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(May 6, 2015) – The City of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente begins the season with a traffic-free route in East Portland for bicycling, strolling and playing in the streets this Sunday, Mother’s Day, May 10 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
This family-friendly free event also is the kick off to Active Transportation Week, which the Portland City Council has designated to be celebrated from 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. Active Transportation Week encourages all Portlanders regardless of age, income, ability or location to enjoy a healthy active lifestyle by walking, strolling, bicycling and otherwise using human power to travel and play.
“Sunday Parkways offers a wonderful start to Active Transportation Week and is one of my favorite ways for our family to celebrate Mother’s Day,” said PBOT Director Leah Treat. “My husband and our kids love getting out to play in the streets while seeing so many Portlanders smiling and active. I also appreciate how Sunday Parkways introduces people to neighborhood greenways, streets that are designed be used every day for safe, active and healthy transportation.”
The East Portland Sunday Parkways route runs along some of the City’s newest neighborhood greenways, residential streets with low speed limits that are marked with bicycle symbols on the pavement.
The event’s detailed Sunday Parkways route map shows the route as well as bus and light rail options to help area residents get to Sunday Parkways via bike and transit.
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. The event series, held in a different neighborhood once a month from May to September, is hugely popular; total attendance topped 108,000 last year.
The Sunday Parkways route also will connect some of the beautiful natural areas that are located in East Portland, such as Foster Floodplain Natural Area as well as Lents, Ed Benedict, Glenwood and Bloomington Parks plus Gilbert Heights Elementary School.
Each park includes ways for everyone to get moving during Active Transportation Week, offering activities such as Hula hooping, Zumba classes and a children’s circus. The parks also include good food and music, and a chance to connect with community businesses and organizations. For maps and more information, visit www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @SundayParkways.
In addition to Sunday Parkways, and Active Transportation Week, May is National Bike Month,. For additional Bike Month activities see www.pdxbikemonth.com.
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 provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:
(May 6, 2015) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on N Channel Avenue from Dolphin St to Anchor Street from Monday, May 11 to Tuesday May 19 from 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each work day.
The lane closures will allow crews to prepare the road surface and pave 1.76 lane miles.
Streets with ground down surfaces are open for travel. Lane closures are only in effect during project hours. Access will be maintained for businesses and residents during the project.
The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.
This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.
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
(May 5, 2015) - President Barack Obama will be visiting the Portland Metro area on Thursday and Friday this week and the Portland Police Bureau would like to make the public aware of several traffic-related inconveniences that are expected.
The Bureau understands the impacts to commuters, businesses and people frequenting Downtown Portland and appreciates patience and understanding during a Presidential visit.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is encouraging people to work from home (if possible) or ride a bicycle in to work to avoid being stuck in some of the vehicular traffic delays.
The area from Southwest Morrison to Washington, 9th to 12th Avenues will be closed to all traffic, including the Portland Streetcar. The closure will begin at 2:00 p.m. Thursday and is expected to reopen at 8:00 p.m. There will be limited pedestrian access to the closed area, at Southwest 11th Avenue and Morrison Street.
Portland Streetcar will run a modified service with Central Loop trains connecting NW 23rd Ave to the Lloyd District and OMSI via the Broadway Bridge.
The North/South line will operate between South Waterfront and Portland State University. There will be no Streetcar Service on 10th and 11th Avenues from 2:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The area from Southwest Morrison to Stark Street, and 4th Avenue to Broadway, will be closed to all traffic, including the TriMet bus mall and the Yellow and Green MAX lines, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, reopening at approximately 9:00 a.m. on Friday. There will be limited pedestrian access to the closed area, at Southwest 5th Avenue and Stark Street.
TriMet is encouraging riders to please plan extra time for their commute. Delays may be significant Thursday afternoon and Friday morning as police will instruct MAX trains to hold for an indefinite period of time whenever the President or his motorcade is nearby.
MAX Green and Yellow lines will be disrupted from 6:30 p.m. Thursday through 9:00 a.m. Friday. Green and Yellow lines will run on the Blue/Red tracks on 1st Ave and Morrison/Yamhill in Portland City Center. Buses will detour off the Transit Mall on 5th and 6th Avenues between Southwest Oak and Yahmill Streets from 7:00 p.m. through 9:00 a.m. Friday as well. Delays could be 30 minutes or more for both trains and buses as all traffic will be impacted.
For service information go to http://wwww.trimet.org
On Friday morning, there will be motorcades that will affect the morning commute so drivers should be especially aware of these disruptions.
Portland Police Contact Info:
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Media-Only Pager: 503-790-1779
Alternate Public Information Officer:
Sgt. Greg Stewart
Media-Only Pager: (503) 790-1779
Portland Bureau of Transportation Contact Info:
Public Information Officer
Office: (503) 823-3723
Cell: (503) 577-7534
(May 1, 2015) - In celebration of National Bike Month in May, the Portland Bureau of Transportation is hosting over a dozen events, including rides, clinics and refreshment stations to encourage people to get out, get active and have fun. National Bike Month also celebrates people who already are riding and encourages them to invite friends and colleagues to join in the fun of biking to work, school and everyday errands.
“I am greatly looking forward to Bike Month and all of the events that it includes,” said City Commissioner Novick, who oversees transportation. “Bicycles are serious business. Bicyclists are healthier than car commuters, saving millions in health care costs. Bicyclists are reducing carbon emissions and preserving the planet. Also, the bicycle community contributes millions to our local economy and to the resiliency of our city.”
A complete list of events may be found at www.pdxbikemonth.com. Highlighted events include:
“I invite all Portlanders to join in the fun, get on a bike and participate in our many events,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “All these events are designed to inspire people to ride every day. As the weather warms up, it’s the perfect time for Portlanders of all ages to ride, roll and stroll through our neighborhoods and enjoy Portland’s world-famous bicycle network.”
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.
People are encouraged to share their ride experience and encourage others by posting to social media with the hashtag #pdxbikemonth. For more information, visit www.pdxbikemonth.com.
(April 30, 2015) – Portland’s largest ever energy-efficiency project is happening citywide with the installation of energy-saving LED street lights in each neighborhood, and an interactive map allows the public to track real-time progress on their street.
The Portland Bureau of Transportation crews are converting 45,000 of the City’s 55,000 street lights to environmentally-friendly LED (light-emitting diode) lights, a process that is expected to be complete by the end of 2016.
The map and program may be found at http://bit.ly/PDXLED. Green dots show lights that have been installed; red indicates lights that will be converted. The map also allows the public to send in questions and feedback on each street light.
The new LED street lights are easily identifiable: they cast a crisp light similar to moonlight, unlike the yellow-tinged light from the high-pressure sodium bulbs they replace. The new LEDs bring numerous benefits: they use half the energy of the high-pressure sodium bulbs and are expected to last four times longer, or up to 20 years. That translates to a $1.5 million annual savings in energy and maintenance, and a reduction of about 10,500 tons of carbon pollution each year.
“We can all be proud of the savings that the new LED street lights bring to each neighborhood,” said Commissioner Steve Novick. “This is a program that saves money, protects our environment and improves reliability by providing street lights that last longer and burn out less often.”
“The new streetlights deliver benefits to each neighborhood, to our city as a whole and to our efforts to address climate change,” said Portland Bureau of Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We are making a difference street by street and light by light.”
Cities around the world are switching to LED lights as a way to save both money and energy, including Portland’s neighbors to the north in Seattle and nearby in Gresham, Lake Oswego, Hillsboro, Beaverton, Clackamas County and Milwaukie.
The new lights provide the same coverage to illuminate city streets as the old fixtures. They also cut down on light pollution by projecting more light downward and less upward, making it easier for people to star gaze.
The final environmental benefit? The City is recycling the old high pressure sodium bulbs.
City Council unanimously passed an ordinance in December 2012 dedicating $18.5 million to the conversion project from a general obligation bond. Conversions began in August and once the project is complete, about December 2016, the City can expect to save $1.5 million a year in maintenance and energy costs. At that rate, the project will pay for itself in eight years, with future years’ savings providing funds for other transportation projects.
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.