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News Release: Mayor Ted Wheeler joins Kaiser Permanente, the Rose Quarter and City Officials to celebrate brand new Sunday Parkways route

 

(July 17, 2018) Today, Mayor Ted Wheeler joined Portland Bureau of Transportation Interim Director Chris Warner, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director Susan Anderson, Dan Field of Kaiser Permanente and Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan to celebrate the newest Sunday Parkways route. The new route, which will debut on Sunday, July 22, will take Portlanders along the future Green Loop. When completed, the Green Loop will be a six-mile pedestrian and cycling park that will connect the east and west neighborhoods of the Central City.

Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop follows the future alignment, connecting Downtown and the Inner Eastside. It will link popular locations such as the Rose Quarter, the Portland Art Museum, Portland State University and Tilikum Crossing as well as new additions like Sunday Splashways at Audrey McCall Beach.

Sunday Parkways Green Loop decal

"Sunday Parkways is a beloved celebration of Portland," Mayor Ted Wheeler said. "This Sunday, Portlanders will be able to enjoy some of the cultural treasures of our community, from the South Park Blocks to the Rose Quarter, as they learn about the Green Loop, which represents the future of the Central City. The Green Loop will support the growth of housing and jobs, linked by a green ring of parks where a new generation of Portlanders will walk, bike or roll, living like it's Sunday Parkways every day."

"Sunday Parkways is one of the jewels in the crown of a Portland Summer," said Interim Transportation Director Chris Warner, "Every summer, thousands of Portlanders come out to enjoy a Sunday of walking, biking and rolling with family and friends. It’s one of our most beloved events. And each year as we are planning it, we are always looking for new ways to celebrate our City and its streets. That is why we are so excited to debut this new route."

One of the highlights of Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop will be the Rose Quarter activity area. Visitors will get to enjoy a preview of the Portland Trail Blazers Rip City 3-on-3 Tournament, enjoy performances by the Blazer Dancers and the Trail Blazers Stunt Team, take photos with Trail Blazers mascot Blaze the Trail Cat and enjoy music throughout the day from the live music stage.

“The Rose Quarter welcomes Sunday Parkways and the Green Loop routing as an interactive stop for all residents enjoying the special community we have in Portland,” said Trail Blazers and Rose Quarter President & CEO Chris McGowan. “We’re excited to be a visible, engaging portion of what we hope becomes an annual citywide and family-friendly summertime event.”

“The Green Loop isn’t just for people living in the Central City,” said Susan Anderson, Bureau of Planning and Sustainability Director, during the Green Loop’s City Council hearing. "Residents, students, workers, tourists – people from all walks of life from all over the region will be able to enjoy the Green Loop. We’re excited to share this ‘sneak preview’ of the Green Loop with the community at Sunday Parkways this year."

 "As an organization that is deeply committed to the health of our communities, we at Kaiser Permanente are especially excited about the vision for Portland's Green Loop," said Dan Field, Executive Director of Community Health and Public Affairs for Kaiser Permanente Northwest. "More trees, fresh air and a safer route to commute will inspire more physical activity, less pollution, and so many benefits that will have a direct impact on the mental and physical well-being of our citizens. As the presenting sponsor of Sunday Parkways for over a decade, we're a huge proponent of the Green Loop and we can’t wait to get a sneak peek on July 22.”

The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, as well as many of its supporting partners including Go Lloyd, Albina Vision Trust and others will be available at Sunday Parkways to answer participants' questions about projects related to or adjacent to the Green Loop and to receive feedback.

Sunday's route will also feature the launch of the first ever river marketplace, Sunday Splashways, located at Audrey McCall Beach. Willie Levenson, Ringleader for the Human Access Project, and co-coordinator for the river side event is excited for its incorporation in the Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop event. “At 4,000 acres the Willamette River is our second largest open space and natural area. The Willamette River is the heart of our city and our cities blue space,” said Levenson. 

There is a lot to see at Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop.  Sticker Hunt participants who complete their Sticker Hunt maps will not only also receive a collectible neighborhood decal as a prize (Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop decal shown above) but will also be contributing to a good cause. For each map completed by a participant, Kaiser Permanente will make a $5 donation to one of three local mental health organizations. Collect stickers at five of the nine locations across the Sunday Parkways on the Green Loop route.

Save the Dates for Sunday Parkways 2018:

  • New route! Green Loop (Downtown & Inner SE) Sunday Parkways - July 22
  • Outer Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - August 19
  • Northeast Portland Sunday Parkways - September 23

For maps and more information, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599. Follow us on Facebook at PortlandSundayParkways and on Twitter @Sunday Parkways.  

Green Loop Sponsor Bar

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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. Learn more at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

Information about ODOT's I-84/I-5 improvements

Starting Sunday, July 8th at 10 p.m., the Oregon Department of Transportation will close the ramp that connects I-5 southbound to I-84 eastbound. The ramp will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday, July 23. ODOT forecasts significant delays on area highways. The congestion will likely spill over to city streets.

City streets, even in the grid pattern that Portland is famous for, were not built to handle the volumes of traffic that these closures will bring.

Check ODOT’s website to see where the closures are and if they’re close to your commute route, whether you bike, walk, drive, or take transit. If you have concerns about the project, ODOT has a line for public feedback at 503-731-4663. 

Traffic Advisory: Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project continues with full road rebuild from SE 82nd Ave to SE 91st Avenue starting on Monday, July 9

(July 5, 2018) The next stage of the Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project construction begins on Monday, July 9, with the excavation, roadbed rebuild and paving of SE Foster Road between SE 82nd Avenue and SE 91st Avenue.

Work will begin on July 9 on the north side of Foster Road (westbound) between SE 84th/Ellis to approximately SE 89th Ave and will last for approximately two weeks. During all hours and all days, only one lane of travel will be open in each direction on Foster Road, as well as intersections at SE Ellis Street and SE 84th Avenue. All other north side street connections (SE 86th, SE 87th, and SE 88th) will be closed for the two week construction period. During the south side construction, beginning on approximately July 23 and lasting for two weeks, south side street connections (SE 85th, SE 86th, SE 87th and SE 88th) will be closed for the duration of the work. ADA accessible pedestrian crossings will be provided at SE 82nd, SE 87th and SE 90th during road construction. This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

Road excavation and construction for the portion of Foster Road from SE 82nd to SE Ellis/84th Avenue will occur in August.

During construction, PBOT asks the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The Foster Transportation and Streetscape Project will deliver a street that is safer and more attractive for people walking, biking, taking transit and driving. With improved crosswalks and other safety features, wider sidewalks, modern signals, new pavement, 190 street trees and new decorative street lights, the project will transform Foster Road into an inviting thoroughfare that supports a vibrant commercial district and enhances the quality of life in the surrounding neighborhoods.

The project extends from SE 50th Avenue to the western edge of the Lents Town Center at SE 91st Avenue. The changes to the street and urban design will transform Foster Road from a high-speed, auto-oriented corridor into a more balanced streetscape that is safer and more accessible for people walking, biking, taking public transit and driving. Additionally, the new design will support and enhance the growing mix of businesses and residences in the neighborhood.

Funding for the $9 million project comes from the Fixing our Streets Program, the Lents Town Center Urban Renewal District, Portland Transportation System Development Charges and a Metro grant. Learn more and sign up for email updates about construction progress and upcoming community events at SaferFoster.com

Foster is open for business during construction! PBOT encourages neighbors and summer event enthusiasts to support these and other Foster / Lents community events:

In coordination with the Foster Area Business Association (FABA), business promotions and specials will be promoted on SaferFoster.com and Facebook (www.facebook.com/pbotinfo) throughout the summer.

In addition, Prosper Portland may be able to provide a loan, grant or technical assistance to qualified businesses and property owners on Foster Road for the purpose of growing their business, improving their place of business or redeveloping their commercial property. Call or email Nixie Stark at Prosper Portland to learn more. Nixie Stark (503) 823-0465 StarkN@ProsperPortland.us

News Release: PBOT launches application for four-month e-scooter pilot program

The first such pilot in Oregon, shared electric scooters could begin operating in Portland by the end of July.

(July 5, 2018) Permit applications for the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s 120-day Shared Electric Scooter Pilot Program opened today, inviting shared electric scooter companies to apply to participate in the program. The first such pilot in Oregon, shared electric scooters could begin operating in Portland by the end of July.

The Transportation Bureau will use the 120-day pilot to help the City determine whether Shared Electric Scooters, also known as e-scooters, can support Portland’s mobility, equity, safety, and climate action goals. The total number of e-scooters allowed to operate in the city will be capped at 2,500, with a requirement that companies deploy approximately 20 percent of their fleet each day in East Portland. Applications for participating in the pilot are due by July 12, with permit issuance scheduled for late July.

Throughout the Pilot Program, Shared Scooter companies will be expected to report on and mitigate impacts in several areas of concern. These include (but are not limited to): Safety and access for people walking, safety and access for people with disabilities and compliance with state law (including helmet requirements and the prohibition on sidewalk riding).

Through public engagement and program evaluation, City officials will determine whether and under what circumstances electric scooter sharing may be permitted to continue operating in the public right-of-way after the Pilot Program has ended. The bureau will use anonymized trip data analysis, user surveys, and intercept surveys to understand the potential benefits and burdens of e-scooter operations in Portland in relation to the City’s equity, mobility, and climate action goals.

Shared Electric Scooters are an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017. Like bikeshare programs, the service provides scooters available to rent for one-way trips for a fee. To begin a rental, companies typically require customers to download an app or text a number to unlock the device. To end a trip, customers park the scooter in the service area in the furnishings zone. The scooters typically do not lock to anything.

Electric scooters are powered exclusively by an electric motor, and in Portland, companies will be required to cap the maximum speed to 15 MPH. Per State law, people using electric scooters are allowed on Portland city streets, multi-use paths and in bike lanes. Oregon Vehicle Code prohibits people using electric scooter on the sidewalk and in crosswalks. In addition, people using electric scooters are required to wear a bicycle helmet. Youth under age 16 are prohibited from riding electric scooters. While riding an electric scooter, users are required to yield to people walking and people with disabilities.

Traffic Advisory: Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway closed to motor vehicle traffic July 3 – 7 for Waterfront Blues Festival

This is the third year PBOT has implemented this closure for the safety of festival-goers.

(July 3, 2018) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp from northbound SW Naito Parkway will be closed to motor vehicle traffic from July 3 at 8:00 p.m. through July 8 at 5:00 a.m., for all hours, all days. The closure will help create safe access for people to travel to and around the Waterfront Blues Festival. This is the third year PBOT has implemented this closure for the safety of festival-goers. The Hawthorne Bridge will remain open to all users.

To support the on-ramp closure, one right turn lane will be closed on SW Harbor Drive and one northbound travel lane on SW Naito Parkway will be removed starting at SW Market Street. Motor vehicle traffic heading northbound on SW Naito Parkway to the Hawthorne Bridge will be detoured to the Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp on SW Madison Street. The detour route will direct northbound motor vehicle traffic on SW Naito Parkway to turn west onto SW Clay Street, then north on SW 2nd Avenue, turn east onto SW Madison Street, and onto to the Hawthorne Bridge.

The Waterfront Blues Festival is expected to draw 100,000 people between July 4 to July 7; roughly 25,000 people per day. The northbound single lane conversion and Hawthorne Bridge on-ramp closure is intended to create a safer way for people to get to and around Waterfront Park and will connect with the existing Better Naitoconfiguration. During the Festival, Better Naito will extend an additional four blocks from SW Main Street to SW Clay Street. 

Traveling downtown by car? Park affordably and conveniently at one of PBOT's five SmartPark garages. Alternatively, skip the traffic altogether and take BIKETOWN to the Blues Festival. Use the code BLUES18 to receive $5 OFF any plan. Redeem the discount at biketownpdx.com or by using the BIKETOWN app.