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Welcome SmartTrips Targets New Movers for 2014

Program offers tips and tools for those finding their way around a new neighborhood

(July 23, 2014)  After 12 years of moving around the city to target specific neighborhoods, Portland’s residential SmartTrips program is taking a new approach for 2014.  SmartTrips, a program of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Active Transportation Division, is focusing on people who have recently moved.

Delivering SmartTrips information by bike

Recent movers include new Portland residents - relocating from another city, state or country - and those who have recently changed residences within Portland. The thinking goes, when people move they must develop new patterns for everyday trips - shopping, library, school - and may be more open to making changes in how they get around.

Welcome SmartTrips sent out its first mailing to about 9000 residents on May 6 followed by a reminder postcard, a newsletter and an order form within a few weeks. Residents can order, either online or by mail, a variety of tools and resources for getting around Portland. Available resources include bike and walk maps, a digital pedometer, transit maps, information on carshare, schedules of guided walks and bike rides, travel safety tips and more. Water conservation tools and information are also offered.

To date, SmartTrips has received about 1500 orders for materials from new residents. Customized packets are delivered by bicycle to residents’ door steps within two weeks, and orders have come in from all reaches of the Portland area including Marine Drive, 184th Avenue in east Portland and the Multnomah/Washington County line on the west side. Three staff members typically ride 20-25 miles per day but have ridden as much as 40 miles on one delivery pulling trailers full of customized packages for new residents.  Trailer with bags for delivery

Funding for the SmartTrips program comes mostly from a Metro Regional Travel Options grant. These grants fund “projects to reduce the number of people driving alone, improve air quality and address community health issues.” Metro’s Regional Travel Options group is also focusing on new movers this year.

Over the ten years in existence, Portland’s Residential SmartTrips program has been able to effect an average 9 percent shift away from drive alone trips to more active modes – biking, walking, transit, etc. 

Transportation and community partnership delivers 84 new parking spaces to East Portland commercial areas.

East Portland Bike and Shop pilot serves 12 businesses and organizations

(July 21, 2014) - East Portland is enjoying 84 new bike parking spaces at 12 East Portland businesses and organizations after the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recently completed the East Portland Bike and Shop project.  In partnership with community members and the East Portland Action Plan Municipal Partnership program, which provided funding to acquire and install the bike racks, PBOT brought much needed bike parking resources to a wide area of East Portland.

Baskins Robbins bike parkingThe project installed seven grouped bike cluster racks (typically called "corrals") and 21 individual bike racks to improve transportation choices for people traveling by bicycle and to provide increased customer access to dozens of East Portland businesses and organizations.

“I want to thank East Portland activists and the East Portland Action Plan for the hard work and partnership,” said City of Portland Transportation Commissioner Steve Novick. “This project demonstrates that in order to provide equal access we sometimes need to do things differently, including reevaluating our standard operating procedures to meet community goals. It’s an example of delivering on our promise to the people of East Portland to make it a safer and more convenient place to get around and to the businesses to improve connections to customers.”

East Portlanders had long flagged the lack of bicycle parking as one of the barriers to meeting daily needs by bike.  In meetings held over the last few years, community members noted that East Portland (along with SW Portland) face unique development patterns that preclude PBOT from providing the same quality and quantity of bike parking as other commercial corridors.

PBOT’s ubiquitous blue bike racks are public property. The racks are PBOT’s responsibility to maintain and are only installed in the public right of way – usually in the furnishing zone of the sidewalk adjacent to the businesses’ storefront.

Many of East Portland’s retail centers have large asphalt parking lots separating the sidewalk from the businesses’ front doors.  This separates a bike rack from a business’s front door by more than 100’, making bike parking inconvenient and inconspicuous to shoppers and clients. East Portland resident Jim Chasse wrote, “What most people don't know, or don't consider is, bike parking is so important to cyclists to protect their investment that we won't contribute to the economy if we don't have adequate facilities to lock our bikes to while we shop. This is a great start to encourage people to cycle more in East Portland!”

The project is a product of the East Portland in Motion plan, which called for installing bike parking on private property in approximately 10 locations.  Property owners assumed ownership and responsibility to maintain the racks. Previous City policy did not allow PBOT to donate bike racks to private businesses. In 2013, however, City Council gave the PBOT Director the right to provide such donations. East Portland community activists then helped identify potential locations and PBOT staff worked to secure business and property owner agreements.

 [photos by David Hampsten]

new bike racks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The project provided bike parking for a range of East Portland locations, including shopping plazas, social service and health care agencies, and individual businesses.  The full list of locations and bike parking facilities installed is included in the chart below.

 

# of Corrals

# of Staple Racks

# of Bike Parking Spaces

Multnomah County Aging and Disability Service (106th and SE Cherry Blossom)

 

4

8

Pizza Baron/Midway Plaza (122nd and SE Division)

1

 

6

Powell Villa (122nd and SE Powell)

2

5

22

Russellville Grange (121st and NE Prescott)

1

 

6

Rosewood Community Center (162nd and SE Stark)

 

4

8

Boss Hawgs Bar & Grill (102nd and NE Glisan)

1

 

6

IRCO Main Office (104th and NE Glisan)

 

4

8

Tina's Corner Café (122nd and SE Harold)

1

 

6

Tik Tok Restaurant (112th and SE Division)

1

 

6

Ed Benedict Park (104th and SE Bush)

 

4

8

Totals

7

21

84

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.

Foster Rd. Images

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 https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/493343  

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.

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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.