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Introducing the 2013 SmartTrips Target Area

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The Portland Bureau of Transportation recently kicked off the 2013 SmartTrips season in Portland’s downtown and central eastside.

map of SmartTrips target areaThe Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) recently kicked off the 2013 SmartTrips season in Portland’s downtown and Central Eastside.

SmartTrips is a comprehensive program to reduce drive-alone trips and increase walking, bicycling, public transit, carpool and car share trips in targeted geographic areas of the city. SmartTrips incorporates an individualized marketing approach and hand-delivers customized packets of information to residents who wish to learn more about all their transportation options.

Each year, PBOT chooses an area of town to implement the program. Area selection is based on analyzing land use patterns, transit service availability, walking and bicycling infrastructure, and current transit or streetscape infrastructure investments such as new light rail or pedestrian and bicycle trails. This year’s target area is focused around the new Central Streetcar Loop. The Central Loop is a 3.35-mile double-track extension with 28 new streetcar stops.

This year PBOT’s Active Transportation Division will be targeting about 32,000 households in downtown south of Burnside and into South Waterfront, east of Macadam and south to Bancroft, as well as parts of Goose Hollow neighborhoods on the west side of the Willamette River, and much of Hosford-Abernethy, Buckman, Kerns, Sullivan’s Gulch, Lloyd District, and parts of Eliot and Irvington neighborhoods on the east side of the Willamette.

The nearly 32,000 households received a newsletter with a calendar of nearby walks, clinics and bicycle rides. The newsletter introduces the program and highlights SmartTrips programs, including the Ten Toe Express walking program, Portland By Cycle, Women on Bikes and Senior Strolls programs. The first newsletter is followed by a SmartTrips Order Form that target area residents can use to custom order information and incentives specific to their needs. The customized packet of information is hand-delivered, by bike, to the resident’s home.

All SmartTrips residents receive SmartTrips messages at least seven times throughout the year and approximately 30 percent of all area residents either order materials or participate in a SmartTrips activity or event. SmartTrips projects in the past have yielded a reduction of 9 to 13 percent in drive-alone car trips by all area residents with a corresponding increase in walking, bicycling and transit mode shares in the SmartTrips areas.

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street paving closes lanes on NE Cully Blvd. and NE 57th Ave. beginning April 26

TRAFFIC ADVISORY: Street paving closes lanes on NE Cully Boulevard and NE 57th Avenue beginning April 26 

(PORTLAND, Ore.) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on NE Cully Boulevard between NE Prescott Street and NE Failing Street continuing onto NE 57th Avenue to NE Fremont Street beginning Friday, April 26, through Thursday, May 2, 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 2.89 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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UN Chooses Portland to Host World Environment Day

Look for dozens of events, classes, and activites between Earth Day and June 5th

The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has selected Portland to host this year’s North American World Environment Day.

 “Portland has been selected because we at UNEP would like to put the spotlight on the city’s environmental achievements,” said Elisabeth Guilbaud-Cox, United Nations program deputy director. “Those achievements are reflected in the fact that this city is repeatedly ranked among the top 10 green cities in the United States. In our research, Portland is often rated the No. 1 green city in North America, an impressive accomplishment by any standard.”

The City of Portland, local businesses, nonprofits, community and neighborhood organizations are hosting dozens of events between the U.S. Earth Day on April 22nd and World Environment Day on June 5th. The Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) is hosting guided walks and clinics on bike commuting and repair to encourage Portlanders to make sustainable transportation choices. Interested parties and individuals still have time to organize their own event. The City’s web site has tips on organizing your own World Environment Day event.

“Portland is a national leader in many sustainability issues and green initiatives,” Hales said. “It’s gratifying that the United Nations Environment Programme recognizes that and has honored us by bringing World Environment Day to Portland.”

The UN General Assembly established World Environment Day in 1972. Today, it is celebrated in more than 120 nations and focuses international attention on environmental issues. Click here for more information.

Division High Crash Corridor Project Moves Forward

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Strong community involvement leads to traffic safety

Fifty people attended the third public meeting of the Division Street High Crash Corridor, focusing on SE Division Street between SE 60th and 80th Avenues, on Tuesday, April 23rd.  The meeting was co-hosted by the South Tabor Neighborhood Association, the Mount Tabor Neighborhood Association, Warner Pacific College and the Portland Bureau of Transportation.

Contingent on approval of its proposed FY 13-14 budget and coordination of transit stop enhancements with TriMet, PBOT is moving ahead with the Phase I improvements, which were supported by a large majority of those at Tuesday’s public meeting.

The Phase I project improvements between SE 60th – 80th Avenues include:

  • Removing paint and restriping the new three-lane configuration, including one travel lane in each direction, a center turn lane, bike lanes east- and westbound, plus a bicycle lane on SE 60th Avenue northbound to connect to the SE Lincoln Neighborhood Greenway;
  • Installation of a marked crosswalk with a pedestrian island between SE 67th and SE 68th Avenues; and
  • Signal improvements at SE 60th, 71st, and 76th Avenues, including pedestrian push buttons and loop detectors at 71st and 76th Avenues.

 

PBOT focused on this stretch of Division due to its high concentration of crashes and the active engagement of the neighborhood associations. The project improvements are designed to increase safety for all road users.

Currently the traffic signals at SE 71st Ave and SE 76th Ave are timed: regardless of whether cars, bikes or pedestrians are waiting at the cross streets, the signals still stop traffic on Division to allow this potential cross traffic to enter.

By only stopping traffic when automobiles, pedestrians and/or bicyclists are actually present, the pedestrian push buttons and loop detectors are designed to keep traffic flowing on Division. Even with the removal of one travel lane, PBOT’s traffic model shows these signal improvements will provide a reduction of travel times for vehicles moving through the project area.

The South Tabor and Mt Tabor Neighborhood Associations also initiated an extensive community outreach process surrounding the project. Each group held and facilitated two meetings within their neighborhood about the process. “The active involvement of both South Tabor and Mt.Tabor Neighborhood Associations resulted in not only a robust public involvement process, but a better result,” said Clay Veka, PBOT’s High Crash Corridor Project Coordinator.

PBOT’s proposed budget includes $100,000 for Phase I to commence during the 2013 construction season. The proposed Phase II will include a new signal at 71st Ave, additional pedestrian crossing enhancements and curb ramps throughout. The Oregon Department of Transportation and TriMet have included the Phase II improvements as part of the 2015-18 Enhance application for Surface Transportation Improvement Funds. More information about proposed improvements along the entire corridor can be found here: http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/59284.

National studies of reorganizing four-lane roadways to three with a center turn lane – typically known as "road diets"— have resulted in reductions of crashes from 19% to 47%. That translates into 44 to 107 fewer crashes in the next 10 years on this twenty blocks of Division.

High Crash Corridors (HCCs) are roadways that have exceptional concentrations of crash activity. Identifying HCCs helps the City target limited resources for improved safety. Practices and approaches to improve safety in HCCs include traffic enforcement, engineering, and education programs. For more information, contact Clay Veka, (503) 823-4998.

NE Glisan Slated for Traffic Safety Improvements

Pedestrian improvements in the works to improve safety for all road users.

NE Glisan Street current conditions

After two well-attended public meetings, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) will be moving forward on traffic safety improvements on NE Glisan Street between 60th and 82nd Avenues.

Since 2003, 301 people have been injured and two have died in crashes on NE Glisan Street between 60th and 82nd Avenues. On July 10th, 2007, a pedestrian was struck and killed while attempting to cross NE Glisan at 64th. Most recently, on January 29th, 2013 a pedestrian was struck and killed while attempting to cross NE Glisan at 78th.

In response to these tragic crashes, nearby residents, businesses, churches, schools, and the Montavilla Neighborhood Association asked the City to improve safety on the street. PBOT and the Portland Police Bureau assembled a team to investigate the most recent crash and to identify potential changes that could make NE Glisan safer.

With support from the Portland Police Bureau, PBOT led a public meeting on February 25th, 2013 to discuss potential safety improvements on NE Glisan. Those present expressed significant concern about safety on NE Glisan, including concerns about speeding and the safety of pedestrians crossing the street. Many voiced specific concerns regarding the crossing at 78th Avenue. PBOT’s February 25th presentation can be found here.

The second public meeting on April 22, 2013 focused on strategies to improve safety on NE Glisan between NE 60th and 82nd Avenues. More than 4,000+ residents near the project area were notified. Staff from the Bureau of Transportation shared data about traffic flow, parking demand, and pedestrian travel in the corridor at the meeting.

NE Glisan Street diagram

Within the project area, PBOT proposed changing NE Glisan to a 3-lane roadway with a travel lane in each direction and a center turn lane. Current pro-time parking (no parking during the peak hours) on NE Glisan would become full time parking.  Finally, Transportation staff proposed a crossing improvement at NE Glisan and 78th including a pedestrian refuge island and a Rapid Flash Beacon. 

There was overwhelming consensus from those present that the project move forward as proposed. Pending approval of this year’s budget, the NE Glisan Safety Project is now slated for late summer/early fall 2013construction.

If you have questions about this project, please contact Gabriel Graff at (503) 823-5291 or gabriel.graff@portlandoregon.gov.