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Street Seats application deadline approaching

Program supports street vitality, community livability, and business development

Street Seats, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s program that permits businesses and organizations to build a temporary platform in the on-street parking lane for outdoor seating or public space, is gearing up for another round of applications for 2014.  The deadline for applying for a permit to build a Street Seat is April 1st (no fooling).  PBOT is looking for high-quality designs and Street Seats that incorporate public seating for community use.

The program is popular both with businesses and the public who enjoy the opportunity to immerse themselves in Portland’s thriving business districts while enjoying a meal, a drink, or a place to relax. To date, PBOT has permitted eight locations and is only offering 10 additional permits for 2014. Quality of design and availability of public seating will be two of the prioritized evaluation criteria.  Serious applicants are encouraged to seek out professional design assistance.

For more information, including design guidelines, pictures, and the application, visit the Street Seats webpage.

Street Seat design proposal

A proposed public design submitted as part of PBOT's Street Seat Design Competition in 2013.

A wrenching day for volunteers ends well

Fix-It Fair effort puts one hundred twenty-two wheels back on the road

Two young men fix a bikeSafe Routes to School and ten volunteer bike mechanics attended to a record 61 bicycles Saturday at the final Fix-It Fair of the season, hosted by David Douglas High School. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm spent their day wrenching on bikes brought in by local residents, and even taught a few tricks of the trade to willing learners. Common repair needs included flat tires, shifting adjustments and brake pad replacements. All repairs were provided to help families and students get back on the road for trips to school, to work and for errands.

Safe Routes has partnered with the two non-profit organizations to offer free minor bike repair at all three Fix-It Fairs of the 2013-14 season. Cyclone Bicycle Supply also supported the events by supplying basic parts to Safe Routes at a discounted rate.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which organizes the fairs, says the next season of Fairs starts Nov. 22, 2014, but the Community Resource Guide is available online year-round.

City installs 105th bike corral, including the Southwest neighborhoods first

Business and developer demand continues for on-street bike parking

Since installing its first bike corral back at old Civic Stadium in 2004, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) on-street bicycle parking program has grown considerably.  In October 2013, PBOT celebrated its 100th bicycle corral installation at the New Seasons Market on SE Hawthorne and 41st.  Since then, PBOT has installed five additional corrals, all requested directly by businesses owners or developers, including the first corral in Southwest Portland outside of downtown.

J. Maus  - New Seasons Corral
New Seasons Market's Arbor Lodge store opened a new back entrance and included a bicycle corral in their initial plans for the re-orientation. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.

Bicycle corrals provide efficient use of the street for bicycle parking in areas with high demand. Corrals typically can park 12 to 24 bicycles in the same space as one to two cars, free up congested sidewalks, and improve visibility at busy intersections for those on foot or behind the wheel.

In November 2013, PBOT installed its 103rd bicycle corral in front of Elephant’s Deli on SW Corbett Ave, the first bike corral in Southwest Portland outside of the downtown area.  In addition to bicycle parking provided on-site at the new restaurant, Elephant’s also elected to pursue a bike corral installed right at the front door for customers.  PBOT worked with the new development’s project manager to schedule the installation soon after the cafe opened its doors.  Several other new developments have worked with PBOT to install bike corrals just as they have opened for business.

In addition to the Elephant’s SW Corbett location, PBOT has recently installed new bicycle corrals at these four locations:

  • N Holman & N Interstate Ave (New Seasons Market – Arbor Lodge)
  • NE Alberta & NE 14thAve (Living Room Realty/New Development)
  • SE 37th & SE Hawthorne (Baghdad Theater)
  • SE Hawthorne & SE 43rd (Common Grounds Coffee)

Learn more about about getting a City bike rack installed and bicycle parking corrals on PBOT’s webpage.


The City's first on-street bicycle corral (now, decommissioned) installed in 2004 at old Civic Stadium (now, Providence Park).

Elephant's Deli Bike Corral

Southwest Portland's first bicycle corral outside of downtown at Elephant's Deli on SW Corbett.

1401 NE Alberta bike corral

New bicycle corral on NE Alberta at 14th Ave. The developer of this building paid for the bike corral before tenants opened for business.

Walk and Bike Networking Night fosters new energy and connections

Approximately thirty people from Portland and as far away as Eugene gathered on January 30th for the 3rd Annual Walk and Bike Networking Night, hosted by the Community Cycling Center.

Parents and children walking togetherSponsored by the CCC, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and PBOT Safe Routes to School, the event’s main goal was to connect participants with new ideas, resources and energy to promote safe walking and biking and to expand Walk+Bike and Safe Routes to School programs in the Portland metro area.

People attending came from with a variety of interests and concerns. Participants included Portland Police’s Officer Jason Mills, School Resource Officer for the Parkrose school district, Kristi Finney-Dunn, a safety activist whose son was killed on a bicycle near SE Division Street in 2012, the City of Eugene’s Zane Wheeler, who was interested in mountain bike camps and promoting skateboarding, Hosford Middle School staff member and walk/bike promoter Luke Wisher, volunteers from Bikes for Humanity, and Oliver Smith, a current Hatfield Resident Fellow at Washington County Land Use and Transportation, among others.

BTA staff facilitated the event. Nibbling on potluck items, participants broke into small groups for conversations on funding, equity, organizing bike co-ops, and incorporating health into transportation.

“The event brought together people interested in creating safer places for kids and adults to walk and bike,” said Abra McNair of PBOT’s Safe Routes to School. “We made valuable new connections to help us move forward with our goals, such as with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.”

For more information, contact Abra McNair.


Finding a Safe Route to school is now easier

Bike and walk maps for each of 93 Portland schools help parents and students pick a low stress route.

The Portland Safe Routes program is pleased to announce updated walking and biking maps for Portland’s elementary and K-8 schools.

These updated maps are a simplified version of the Transportation Bureau’s popular Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. The new maps are easier to read and better highlight the best routes for walking and biking. All the maps feature the latest information on Portland’s Neighborhood Greenway network, as well as pedestrian paths, bike lanes, and bus routes. For SW Portland schools, the new maps now show whether the recommended routes have sidewalk or not.

The new maps are available for free at


Old format of Safe Routes map New format of Safe Routes map

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has produced a variety maps over the years designed to show parents and students the best routes for walking or biking to school. We welcome your feedback on this latest version. Please send comments to