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City Council unanimously approves Foster Road plan to improve safety, livability

Roadway projected to see 20% crash reduction

(June 16, 2014)  – The Portland City Council today unanimously approved a Portland Bureau of Transportation plan for Foster Road that will improve safety from SE Powell Boulevard to SE 90th Avenue as well as enhance the streetscape to make the corridor more attractive and accessible for businesses and residents.

“Today we have a shared, pressing responsibility to ensure that all Portlanders—regardless of their zip code—have the access to the basic transportation infrastructure that is the backbone of thriving, safe communities,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

“Foster Road is one of our High Crash Corridors, meaning it is one of ten areas in Portland that has the highest need for safety improvements. We have an ambitious goal of providing the vibrant and distinctive neighborhoods along the Foster Road corridor with safe streets and walkable communities. Today we moved forward with implementing the fruit of this labor,” he said.

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That Foster Road Transportation and Streetscape Plan will convert the four lane high-speed corridor into a three-lane street that includes a center lane for turning traffic, bicycle lanes, wider sidewalks and streetscape enhancements such as additional trees and lighting.

The new street configuration is designed to significantly reduce all crashes along the road, which has been the site of more than 1,200 crashes and eight fatalities in the last decade.  PBOT projects a 20 percent reduction in all crashes after the project is complete. Construction is scheduled for 2016.

The improvements also mean that Foster Road will become more of a Main Street destination than a throughway.  Through traffic is expected to be slowed by about three minutes at peak hours.

The plan was approved with significant public support during the 18-month planning process and at the Council hearing.  During planning, more than 450 people attended five open houses, which is a larger than usual turnout, and 80 percent of comments supported the plan’s recommendations.

Funding for the $5.25 million capital project has been secured from sources outside the transportation bureau:  $3 million are from federal funds, $2.25 million are urban renewal funds from the Portland Development Commission’s Lents Urban Renewal Area.

Find more information, including a two page fact sheet at  

SE Foster Cross Section

50s Bikeway Project: Construction underway to create 4.3 mile safety corridor from Woodstock to Rose City Park

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the street that will receive a pedestrian flashing beacon. It is SE Woodward Street not Woodstock Boulevard

(June 5, 2014) – Construction is underway on the 50s Bikeway Project, a 4.3 mile safety corridor along 52nd and 53rd avenues that improves connections to eight neighborhoods, including 12 schools and seven parks, on Portland’s east side.  

When complete this summer, the route will fill in a major missing link within the City’s bicycle network and better connect eight neighborhoods from Woodstock, through Mt. Tabor to Rose City Park.

The route also improves safety and active transportation options for school children. The route begins at Woodstock Elementary School in the south and ends at Rose City Park Elementary School in the north.

During construction in June and July, the public can expect intermittent lane closures on 52nd and 53rd avenues. Delays are expected to be minimal.  

As part of the project, six major street crossings along the route will be upgraded to improve safety for people walking and bicycling.  Crossing improvement techniques will vary by location but will include a combination of curb extensions and medians in addition to a pedestrian flashing beacon at SE Woodward Street and a hybrid beacon at E Burnside Street.

To further improve neighborhood livability and address residents’ concerns at two key intersections, cut-through traffic will be diverted at SE 52nd Avenue and Division Street and NE 53rd Avenue and Burnside Street.

The northern portion of the route will take the shape of a neighborhood greenway on 52nd and 53rd avenues, with signage and bicycle symbols called sharrows painted on residential streets from NE Sacramento Street to SE Division Street.    

On the southern portion, from SE Division Street to SE Woodstock Boulevard, the City will install six-foot-wide painted bicycle lanes on either side of 52nd Avenue.  To provide the necessary space, parking will be removed from the east side of the street.

The $1.5 million project is funded through a federal grant.  After a year-long planning and public involvement process, the City Council unanimously adopted the '50s Bikeway Project in September 2011. In addition to public presentations at open houses, the project involved the guidance of a 17 member citizens’ advisory committee made up of representatives from the neighborhood and business associations along the route. Find out more at the '50s Bikeway Project.


New bike lanes and fresh paving on SW Vermont provide safer connections to SW schools

Project improved bikeways to Rieke Elementary and Wilson High School

Before: Looking west on SW Vermont Street at 12th Avenue(May 21, 2014) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation has just installed bicycle lanes on both sides of SW Vermont Street from SW Capitol Highway to SW 10th Avenue as part of a repaving project that gives a fresh look to the street and safer connections to two schools.  

The Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 originally identified this section as a Neighborhood Greenway (previously known as “bicycle boulevards”).  Community input from residents, the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, SW Trails, Rieke Elementary, and the Hillsdale Farmers Market and further analysis by PBOT engineering staff resulted in installing bike lanes instead of a shared road treatment common with Neighborhood Greenways.

“The steepness of the hill made a bike lane a better choice for the uphill portions. Since we had sufficient street width, we also chose to add a bike lane to the downhill portions. Incorporating bike lanes to each side should discourage speeding by creating the perception of a narrower roadway,” said PBOT project manager Kyle Chisek.

After: Looking west on SW Vermont Street at 12th AvenueThe lane configuration and existing street width allowed PBOT to keep automobile parking in the commercial area of SW Vermont St. near the intersection of Capitol Highway.  The project removed auto parking on the south side of SW Vermont from SW Chestnut up to the commercial area near Capitol Highway.

Delayed due to program cuts to PBOT’s FY 2012-13 budget, PBOT reduced the project cost significantly by incorporating the lane reconfiguration into a scheduled repaving of SW Vermont.

The project showcases the partnership between PBOT’s maintenance and safety programs. For questions, call Kyle Chisek, 503-823-7041.


PDX Bike Month Events Keep Coming!


Portlanders, if you haven’t jumped on your bike this month, don’t worry. PDX Bike Month bubbles with more great opportunities for you to join the fun.

Here’s a list of events for the next week and a half:

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am - NoonFamily Ride - Bike, Walk and Fly , Splendid Cycles, SE Ivon St and 4th Ave (near entrance to Springwater on the Willamette trail)

Sunday, May 11,  11:00 am - 4:00 pm:  East Portland Sunday Parkways, start anywhere along this 7-mile route

Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 - 9:00 amQuick Fix - fuel for you, air and lube for your bikeSE Gladstone St, bike corral between 37th and 39th

Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pmCycling Essentials class, The Emery,3155 SW Moody Ave (near the Portland Tram)

Thursday, May 15, Noon - 1:00 pm Bicycle Lunch and Learn - Bikeway Improvements of the PMLR Project, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, 2nd floor - Lovejoy Room

National Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 16,




Schools welcome Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the Saris Hub trip-tracker

Daily trips to school could add up to walking across Oregon

A student logging her bike/walk tripHundreds of schools across Oregon are celebrating Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the help of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland’s Safe Routes to School program.

All month long, students will keep track of their active transportation trips as they walk, bike, scoot, skate, and roll to school. Four local schools will also be implementing a new Safe Routes program – the Saris Hub – to help students track those active trips with a new online system.

Hub schools Beach, Hayhurst, Lent, and Sunnyside will each display a tracking box in a central hallway location. Students will swipe their personal trip card every time they make an active commute, which will automatically be recorded on the Hub website.

Students can see how many miles they have travelled as well as other fun facts like calories burned and dollars saved on gas on the Hub website. Coordinators can see group statistics, like how many miles a class has walked and biked in total.

Map of Oregon for Walk across Oregon challengeWhile healthy competition is a fun aspect of the Walk + Bike Challenge Month, two Hub schools will also be adding their students’ cumulative miles to see how far they can “Walk across Oregon” together. Students will follow a Golden Sneaker as it makes its way across the map to Bend, Crater Lake, Pendleton, and beyond!

Next year the Hub will be available for schools to borrow all year long. For now, let the challenge begin!

For more information contact Gabe Graff, Safe Routes to School Manager.