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News Advisory: Commissioner Novick, Director Treat share results of Portland public opinion research on transportation funding

(January 31, 2014) – City Commissioner Steve Novick and Transportation Director Leah Treat will join Adam Davis of DHM Research for a presentation on the latest findings of public opinion research on transportation needs for Portland.

DHM Research of Portland conducted a telephone public opinion survey of 800 people in January. The scientifically valid survey results are part of the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s effort to gather input from the public on an effort to address longstanding transportation needs. This survey asked the public to prioritize a wide variety of transportation needs, including maintenance, pedestrian safety and public transit service.

Starting Monday, members of the public will be able to take the survey online by following a link from the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com. There will be more opportunities for public input at three open houses in February and at other events later this spring.

Novick and Mayor Charlie Hales convened a Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee in January to advise the commissioner on a transportation funding package. The committee helped draft the language used in the telephone survey.

Visuals: Adam Davis showing PowerPoint presentation to the news media on a projector in the Rose Room; on-camera interview opportunities with Commissioner Novick and Director Treat.

Where:  Rose Room, Portland City Hall, 1221 SW Fourth Ave.

When:  2 p.m., Monday, February 3, 2014

What:  Presentation of findings from a public opinion survey on transportation needs.

Why:  Input gathered from the public opinion research, and extensive public outreach this spring, will help shape a potential transportation funding package.

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Winter riding promotion shows big increase in cyclists

Hawthorne Bridge counter shows 19% more cyclists in January 2014 compared to 2013.

To celebrate the joys of winter cycling, the Portland Bureau of Transportation (PBOT) promoted Winter Cruise month from mid-December through January.  We wanted to remind Portlanders that winter is a great time to bike and the benefits are right outside our doors.  On Twitter and other social media outlets many of you joined in the conversation by including the #WinterCruise and #Resolve2Ride hashtags.

Santa Lucia We teamed up with our friends at Shift2Bikes.org to kick off the month with breakfast for plucky winter cyclists (and pedestrians!) crossing the Hawthorne Bridge and wrapped it up by asking for your favorite winter riding vistas via Instagram (@PBOTactive).   In between many of you also resolved to ride your bike this winter and we even got on the news!

So, did Portlanders take up our cycling challenge and take advantage of January’s cool, crisp weather?

You did!  Compared to January 2013 there were more than 18,000 additional bike trips across the Hawthorne Bridge this past month (that’s a 19% increase!).  And while January 2014 had a lot of dry days, even on days with rain there were 9% more cyclists crossing the Hawthorne Bridge compared to 2013.

To view all of our photos from the month, check out our Instagram account.

Here are the final stats:

Comparing Bicycling by the Numbers in January 2013 and 2014

 

2013

2014

Total cyclists across the Hawthorne Bridge

95,602

113,650

Daily average

3,084

3,666

Daily weekday average (non-holiday)

3,923

4,596

Number of days with precipitation

21

15

Total precipitation in inches

3.15

3.21

Daily weekday average on days with precipitation 

3,921

4,288 

  

 

News Release: Maintenance, safety top Portlanders transportation priorities, survey says

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Adam Davis of DHM Research reviews the results of a recent transportation survey.

(February 3, 2014) – A new survey confirms Portland residents strongly support transportation improvements to enhance maintenance, public transit and pedestrian and bicycle safety.

Key findings from the survey conducted by DHM Research include:

  • Portlanders are most concerned about basic maintenance and safety.  Consistent with prior surveys and audit reports, general repairs like potholes and repaving ranked among the top four “most  important areas to invest in now.”
  • Four out of six safety needs ranked among the top six “most  important areas to invest in now.” Responses identified safe pedestrian  street crossings, safety around schools, safety at intersections and transit stops, and the addition of sidewalks as top choices.
  • The survey reaffirmed commitment to public transit and identified needs for increased bicycle safety. After road maintenance, improving MAX/TriMet and better/safer bicycle lanes were the two biggest needs identified by respondents. Nearly two-thirds of those surveyed responded  supportive to “safer bike routes to separate people riding bicycles from car and freight traffic.” In response to the question at the end of the  survey asking Portlanders to identify ‘biggest transportation needs,’ five of the top 14 response categories were related to public transit service. 
  • Seven in ten respondents said they were somewhat or much more likely  to support a funding package creating better access for freight to industrial areas that could support jobs and economic development.

“Portlanders recognize that we have extensive transportation needs across the city,” said City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau. “They want to reduce the number of traffic fatalities, maintain our streets and provide for public transit and safe bicycle access. Research like this, coupled with community engagement at our February town halls, will help the transportation bureau recommend the kind of investments that Portlanders want.”

“Safety is our top priority and this research demonstrates our alignment with the public,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Our education efforts, engineering work and enforcement campaigns are steering us in the right direction. But with traffic fatalities on the rise, we must do more to ensure everyone is safe onPortlandstreets, whether they’re walking, biking or taking public transit. The bureau’s continuing dialogue with the public will make sure we turn the corner.”

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Commissioner Steve Novick said Portlanders recognize the city's growing transportation needs.

From Jan. 16 to 21, DHM Research conducted a survey of 800 Portlanders to assess their perceptions of the city’s transportation needs.  The survey, combined with extensive public outreach will help the city develop a response to longstanding transportation maintenance and safety needs.  Starting today, members of the public will be able to take the survey online by following a link from the project web page: www.ourstreetspdx.com.

Novick and Treat joined Adam Davis of DHM Research for a presentation on the findings at a news conference on Monday at Portland City Hall. Davis noted a number of interesting comparisons between the current survey and a similar survey completed for the City of Portland in 2007. 

“Public concern about pedestrian safety has grown significantly,” Davis said. “We expected maintenance and safety to be top concerns, as they have been in the past.”

In 2007, about two out of three people said more crosswalks on streets with bus and transit stops would increase their support for funding. Now, more than eight in ten say the same thing. By contrast, feelings about the need for long delayed maintenance that will reduce the future costs of road and bridge repairs have remained steady at three-quarters support.

Mayor Charlie Hales and Novick convened a Transportation Needs and Funding Advisory Committee in January to advise the commissioner on a transportation funding package. The committee helped draft the language used in the telephone survey.

The public and the news media are invited to join Hales, Novick, Treat and transportation staff at three upcoming town halls to discuss current unfunded transportation needs:

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Sunnyside Environmental  School, 3421 SE Salmon  Street
  • Tuesday, Feb. 25, 6:30 to 8:30 at Immigrant & Refuge Community   Organization (IRCO), 10301  NE Glisan Street
  • Thursday, Feb. 27, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Multnomah Arts Center, 7688 SW Capitol Highway

The meetings will start with an opportunity to give input around desired transportation improvements, followed by a presentation on transportation needs and possible solutions. Members of the public can contact Mark Lear at (503) 823-7604 or mark.lear@portlandoregon.gov for more information.

For more details on the survey, members of the news media can refer to the transportation survey report by DHM Research and Monday’s presentation by Adam Davis.

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Leah Treat, the director of the Bureau of Transportation, said safety is a top priority for the public -- and the Bureau. 

Finding a Safe Route to school is now easier

Bike and walk maps for each of 93 Portland schools help parents and students pick a low stress route.

The Portland Safe Routes program is pleased to announce updated walking and biking maps for Portland’s elementary and K-8 schools.

These updated maps are a simplified version of the Transportation Bureau’s popular Neighborhood Bike/Walk Maps. The new maps are easier to read and better highlight the best routes for walking and biking. All the maps feature the latest information on Portland’s Neighborhood Greenway network, as well as pedestrian paths, bike lanes, and bus routes. For SW Portland schools, the new maps now show whether the recommended routes have sidewalk or not.

The new maps are available for free at http://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/49335.

 

BEFORE AFTER
Old format of Safe Routes map New format of Safe Routes map

The Portland Bureau of Transportation has produced a variety maps over the years designed to show parents and students the best routes for walking or biking to school. We welcome your feedback on this latest version. Please send comments to saferoutes@portlandoregon.gov.

Traffic Advisory: Next week street improvements to close lanes on SW 14th Ave from SW Jefferson to Morrison streets

(February 5, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public that street improvements will require lane closures on SW 14th Avenue between SW Jefferson Street and SW Morrison Street from Monday, February 10 through Friday, February 14, 9 a.m. through 2 p.m. each day. 

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. We ask the public 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 .95 lane miles in preparation for repaving.   Preparing the road surface may be done in wet weather; paving will take place during a window of dry weather.

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

 

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