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TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street paving closes lanes on NE Halsey Street from May 10 through May 24, 2013

Street paving closes lanes on NE Halsey Street from May 10 through May 24, 2013

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Halsey St. between NE 84th Ave. and NE 92nd Ave. beginning Friday, May 10 through Friday, May 24 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays. The public is advised to expect delays, travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and directions by flaggers, and use alternate routes if possible.

The lane closures are necessary to grind down the existing pavement and repave 2.2 lane miles of the street.

One traffic lane will remain open at all times.

Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

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

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NEWS RELEASE: Sunday Parkways Kicks off the 2013 Season in East Portland this Sunday, Mother’s Day

Sunday Parkways Kicks off the 2013 Season in East Portland this Sunday, Mother’s Day

PORTLAND, Ore. – Families and neighbors in East Portland are preparing to enjoy Mother’s Day at Sunday Parkways this Sunday on a seven-mile loop of traffic-free streets, including two miles on the Springwater Corridor.

The event, free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the first of five Sunday Parkways to be held monthly through September.

Organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation along with presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners, Sunday Parkways  opens the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation.

The hugely popular events are expected to draw about 100,000 participants this season, based on last year’s attendance.

With the largest concentration of children in the city,East Portlandwas chosen to kick off the Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day and while school is still in session in the hope of involving as many children as possible in this fun, active family event.

The seven-mile east Sunday Parkways route  connects Lents Park, Bloomington Park, Ed Benedict and Glenwood Parks, Foster Floodplain Natural Area, Gilbert Heights School, and the Springwater Corridor. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route.  The route also highlights current and planned Neighborhood Greenways in the neighborhood.

 Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

In addition to  the Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente,  Sunday Parkways is made possible by community partners Universal Cycles, Portland Parks & Recreation, Metro and AARP of Oregon, and hundreds of volunteers.

 

The rest of the Sunday Parkways season is: June 23 in Northeast Portland; July 28 in North Portland; August 25 in Southeast Portland; and September 29 in Southwest Portland. See a map of the route and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

 

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Sunday Parkways kicks off the 2013 season in East Portland this Sunday, Mother’s Day

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Free event runs from 11:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Families and neighbors in East Portland are preparing to enjoy Mother’s Day at Sunday Parkways this Sunday on a seven-mile loop of traffic-free streets, including two miles on the Springwater Corridor.

The event, free and open to the public from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., is the first of five Sunday Parkways to be held monthly through September.

Organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation along with presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente and other community partners, Sunday Parkways  opens the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. The hugely popular events are expected to draw about 100,000 participants this season, based on last year’s attendance.

With the largest concentration of children in the city, East Portland was chosen to kick off the Sunday Parkways season on Mother’s Day and while school is still in session in the hope of involving as many children as possible in this fun, active family event.

The seven-mile east Sunday Parkways route  connects Lents Park, Bloomington Park, Ed Benedict and Glenwood Parks, Foster Floodplain Natural Area, Gilbert Heights School, and the Springwater Corridor. Music, vendors and activities are located in the parks and along the route.  The route also highlights current and planned Neighborhood Greenways in the neighborhood.

Motorized vehicles are allowed to pass through the route at designated crossings and allowed on the route for resident and emergency access.

In addition to  the Portland Bureau of Transportation and presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente,  Sunday Parkways is made possible by community partners Universal CyclesPortland Parks & RecreationMetro and AARP of Oregon, and hundreds of volunteers.

The rest of the Sunday Parkways season is: June 23 in Northeast Portland; July 28 in North Portland; August 25 in Southeast Portland; and September 29 in Southwest Portland.

See a map of the route and find more information about Sunday Parkways, including volunteer information, at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org or call 503-823-7599.

NEWS ADVISORY: Mayor Hales serves as decoy for crosswalk enforcement May 16 during morning commute at E. Burnside and 16th Ave.

PORTLAND, Ore.-- The Portland Bureau of Transportation and Portland Police Bureau advise the traveling public today that a crosswalk enforcement action is scheduled for Thursday, May 16, to raise awareness of pedestrian safety and traffic law.

Mayor Charlie Hales will serve as the pedestrian decoy during the action, planned to take place from 7:30 to 9 a.m., at the marked crossing at East Burnside Streetand 16th Avenue.

“Safety is the top priority of our transportation system,” Mayor Hales said. “I’m glad the police and transportation bureaus are joining forces to conduct safety actions like this.”

A crosswalk enforcement action includes a pedestrian decoy positioned at marked or unmarked crosswalks. These actions are designed to inform the public of longstandingOregoncrosswalk laws. Drivers who fail to stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk and pedestrians who jaywalk may be issued a warning or citation by the Portland Police Bureau.

The May 16 action is intended to raise awareness of a new pedestrian median island installed at the site earlier this year as part of the Safe Routes to School program. This crossing improvement provides enhanced bicycle and pedestrian access to BuckmanElementary Schooland improves the 16th Avenue Neighborhood Greenway.Burnside   Street has been identified by the Transportation Bureau as one of 10 High Crash Corridors, areas with higher incidents of fatal and serious injury crashes. In a few months, the Transportation and Police bureaus intend to do another action focused on enforcement.

Crosswalk enforcement actions are an effective way to communicate pedestrian right of way laws to both drivers and pedestrians. The transportation and police bureaus do enforcement actions in response to community requests and to educate the general public on the rules at marked and unmarked crossings. They are conducted approximately once a month.

Learn more about the Transportation Bureau’s safety work at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/40390.

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Buffered bicycle lane coming to NE Cully Boulevard

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Enhanced bikeway extended to NE Failing

Partially completed bike lane striping on CullyPBOT is improving bicycle access on NE Cully Boulevard from Prescott to Failing Street as part of the Cully Boulevard/57th Avenue Paving Project.

As part of the repaving, the existing bike lanes from NE Prescott to Failing Streets will be restriped with a 3’ buffer. Together with the existing cycletrack north of Prescott St., completed as part of the Cully Green Street Project, the buffered bike lane will provide people riding bicycles with nearly one mile of separated bikeway.

Buffered Bicycle Lane design provides a more protected and comfortable space for cyclists than a conventional bike lane. Cully Boulevard’s 66’ right of way allowed PBOT to add the 3’ buffers without reducing access or the number of vehicle lanes. The road’s pre-existing 15’ center turn lane was reduced to 10’ and the two travel lanes to 11’.

The bike lane piece of the repaving project is funded through the Missing Links program, which uses opportunities to efficiently develop city bikeways in conjunction with other projects, particularly working with regularly scheduled pavement overlays. Between 2000 and 2007 the Missing Links program built 41 miles of city bikeways and added countless improvements to the bikeway network.  The cost for enhancing the Cully Boulevard bike lanes is approximately $4,000.

The project will be completed during National Bike Week, May 13 - 17.