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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.

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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!

Show your appreciation for your transit driver

Wednesday, March 18 is Transit Driver Appreciation Day

How do you show your appreciation for your transit driver? For hours on end, transit drivers manage to keep a schedule, check fares, give directions, announce stops, remember stop requests and more, all while safely maneuvering an extra-large vehicle though unpredictable traffic, adverse weather conditions and some really tight spaces! The fact is, transit drivers don’t have an easy job; they just make it look that way.

Appreciating a transit driverTriMet has designated March 18 as Transit Driver Appreciation Day and wants you to join them in celebrating the contributions of hard-working bus drivers and rail operators. A simple smile and wave when you board, or a thank you when you leave goes a long way, but you can also print out and personalize pre-made thank you cards available on TriMet’s webpage and give your driver a more tangible token of your appreciation. You can also submit an official commendation for your favorite driver, one who performs their duties well or even goes above and beyond any time of year!

All of our transportation options connect people with their community, ease traffic congestion and reduce pollution. Over 300,000 transit trips per day – more than 100,000,000 per year – are taken by Portland area residents just like you. Transit is an extremely important piece of our multi-modal transportation system and transit drivers really do help keep Portland moving.


Active family fun on Shamrock Run Sunday at the Tram

The Tram will run from 7 am to 5 pm and there will be special activities for children from 11 am to 2 pm.

(March 12, 2015)  Is this the weekend you'll engage in "especially Active Transportation" - will you be in this Sunday's Shamrock Run?

Tram in a field of shamrocksWhether you're putting on the sneakers or doing the cheering make sure to come by the Portland Aerial Tram for some post-event relaxation and family time. The Tram will be running on Sunday from 7:00am to 5:00pm to help relieve traffic congestion for Marquam Hill and  OHSU-bound travelers, but anyone can ride! You'll have great views of the city, the river, and the runners along the 15k and Half Marathon routes - and children 6 & under ride for free.

After the event come to the Shamrock Family Fun Day at the lower Tram station. From 11:00am to 2:00pm we'll have free arts and crafts for the kids. Bring home a Leprechaun Trap to make your St. Patty's Day festive, and plant some shamrock seeds for extra luck. Pick up a copy of the Portland Tram Activity Book, great for entertaining youngsters while the adults discuss their favorite running shoes. There will even be a quiet space with books for kids and parents to read up on leprechaun lore.

For a stress-free trip to the Tram take the Portland Streetcar NS line, or try walking or biking. You can also park free in the Whitaker Street lot. See you Sunday at the Portland Tram!

Sunday, March 15th
Portland Aerial Tram, 3303 SW Bond Ave
Family activities and crafts from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm
Portland Tram runs 7:00 am to 5:00 pm