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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

Fax: 503-823-7576

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

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Calling all future Active Transportation Ambassadors!

Volunteer with the Portland Bureau of Transportation, meet interesting people, and share your love of the city.

Greeting the public with bike-walk maps(April 20, 2015)   Do you like to engage with the public? Are you moved by transportation? (Yes, pun intended…) Then consider becoming an Active Transportation Ambassador. Ambassadors are volunteers who represent the Bureau of Transportation and share information and resources about how to get around Portland. Pedestrians, bicyclists, drivers, and transit riders alike share our roadways every day. Ambassadors advocate for all road users to travel together safely and courteously.

There are numerous kinds of volunteer opportunities for Ambassadors, from tabling at public events like farmers markets and neighborhood street fairs, to assisting with guided walks and bike rides. Ambassadors also help out at active transportation classes and workshops, during Sunday Parkways, and for bike and pedestrian counts. Ambassadors are expected to commit to volunteering at a minimum of 2 events during the 2015 season.

If becoming an Ambassador sounds like just your thing, fill out this application by Monday, April 27th. Selected applicants will be invited to a two hour training on Thursday, May 7th from 6-8pm. Want more information? Contact or at 503-823-9863. 

Join Safe Routes to School at the annual Spring Kick-off

(April 16, 2015)  Safe Routes to School is hosting their annual Spring Kick-off and you’re invited. This free, family-friendly event celebrates walking, biking and healthy neighborhoods. There will be lots of great activities for families including a bike fair and games, free basic bike repair and a special kick-off for Walk+Bike Challenge Month in May. A free healthy lunch will be served at noon with a community bike ride to take place shortly after, heading to the new Khunamokwst Park.

For more information please email

kids on Safe Routes Community Bike Ride

Safe Routes to School Spring Kick-off

Saturday, April 25, 2015

10:00am to 1:30pm

Harvey Scott School

6700 NE Prescott St

Neighborhood Greenway sign identification project

New signs help road users identify they are on a Neighborhood Greenway.

(April 14, 2015) PBOT crews have begun installing signs on four of Portland's Neighborhood Greenways to help people better understand the type of road they are using. Neighborhood Greenways are low-speed, low-traffic streets where people walking and bicycling are prioritized over cut-through automotive traffic. 

PBOT has nearly 80 miles of Neighborhood Greenways in all parts of the city. While the program has changed since it first emerged as a citizen-led effort to identify SE Salmon and SE Taylor as a designated bicycle route, Neighborhood Greenways share several characteristics:

        • Automotive speeds are low. In many cases the signed speed limit is 20 MPH
        • Automotive volumes are low. PBOT strives for less than an average of 1,500 cars per day and many Neighborhood Greenways have less 1,000.
        • Crossings of major streets are improved for people walking and bicycling across.

The new signs help provide context for the 20 MPH speed limit signs, reinforcing Neighborhood Greenway routes as places for walking and bicycling and encouraging those uses. Keep an eye out for the new signs on the following Greenways:

• N Michigan,
• N/NE Blandena /Going /Alberta,
• SE Salmon /Taylor, &
• SE Bush /100th/101st

A total of 95 signs will be installed. As funding permits, the signs will be added to other Neighborhood Greenways, phased in gradually over time.  These signs can also be included in the design of new Neighborhood Greenways.

neighborhood greenway id signs

Learn more about Portland's Neighborhood Greenways by visiting -

Thanks for driving less!

Portland carbon emissions down 35% per person

People walking, driving and taking streetcars 1949(March 31, 2015)  While carbon emissions in the U.S. have gone up 7 percent since 1990, Portlanders have been able to cut total emissions by 14 percent, even while absorbing 30 percent more people and adding over 75,000 jobs.

One of the ways we’ve been able to achieve this is because Portlanders are driving less. Yet transportation of goods and people still accounts for nearly 40 percent of Multnomah County carbon emissions. How we move around makes a difference, and land use patterns make a difference on how we move around.

Portland was the first U.S. city to adopt a plan to cut carbon in 1993. That plan put Portland and Multnomah County on a path to reach a 40 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2030 and an 80 percent reduction in carbon emissions by 2050 (based on 1990 levels). The 2015 draft Climate Action Plan builds on accomplishments to date with ambitious policies, new research and engagement with underserved communities.

According to the plan, 60 percent of Portlanders are currently being served by “healthy connected neighborhoods” that support the health and well-being of residents. Healthy connected neighborhoods afford people of all ages and abilities safe and convenient access to the goods and services needed in daily life – grocery stores, schools, libraries, parks, and jobs – reachable by foot, bike or transit. Forty percent of Portlanders still live in neighborhoods that lack safe and convenient access to transit, commercial services, jobs, or in many areas such as East Portland, even sidewalks. Addressing this inequity is one important piece of the plan.

The draft 2015 Climate Action Plan has been released for public comment and can be viewed here - Public comments are due by April 10.


Bike Week in East Portland

A bike shop and other resources are coming to East Portland

Matt Martin works on a bike at Rosewood Bikes(March 26, 2015)  Rosewood Bikes is a new community bike shop and advocacy organization in East Portland. The shop celebrated its Grand Opening with a free Bike Repair Workshop last night at the Rosewood Initiative Community Center at 16126 SE Stark.

While there are more than 70 bike shops in bike-passionate Portland, shops and services are scarce in East Portland.   Prior to last night there were no bicycle shops east of 106th Avenue, which meant a Rosewood resident with a flat tire would have to travel 4 miles to reach the closest shop.

Rosewood Bikes is making its temporary home inside the Rosewood Initiative Community Center and hopes to find a permanent location by mid- to late-summer. The non-profit bike shop and advocacy organization will offer weekly fix-it nights on Thursdays from 4 to 6 pm.  Director Matt Martin hopes Rosewood Bikes can be part of a growing movement to make East Portland more bike friendly, especially for the families and bicyclists of all ages and types that live in the area.

The Rosewood Initiative  and the Bicycle Transportation Alliance are hosting a week of events including the East Portland Bike Advocacy 101 workshop tonight from 6 to 7 pm and a Bike Rodeo and community ride on Saturday from 11 am to 2 pm. Come out and support this great new resource in East Portland this week, and look for the Rosewood Bikes table at Sunday Parkways East Portland on May 10th!