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News Blog: Northwest in Motion online open house seeks feedback about active transportation needs in inner Northwest Portland

Submit your comments by Friday, August 10th!

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News Blog: 

Northwest in Motion online open house seeks feedback about active transportation needs in inner Northwest Portland

Submit your comments by Friday, August 10th!

(Aug. 2, 2018) Our Northwest in Motion online open house is underway and we want to hear from you! How can we expand opportunities for people to comfortably walk, bike, and take public transit in and around the Northwest District neighborhood? Your feedback will help the Portland Bureau of Transportation create a list of specific projects that we can build in and around the neighborhood over the next five years. The online open house includes an interactive comment map where you can point out specific issues that you would like PBOT to address. There are only nine days left to give us your feedback. 

Please submit your comments by Friday, August 10th! 

Northwest in Motion video

Click to watch PBOT's Northwest in Motion explanatory video.

This project will focus on small-scale improvements that could be built in the next five years to fill the gaps and deficiencies in the existing biking and walking network and promote increased transit ridership in the Northwest District. These projects could include improvements like: 

  • Marked crosswalks 
  • Curb extensions 
  • Sidewalk improvements 
  • New and improved bike routes 
  • Transit stop improvements 

Northwest In Motion will develop a five-year active transportation implementation strategy to provide walking, bicycling, and public transit improvements in the Northwest District neighborhood, a vibrant area that is rapidly growing with housing and jobs in inner Northwest Portland. The plan will identify, develop, and prioritize multimodal transportation investments to provide safety for vulnerable roadway users, reduce conflict between transportation modes, and give people living and working in the district more transportation options. Major outcomes include: 

  • A prioritized list of walking, bicycling, and transit projects to guide investment of parking meter revenue and other funding 
  • A feasible strategy for upgrading existing neighborhood greenways in NW to meet established neighborhood greenway guidelines 
  • Changes to street classifications and designs to clarify modal priorities and support the overall goals of the project 

Northwest in Motion aims to give people more choices for daily travel. Giving people more transportation options like walking, bicycling, and public transit means they have the choice to bypass traffic congestion, use limited roadway space more efficiently, and avoid having to look for scarce on-street parking. Providing people these choices will be especially important as the neighborhood continues to grow as a residential, commercial, and employment destination.  

Learn more about Northwest in Motion at www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/NWinMotion  

For more information, or to request a presentation from PBOT regarding the project, contact Zef Wagner, PBOT transportation planner, at 503-823-7164, or zef.wagner@portlandoregon.gov 

News Blog: Announcing the winners of the 2018 Bike to Books Coloring Contest

Winning art will be displayed at Portland City Hall from August 7-17, 2018

(July 31, 2018) This past May, PBOT and Multnomah County Library, with support from Metro, invited students living in Multnomah County to design bike lane art for Portland’s “Bike to Books” Bike Month coloring contest. The contest was open to students from Pre-Kindergarten to 12th grade. For years Portlanders have enjoyed the smile-inducing bike lane art designed by PBOT’s striping crews. The designs, which are usually created by crew members, can be found in bike lanes and on neighborhood greenways across the city. The Bike to Books Coloring contest asked students to come up with their own original bike lane art that they would like to see in Portland's bike lanes.

Coloring pages were available for pick up at all Multnomah County Library branches (click here for locations) or downloaded online. Contestants were required to drop off their entry at a library branch in person in order to be entered into the contest. Approximately 450 entries were submitted from students across Multnomah County. This June, PBOT and Multnomah County Library staff reviewed entries and named the first (including a tie for first place for two Pre-K to 2nd grade entries), second and third place winners of each age division as well as honorable mentions from each group. 

The winning artwork is as follows:

First Place

2nd Place

3rd Place 

New to the program this year, is an award ceremony at Portland City Hall on August 7 at 2:30 p.m. where winners of the Bike to Books Coloring Contest will be presented with a certificate of participation from the City of Portland Transportation Commissioner Dan Saltzman and the Multnomah County Director of Libraries Vailey Oehlke. This event will also mark the beginning of a two-week gallery showing of all the winning artwork in the City Hall atrium that will be open to the public through August 17, 2018. The public is invited to join us as we celebrate the creativity of Portland’s young artists and their contribution to our city.

The first place winning art will be installed on four bike lanes by the Portland Bureau of Transportation's striping crews later this summer. Second prize winners each received four full-day passes to the Lumberyard Bike Park (including rental bikes and safety equipment if needed) and third prize winners won a bike helmet of their choice from Portland-based Nutcase Helmets.

In addition to the coloring contest, every person who biked to a Multnomah County Library branch during Bike Month received a free bike light provided by Metro. Special Bike Storytimes for young readers were also offered at numerous library branches across the county.

Thanks to everyone who participated in Bike Month 2018! We can’t wait to see what’s in store for 2019.

News Blog: An Interview with Momoko Saunders and Tony Lamb, Co-Chairs of the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee

BBAC Group Photo 2017-18

BBAC members with PBOT Director Leah Treat and PBOT staff, June 21, 2018.

(July 24, 2018) The Portland Bureau of Transportation’s Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee recently held their final meeting for the 2017-18 fiscal year, marking the end of a productive period discussing city transportation issues and shaping the bureau’s operating budget.

The Committee is a dynamic, volunteer group, comprised mainly of leaders representing a range of interests and voices impacted by transportation decisions, including community groups, neighborhoods, businesses, labor union, advocacy groups and traditionally underserved communities in Portland. The group is charged with the task of informing PBOT’s annual transportation budget and providing sound recommendations to the PBOT Director.

From September 2017 to June 2018, Committee members met on the third Thursday of every month to discuss PBOT’s 2018-2019 budget and provide input on different transportation related topics including but not limited to the Portland Citywide Pedestrian Plan, Enhanced Transit Corridors Plan, Congestion Pricing, PBOT’s Fixing Our Streets program, PBOT’s Equity Plan and Transportation Systems Plan.

Committee members also took actionable steps, resulting in positive outcomes. In March, for instance, at the transportation budget workshop session, BBAC members asked the City to build staff capacity, provide additional funds and resources to support the City’s Vision Zero plans and refrain from making cuts to the ADA sidewalk repair program. The BBAC’s message was very well received by City Commissioners and echoed by many stakeholders during the budget deliberation process.

Committee Co-Chairs Reflect on a Year of Leadership

The Bureau and Budget Advisory is co-chaired by Momoko Saunders and Tony Lamb. We asked each of them to share information about their leadership experience and the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee.


 

Momoko BBAC co-chair 2017-18

Momoko Saunders

How would you describe the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee to someone you are meeting for the first time?  

The BBAC is a committee of various community members who advise the Bureau on its budget. While our main responsibility is to write a letter to the commissioners expressing thoughts on the proposed upcoming budget, we also hear presentations on various projects and policy issues. We are able to express concerns and give perspectives that might not otherwise be considered. We are also often asked to attend community outreach events and to encourage our own communities to engage with these events. 

As a Portland resident, what has been the most meaningful part of serving on the BBAC?

My experience on the BBAC has been very educational. I have spent much of my time deep diving into all the various funding buckets and where and how they are spent on Portland's transportation. My leadership role is largely one of facilitation. It is my responsibility to ensure that committee members feel supported in expressing their concerns and that we have productive meetings. The most meaningful part of serving on the BBAC for me personally is the ability to get to know the people who are working on the projects directly affecting my community. I am able to share the access I have to staff with others who cannot attend the BBAC meetings. There are so many voices which want to be included and heard. It's great to feel like you are helping facilitate conversations that wouldn't normally be able to happen. 

What were some of the recurring themes that featured prominently at BBAC meetings during the past year?

The prevailing themes of BBAC meetings include equity and safety. There is a general agreement that certain areas of Portland have been historically overlooked while planning for transportation development. We try to see everything through the lens of "who are we not considering in these proposals". Will this project or change in policy further us in our Vision Zero strategy? What were some of the recurring themes that featured prominently at BBAC meetings during the past year?

What are the most important leadership lessons you learned as the co-chair of the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee? 

I've learned the importance of teamwork and the value of solid preparation for meetings. We have a planning meeting before each committee meeting where we go over the agenda in detail. I'm grateful to PBOT staff for their organization and readiness to supply committee members with pertinent documents related to agenda topics before the meetings. I also value my co-chair, who's facilitation skills helped make even the thorniest of topics productive conversations.

Momoko Saunders is the Operations Director for BIKETOWN, Portland’s bike share system. She is on the board of the non-profit Bike Farm, which she co-founded in 2007. Momoko is also an active volunteer for App Camp for Girls and Board member of the Portland Society.


 

Tony BBAC 2017-18 co-chair

Tony Lamb

How would you describe the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee to someone you are meeting for the first time?

BBAC is a group of community members, PBOT staff and leadership, and transportation advocates providing guidance and oversight for the bureau. The group discuss upcoming projects, policy issues, budget guidance and community concerns. It's really an eclectic group of folks who are passionate about transportation and a desire for Portland to have not only the best, but also the safest multi-modal system in the country. 

As a Portland resident, what has been the most meaningful part of serving on the BBAC?

I've had the amazing opportunity to meet and connect with so many amazing folks from the transportation community. Being able to learn, grow and challenge some of my own assumptions and perspectives while refining my leadership abilities has been one of the experiences most valuable to me this past year. I've really enjoyed getting to understand projects from a broad prospective and seeing all the hard work from PBOT staff and leadership that goes into our transportation system. I've been blown away by how committed and professional both BBAC members and PBOT staff been throughout my time serving.

What were the recurring themes that featured prominently at BBAC meetings during the past year?

I think there were a couple recurring themes that came up throughout the year, but especially during budget discussions. Equity was a big theme that came up throughout the year with a strong desire to see it frame all the work at PBOT. Ensuring the benefits of upcoming infrastructure investments reach our MWESB sector and communities of East Portland were key. Realizing Vision Zero and safe complete streets are a pretty big deal to the BBAC.  Making sure our sidewalks are ADA compliant throughout the city was another area of focus for members this year. A particular issue that was important during the budget session was the preservation of PBOT jobs within the street cleaning program and seeing that happen was pretty fun.

What are the most important leadership lessons you learned as the co-chair of the PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee?

For me, I would say that active listening, group facilitation and working as a team were pretty big lessons I learned as co-chair this year. I really have to thank my co-chair, PBOT staff, and fellow BBAC members for all their support this past year. Without them, there is no way this year could have gone as smooth and successful as it did. I would also like to thank Leah Treat for all her direction and guidance over the past few years at the bureau and setting it up for continued success in the future.

Tony Lamb has a master's in Urban and Regional Planning and Graduate Certificate in Real Estate Development from Portland State University. He formerly served as the Director of Economic Development for The Rosewood Initiative in East Portland. He has volunteered with the Urban League of Portland, East Portland Action Plan and PBOT's Transportation System Plan Expert Group.


BBAC at Council 2018 Budget Hearing

BBAC Co-Chair Tony Lamb, Thomas Karwaki, Arlene Kimura and Rob Martineau at City Council during the PBOT Budget Work Session on March 20, 2018.

Meeting Information:

The PBOT Bureau and Budget Advisory Committee is currently on a short break for two months, from August to September 2018, and will reconvene in September.

To learn more:
Visit the committee's web page

 

Contact BBAC staff:


Tosin Abiodun
PBOT Constituent Services Coordinator
Tosin.Abiodun@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-5080

Irene Schwoeffermann
PBOT Public Involvement Coordinator
Irene.Schwoeffermann@portlandoregon.gov
503-823-4239

 

News Release: PBOT issues first e-scooter permits as part of new pilot program

With permits issued, e-scooters will soon be available on Portland's streets

(July 25, 2018) Today, the Portland Bureau of Transportation issued the first two permits to operate shared electric scooters in Portland. The permits were issued to the companies Skip and Bird. PBOT officials said they expected that scooters could be available for rent as soon as this week. 

The permits were issued as part of PBOT's recently launched Shared Scooter Pilot Program. The 120 day pilot program runs until November 20th. Through the pilot program, PBOT created a temporary scooter permit to allow companies to offer scooters for rent. Both during and after the pilot, PBOT will conduct an evaluation of the program, including surveying Portlanders, to determine whether scooters are compatible with the safe, efficient and equitable operation of Portland's transportation system. 

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"I'm very happy we were able to stand up this pilot as quickly as we did," said Interim Transportation Director Chris Warner. 'This is a rapidly changing industry, and we wanted to be flexible and nimble in setting up this pilot. Portlanders will now have a chance to try this new way of getting around, and we'll have the opportunity to see if scooters work in Portland and help us meet our safety, mobility, equity and climate action goals."

The pilot program sets specific conditions for the deployment of scooters in the city. The total number of scooters will be capped at 2,500 with each permitted company allowed a share of this total. Companies may deploy up to 200 scooters during its first week of operation. To further citywide equity goals, PBOT requires that each company deploy a portion of their fleets in East Portland. 

By state law, scooter riders must wear a helmet and cannot ride on sidewalks. According to the city code, the scooters cannot be used in city parks. Riders will be required to park scooters on the sidewalk close to the curb, so that scooters do not interfere with pedestrians. As a condition of receiving a permit, companies are required to educate riders about safe riding and proper parking behavior. PBOT will also conduct education actions to inform riders about the rules of the road.

PBOT will continue to issue permits to companies that qualify under the pilot rules. 

More information about the scooter pilot, including an FAQ can be found at: www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/e-scooter

Final Infographic

About PBOT 

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

About Shared Scooters

Shared Electric Scooters, also known as e-scooters, are an emerging technology and shared mobility service. The first systems in the U.S. launched in 2017.  Similar to bikeshare, the service provides personal transportation to rent for one-way trips. 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 on the sidewalk close to the curb. The scooters are not locked to docks or stations or other objects such as bike racks or street signs.

Electric scooters are powered by an electric motor, and in Portland, companies will be required to cap the maximum speed at 15 MPH.

Traffic Advisory: Ramp connecting SW Capitol Highway to SW Barbur Boulevard closed until August 27 for repairs to bridge deck

SW Barbur Blvd has one lane closed, southbound near the interchange

(July 20, 2018) An eight-inch hole in the deck of the flyover ramp connecting eastbound SW Capitol Highway to northbound SW Barbur Boulevard will close the ramp for repairs until August 27, 2018. The hole in the bridge was discovered on Thursday. The bridge was immediately closed to all traffic at the intersection of SW Capitol Highway at SW Terwilliger Boulevard.

The 554-foot-long and almost 60-year-old bridge will require repairs that will take approximately five weeks, as crews remove and replace failing concrete in the bridge deck.

The steel-and-concrete girder bridge is owned by the Portland Bureau of Transportation. Based on National Bridge Inspection Standards, the Oregon Department of Transportation inspects this and all other public, traffic carrying bridges in Oregon every two years. The bridge is due for its next inspection this September.

People driving eastbound on SW Capitol Highway and SW Beaverton Hillsdale should follow detour signage directing them to SW Bertha Boulevard to access SW Barbur Boulevard northbound.

The outside (right) lane of southbound SW Barbur Boulevard is closed from before the offramp to westbound SW Capitol Highway. However, right turns to westbound SW Capitol Highway are still allowed at this time.

The traveling public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by reader boards and flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

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

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Follow detour signs from SW Beaverton-Hillsdale Highway and SW Capitol Highway to SW Bertha Boulvard to reach northbound SW Barbur Boulevard:

SW Capitol Hwy bridge detour