The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) has released a draft version of East Portland in Motion – a five-year implementation strategy for active transportation projects east of 82nd Avenue. PBOT is seeking public comment on the draft report, which prioritizes projects that would improve conditions for walking, bicycling and taking transit in East Portland.
PBOT has been collaborating with the East Portland community on the strategy for over a year through numerous neighborhood and committee meetings, public surveys, and focus groups.
Several recent planning efforts have identified active transportation projects to address needs in East Portland, including East Portland Action Plan, 122nd Avenue Study, Portland Bicycle Plan for 2030 and Portland Transportation System Plan. The purpose of East Portland in Motion is to refine and prioritize the sidewalk, pedestrian crossing, and bikeway project lists found in those plans down to a feasible set of projects that are supported by the community and can be constructed in the next five years with available funding.
The draft report recommends 20 sidewalk infill projects (to fill in gaps of missing sidewalk on major streets), 56 crossing improvements on busy streets, 10 neighborhood greenways (lower traffic streets made safer for bicycling and walking), and a host of other projects including bicycle parking, trails and complete street improvements. Major projects recommended in the report include completion of all sidewalks on 122nd Avenue, Division Street and Stark Street; neighborhood greenways along the north/south 130s avenues and the east/west Market, Mill and Main streets; and 13 pedestrian crossings on Division Street.
The draft East Portland in Motion report is open to public review and comment and can be downloaded from the PBOT website at portlandonline.com/transportation/epim. Hard copies of the report are available at the East Portland Neighborhood Office, 1017 NE 117th Avenue, and at the PBOT office in the Portland Building at 1120 SW 5th Avenue. Comments and questions about East Portland in Motion should be directed to project manager Ellen Vanderslice, who can be reached at 503.823.4638 and email@example.com. Public comment on the draft report is due by October 31, 2011.