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PBOT News Release: Two e-scooter companies qualify for modest fleet expansion

Bird qualifies for 525 e-scooters, expected to deploy today

Bird qualifies for 525 e-scooters, expected to deploy today 

 

(Aug. 15, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation has approved a modest expansion of the number of e-scooters in the city by two companies: Bolt and Spin. The companies qualified for the new scooters after meeting the criteria for incentives put in place by PBOT. The incentives encourage companies to advance city safety, equity and environmental goals. The additional e-scooters could be deployed as soon as today.

PBOT is working to ease congestion and provide environmentally friendly options for people to get around the city. The yearlong e-scooter pilot program is designed to assess whether e-scooters support these goals

Several cities provide incentives for e-scooter companies to increase the number of rides per scooter, which increases the time e-scooters spend in use rather than parked. Portland's e-scooter pilot program, which started April 26, is unique in providing incentives for companies to advance safety, equity, and environmental goals, in addition to utilization.

Bolt can deploy 14 additional scooters for meeting the partnership incentive. Spin can deploy can deploy 116 additional scooters for offering safety workshops and meeting the partnership incentive. Lime’s data is still under review.

Bolt has been operating in Portland with 200 scooters. Spin has been operating in Portland with 525 e-scooters.

In advance of making the decision to allow an increase in fleet size, PBOT reviewed data from the first 10 weeks of the pilot program. Data included collision and injury reports, community feedback and reports, enforcement efforts, and utilization of the scooters. Findings from the first 10 weeks include:

 

  • Riders took 253,690 trips and traveled 307,456.5 miles. Companies report to have hundreds of thousands of riders. From the 2018 pilot, PBOT learned that e-scooters replaced driving and ride-hailing trips. 34 percent of Portland riders and 48 percent of visitors took an e-scooter instead of driving a personal car or using Uber, Lyft, or taxi.
  • Multnomah County Health Department identified 46 visits to emergency departments and urgent care clinics that were related to e-scooters. Their analysis includes all e-scooter related visits, including privately owned as well as rented e-scooters. The department will continue to monitor injury visits throughout the pilot program.
  • PBOT received 16 reports of e-scooter collisions. These reports--from individuals, companies, or the news media--may overlap with the injuries reported by Multnomah County Health Department.
  • E-scooter companies have received 903 reports from the public regarding parking issues and rider behavior. PBOT has received 371 emails from the public regarding the e-scooter pilot program, primarily regarding sidewalk riding and improper parking.   
  • A review of where trips started in the city suggests that shared e-scooters are not reliably available outside the central city and some neighborhoods in East Portland. 

 

Demand for e-scooter use spans Portland, but the most frequent e-scooter riding happens in areas where they are most available

Data from the 2019 e-scooter pilot show where e-scooter trips have started in Portland. The first map shows where at least 1 trip has started, suggesting there is interest in riding e-scooters in many areas of Portland. The second map shows where 25 or more trips have started. This map suggests that shared e-scooters are not reliably available outside the Central City and some neighborhoods in East Portland, but there is demand for e-scooters citywide. 

Map 1: Portlanders have ridden shared e-scooters at least once in neighborhoods across the city, indicating potential demand for this new transportation option in many areas.

Map of Portland showing e-scooter demand

Map 2: Shared e-scooters have been ridden at least 25 times in locations indicated by each dot on this map. High e-scooter use in the Central City (brown dots) and East Portland (blue dots) corresponds with areas where e-scooters are more frequently available, in part because PBOT requires daily deployment of e-scooters in East Portland, an area that has historically been underserved by new transportation options.

Map of Portland showing frequent e-scooter use

Map 2

This year, in response to public input during the 2018 pilot program, PBOT regulatory staff and parking enforcement staff have been issuing warnings and fines to e-scooter companies, which are passing them onto their riders. From April 26 through July 31, PBOT issued 340 total warnings and fines, mostly for illegal parking or sidewalk riding.

Also today, PBOT is permitting Bird to deploy 525 e-scooters, based on its successful second-round application. Bird was among several companies that did not quality for a permit to start service in April. PBOT invited all unsuccessful applicants to re-apply.

Throughout the yearlong pilot, PBOT is responding to community concerns. We heard the community wanted an online feedback form similar to the 2018 pilot, and that is now available.

You can share your feedback and public reports online through the E-Scooter Pilot Feedback form: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/escooterpdxfeedback. The public can also continue to submit feedback via email at e-scooter@portlandoregon.gov and phone 503-823-4663.

In total, today's announcement adds 655 new e-scooters to fleets in Portland, bringing the citywide number of permitted scooters to 2,630, up from the 1,975 that have been allowed since June 14. This is similar to the number of scooters permitted in the 2018 e-scooter pilot (2,043 e-scooters), which generated more than 700,000 trips.

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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

 

Translated Traffic Advisory: Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

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Traffic Advisory:

Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

(Aug. 13, 2019) On Saturday August 17, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the public to expect a limited number of road closures in downtown Portland from about 11 a.m. through the afternoon. This is because of demonstrations where some publicly available social media postings indicate some participants intend to engage in criminal acts of violence.

The public is advised to avoid the area from SW Madison Street to SW Alder Street, and from SW Fourth Avenue to Waterfront Park.

Check trimet.org/alerts before heading out on transit, or sign up for TriMet service alerts by email or text message at trimet.org/email. If Police determine an area has become unsafe, TriMet will adjust their service for the safety of riders and employees.

Map of demonstration area

Map by the Portland Police Bureau.

News Blog: Transform a parking space into a park for PARK(ing) Day 2019

Applications are open! Apply to participate for FREE by September 13.

Parking Day 2018

Visitors play in SE Uplift's Park(ing) Day parklet on SE Hawthorne Boulevard in 2018. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

By Sumaya Mohamed, Portland Bureau of Transportation

(August 14, 2019) It’s that time of the year again, PARK(ing) Day 2019 is right around the corner! This annual tradition celebrates the creativity of our community as they transform parking spaces into parks for a day. PARK(ing) Day encourages artists and residents to work together to temporarily transform parking spots around the city into engaging, creative public spaces. It’s a day that challenges people to re-envision how we use our public spaces and is also a testament to what can be achieved when people come together and let their creativity shine. 

Parking Day 2018

Park(ing) Day is for Portlanders of all ages. Photo by Nico Lim, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

PARK(ing) Day started in San Francisco in 2005 and has since then become a global movement. The city of Portland has proudly taken part in this international event since 2006. The day highlights the need for more urban spaces, raises awareness of how open public space is created and allocated, and strengthens connections between communities. Watch a video about PARK(ing) Day in Portland and what it means to the community at https://youtu.be/_0_e25SSTxk.

Park(ing) Day screen shot

 It’s not only a fun opportunity, but an educational one as well. We hope PARK(ing) Day will challenge you to engage in conversations about how we can make better use of our public spaces, connect with other people as we celebrate our city, and have an amazing time while you’re at it!

The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites and encourages you to participate in Park(ing) Day on September 20, 2019. This event is voluntary and free for all! The deadline to apply is September 13. Visit our website for all the details. Once you have reviewed the program guide and filled out an application, please submit the application to our email: pbotparkingday@portlandoregon.gov

Questions? Please email pbotparkingday@portlandoregon.gov or call 503.823.7788.

Traffic Advisory: Night paving on W Burnside at 18th/19th scheduled for August 15-16 as construction nears completion

(August 13, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises travelers that as construction on West Burnside at 18th and 19th nears completion, night work is required to repave the street. Beginning at 9 p.m. on Thursday, August 15 and again on Friday, August 16, crews will grind and pave the outer lanes of West Burnside and all lanes of SW Alder Street in the project area. Work will be completed by 6 a.m. each morning.

w burnside construction photo august 2019

A new transit island, traffic signals and street lights on West Burnside at Alder and 19th, looking north. Photo by the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Nearby residents can expect construction noise and people driving can expect significant delays on West Burnside between the hours of 9 p.m. and 6 a.m. on the nights of August 15 and 16. One lane in each direction will remain open on W Burnside. Sidewalks will remain open for people walking. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane detours and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible. Learn what you can expect in our work zones and how you can help everyone stay safe by watching this video: https://youtu.be/lx3RkJjkjSE

The night work is necessary to ensure crews can work in a safe and efficient manner without closing down this critical transportation corridor during the day. West Burnside is a difficult location for road work and PBOT greatly appreciates the patience and understanding of nearby residents and businesses as we work to wrap up this construction project.

Following this night work, crews will test and active the new traffic signals and install remaining concrete islands during regular working hours. Once the fresh pavement has had 14 days to cure, crews will install the final striping including new marked crosswalks. Finally, they will remove the old signal equipment and poles. The project is expected to be substantially complete by the end of September.

This work remains weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

These improvements are part of the West Burnside Multimodal Project, one of a series of safety improvements PBOT is making along the corridor. For more information or to sign up for e-updates, visit our project webpage

w burnside before and after rendering

Traffic Advisory: Demonstrations downtown may lead to limited road closures Saturday, Aug. 17

Mayor Wheeler invites all Portlanders to gather at community events across the city

(Aug. 13, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation and the Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public to expect a limited number of road closures in downtown Portland west of the Hawthorne Bridge on Saturday Aug. 17 for demonstrations where some publicly available social media postings indicate some participants intend to engage in criminal acts of violence.

Organizers have not sought event permits from the City of Portland, so information is limited about the plans for the free-speech events. The closures are expected to vary, from about 11 a.m. through the afternoon.

The public is advised to avoid the area from SW Madison Street to SW Alder Street, and from SW Fourth Avenue to Waterfront Park, because roads may be closed for access for protesters or for police activity. PBOT’s First and Jefferson SmartPark Garage will close at 11:59 p.m. on Friday night and remain closed to the public all day on Saturday.

Check trimet.org/alerts before heading out on transit, or sign up for TriMet service alerts by email or text message at trimet.org/email. If Police determine an area has become unsafe, TriMet will adjust their service for the safety of riders and employees.

"People coming here intent on violence should stay away,” Mayor Ted Wheeler said. “I invite all Portlanders to do what we normally do on a beautiful Saturday in August: Gather with family and friends at the many community led events happening downtown and other neighborhoods across the city.” 

Potential road closures west of Hawthorne Bridge

Map of affected area downtown

Map by Portland Police Bureau.

 

Enjoy family-friendly community events across Portland this weekend

While hundreds of people are expected to gather in one part of downtown for the demonstrations, thousands of Portlanders will have the opportunity to enjoy permitted, family-friendly community events in and around the downtown area and across the city. 

The Portland Thorns soccer team will host the Washington Spirit at Providence Park at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday. The Thorns are also sponsoring the Roses on the River 5k Run & Walk on the Eastbank Festival Plaza at 10 SE Main St., starting at 8 a.m. on Saturday. 

Also downtown, the Heaven to Earth Festival will be held at Pioneer Courthouse Square.

The Portland Adult Soapbox Derby will celebrate its 22nd year at Mt. Tabor Park, with family-friendly fun, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday. 

PBOT will host a free guided walk, Hillsdale to the Sixth Sextant, from 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday as part of the bureau's Ten Toe Express series of walking tours across Portland. Meet at the Wilson High School parking lot, at SW Sunset Blvd and Capitol Highway, and hike a challenging 4.5-mile route through George Himes Park to South Portland's trails, sidewalks, and hidden stairways.

Learn about other PBOT sponsored events at the bureau's publicly available Facebook events page.

Community events in Portland streets permitted by PBOT this weekend include: 

On Saturday: 

  • SE Uplift hosts The Exchange: A multi-cultural marketplace: SE Main between SE 35th and SE 36th avenues. 
  • Green Hop’s 2nd Annual Block Party to benefit NECN: NE 16th Avenue, between NE Killingsworth and NE Jarrett. 
  • Multnomah Days in Multnomah Village. 
  • Portland Farmers Market at Portland State University 
  • Hollywood Farmers Market 
  • St. Johns Farmers Market 
  • Woodlawn Farmers Market 
  • Mississippi Farm Stand Market 

On Sunday: 

  • Street Roots Street Party: NW Davis Street, between 2nd and 3rd avenues
  • The Kenton Hotel Grand Opening: N McClellan Street, between N Fenwick and N Denver avenues
  • 16th Avenue Farmers Market 

Note: Event times on the city events calendars show the times of permitted street closures. Check with event websites for start times and other details.

 

For more events, see TravelPortland.com or this citywide map produced by Portland Police showing events including festivals and concerts

 

See tips from police about how you can prepare and stay informed about Saturday's demonstrations downtown

 

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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