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4th Annual Safe Routes Spring Kick-off – You’re Invited!

Fun, free activities for families to help you enjoy the Spring weather

A happy family at the 2013 Safe Routes kickoffSafe Routes to School is hosting their 4th Annual Spring Kick-off on Saturday, April 12th.  This is a family-fun event that celebrates health, safety, and physical fitness.  Learn about Walking School Buses and Bike Trains!

There will be activities for parents, students, and younger children including a bike rodeo, map reading and route planning, learn to ride a bike class, free minor bike repair, bike decorations, and helmet sales for $6.  There will be a community bike ride at 1pm (with bikes and helmets available to borrow).  A free healthy lunch will be served at noon for the first 100 people.

For more information, email saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov or call 503-823-5358.

 

Saturday, April 12th, 10am-2pm

Earl Boyles Elementary School, 10822 SE Bush St, Portland  97266

Plan your trip there by bike or transit using TriMet's trip planner!

National Walking Day encourages a healthy lifestyle

American Heart Association designates April 2nd as a day to step up for your ticker.

It’s April, it’s still wet outside, and maybe your New Year’s Resolutions are needing a boost. We’ve got just the thing help keep you motivated and on track. National Walking Day is a nationwide call-to-action for all Americans to adopt a healthy lifestyle. The American Heart Association wants you to join your friends, family, school or other community group to in taking the first step to becoming more active and pledge to take a walk toward better health on Wednesday, April 2.

Walking in a Portland neighborhoodThese days, more of us spend more time sitting at work than ever before (standing work station anyone?!), and as a nation we’ve become much less active. Statistics show that 1 in 2 men, and 1 in 3 women are at greater risk for heart disease and research shows that an inactive lifestyle is a major contributer. But take heart, walking is one of the easiest, most effective activities you can do to improve your health. Even a small amount can make a difference.

Since we’re all about transportation and fostering a livable city, we encourage you to find ways to replace just a few driving trips per week with a walking trip. The American Heart Association recommends 30 minutes of walking a day – and it doesn’t all have to be at once. By walking to your neighborhood grocery store, coffee shop, school, park, bus stop or even a friends house, you’ll be on your way to a healthier lifestyle, a healthier community and a healthier you!

If you’d like some inspiration for your next walk, check out PBOT’s series of Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. You’ll find public art, local parks, heritage trees and other attractions listed – plus every school and library in your area, grocery stores, water fountains, and even all the bus stops (in case the rain returns).  And starting in May, hop aboard the Ten Toe Express, guided walks that show off great Portland neighborhoods at a comfortable pace.

Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan open house coming up

Plan will help improve local connectivity in East Portland neighborhoods

Next Thursday (March 13th, 2014) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will host an open house to discuss the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan.  The open house will be held at the David Douglas High School North Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Ave.

Unconnected street

PBOT is developing the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan to help improve local street and pathway connectivity in several East Portland neighborhoods. The study area is bounded by SE 112th Ave, SE 148th Ave, SE Stark and SE Holgate and includes portions of the Hazelwood, Mill Park, Centennial and Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhoods.

The open house will include an overview presentation at 6 PM. Participants are welcome to drop by anytime between 5 and 7 PM to talk to staff and take a self-guided tour of several stations presenting the existing conditions, needs, opportunities and constraints, and proposed candidate connections to improve local street and pathway connectivity.  PBOT staff also wants to hear from Portlanders about where better local streets and pathways are most needed in the area.

The open house will also include information about several other projects in the area:

  • Powell-Division Transit and Development Project – Planning effort is underway to improve transit service and bring supporting development and investment to the corridor.
  • TriMet East Portland Transit Service Enhancement Plan - Planning effort is underway.
  • East Portland Access to Transit Project – Project is in design to build pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

What: Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan open house

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 Drop by anytime from 5 PM to 7 PM. Overview presentation at 6 PM.

Where: David Douglas High School North Cafeteria,1001 SE 135th Ave

To learn more, please visit the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan website

Division-Midway Plan Study Area

20’s Bikeway open houses kick off next week

See and comment on proposed designs for a 9 mile north-south bike corridor

2 people biking on a neighborhood bikeway

The Portland Bureau of Transportation will hold three open houses on the proposed 20’s Bikeway Project.

Thursday, March 13

Fremont United Methodist Church

2620 NE Fremont

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

Monday, March 17

Cleveland High School

3400 SE 26th Ave

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

Tuesday, March 18

Central Catholic High School

2401 SE Stark (enter on 24th Ave)

6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m

 

This project will plan, design and construct safety improvements to this important 9.1 mile north-south bicycle route.  The route uses a variety of local residential streets and neighborhood collector streets between NE/SE 26th and 29th Aves, and runs from NE Lombard St at the north end of the City to connect to the Springwater Corridor at the south end of the City.  The project is funded through a $2.4 million federal grant.

These open houses will allow for public comment on the design options developed to date by staff and the Stakeholder Advisory Committee.  If you can’t make the March 13 open house, the same material will be presented at open houses in SE Portland on March 17 at Cleveland High School and March 18 at Central Catholic High School.

For more information on the project, including draft maps, documents and Stakeholder Advisory Committee notes, see the project webpage: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/62816

Photo credit: Greg Raisman/Flickr

Walk, but stay safe

Whether driving or walking, learn to recognize "the double threat"

Walking is a great way to get exercise and Portland is a great city for walking. It’s still important, however, to follow some basic safety rules to protect yourself from cars and other potential hazards.

In Portland, every intersection is a crosswalk whether marked with paint or not – this includes “T” intersections. By Oregon law, motorists must stop for pedestrians showing intent to cross by extending part of their body, wheelchair, cane, crutch or bicycle into the roadway. But safety doesn’t end there.

The Double Threat

Driver's-eye view of "double-threat" in a crosswalk

Road users should keep in mind that a secondary, or “double” threat exists on streets with two or more lanes of traffic traveling in the same direction.

Drivers: Oregon law requires drivers to slow down and then stop when they see a vehicle stopped in an adjacent lane, regardless of whether a pedestrian is visible. It is illegal for a vehicle to pass a stopped vehicle at a crosswalk (ORS 811.020).  * If you see a vehicle stopped, assume you need to stop too. *

Pedestrians: In this situation, you might be blocked from the view of other approaching motorists by a stopped vehicle. Before entering the next lane of traffic, stop and look to make sure all approaching vehicles have stopped for you before you cross the next lane

Find more information about safety on our roads on our StreetSmart Safety page - click here to visit.