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News Release: Sunday Parkways returns for a 12th season

The season kicks off on May 19 in Southeast Portland

 Sunday Parkways 2019 logo

 

(April 18, 2019) - The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente are proud to announce another season of Sunday Parkways, Portland’s premiere family-friendly walking and biking event.

As in past years, Sunday Parkways 2019 will include five traffic-free events highlighting five different Portland neighborhoods from May through September. This year’s routes are classics with a twist, with new walking options at three different events for people who want to explore new neighborhoods and experience the fun of Sunday Parkways on foot.

The dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2019 are:

The walking series includes the return of the Walk with Refugees and Immigrants in Outer Northeast on July 21, which will showcase new Portlander-led and co-developed musical and performance acts at both the start and end of the walk. In August, Sunday Parkways returns to the Green Loop. This route, which drew the largest number of participants in Sunday Parkways history in 2018, is not to be missed!  The bike route will take riders on a tour of Portland’s Central City - over the Broadway Bridge, through the Rose Quarter, down SE Water Avenue and back over Tilikum Crossing. A series of walks, held in collaboration with staff and speakers from the Association of Pedestrian & Bicycle Professionals Conference, will highlight iconic places in the Central City such as the Portland Open Space Sequence. In September, Sunday Parkways will include the Ainsworth Walking Boulevard in partnership with Oregon Walks in Northeast Portland.

Sunday Parkways routes 2019

“Congratulations to Portland Sunday Parkways on its 12th season! Sunday Parkways connects communities, and fosters the healthy, active use of our public streets for people of all backgrounds and abilities,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “Last year more than 125,000 people experienced their streets in a new way at a Sunday Parkways event, and I hope to see even more Portlanders walk, bike, and roll together in 2019."

“We are grateful to Kaiser Permanente and the dozens of other sponsors and vendors who give their time, money and resources to supporting Sunday Parkways each and every year,” said Chris Warner, Interim Director of the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Sunday Parkways is more than just a walking and biking event, it’s where Portlanders of all ages come together to play and engage with community organizations and businesses in fun and meaningful ways. There truly is something for everyone at Sunday Parkways.”

“As we begin a new season of Sunday Parkways, I can’t help but remember all the great moments of past seasons that have been shared by myself and my family,” said Mychal Tetteh, Active Transportation & Safety Division Programs Section Manager. “Sunday Parkways is about making memories that last a lifetime and I can’t wait to see what memories we make this year and beyond.”

Sunday Parkways is currently looking for vendors, community partners, entertainers and volunteers who want to make Sunday Parkways happen. If interested, please contact Sunday Parkways at 503-823-7599, PortlandSundayParkways@portlandoregon.gov or check out the website at PortlandSundayParkways.org.

The Portland Bureau of Transportation is the organizer of Sunday Parkways, working with our presenting sponsor for the last twelve years,  Kaiser Permanente, as well as returning sponsors Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro, Bureau of Planning & Sustainability, Clif Bar, NW Natural, AAA Oregon/Idaho,  AARP of Oregon, HDR Inc., Bureau of Environmental Services, New Seasons, Portland Fire and Rescue, Halprin Landscape Conservancy, iQ Credit Union, Portland Art Museum, Travel Portland, Parking Kitty, Portland Rose Quarter, Portland State University, and Bureau of Emergency Management.

In 2019, PBOT is excited to welcome Linfield College as a new partner.

PBOT and other public funds cover a third of the program costs, and two-thirds of funding comes from sponsors, vendors and individual supporters.

About Sunday Parkways

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space—its streets—for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The events are beloved by Portlanders of all ages. Annual attendance averages over 125,000 participants for the five Sunday Parkways events. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors. For more information, including route maps, visit PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

 

News Blog: PBOT releases draft Southwest in Motion Plan for public review

Southwest in Motion charts a course for a future Southwest Portland where residents have a range of safe and reliable transportation choices

Walking in Southwest Portland

People walk along SW Capitol Highway in the Hillsdale neighborhood in Southwest Portland. Photo by Nick Falbo, Portland Bureau of Transportation.

(April 17, 2019) The public review draft of Southwest in Motion (SWIM) is out! Like the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) other plans for active transportation, such as East Portland in Motion and Central City in Motion, SWIM is a realistic short-term action plan that identifies and prioritizes walking and biking projects for Southwest Portland. The public review draft of SWIM and an accompanying survey will be open for six weeks, through Friday, May 24.

The SWIM plan was developed with extensive public feedback from Southwest Portlanders. Over one thousand people used PBOT’s online mapping tool to provide their initial feedback on walking and biking priorities and needs in Southwest Portland. A stakeholder working group provided oversight and  their knowledge of the neighborhood to help fine tune projects. In addition, PBOT convened eight separate community focus groups to help staff identify infrastructure needs unique to specific communities. Participants included OHSU Campus Outreach, SW Trails, Markham Elementary Somali Families, Congregation Kesser Israel and others.

SWIM Project map

The recommended walking and biking network for Southwest Portland that was developed as part of the Southwest in Motion planning process.

The draft plan:

  • Identifies priority short term walking and biking projects, such as bike lanes, sidewalks, shoulders, and neighborhood greenways.
  • Lists short-term crossing enhancements, including enhanced and new crosswalk designs.
  • Discusses other potential road safety enhancements, including walkable shoulders and traffic calming.
  • Promotes key programs to support community-initiated projects, such as block parties, community plazas, and urban trails.
  • Recommends policies to advance walking and biking in Southwest Portland.

With continued population growth in Portland, Southwest Portlanders can play a major role making the City’s vision for a safe and sustainable transportation system a reality. In fact, today’s transportation trends suggest we are in the midst of a major transformation of how people get from place to place in Southwest Portland. Recent trends suggest that more and more people in Southwest Portland are choosing to get out of their cars and walk, bike, roll, or take transit instead. With the potential for major transportation investments on the horizon, what would it look like for Southwest Portland to be a place where every resident had a wide range of transportation options? By establishing a basic network for walking and biking, Southwest in Motion charts a course for a future Southwest Portland where residents have a range of safe and reliable transportation choices.

Ready to dig in? View the public review draft of Southwest in Motion, check out specific project details and descriptions from Appendix A, then take a quick survey and tell us what you think. Your feedback will be used to help further refine the SWIM Plan before it is shared with City Council. The City Council date for the final draft plan is not yet set.

Join our interested parties email list to receive a notice when a City Council date is confirmed by signing up on the SWIM website: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/SWIM

click to view the draft SWIM plan

Traffic Advisory: Tilikum Crossing pedestrian and bicycle traffic shifts to one side for four weeks for SW Bond Avenue construction

Streetcar over the Tilikum

Tilikum Crossing – Bridge of the People carries TriMet MAX train and buses, Portland Streetcar, and people walking, jogging, rolling, biking and scooting between Southeast Portland and South Waterfront.

(April 11, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that starting Monday, April 15, the pedestrian/bicycle path on the north side of Tilikum Crossing, Bridge of the People, will be closed for two weeks, followed by a two-week closure of the south side path.

People walking and cycling in both directions on Tilikum Crossing will share the south side path between OMSI/SE Water and South Waterfront/SW Moody MAX stations April 15 through April 26, then share the north side path April 29 through May 10. These dates are subject to change.

The closures will allow PBOT’s contractor Goodfellow Bros, Inc. to connect a new segment of SW Bond Avenue to Tilikum Crossing / SW Porter Street. Work will include demolishing and replacing concrete walkways and bikeways, handrails, electrical conduits, striping, signage and signal equipment. Periodic night work will allow TriMet and Portland Streetcar services to continue without disruption.

We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all construction signage, and use alternate routes if possible. Portions of this work are weather-dependent and the schedule may change.

SW Bond Avenue design

When SW Bond Avenue opens later this year, people will be able to walk, jog, roll, bike and scoot over the Tilikum Crossing from the east side, then make an immediate right turn onto SW Bond Avenue for a shorter route to downtown (or do the opposite route to access Tilikum eastbound). At the north end, SW Bond Avenue will connect to what used to be a cul-de-sac on SW River Parkway underneath the Marquam Bridge.

SW Bond Avenue will feature sidewalks or interim asphalt walkways on both sides of the street, and a sidewalk-level protected bike lane in the northbound direction. Southbound bikes will share the roadway with light vehicle traffic in the southbound vehicle lane. Vehicular traffic will be able to use SW Bond Avenue in both directions between SW Meade Street and SW River Parkway, but will not be able to access SW Porter Street / Tilikum Crossing. Metered on-street parking will available north of SW Meade Street.

The SW Bond Avenue Extension Phase 1 is a partnership between PBOT, Prosper Portland and Oregon Health and & Science University (OHSU). The city’s investment in this 1,500-foot-long street serves as the city’s contribution to the Knight Cancer Challenge – a public-private partnership launched by Phil and Penny Knight in 2013 to construct a state-of-the-art OHSU research institute focused on early cancer detection and treatment. The OHSU Knight Cancer Institute opened in 2018 at 2720 SW Moody Ave. and will see improved access upon the completion of SW Bond Avenue and SW Meade Street later this year. SW Bond Avenue also will provide access to six additional development sites on OHSU’s Schnitzer Campus.

Substantial completion of SW Bond Avenue is anticipated in July 2019; however, PBOT’s ability to open the street to the public will depend on a number of technical issues associated with the connection to SW Meade Street, including lighting conduits and general construction activity. We will report an anticipated opening date when it is available.

Learn more and sign up for email updates about construction progress and upcoming community events at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/bondave

The SW Bond Avenue Extension is funded by the North Macadam Urban Renewal Area administered by Prosper Portland, transportation system development charges administered by PBOT, and an Immediate Opportunity Fund grant from the State of Oregon, with right-of-way donation and most environmental remediation work provided by OHSU.

News Release: Road Work Ahead: City of Portland celebrates National Work Zone Awareness Week with tips for safe travel in work zones

New video shares perspectives of PBOT crew members on importance of work zone safety and how Portlanders can help keep city crews safe.

work zone collage

City crews work at all hours and in all weather to repair, improve and maintain Portland's infrastructure.

(April 8, 2019) Rain, wind, snow or sun – the City of Portland’s crews are out on city streets every day of the year working to repair, improve and maintain Portland’s street and water infrastructure. On the first day of National Work Zone Awareness Week, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), the Portland Water Bureau, Portland Parks & Recreation, and the Bureau of Environmental Services (BES) remind people to take care when traveling through work zones.

To protect themselves and city workers, the bureaus ask Portlanders to follow these safety steps:

  • Use an alternate route. When you can, avoid streets with posted work zones.
  • Obey all speed and warning signs. Work zone signs are for anyone traveling through – whether the person is walking, biking, rolling or driving. They are there for your safety and will help prevent a collision. 
  • SLOW DOWN. Speed can be deadly. Alone or in combination with other factors, speed is a major factor in 47% of Portland’s traffic deaths.
  • Be alert. Put down your phone and pay attention to the road conditions ahead of you.
  • Carefully move over. When possible give workers more room between them and your vehicle, but do not veer into an oncoming traffic lane.
  • Keep your distance. Rear-end crashes are extremely common in work zones – maintain extra space between you and the person in front of you at all times.
  • Stay clear of construction vehicles. Heavy vehicles travel in and out of the work areas and can make sudden moves. We know it’s fun to see our machines at work, but please keep a safe distance from the work zone if you plan to watch.
  • Expect delays and be kind. Our goal is to get you through our work zone safely, while also completing our street improvements in an efficient manner. We appreciate your understanding.

Watch this video of PBOT Maintenance Crews sharing why safety around work zones is so important: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D3FNrm-jSKI 

Work Zone Safety video screenshot

Click or tap to view the video.

As the construction season begins, crews will be out in neighborhoods across the city filling potholes, restriping roads, repairing street signs and clearing catch basins as well as building curb ramps and sidewalks, grinding and paving roads and so much more. Thank you for your patience as we do this crucial work to keep our city moving and feel free to show your appreciation to our crews with a thumbs up or a wave the next time you pass by.


 

About National Work Zone Awareness Week

National Work Zone Awareness Week runs from April 8-12, 2019. Work zones play a key role in maintaining and upgrading Portland's roadways, water and sewer infrastructure and more. Unfortunately, daily changes in traffic patterns, narrowed rights-of-way, and other construction activities often create a combination of factors resulting in crashes, injuries, and even fatalities. These crashes also cause excessive delays, especially given the constrained driving environment. Recent statistics from the National Highway Safety Administration’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) show there were a total of 158,000 work zone crashes total in 2016 across the United States—of which 42,000 were injury-involved crashes that resulted in 61,000 injuries. On average, in 2015, a work zone crash occurred once every 5.4 minutes.

About the Portland Bureau of Transportation

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

About the Portland Water Bureau

The Portland Water Bureau has delivered drinking water from the Bull Run Watershed to customers’ faucets since 1895. Our Maintenance & Construction crews are ready to respond to emergencies, including water main breaks, 24-hours a day, seven days a week. On average, crews respond to 200 main breaks a year.

For questions on water quality, contact Water Line, 503-823-7525. Customer Service is available to answer questions about billing and financial assistance by phone from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday at 503-823-7770, and in-person at our Walk-In Service Center, 664 N. Tillamook St., from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. To learn more about your water system, visit portlandoregon.gov/water; follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram; or subscribe to our newsletter: portlandoregon.gov/water/EmailNews.

About the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services

The Bureau of Environmental Services works with Portland residents and businesses to protect water quality, public health, and the environment through wastewater collection and treatment, sewer construction and maintenance, stormwater management, and stream and watershed restoration. www.portlandoregon.gov/bes

About Portland Parks & Recreation

The mission of Portland Parks & Recreation is to help Portlanders play - providing the safe places, facilities, and programs which promote physical, mental, and social activity. We get people, especially kids, outside, active, and connected to the community. As we do this, there will be an increase in the wellness of our residents and the livability of our city. www.portlandoregon.gov/parks

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PBOT News Advisory: Crosswalk education and enforcement action planned for SE Powell Blvd. at SE 54th Ave. on Wednesday, March 27

Raising awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws

(March 25, 2019) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Wednesday, March 27, at the marked crossing on Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast 54th Avenue from noon to 1:30 p.m. to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws. PBOT also reminds Portlanders to watch for people walking at all hours of the day or night. 

Vision Zero Portland logo

Under Oregon law, EVERY intersection is a legal crosswalk, whether it is marked or unmarked. People driving must stop and stay stopped for people walking when the pedestrian is in the travel lane or the adjacent lane.

The crossing on Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast 54th Avenue has a marked crosswalk, median island and signage. A number of destinations nearby generate pedestrian traffic, including Franklin High School, St. Mark's Lutheran Church and various local businesses.

Southeast Powell Boulevard, a Vision Zero designated high crash network street, had a total of 122 fatal and serious injury crashes in 2007-16, the most recent 10-year period for which data are available. The intersection of Southeast 54th Avenue at Southeast Powell Boulevard had a total of 18 crashes including no fatal or serious injury crashes, during this same time period.

Southeast Powell Boulevard has also had three fatal crashes since January 2017.

People walking legally in Portland and hit by a person driving who fails to stop for them, is the number one cause of pedestrian crashes resulting in death and serious injury. People driving can do their part by having more patience, driving at or below the posted speed, continuously scanning the environment looking for people walking and bicycling, and being ready to stop as needed.

 SE Powell Boulevard at 54th Avenue

Southeast Powell Boulevard at Southeast 54th Avenue. Image by Google.com

Education and enforcement actions such as the March 27 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to achieve, Vision Zero, the goal of eliminating all traffic fatalities and serious injuries.

Each crosswalk education and enforcement action involves a designated pedestrian crossing at a marked or unmarked crosswalk while police monitor how people 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. A Portland Bureau of Transportation staff member will serve as the designated pedestrian crossing the street during Wednesday’s action.

Crosswalk education and enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate traffic laws to people driving and walking. The transportation and police bureaus do education and enforcement actions 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 rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in English; Español); and view the results of previous actions.

Portland is committed to ending traffic violence in our communities. Through the Vision Zero program, the City of Portland and our partners are working to eliminate deaths and serious injuries on our streets.

To request a Vision Zero community briefing or enforcement action in your area, call the 823-SAFE Traffic Safety Hot Line at (503) 823-7233, or submit a Traffic Safety Hot Line request at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/69703.

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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