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You Can Help Make Our Most Crash-Prone Streets Safer

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation invites you to two upcoming public meetings on the Burnside and Sandy Boulevard High Crash Corridors.

Historic crash data shows that a small percentage of our high-traffic streets account for 59% of road crashes in Portland. We refer to those arterials with exceptional concentrations of crashes as High Crash Corridors.

Two public meetings are scheduled and we welcome your participation and input on existing conditions, deficiencies for pedestrians, bicyclists and transit users, and other problem areas that may not show up in our data. Your input will help inform safety projects along these corridors.

The meetings are scheduled for:

Burnside High Crash Corridor Public Meeting

Wednesday, February 27, 6:30-8:30 PM

Buckman School Cafeteria

320 SE 16th Avenue

Portland, OR 97214

Accessible by Bus Lines #15, 20, 70

Sandy Boulevard High Crash Corridor Public Meeting

Wednesday, March 6, 6:30-8:30 PM

Hollywood Senior Center

1820 NE 40th Avenue

Portland, OR 97212

Accessible by Bus Lines #12, 75, 77 and MAX Red, Green and Blue lines

Boat ramp parking closes, nearby lot to get bigger

Metro is currently upgrading the M. James Gleason Memorial Boat Ramp on the Columbia River east of Northeast 33rd Avenue on Northeast Marine Drive. According to Metro’s website, “The project, which starts January 14, will improve parking, create on-site stormwater treatment and add permanent restrooms. The construction was timed to take place during the slow boating season to avoid hurting the salmon that migrate in early fall and spring.” Click here for more information from Metro.
Across Marine Drive from the boat ramp, there is an informal parking area in the public right of way that is scheduled to close permanently, beginning this week. This area is used during busy times of year for overflow parking when the formal boat ramp lot is full. The situation presents safety hazards.
Given the Transportation Bureau’s listing of Marine Drive as a High Crash Corridor, closing the informal lot is appropriate now that the formal boat ramp and lot are being upgraded.
During construction, boat launch and parking are available at Metro’s Chinook Landing Marine Park, at 22300 NE Marine Drive, across from Blue Lake Regional Park.

Have Your Say in Keeping Portland a Great City for Walking

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Pedestrian Advisory Committee Seeks New Members

People walking in downtown PortlandThe Pedestrian Advisory Committee (PAC) advises the City of Portland on matters that concern walking as a means of transportation, recreation, wellness and environmental enhancement.

The PAC meets the third Tuesday of every month in the evening and members are appointed to 4-year terms. Member activities might include reviewing and making recommendations on:

  • Planning documents
  • Pedestrian projects
  • Funding priorities
  • Maintaining and updating design guides and master plans

 

Qualified applicants must live or own a business within the boundaries of the city of Portland; have an interest in promoting walking for transportation and recreation; and commit to attending and participating in monthly meetings.

Applicants are encouraged to attend a PAC meeting  prior to the application deadline (March 19, April 16) to see the committee in action.

Applications are due by 5 PM Thursday, April 18, 2013 and accepted by postal mail, email, fax or in-person. The application is available at https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/212891.

Send your completed application to April Bertelsen, 1120 SW 5th Ave, Rm 800, Portland OR 97204, or by fax to 503-823-7609. For additional questions April can be reached at 503-823-6177.

New curb ramp helps Parkrose students access community center

photo of students by new curb ramp

In October 2012, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) received a request from a Parkrose School District representative asking if we could help some of their students access a key community asset – the Russelville Grange at 121st and NE Prescott. 

Many students were using TriMet to get to the community center, however people using mobility devices were unable to cross from the bus stop because of the square curb.  That meant asking for a ride from a family member or not going to the Russelville Grange at all.

The curb ramp was installed as part of PBOT’s work in the 122nd Ave corridor.  Over the last two months, the Maintenance Operations group has been installing curb ramps along 122nd and in the vicinity.

PBOT’s curb ramp request program is the best way for the community to let us know where we need to focus resources.  The curb ramp request program’s first priority is to increase access for people using mobility devices.  If you know of a place that needs a curb ramp to assist someone using an assistive or mobility device, please contact Clay Veka at (503) 823-4998 or clay.veka@portlandoregon.gov.

For more background information about PBOT’s curb ramp construction work, please take a look at this past article.

Portland’s 'SmartTrips Welcome' Program Wins International Distinction

Moving to a new home is a great time to try healthy transportation habits.

Landmark Tools of Change logoAn average of 15% of the U.S.population moved within the last year.  Consequently, new residents represent a significant proportion of urban dwellers. A new home, a new neighborhood, and the search for a new commute routine makes this a time when people are most receptive to new information and practices. In response, Portland’s Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) re-focused its individualized marketing efforts to help new residents develop environmentally-friendly and active transportation habits.

As a result of the SmartTrips Welcome program, the city’s new residents took 10% fewer drive-alone trips than before and the proportion of their trips taken by green and active methods increased by 14%. This strategic, targeted, and comprehensive approach at intervention and behavior change garnered a 2012 Landmark (best practice) distinction from an international review panel as one of the most successful, innovative, replicable, and adaptable in the world for fostering healthier, more sustainable choices and behaviors. 

The webinar will be presented by the Bureau's Active Transportation Program Manager Linda Ginenthal, Andrew Pelsma and Danielle Booth, on March 27th  from 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. PST.   Click  this link for more information and to sign up for the webinar.