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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:

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.

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.