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News Advisory: Crosswalk enforcement action slated for SE Powell Boulevard at SE 24th Avenue on May 27

(May 21, 2015) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, May 27 at the marked crosswalk of SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk whether it is marked or unmarked.  Drivers must stop and stay stopped for pedestrians when the pedestrian is in the motor lane or the adjacent lane.  A bicycle lane and a parking lane are an extension of the adjacent motor lane.

Oregon Crosswalk Law

Drivers must stop for pedestrians in the safety buffer zone indicated in yellow.

What you need to know about OREGON CROSSWALK LAWS ODOT brochure #737-3424 REV (3-2015)

The SE Powell Boulevard and SE 24th Avenue crossing is a “T” intersection with pavement markings, a pedestrian median island and signage to alert drivers to the possible presence of pedestrians in the crossing.  This location is adjacent to Powell City Park and within two blocks of Cleveland High School and the crossing on 26th Avenue where a truck collided with a bicyclist earlier this month, severing the cyclist’s leg.

Southeast Powell Boulevard is one of ten High Crash Corridors that PBOT has identified and prioritized for stepped up education, enforcement and safety improvements.

This is the sixth crosswalk enforcement action that PBOT and the Portland Police Bureau have conducted on Powell Boulevard since 2006. 

Google Streetview SE Powell and 24thEach crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people driving, bicycling and walking adhere to traffic safety laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who fail to follow Oregon traffic laws may be issued a warning or citation.

Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Sharon White will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street from 10 a.m. to noon and 1 to 2 p.m. and a Portland police officer will serve that role from noon to 1 p.m.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions about once each month in response to requests by community members, city traffic safety engineers, and Portland Police to educate the public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.              

Learn more about pedestrian rights and responsibilities. View the results of previous actions.. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of making our transportation system the safest possible and moving towards zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025. www.visionzeroportland.com.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation                   

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News Release: Commissioner Novick welcomes Naito Pilot Project, a temporary opening of public space and traffic safety during Rose Festival

(May 19, 2015) – Commissioner Steve Novick and community partners today announced the Naito Pilot Project, a temporary safety solution that will create a pleasant route for people to get to the Rose Festival’s CityFair at Gov. Tom McCall Waterfront Park.

Better Block PDX, a local group of public space advocates, has obtained a permit from the Portland Bureau of Transportation to implement a design developed by a team of civil engineering students from Portland State University to provide one northbound motor vehicle lane that is physically separated from a protected bicycle and pedestrian space to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront.

“Pilot projects such as this one highlight how we can use our streets to foster economic development, livability and tourism,” said Novick, who oversees PBOT. “In the downtown waterfront, we have become a victim of our own success. The waterfront path exceeds its capacity during peak tourist season. We need to provide a safe space for people to travel.”

“The Naito Pilot Project is a quintessential example of how transportation infrastructure plays a critical role in strengthening the social fabric of our city.  It is one of many ways PBOT continues to be a partner in creating a livable city and providing opportunities for our residents to become actively engaged in the public right of way,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat.

Waterfront Park and the Rose Festival have become so successful and popular, they draw hundreds of thousands of people to the waterfront. But to reach the festival, Oregonians are too often forced to squeeze into narrow sidewalks, walk in a bike lane, or bike in a travel lane with high-speed traffic.

Starting Friday May 22 and lasting through June 5, the four-lane SW Naito Parkway will have three travel lanes, plus a lane of open space for the public to walk and bike safely to the festival. The pilot project will open nearly a mile of street, 15 feet wide, to public use, from SW Salmon Street to NW Couch Street.

“Better Block is excited to continue the conversation about public space on our downtown waterfront that was started by Gov. Tom McCall,” said Ryan Hashagen, a volunteer with the group.

Earlier this spring, the Office of Commissioner Novick, Better Block PDX, PBOT and the Rose Festival had all identified the need to make access to the park more comfortable during the festival’s CityFair, which draws an estimated 20,000 people a day to the waterfront.

“As a permanent resident of Waterfront Park, we see a remarkable diversity in transportation methods used here daily,” said Rich Jarvis, Portland Rose Festival Foundation Public Relations Manager. “We know that special events like the Festival can impact how people get to and around the park and we are excited to partner with PBOT and Better Blocks PDX to help make it a safer and more accessible experience for all.”

Portland State University President Wim Wiewel said he is excited about the project. “For a university that strives every day to heed the motto, 'Let Knowledge Serve The City,' there is no clearer sign of success than a student project being brought to life in the heart of our city."

Better Block PDX has obtained funding for this project from People for Bikes and Clif Bar.

This innovative pilot project will allow the community to provide feedback on potential changes to the Naito Parkway street design. The public is encouraged to comment on the project by email, Twitter and a phone voicemail box set up to receive comments.

Have your say about the Naito Pilot Project:

Twitter: #BetterNaito

Email comments: NaitoParkway@portlandoregon.gov

Web site: portlandoregon.gov/transportation/naitoparkway

Facebook: Portland Bureau of Transportation

Leave a message by phone: 503-823-4321

 

News media and the public may access photos at PBOT’s Flickr page.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

News Advisory: Commissioner Novick welcomes Naito Pilot Project, a temporary opening of public space and traffic safety during Rose Festival

(May 18, 2015) – At 1:30 p.m. Tuesday, Commissioner Steve Novick will welcome community groups who are announcing the Naito Pilot Project, a temporary safety solution that will create a pleasant route for people to get to and enjoy the Rose Festival.

Better Block PDX, a local group of public space advocates, has obtained a permit from the Portland Bureau of Transportation to provide one northbound motor vehicle lane that is physically separated from a protected bicycle and pedestrian space to help everyone safely and comfortably access the waterfront. The lane will be converted on Friday May 22 through June 5, and will open nearly a mile of street, 15 feet wide, to public use.

WHO:  Commissioner Steve Novick, oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation Ryan Hashagen, Better Block PDX Leah Treat, Transportation Director, Portland Bureau of Transportation Rich Jarvis, Rose Festival spokesman Vice President Jonathan Fink, Research and Strategic Partnerships, Portland State University representative Oregon Walks, pedestrian safety group

WHAT:  Announcement of a big change to a key downtown street during Rose Festival. For two weeks starting Friday, the four-lane SW Naito Parkway have three lanes plus a lane of open space for the public to walk and bike safely to the festival.

WHEN:  1:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, 2015

WHERE: Salmon Springs Fountain, intersection of SW Salmon and SW Naito Parkway. Parking available on street nearby on Naito Parkway.

WHY: Tom McCall Waterfront Park and the Rose Festival have become so successful and popular, they draw hundreds of thousands of people to the waterfront. But to reach the festival, Oregonians are too often forced to squeeze into narrow sidewalks, walk in a bike lane, or bike in a travel lane with high-speed traffic. The goal of this project is to alleviate these conflicts and to create a safe space for all Oregonians. This innovative pilot project will allow the community to provide feedback on potential changes to the Naito Parkway street design. Better Block PDX has obtained funding for this project from People for Bikes and Clif Bar.

VISUAL:  Commissioner Novick, Director Treat and project leaders stand with handheld microphones at the site where the road closure and public space opening will start on Friday. Volunteers will also show how the facility will be utilized by walking and biking on a closed section of Naito Parkway that approximates what the area will be like during the pilot project. In case of rain, the event will be held in a nearby covered stage inside the Rose Festival grounds. A mult box for audio feeds will be provided.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 

News Release: East Portland Sunday Parkways draws record high attendance; Active Transportation Week and Bike Month offer more chances to get out and get active

View photos from Sunday Parkways at https://www.flickr.com/photos/portlandsundayparkways/

(May 11, 2015) –   A record number of participants turned out for the first Sunday Parkways of the season held in East Portland yesterday, Mother’s Day.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation recorded 16,250 people walking, bicycling, skateboarding, skating and traveling by wheelchair during the City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente event, held along a seven-mile route of traffic-free streets.

By comparison, last year’s event drew 14,000, which previously was a record for East Portland Sunday Parkways.

“I’m delighted to by the growing popularity of Sunday Parkways in East Portland and throughout the city, and by how many people are getting out and getting active on Portland’s neighborhood greenways every day,” said Leah Treat. “Sunday Parkways offers a fabulous way to explore your own neighborhood or discover a new one, and our network of neighborhood greenways offer low-traffic, low-speed streets for everyday use.”

Sunday Parkways is a series of five free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation, or traveling by people’s own power.  The series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 108,000 last year.

The next Sunday Parkways will be June 21, Father’s Day, in North Portland, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.  and the rest of the season’s schedule may be found at www.portlandsundayparkways.org.

 

Active Transportation Week and Bike Month offer more chances to get out and get active

Sunday Parkways is also part of May Bike Month and the kickoff to Active Transportation Week, which the Portland City Council has designated for May 10 to 16. The council proclamation, introduced by Mayor Charlie Hales and Commissioner Steve Novick, recognizes Portland as a platinum-rated bicycle-friendly city and the role bicycling plays in the city’s and people’s health. 

Other Active Transportation and Bike Month events are:

Tues May 12   Quick Fix Bike Breakfast  7:30 - 9 a.m.   N Willamette and Ainsworth

Tues May 12 Cycling Essentials Class  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.  PCC Cascade Campus Student Center**

Wed  May 13 Cycling Essentials Class  6:30 - 8:00 p.m.   PCC CLIMB Center

Thur – Fri, May 14-15  Every Bike Counts 24-hour Bike Count celebration Noon-Noon  SE 28th and Ankeny

Fri  May 15   National Bike to Work Day

For additional Bike Month activities see www.pdxbikemonth.com. For information on Sunday Parkways, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobility.www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

 East Portland Sunday Parkways appreciates the generous support from the following sponsors:

sponsors 2015

Media Contact: 

Diane Dulken 503.577.8236

diane.dulken@portlandoregon.gov

Traffic Advisory: Street sweeping to close westbound lane of West Burnside on May 8

(May 8, 2015) - The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the Night Operation Street Sweeping Group will be doing work on West Burnside from NW Skyline Blvd to NW 24th Place on Friday, May 8, from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m. the next morning.

The westbound lane of West Burnside will be closed to traffic. Vehicles will still be able to go west through a coned-off eastbound lane.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is the steward of the City’s transportation system, and a community partner in shaping a livable city. We plan, build, manage and maintain an effective and safe transportation system that provides access and mobilitywww.portlandoregon.gov/transportation