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PBOT highlights White Cane Day, October 15, with crosswalk education and enforcement action

Do you know Oregon's crosswalk law and the special protection afforded white cane users?

White Cane Safety Day logo(October 12, 2015) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Traffic Division have scheduled a crosswalk education and enforcement action in October in coordination with White Cane Safety Day. This action will take place on Thursday, October 15, 11AM – 12:30PM at the marked crossing on SE Belmont and SE 46th Ave in front of the SE Multicultural Service Center. Commissioner Steve Novick will be the designated pedestrian for a portion of the enforcement action.

White Cane Safety Day has been observed nationally each October since 1964. The day is set aside to celebrate the achievements of people who are blind or visually impaired as well as the important symbol of blindness and tool of independence, the white cane.

What are crosswalk education and enforcement actions? PBOT conducts crosswalk education and enforcement actions approximately once each month. These actions include one or more designated pedestrians positioned at locations with marked or unmarked crosswalks and significant pedestrian and vehicle traffic. Drivers failing to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians that jaywalk can receive warnings or citations. The purpose of each crosswalk education and enforcement action is to educate community members about Oregon crosswalk laws and to enforce the law.

Oregon crosswalk law (ORS 811.028) states that “Motorists are required to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in a marked or unmarked crosswalk when the pedestrian is in the motorist’s lane or the adjacent lane.” In addition, motorists are required to stop curb to curb for a person who is blind or blind and deaf, who is carrying a white cane or accompanied by a dog guide, and is crossing or about to cross a roadway (ORS 811.035).  Read the Oregon Department of Transportation brochure What You Need to Know About Oregon Crosswalk Laws by clicking here.

To see a list of the crosswalk education and enforcement actions that PBOT and the Portland Police have conducted since August 2005 see Pedestrian Crosswalk Education and Enforcement Actions 2005 – Present

International Walk+Bike to School Day in Portland (cute pictures alert)

Soggy weather could not deter students from rolling and strolling to school

Parent and kids chat with Commissioner Novick(October 9, 2015)  Portland Safe Routes to School and the Portland school community celebrated International Walk+Bike to School Day on October 7 and it was a rousing success! Over 70 Portland schools registered their participation in the event this year and statewide 250 schools took part.  Lent K-8 was chosen to be the media school with over 200 students and staff participating. A big thanks goes out to Lent K-8 Principal Terri Sing and Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) Coordinator Carmen Flores for helping to organize and host the event.

biking and walking over the bridge to Lent SchoolA long list of Portland dignitaries were in attendance, including City Commissioner Steve Novick, Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat, and Dr. Jeff Stanley from Kaiser Permanente – all addressed the physical and mental health, safety and fun benefits available to students biking, walking and rolling to school.

Other local dignitaries in attendance included Mike Rosen from the Portland Public School Board, Elizabeth Engberg from Kaiser Permanente Thriving Schools, Captain Kelli Sheffer of Portland Police, Steph Noll from the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, Cory Poole of the NW Skate Coalition, and Tom Ralley who is the amazing Lent K-8 volunteer. But the real stars of the day were all the students and staff at all the schools who participated. Kids at Creative Science school serving hot chocolate

Boy with a sign, "I Biked to School today!"Two kids carry Walk+Bike to School bannerPriest at Holy Redeemer school blesses bikes

Streetcar Mobile Musicfest rolls on Saturday, Oct. 10

Celebrate art and public transit in Portland!

Streetcar and Go By Streetcar sign(October 8, 2015)  Uniquely Portland, the Streetcar Mobile Musicfest celebrates art and transit with local bands playing live music on Portland Streetcar lines. Rock and roll while enjoying up to 15 bands playing live on every line in the system (for the first time this year) from 5:30-8:00 pm on Saturday, October 10.

New Rail~Volutionaries PDX has partnered with PDX Pop Now!, Portland Streetcar Inc. and Women’s Transportation Seminar to bring this one-of-a-kind entertainment on public transit. This is the first year the festival will take place on all streetcars. All you need is proof of fare. See the lineup, schedule and check out the bands here:

[photo: Shubert Ciencia /flickr creative commons]

Hey Portland – let’s celebrate Walk+Bike to School Day!

Students and Commissioner Novick walk to school(October 5, 2015)  On October 7, students across Portland and across the globe will be participating in International Walk and Bike to School Day. Is your child’s school registered?

International Walk+Bike to School Day is a global event that involves communities from more than 40 countries walking and biking to school on the same day. Started in 1997, this event has become part of a movement for year-round safe routes to school and a celebration – with record breaking participation – each October. Today, thousands of schools across America – from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico – participate.

Students at Vestal School offer prizes for walking/bikingPortland’s nationally recognized Safe Routes to School program works to make walking, biking and rolling to and from school safer and easier for Portland students and families. A partnership of the City of Portland, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and agencies, the Safe Routes program continues to make a significant difference for students and families’ safety and health.

Since its inception in 2005, the Portland Safe Routes program has made impressive gains in increasing the number of students walking and biking to school. Starting with eight elementary partner schools in its first year, the program has expanded year after year and now serves over 100 elementary, K-8 and middle schools across five school districts and reaches over 40,000 students. Portland Safe Routes will pilot its first high school program this year. These efforts have yielded impressive returns. Today, 43.6% of trips to school in Portland are on foot or by bike, an increase of 35% from when the program began. Thanks to the Safe Routes program, trips to school in Portland are on foot 33% and on bike 9%, compared to 12% walking and 1% biking rates nationally.

Celebrate Walktober!

Enjoy a walk this month - or lead a walk for others to enjoy

Walktober logo(October 2, 2015)  Walktober is three weeks of walking fun in October! Oregon Walks developed Walktober to help people in the Portland region find new ways to walk, new places and to walk and new people to enjoy walking with. Walktober is an open calendar which means that anyone can join a walk or create, post and lead a walk. Walks are put on by people like you!

Do you have an idea for a walk, but not sure how to make it happen? Walktober provides a Walk Guide to help you out. The guide lists some ideas or themes to get you started as well as guidance on the more practical considerations. Once you have your idea and plan your walk, just provide the information on their Add Event page and the calendar will automatically update.r to help people in the Portland region find new ways to walk, new places and to walk and new people to enjoy walking with. Walktober is an open calendar which means that anyone can join a walk or create, post and lead a walk. Walks are put on by people like you!

Oregon Walks is a non-profit advocacy organization dedicated to promoting walking and making the conditions for walking safe, convenient and attractive throughout the Portland metropolitan region. The organization advocates for better laws, enhanced enforcement, more sidewalks and signed crosswalks, education programs, community improvements designed for pedestrians, and increased funding to support these activities.