SW 26th Avenue

Use TriMet lines 1, 44, 45, and 64

(Transit stop IDs 965 and 966)

Parking available at Hillsdale Community Church,

6948 SW Capitol Hwy

Fix-It Fair season continues

Portland's signature events help you improve your home, your bike, your finances and more!

(January 16, 2015)  It’s not too late to attend a Fix-It Fair! Two more fairs will take place from 9:30am to 3:00pm on Saturday, January 24 at Rosa Parks Elementary School and Saturday, February 21 at David Douglas High School. You can view the brochure for the January 2015 Fix-It Fair here.

Volunteers fix bikes at Fix It FairFix-It Fairs are FREE City of Portland events where you can learn simple ways to save money and connect with local resources. Join your neighbors and talk to the experts on topics such as water and energy, health, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and even active transportation! You can also take advantage of more than 25 workshops offered hourly and free on-site childcare and lunch are provided at each fair.

At the January event Bikes for Humanity will host a workshop on Bike Flat Tire Repair and Chain Maintenance at 1:00pm and Portland By Cycle will be offering our All-Season Cycling class at 2:00pm.

The Safe Routes to School program will offer free minor bike repairs for students and families. Mechanics from Bikes For Humanity and Bike Farm will volunteer their time to fix as many bikes as possible at the fair. Please deliver your bike for repair before 2:00pm to ensure it is completed before the Fair ends at 3:00pm.

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 24, 2015

Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 21, 2015

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave

For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out BPS’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for the upcoming event.

Winter biking help from around the internet

Check these resources when winter tests your resolve

bicycle in the rain_photo credit: Will Vanlue(January 13, 2015) It’s a couple of weeks into the New Year - are you having a hard time remembering your resolutions?  Maybe you resolved to ride more, in order to stay fit or be more active throughout the year. But good habits can take some getting used to. Luckily there are lots of resources to help you to get out and about in the rain and cold weather. For example:

Our website has lots of helpful tips on riding in the dark and rain.

If you’re on a budget and need ideas for economical winter gear, check out this classic article from BikePortland.org.

If money is no object, take a look at the stylish offerings highlighted by Momentum Magazine.

And if a little extra motivation would help, read ORbike’s 5 Tips to help you stay on the bike.

Even if you didn’t make it a New Year’s resolution, riding your bike is a great way to stay fit, save money and enjoy the outdoors year ‘round.

(photo credit: Will Vanlue/ Flickr  [CC BY-NC-SA 2.0])