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50s Bikeway Project: Construction underway to create 4.3 mile safety corridor from Woodstock to Rose City Park

Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly identified the street that will receive a pedestrian flashing beacon. It is SE Woodward Street not Woodstock Boulevard

(June 5, 2014) – Construction is underway on the 50s Bikeway Project, a 4.3 mile safety corridor along 52nd and 53rd avenues that improves connections to eight neighborhoods, including 12 schools and seven parks, on Portland’s east side.  

When complete this summer, the route will fill in a major missing link within the City’s bicycle network and better connect eight neighborhoods from Woodstock, through Mt. Tabor to Rose City Park.

The route also improves safety and active transportation options for school children. The route begins at Woodstock Elementary School in the south and ends at Rose City Park Elementary School in the north.

During construction in June and July, the public can expect intermittent lane closures on 52nd and 53rd avenues. Delays are expected to be minimal.  

As part of the project, six major street crossings along the route will be upgraded to improve safety for people walking and bicycling.  Crossing improvement techniques will vary by location but will include a combination of curb extensions and medians in addition to a pedestrian flashing beacon at SE Woodward Street and a hybrid beacon at E Burnside Street.

To further improve neighborhood livability and address residents’ concerns at two key intersections, cut-through traffic will be diverted at SE 52nd Avenue and Division Street and NE 53rd Avenue and Burnside Street.

The northern portion of the route will take the shape of a neighborhood greenway on 52nd and 53rd avenues, with signage and bicycle symbols called sharrows painted on residential streets from NE Sacramento Street to SE Division Street.    

On the southern portion, from SE Division Street to SE Woodstock Boulevard, the City will install six-foot-wide painted bicycle lanes on either side of 52nd Avenue.  To provide the necessary space, parking will be removed from the east side of the street.

The $1.5 million project is funded through a federal grant.  After a year-long planning and public involvement process, the City Council unanimously adopted the '50s Bikeway Project in September 2011. In addition to public presentations at open houses, the project involved the guidance of a 17 member citizens’ advisory committee made up of representatives from the neighborhood and business associations along the route. Find out more at the '50s Bikeway Project.


New bike lanes and fresh paving on SW Vermont provide safer connections to SW schools

Project improved bikeways to Rieke Elementary and Wilson High School

Before: Looking west on SW Vermont Street at 12th Avenue(May 21, 2014) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation has just installed bicycle lanes on both sides of SW Vermont Street from SW Capitol Highway to SW 10th Avenue as part of a repaving project that gives a fresh look to the street and safer connections to two schools.  

The Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 originally identified this section as a Neighborhood Greenway (previously known as “bicycle boulevards”).  Community input from residents, the Hillsdale Neighborhood Association, SW Trails, Rieke Elementary, and the Hillsdale Farmers Market and further analysis by PBOT engineering staff resulted in installing bike lanes instead of a shared road treatment common with Neighborhood Greenways.

“The steepness of the hill made a bike lane a better choice for the uphill portions. Since we had sufficient street width, we also chose to add a bike lane to the downhill portions. Incorporating bike lanes to each side should discourage speeding by creating the perception of a narrower roadway,” said PBOT project manager Kyle Chisek.

After: Looking west on SW Vermont Street at 12th AvenueThe lane configuration and existing street width allowed PBOT to keep automobile parking in the commercial area of SW Vermont St. near the intersection of Capitol Highway.  The project removed auto parking on the south side of SW Vermont from SW Chestnut up to the commercial area near Capitol Highway.

Delayed due to program cuts to PBOT’s FY 2012-13 budget, PBOT reduced the project cost significantly by incorporating the lane reconfiguration into a scheduled repaving of SW Vermont.

The project showcases the partnership between PBOT’s maintenance and safety programs. For questions, call Kyle Chisek, 503-823-7041.


PDX Bike Month Events Keep Coming!


Portlanders, if you haven’t jumped on your bike this month, don’t worry. PDX Bike Month bubbles with more great opportunities for you to join the fun.

Here’s a list of events for the next week and a half:

Saturday, May 10, 9:00 am - NoonFamily Ride - Bike, Walk and Fly , Splendid Cycles, SE Ivon St and 4th Ave (near entrance to Springwater on the Willamette trail)

Sunday, May 11,  11:00 am - 4:00 pm:  East Portland Sunday Parkways, start anywhere along this 7-mile route

Wednesday, May 14, 7:30 - 9:00 amQuick Fix - fuel for you, air and lube for your bikeSE Gladstone St, bike corral between 37th and 39th

Wednesday, May 14, 6:30 - 8:00 pmCycling Essentials class, The Emery,3155 SW Moody Ave (near the Portland Tram)

Thursday, May 15, Noon - 1:00 pm Bicycle Lunch and Learn - Bikeway Improvements of the PMLR Project, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW 4th Ave, 2nd floor - Lovejoy Room

National Bike to Work Day – Friday, May 16,




Schools welcome Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the Saris Hub trip-tracker

Daily trips to school could add up to walking across Oregon

A student logging her bike/walk tripHundreds of schools across Oregon are celebrating Walk + Bike Challenge Month with the help of the Bicycle Transportation Alliance and Portland’s Safe Routes to School program.

All month long, students will keep track of their active transportation trips as they walk, bike, scoot, skate, and roll to school. Four local schools will also be implementing a new Safe Routes program – the Saris Hub – to help students track those active trips with a new online system.

Hub schools Beach, Hayhurst, Lent, and Sunnyside will each display a tracking box in a central hallway location. Students will swipe their personal trip card every time they make an active commute, which will automatically be recorded on the Hub website.

Students can see how many miles they have travelled as well as other fun facts like calories burned and dollars saved on gas on the Hub website. Coordinators can see group statistics, like how many miles a class has walked and biked in total.

Map of Oregon for Walk across Oregon challengeWhile healthy competition is a fun aspect of the Walk + Bike Challenge Month, two Hub schools will also be adding their students’ cumulative miles to see how far they can “Walk across Oregon” together. Students will follow a Golden Sneaker as it makes its way across the map to Bend, Crater Lake, Pendleton, and beyond!

Next year the Hub will be available for schools to borrow all year long. For now, let the challenge begin!

For more information contact Gabe Graff, Safe Routes to School Manager.

Bike Month kicks off in Portland, nationwide

PBOT encourages Portlanders to get on a bike and enjoy spring

PDX Bike Month logo

UPDATE:  Watch this short video of our first Quick Fix event.  Thanks to JoeBike for the bike lube and air; thanks to KATU-TV for coming to visit!

In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out and bike. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.

“Biking has become a hallmark of the Rose City,” said Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees PBOT. “Biking and other forms of active transportation contribute to Portland’s renowned livability by reducing traffic, easing the wear on our transportation system, and by improving health outcomes and reducing healthcare costs.”

“My family and I ride practically every day,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “Portland has a large network of bike routes plus a community spirit of sharing the road, and I invite you to dust off your bike and join us during National Bike Month and beyond.”


PBOT kicks off National Bike Month with a free “Quick Fix” event at SE Lincoln Street and Cesar Chavez Avenue on Tuesday, May 6th from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. One of four Quick Fixes happening throughout May, visitors can have dusty but functional bikes quickly fixed up with free air for their tires and lube for chains. Breakfast snacks and coffee will also be served for free.

PBOT also is holding free clinics and bike rides throughout the May and the rest of spring and summer. Topics include Cycling Essentials, Bike Maintenance Basics, Family Bicycling and Shopping by Bike.

In addition to PBOT events, many employers and organizations are holding their own National Bike Month events throughout May to kick off the fair weather bicycling season.  A full calendar of PBOT and community events can be found at and the excitement will be shared on social media using the hashtag #pdxbikemonth .

A PDX Bike Month Quick Fix station in actionBike Month also brings the return of two Portland bicycling traditions:

  • PBOT will kick off its Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day, May 11th from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in East Portland. Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente is a series of family-friendly events that creates a car-free loop on city streets where participants can walk, jog, bicycle, roller skate, skate board and dance. The on-street loop also connects several parks where people can enjoy food and healthy, fun activities.
  • City Commissioner Steve Novick will be the keynote speaker of the 3rd annual Portland Employer Bike Summit on Friday, May 16th, organized and hosted by Regence BlueCross BlueShield of Oregon.  Speakers and workshops will provide participants with case studies and tools on creating a bike-friendly workplace.


All of these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day.  People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth.  For more information, visit