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A wrenching day for volunteers ends well

Fix-It Fair effort puts one hundred twenty-two wheels back on the road

Two young men fix a bikeSafe Routes to School and ten volunteer bike mechanics attended to a record 61 bicycles Saturday at the final Fix-It Fair of the season, hosted by David Douglas High School. Mechanics from Bikes for Humanity and Bike Farm spent their day wrenching on bikes brought in by local residents, and even taught a few tricks of the trade to willing learners. Common repair needs included flat tires, shifting adjustments and brake pad replacements. All repairs were provided to help families and students get back on the road for trips to school, to work and for errands.

Safe Routes has partnered with the two non-profit organizations to offer free minor bike repair at all three Fix-It Fairs of the 2013-14 season. Cyclone Bicycle Supply also supported the events by supplying basic parts to Safe Routes at a discounted rate.  The Bureau of Planning and Sustainability, which organizes the fairs, says the next season of Fairs starts Nov. 22, 2014, but the Community Resource Guide is available online year-round.

Street Seats application deadline approaching

Program supports street vitality, community livability, and business development

Street Seats, the Portland Bureau of Transportation’s program that permits businesses and organizations to build a temporary platform in the on-street parking lane for outdoor seating or public space, is gearing up for another round of applications for 2014.  The deadline for applying for a permit to build a Street Seat is April 1st (no fooling).  PBOT is looking for high-quality designs and Street Seats that incorporate public seating for community use.

The program is popular both with businesses and the public who enjoy the opportunity to immerse themselves in Portland’s thriving business districts while enjoying a meal, a drink, or a place to relax. To date, PBOT has permitted eight locations and is only offering 10 additional permits for 2014. Quality of design and availability of public seating will be two of the prioritized evaluation criteria.  Serious applicants are encouraged to seek out professional design assistance.

For more information, including design guidelines, pictures, and the application, visit the Street Seats webpage.

Street Seat design proposal

A proposed public design submitted as part of PBOT's Street Seat Design Competition in 2013.

Traffic Advisory: Sidewalk, bikeway and stormwater improvements underway on SW Multnomah Blvd; expect lane closures now through October

(February 28, 2014)  – The City of Portland Bureauof Transportation advises the traveling public that a major street and stormwater improvement project will require lane closures on SW Multnomah Boulevard from SW 22nd to 40th avenues now through the end of October. 

Lane closures will be restricted to after 9 a.m. and before 3 p.m. to minimize impacts on travelers.

The public is advised to expect delays while repairs are being made. We ask the public to travel cautiously, observe all lane closures and construction sign directions, and use alternate routes if possible.

The project will create better connections between Multnomah Village and Barbur Boulevard for walking and bicycling, as well as reconstruct the road and install stormwater improvements.  The project will create a protected bikeway, new sidewalk and a multi-use path separated from the road by a landscaped bioswale.

Specifically, between SW 22nd Ave and SW 34th Ave the project will build a sidewalk and a protected bikeway along the north side of SW Multnomah Blvd.  On the south side of the street, from SW 25th Ave to 31st Ave,  crews will build a separated multi-use path for walking and bicycling.

To improve crossing safety for pedestrians, crews will install a flashing light at SW   25th Ave. 

Between SW 35th Ave and 40th avenues, a series of localized stormwater management improvements will be built along with sidewalks.

The project is jointly funded by the Bureaus of Transportation and Environmental Services

Construction will start at the east end of the project area and on the north side of SW Multnomah and work its way west.  The project will largely be complete by the end of October. 

More information will soon be posted on the project website


News Release: Timbers 3/8 game - consider transportation options, event rate parking to be in effect. Go Timbers!

(March 3, 2014) – The City of Portland Bureau of Transportation is asking Timbers fans to consider their transportation options for the 7:30 p.m. March 8th game in order to keep streets and transit running smoothly. 

Fans are encouraged to take TriMet or walk or take a bicycle. Ample temporary bicycle parking is available at Providence Park.  People who drive are encouraged to park in one of the City’s SmartPark garages.

For parking meters, event rate pricing of $3.50 per hour will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Regular parking rates of $1.60 per hour will apply at other times.

Northwest neighborhood event Zone M permit parking restrictions also will be in effect from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m.

Event-goers are encouraged to check out transportation and parking information online at and or visit

Go Timbers!

Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan open house coming up

Plan will help improve local connectivity in East Portland neighborhoods

Next Thursday (March 13th, 2014) from 5:00 to 7:00 pm, the Portland Bureau of Transportation will host an open house to discuss the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan.  The open house will be held at the David Douglas High School North Cafeteria, 1001 SE 135th Ave.

Unconnected street

PBOT is developing the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan to help improve local street and pathway connectivity in several East Portland neighborhoods. The study area is bounded by SE 112th Ave, SE 148th Ave, SE Stark and SE Holgate and includes portions of the Hazelwood, Mill Park, Centennial and Powellhurst Gilbert neighborhoods.

The open house will include an overview presentation at 6 PM. Participants are welcome to drop by anytime between 5 and 7 PM to talk to staff and take a self-guided tour of several stations presenting the existing conditions, needs, opportunities and constraints, and proposed candidate connections to improve local street and pathway connectivity.  PBOT staff also wants to hear from Portlanders about where better local streets and pathways are most needed in the area.

The open house will also include information about several other projects in the area:

  • Powell-Division Transit and Development Project – Planning effort is underway to improve transit service and bring supporting development and investment to the corridor.
  • TriMet East Portland Transit Service Enhancement Plan - Planning effort is underway.
  • East Portland Access to Transit Project – Project is in design to build pedestrian and bicycle improvements.

What: Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan open house

When: Thursday, March 13, 2014 Drop by anytime from 5 PM to 7 PM. Overview presentation at 6 PM.

Where: David Douglas High School North Cafeteria,1001 SE 135th Ave

To learn more, please visit the Division-Midway Neighborhood Street Plan website

Division-Midway Plan Study Area