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(June 23, 2017) – Mayor Ted Wheeler has proclaimed this Sunday, June 25, “Portland Sunday Parkways Day” to celebrate ten years of Portland Sunday Parkways presented by Kaiser Permanente. June 25 marks the 10th Sunday Parkways in North Portland, the route that has typically attracted the largest crowds of the year.
“Sunday Parkways is one of the greatest things we do in Portland,” said Mayor Ted Wheeler at the Wednesday morning City Council meeting. “It has been a vehicle to show off parts of the city that are hidden gems of our landscape including new parks, newly built biking and walking infrastructure, community gardens, and beautiful residential neighborhoods.”
“Sunday Parkways is a great way to get to know local businesses and your community,” said City Commissioner Dan Saltzman, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation. “Since its inception, Sunday Parkways has not only been a great way to connect with parks along the route, but every new shop, restaurant and neighbor along the way.”
Sunday Parkways Programs Manager Linda Ginenthal and colleague Rich Cassidy have worked on the program since PBOT launched it 10 years ago. Thousands of people participate in each Sunday event.
“Portlanders love Sunday Parkways and the transportation bureau is thrilled to celebrate the 10th anniversary of one of our favorite traditions,” PBOT Director Leah Treat said. “Sunday Parkways exemplifies the spirit Portland, where we see our streets as shared public space, not just a place to pass through. Cities from all over the world have learned from our experience in opening our streets to the community. I can’t wait to see what the next 10 years of Sunday Parkways brings!”
“The health benefits of Sunday Parkways extend beyond physical activity into mental health and social connectedness,” said Molly Haynes, Manager of Community Health Initiatives Community Benefit for Kaiser Permanente. “You see more smiles on the Sunday Parkways route than any other place in Portland. Friends and neighbors interact in ways that may not happen otherwise and that hopefully lead to stronger neighborhood connections and improved safety.”
This family-friendly free event organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation is a great way to get the whole family out on a bike ride or walk for healthy, fun activity. This 41st Sunday Parkways on June 25th in North Portland will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on 9 ½ miles of neighborhood greenways – streets that are great to ride any day of the week.
To make it easy for residents and visitors alike to join in the fun this weekend, PBOT has created a detailed Sunday Parkways route map with all area bikeway routes and bus and light rails routes to help everyone get to Sunday Parkways by biking and taking transit.
This route highlights five Portland parks and activity areas including Peninsula, Arbor Lodge, Kenton, and McCoy Parks and the Willamette Bluff with activities, food, music, and community businesses and organizations to connect with at the event. Find the list of music, food, community organizations, sponsors and scheduled classes and activities on our North Portland Sunday Parkways webpage.
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. Total attendance for the ten years has topped 690,000 over 38 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. Learn more at www.portlandsundayparkways.org.
North Portland Sunday Parkways provided by the generous support from the following sponsors:
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
(June 21, 2017) As summer officially begins, downtown Portland streets are busy with construction and event activity. To help Portlanders and visitors plan their travel, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the following events and construction projects will impact traffic in downtown Portland in the coming days and weeks:
A calendar of the various traffic impacts can be viewed online here.
Don't forget, during construction Downtown Portland is open for business! To avoid circling around construction to find parking, the City recommends you use SmartPark garages. In addition, BIKETOWN is offering a free ride to help people avoid traffic congestion. Use the code MOVEPDX17 to receive one Single Ride pass, good for a 30-minute trip. Redeem the free ride at biketownpdx.com or by using the BIKETOWN app.
With numerous projects planned for the Central City this year, the City of Portland, together with our agency partners, is leveraging opportunities to identify efficiencies and coordinate projects. Our cooperation will increase the safety and mobility of traveling Portlanders, including pedestrians and cyclists. Learn more at www.movepdx.net.
(June 21, 2017) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) and Portland Police Bureau will conduct a crosswalk safety education and enforcement action on Thursday, June 22 beginning at 9:30 a.m. at the marked crossing on NE Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard at NE Jarrett Streett to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and Oregon traffic laws.
Education and enforcement actions such as the June 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
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 throughout the year 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.
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. Drivers should continually scan their environment watching for people crossing or about to cross and stop according to Oregon law.
Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard is part of the High Crash Network for people walking and biking. The MLK Pedestrian Strategy places the NE Jarrett Street crossings among the corridor’s priority locations based on crash data. Therefore, education and enforcement actions such as the June 22 event are a key part of the City of Portland’s citywide effort to reach its Vision Zero goal of eliminating traffic fatalities and serious injuries.
Crossings like NE Jarrett Street connect communities of single family homes, apartments, numerous places of worship and amenities like King School Park, Roselawn Park and Mallory Meadows City Park. Local restaurants, a food cart pavilion, banks, coffee shops, retail, salons, convenience stores, auto parts store, grocery store, post office, comedy theater and a local Boys and Girls Club in the immediate area draw patrons, visitors and pedestrians. TriMet’s Frequent Service bus line 6 a runs along Martin Luther King Jr Blvd connecting Goose Hollow, Portland City Center, N/NE Portland, Jantzen Beach and Hayden Island.
Each crosswalk 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. PBOT staff member, Providance Nagy, will be the designated pedestrian crossing in the marked crosswalk during the mission. 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.
Fixing Our Streets is funding a number of crosswalk treatments along Martin Luther King Jr Boulevard that may include signage upgrades, vegetation removal, protected lefts, striping, curb extensions and illumination.
Learn more about rights and responsibilities for crossing streets in Oregon (in English; Espanol); and view the results of previous actions. Find out more about PBOT’s safety work and Vision Zero, PBOT’s goal of zero traffic-related fatalities and serious injuries by 2025 by visiting www.visionzeroportland.com. PBOT also invites communities to take a PedPDX survey to help shape priorities for making Portland a more walkable city through its Citywide Pedestrian Plan.
(June 19, 2017) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on East Burnside Street from 28th to 32nd Avenues from Tuesday, June 20 to Monday, June 26 during all hours and all days.
The lanes closures will restrict traffic on East Burnside between 28th to 32nd Avenues to one lane of travel in each direction, all hours all days, while crews begin to reconstruct the roadway.
The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures, traffic signs and flaggers and use alternate routes if possible.
This work is weather-dependent and the schedule may change.
(June 7, 2017) The Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that the installation of a new traffic signal will require late night lane closures on SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard at SE Belmont Street on Thursday, June 8 from 8:00 p.m. to Friday, June 9 at 7 a.m.
Lanes on SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard will be reduced to one lane in each direction between SE Taylor Street and SE Alder Street during work hours. Flaggers will guide traffic on both SE Cesar E Chavez Boulevard and SE Belmont Street.
The work is funded by the Major Maintenance and Asset Replacement Program, which reserves half of all one-time, surplus general fund dollars for improvements that maintain or replace critical infrastructure. The work is part of a $1 million Traffic Signal Rebuilds project. The new signal will replace a traffic signal that was built in 1950.
The work has been scheduled to minimize the impact on the traveling public.
We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.