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News Blog: For East Portland, new sidewalk represents safety and community

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Principal Chris McMurray said a new sidewalk on NE Prescott Street helps build community.

By Ryan Kost
Portland Bureau of Transportation 

(Jan. 17, 2014) -- A new strip of sidewalk runs along the Northeast Prescott Street from 105th to 116th, 11 blocks in all. It looks like most any Portland sidewalk, maybe a little fresher, a little brighter, but nothing particularly remarkable.

And yet, for the students who walk on it every morning, for their parents, for the community, says Chris McMurray, the principal of Prescott Elementary, it’s much more than just a sidewalk.

“It’s practical and symbolic,” McMurray said. “Safety is a big concern for us because we do have a very busy high-traffic area right around Prescott. (But) the other thing that having new sidewalks does, is it shows investment in the community.

“We believe that we own this, and it does really help our students and our families connect to the school.”

More than 40 percent of the students at Prescott walk or bike to school, according to a City survey. Before the sidewalk, which connects the elementary school with Parkrose High and Senn’s Dairy City Park, was laid down, students would have to walk along the road, dipping in and out of yards.

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Commissioner Novick gets pointers on being a cross guard from Prescott Elementary Principal Chris McMurray.

On Friday morning, Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the Portland Bureau of Transportation, went out to Prescott to dedicate the sidewalk. He took a turn as an honorary crossing guard as students walked to school through a heavy fog.

The need for these projects in East Portland is huge, he said. So big it outpaces the Bureau’s resources.

“We’re delighted we were able to get this piece done,” Novick said. But “there are so many things left to do. We aren’t able to do enough of this.”

This stretch of Prescott had been identified as a high priority through the Bureau’s Safe Routes to School and East Portland in Motion programs.

Still, the money set aside to build the strip could only go so far. The new walkway runs along just the south side of Prescott, something residents had encouraged so the sidewalk would cover a longer distance. In all, the project cost $940,000.

“There’s just huge need. That’s why we probably are going to be asking people for more revenue,” Novick said, referencing a recently begun conversation about transportation needs and the potential for the Bureau to raise more money.

A few minutes before school was set to start, a woman appeared on the other side of the street, along with two little girls dressed in pink. Novick walked into the road to hold up traffic while they headed toward Prescott Elementary.

“It’s much nicer, it’s a lot easier to get around,” Erin Krupicka, the woman, said about the sidewalk. Her 6-year-old daughter already goes to Prescott and her other daughter, 4, will be starting next year.

These projects matter, Krupicka said. She lives in the area and she’s noticed the need for sidewalks.

This one in particular, she said, has been a long time coming.

(Follow the Portland Bureau of Transportation on Twitter @PBOTInfo)

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A young girl heads to class at Prescott Elementary School 

Come to the Walk + Bike Networking Night

Meet with parents, educators and advocates promoting safer walking and biking.

Kids walking to schoolIf you are a parent wanting to help promote walking and biking at your child’s school or a neighborhood resident wanting to promote walk and bike safety, you are cordially invited to attend the 3rd Annual Walk+Bike Networking Night on Thursday, January 30, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Community Cycling Center (1700 NE Alberta St, Portland OR 97211). Snacks will be done “pot-luck style” so bring something to share.

The goal for the evening is to connect participants with new ideas, resources and energy to promote safe walking and biking and to expand Walk+Bike and Safe Routes to School programs in the Portland Metro area.

Experts from a wide range of groups will be there to introduce attendees to new resources in one or more of the 5 E’s of a comprehensive Safe Routes to School program: Education, Encouragement, Engineering, Enforcement and Evaluation.

Please RSVP by clicking here and pass this invitiation on! Bring yourself, a snack to share, and information about useful resources you have found!  


Fix-It Fair season continues this weekend & February

City of Portland offers free fairs to learn how to improve your health, your home, your yard and your community - lunch and childcare included!

The Fix-It Fair season is not over. The City of Portland's Bureau of Planning and Sustainability will host two more Fix-It Fairs, on Saturday, January 25 and Saturday, February 22.

These FREE fairs connect participants with resources to help them save money and stay healthy through the winter and beyond. Experts will be on hand to talk to you about water and energy savings, health and healthcare, food and nutrition, community resources, recycling, yard care and more!  PBOT's Active Transportation Division will offer an All-Season Cycling class at 10 am at the Rosa Parks fair in January.

Special workshops taught in Spanish will be offered at the David Douglas fair in February. Childcare and lunch are provided at each fair.

Learning healthy cooking at a Fix-It Fair class

PBOT’s Safe Routes to School program will again offer free minor repair for students and families. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm will volunteer their time to fix as many bikes as possible at the fair. Please deliver your bike for repair by 2pm to ensure it is completed by the time the event ends at 3pm.

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, January 25, 2014

Rosa Parks Elementary School
8960 N Woolsey Ave

9:30 AM – 3:00 PM, Saturday, February 22, 2014 ¡Clases en español!

David Douglas High School
1001 SE 135th Ave

For more information on the Fix-It Fairs, check out BPS’s website or download the brochure (pdf) for the upcoming event.

Traffic Advisory: Street maintenance to close lanes on SE Belmont St, SE 12th to SE 25th Avenue, Jan. 27 to Feb. 14


(January 24, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street maintenance will require lane closures on SE Belmont Street between SE 12th and SE 25th avenues from Monday, Jan. 27 through Friday, Feb. 14, 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. each day. 

The work will be conducted a few blocks at a time, starting between SE 12th and SE 15th avenues.

One traffic lane will remain open at all times. Local access to residences and businesses will be provided.

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

The lane closures are necessary to allow crews to grind and pave 2.66 lane miles.

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

For more information on the transportation Bureau’s Back to Basics goal of paving 100 lane miles this year, see the project web site:



Dozens of Portlanders bike away safely thanks to community partnerships

PBOT joins New Columbia’s We All Can Ride, Bike Farm, Bikes for Humanity PDX and the Community Cycling Center to provide bike services to children and families.

Volunteers fixing bikes at the Fix-It FairPBOT’s Active Transportation Division relies on partnerships with community organizations and volunteers to meet its goals of providing transportation choices to all Portlanders.  Saturday’s Fix-it Fair at Rosa Parks Elementary underscored the value of working together to make bicycling accessible to everyone.

Since 2010 PBOT’s Safe Routes to School program has recruited volunteer mechanics from Portland bike shops and organizations, as well as folks who just like to wrench on bikes to provide free minor bicycle repair to children and families at the Fix-it Fairs. Safe Routes staff promotes the event with an eye toward low income families that may have difficulty affording bike repair otherwise.

At the January 25th event, nine volunteer mechanics from Bike Farm and Bikes for Humanity PDX spent most of their Saturday repairing 37 bicycles. “The Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm volunteers were champions,” said PBOT staff person Abra McNair. “They had six mechanic stands going the entire day.” With the help of longtime and bilingual Transportation Ambassador Sonia Connolly, the volunteers and PBOT were able to provide services to people in both English and Spanish.

Volunteers fitting bike helmets for kidsPBOT worked with the We All Can Ride club at New Columbia and the Community Cycling Center to provide helmets to 25 local children. Volunteers from We All Can Ride fitted the youth with helmets which the Community Cycling Center donated. This partnership grew out of PBOT’s community outreach and equity work with New Columbia through our Sunday Parkways and Safe Routes to School programs.

The Fix-it Fairs are produced by the Portland Bureau of Planning and Sustainability. They are free community events that feature more than 50 exhibitors and workshops, with lunch and childcare provided. Fairgoers can expect to find resources for weatherization and energy conservation, garden and habitat maintenance, healthy eating, sound finances and more. Workshops in Spanish and English will be featured at the last Fix-it Fair of the 2013-14 season, Saturday, February 22nd from 9:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. at David Douglas High School.