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Join the Winter Cruise fun with our All-Season Cycling and Bike Maintenance Basics brown bags

Lunch-time sessions to help you enjoy a #WinterCruise

Families bike riding on a foggy winter morningAs part of the Winter Cruise campaign to encourage bike riding in any season, PBOT's Active Transportation Division is offering two workshops.

Don’t let your fun and fitness deteriorate in 2014, just because of a few raindrops! Join us for our All-Season Cycling brown bag on January 9th as some experienced riders share strategies for staying dry, warm and safe throughout thePortland winter.

If you’re already in the fine habit of riding year ‘round, but want to give your trusty mule some extra care through the winter, join us for Bike Maintenance Basics on January 13th. Local professional cycling trainer, Tori Bortman of Gracie’s Wrench will demonstrate bike maintenance tips and techniques to keep your bike running smooth and safe all year.

Thursday, January 9

All-Season Cycling

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Ave

2nd Floor, Room B

 

Monday, January 13

Bike Maintenance Basics

12:00 noon – 1:00 pm

Portland Building

1120 SW 5th Ave

2nd Floor, Room B

Questions? Jeff Smith at jeff.smith@portlandoregon.gov or 503-823-7083.

PBOT receives national recognition for Neighborhood Greenways

People riding on a Neighborhood GreenwayPortland’s Neighborhood Greenways were selected as a best practice for a community speed reduction case study by Health Resources in Action (HRiA). HRiA helps people live healthier lives and create healthy communities through prevention, health promotion, policy and research.  

HRiA, in partnership with the Metropolitan Area Planning Council and with support from the National Network of Public Health Institutes and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, created a collection of best practices resources to help other communities implement similar community-wide speed reduction strategies. A case study was developed to illustrate the success of Portland’s Neighborhood Greenway initiative and show how other jursidictions can achieve traffic safety goals through similar efforts.

According to HRiA, PBOT’s efforts illustrate that speed reduction can be successfully integrated into a multi-faceted program that engages residents and achieves a safer and more inviting road environment for people walking and biking.

For more information:

Overall Speed Reduction Resource: http://hria.org/resources/reports/community-speed-reduction/2013-resources-speed-reduction.html

Neighborhood Greenway case study: http://hria.org/uploads/catalogerfiles/2013-speed-reduction-resources/PortlandCaseStudy_120313.pdf

photo credit: Greg Raisman/flickr.com

Resolve to Ride: Winter is a fine time to ride a bicycle

Use #Resolve2Ride on social media for a chance to win prizes.

Does your New Year's resolution include getting healthier or fitter?

The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is reminding everyone that winter is a great time to ride your bike - despite temperatures a little cooler, skies a little grayer, with a little more moisture in the air. We're also giving people a boost to their new year's resolution now via our #resolve2ride campaign and Winter Cruise month.  

Resolution pic

From now until January 6th we want you to let us know that you'll ride your bikes this winter.  Whether you'll pledge to hop on when it's a little drier (say, the last two months or so) or at least once a week, we want to hear your winter bike resolutions. 

On Facebook, Twitter (@pbotactive), or Instagram (@pbotactive) tell us that you'll resolve to ride this winter.  And be sure to include the #Resolve2Ride hashtag so we can find your post.  You can also email us at smarttripsbusiness@portlandoregon.gov and tell us your reason.

Our favorite response will win a $25 gift card to the bike shop of your choice.  Three runners-up will receive a Winter Cruise send-off package that includes PBOT’s coveted bike map bandanna, a reflective keep-your-pants-out-of-your-chain leg band, a seat cover for the occassional drizzle, a bike light, and more!

So tell the world why you bike in winter for a chance to win – and keep on cruising!

#WinterCruise   #Resolve2Ride


Check out this story from KATU with hints on how you can #Resolve2Ride.

And remember, we'll have more prize giveaways through January as you enjoy your #WinterCruise.

Winter Cruise month continues, with prizes!

Tell us why you ride in winter to win a $25 gift card to a bike shop.

During December and January the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is promoting Winter Cruise month.  We’re reminding everyone that, despite temperatures a little cooler, skys a little grayer, and a little more moisture that winter is a great time to ride your bike. 

From now until December 26th we’re asking why you ride your bike in winter.  On Facebook, Twitter (@pbotactive), or Instagram (@pbotactive) tell us what you like about your winter cruise.  And be sure to include the #WinterCruise hashtag so we can find your post.  You can also email us at smarttripsbusiness@portlandoregon.gov and tell us your reason. 

Our favorite response will win a $25 gift card to the bike shop of your choice.  Three runners-up will receive a Winter Cruise send-off package that includes PBOT’s coveted bike map bandanna, a reflective keep-your-pants-out-of-your-chain leg band, a seat cover for the occassional drizzle, a bike light, and more!

So tell the world why you bike in winter for a chance to win – and keep on cruising! #WinterCruise

Road Reconfigurations Achieve Significant Reduction of Crashes

Preliminary data shows 40% reduction in crashes on Sandy Blvd

PBOT's transportation safety goal, which is also a regional goal, is to reduce crashes citywide by 50% by 2035 (from a 2005 baseline). In order to achieve that goal, the High Crash Corridor program is identifying improvements with high crash-reduction factors - improvements that are proven to significantly reduce the number of vehicle, pedestrian and bicycle crashes.

Nationally and locally, we have been learning about how major roadway reconfigurations can contribute to significant crash reduction.

SE Tacoma Street, PORTLAND – In 2002, the Tacoma Main Street Plan was implemented on SE Tacoma from SE 23rd to the Sellwood Bridge. 

The improvements in the plan included:

  • Roadway configuration changes from four lanes, two travel lanes in each direction, to one travel lane in each direction, plus a combination of bike lanes, parking and a center turn lane.
  • Roadway reconstruction & paving
  • New pedestrian ramps
  • Pedestrian islands
  • Curb extensions
  • Marked crosswalks

This roadway reconfiguration has resulted in 26% fewer crashes, comparing eight years of pre-data and eight years of post-data.

 

Crosswalk and Pedestrian Island on Sandy Blvd.NE Sandy Blvd, PORTLAND – In 2007, the Sandy Streetscape Plan was implemented on NE Sandy Blvd from NE 14th Ave to NE 47th Ave. 

The improvements in the plan included:

  • Roadway reconstruction & paving
  • New pedestrian ramps
  • New & wider pedestrian islands
  • Curb extensions & extended curb lines
  • Marked crosswalks
  • Traffic signal upgrades
  • Street lighting
  • Street trees
  • Bike access & parking
  • Transit shelter upgrades

Preliminary data from this project shows 40% reduction in crashes and no fatalities in the project area, and 40% reduction in crashes corridor wide.

 

KING COUNTY (Seattle area) – King County and the City ofSeattle have implemented over 30 road reorganizations (or road diets), with an average of 29% crash reduction.

NATIONALLY road reorganizations (or road diets) are touted as one of the Federal Highway Administration’s Nine Proven Safety Counter Measures and are achieving 19%-47% crash reduction.

Crash reduction data from Portland and national studies confirms that a road reorganization can be an effective safety counter-measure with a high benefit-cost ratio.  It is one of the safety tools that PBOT will continue to consider when addressing safety improvements on City roadways.  

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