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Portland Bureau of Transportation

Phone: 503-823-5185

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1120 SW Fifth Ave, Suite 1331, Portland, OR 97204

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503-823-3723

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Walk and Bike Networking Night fosters new energy and connections

Approximately thirty people from Portland and as far away as Eugene gathered on January 30th for the 3rd Annual Walk and Bike Networking Night, hosted by the Community Cycling Center.

Parents and children walking togetherSponsored by the CCC, the Bicycle Transportation Alliance, and PBOT Safe Routes to School, the event’s main goal was 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.

People attending came from with a variety of interests and concerns. Participants included Portland Police’s Officer Jason Mills, School Resource Officer for the Parkrose school district, Kristi Finney-Dunn, a safety activist whose son was killed on a bicycle near SE Division Street in 2012, the City of Eugene’s Zane Wheeler, who was interested in mountain bike camps and promoting skateboarding, Hosford Middle School staff member and walk/bike promoter Luke Wisher, volunteers from Bikes for Humanity, and Oliver Smith, a current Hatfield Resident Fellow at Washington County Land Use and Transportation, among others.

BTA staff facilitated the event. Nibbling on potluck items, participants broke into small groups for conversations on funding, equity, organizing bike co-ops, and incorporating health into transportation.

“The event brought together people interested in creating safer places for kids and adults to walk and bike,” said Abra McNair of PBOT’s Safe Routes to School. “We made valuable new connections to help us move forward with our goals, such as with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation.”

For more information, contact Abra McNair.

 

Winter Travel Advisory: Transportation Bureau prepares for snow, possible freezing rain; advises the public on how to travel safely

(February 5, 2014) – With the potential for snow and freezing rain in the forecast into the weekend, the Portland Bureau of Transportation advises the traveling public to use caution, consider taking public transit and stay apprised of the potential for rapidly changing conditions.

In preparation for potential for snow and ice in the area, the transportation bureau has applied deicer on major routes as well as bridges and overpasses, has crews patrolling high-elevation areas and will continue to assess road conditions in real time. The public is advised to prepare for snow and ice, and be aware that conditions from a single storm can vary throughout the region because of the area’s unique weather patterns and geography.

“Our crews have been preparing for events like this since October,” said Transportation Director Leah Treat. “We need the public to stay alert, be prepared and use caution. We encourage people to use public transit during storm events. When biking or walking, wear high-visibility clothing and be careful on surfaces that could be slick.”

The transportation bureau applies a liquid deicer, prioritizing known hazard areas, such as bridges and overpasses, and the city’s busiest streets and transit routes. The bureau advises people who live or work in hilly areas to carry snow chains, practice using them and be ready to use them at any time this winter. Property owners are responsible for clearing sidewalks along their homes or businesses to ensure safe passage for the public.

The city urges motorists not to abandon vehicles in a travel lane, an occurrence that has happened in previous storms.  Abandoned vehicles exacerbate traffic congestion and block vehicles needed for police, fire and public transit. Any abandoned vehicle is subject to being cited and impounded.

The transportation bureau posts updates at its twitter feed, @PBOTinfo and offers a variety of safety tips on its web site portlandoregon.gov/transportation and on PublicAlerts.org


Online tips for winter weather

One-stop clearinghouse for alerts and weather information

PublicAlerts.org

Portland Bureau of Transportation

Snow and Ice resources

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/47307

Are You Prepared?

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/295492

Frequently Asked Questions

https://www.portlandoregon.gov/transportation/article/327886

TriMet

Plan your trip online and check for service alerts

http://trimet.org/

Oregon Department of Transportation

Driving Tips from ODOT

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/Pages/winterdriving.aspx

ODOT News Packet

http://www.oregon.gov/ODOT/COMM/winter/WinterStorybook_Interactive2013-2014.pdf

News Release: Portland urges public to use caution Sunday Feb. 9 when traveling, support local businesses

(4:30 p.m. February 9, 2014) The City of Portland urges the traveling public to use caution, as snow and isolated icy conditions persist in the area.

"Thank you for staying off the roads today," said Transportation Director Leah Treat. "Portland streets are a lot safer than they were this morning. With the public's help keeping roads clear, and the hard work of transportation crews, the busiest streets are now passable again. We still urge caution on residential streets and sidewalks, where snow and ice remain. Depending on your area, it may be safe to walk to local businesses. We recommend using public transit and walking with caution if you must travel."

For those who need shelter, information about warming shelters is available by calling 211. For information about the latest closures and disruptions see PublicAlerts.org

Contact Info:
NEWS MEDIA CONTACT:
Dylan Rivera
Communications Manager
Portland Bureau of Transportation
503-577-7534

News Release: Transportation bureau announces 2014 Sunday Parkways schedule; Presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente returns for seventh year

(February 13, 2014) – The Portland Bureau of Transportation has once again secured Kaiser Permanente Northwest as presenting sponsor of its popular Sunday Parkways events. This year marks the seventh year that Kaiser Permanente has sponsored the City ofPortland Sunday Parkwaysevent series, with a total investment over the years of more than $650,000 in monetary support and in-kind services.

The events will be held in park-lined routes across the city, starting in East Portland May 11 and concluding Sept. 28 inSouthwest Portland.

“Sunday Parkways has become one ofPortland’s great traditions,” Mayor Charlie Hales said. “On behalf of all Portlanders, I’d like to thank Kaiser Permanente for its continued support and participation in Sunday Parkways. In Kaiser Permanente, the city has a strong community partner that understands the importance of active, healthy living.”

“Kaiser Permanente is proud to once again present these family-friendly events to encourage the entire community to get moving – bicycling, walking, and just getting active,” said Daniel Field, director of Community Benefit and External Affairs at Kaiser Permanente Northwest. “Sunday Parkways is a perfect complement to our mission of improving the total health—mind, body, and spirit—of our members and the communities we serve.”

“Sunday Parkways is a great introduction to biking and walking for everyone,” said City Commissioner Steve Novick, who oversees the transportation bureau. “The more we bike and walk, the healthier we are and the less we all spend on healthcare.”

Sunday Parkways is a series of free community events opening the city's largest public space – its streets – for people to walk, bike, roll and discover active transportation. Estimates put total attendance at the events at more than 100,000 annually. Residents and visitors say they come to enjoy the traffic-free streets connecting parks and schools filled with activities, music and vendors. It’s safe, family-friendly and a chance to meet neighbors.

“After I moved here last summer fromChicago, Sunday Parkways quickly became one of my favoritePortlandevents,” Transportation Director Leah Treat said. “Portlanders understand that the way we travel shapes our cities and our selves. Every day can be Sunday Parkways for thousands of Portlanders when we provide safe routes for people to bike and walk.”

Sunday Parkways takes place one Sunday each month from May through September in a different area of the city. Each Sunday Parkways takes place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The transportation bureau announced the dates and locations for Sunday Parkways 2014:

 

  • May 11 –East Portland
  • June 22 –North Portland
  • July 27 –Northeast Portland
  • August 24 –Southeast Portland
  • September 28 –Southwest Portland

 

A map and route information can be found at PortlandSundayParkways.org

Community groups and vendors wanting to participate in Sunday Parkways – and volunteers who want to help make it happen – are encouraged to contact the transportation bureau at 503-823-7599 or online at PortlandSundayParkways.org.

Sunday Parkways is organized by the Portland Bureau of Transportation with presenting sponsor Kaiser Permanente. Additional partners/sponsors include Portland Parks & Recreation, Universal Cycles, Clif Kid, Bike Gallery, Whole Foods, Renaissance Homes, NW Natural, Metro, ODOT, Portland Partyworks, and AARP of Oregon. City ofPortlandfunds one third of the costs with sponsors, vendors, and individual supporters funding the remaining two thirds.

More information about Sunday Parkways is available at www.PortlandSundayParkways.org and by calling 503-823-7599.

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City installs 105th bike corral, including the Southwest neighborhoods first

Business and developer demand continues for on-street bike parking

Since installing its first bike corral back at old Civic Stadium in 2004, the City of Portland Bureau of Transportation’s (PBOT) on-street bicycle parking program has grown considerably.  In October 2013, PBOT celebrated its 100th bicycle corral installation at the New Seasons Market on SE Hawthorne and 41st.  Since then, PBOT has installed five additional corrals, all requested directly by businesses owners or developers, including the first corral in Southwest Portland outside of downtown.

J. Maus  - New Seasons Corral
New Seasons Market's Arbor Lodge store opened a new back entrance and included a bicycle corral in their initial plans for the re-orientation. Photo courtesy of Jonathan Maus/BikePortland.

Bicycle corrals provide efficient use of the street for bicycle parking in areas with high demand. Corrals typically can park 12 to 24 bicycles in the same space as one to two cars, free up congested sidewalks, and improve visibility at busy intersections for those on foot or behind the wheel.

In November 2013, PBOT installed its 103rd bicycle corral in front of Elephant’s Deli on SW Corbett Ave, the first bike corral in Southwest Portland outside of the downtown area.  In addition to bicycle parking provided on-site at the new restaurant, Elephant’s also elected to pursue a bike corral installed right at the front door for customers.  PBOT worked with the new development’s project manager to schedule the installation soon after the cafe opened its doors.  Several other new developments have worked with PBOT to install bike corrals just as they have opened for business.

In addition to the Elephant’s SW Corbett location, PBOT has recently installed new bicycle corrals at these four locations:

  • N Holman & N Interstate Ave (New Seasons Market – Arbor Lodge)
  • NE Alberta & NE 14thAve (Living Room Realty/New Development)
  • SE 37th & SE Hawthorne (Baghdad Theater)
  • SE Hawthorne & SE 43rd (Common Grounds Coffee)

Learn more about about getting a City bike rack installed and bicycle parking corrals on PBOT’s webpage.


 

The City's first on-street bicycle corral (now, decommissioned) installed in 2004 at old Civic Stadium (now, Providence Park).

Elephant's Deli Bike Corral

Southwest Portland's first bicycle corral outside of downtown at Elephant's Deli on SW Corbett.

1401 NE Alberta bike corral

New bicycle corral on NE Alberta at 14th Ave. The developer of this building paid for the bike corral before tenants opened for business.