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News Release: PBOT, Portland Police Bureau encourage Portlanders to take a Safe Ride Home on St. Patrick's Day

City program offers discounted travel options for holiday revelers this Saturday, March 16

Vision Zero Portland logo

(March 14, 2019) The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will once again offer discounted taxi, Lyft and Uber rides originating in the City of Portland on Saturday as part of its Safe Ride Home program for Portlanders celebrating St. Patrick's Day. 

SafeRide Home coupons will be available for pickup on Saturday, March 16 from participating businesses and Portland Police Bureau officers in the Central City. Coupons will be valid Saturday, March 16 at 8:00 p.m. through Sunday, March 17 at 4:00 a.m.

  • Up to $20 savings on taxi rides with Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab, Blue Taxi, and Flat Cab. Riders can access the discount by presenting the couponSafe Ride Home St. Patricks Day to the taxi driver.
  • A $5 savings on rides with Lyft and Uber. Riders can access the discount by entering the promo code from the coupon into their apps.

Impaired driving is a major contributor to death and injury on Portland streets. More than half of deadly crashes in Portland involve people who are intoxicated. Safe Ride Home helps to achieve the City of Portland’s Vision Zero Action Plan’s goal of launching initiatives to reduce impaired driving. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), during the 2016 St. Patrick’s Day holiday period, almost two-fifths (39%) of all motor vehicle crash fatalities in the United States involved drunk driving.

PBOT has offered Safe Ride Home travel options on New Year's Eve, St. Patrick's Day and Cinco de Mayo, Brewers Festival, and Halloween. The first Safe Ride Home Event was on New Year's Eve 2017.

The Safe Ride Home program is a partnership between PBOT, the Portland Police Bureau, Old Town Hospitality Group, Venture Portland, and Portland cab companies Radio Cab, Broadway Cab, New Rose City Cab, New Green Cab, PDX Yellow Cab and United Independent Cab, Blue Taxi, and Flat Cab, as well as transportation network companies Lyft and Uber. The program is funded by the taxi permit fees and the 50-cent fee charged for every TNC ride in Portland. The fee also covers safety inspections and the PDX WAV program that makes accessible on-demand vehicles available to people with wheelchairs or mobility devices in Portland.

RSVP to Safe Ride Home on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/events/2360181190927031/

Learn more about the City of Portland’s Vision Zero program at www.visionzeroportland.com

Traffic Advisory: West Burnside street improvements will temporarily close one westbound lane starting Friday, March 15

(March 13, 2019) -- The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) advises the traveling public that street improvements will temporarily close the northernmost westbound lane of West Burnside between NW 18th Avenue and NW 19th Avenue beginning this Friday, March 15 at 6 a.m. The lane will be closed all hours and all days from March 15 through March 29, to allow for the installation of new curb ramps and crossings. 

While one westbound lane will remain open, the traveling public can expect significant delays traveling west on Burnside, particularly during the evening commute. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all construction signage, and use alternate routes if possible. This closure is necessary to ensure crews can work in a safe and efficient manner and to allow the concrete to cure to the appropriate strength.  

This work is 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 MULTIMODAL BEFORE AND PLANED

News Blog: BIKETOWN continues to attract Portlanders to biking; nearly 400k bike trips taken in 2018

Portland’s bike-share ridership grew 28 percent 2018, with an 87 percent increase in annual members.

Biketown

News Blog:

BIKETOWN continues to attract Portlanders to biking; nearly 400k bike trips taken in 2018

 

Portland’s bike-share ridership grew 28 percent 2018, with an 87 percent increase in annual members.

 

(March 13, 2019) Since its inception in the summer of 2016, BIKETOWN has attracted more and more Portlanders to biking, while also broadening and diversifying the city’s bicycle culture. The 2018 BIKETOWN Annual Report, released today by the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT), highlights the ever-growing list of accomplishments of the bike-share program, including a 28 percent increase in ridership, a successful service area expansion, and a 220 percent increase in rentals through the Adaptive BIKETOWN program for people with different abilities.

BIKETOWN Wunderland

The past year was full of growth for BIKETOWN and its sister-programs, BIKETOWN for All and Adaptive BIKETOWN. This year’s BIKETOWN expansion made it easier and more affordable to explore Portland. PBOT provided an option for lower cost membership, expanded BIKETOWN’s service area and made it easier to park BIKETOWN bikes throughout the city. BIKETOWN lowered its annual membership for unlimited rides by 30 percent to $99. A new pay-as-you-go plan now costs $5 at signup and only 8 cents per minute after that. BIKETOWN also introduced a new $19 month-to-month plan for regular BIKETOWN users who don’t want to commit to an annual membership. On June 1, BIKETOWN introduced two service improvements. BIKETOWN expanded the service to eastside Portland neighborhoods along the 50s Bikeway including Grant Park, Creston-Kenilworth, Laurelhurst, Beaumont-Wilshire, Cully as well as Hollywood where residents have, repeatedly asked for service. As a new benefit, BIKETOWN allowed annual and BIKETOWN for All members to lock to any public bike rack in the service area for free. Additionally, PBOT has designated 45 sets of bike racks across the city as “community corrals” that act the same as the orange BIKETOWN stations where parking is free for BIKETOWN users.

BIKETOWN infographic 2018

In May 2018, BIKETOWN and PBOT celebrated national bike month with free rides for all. BIKETOWN saw a huge increase in ridership with 79,399 rides for a total of 164,252 miles biked. That was more than double the number of trips ridden in May of 2017! We also set new one-day trip records nine times in May, with a new all-time high of 4,792 trips on Sunday, May 27! This smashed the previous record by over 1,000 trips. Over 14,000 Portlanders and visitors rode BIKETOWN in May, of which 78 percent were first-time BIKETOWN riders.

Adaptive BIKETOWN, Portland’s adaptive bike rental program, is designed to increase biking access for people with disabilities. The program is a partnership with Albertina Kerr Center’s Kerr Bikes and offers short-term rentals of adaptive bicycles such as hand-cycles, tricycles and tandems. The program offers a staffed service to assist in fitting people on the bicycles, a place to store mobility devices, and a location with direct access to Portland’s multiuse trail system. In 2018, Adaptive BIKETOWN added 2 electric-assist trikes and counted 189 rentals. The two most popular adaptive bikes were foot-powered trikes and hand-powered trikes, with 35 percent of riders identifying as first-time adaptive bike riders and 87 percent of riders were TriMet Honored Citizen Passholders. The pilot project originally launched in summer 2017 and will move to a formal program in May 2019.

BIKETOWN for All data

Finally, the BIKETOWN for All program, which provides a reduced-cost bike share membership and other benefits for Portlanders living on a low income, grew 128 percent in 2018. The 495 BIKETOWN for All members took 36,089 trips over the course of the last year. Since October 2018, new BIKETOWN for All members automatically receive a $3 credit to pay for their first month. This eliminates the initial financial hurdle to start riding for those who qualify for SNAP, low income housing, and other forms of financial assistance. After signing up, many BIKETOWN for All members generate additional credits on their balance by doing tasks that support a well-balanced bike-share system, like returning bikes parked outside of a BIKETOWN station back to a station. All new BIKETOWN for All Members receive that first month free in the form of a $3 Pay-It-Forward credit and agree that when they generate enough credit to pay for their next six months of membership ($18), $3 will be donated from their account back into the Pay-It-Forward program.  The “Pay-It-Forward” campaign, introduced in late 2018, invited BIKETOWN members to donate credits to the BIKETOWN for All program. The result was over $1,500 donated to provide a free first-month of service for up to 514 future BIKETOWN for All members.

Looking to the future, BIKETOWN will continue to innovate and increase its service, finding new ways to fill in gaps in the transportation needs of Portlanders. BIKETOWN bike-share service provides flexibility for day-to-day activities, as well as a fun and healthy way to move around Portland. More than a third of surveys showed members would be more likely to use BIKETOWN if electric bikes were added or if the service area was expanded. The 2020 BIKETOWN expansion will encompass PBOT’s Strategic Plan and goals, making sure we keep a focus on equity and provide greater access for those not currently served by bike-share.

Sign up to ride BIKETOWN today at www.biketownpdx.com.


 

About BIKETOWN

BIKETOWN is Portland’s bike share system, launched on July 19, 2016 with 1,000 bikes available to ride from one point to another for a small fee. BIKETOWN is a partnership between the City of Portland’s Portland Bureau of Transportation and Nike, the program’s sole title sponsor. BIKETOWN is operated by Motivate, the world’s leading bike share operator. It uses innovative new “smart bikes” which make it easy to find, rent and park a BIKETOWN bike. BIKETOWN is designed to be affordable and accessible, encouraging even more Portlanders to ride and allowing visitors to experience the city by bike. Portland joins over 60 US cities, including New York, Chicago, Washington DC, San Antonio, Indianapolis, Boise and Austin and 500 cities worldwide that have popular, safe and successful bike share systems. biketownpdx.com

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. www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation

About Nike

Nike believes in the power of sport to move the world and unleash human potential. As a longtime partner with the City of Portland, BIKETOWN highlights the company’s commitment to make Portland even more active, vibrant and innovative. As the title sponsor of BIKETOWN, Nike designed the innovative visual identity for the program’s standard bike which is the highly identifiable orange that is synonymous with Nike. In addition, Nike oversees the design and branding of the system’s logo, stations and physical presence, as well as a select number of limited-edition bike wrap designs.

News Blog: PedPDX: Walking While Black

PedPDX logo

 

News Blog:

PedPDX: Walking While Black

 

PedPDX data analysis and public outreach finds that one’s experience walking in Portland depends a lot on where in the city you live or work, but it also depends upon who you are.

(March 12, 2019) The experience of walking in Portland depends a lot on where in the city you live or work. Portland’s neighborhoods closer to downtown tend to have a fairly well-developed pedestrian network, while Southwest and East Portland have significant gaps in sidewalks and crossings.

However, data and public outreach from our citywide pedestrian plan, known as PedPDX, tells us that the experience of being a pedestrian in Portland also depends on who you are.

In Portland, pedestrian safety and access is an equity issue. Inadequate pedestrian infrastructure and traffic safety concerns disproportionately impact low-income communities and people of color.

Comparing sidewalk presence (left) to PBOT’s Equity Matrix (right) shows that many Portland neighborhoods lacking sidewalks are also areas with higher equity concerns. The orange lines in the map at the left indicate where sidewalks exist in Portland. The darker orange areas in the map on the right show areas of the City where low-income and non-white populations are highest. The maps show that sidewalks are more often missing in neighborhoods with higher equity concerns, particularly in the outer neighborhoods of East Portland.

sidewalks and equity

Because of this disproportionate impact on non-white populations, the PedPDX project team was intent upon making sure that we heard from all Portlanders as part of our planning process.

A key piece of the PedPDX public outreach strategy was a citywide “Walking Priorities Survey,” asking Portlanders to tell us what the biggest barriers to walking in Portland are, and where improvements are most important to community members. This feedback directly influenced the plan’s prioritization of new sidewalks and crossings, as well as the strategies and actions in the PedPDX “Implementation Toolkit.”

However, upon evaluating who we heard from in the survey, it became evident that we were not hearing from all Portlanders. Project staff compared survey responses to the racial and geographic distribution of the city’s population. Out of the 5,405 total respondents to the PedPDX Citywide Walking Priorities Survey, 2 percent identified as African or African-American. However they represent 5.7 percent of Portland’s overall population.

race/ethnicity distribution in Portland vs survey respondents

In recognition of the low recorded response rate from African and African-American Portlanders in the Walking Priorities Survey, the project team hosted two focus groups to more intentionally elevate the voice of Black Portlanders in PedPDX. PBOT staff worked with community partners from the Portland African American Leadership Forum (PAALF), Black Parent Initiative (BPI) and Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO) Africa House to secure more input from the Black community and to better understand how their walking experience may be different because of their racial and ethnic identities. Facilitators provided a space for black Portlanders to speak candidly about their “Walking While Black” experience in Portland, which the feedback shows is different from other community members.

Barriers to Walking

Focus group participants were asked “what makes walking difficult in Portland?” Like the citywide survey, participants were asked to rank a variety of potential barriers on a scale from 1 to 6, with 1 indicating “not important” and 6 indicating “really important.” The table below shows the responses from Black Portlanders who attended the focus groups compared to data collected from citywide survey.

The most prominent difference was the importance of street lighting to Black Portlanders. Walking While Black focus group participants rated “poor lighting” as the biggest barrier to walking, with an average rating of 5.0, while it was ranked significantly lower than in the citywide survey responses.

survey results

Focus group participants highlighted the impact that dark streets have not only on traffic safety, but on personal safety and security in the public realm. Participants shared that they regularly make travel choices based on how safe and visible the route feels, and often choose travel options that are longer or more expensive as a result.

In addition to answering the two PedPDX survey questions, the facilitators wanted to capture more information about the unique experiences of the Black community to better understand their transportation concerns and barriers. During the focus groups, the 2017 MAX incident was elevated as having a lasting impact on feelings of safety in public spaces and during travel commutes. While participants acknowledged that this was an extreme event, many participants shared experiences they have had on public transit or in public spaces that made them feel exposed and vulnerable to racially-motivated attacks.

Community members shared the following concerns, experiences, and recommendations during the two focus groups:

Personal Safety

  • “When you’re Black [anywhere in Portland], you have to make sure that you are extra careful when crossing the street or using the crosswalk.”
  • “Fear of getting in trouble for jaywalking, always feeling the extra pressure to follow the law and go to the right crossing, which can be hard to do. This is like having to keep your receipt on you when you go shopping because you might get stopped for no reason and have to prove yourself. Head coverings draw more attention, want to be doing the exact right thing, crossing in the right place.”
  • “I won’t allow my husband to run at night as a tall Black man, for I fear he won’t come home.”
  • “I pay a large amount of money for my son’s car insurance because it is safer for him to drive than to be exposed.”
  • “I want to lose weight by walking but can’t walk after 5 pm because I am afraid to exercise when it gets dark. I feel vulnerable, so I stay home or drive and it is impacting my health.”

Encounters with Prejudice

  • “The political climate has become more hostile for Black people. A Somali woman was crossing at a green light, people were yelling at her for no reason.”
  • “Being the target of racial slurs when crossing the street. I press the button to get the green light, then someone yells racial slurs at me because they have a vehicle and don’t like that they were made to wait for me”.

Microaggressions in our Streets

  • “White people not sharing the sidewalk, expecting Black people to step out of their way instead of moving right to make space mutually, respectfully.”
  • “Crosswalk White girl magic - where cars stop for White women, not for Black people.”
  • “I’m offended, saddened, and disappointed being a Black person walking in Portland.”

Making PedPDX responsive to Black Portlanders’ Concerns

As transportation planners and engineers, we often think about safety in terms of traffic safety (i.e., how can we prevent crashes and injuries on our streets?). However, the feedback we heard in our Walking While Black focus groups made us realize that if Portland is to be a great pedestrian city for all, we must also pay attention to community members’ sense of personal safety and security in the public realm.

In response to this feedback, one of PedPDX’s six objectives speaks to this need to protect the public safety and personal security of pedestrians.

PedPDX Objectives

The plan’s Implementation Toolbox includes several strategies and actions intended to help us meet this objective. Action 6.1 introduces new lighting-level guidelines that will increase lighting on public streets as new capital projects and private development goes in. Actions 12.1, 12.2, and 12.3 are intended to address issues of safety and security in the public right-of-way, reinforcing our commitment to equity and eliminating disparate outcomes due to race. In addition to increasing lighting in underserved communities, these actions include partnering with other agencies and city bureaus to advance the well-being and personal security of vulnerable communities, and continuing to research racial bias and driving behavior.

The full Implementation Toolbox and the Walking While Black Focus Group Summary appendix item is available on our project website at pedpdx.com.

This Friday, March 15, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., PBOT staff Michelle Marx and Francesca Patricolo will be speaking at the Portland State University Transportation Research and Education Center (TREC)’s Friday Transportation Seminar (PBOT Edition) on PedPDX: Addressing Equity through Citywide Pedestrian Planning. The talk will be held at the Karl Miller Center at PSU, 615 SW Harrison St., Room 465 or can be viewed live online. Register to watch the presentation online here.


 

Give us your thoughts on PedPDX!

The full draft plan, a video overview of the PedPDX public process, and an online survey asking for public feedback on the plan is available at pedpdx.com.

In addition, PedPDX is co-hosting several “View + Review Parties” with our community partners in the coming weeks. A video overview of the plan will be shown at the event and participants will have a chance to discuss the plan with bureau staff:

Tuesday, March 12, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center

7211 SE 62nd Ave.

Portland, OR 97206

Thank you to our host, Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association!

Complementary childcare provided at this event

Wednesday, March 13, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative

16126 SE Stark St.

Portland, OR 97233

Thank you to our hosts, Oregon Walks and The Rosewood Initiative!

Complementary childcare provided at this event. This event includes Spanish-language materials and interpretation.

PedPDX Fiesta para Ver y Revisar

Únase a nosotros para ver videos sobre PedPDX para conocer el contexto y el contenido del plan, disfrutar de algo de comida y contribuir con respuestas de encuestas para aprovechar su voz, necesidades y opiniones. Todos los asistentes recibirán un mosquetón de linterna PedPDX GRATIS!

Miércoles, 13 de marzo, 6 - 7: 30 p.m.

Rosewood Initiative

16126 SE Stark St.

Portland, OR 97233

En este evento se proporcionarán cuidado de niños, materiales en español y servicios de traducción. ¡Gracias a nuestros anfitriones, Oregon Walks y El Rosewood Initiative!

Wednesday, March 14, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at Hatch (Oregon Walks office)

2420 NE Sandy Blvd.

Portland, OR 97232

Thank you to our host, Oregon Walks!

Monday, March 18, 5:30 - 7 p.m. at the Multnomah Arts Center

7688 SW Capitol Highway

Portland, OR 97219

Thank you to our host, Southwest Neighborhoods Inc.!

Wednesday, March 20, 6 - 7:30 p.m. aMilepost 5

850 NE 81st Ave.

Portland, OR 97213

Thank you to our hosts, Oregon Walks, OPAL and APANO!

Thursday, April 4, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA)

5135 NE Columbia Blvd.

Portland, OR 97218

Thank you to our hosts, NAYA!

Tuesday, April 9, 6 - 7:30 p.m. at the Historic Kenton Firehouse

8105 N Brandon Ave.

Portland, OR 97217

Thank you to our host, the North Portland Neighborhood Services (NPNS) Transportation Committee!

News Release: PBOT releases PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan, for public review

When adopted, the plan will replace the city’s current pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 1998.

PedPDX logo

News Release:

PBOT releases PedPDX, Portland's Citywide Pedestrian Plan, for public review

When adopted, the plan will replace the city’s current pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 1998.

 

(March 5, 2019) After two years of study and collaboration with community partners, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is ready to showcase PedPDX: Portland’s Citywide Pedestrian Plan for public review. The bureau is seeking feedback from Portlanders to help PBOT shape the plan for the better before it goes to City Council in late Spring. The public comment period, which began yesterday, is open until May 3.

With PedPDX, PBOT aims to make walking safer and more comfortable across the city by putting pedestrians at the forefront of its policies and by emphasizing investment in crossing improvements and other pedestrian-focused projects. In the plan, PBOT identifies the key strategies and tools the bureau could use to make Portland a great walking city for everyone. Through PedPDX, PBOT affirms walking as a human right and the most fundamental means of transportation. When adopted, the plan will replace the city’s current pedestrian plan, which was last updated in 1998.

“We’ve heard over and over from people that they do not feel safe walking in Portland. Through PedPDX, Portland is making a public commitment to significantly expanding the number of marked crossings in the city, including a new requirement to mark crossings within 100 feet of all transit stops,” said Transportation Commissioner Chloe Eudaly. “Applying these progressive new crossing spacing guidelines to Portland’s street network will require us to provide approximately 3,500 new crosswalks on busy arterial and collector streets throughout the city.”

“People walking in Portland are ten times more likely than people driving to sustain a serious or fatal injury. As a Vision Zero city, no death on our streets is acceptable. But we have limited resources to address our immense safety needs,” said PBOT Interim Director Chris Warner.  “This plan provides a data-based approach to pedestrian improvements that will make sure we are focused on the greatest needs first, in an equitable way.”

PedPDX interactive map

Click to view an interactive map of PBOT's suggested Pedestrian Priority Network, sidewalk gaps, crossing gaps and deficiencies, pedestrian network prioritization and prioritized sidewalk gaps as part of the new PedPDX Citywide Pedestrian Plan.

An online survey asks for feedback on PedPDX’s Pedestrian Priority Network, the network of Portland streets and paths that provide important connections for people walking to key transit and land use destinations. It also seeks feedback on the PedPDX Implementation Toolbox, the shared work plan articulating the key actions and tools PBOT will use to implement PedPDX. The full draft plan and a video overview of the PedPDX public process is available online at www.pedpdx.com.

PedPDX toolbox actions

Examples of actions and tools that are presented in the PedPDX Implementation Toolbox.

In addition to the online survey, PBOT has seven “View and Review” parties scheduled during March and April. A video overview of the plan will be shown at the event and participants will have a chance to discuss the plan with bureau staff. The first two parties will be held on:

  • Tuesday, March 12, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Brentwood-Darlington Community Center (7211 SE 62nd Avenue), hosted by the Brentwood-Darlington Neighborhood Association.
  • Wednesday, March 13, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at the Rosewood Initiative (16126 SE Stark Street), hosted by Oregon Walks and The Rosewood Initiative.

Complementary childcare will be provided at both events. Additional events dates and times can viewed on the PedPDX website.