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Diane Dulken

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News Advisory: After clocks turn back, crosswalk enforcement action slated to promote pedestrian safety Nov 5 at N Lombard St at N Leavitt Ave

(October 29, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Wednesday, November 5, from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.

Daylight Savings Time ends on Sunday, November 2nd, which means the clock turns back one hour and darkness arrives earlier in the afternoon.  The City is urging all travelers to be visible and look out for each other, especially as people adjust to the time switch and low light conditions of late fall and winter.

Drivers can do their part by driving at or below the posted speed and continuously scanning the environment for pedestrians and people on bicycles and being ready to stop as needed.  

Bicyclists, by state law, must have a white front light and rear red reflector or red light at a minimum.

Pedestrians are encouraged to be more visible by wearing retro-reflective wear, carrying a flashlight or blinking strobe, and investing in bright and contrasting outerwear.

Crosswalk enforcement action promotes safety

The City police and transportation bureaus are holding this month’s crosswalk enforcement action during the evening rush hour to reinforce the need for drivers to stop and stay stopped for pedestrians in the crossing at all times. 

 Each crosswalk enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people who are 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.

The N Lombard Street at N Leavitt Avenue crossing has a marked crosswalk (marked on one leg), curb extensions, and signage to alert drivers to the presence of pedestrians in the crossing. 

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 general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at and pedestrian rights and responsibilities at


Media Contact: Diane Dulken


News Release: Leaf Day pickup service begins Nov. 2, continues through Dec. 17, collecting and composting leaves in neighborhoods with mature tree

(October 28, 2014) - The City of Portland’s annual Leaf Day Pickup Service begins on Sunday, November 2, and extends through December 17, 2014 offering a one- or two-day leaf collection and composting service in neighborhoods with mature trees.

 In addition, the Portland Bureau of Transportation urges all residents to keep streets and storm drains clear of leaves in the coming weeks to prevent slippery conditions and street flooding, which can occur when storm grates become clogged or when leaves are left in the street.   The Transportation Bureau asks residents to sweep up leaves as they fall and place them in yard debris roll carts for collection and composting.

 The city’s leaf pickup service is provided to 30 designated leaf removal districts in neighborhoods whose high concentration of street trees need a higher level of service than residents’ and the city’s regular street cleaning operation can provide.

 The Transportation Bureau composts all leaves that are picked up through the program at its Sunderland Recycling Facility.   Last year, the Leaf Day service collected 12,681 cubic yards of leaves, turning them into 2,536 cubic yards of compost and zero waste.  One cubic yard is roughly the amount that can fill a small pickup truck. 

Residents in leaf districts have received letters and brochures notifying them of the service, which typically costs $15 for one Leaf Day and $30 for two.   The letters also show how to opt out of the service for residents who wish to remove leaves themselves.  The last day for opting out is November 1.  People may verify their dates of service and find other information at  Residents with questions may call 503-865-LEAF (5323).

Leaf Day 2013   Photo credit: Diane Dulken/Portland Bureau of Transportation. Additional leaf photos available at

Traffic Advisory: Paving to close lanes on NE Killingsworth from 33rd to 41st Oct. 28-Nov.5

(October 27, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures of NE Killingsworth Street from NE 33rd  Avenue to NE 41st Avenue from Tuesday, October 28, through Wednesday, November 5, 7 a.m. through 5 p.m. each weekday. Some work may also be done this weekend. 

The lane closures will allow crews to grind and pave sections of the road equaling approximately 1.01 lane miles.

 Parking restriction barricades will be in place one or two workdays before the start of work.

Access will be maintained for businesses and residents. The 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.


TRAFFIC ADVISORY: NW Germantown Rd to close this weekend Oct. 25-26 and next, Nov.1-2, for retaining wall repair

(October 22, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that repair of a retaining wall on NW Germantown Road requires the road’s closure between Lilac Road and Harbor Boulevard for the next two weekends, Saturday, October 25 and Sunday, October 26 and November 1 and 2nd from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day.  

Local access will be provided.  Travelers wishing to reach NW Skyline Boulevard or Highway 30 should use alternate routes such as NW Newberry Road or NW Cornell Road.

 The Transportation Bureau is repairing the retaining wall during the weekends to minimize disruption to travelers.  Work began last weekend but the project scope requires additional work for two more weekends. The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe the closure and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes.

 This work is weather-dependent, and the schedule may change. 


News Advisory: Annual Portland Aerial Tram evacuation exercise set for Sunday, Oct. 26

The annual evacuation exercise for the Portland Aerial Tram is set for Sunday morning, Oct. 26, 2014.

Trained professionals of the Portland Fire & Rescue Technical Rescue Team will lead the exercise. The exercise also includes representatives from the City of Portland, whose Bureau of Transportation owns the tram;  Oregon Health & Science University, which operates it along with Doppelmayr USA.

 Using ropes and harnesses, the team will lower the passengers 100 feet to the top floor of the OHSU Casey Eye Institute’s parking garage.  The training allows crews to practice an aerial rescue of tram passengers in the event the tram is stopped for an extended period of time with passengers on board.

 If members of the public contact you with questions about the training, please inform them that this is a scheduled training exercise and not a real emergency. The exercise has been conducted annually since the Portland Aerial Tram opened on Jan. 7, 2007.  There has never been a real emergency. 

The exercise is designed as a last resort safety precaution for the more than 5,000 daily commuters and tourists who ride the tram. The Portland Aerial Tram is one of only two used for urban transit in the U.S.

 WHEN:                       9 a.m. Sunday, Oct.26, 2014 - The exercise should be completed by noon.

 WHERE:                    The training will take place above the OHSU Casey Eye Institute parking garage. At that location a small number of exercise participants will be evacuated from the tram and lowered via ropes and harnesses down to the top of the parking structure. Local news crews are encouraged to cover the training, but we ask that you do so from the ground and refrain from entering the Casey Eye Institute parking lot so as not to interfere with the exercise.

 SPECTATORS:          The Portland Aerial Tram is closed on Sundays during the fall and winter. As a result, the training exercise will not interfere with regular operations. For those interested in observing, please do so from nearby locations and refrain from entering the Casey Eye Institute parking lot. 


The Portland Aerial Tram is owned by the City of Portland’s Bureau of Transportation and operated by OHSU.  It opened to the public on Jan. 27, 2007. The cabins, named Walt and Jean, travel 3,300 linear feet between the South Waterfront terminal adjacent to the OHSU Center for Health & Healing, and the upper terminal at the Kohler Pavilion on OHSU's main campus. Traveling at 22 miles per hour, the tram cabins rise 500 feet for the three-minute trip over I-5, the Lair Hill neighborhood and the Southwest Terwilliger Parkway. Visit . Find the tram on Twitter @PortlandTram  and Facebook at

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